Last Monday, the nation was introduced to “America’s Frontline Doctors,” a group of medical professionals who tried to make us believe that virtually everything we’ve been told about how to fight coronavirus is all wrong. But it was clear that what they were out to prescribe was nothing more than wingnuttery dressed in a white coat.
Among other things, they claimed that hydroxychloroquine could cure coronavirus, despite numerous clinical trials showing that it not only doesn’t work, but may have dangerous side effects. The most bonkers moment came from Stella Immanuel, a Houston-based pediatrician and minister who claimed to have cured hundreds of coronavirus patients at her clinic with a regimen of hydroxychloroquine, antibiotics, and zinc. She went as far as to say that you really don’t need to wear masks in public–and if more doctors prescribe hydroxychloroquine, they’ll see why.
By Tuesday, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube had all deleted the video for violating their rules on spreading misinformation about coronavirus–but not before a number of right-wing luminaries, including Donald Trump and his son, Donald Jr., shared or retweeted it. By the following day, the America’s Frontline Doctors Website had been taken down by its provider, Squarespace, for “false, fraudulent, inaccurate or deceiving” content.
Under the circumstances, it’s become no surprise that Immanuel has become the right wing fringe’s latest martyr of the moment. Here is a brave doctor who only wants to prescribe a regimen that will help fight this pandemic–and the deep state and Big Tech are trying to snuff her out.
But in the days since she was introduced to the nation, we’ve learned that even without her baseless promotion of coronavirus cures, Immanuel is no hero. Will Sommer of The Daily Beast did a deep dive into Immanuel, and found a woman who is a disgrace to the medical profession. She believes diseases can be caused by having sex in your dreams with demons and witches, claims alien DNA is used in medical treatments, and that scientists are working on a vaccine to prevent people from becoming religious.
Later, the Houston Chronicle reported that Immanuel is facing a malpractice suit from the family of Leslie Norvell, a Louisiana woman who died while in Immanuel’s care in 2019. The Norvells claim that Immanuel treated Leslie at a clinic near Shreveport where she was working at the time, and ignored Leslie’s complaints about a broken needle in her arm. While the needle was pulled out at a hospital, Leslie died after an infection spread through her body. The Norvells were unable to serve Immanuel in April because they didn’t know she’d moved to Texas until they saw the “Frontline” video.
In other words, Immanuel isn’t just a quack, but may be incompetent as well. But that’s not what Steve Strang, publisher of Charisma magazine, would have you believe. In a recent interview, he gave Immanuel a platform to prescribe her quackery.
Immanuel argued that she has treated more than 500 patients, all of whom are not only alive, but have no “waxing or waning symptoms.” She claims that her regimen clears both the virus and its symptoms out of people’s systems.
As Immanuel sees it, the main reason she’s faced so much opposition is simple–“nobody makes money off a cheap generic drug.” She believes that Big Pharma and the deep state want to prescribe expensive medications to make it easier to promote “the vaccine agenda.”
Perhaps Strang wouldn’t have been so willing to give Immanuel a platform had he done some basic vetting. It cannot be stated enough–this is a woman who looks for demons under every rock, and who is currently facing a malpractice suit. If he wanted another perspective, Strang would have done well to talk with medical consultant Todd Grande. He reviewed Immanuel’s claims–and was somewhat unimpressed. Watch here.
Grande noted that the FDA revoked its emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment because studies showed that the drug was ineffective and had potentially dangerous side effects. In a colossal understatement, he noted that Immanuel’s “unscientific claims” appear to be part of a “pattern of behavior” for her.
What does it say that such a woman is tacitly endorsed by the president of the United States, even when she has been exposed as a quack? And what does it say when a leading Christian magazine gives such a woman a platform?
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