Gwyneth Paltrow is being ripped by British health officials for pushing unscientific claims that COVID-19 can be treated by fasting, taking regular infrared saunas and eating lots of kimchi, Page Six reports.
The 48-year-old actress posted on her site Goop, revealing that she caught COVID-19 “early on, and it left me with some long-tail fatigue and brain fog. In January, I had some tests done that showed really high levels of inflammation in my body.”
Paltrow said she tries to enjoy an “infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing.”
She said “functional medicine practitioner” Dr. Will Cole put her on a flexible “keto and plant-based” diet with sugar-free kimchi and kombucha. Paltrow takes part in intermittent fasting until at least 11 a.m. each day.
Professor Stephen Powis, the national medical director of England’s National Health Service, slammed Paltrow, saying, “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 told BBC, “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.”
In 2018, Goop agreed to pay a substantial settlement over unproven claims about the health benefits of the infamous vaginal eggs it was selling. It has also been investigated for pushing unscientific advice.