Ridiculous Celebrity Advice
Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager, Oncology Social Work
JULY 31, 2017
To be fully honest, I am completely oblivious to the celebrity culture. I recognize only a handful of names of current entertainment stars and have no interest in knowing more. Occasionally, however, something catches my attention and seems to highlight much of what has gone wrong with our world. How can we possibly take advice, especially advice that is clearly whacko, from celebrities just because they are rich and famous?
This essay comes from The New York Times, and I won't even try to write an intro:
A Doctor Gives Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop a Pelvic Exam
By KATHERINE ROSMAN
Dr. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, didn’t mean to pick on Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness e-commerce company. In fact, she’s a fan of Ms. Paltrow’s acting.
“‘Shakespeare in Love’ is one of my favorite movies,” Dr. Gunter said. “She was so wonderful in that movie.”
But she doesn’t think much of the stories posted by Goop on health and sex. One that sent the doctor to her blog earlier this year was the suggestion in a Goop story that women insert jade eggs into their vaginas to improve their sex lives.
“I read the post on Goop, and all I can tell you is it is the biggest load of garbage I have read on your site since vaginal steaming,” Dr. Gunter, 51, wrote on her personal blog, which carries the tagline “Wielding the Lasso of Truth.”
Another Goop story that said bra-wearing may increase the chance of breast cancer also irked Dr. Gunter. “It’s breast size that increases the risk of breast cancer,” she wrote in retort.
What about another practice recommended by a doctor interviewed on Goop: cleansing the body with goat’s milk as a hedge against parasites?
“I’d just write it off as crazy except some people are going to follow this advice and waste a lot of money,” Dr. Gunter wrote, adding a certain modifier before “crazy.”