East Ender Gwyneth Paltrow has come under fire in recent months for some of the products and health practices her lifestyle brand goop endorses. While many—including NASA—have discouraged readers from following goop’s medical advice, Paltrow and her team are standing up to the criticism. In a new post titled “Uncensored: A Word from Our Doctors,” Team goop takes on the criticism and fires back.
We always welcome conversation. That’s at the core of what we’re trying to do. What we don’t welcome is the idea that questions are not okay. Being dismissive—of discourse, of questions from patients, of practices that women might find empowering or healing, of daring to poke at a long-held belief—seems like the most dangerous practice of all. Where would we be if we all still believed in female hysteria instead of orgasm equality? That smoking didn’t cause lung cancer? If every nutritionist today saw the original food pyramid as gospel?
Several of goop’s medical consultants weighed in.
Dr. Steven Gundry snapped back at direct criticism by Dr. Jennifer Gunter:
“Dr. Gunter…since you did not do even a simple Google search of me before opening your mouth, let me give you a brief history: I have published over 300 papers, chapters, and abstracts on my research in peer-reviewed journals and have presented over 500 papers at peer-reviewed academic meetings. For a paper to be accepted, a committee of peers (I sat on the American Heart Association’s Review board for fifteen years, for example) reviews the research done, then reads the literature, decides whether the research has merit, and then accepts it for presentation. A discussant, who is an acknowledged expert in the field, is then selected to orally critique the results, and tries to find weak points in the argument or research; the researcher then has time to rebut the discussant’s comments. Others are then invited from the audience to weigh in on their opinion, with similar time for rebuttal. These discussions can sometimes last for an hour on a controversial paper. Yet, an F-bomb is never dropped.