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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

By Loretta Marron

When celebrity culture and science clash.

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Whether it be through modelling, music, movies or sports, award-winning University of Alberta-based academic, Professor of Health Law & Science Policy and a Canada Research Chair, Timothy Caulfield, loves celebrity culture. His book Is Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? is a journey unravelling the considerable influence of celebrities on what we think and on our resulting health and life choices.

In the first section of the book, we are introduced to the misconception that becoming a celebrity is achievable. The latter part challenges the myth that all celebrities are happy, healthy, wealthy people leading desirable lives.

Caulfield analyses and debunks a plethora of celebrity messages and promises – from treatment endorsements to career ambitions – which lead us to believe that following their advice would make us happy. In reality, this inevitably fails to do so - sometimes at considerable financial and emotional cost.

The book includes research backed by opinions from relevant academics and clinical experts, intermixed with extensive interviews with celebrities, young hopefuls and older "has-beens". He carefully separates science from pseudoscience, fact from fiction, myth from truth, eventually providing the reader with a summary of well-informed advice that could save them considerable angst, time and money.

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The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.