Anti-vaxx groups and a few doctors are advocating for, among other things, borax baths, NBC News reports, to “undo” the vaccine against COVID-19 they have already taken. The intended audience for the baths presumably regrets getting the covid-19 vaccine because they consumed another misinformation. It is worth noting that there is no way to reverse the vaccine.
In a video previously circulating on TikTok, versions of which are on Facebook with no fact-checking label, internal medicine specialist and eminent anti-vaxx misinformation peddler Dr. Carrie Madej can be seen declaring the formula into a microphone. She claims her “detoxification bath” removes radiation poisoning, insecticides, heavy metals and “a few” parasites, with ingredients that have long circulated erroneously like magic bullet detoxifiers. She recommends baking soda and epsom salt (for radiation), bentonite clay (for fungus and yeast), and a whole cup of borax (for nanotechnology). “Fruit down, rub down, rub down,” she says, “20 minutes, as hot as you tolerate it, right?”
Health experts widely agree that toxins can only be absorbed by, but not deleted through, the skin. But hhypothetically, anything could beat liquid nanotechnology because it is imaginary.
Rubbing your body with borax, a cleansing agent that can kill chips, is unwise. La National Library of Medicine opinion borax is a health hazard, and researchers affiliated with the World Health Organization found that, in fairly high doses, it can cause nausea, seizures, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, and drowsiness.
Madej’s broader belief system is becoming even more, uh, questionable. She claims the vaccine contains liquefied nanotechnology that programs human behavior via AI so that atheists can upload your consciousness to the cloud and “download” them into hologram avatars. (I won’t link.) If that doesn’t raise some doubt, consider the fact that she claimed she found out about it before the vaccine was even administered to the public. Madej could not study the vaccine, and she does not provide a reliable source for this information.
Madej’s video is contributing to the torrent of immoderate covid-19 vaccine misinformation circulating on social media, prominently by people who are or who are pretend to be doctors, and this misinformation is enough literally killing people, including its propagandists. NBC News reports that anti-waxes are also promoting pricing and blood price as vaccine extraction methods. TikTok still shows loads of #vaccinatedetox videos, including a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a range of storage next to a bathtub. They can also be found on Instagram Reels, of course, via a vaccine newsletter, showing assortments of vitamins, homeopathic medicines and a spray bottle.
TikTok has obviously removed the viral video, although less viewed republics are still searchable. Facebook continues to platform Madej, where she posted today that her Twitter account is suspended.
If Facebook removed only 12 accounts, the Center for Combating Digital Hatred found, it could eliminate 65% of vaccine misinformation on the web. On a related note, we’ve reached the point at which one of three U.S. residents report that a family member or close friend died of covid-19.
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