Gwynth Paltrow has angered cancer specialists, by claiming that shampoo could be linked to the disease.
Writing for her Goop website, the actress described being 'seized with fear,' by threats of 'environmental toxins.'
She described, 'Foetuses, infants and toddlers are basically unable to metabolise toxins the way that adults are and we are constantly filling our environments with chemicals that may or may not be safe'
'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),' Paltrow continued.
The piece went on to quote a US paediatrician, who added that children are at risk from chemicals found in shampoo, cleaning products, paint, carpets, toys and furnishings.
Now experts have branded Paltrow's claims as 'nonsense' and have accused her of scaremongering.
Hugh Pennington, professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University commented, '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.
Cancer Research UK has also dismissed Paltrow's claims, confirming there is no evidence to back them: 'It's a load of nonsense. Shampoo is perfectly safe, unless you drink it in large quantities.'
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