Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop has been criticised by Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, for perpetuating “myths and misinformation” that pose a risk to public health. Stevens referred to this controversial product in his discussion of the dangers posed by the company, also mentioning the “vampire facials” and a “psychic vampire repellant” tested by the so-called ‘Goopers’ in the Netflix series. He noted that the company’s promotion of colonic irrigation, defined by the brand on their website as “essentially a way to hydrate and irrigate your colon,” was directly opposed to advice from the NHS that “there is no scientific evidence to suggest there are any health benefits associated with colonic irrigation.” He also criticised the brand’s $135 Coffee Enema kit, which is listed online along with the description: “if you wish to use a home system and you know what you are doing.” During the event, Stevens hit out against those who spread misinformation, calling them “quacks, charlatans and cranks,” and warning of the dangers of false information regarding health that can be easily disseminated online and in the media. Specifically, he directed his criticisms at Goop, the lifestyle and wellness brand whose products he referred to as “too good to be true.” Goop, the brand launched by Paltrow in 2008 with the aim to “start hard conversations, crack open taboos, and look for connection and resonance everywhere we can find it,” as stated on their website, has been subject to media scrutiny over the past few months, following the sale of controversial products such a candle named ‘This Smells Like My Vagina’ and the release of a Netflix series, ‘The Goop Lab’, in which the Goop team try out the company’s various treatments. The beginning of each episode contains the disclaimer: “the following series is designed to entertain and inform – not provide medical advice.” In September 2018, the company was fined $145,000 in civil penalties for making “unsubstantiated” marketing claims surrounding a $66 jade egg meant to “increase sexual energy and pleasure” – an assertion that was refuted by gynaecologists around the world. The outcome of the lawsuit means the brand is no longer able to make claims about their products that are unsubstantiated by medical research, although the products are still allowed to be sold. Along with Goop, Stevens also criticized the ‘anti-vax’ movement in his warnings against fake news, attributing the steep rise in cases of mumps to the ‘widespread disinformation’ being spread about vaccinations online. A spokeswoman from Goop said: “Goop takes efficacy and product claims very seriously. With the editorial and commercial aspects of our business, we sometimes approach different topics from different points of view. “On the editorial side, we are transparent when we cover emerging topics that may be unsupported by science or may be in early stages of review. When products are available for retail sale, we have a robust legal and compliance team that works closely with our science and research group to vet product claims.” The comments were made last Thursday at an event entitled ‘An Oxford Conversation: The impact of fake news on our lives’, during which Stevens joined Damian Collins MP and BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague for a panel discussion on the phenomenon of fake news and how this problem might be best addressed by governments and technology companies alike. “We are proud of our procedures and internal protocols and we are constantly evolving to ensure our approach is best in class. We applaud the important work that NHS does, and often take our cues from the UK standard. For example, in the case of chemical sunscreens that the NHS cited in their speech, the US bans only 11 personal care ingredients while over 1,000 are banned in the UK. It’s for that reason we recommend non-toxic sunscreens.”
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NOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Shai Hope and captain Jason Holder struck half-centuries but a late batting collapse sent West Indies to a hugely disappointing 15-run defeat to Australia, squandering an ideal opportunity to notch their second straight win of the ICC World Cup here yesterday.In pursuit of 289 at Trent Bridge in a contest marked by poor officiating, West Indies were well placed at one stage on 190 for four in the 35th over but then watched as five wickets tumbled for 66 runs, as the Caribbean side paid the price for injudicious strokes late in the innings and ended on 273 for nine off their 50 overs.Hope top-scored with a patient 68 off 105 balls that included seven fours, and appeared to be steering West Indies to victory but his demise in the 35th over sparked the West Indies slide, handing Australia their second straight win of the tournament.Holder struck 51 off 57 balls with seven fours and a six and hopes of a Windies victory were kept alive once he remained at the wicket. Mitchell Starc’s return for a final spell, however, sounded the death knell, as he knocked over Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Holder in the 46th over to quickly end the Windies bid.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran struck 40 while Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer both got 21, but West Indies lost wickets at key moments which hurt their run chase.Left-arm seamer Starc claimed five for 46 while fast bowler Pat Cummins supported with two for 41.Andre Russell (right) celebrates one of his two wickets during yesterday’s 15-run defeat to Australia at Trent Bridge. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)Tail-ender Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a career-best 92 and stroke-maker Steve Smith, 73, as Australia recovered from 38 for four in the eighth over to reach 288 all out off 49 overs.Coulter-Nile, batting at number eight, struck eight fours and four sixes in a robust 60-ball knock which dug the Aussies out of trouble while Smith faced 103 balls and counted seven fours.Brathwaite got wickets at the back end of the innings to end with three for 67 while fellow pacers Andre Russell (2-41), Sheldon Cottrell (2-56) and Oshane Thomas (2-63) finished with two wickets each.West Indies drew first blood in the encounter after choosing to bowl first, unleashing a hostile pace assault on the reigning World champions which left them stunned early in the day.Thomas produced an absolute beauty to remove captain Aaron Finch for six to a catch at the wicket in the third over with the score on 15, the right-hander edging a quick length ball which shaped away.In the very next over, a frustrated David Warner steered Cottrell to Hetmyer at point to fall for three and left-hander Usman Khawaja (13), struck a fierce blow on the helmet by Thomas in the third over, edged Russell for wicketkeeper Shai Hope to take a brilliant one-handed catch diving low to his left in the fifth over.When Glenn Maxwell top-edged a pull at Cottrell off the second ball he faced and was caught off a skyer by Hope in the eighth over without scoring, Australia looked in danger of collapse.However, Smith came to his side’s rescue, first in a fifth-wicket stand of 41 with Marcus Stoinis (19) before adding a further 68 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Alex Carey whose 45 came from 55 balls and included seven fours.Stoinis pulled captain Holder to Pooran at short mid-wicket in the 17th over and Carey feathered a catch to Hope in a new spell from Russell in the 31st over but Smith combined with Coulter-Nile to further frustrate West Indies in a pivotal 102-run stand for the seventh wicket.The partnership was ended in the 45th over by a superb running catch at backward square by Cottrell, who raced around the boundary to pluck Smith’s flick off Thomas out of the air. With the momentum taking him over the ropes, he released the ball just long enough to leap back on-field to complete the catch.In reply, West Indies’ start was less than ideal as they lost both Evin Lewis (1) and Gayle cheaply to be two down for 31 in the fifth over.The left-handed Lewis edged Cummins to second slip in the second over while Gayle, who was twice reprieved by DRS after being erroneously given out in successive deliveries by New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney in the third over, finally fell to a marginal lbw decision to Starc two overs later.TV replays revealed the standing umpire had missed a huge no-ball off the previous delivery, however, meaning Gayle should have instead benefitted from a free hit.Hope then repaired the Windies innings in a 68-run, third wicket with Pooran before adding a further 50 for the fourth wicket with Hetmyer.Pooran looked untroubled in his 36-ball innings which included five fours and a six before miscuing a heave over the top and falling to a catch at point by Finch off leg-spinner Adam Zampa in the 20th over.Hetmyer, meanwhile, blasted three fours and was just moving into another gear when he was sent back by Hope in a mix-up over a single in the 28th over and was run-out at the non-striker’s end.Hope, who counted seven fours, then combined with Holder to post 41 for the fifth wicket but his soft dismissal, caught at mid-on off Cummins, sparked the slide for West Indies.Russell blasted two fours and a six in an 11-ball 15 but then unnecessarily holed out to a running catch at point by Maxwell off Starc with West Indies needing just 73 runs off 67 balls.And all hope evaporated when Brathwaite drilled a Starc full toss to long on and Holder – twice reprieved by DRS after being mistakenly adjudged lbw on seven and 23 – pulled an innocuous delivery to short fine leg off the same bowler three balls later. AUSTRALIA innings Warner c Hetmyer b Cottrell 3 Finch c wkp. Hope b Thomas 6 Khawaja c wkp. Hope b Russell 1 Smith c Cottrell b Thomas 73 Maxwell c wkp. Hope b Cottrell 0 Stoinis c Pooran b Holder 19 Carey c wkp. Hope b Russell 45 Coulter-Nile c Holder b Brathwaite 92 Cummins c Cottrell b Brathwaite 2 Starc c Holder b Brathwaite 8 Zampa not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-1, w-24, nb-1) 27Total: (all out, 49 overs) 288Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-26, 3-36, 4-38, 5-79, 6-147, 7-249, 8-268, 9-284.Bowling: Thomas 10-0-63-2 (w-8, nb-1), Cottrell 9-0-56-2 (w-3), Russell 8-0-41-2 (w-5), Brathwaite 10-0-67-3 (w-2), Holder 7-2-28-1, Nurse 5-0-31-0.WEST INDIES inningsC Gayle lbw b Starc 21 Lewis c Smith b Cummins 1 Hope c Khawaja b Cummins 68 Pooran c Finch b Zampa 40 Hetmyer run-out 21 Holder c Zampa b Starc 51 Russell c Maxwell b Starc 15 Brathwaite c Finch b Starc 16 Nurse not out 19 Cottrell b Starc 1 Thomas not out 0Extras: (lb-9, w-11) 20Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 273Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-31, 3-99, 4-149, 5-190, 6-216, 7-252, 8-252.Bowling: Starc 10-1-46-5 (w-4), Cummins 10-3-41-2 (w-3), Coulter-Nile 10-0-70-0, Maxwell 6-1-31-0, Zampa 10-0-58-1, Stoinis 4-1-17-0.Points: Australia 2, West Indies 0.Man-of-the-Match: Nathan Coulter-Nile.