Covid Vaccine Misinformation: These Doctors Are Part Of The Problem - Cnn

Covid Vaccine Misinformation: These Doctors Are Part Of The Problem - Cnn

They take an oath to do no harm, but these doctors are spreading misinformation about the Covid vaccine

These high-profile doctors are influential spreaders of misinformation about Covid vaccines

10/20/2021 5:26:00 AM

These high-profile doctors are influential spreaders of misinformation about Covid vaccines

They take an oath to do no harm, but these doctors are spreading misinformation about the Covid vaccine.

She was a media darling, and in 2013 made Reader's Digest's annual list of 100 most trusted people in America. If you go to Dr. Christiane Northrup's Facebook page, her posts dispensing advice on health and aging to her 558,000 followers seem consistent with that persona of several years ago.But Northrup also uses her Facebook page to direct followers to Telegram, where another side of her is apparent. Here, on this platform with lax moderation, lies a miasma of misinformation and conspiracy theories. "Best Explanation I've Seen About Why the Covid Jabs Are Killer Shots," reads one post that she shared. Dr. Christiane Northrup speaks at a New York City event."Me realising I don't have to take revenge on my enemies as they've all had the jab," says a meme she posted in late August that shows a sly-faced Morticia from the Addams Family. Read More"Another hero emerges," Northrup writes of a doctor who refused to see vaccinated patients. Northrup is among a small group of doctors who have emerged as a huge source of misinformation -- whether as social-media influencers or family doctors meeting with patients in person -- about Covid-19 vaccines, which have thus far proven the most effective weapon against the deadliest pandemic in 100 years. The physicians are fueling the fire at a time when Covid-19 deaths in the United States have surpassed 724,000, and as the casualties increasingly come from the ranks of the unvaccinated. For the most part, they do so with impunity. In late July, the board of directors at the Federation of State Medical Boards released a statement notifying physicians that promoting dangerous falsehoods about the Covid-19 vaccines could put their medical licenses at risk. But while several state medical boards told CNN that complaints about misinformation are piling up, only a handful of low-profile doctors have been formally punished to date. And the high-profile doctors spreading misinformation to millions of followers have faced no such regulatory scrutiny. "These doctors are taking advantage of the trust in them," said David Lazer, a political science and computer sciences professor at Northeastern University. He cites a monthly survey by the Covid States Project showing how, when it comes to trusted professions and groups, doctors rank at the very top for Democrats and Republicans alike."They are using the prestige of that term 'doctor' to convey misinformation," said Lazer, who co-leads the Covid States Project. 'The best thing that could happen is you get Covid' Dr. Rashid Buttar often appears on his promotional materials donning scrubs or a white coat. The bio in his 2010 book,"The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away" -- which landed on USA Today's best-seller list -- is a three-page compendium of credentials: double major in biology and theology from the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis; doctor-of-osteopathic-medicine degree at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Surgery in Iowa; visiting scientist and nutritional scientist at North Carolina State University. His website adds another:"MOST CENSORED Doctor." Buttar has shared all manner of outrageous claims and misleading statements about the pandemic: Most people who took the vaccine will be dead by 2025. It's all part of a"depopulation plan." Covid-19, he wrote on Twitter -- where he has 88,000 followers -- was a"planned operation." In a recent interview with CNN's Drew Griffin, Buttar stood by it all. "I've told people the best thing that could happen is you get Covid," he said. "The best thing that can happen is get Covid?" Griffin asked. "Of course," Buttar replied."You're going to build your own innate immune system and then you don't have to worry about it anymore." He later said, falsely:"More people are dying from the Covid vaccine than from Covid." Northrup and Buttar are sowing doubt about the Covid-19 vaccines at a time when roughly a third of eligible Americans -- a large share of whom are Trump Republicans -- are not yet fully vaccinated. CNN recently interviewed Dr. Rashid Buttar.Other high-profile doctors in this milieu include Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician who has turned his supplement business into a booming enterprise and has been warned by the FDA for selling phony Covid cures; Dr. Simone Gold, a former emergency room physician who has referred to the Covid vaccines as an"experimental biological agent whose harms are well-documented" and faces charges for entering the US Capitol during the riot on January 6 (she's pleaded not guilty); and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a longtime anti-vaccine activist who gained infamy this summer when she testified to Ohio state legislators that the Covid-19 vaccines cause magnetism, meaning metal objects such as keys and silverware would stick to people's foreheads. CNN has reached out to all of them.Only Buttar agreed to comment. But Mercola has told The New York Times that he believes he is being targeted for political reasons. Tenpenny stood by her testimony in an interview with The Washington Post and added,"People should have a choice on what gets injected to their bodies because once you have injected it you can't uninject it." Northrup has said in a Facebook video that she is"doing God's work on the earth plane at this now particular moment, facing down evil. What's in it for us? Our souls. That's what's in it for us." 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CNN reporter tracks down doctor spreading dangerous lies 03:36In addition to Mercola and Tenpenny, Northrup and Buttar were named on a list of the 12 most influential spreaders of misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines released this spring by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), an NGO that monitors misinformation. The report, called the"Disinformation Dozen," prompted President Joe Biden to chastise the social-media influencers for putting out information that is"killing people." Buttar, who has made light of his inclusion on the"disinformation dozen," suggests the vaccine is part of a plot by elites to commit mass genocide. He likens Dr. Anthony Fauci -- presidential adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases -- to Adolf Hitler, saying the number of deaths caused by Fauci will exceed those of the Holocaust. "Dr. Fauci is not an innocent bystander," Buttar told CNN in an interview filled with vague insinuations that the pandemic was somehow planned or enabled by shadowy elites."He's very well aware of what he's doing." To date, there have been just three confirmed cases of deaths caused by a Covid-19 vaccine -- each died of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome after taking the vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, said Martha Sharan, a spokesperson with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, some 8,600 deaths have been reported to the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, often referred to as VAERS. None of those deaths has been confirmed (outside the three), and all need to be fully reviewed and verified, Sharan said. Even if all were confirmed as being tied to a Covid-19 vaccine, it would be out of 390 million doses administered. That amounts to .0021 percent, or about 2 deaths for every 100,000 doses. (The mortality from Covid-19 in the United States currently stands at about 220 deaths for every 100,000 people, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.) 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The irony CNN… Strange that politicians are challenging doctors on matters of health, who's fooling who?🤔 cnn = Fake News Some Doctors will tell you water is dry if you write a big check. Do the doctors who who perform abortions also say an oath to do no harm? Funny how CNN uses this oath only when it suits their narrative.

Well they shouldn't be doctors anymore. when you said to trust the experts, you meant to say 'trust *our* experts. brought to you by pfizer' Wait. “Casualties increasingly come from the unvaxxed”. Lmao. You’ve said it’s been 99.9 percent forever. What did it increase to 99.99 percent? Grow up cnn Doctors or quacks ? Doctors take an oath to cause no harm applying that premise then pure and simple they are NOT doctors…

Yes, let's not trust doctor's. Very good.

Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich fired for not getting COVID vaccineWashington State head football coach Nick Rolovich has been terminated from his position due to his lack of compliance with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. As of Oct. 4, about 92% of state workers were in compliance with the mandate. Big burly man afraid of small needle WSU didn't fire him, he fired HIMSELF. How wish all traders are like LindaStouffes there won’t be any loss of money because I and so many of my friends traded with her and got our profit, thanks once again LindaStouffes

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for COVID-19, reports said Tuesday. Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Refuses To Say Whether He’ll Get A Covid Vaccine BoosterDeSantis has significantly altered his tone in support of vaccinations, sometimes to the point of outright—though groundless—skepticism. Don't kid yourself. Governor DeSantis is going to get a booster shot. He probably already has received it. Please don’t take your chances please Coward.

Covid-19 booster shots: What you need to knowThe Food and Drug Administration is poised to dramatically expand the use of Covid-19 booster shots as soon as this week, after weeks of public debate over who needs the shots — and when Moderna stock in the stratosphere. They paid off the right people. I know I know we all probably must have heard about Bitcoin but don't know how it works, I tried it in a week ago by a man who recommended me to Randy_Jones32 on Twitter he guides me through and i made a return of $10500 after a week of trading, connect with him

COVID-19 updates: 'National emergency' declared on children's mental healthNEW: The United Kingdom recorded 233 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest total since March 5, according to government data. Another vaccine success story! Oh no..😳😟 Of course the devil is in the details the problem with ABC News is it neglects to say that these were compromised people unprotected

Older people in Moscow told to stay home for four months amid COVID surgeThe Moscow city government on Tuesday ordered elderly people to stay home for four months and told businesses to have at least 30% of staff work from home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Russia. Russia on Tuesday reported 1,015 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day toll since the start of the pandemic, as well as 33,740 new infections in the past 24 hours.