Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash by Timothy CaulfieldIs Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash by Timothy Caulfield

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash

byTimothy Caulfield

Hardcover | October 15, 2018

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Over the past few decades, celebrity culture’s grip on our society has tightened. For Timothy Caulfield, a health science expert, this culture has a measurable influence on individual life choices and health-care decisions. 

While acknowledging the pervasiveness of celebrity culture, Caulfield doesn’t mock those who enjoy it (in fact he loves celebrity culture.) But with a skeptic’s eye and a scientific lens, Caulfield identifies and debunks the messages and promises that flow from the celebrity realm, whether they are about health, diet, beauty, or what is supposed to make us happy.

As he did so convincingly in The Cure for Everything, Caulfield separates sense from nonsense and provides useable and evidence-informed advice about what actually works and what is a waste of money and time.

In typical Caulfield manner, it isn’t enough to just interview experts and read all of the current studies (which he does). He tries celebrity-recommended beauty routines and diets. After attending a modeling competition, he enrolls in an assessment/audition for a modeling agency in Hollywood. He follows celebrity Twitter feeds, reads gossip blogs and forces himself to read every issue – cover to cover – of People Magazine, for an entire year, in his quest to understand the relationship between celebrity culture and our individual health choices.

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? is the question Caulfield sets out to answer in this fun, factual book that offers real advice.  


   TIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of s...
Title:Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science ClashFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.26 × 6.27 × 1.22 inPublished:October 15, 2018Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:067006758X

ISBN - 13:9780670067589

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Celebrity culture and science Caulfield writes a good follow-on to his book The Cure for Everything explaining how the aura of celebrities cause many people to lose the ability to think critically. He goes into exhaustive detail to show that there is almost never any research or science to show that the health and beauty tips from celebrities in popular culture actually work. Caulfield also shows how unlikely, if not random, it is for anyone to actually become a celebrity. While Caulfield is critical of celebrity culture he has some fun with it, interweaving his own journey as an almost rock star and over the hill American Idol contestant.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Science is easy, comedy is hard ... Despite the humorous title, I read this book with the expectation that it would be more scientific than comedic. I got exactly what I expected. There is a lot of science (I think there were about 50 pages of references) and a bit of humor. Regardless of what you might expect, the book is definitely worth a read. After reading this book, you will likely embrace evidence-based habits. You'll stop taking glib advice from uninformed celebrities and that is worth the price of the book. As well, you might reconsider any ambition you have to be famous. Professor Caulfield presents a convincing case against "shooting for the stars". He may come across as a dream crusher, but, in reality, the book is all about living a better informed and more fulfilling life.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as impressed as the author said I would be. I have started the second section of the book. While this book does give the science and statistics behind celebrity raves, it is factual and boring rather than humorous. It includes information I already know and is in my opinion common knowledge. The author tries to be funny but he is not as he promised in his interview on CTV's The Social which is the main reason I bought the book. He was funny on the show!
Date published: 2015-03-01

Editorial Reviews

“[Caulfield] thinks with an academic’s rigor and precision and knows the health maintenance territory inside out.” - The New York Times“Caulfield’s cure for the mess we’re in is this lucid and well-researched compendium of the best-available science about diet, fitness, genetics, pharmaceuticals and alternative medicine. . . . A compelling and timely argument for science and a reminder that science is an iterative process, breakthroughs are rare, and there are no magical cures for everything.” - Julia Belluz, The National Post