Why Dr. Christiane Northrup is a QMaga Hero

Over the past decades, Dr. Christiane Northrup has built a career as a leading voice in women’s alternative health care and health care advocacy. Johnathan Jarry of McGill University describes Dr. Northrup’s early career:

An obstetrician-gynecologist by training, Northrup became known as New York Times best-selling author of books like Women’s bodies, women’s wisdom and The wisdom of menopause. She has been platformed by Oprah Winfrey on numerous occasions and was named by Reader’s Digest in 2013 as one of America’s 100 Most Trusted People.

According to Conspiracy Podcast Episode 7: Doctoring COVID: Christiane Northrup’s Great Truther Awakening, Throughout Her Career,

She has made a compelling case for minimal intervention childbirth, an end to circumcision, and policies that place family unity at the heart of health care. She is known and loved for challenging her medical training with faith-based values ​​and an intuition defined as feminine (if not feminist) and “sovereign”. Northrup draws on astrology, feng shui, chakra theory, and “vibrational” healing as modes of resistance to what she sees as medical patriarchy.

Around the start of the pandemic’s first year, in early spring 2020, Northrup began its “great awakening” which quickly catapulted it to status as one of the most famous and influential COVID “truthfuls” and broadcasters. of COVID misinformation. She currently has 563,000 Facebook followers, 116,000 Twitter followers, 80,000 YouTube subscribers and 78,000 Telegram subscribers. She sells books, herbs and other wellness products on her website and hosts talks and workshops on a variety of topics including “Dodging Energy Vampires”, “Making Life Easy”, “The Wisdom of Menopause” and “Goddesses Never Age”. ” Conspiracy Podcast Episode 7: Doctoring COVID: Christiane Northrup’s Great Truther Awakening (July 9, 2020) explains the resistance to the mainstream medical system around which she had built her early career

…began to seamlessly intersect with COVID truthfulness in April (2020), when she began posting daily sermons on Facebook to her half million followers. The series is called “The Great Awakening” – a phrase first used to describe American spiritual renewal movements of the 18th century, but was recently co-opted by QAnon conspirators to describe Trump’s inevitable triumph over the Deep State.

Northrup’s sermons, combined with his articles on the debunked Plandemic a documentary, Tony Robbins interviewing anti-vaxxers, and a podcast with Andy Wakefield in which she called COVID a “flu” and worried about Bill Gates’ takeover of public education, provide rich insight of conspiratorial seduction at the hands of a matronly wellness center.

More recently, Northrup bolstered its alignment with QAnon by releasing a trailer for a follow-up to a key recruiting video. With up to a dozen QAnon supporters vying in November, Northrup is well positioned to push middle-class white welfare women with money into a cult that believes Trump is a messianic figure.

Johnathan Jarry of McGill University describes Northrup’s dangerous and irresponsible views on the pandemic, which include advocating against vaccines and masks, and questioning the reality of COVID-19:

His views on the COVID-19 pandemic, shaped by his mantra that “it doesn’t make sense,” are unscientific, reckless and stupid. Rarely have I witnessed such an assortment of gibberish from someone who once had an active medical license. She doesn’t believe vaccines are necessary if your body is healthy and has spread unfounded fears about safe vaccines throughout her career. She claimed that COVID-19 vaccines would target specific chromosomes that act as the seat of our empathy, an utterly absurd and unscientific statement. She believes that artificial intelligence has somehow been incorporated into these vaccines (complete nonsense) and that this AI will embed itself into our DNA. She warns her viewers that injecting patented vaccines inside our bodies will turn us into the property of the patent holders. It’s funny how I haven’t heard her say the same thing about artificial heart valves, pacemakers and insulin pumps. But before you call her anti-vaxxer, know that she believes the term is meaningless and was coined by Big Pharma. In the same breath, she states that “conspiracy theorist” was a phrase coined by the CIA, which is apparently short of China. She read about it, you see.

Northrup admits to having had dozens of people at her home during the pandemic for “peaceful protests” that are tied to two organizations she participates in, Make America Free Again and Millions Against Medical Mandates. She frequently urges her viewers to disobey the rules during the pandemic to show everyone that this is all a scam and to stop watching mainstream media news because their show contains a flicker meant to hypnotize you. She recommends pseudoscientists, health gurus, and discredited news sources like Joe Mercola, Andrew Wakefield, and InfoWars, while avoiding posting links to specific websites. As social media companies crack down on misinformation unevenly, access to contrary sources online has been turned by Northrup into an Easter egg hunt that stages a hero’s journey for its fan base. His videos are reminiscent of the Q drops of the QAnon movement: filled with somewhat vague references that make viewers want to complete a quest to become part of the inner circle.

Sam Kestenbaum, writing for The Washington Postdescribes that Northup, along with eleven other public figures, was named the “misinformation dozen” in the spring of 2021 by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, because these figures were responsible for spreading and amplifying nearly all of the anti-vaccine content circulating via social media and other online settings:

“The cost of allowing it to stay on these platforms has been paid for in the number of lives lost to covid-19,” said group director Imran Ahmed. social media to launch the “dozen disinformation” on their platforms. Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, disputed the center’s findings as overstated, but ultimately stripped Northrup of its Instagram. In a podcast interview, Northrup said she lost access to PayPal and Venmo. She quickly migrated to alternative social platforms, like Telegram, where her followers topped 80,000. (Many of her Facebook videos were taken down, but her page, with 565,000 followers, remains. Her Twitter account, with 115,000 subscribers, is active.)

However, her censorship has not stopped her from spreading misinformation and lies. Kestenbaum goes on to describe how she continues to escalate her lies and rhetoric about vaccines:

Meanwhile, an Oklahoma businessman named Clay Clark recruited Northrup for a roadshow held to protest pandemic health orders. At the events, which take place primarily at Pentecostal churches across the country, Northrup joined speakers including pillow salesman Mike Lindell and politician Roger Stone. Reached by telephone, Clark said: “Dr. Christiane Northrup is a shameless searcher for the truth, and one of the only doctors I could find speaking out.” Clark also shared footage from a recent stop on the tour in Arizona. In it, Northrup leapt onto the stage and said, “The covid kick is a murder weapon. There’s no reason to take it,” and watched the crowd rise to applause.

Journalists Nathan Bernard and Andy O’Brien, in an article for Mainner, argue that it is difficult to measure how detrimental Dr. Northrup’s views have been to public health:

How many Warriors of the Radical Light have been infected with the coronavirus, and then infected others, because they followed Northrup’s quack advice that social distancing and masks are harmful?

In addition to his dangerous views on COVID-19, Northrup has also championed far-right politics. She has embraced QAnon and believes, like fellow conspiritualist Lorie Ladd, that Donald Trump is a “massive and powerful lightworker”. Nathan Bernard and Andy O’Brien argue that:

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Northrup’s rhetoric became increasingly militant. She called on county sheriffs to refuse to enforce state lockdowns and mask mandates. Citing language from the white supremacist group Posse Comitatus and the far-right Sovereign Citizen movement, Northrup believes that sheriffs, by virtue of their election, are the highest law enforcement officials in the land, with the power to invoke the 10th Amendment against any measures they deem unconstitutional.

She was also a supporter of the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising. Although she didn’t go to the event because she was “doing a quick cleanup, in a video afterwards, Northrup announced the date as a “fateful day of the epiphany”.

Two years after first discussing Dr. Northrup, in their most recent episode, Episode 108, Downeast with Christiane Northrup (June 16, 2022), the hosts and guests of the Conspirituality podcast trace Northrup’s trajectory over the last two years of the pandemic, and speculate that she’s going from online queen of the dozen misinformation to cult leader in real life:

Half a million followers on Facebook. Hundreds of videos in a series called “The Great Awakening”. New Age women’s wellness matriarch Christiane Northrup warns her followers about fake viruses and tells them to avoid sex with vaccinated partners. She rubs shoulders with QAnon celebrities, makes contributions to Trump’s campaign and is fond of sovereign citizen sheriffs. To relieve your ascension symptoms, she offers bath recipes using alfalfa leaves and Dr. Bronner’s soap. You can take a nice bath and listen to his golden harp.

But in this world of nowhere, where oh where is Christiane Northrup? Who is she? Is she flesh and blood, or a social media hologram generated by a Louise Hay AI? Is it that mansion she’s broadcasting from a soundstage, or is there real dirt, manure, and flowers there? Today, our guests know Northrup as surreal because they live in his home state of Maine. Alyce Ornella, Andy O’Brien and Mooncat knew her as a doctor, MLM diva, antivax agitator and QAnon tour promoter.

Now, they tell us, another Northrup could crystallize on Maine’s rocky coast, floating past lighthouses and above cranberry bogs on a cloud of essential oils. She was seen haunting the blueberry fields, wearing a large necklace of lobster claws. As Northrup begins to hold revival meetings in Down East churches and openly fantasizes about murdering political enemies, they wonder if she is assuming her ultimate form – as an IRL cult leader.

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