Gwyneth Paltrow always makes for a hilarious story: is there any New Age nonsense she won’t swallow?
For someone of even the slightest scientific inclination, Goop [Paltrow’s web site] is a veritable cornucopia of What-The-Fuck? There’s “spirit truffles”, which contain “spirit dust” which apparently “feeds harmony and extrasensory perception through pineal gland de-calcification and activation”. In fairness to Goop, those are definitely all real words. They’ve got us there.
There’s the “morning smoothie” which lists as an ingredient Cordyceps, the parasitic fungus which genuinely turns insects into zombies by infecting their brains. Gwyneth Paltrow is literally telling her fans to consume brain-controlling fungus!
At least things have an actual psychical presence. The less said about the products that work by being infused with positive vibes and good intentions, the better. Same goes for vaginal steaming.
Her latest thing is getting stung by bees. She’s a rich, attractive woman with privilege oozing out of her pores (whoa, new marketing idea for Goop: sell sweat scrapings from Gwyneth as a potion for wealth). She can afford to indulge in all of these silly fripperies, and if something goes wrong — like going into anaphylactic shock — she’ll have the best medical care, and if she has to take a week off to recover, it’s not as if she’s at risk of losing her job, failing to make a rent payment, and getting evicted out of her apartment.
Cormit Avital has a name that is about as unusual as Gwyneth Paltrow’s, and she also shares at least some of her goofy beliefs. She thinks vaccinations are bad, and refused to get them because she’s a
healthy, fit, organic woman. (You are apparently out of luck if you’re a healthy, fit, inorganic woman.)
Then she got pregnant and had a baby. Organically, I presume.
Then she got whooping cough. She passed it on to her newborn, who spent three weeks in the hospital in intensive care. At least now she sees the error of her ways.
Within two weeks, Eva’s cough “became pretty scary, horror movie, coughing to the point of going blue, flopping in my hands, can’t breathe,” she said.
“For a moment there you think they’re dead in your hands. [It’s] a lot of suffering for a tiny little cute thing you love so much.”
She’s not an outlier any more. Last month, there was concern about a measles outbreak in California.
California Public Health officials announced Tuesday that they are investigating the potential for a measles outbreak at Yuba River Charter School in Nevada County, California, after an elementary school student was diagnosed with measles following a trip overseas. The California Department of Public Health confirmed that the child has fully recovered, but worried that other students at the child’s school had been exposed to the virus.
The elementary school did reopen Wednesday, but only for children who were up-to-date on their vaccinations. Unfortunately, 55 percent of the student body was ineligible to attend school the next day, because, according to school records, 124 students (out of 225 present the day before) lacked the proper vaccination against measles. Last year, school records reported that only 43 percent of the student body was properly vaccinated, leading the California Department of Public Health to classify the school as “most vulnerable” to an outbreak.
Over half the students had failed to get basic vaccinations? That’s unbelievable. I remember my mother dragging us to the dreaded needle, no questions allowed, and the schools lining us up for mass vaccinations. And now woo has so infected the population, thanks in part to popular idiots like Gwyneth Paltrow, that we’re seeing a majority in some areas rejecting a simple procedure that prevents so much pain and suffering.
Goop suddenly becomes a lot less amusing.