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Gwyneth Paltrow Says 'Desperation' Fueled Her Wellness Journey During Her Father's Battle With Cancer

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By Joe Allen

Gwyneth Paltrow has become an icon of the healthy and wellness movement. Goop, her wellness company, has proven to be an incredible success, in large part because she knows how to sell her products.

In an interview with Town & Country, Paltrow explained that her interest in health and wellness started when her father Bruce Paltrow was battling cancer. She said that seeing the way he suffered eventually convinced her that there must be more available for those looking to improve their health.

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“His treatment was so brutal, I was thinking, almost out of desperation, that we had to be able to do something else to help him,” she said. “That’s when I started to research food and nutrition.”

Bruce died in 2002 at the age of 58. After his death, Paltrow stopped smoking, and she founded Goop just six years later. She also said that a huge part of wellness was being willing to listen to yourself and discover what works for you.

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“I think what this wellness movement is really about is listening to yourself, tuning into what interests you, and trying things,” Paltrow said. “Find what makes you feel better and go from there.”

Paltrow also acknowledged that, although her father's suffering sent her on a journey towards wellness, she didn't grow up in a household where it was a priority. “There wasn’t a lot of wellness in the house," the actress said, which meant she had to do a lot of discover on her own.

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Recently, Paltrow also stirred up controversy for an Instagram post. In the post, Paltrow is wearing a black dress, black mask, and gloves. She wrote about going to the local farmer's market and the importance of social distancing in the caption.

“Yesterday I heard tales of crowded hiking trails and parks,” read part of the caption. Paltrow continued by saying that it was time to believe science, which caused some doctors who see her wellness products as fake medicine to protest.

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“Although we are all on a learning curve and aren’t always perfect as we figure out this temporary new normal, we must take the orders seriously and not abuse the freedoms we still have; grocery store and essential errand runs, bike rides or walks (being disciplined about correct protocol). It’s not the time for denial.”

In response, some suggested that Paltrow's wellness products should give her natural immunity that means she doesn't need a mask or gloves when she goes outside.

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