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Tom Brady Versus Gwyneth Paltrow: Whose Wellness Advice Is More Bonkers?

Whenever Gwyneth Paltrow or Tom Brady comes forward with another unconventional health tip (vagina s..



Whenever Gwyneth Paltrow or Tom Brady comes forward with another unconventional health tip (vagina steaming, refusing to eat tomatoes—you get the point) critics come out with torches blazing. Take the recent recirculation of the football star’s “drink water and you won’t get a sunburn” advice from his book published a couple months ago, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance—which has once again prompted fans and haters to get riled up, round-two.

Some people, and even media outlets, have gone on to equate the pseudoscience-y food, fitness, and medical advice from Brady’s The TB12 Method with that of Paltrow’s controversial wellness site, Goop. So we thought, what could be more entertaining than putting the A-listers’ most outlandish words of wellness wisdom side by side to see who is really living the most ludicrous healthy lifestyle? Check out our face-off below.

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Gwyneth says: “The lifestyle I lead is based not just on clean eating, but also on clean sleeping: at least seven or eight hours of good, quality sleep—and ideally even ten,” she wrote in her book Clean Beauty (as excerpted by the Daily Mail). In other words, get enough sleep, even potentially more than you may need, on a regular basis.

Tom says: Going to bed in pajamas made of far infrared (FIR) technology can improve sleep and recovery. In January, Under Armour released UA Athlete Recovery Sleepwear Powered by TB12—Tom's brand—which the company says feature a “soft, bioceramic print on the inside of the sleepwear that absorbs natural heat and reflects far infrared back to the skin, helping the body sleep better and recover faster.”

The wiser words? Gwyneth’s. Clocking 7 to 8 hours of solid rest is age-old good sleep advice. (Although it’s probably not realistic—or even necessary—to get a full 10 hours every night.)

The term “clean sleeping” also hits on the concept of sleep hygiene, or setting up your bedtime environment and evening routine to promote good sleep. Clean sleeping could include powering down electronics within an hour of going to bed, dimming the lights in your bedroom in the evening to signal to your brain and body that it’s time to enter sleep mode, and taking a warm bath to wind down. (Here are even more tips for how you can makeover your bedtime routine.) We're on board.

Let’s talk high-tech PJs: They may not be total bogus. There are bioceramic materials that absorb heat (like from the human body) and emit it as far infrared radiation. Small studies have suggested that gloves made of FIR-emitting fabrics can be used to treat hand arthritis and Raynaud’s syndrome, and that a blanket containing FIR-emitting discs could potentially improve sleep quality. A 2015 study of (only 10) athletic men also suggested that infrared sauna bathing may help aid muscle recovery after strength and endurance training.

But more research needs to be done to prove the effects of far infrared technology in clothing on sleep and muscle recovery specifically. (One TIME writer actually tried Brady's PJs and found that, while it may have been a placebo effect, his body did feel strong and pain-free after wearing them, but his sleep didn't improve.)

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Healthy eating

Gwyneth says: “Usually, I just try to eat pretty clean during the day—good proteins and lots of vegetables and not too much grain or sugar, and nothing baked—and then I tend to eat whatever I want for dinner,” the star said back in February. (Paltrow seems to have become more lenient with her food intake over the years, moving away from a strict macrobiotic diet, but still enduring an occasional crazy cleanse as the Goop “guinea pig.”)

Tom says: Avoid refined carbs and unhealthy fats, and limit dairy, salt, alcohol, and caffeine. These are the principles behind the alkaline diet that Brady follows. He describes it in his book as “a nutritional regimen that’s made up of 80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acidic foods.” He also added that he rarely eats dark-shaded vegetables, noting that they are not anti-inflammatory.

The wiser words? It’s a draw. Gwyneth’s approach to dieting may sound more reasonable for the average person. “But the ‘eat whatever I want for dinner’ part gives me pause,” says Health’s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, RD. “I have clients who eat very clean and healthfully during the day, but really go all out in the evening—a few glasses of wine, a comfort food meal, ice cream—and this pattern doesn’t lead to weight loss or optimal health.” Now, if you enjoy a reasonably healthy dinner, that may be a different story, Sass points out.

Brady’s alkaline eating food philosophy is probably more much difficult for the average person to sustain, Sass warns. “But if you can follow Tom’s approach 80% of the time, allowing for some splurges, it may lead to more optimal results, depending on your goals.” The theory behind eating mostly alkaline foods is that the diet can help balance your body's pH levels, Sass previously explained in a blog post. While this has yet to be proven, she noted, following the rules of an alkaline diet—going easy on sugar, salt, processed foods, and excess animal protein and eating more plant-based overall—is a “natural route to healthier eating.”

But if you’re wondering whether you should avoid dark-shaded vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, for example) like Brady does, the answer is probably not. “Most people should eat them. There is little scientific research to back up the idea that nightshades are inflammatory,” Sass wrote in a separate blog post on the topic. Her big caveat: If you're injured or have an inflammatory condition, like arthritis, and want to see if nixing nightshades alleviates symptoms, try cutting them out of your diet for one month and see if it helps.

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Skin protection

Gwyneth says: Use a mineral sunscreen, but steer clear of chemical types.“I don’t understand why anyone would put on carcinogens,” she said in an interview with the New York Times. And while we don’t know if Paltrow had a part in writing and reporting this Goop article titled “The 8 Best Clean Sunscreens,” it states thatchemical sunscreens use ingredients, such as oxybenzone and avobenzone, that are “hormone and endocrine disruptors … and can interfere with everything from our reproductive systems to our metabolism.”

Tom says: Drink lots of water and you won’t get a sunburn.Brady penned in his book that even if he’s out in the sun for a while, he won’t get a sunburn,“which I credit to the amount of water I drink … I always hydrate afterward, too, to keep my skin from peeling.”

The wiser words? Gwyneth’s. We’re happy to hear that she is a believer when it comes to wearing some type of sunscreen. That being said, Goop isn’t on the money regarding chemical-based sunblocks. The major difference between chemical and mineral sunscreens is this: Mineral blockers, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, give you immediate protection; they sit on top of the skin, as opposed to penetrating it as chemical blockers do. (That’s why you must apply chemical-based sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outdoors.) But no scientific research shows that sunscreen—including kinds with oxybenzone and avobenzone—can cause health or hormonal problems in humans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

As for Brady’s use of H2O as a sun blocker? There’s also no evidence to suggest that you’re any less prone to sunburns when you are well-hydrated—so we advise him to wear sunscreen, chemical- or mineral-based.

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Nutritional supplements

Gwyneth says: Supplements have the potential to make you feel less tired, reboot your metabolism, and boost your immune system. Goop came out with a vitamin line with packets named Why Am I So Effing Tired, High School Genes, and others touted to fix related health ailments and more. Paltrow toldFast Company, “One common confusion for people who are interested in wellness or optimizing their health is they think, ‘I should take a vitamin, but I don’t know what to take and why.'"

Tom says: “I’m a big believer in the smart use of certain supplements,” he wrote in his book. “Along with electrolytes and trace mineral drops, every day I take a multivitamin, vitamin D, vitamin B complex, an antioxidant, essential fish oils, protein powder, and a probiotic.”

The wiser words? Neither. Most experts agree that the average healthy adult probably does not need an extensive supplement regimen. "Dietary supplements are not necessary nor proven helpful for the average person," David S. Seres, MD, director of medical nutrition and associate professor of medicine at Columbia Medical Center, previously toldHealth. "For the most part, [they're] an unnecessary expense and may, in some instances, be dangerous."

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Popping vitamins and minerals in higher doses than the daily recommendations (which you can most likely meet just by eating a well-balanced diet day to day) is not necessarily better for you, Dr. Seres explained. Plus, you can actually overdo it. Take magnesium, for example: Too much can bring on icky symptoms, like diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramping. Other less-studied supplement ingredients—think herbs or plants, like Echinacea or gingko—may not have enough scientific research behind them to say for certain whether they are safe for the average person.

The bottom line: Try to get all of your vitamins and minerals through a healthy diet, and always consult your doctor before taking any type of supplement to make sure it’s safe (and a worthy investment!) for you.

Who takes home the win?

We’ll leave it at a tie.

For what it’s worth, Brady stresses in the book that his diet and health beliefs work for him. "My regimen works for what I'm asking my body to do. In the end, it's balance in all things," he wrote. Paltrow, too, acknowledges that her wellness advice—and her brand—may not be for everyone, and she's fine with that. (She even exclaimed, “I don’t know what the fuck we talk about [on Goop]!" to Jimmy Kimmel—uh huh.)

With any celeb health advice, take it with a grain of salt and do your research before following suit.

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‘Visionary’ music producer Sophie dies aged 34




Sophie, the Grammy-nominated experimental pop musician and producer, has died aged 34 following a “sudden accident” in Athens.

The Glasgow-born artist worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX.

In a statement, Sophie’s management said the musician had died at around 04:00 on Saturday in the Greek capital, where she had been living.

“Sophie was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade,” they said.

A further statement from Sophie’s record label Transgressive, explained how the “terrible accident” had occurred.

“True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and slipped and fell,” they posted online. “She will always be here with us.”

“The family thank everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time.”

Sophie was also known as a transgender icon, after affirming their identity in the 2017 video for It’s Okay To Cry.

The artist’s management said she would be remembered “not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation”.

‘A pioneer’

Sophie’s innovative productions drew on pop, trance and underground dance music, mixing them with warped, disorientating waveforms to create a sound that was both instantly recognisable and highly in-demand.

Madonna sought Sophie out to co-produce the 2015 single Bitch, I’m Madonna; while Charli XCX worked with the musician on her abrasive, avant-garde EP, Vroom Vroom and the hit single After The Afterparty.

Sophie’s debut album, Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, followed in 2018, exploring questions of identity, non-conformity and reinvention, while expanding her trademark sound with longer, more explorative tracks.

“Crossing boundaries of pop music and chasing transcendence, Sophie achieves the rare feat of making abstract, difficult electronic music that hits you straight in the heart,” wrote the NME in a four-star review.

The album was subsequently nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic album.

French pop act Héloïse Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens led the tributes to the late star, whose full name was Sophie Xeon.

Writing on Twitter, Letissier described Sophie as a “stellar producer”, “a visionary”, and “a pioneer”.

“She rebelled against the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman” she added.

London-based Japanese singer Rina Sawayama echoed those sentiments, calling Sophie an “icon”. “The world and our community has lost a beautiful soul,” she tweeted.

Guitar hero Nile Rodgers said she was an “innovative”, “dynamic”, and “warm” person.

“Heart-breaking news,” added singer Sam Smith.

“The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation. Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come.”

After being given the Innovator gong at the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards in 2018, Sophie used the platform to promote trans rights.

“To be truly deserving of this award involved not only changing the sound of today’s music, but also ripping apart a deeply entrenched and deeply flawed patriarchal society,” said the producer while collecting the award.

“Creating a more diverse, inspiring and meaningful future for us and the generations whose lives our decisions affect and help shape.”

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Ralph & Russo put Dubai on the fashion map




Ralph & Russo is an international luxury fashion brand known for its designs that are described as both contemporary and timelessly elegant. The brand was created in London in 2010 by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. In 2014, it became the first British guest member in almost 100 years to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show their first runway collection as part of the Spring/Summer season.

In an inclusive interview with founders, Tamara and Michael, Euronews’ Jane Witherspoon got the lowdown on the iconic brand.

How did the brand come about, what did you want that brand to stand for?

Tamara Ralph: It really grew out of a passion for luxury and craftsmanship and design. I come from four generations of fashion and haute couture in my family. And when we had a chance meeting, it was something that we talked about, setting up a luxury brand. And we always had a vision to have a global luxury brand.

You were invited to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, the first British brand to showcase a Fashion Week in almost 100 years.

Tamara Ralph: It was really quite a big milestone and the first Australians ever to be invited. And you know it was always something that was very important for the brand. To be recognised by the Chambless Syndicale was an incredibly important achievement.

We had obviously, the support of Didier Grumbach, at the time who was the president and was actually responsible for discovering a lot of the big names in fashion and nurturing their careers. So it was wonderful to have the support.

How do you personally define couture?

Tamara Ralph: Couture is an art. You know, all of our clients that purchase couture, they purchase it for generations. It’s really something that’s an investment. It’s like a piece of jewellery. It’s something that you’ll pass down and keep forever. And for us, that’s really special.

How have dressmaking techniques changed over the years? How have you adopted the changes? Have you stayed traditional?

Tamara Ralph: So we have a really big atelier, actually, that specialises in the couture side. And then we have obviously craftsmen in the house that specialise in other product categories, such as ready to wear and things like that. But in the couture atelier, there’s forty-five languages spoken. There’s ages ranging from 16 all the way up until the 60s. And it’s really nice to have that mix of the old techniques get more modern applications and things like that. We like to push and constantly innovate. We run apprentice programmes in-house where we can train and develop and innovate as well. So that’s really important.

You’ve dressed many wonderful clients, like Meghan Markle. Is that a challenge? How exciting or daunting is it?

Tamara Ralph: No, I think it was very it was very exciting, obviously, you know.

I think it was such an iconic moment because obviously not just because of the two of them, but also because of her choice of piece for the day, which was, you know, a little bit different to what I think, you know, some people were expecting. And I think that’s nice. It showed her personality. It pushed the boundaries.

Do your clients have much input if you’re designing something specific and special for them, or do you come up with the idea and see it through to completion?

Tamara Ralph: Both

Michael Russo: We’ve had some really diverse celebrity moments from stage outfits for Beyonce to the costume outfits for Angelina Jolie, for Maleficent. It’s been so diverse. So the challenge is always there.

Tamara Ralph: Yeah but also I think with clients, all of our private clients, it’s a very personal experience, you know, no matter if they’re a celebrity or a private client. And, you know, we love to guide them and be part of the process and be very involved.

How hard has it been to showcase virtually?

Tamara Ralph: It was an evolution, that’s for sure. I think that it’s difficult to create the connection that you have with the physical show. I think that was something that was the hardest part to kind of keep, alive. But I loved the innovations and things.

I thought it was very interesting just to push the boundaries with digital, to play with new ideas. But, you know, I think that the traditional fashion shows are still very important and are important to get that sense of what the collection is about, So, you know, a balance of both going forward. I think one is just as important as the other.

Why did you choose to launch in Dubai?

Michael Russo: Well, I think Dubai has got such a multicultural following, and I think for us as well, it’s a product that’s well suited for the market.

It’s got a customer base that’s very akin to Ralph & Russo and well known to Ralph & Russo. For us in this region, it was definitely our first flagship in the region.

Would you say you have a different clientele in Dubai?

Michael Russo: I think in Dubai we find that there’s a lot of tourists here and those tourists are typically Ralph Russo clients already. So the products that we’re offering here are still akin to the ones that we use worldwide and I think relevant to our worldwide customer as well as the local market. So I think it’s a nice little mix of local and international clients.

Do you think that the fashion scene in Dubai is growing? How does it compare to known fashion cities like New York, Milan, London and Paris.

Tamara Ralph: Well, I think it’s definitely, you know, integral to the Gulf region. Yeah, you know, it’s really the hub of the region. It’s so incredibly international. And I think, you know, it’s a huge destination for fashion for the region. So, yeah, I think it’s incredibly important.

You’re about to become a mum for the first time, how is that going to change your work-life balance?

Tamara Ralph: Yeah, of course. I mean, it teaches you definitely to kind of find that balance, which I think I probably didn’t have before. And so, you know, I have a great team.

You know, we have an amazing support structure internally in the company. And we’ll find a way, you know, and plus it might be a chance to kind of venture into a full fledged childrenswear line. You know, well, I’m having a girl, so now we have our first model.

You’re expanding into accessories, are there beauty lines down the line?

Tamara Ralph: What’s been amazing actually through, just before Covid and also through Covid is, you know, a few different things. We were able to kind of reset our thinking, focus on what we’d like to achieve in the next couple of years. And so, you know, cosmetics and beauty is something we’re very interested in. Home and furnishings and everything connected to that sector is actually something that we’ve been slowly putting in the works for a little bit of time.


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Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79




Film director Michael Apted, best known for the Up series of TV documentaries following the lives of 14 people every seven years, has died aged 79.

He also directed Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas In The Mist and the 1999 Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.

The original 7 Up in 1964 set out to document the life prospects of a range of children from all walks of life.

The show was inspired by the Aristotle quote “give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man”.

The first 7 Up show was followed by 14 Up at the start of the next decade, which interviewed the same children as teenagers – and the pattern was set right up until 63 Up in 2019.

Throughout all those intervening years ITV viewers became engrossed with the stories of private school trio Andrew, Charles and John, of Jackie who went through two divorces, of Nick who went from jobless and homeless to Liberal Democrat councillor, and of working class chatterbox Tony, whose life ambition was to become a jockey.

Apted’s shows – which won three Bafta awards – have often been described as the forerunner of modern-day reality TV series, giving its participants the time to tell their own stories on screen.

But unlike their modern counterparts, the original Up children tended to fade away from the limelight in the seven years between each chapter.

In 2008, Apted was made a companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the British film and television industries.

‘Remarkable’ career

Thomas Schlamme, president of the Directors Guild of America, said Apted was a “fearless visionary” whose legacy would live on.

He said Apted, who was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, “saw the trajectory of things when others didn’t and we were all beneficiaries of his wisdom and lifelong dedication”.

ITV’s managing director Kevin Lygo said the director’s six-decade career was “in itself truly remarkable”.

He said the Up series “demonstrated the possibilities of television at its finest in its ambition and its capacity to hold up a mirror to society and engage with and entertain people while enriching our perspective on the human condition”.

“The influence of Michael’s contribution to film and programme-making continues to be felt and he will be sadly missed,” Lygo added.

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond film franchise, said Apted “was a director of enormous talent” and “beloved by all those who worked with him”.

“We loved working with him on The World Is Not Enough and send our love and support to his family, friends and colleagues,” they said.

A post on the Twitter account of the band Garbage, who performed the theme for The World Is Not Enough, labelled Apted a “delightful, charming soul”.

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Composer David G Arnold, who composed the Bond theme and worked with Apted on three other non-Bond movies, said he felt “lucky” to work with him.

“A more trusting, funny, friendly and, most importantly, kind, person you’d never meet. So pleased to have known him and so sad that he’s gone,” Arnold wrote on Twitter.


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