Amandha Dawn Vollmer holds a degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology. For most of her life, Amandha has taken a keen interest in botanical medicine, self-educating on the topic many years before attaining her formal medical training.
Amandha Dawn Vollmer, Medicine Woman, Truthsayer – Twitter
Amandha Dawn Vollmer, Medicine Woman, Truthsayer@Dr_VollI am a medicine woman & healer of 15 years, trained in Naturopathic Medicine, Veterinary Homeopathy & make all-natural remedies with the wisdom of nature.
Amandha Vollmer has made the following claims:
1 The Coronavirus is not a virus but a human genetic sequence (Human Genome 8).
*The central claim put forward in the post is that there “is no virus” that causes COVID-19, and that the pandemic is a “Total Lie”.
The name of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 is Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (tinyurl.com/t82w9ka) .
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus was identified by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020 (here) .
2 The RT-PCR Test is not meant for diagnostic purposes (that is, can’t test for the virus).
* Multiple Reuters fact checks have debunked claims that the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test used for COVID-19 is unable to detect SARS-CoV-2 specifically (here) (here) (here).
‘Complete inaccuracies’: Viral Facebook post about COVID-19 tests debunked
RMIT ABC Fact CheckPosted Sat 23 May 2020 at 6:27amSaturday 23 May 2020 at 6:27am, updated Sat 23 May 2020 at 10:51am
Also investigated by us this week: a Facebook post attributed to the Department of Health claims common coronavirus tests can’t distinguish COVID-19 from other illnesses. The Department told us that was incorrect.
Facebook post about PCR tests contains ‘complete inaccuracies’
A post shared widely on Facebook and attributed to the Department of Health claims that tests for the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-COV-2, are not able to distinguish the virus from other illnesses.
“It should be noted that PCR tests cannot distinguish between “live” virus and non-infective RNA,” the post states.
“This means the test cannot [distinguish] covid from a cold or measles or ebola.”
As Australian Medical Association ACT President Antonio Di Dio explained to the ABC in March, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are the most widely used COVID-19 tests in Australia, and work by taking a “fingerprint” of RNA from a patient.
“In the context of COVID-19, you get a piece of the RNA from a swab of the patient, you double it, then again and again,” Dr Di Dio said. “Until you have millions of copies.”
Within a few hours, the sample would be large enough to see whether COVID-19 is present.
A caption alongside the Facebook post claims the information has been taken “from [the Department of Health’s] own website”.
The post alleges that the “RT-PCR test was never meant to test for any virus”, including the virus that causes COVID-19. It instead claims that it tests for chromosome 8, one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes found in humans.
As previously reported, the PCR test works by detecting the genetic sequences of viruses, but not the viruses themselves.
The PCR test for COVID-19 detects the presence of the RNA of the virus in the swab sample (here) . Each virus has its own pattern of RNA material, and the test for coronavirus tests for the RNA material of SARS-CoV-2 specifically.
False. COVID-19 is a real disease and it is not the same as the flu. PCR tests detect the genetic sequences of viruses, allowing the test to show the presence of a particular virus.
This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Ontario merchant calls COVID-19 a ‘hoax’ and tells coughing customers to visit
By Sean O’Shea Global News
Posted March 23, 2020 9:07 pm Updated March 23, 2020
A Minden, Ont., store owner is facing sharp criticism and possible legal action after appearing to encourage people online to ignore government warnings about social distancing during the current coronavirus pandemic.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic hoax, we are cancelling nothing,” read part of a post on the weekend by the owner of Yummy Mummy Emporium & Apothecary, located 200 kilometres northeast of Toronto.
The store is owned and run by Amandha Vollmer, who describes herself as a “mompreneur.”
Vollmer’s Facebook post went on to encourage customers to visit the store regardless of their health status, even in the midst of the pandemic.
“You can come over here with a fever and cough all you want. We know that germs don’t cause disease,” the post read.
“You are welcome to visit us for March break while fools cancel everything according to government propaganda.”
The post quickly caught the attention of readers of the popular Yummy Mummy Club, an unrelated, popular Toronto-based online community that focuses on issues affecting mothers.
Its founder and CEO, Erica Ehm, began getting calls from readers after Vollmer’s post went up.
“The information she is sharing right now is sure to spread the virus … it is in itself a virus,” said Ehm, who asked Global News to investigate.“[She] has used my company name for her business, an online property for women, we are sharing essential information about keeping kids inside. This woman’s information is dangerous and is also infringing on my copyright.”
Vollmer’s Facebook statements are directly opposed to accepted science and advice from local, provincial, and federal governments and the World Health Organization, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vollmer says she holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology and a Doctor of Naturopathy. She told Global News she does not practice naturopathy.
But on Feb. 7, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario issued Vollmer a cease and desist warning as part of its complaints and investigation process.
The College cited Vollmer for “Advertising, practising, and/or otherwise holding out as a naturopath” and ordered her to stop, according to its public registry.