NASA just shut down allegations from Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog, Goop, which said in a post that some wellness stickers it sells on the blog were “made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suit so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear.”
The wellness stickers are sold by Body Vibes on the blog, and they claimed that they could target energetic frequency imbalance in the body, according to Gizmodo.
Goop said that human bodies operate at an ideal energetic frequency, but everyday stresses and anxiety can throw off our internal balances, thus depleting our energy reserves and weakening our immune system. So, they recommended the wellness stickers, which according to Body Vibes, create a “calming effect” that alleviates “physical tension and anxiety.”
Wellness stickers claimed to be made from the ‘same carbon material NASA uses to line space suits’
Body Vibes also claims that the stickers help to clear skin, and they sell them in packages of 10 for $60 or 24 for $120. However, Gizmodo interviewed a NASA representative who told them they do not have any conductive carbon material lining the spacesuits. Spacesuits are actually made of spandex, synthetic polymers, and other materials.
NASA spokeswoman Tabatha Thompson also told The Washington Post on Friday that NASA definitely does not use carbon fiber anywhere in the spacesuits. By Friday morning, Goop had already removed the reference to NASA materials from the product description on the website. Internet archives showed that Goop’s website had been edited both on Thursday and Friday.
However, Body Vibes, which sells the wellness stickers, still had allegations on its site Friday morning that the stickers have “an exclusive material originally developed for NASA.”
“This waterproof, carbon fiber compound can hold specific frequency charges that naturally stimulate the human body receptors,” said the Body Vibes webpage, although it had been deleted by Friday afternoon, according to The Washington Post.
Goop and Body Vibes removed the inaccurate claims on the stickers’ product description
Paltrow’s blog said in a statement Friday to The Washington Post that the advice and recommendations posted on Goop are not considered formal endorsements. The statement said that the opinions expressed by the experts and companies they profile on the website do not necessarily represent the views of Goop.
“Our content is meant to highlight unique products and offerings, find open-minded alternatives, and encourage conversation,” said Goop in the statement. “We constantly strive to improve our site for our readers, and are continuing to improve our processes for evaluating the products and companies featured.”
Goop stressed that based on the statement from NASA, they have gone back to the company to inquire about the claim made of the materials on the stickers, and removed it from their site until they receive additional verification.
The lifestyle and wellness website is known to offer health advice that doctors have found dubious or unorthodox, such as the benefits of inserting jade eggs into the vagina.
Source: The Washington Post