Gwyneth Paltrow is being ripped by British health officials for pushing unscientific claims that “long COVID” can be treated by fasting, taking regular infrared saunas and eating lots of kimchi.
The 48-year-old actress recently touted her new-age advice on her site Goop after revealing she caught COVID-19 “early on” and was left with “long-tail fatigue and brain fog.”
She said a “functional medicine practitioner” put her on a “keto and plant-based” diet with kimchi and kombucha — and fasting until at least 11 a.m. each day.
Professor Stephen Powis, the national medical director of England’s National Health Service, slammed the Oscar winner, saying influencers have a “duty of responsibility” to share real science.
“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 the 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.
Paltrow claimed that fasting, taking regular infrared saunas and eating lots of kimchi can treat COVID-19.Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby
“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.”
Paltrow, who said a test revealed she had “high levels of inflammation in my body,” also said she tries to enjoy an “infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing.”
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.