Gwyneth Paltrow draws hundreds to first-ever Goop wellness summit

Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital's Kaleidoscope 5 at 3LABS in California, on May 6, 2017.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital's Kaleidoscope 5 at 3LABS in California, on May 6, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (WP) - Say what you will about Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress actually does many things well. No one can ever take away her Oscar win, and her cookbooks are, quite honestly, excellent if you can get past the inherently ridiculous tone-deafness of them.

But her track record as a wellness guru has been a little spotty. Since launching her website, Goop, in 2008, the lifestyle site has come under fire not just for being out of touch but for also spreading health advice that doctors find dubious.

None of that stopped Paltrow from launching the brand's first ever wellness summit, In Goop Health.

Hundreds of people paid between US$500 (S$700) and US$1,500 to attend the event on Saturday in California. And what did they get?

During a panel discussion with Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie among others, model Miranda Kerr admitted to using leeches as part of her beauty routine.

Not only did a professional place a leech on Kerr's lower back to help her "detoxify" but the model has also had leeches used during facials.

A photographer with a camera capable of capturing "people's radiant energy" on film gave event-goers a souvenir to take home, not to mention a reading based on the colours that appeared in the snapshots. According to a USA Today reporter, her purple and red portrait signified she was a "visionary" and "passionate".

There were also recommendations to skip meals, especially breakfast. That would have been helpful information before attendees had already sampled the morning's smorgasbord of doughnuts, sushi breakfast burritos, juices and smoothies.