“What can seem like innocuous woo from charging your crystals in the moon lighting to lighting a candle to ward off Mondays can quickly change into pseudoscience that at best is a waste of money and at worst is dangerous,” said Bee.
Bee pointed out a few Goop products that have no scientific data to support their claims. “Things like vitamins that claim to help someone function at an intense pace, ripoff Lisa Frank stickers that boost cell turnover, psychic vampire repellent,” said Bee.
Some of the unfounded health claims have come back to haunt Goop. In 2018, Goop had to settle lawsuits in California over false advertising. This was particularly surprising given how lenient the Food and Drug Administration is towards pseudoscience remedies.
“As long as the product doesn’t claim to mitigate, treat, or cure anything, companies don’t have to prove it actually does what it’s advertising,” said Bee. She went on to say that by promoting wellness remedies with little to no scientific evidence backing them, companies like Goop are promoting anti-science.
“Mistrust in science in general is the reason why so many people believe masks cause coronavirus and 30% of Americans believe coronavirus was created in a lab,” said Bee. “This is a terrible time to consciously uncouple from science.”
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