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posted by cmn32480 on Monday June 26 2017, @03:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the apparently-it-DOES-take-a-rocket-scientist dept.

Goop HQ is obsessed with wearable stickers that rebalance energy. NASA and a former NASA scientist are here to bring them back to Earth:

Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle and wellness website really may have stuck their foot in it this time. [...] It all kicked off when an article appeared on Goop promoting stickers. These aren't just run-of-the-mill stickers though. These are Body Vibes stickers that "promote healing."

"Body Vibes stickers (made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut's vitals during wear) come pre-programmed to an ideal frequency, allowing them to target imbalances."

[...] But wires must have been crossed somewhere as NASA have now come out to say that they "do not have any conductive carbon material lining the spacesuits." In fact, their spacesuits are made out of synthetic materials and spandex, they explained to Gizmodo.

Body Vibes' stickers were reportedly created as a result of top secret research, but Mark Shelhamer, former chief scientist at NASA's human research division, wasn't particularly impressed by this. "Wow," he told Gizmodo. "What a load of BS this is."

Also at Vanity Fair. Here's some background reading on Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop. Paltrow was recently named CEO:

Last Monday, the actress turned life-style entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow summoned a small group of employees to her bright Santa Monica office. Goop, the weekly newsletter she founded nine years ago, has grown into an e-commerce empire, and she wanted to discuss the online marketing plan for the company's latest enterprise: pills. In 2014, sales of dietary supplements in the United States reached $36.7 billion, so it makes sense that Goop would expand its stock of wellness wares (Ayurvedic ashwagandha powder; a vaginal-muscle-toning egg made of jade) to include vitamins.

[...] Last year, Goop raised fifteen million dollars in venture capital and moved its headquarters from New York to Los Angeles, in the process losing its C.E.O., Lisa Gersh, the former C.E.O. of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Grishnakh on Monday June 26 2017, @05:24PM (1 child)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Monday June 26 2017, @05:24PM (#531417)

    The FDA and possibly FTC are the ones that would be concerned with that detail.

    Nope, sorry. Unfortunately, in the US, you can sell any kind of bullshit you want as a "medical device" or for "healing" as long as you put some disclaimer that says "these statements not evaluated by the FDA" or similar. You can claim whatever you want: your product will heal cancer, make you regenerate your missing leg, etc. It doesn't matter if it's total bullshit; the government won't lift a finger to protect consumers from fraud.

    Otherwise, homeopathy treatments would not be sold.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 26 2017, @11:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 26 2017, @11:31PM (#531637)

    This goes back to a giant lobbying push a bunch of years ago for deregulation, made by the supplement pill manufacturers.
    Mel Gibson (a whore who will do anything for money, apparently) made a commercial for them. []
    I seem to recall Ted Danson (John Becker MD) making one too.

    Eventually, somebody figured out that you could produce a bar of completely inert stuff, [] make a commercial for it that made no medical claims, and suckers would buy it by the millions.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []