March 3


Is Netflix’s Goop Lab Docuseries Bad for the Wellness Industry?

By vitahealth

March 3, 2020

Ayurveda, Docuseries, Goop, Goop Lab, Gwyneth Paltrow, Netflix, Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center, Wellness

Well, we all are aware of Netflix. It is the biggest streaming service in the world. It has an extensive amount of TV shows, movies, and documentaries that deal with all times of subject matters and genres. And most of us heard of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. She is a very successful actress and a few years ago, she became an entrepreneur and founded a company called Goop. Currently, Paltrow is making fewer movies and doing her best to promote and expand her Goop company, which is classified as a “wellness and lifestyle” company that sells various ‘wellness’ branded products. One of the company’s most successful items is the $75 candle that reportedly is the scent of Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina. The candles sold out on the day of its debut. 

Netflix recently released the Goop Lab docuseries. Some viewers have called it an infomercial for Paltrow’s Goop, voodoo science and others say the program is an insightful look into the wellness lifestyle. They all agree that Paltrow is a marketing genius who got Netflix to pay the company to advertise its Goop brand on the streaming platform. 

The Goop Lab docuseries consist of six episodes. It begins with an episode called, “What We Know about Psychedelics and Healing, So Far.” The following episodes deal with: how breathing in cold environments can help common ailments, the understanding of sex and female pleasure, how to maintain a healthy diet, healing, and psychics. From the reviews of the docuseries that have been circulating online, people either hate or love the show. Here are some of the most astonishing claims some of the participants on the show made.

Psychedelic mushrooms can help treat depression and anxiety.

Vampire facials can make you look younger.

Inherently “intuitive” people have the power to communicate with the dead.

Energy healing is a thing.

Fact or fiction, one of the primary goals of any program on TV is entertainment. We invite you to comment on what you think of those claims. Below is a brief history of what it means to live a wellness lifestyle.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, the idea behind the wellness industry dates back to as far as ancient times. They estimated the origins of wellness to be between the dates of 3,000 and 1, 500 B.C. Some historians believe that ‘wellness’ has its linked to Ayurveda, an Indian system of medicine that translates to “science of life.” Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that utilizes foods and lifestyle to guide one towards the state of good health. The essence of Ayurveda is to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit. Original practitioners of Ayurveda believed that the synergy of the mind, body, and spirit can be achieved through the daily practice of maintaining a nutritional diet, exercise, social interaction and the maintenance of hygiene.

Though Ayurveda has evolved throughout its 5,000-year history, people continue to practice its original teachings. The wellness term was coined in 1948 when the World Health Organization stated that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Dr. Halbert L. Dunn was the first leading figure to establish a national vital statistics system in the United States and is known as the father of the wellness movement. His efforts helped establish the National Vital Statistics System, which is the intergovernmental system of sharing data on the vital statistics of the population of the United States.

The first wellness center in the United States was established in the mid-1970s in Mill Valley, California. Matter-of-fact, the state of California is considered to have the biggest wellness market in the nation. California helped incorporate “The Eight Dimensions of Wellness,” into contemporary practice. The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are emotions, spirit, intellect, body, environment, finance, occupation and social interaction. Although there aren’t any specific guidelines on how one should practice the individual dimensions, most do agree that being aware of those dimensions and making consistent efforts to improve one’s lifestyle is key.

In conclusion, there are two good questions to ask after watching Netflix’s Goop Lab docuseries: does the show harm the wellness industry and does it make it hard for highly trained and educated wellness professionals to reach and help patients. We won’t state our opinion on the matter because as previously stated; entertainment is one of the main goals of everything you see on television. But we certainly recommend you visit us at Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center to see highly trained and well-educated wellness professionals at work. Our only goal is to naturally get patients back to health.


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