The founder of Goop accessed her website earlier this month to reveal that she believes she contracted the virus “early” last year and that she had persistent symptoms, such as long-tail fatigue and brain fog.
She says she consulted with functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole, who recommended that she start fasting until 11 am every day and eat a ketone and plant-based diet. She also recommended kimchi and sugar-free kombucha as potential remedies for long-term symptoms.
While her website notes that the recommendations are not a substitute for medical advice, Goop still claims that the drugs helped the actress recover. However, Professor Stephen Powis of NHS England criticized the star’s potential solutions in an interview with BBC.
“Like the virus, misinformation crosses borders and mutates and evolves,” he said. “So I think YouTube and other social media platforms have a real responsibility and opportunity here.”
He continued: “In the past few days, I saw that Gwyneth Paltrow is unfortunately suffering from the effects of Covid. We wish her luck, but some of the solutions she is really recommending are not the solutions we would recommend on the NHS. We need to take Covid seriously and apply serious science. All influencers who use social media have a duty of responsibility and a duty to take care of that. “
Paltrow’s Goop had previously suffered reactions for spreading unscientific claims about a jade egg that they claimed could help balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles and increase bladder control when inserted through the vagina. This prompted 10 prosecutors from the California Food, Drug and Medical Task Force to file a lawsuit.
Goop agreed to pay the $ 145,000 settlement but told SFGate in a statement, “While Goop believes there is an honest disagreement about these allegations, the company wanted to resolve the matter quickly and amicably.”
Santa Clara district attorney Jeff Rosen said in a press release at the time: “We will protect consumers vigilantly against companies that promise health benefits without the support of good science … or any science.”
Sasha Savitsky of Fox News contributed to this report.