Gwyneth Paltrow Wages War on Shampoo

Self-appointed lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow has taken up a new cause: Warning parents about the dangers that shampoo poses to their children.

And she’s not talking about it running into their eyes and causing tiny tears.

The Iron Man actress has raised eyebrows by claiming on her Web site Goop that there could be a link between the chemicals found in household products such as shampoo and cancer and other serious ailments, the Daily Mail reports.

“Fetuses, infants and toddlers are basically unable to metabolize toxins the way that adults are, and we are constantly filling our environments with chemicals that may or may not be safe,” Paltrow writes. “The research is troubling; the incidence of diseases in children such as asthma, cancer and autism have shot up exponentially and many children we all know and love have been diagnosed with developmental issues like ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder].”

Those with actual expertise in such matters, however, haven’t quite embraced Paltrow’s controversial viewpoint.

Leading bacteriologist Professor Hugh Pennington, who advises Britain’s Food Standards Agency, opines, “It’s a load of nonsense. Shampoo is perfectly safe, unless you drink it in large quantities…It does annoy me when celebrities use their position to spout nonsense. They have a perfect right to their views, even if they are loopy, but they do hold a position of influence.”

Perhaps Paltrow should turn her concern to more pressing issues facing the world’s children. Such as the negative effects of naming them Moses and Apple.