Gwyneth Paltrow's health advice on Covid-19 is GobbledyGoop

IT’S one thing for Gwyneth Paltrow to flog candles smelling of her noonie and urge us all to steam-clean our vaginas.

But when she starts giving dodgy health advice to people suffering from Covid, we do have to draw the line.

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The woman who encourages her ­millions of devotees to stick egg-shaped jade rocks where the sun don’t shine in order to “balance hormones” is suffering from the after-effects of contracting Covid, for which she has my deepest sympathy.

I do, however, think she is offering advice bordering on quackery to fellow sufferers, and our NHS experts agree.

Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, has declared, with admirable restraint, that “some of the solutions she is ­recommending are really not the ­solutions we would ­recommend in the NHS”.


Apparently, Gwyneth has consulted a “functional medicine practitioner” (nope, me neither) and has embarked on a keto and plant-based diet, which involves fasting until 11am every day. She also takes coconut aminos, kombucha and kimchi.

All very trendy and expensive, with the keto diet particularly controversial because it cuts out virtually all carbs and is high in fat.

She also indulges in something that goes by the name of an “infrared sauna” — and to no one’s surprise Gwyneth ­recommends her very own supplements, sold on her Goop lifestyle website.


While we can hoot with derision at the Gwynny superfans who lap up orgasm-scented candles and mini lady-garden hoovers, when it comes to telling people with long Covid not to eat anything until 11am, and purchase expensive online supplements, we are in a whole new territory.

Gwyneth is a cold-eyed, canny ­businesswoman who has made a fortune flogging her “wacky” products — and Covid is now yet another income stream.

I don’t begrudge her making a crust, and if people are daft enough to pay ­fortunes for a range of increasingly bizarre products then that’s their choice.


But I strongly object to any medical advice that could possibly do actual harm.

Let’s not forget, Goop was fined more than £100,000 for unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of sticking that   aforementioned   jade egg up your vagina.

Gynaecologists warned it was downright dangerous — especially, one supposes, if it ­happened to get stuck up there.

The site also sold “body vibe” stickers that claimed to improve sleep, and help anxiety.

These cost around £100 a pop and are claimed to be made out of the same ­fabric used to line a Nasa spacesuit.

Unsurprisingly, Nasa eggheads were grim-faced about being wrongly associated with such a product, and any connection had to be taken off the website.

When it comes to Gwyneth and Goop, where a gold-plated sex toy sells for £10,000, most of us merely shake our heads in bafflement, are vaguely amused then get on with our lives.

Those with more money than sense, however, and who buy into the pseudo-science surely need to be protected from themselves.

Prof Powis is quite right when he warns that social media influencers such as Gwyneth have a responsibility not to spread false information.

He adds: “Like the virus, misinformation carries across borders and it mutates as it evolves.

“We need to take long Covid seriously and apply serious science.”

Indeed we do.

So if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from long Covid, eat a proper, healthy diet, get plenty of rest, take good care of yourself and talk to your GP if you are worried.

That’s going to be far more beneficial than lighting a candle that smells like a fanny or frantically trying to retrieve a slippery jade egg that has gone astray up there.


LET there be dancing in the streets – the sublime sitcom that is Frasier is coming back, with Kelsey Grammer reprising his lead role.

Die-hard fans have waited 17 years for this reboot, ever since the series ended in 2004.

Of course, we have the re-runs and I’ve seen every episode at least three or four times.

But I have often wondered what happened to Frasier. Did he finally find true love?

Did Niles and Daphne have more kids?

And is Roz running her own radio station?

Sadly, Frasier’s cranky but soft-hearted dad, Martin, will not be coming back, as actor John Mahoney died in 2018 – and his feisty dog Eddie has long-since crossed the rainbow bridge.

But it looks like the other big stars will sign up and, hopefully, there will be a place for the dysfunctional Seattle radio presenters – including my favourite Bulldog Briscoe – and not forgetting Frasier’s viperish agent Bebe.

The writing was always whip-smart and the cast had perfect comic timing, especially David Hyde Pierce as Niles.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

And I’m looking forward to the next chapter of Frasier a hell of a lot more than the planned Sex And The City remake, which seems a pointless exercise without the inclusion of Samantha.

It would be a bit like bringing back Frasier without the man himself.


COULD we please give Towie’s James Argent a break?

This poor, troubled soul has put on so much weight he’s considered to be in such a high-risk group that he was given the Covid vaccine at the age of just 33.

Being obese means contracting the virus would be extremely serious for him, which is why he needed to get the jab as quickly as possible.

Cue the inevitable social media pile-on, and James is subjected to yet more abuse online.

Here’s an idea. Instead of being so cruel and judgmental, let’s cut him a bit of slack.

James has struggled with his weight for years and he’s doing his best to get fit and healthy, but like so many of us has clearly been comfort-eating during lockdown and finding it really tough to stop.

He’s a vulnerable and hugely likeable young man who has always been an absolute delight any time I’ve met him.

He’s polite, funny and friendly and has a heart of gold, and right now he needs help, not criticism.

Yo-yo dieting

James has talked about getting a gastric band or even a gastric bypass to lose weight.

This kind of surgery can have impressive results but it’s not the easy solution it is often made out to be.

Those who have the operation still have to be very careful about their diet, and that can be really tough.

With people who are seriously overweight, it’s important to get to the root of what is causing the overeating, and try to break that pattern.

Most people who have a weight problem have a difficult and unhealthy relationship with food, and that needs to be addressed.

It’s not as simple as eating less and exercising more, and we know that yo-yo dieting does debilitating physical and mental harm.

James needs understanding and encouragement and I hope he finds a weight-loss plan that works for him – and manages to get his life back on track.


I’M currently enthralled by the Apple TV series For All Mankind, set in an alternative universe where the Russians landed on the moon first in 1969 and the Americans are playing catch-up.

It’s a bit soapy at times, but there’s clever use of real-life newsreels from the Sixties and ­Seventies, woven in with the new timeline.

Women are given a far more prominent role, and lunar exploration continues and expands rather than being wound down due to a public lack of interest and withdrawal of funding.

It’s a fascinating premise and makes for some interesting asides.

For example, Senator Ted Kennedy ­cancels his trip to Chappaquiddick to investigate the Soviet moon landing, which means he never leaves political aide Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in his crashed car, and so his career isn’t ruined and he becomes a ­possible presidential candidate.

I expect a lot more of these historical anomalies, as well as scenes of the fight over the moon’s future, as both super- powers want to exploit space to win the Cold War.

If you are looking for more lockdown binge-worthy shows, I also recommend Sky’s ZeroZeroZero, which is about the international drugs trade. And Firefly Lane on Netflix, about two childhood friends — one of whom has her own US talk show — and their intertwined and complicated lives.


THE life of Tiger Woods has been the stuff of dreams but it’s also been nightmarish.

He’s an incredible sportsman, but has often been a pretty bad human being, ­cheating on his ex-wife and then being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence four years ago.

You cannot, however, underestimate his tenacity and courage.

He made an astonishing comeback from the wilderness, winning the US Masters in 2019 against all the odds and despite debilitating back pain.

The car crash that saw him in hospital with severe leg injuries this week would surely finish the career of any other 45-year-old professional golfer, but you can never write off Tiger Woods and you underestimate him at your peril.

If there’s any way he can somehow crawl back on to a golf course and ­compete again at the highest level, he will find it.

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