Quackery 101: EB Virus Causes 95% of Thyroid Diseases: Snake Oil Salesman Like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony William are Still Doing Well in 2019.
Stay away from Gop, Paltrow, and The Medical Medium Anthony Williams.
- By leveraging celebrity endorsements and the overlapping wellness, anti-vaccine, conspiracy theorist circles on social media, “the one and only Medical Medium” has crafted a lucrative business peddling books, supplements and unproven elixirs. Central to his rise is Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness company, which is notorious for hawking expensive clothes and questionable health treatments.
- Gullible celebrities have fuelled the rise of America’s online quack, the ‘Medical Medium’,
- The claim would be laughable, but for the fact that Coviello, who now goes by the name Anthony William, has built an unlikely — and, critics argue, dangerous — empire.
- William is perhaps best known as the progenitor of celery juice. He claims that in liquefied form, the vegetable is a “miracle tonic” that cures everything from restless leg syndrome to psoriasis.
- Naomi Campbell is a devotee, as is tennis star Novak Djokovic. Robert de Niro called him a “trusted source for our family”.
- Critics claim, however, that he is little more than a canny snake oil salesman.
- William’s core customers, the community upon which he has built his brand, are the chronically ill — desperate people looking for answers.
- He presents them with easy, cure-all remedies to ailments that conventional medicine has failed to solve. Alzheimer’s, he argues, can be reversed by a diet heavy on wild berries “only from Maine” and Atlantic red seaweed.
- A lot of what he is promoting is dangerous.
- He claims that the Epstein-Barr Virus, the cause of mononucleosis, is behind “95% of thyroid disease cases”. He prescribes a mix of vegetables, herbs and supplements to treat the disease. “What if some mom reads that and says, ‘Oh, well I had mono when I was young, so maybe that’s why my kid has thyroid disease’, and then stops giving medication?” Gunter said.
- Critics claim Anthony William has built a dangerous empire
- A personal endorsement from Paltrow appears prominently on his website, in which she says much of what he teaches “feels inherently right and true”.
- Goop has been heavily criticised for marketing “wellness” products that have no basis in science.
- Regulators hit it with a $145,000 fine last year for “unsubstantiated” claims that its jade eggs could, if inserted into the vagina, aid bladder control and regulate hormones.
- Celery juice could be William’s biggest coup yet. Scan his social media feed and you will find devotees ranging from Sylvester Stallone to supermodel Miranda Kerr, toting big glasses of electric-green juice and name-checking him.
- William claims that drinking 16oz of celery juice, every day, on an empty stomach, gives people access to what he says are undiscovered “cluster salts” that can starve pathogens responsible for a range of maladies.