Ars Technica health reporter Beth Mole (previously) is a national treasure, and nowhere is her background in biology and science communications on better display than when she is puncturing the potentially lethal bullshit (vaginal jade egg -toxic shock -RIP) that Gwyneth Paltrow peddles through her Goop magazine and store (Mole was very good on Paltrow's advice to squirt coffee up your asshole).
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“The lithe, 42-year-old tech founder has become a one-man Goop.”
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Gwyneth Paltrow's insanely profitable empire of quack remedies has had some serious lowlights: it wasn't just squirting coffee up your asshole, or vaginal steaming and smoothie dust: really, the lowest of the lowlights was a concerted effort to convince women to insert $66 jade eggs into their vaginas because, supposedly, this was a widespread practice from "ancient China."
Update: An earlier version of this article credited Ms Paltrow with inventing the fictitious ancient Chinese practice of keeping jade eggs in one's vagina; it turns out that this legend was plagiarized from other sources."
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Here is Gwyneth Paltrow talking to David Letterman about Miramax's Harvey Weinstein in 1998. She smiles nervously as they chat about how she's lucky to do her films for Miramax, and then goes on to say how Weinstein will "coerce you to do a thing or two." Hmm, and what would that thing or two be? Read the rest