New York Post: “Do you believe in magic?”

Head over heal

Alternative medicine has swept the nation — too bad it’s all bunk

  • By SUSANNAH CAHALAN
  • Last Updated: 12:00 AM, June 23, 2013
  • Posted: 10:52 PM, June 22, 2013

In an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Gwyneth Paltrow defended her decision to put her children on a no-dairy, low-carb, gluten-free diet to treat her son’s eczema, a skin disease, “naturally.”

“I try at home to make everything gluten-free for him because the difference in his comfort is unbelievable when he’s sticking to what he’s meant to be eating,” she told the doctor host.

Her beliefs — she also claims that she successfully treated her panic attacks, inflammation, and thyroid problems with diet — based on controversial food-sensitivity testing were lambasted by scientists and physicians as being without scientific merit. Maclean’s science blog called her a “purveyor of quack remedies.”

Still, she’s successfully marketed her lifestyle in the form of a bestselling cookbook called “It’s All Good.”

“[Paltrow] is saying natural is ‘all good.’ But that’s not true,” explains Dr. Paul A. Offit, author of the book “Do You Believe in Magic?” (Harper), a damning takedown of the alternative-medicine industry. “This is largely unregulated industry, and we aren’t told about many of the negative effects. We wade in without a lot of knowledge.”….

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