Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow, famous for her fondness for alternative medicine, was criticized by UK National Health Service Medical Director Stephen Powis for spreading “false information”.
Previously, the popular interpreter revealed on her personal blog that she had contracted the coronavirus and suffered certain side effects of the disease, such as “fatigue and brain fog.”
She also revealed that a “functional medicine practitioner” had recommended a plant-based and ketogenic diet with no sugar or alcohol, and fasting until 11 am every day. The health lifestyle guru also said that “I’m doing an infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing. A side benefit is my skin, which makes me happy—and makes me want to double down on skin care even more.”
Powis, in turn, warned that “like the virus, disinformation crosses borders, mutates and evolves.” He stressed that while he “wishes the best” for Paltrow, “some of the solutions she recommends are not the ones the NHS would recommend.”
“You need to take COVID-19 seriously and apply serious science. All influencers who use social media have a responsibility and duty to be diligent [about their activities].”
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Paltrow has been repeatedly criticized for promoting health tips and products whose effectiveness has not been proven by doctors. In September 2019, she recommended vaginal steam baths, sometimes called yoni baths, to her fans. However, some gynecologists warn that this practice can be dangerous.
“Steaming the vagina can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation, infections – such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections – and inflammation. It could also burn the delicate skin around the vagina,” said Vanessa Mackay, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of the United Kingdom, in an interview with the BBC.