UK’s health chief slams Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand

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FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 26th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles. The chief executive of Britain’s National Health System on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 criticized Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop and her new Netflix series, warning it carries “considerable risks to health.” At an event in Oxford this week, Simon Stevens slammed Paltrow’s Goop brand for promoting untested treatments like vampire facials and colonic irrigation, noting there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are effective. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)

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LONDON (AP) — The chief executive of Britain’s National Health Service has criticized Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop and her new Netflix series, warning it carries “considerable risks to health.”

At an event in Oxford on Thursday, NHS chief Simon Stevens slammed Paltrow’s brand for giving prominence to “quacks, charlatans and cranks” in promoting untested treatments like vampire facials and unusually scented candles.

“Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand peddles ‘psychic vampire repellent,’ says ‘chemical sunscreen is a bad idea,’ and promotes colonic irrigation and DIY coffee enema machines,” he said, adding British health authorities have issued advice stating there is no scientific evidence to support such claims.

Paltrow’s six-part series, “The goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow,” was recently made available on Netflix in the U.K.

Stevens warned about the potential of misinformation to undermine public health, citing the recent surge in measles across Britain. Scientists have attributed the disease’s rise in part to falling vaccination rates, first prompted by skepticism about the vaccine suggested in a discredited scientific study in a 1998 medical study that linked the shot to autism.

A spokeswoman for Goop said the company “takes efficacy and product claims very seriously” and noted it has a legal and compliance team that works with their science and research group to vet product claims.

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