Sunday, August 28, 2016

Does Gwyneth Paltrow Really Know Anything About GMOs?

Timothy Caulfield has a bone to pick with Gwyneth Paltrow. Now, if Gwyneth were in charge of selecting the bone in question, she would likely choose an organic bone from an exotic bird — well-traveled, intellectually curious — that was gluten-free, scrubbed clean of all toxins, marinaded in lemon with some cayenne pepper, kept far from any chemicals or unnatural ingredients. Because Gwyneth (we are all on a first name basis with Gwyneth) believes in cleanses, annual detoxes, and vague ideas of what is good and bad for our bodies and ourselves.

But Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. He is professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, where, for over 20 years, he has been the research director of the Health Law Institute. And he wants the world to know something about Gwyneth and all her Goop-y guidance: It is, to use a technical term, bullshit.

Caulfield is the author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash, a thorough takedown of celebrity pseudoscience. He also spends a decent chunk of time debunking the myths she and her ilk — from Jessica Alba and her Honest company to Jenny McCarthy and her desire to revive vintage diseases by ridding the world of vaccines — on his Twitter feed.

He spoke with ThinkProgress by phone about why so many of us trust self-proclaimed lifestyle experts with no actual medical credentials, why cleanses are really just celeb-speak for “temporary, socially-sanctioned eating disorders,” and how growing skepticism of the scientific community has created a space for people like Gwyneth to control the national conversation about health.

Read the rest here.



  1. Paltrow and other celebutards are easy targets. I'd like to see Mr. Caulfield debate someone who has done the research Paltrow hasn't but has come to some of the same conclusions, such as Jon Rappoport.

  2. I read the article and it is rubbish. The author writes "I’m a big Obama fan".

  3. It does amuse me how RW is always anti-state of the highest order, is always skeptical of whatever govt and it's crony capitalists have to say. Yet when it comes to health somehow all that skepticism goes out the window. Big pharma, big aggra are crony as they come, even rivaling the military contract cronies. Never mind that though, RW would have us all eat 100% ultra-processed foods covered with chemicals and inject us with every vaccine on earth because those cronies are the kind you can trust...all that contradictory evidence is just a bunch of crazy lefty celebs, nothing to see here move along.