Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers reportedly tried, unsuccessfully, to convince the Football League that homeopathic therapy had “immunized” him against COVID-19 and that he did not need to be vaccinated.
That’s according to a report published yesterday on NFL.com — which also revealed that Rodgers is still unvaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19.
According to NFL.com, citing NFL Media, Rodgers sought – and was denied – a vaccine exemption over the summer. As such, the unvaccinated Rodgers was considered unvaccinated by the NFL.
“Rodgers received homeopathic treatment from his personal physician to raise his antibody levels and asked the [NFL Players Association] to review his status, “NFL.com reported. The league and an elected consultant on infectious disease determined that” Rodgers’ treatment did not provide any documented protection against the coronavirus. “
Homeopathy is a pseudoscience that claims that excessive dilution of harmful substances can prevent or treat diseases. The denied notion stems from the unfounded belief that “how to cure how,” meaning that substances that cause symptoms similar to a particular disease can cure that disease after dilution. Homeopaths believe that dilution, done in a ritualistic manner, increases the potency of said cures. The dilutions are extreme, generally well beyond the point at which a single molecule of the original substance remains. Thus, most homeopathic “treatments” are nothing more than well-shaken water and / or fillers.
Homeopathic treatments generally provide little more than a placebo effect. But when dilutions are done improperly, homeopathy can be deadly. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration reported that improperly diluted homeopathic tooth gels and tablets for babies were linked to the deaths of 10 babies and may have caused seizures, fever and vomiting in more than 400 others. The products contained high levels of the toxic substance belladonna, which is also known as lethal solan.
In the midst of the pandemic, homeopaths targeted their fake treatments against COVID-19. Over the summer, federal prosecutors arrested a homeopathic practitioner in California, claiming she ran a scheme to sell patients falsified federal vaccination cards, along with vials of unidentified bullets for $ 243. The homeopath, Juli Mazi, claimed that the bullets provided “lifelong immunity” to COVID-19. It is still unclear what the bullets contain, and one person who spoke with federal investigators said the bullets made them ill.
In a recorded conversation with Mazi, one patient asked her directly what the bullets were. She gave this incoherent explanation:
This is from the COVID-19 … It is made from the disease particles themselves. I don’t know the right process for that … While they can extract germs from the virus, they can make the remedy.
It is unclear what homeopathic treatment Rodgers may have taken and why he is believed to have been as effective as FDA authorized and approved vaccines. To date, Rodgers has not explained his vaccine status or discussed any homeopathic treatments.
However, it appears that he believed he was protected against COVID-19. During a press conference in August, a reporter asked Rodgers if he had been vaccinated. Rodgers replied, “Yes, I was immunized. “
On Wednesday, reporters asked Packers coach Matt LaFleur if Rodgers’ use of the word “immunized” may have been misleading. LaFleur avoided the question, calling it “great question for Aaron,“and added that he would not comment.
NFL.com noted that as an unvaccinated player, Rodgers “remained subject to a variety of restrictions, including daily testing, mask-wearing and a high-risk close contact protocol that would force him to isolate for five days based on interaction with a positive individual, even if he tested negative. “
According to the NFL’s collectively negotiated health and safety protocols, now that Rodgers has been positive about COVID-19, he can’t attend for any team activities for a 10-day period. To the dismay of football fans everywhere, he will miss Sunday’s hotly anticipated duel against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.