Is Goop a huge scam? | The Tylt
Gwyneth Paltrow's health and wellness site Goop was called out by Truth in Advertising for selling modern day snake oil. Doctors, scientist and even NASA have called Goop out for selling things like crystals, stickers and vaginal jade eggs as cures for ailments like infertility or anxiety. Goop says they're putting out "unfiltered Q&As" so women can hear directly from experts and decide for themselves if the product is right for them. What do you think? 🐍
Is Goop a huge scam?
Truth in Advertising (TINA) filed a complain with California district attorneys, urging them to investigate Goop's marketing of its products. TINA points out that Goop is falsely claiming its products can treat or cure certain ailments. Under the law, you can't make health claims without proof. But Goop continues to claim walking barefoot can cure insomnia, stickers can promote healing and using crystals can cure infertility. There's no scientific evidence for any of these things.
Presenting this as just information and leaving it up to the readers to decide for themselves is not a defense. Goop is trying to sell these products to people as a health and wellness product. They're telling people that it can help improve their lives and make them feel better. That's a problem when they're pushing crystals as a potential cure for infertility. It's all bullshit.
Goop argues it's not telling people what to think. All it's doing is presenting information to its audience so they can decide for themselves. Women are intelligent. They don't need to be told what to think or how to be healthy. What Goop is doing is removing the middleman in order to give women information and autonomy over their health. They can take what they want and leave the rest.
As women, we chafe at the idea that we are not intelligent enough to read something and take what serves us, and leave what does not. We simply want information; we want autonomy over our health. That’s why we do unfiltered Q&As, so you can hear directly from doctors; we see no reason to interpret or influence what they’re saying, to tell you what to think.
Asking questions is the job of all of us; it is also the job of the doctors and scientists who collectively move our health forward. There is much that we do not know. It is unfortunate that there are some who seem to believe that they already know it all, who pre-judge information before they’ve even taken the time to read or understand it, who believe that there is actually nothing left to learn, who believe that they, singularly, own the truth. That is troubling, and that is dangerous.