Since Gwyneth Paltrow generally believes that she alone discovered-and-invented everything Asian, it’s little surprise that Gwyneth has recently revealed that she also invented mask-wearing AND Covid-19. She was catching Covid before everyone else, and she caught the virus even though she invented mask-wearing in February 2020. Gwyneth recently described her long-running symptoms from Covid, and she said that even a year later, she still has “fatigue” and “brain fog,” which she’s curing with a strict Keto diet mixed with fasting and infrared saunas, of course. Her comments got so much play that now an NHS chief has publicly taken Gwyneth to task for her near-constant promotion of pseudoscience.
Gwyneth Paltrow has been urged to stop spreading misinformation by the medical director of NHS England after she suggested long Covid could be treated with “intuitive fasting”, herbal cocktails and regular visits to an “infrared sauna”. The Hollywood star, who markets unproven new age potions on her Goop website, wrote on her latest blogpost that she caught Covid-19 early and had since suffered “long-tail fatigue and brain fog”.
Paltrow said that after turning to the advice of a “functional medicine practitioner”, she was told “this was a case where the road to healing was going to be longer than usual”. She then embarked on a “keto and plant-based” diet, involving fasting until 11am every day, “lots of coconut aminos” and sugar-free kombucha and kimchi. Paltrow went on to recommend her brand’s Madame Ovary supplement and Seedlip, “the incredible herbal nonalcoholic cocktails”. She added: “I’m doing an infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing.”
Paltrow also suggested there was evidence for the efficacy of such a diet. “I’ve been doing major research and finding some great stuff to support what I’m doing,” she wrote.
However, her unproven advice prompted a stern rebuke from Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, who urged influencers such as Paltrow against spreading misinformation. He said: “In the last few days I see Gwyneth Paltrow is unfortunately suffering from the effects of Covid. We wish her well, but some of the solutions she’s recommending are really not the solutions we’d recommend in the NHS.”
Powis added: “We need to take long Covid seriously and apply serious science. All influencers who use social media have a duty of responsibility and a duty of care around that. Like the virus, misinformation carries across borders and it mutates and it evolves. So I think YouTube and other social media platforms have a real responsibility and opportunity here.”
I mean… at this point can we just talk about Gwyneth as a complete loser? Yes, she’s rich, and yes, she peddling really dangerous pseudoscience, but mostly I just think we need to reimagine how we speak and write about Gwyneth. She sucks and she’s a loser. She’s stuck up her own ass, she has a dangerous ideology (based on an insane Diet Culture) and she says and does “outrageous” sh-t to get attention. She’s really not all that different from some lower-tier Real Housewife. Anyway, yes, when I covered Gwyneth’s original comments, I noted how Gwyneth’s answer to every medical issue is “go on a diet.” It makes perfect sense that her answer to inventing Covid is some kind of pseudoscientific argument for starving yourself.
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