Gwyneth Paltrow has been on a PR push because she is so “effing tired” and wants everyone to know that she has found the cause of her mysterious ailment, adrenal fatigue, and you too can apparently cure/prevent this by buying her carefully curated supplements for $90 a month.
I know I said I was going on a GOOP cleanse, but this has a major harm factor. Adrenal fatigue is the snake oil jackpot that keeps giving and giving. All kinds of self appointed experts like to do expensive yet useless tests to make the diagnosis and then prescribe supplements that you will have to take forever to stave off this mystery illness. Because people will never feel better (as adrenal fatigue doesn’t exist) the answer is continual tweaking of the supplements. I have seen people pay tens of thousands of dollars a year for this kind of “therapy,” however, GOOP and Paltrow’s plan to cash in on the adrenal fatigue bonanza will only set you back $90 a month! Why sell a woman one single useless vaginal jade egg for $66 when you can sell her useless supplements for a non-existent diagnosis for $90 a month for ever!
Here is a recent review article on adrenal fatigue with this summary:
Two concluding remarks emerge from this systematic review: (1) the results of previous studies were contradictory using all the methods for assessing fatigue and the HPA axis, and (2) the most appropriate methods to assess the HPA axis were not used to evaluate fatigue. Therefore, “AF” requires further investigation by those who claim for its existence.
The National Endocrine Society, meaning board certified endocrinologists, says adrenal fatigue doesn’t exist. This is the information they provide on the subject. Here’s a summary of their points:
- “Adrenal fatigue” is not a real medical condition. There are no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress drains the adrenal glands and causes many common symptoms.
- Adrenal insufficiency is a real disease diagnosed through blood tests.
- There is no test that can detect adrenal fatigue.
Doctors see women (and probably men, but just not my demographic) every day tricked by this. It is wrong and potentially dangerous. Every news outlet giving her a boost for pushing her witchcraft should be ashamed of themselves.
Gwyneth Paltrow is nothing but a snake oil sorceress and she should be ashamed of pushing her worried wellness onto the world.