Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

How the Famous Sell Us Elixirs of Health, Beauty & Happiness / Timothy Caulfield

Book - 2015
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"An exploration of the effect our celebrity-dominated culture has on our ideas of living the good life Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. This isn't just a hyperbolic assertion. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our children's ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. The celebrity brand is at once the most desired state of being (modern-day royalty!) and one of the most socially problematic. Health law and policy researcher Timothy Caulfield provides a fun look into the celebrity world, including interesting facts and anecdotes, as well as a boatload of practical and evidence-based advice on everything from diet, skin care, and colon cleanses to detoxing from our celebrity ambitions. Caulfield tries out for American Idol, has a professional makeover, and endures the Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed cleanse in this thoroughly unique, engaging, and provocative book"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780807057483
Branch Call Number: 613.2 C311I 2015
Characteristics: xviii, 254 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 20, 2018

About half of it is an analysis of the fallacies in the celebrity health/wellness/dieting/beauty crazes, and about half is about our obsession with celebrity in general. Ends weakly, but overall informative and, in places, hilarious.

Sep 20, 2015

Piling on to the overall commentary already provided: I didn't learn anything I didn't already know. (Confirmation bias anyone?)

If it weren't for the readability of the work, I would rate this book rather poorly. As it is, the text is entertaining, and - having read vulgarization pieces that apparently didn't give a hoot about them - the references section is pleasing.

Jul 18, 2015

Hated this book. I thought it was going to be an informative read, separating wheat from chaff about the crazy theories that are out there. Telling us what's real and what's not.

Instead, it turned out to be an analysis of celebrity culture and why we buy into crazy theories.

Jun 30, 2015

Well-written, often humorous, but since I'm already a skeptic and disbelieve most of what 'celebrities' stand for or tell us, I wasn't enlightened in any particular way. It's a great title, though!

Apr 19, 2015

Yes, yes she is.Not that I am surprised. (To get the full spectrum of horror, I suppose I should be following her on Twitter, but I'd rather be poisoned.) Caulfield does his usual job of debunking the pseudoscientific claptrap that is pedalled in the entertainment industry; he writes clearly and with some humour about the theories proposed by celebrities and their "medical advisors." I found the book maundered on a bit long; it got rather repetitive for me. Give it a go.

Mar 28, 2015

The title is a bit misleading, only a 1/4 of the book is dedicated to that topic, then he deals with whether celebrity is attainable or desirable. Still a great read with some Canadian content.

MaxineML Feb 13, 2015

This is a fascinating look at the vagaries of celebrity life, along with a fantastic debunking of the 'health claims' made by various celebrities (from snail facials to juice cleanses). Caulfield uses himself as a guinea pig for much of this, and reports back on the results and the science. From trying out for American Idol, to facials, to Gwyneth Paltrow's 21 day cleanse diet.

Caulfield is a great writer - funny and wry, and easily able to describe the science and the studies behind what he is talking about.

The first part of the book was probably the best (The Illusion of Celebrity Authority), and by part three the book did drag a bit, but not enough to make it enjoy it any less. The topics get a bit more serious the further into the book you go, but still remain relevant and funny.

Caulfield mentions, in passing, Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vaccine movement, but doesn't really go into it at all, which, considering recent events is a bit of a bummer. I would have loved to read his takedown of McCarthy.

Overall, a very funny book, on a fascinating topic.


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May 09, 2015

Great book analyzing celebrity culture, authority and illusions, highlighting harmful practices which clash with science. A touch weighty at times, but always interesting.


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