The Disinformation Dozen: Christiane Northrup is the doctor whom Carl Sagan warned us about



From Wikipedia

Christiane Northrup is a obstetrics and gynaecology physician and author who has embraced pseudoscientific alternative medicine and anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. She has a history of opposing vaccination and has embraced QAnon ideology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Northrup reaches a significant audience through popular books and multiple social media platforms and spreads misinformation, notably about COVID-19.

Northrup is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association, a pseudo-medical professional association.[10]

Northrup has many followers on social media. As of November 2020, she has over 110,000 followers on Twitter.[7] As of January 2021 she has over 149,000 followers on Instagram and over half a million followers on Facebook.[2]

Northrup believes that the term “conspiracy theorist” was coined by the CIA, which she also claims is run out of China.[citation needed] She contends that the term “anti-vaxxer” was created by Big Pharma.[citation needed]

She believes that in a previous incarnation, she lived in Atlantis and predicted that December 21, 2020, would be the beginning of the “…Age of Aquarius, delivering the world from evil and allowing us to evolve into a new species, Homo illuminus”. When this date passed, she adapted and changed her narrative to recommending having positive thoughts.[2]

Northrup does not believe in germ theory,[12] and states that the reason college students get sick with illnesses such as meningitis is that they are run down and have a “…shaky first chakra”.[14]

Northrup promotes alternative medical therapies and connections between the soul and body. She believes the regular medical establishment overlook these connections.[4]

On April 16, 2021, Northrup spoke at the Health and Freedom Conference hosted by Rhema Bible Training College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her 20-minute speech, she claimed that COVID vaccines are ineffective against the virus but would cause widespread sterility in humans; that vaccinated mothers who breastfeed could kill their babies; that vaccinated people are a health risk to those who are not vaccinated; that people should not wear masks, and that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is collecting physiological information via COVID vaccines, cell phones and cryptocurrency.[1]

After the April 2021 publication on LifeSiteNews of an article about reports of menstrual irregularities[20] and reproductive dysfunction following COVID vaccines, Northrup recorded a video in which she used an oral tradition technique to relay first-person narratives and highlight her disquiet about COVID-19 technology. Health Feedback and Politifact accused her of spreading disinformation that vaccines against COVID-19 affected women’s fertility and menstrual cycle,[21][22] while as of June 2021 “more than 4,000 women have reported changes in their menstrual cycle after getting a COVID jab” to the British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.[23][24]

Northrup opposes vaccination[26] and describes it as a cultural ritual that is imperfect and unnecessary if people have a good immune system.[14] She stipulates that vaccines are designed to only boost the first chakra, a view which has no foundation in science.[13] Regarding pertussis (whooping cough), she recommends breastfeeding to support a baby’s immune system, claiming the vaccine for this disease is not reliable and possibly unnecessary. Medical Doctor Peter Lipson, in his article “Christiane Northrup: more bad medicine,” expresses his concern, admitting that although vaccines are imperfect they do offer protection against potentially horrifying disease; in the case of whooping cough, they offer protection against an asphyxiating death.[14] As early as 2006, Northrup has spoken out against Gardasil and encouraging parents not to give it to their children.[1]



Take-home message:
– Dr. Christiane Northrup is an OB-GYN and prominent figure in the anti-vaccination movement
– She endorses a confusing mess of New Age beliefs and falsehoods about COVID-19 in her daily videos watched by tens of thousands of people
– She wants her fans to trust their intuition above all else and reject what doesn’t feel right, a terrible piece of advice for living in our complex world

The Doctor Carl Sagan Warned Us About

Dr. Christiane Northrup, a medical doctor, uses her intuition to tell her fans that medicine is wrong and magic is real.

Jonathan Jarry M.Sc. | 8 Jan 2021
COVID-19 Critical Thinking

Predictions made by psychics and astrologers tend to quickly fade from memory because of how wrong they often turn out to be, but one prediction made by Carl Sagan, an astrophysicist and famous science communicator, is so unfortunately on the money that it continues to outlive him. He spelled it out in the second chapter of his last book, The Demon-Haunted World: “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Superstitions did not disappear in the modern age, but with the COVID-19 pandemic driving people to spend more and more time online, anxiously searching for and simultaneously being bombarded by anything that looks like information, this prophesied crystal-clutching and horoscope-consulting is all the more evident. And there are misenlightened gurus who epitomize Sagan’s dire warning, chief among them Dr. Christiane Northrup.

We can chuckle at her story that she used to live in Atlantis in a previous incarnation (“doing work to upgrade DNA”) but Northrup’s spiritual storytelling combined with her belief in a grand COVID-19 conspiracy is a potent motivator for harm. She was the one who breathed life into the propaganda video Plandemic by posting it on her popular Facebook page, and her pandemic advice, if followed, will easily increase people’s risk of contracting the virus, getting sick (possibly with long-term consequences), and even dying. Moreover, vaccines only work if people are willing to accept them. Vaccine hesitancy begins with anxieties surrounding a loss of control and a lack of information, but it can be exacerbated by misinformation of the sort that Northrup willingly spreads. Her words, made heavier by falsehoods, are particularly appealing because they form a clear story that can be spun, Scheherazade-like, to go on forever and resist the arresting force of reality.

Before Christmas, Northrup was clear that December 21st would be the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, delivering the world from evil and allowing us to evolve into a new species, Homo illuminus. But as the New Age deadline passed us by and the world did not dramatically change, the storyteller had to adapt, in the same way that the cult leaders who mark down the end of the world on a calendar have to think on their feet when the Earth keeps spinning. Northrup’s new narrative is about “holding the line” because evil people are still, somehow, in the world and influencing it with their thoughts, but positive thoughts can win. And if this grand epic battle fails, Northrup is already encouraging her followers to simply play pretend with reality: imagine you are living in Heaven on Earth as if it’s really happening. If no one buys you cake on your birthday, simply close your eyes and eat the air in front of you.

The real pervasive danger in all of this is exactly what Carl Sagan warned us against: trusting our intuition above all else. Northrup states it clearly during that podcast interview. “The body,” she says wrongly, “is a tuning fork to truth. If you have maintained your own intuition, you have access to that barometer. This ping, it’s the first thing that comes into your head, that’s the right answer.” What’s bad, according to her, is when the more analytical part of your brain kicks in and asks for evidence. Trust your gut, Dr. Christiane Northrup says, always trust your gut.

This blind trust in instinctual intuition is our ticket back to the darkness Sagan mentioned. Invisible viruses are not intuitive. We had to devise technology to see them and read their genetic entrails. Vaccines carrying tiny instructions to make harmless parts of a virus are also not intuitive. What is intuitive (and wrong) is to look around us and not immediately see the nearly two million people dead from the coronavirus. It’s to give in to our fear of things we cannot immediately understand. It’s to want to return to a simpler time when we were at the mercy of nature, red in tooth and claw. It’s to buy into magical thinking, mistake associations for causations, and open ourselves up to charlatanry.

Carl Sagan knew what the candle was that would keep this darkness at bay: science and skepticism. It is easy to act like Northrup and to believe everything that feels good. What is rewarding is to learn a slower, more deliberate form of thinking; to accept that the universe is complex but can be understood if we are open to nuance and uncertainty; and that questioning everything is a recipe for disaster if we don’t know how to find reliable information.

Science can serve as a candle in the dark but only if we are willing to use it.




They take an oath to do no harm, but these doctors are spreading misinformation about the Covid vaccine

By Rob Kuznia, Scott Bronstein, Curt Devine and Drew Griffin, CNN

Updated 2007 GMT (0407 HKT) October 20, 202

(CNN)She was a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show — an Ivy League-educated OB-GYN who often spoke about women’s health and holistic medicine. She was a media darling, and in 2013 made Reader’s Digest’s annual list of 100 most trusted people in America. If you go to Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Facebook page, her posts dispensing advice on health and aging to her 558,000 followers seem consistent with that persona of several years ago.But Northrup also uses her Facebook page to direct followers to Telegram, where another side of her is apparent. Here, on this platform with lax moderation, lies a miasma of misinformation and conspiracy theories. “Best Explanation I’ve Seen About Why the Covid Jabs Are Killer Shots,” reads one post that she shared.

“Me realising I don’t have to take revenge on my enemies as they’ve all had the jab,” says a meme she posted in late August that shows a sly-faced Morticia from the Addams Family. “Another hero emerges,” Northrup writes of a doctor who refused to see vaccinated patients. Northrup is among a small group of doctors who have emerged as a huge source of misinformation — whether as social-media influencers or family doctors meeting with patients in person — about Covid-19 vaccines, which have thus far proven the most effective weapon against the deadliest pandemic in 100 years. The physicians are fueling the fire at a time when Covid-19 deaths in the United States have surpassed 724,000, and as the casualties increasingly come from the ranks of the unvaccinated. For the most part, they do so with impunity.


The Vajenda

The Pandemic’s Worst Woman: Dr. Christiane Northrup

How Oprah and PBS helped her become a pseudoscience superstar and why she needs to lose her board certification

Dr. Jen Gunter Sep 9

It seems as if every day I hear about an unvaccinated pregnant person who has died from COVID-19 or is near death. I might read about it in the news, such as this story of Davy Macias, who died shortly after being delivered. She was a labor and delivery nurse who left her newborn and four other children without a mother. Or Paige Ruiz, who died shortly after delivery, also never holding her newborn and leaving her two-year-old without a mother. I also hear from numerous colleagues about intensive care units filled with unvaccinated pregnant people with a surgical crash cart at the bedside for an emergency cesarean section, which is often done in a last ditch effort to save the life of the pregnant person. And of course, I get direct messages from those desperate for any insight I might have to help convince their pregnant best friend, spouse, or child to get vaccinated. Fear that vaccination against COVID-19 could harm a pregnancy is sadly all too common.

And it’s not just pregnant people who are afraid of being vaccinated, people are avoiding vaccination for fear it could affect future fertility or negatively affect a future theoretical pregnancy. There are even people who are afraid if they are around someone who has been vaccinated, it could affect their fertility or pregnancy.

These lies about the vaccine didn’t go mainstream because people did their own research. What has happened was the exact opposite. They were exposed to disinformation by what they thought were credible sources, and it stuck, effectively blocking accurate content that happened to show up second. That is what propaganda does. It is important to note that it can take just being exposed to incorrect information once to believe in it.

Where does this anti vaccine propaganda related to fertility and pregnancy come from? Much of it has been touched in some way, either created or amplified, by Dr. Christiane Northrup.

Since the early days of the pandemic, instead of using her platform to support evidence-based care, Northrup has been waging a war against science. She has called for maskless freedom rallies, promoted anti vaccine propaganda, and used phrases to signal her allegiance with QAnon, the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory group that believes, among other things, that some democrats eat babies.

Northrup was one of the major forces spreading the word about Plandemic, a fever-dream movie of disinformation about SARS-CoV-2 and vaccines masquerading as a documentary. Plandemic was foisted onto the world May 4, 2020. The very next morning, Dr. Christiane Northrup shared it with her more than 500,000 followers on Facebook. Getting an early endorsement from a doctor with a massive following helped propel Plandemic to eight million views in the first week alone. You can read the New York Time’s forensic analysis of how Plandemic became a juggernaut and Northrup’s role here

And Northrup’s campaign of disinformation certainly didn’t stop there. On Instagram, Facebook, her newsletter, webinars, and multiple interviews with right wing and evangelical groups she continued with wildly inaccurate sound bites that are often akin to medical mad-libs. Her abuse of scientific terminology is so stunning that at times she is like the Mrs. Malaprop of medicine. Here are some recent Northrupisms (none of which have any credible scientific evidence backing them at all… in other words, they are made up): 

  • “MIT developed a dye called luciferase which is in the vaccine so under a light people can scan you.” This is apparently to identify if you are vaccinated or not. 
  • You “can be controlled from outside of yourself by the vaccine,” meaning some substance is shed by vaccinated people damaging or controlling the unvaccinated. 
  • “The delta variant is imaginary.”
  • “Women who have had the shots will never develop embryos.”
  • “The vaccine cross reacts with syncytin-1, causing miscarriages.” 
  • “Standing barefoot on the earth for 20 minutes will reduce blood viscosity.”
  • “This is a war between good and evil…so we need the highest nitric oxide levels to maintain the stamina to remain in our sovereignty as made in the image of God and trust in our divine source.”
  • “All the animals in the animal trials died!”


Northrup falsely positions standard medical care as harmful while elevating incorrect information and the magical healing powers of herbs and supplements (which she sells). Choosing this latter path is then presented as an informed decision. Voila! Agency. But you can’t make informed decisions with incorrect information.

With her newfound position as an “expert” on COVID-19 vaccines and fertility and pregnancy Northrup has found a new platform. Her lies and medical gibberish are reaching far further than they could have in the 1990s and 2000s thanks to social media, and she is in this position as a super spreader of disinformation because of her OB/GYN credentials and her ascent into the public eye courtesy of Oprah and PBS.

And people are believing her. Some are dying and many more will be harmed.


The Press Herald

Posted May 2 Updated May 5 increase font size Resize Font

Meet Christiane Northrup, doctor of disinformation

The Yarmouth obstetrician-gynecologist was once a best-selling self-help author and regular Oprah guest. Now she promotes extreme conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and vaccines.

By Colin WoodardStaff Writer


But in her social media feeds, Northrup has put forward or endorsed a wide range of unfounded and conspiratorial messaging, telling her Facebook followers that vaccinated people might be “owned and controlled” by companies owning patented materials in the vaccine and advising Instagram followers from a Tulsa airport departure lounge April 18 that they should avoid vaccinated people, including spouses, because they could expose them to harmful vaccine materials extruded from their bodies.

“What I would do is choose your friends very carefully and stay away from people who are not on the same page if you possibly can,” she said in the video feed before boarding a flight to return to Maine. “Be with like-minded groups of people.”

On Twitter in November and December she spread false reports on conservative websites claiming scientists had discovered that people not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 don’t spread the disease (they do); that wearing masks causes wearers permanent damage through oxygen depletion; that a “Philly mob boss” had stolen the 2020 election from Donald Trump and might “flip on Biden”; and that the “end game” of those in charge of the pandemic is “genocide.”

Northrup herself expounded on a vaccine conspiracy in a widely circulated video interview apparently recorded in October 2020, in which she claimed COVID-19 vaccines would change people’s DNA and infiltrate their bodies with tiny “nanoparticle” robots with two-way 5G antennas. “They have the ability to take your biometric data – not only your vaccine record, but your breathing, your heart rate, your activity, sexual activity, these drugs that you’re taking, where you travel – all of that and then take that data and store it in the cloud,” she said. This information, she said, would then be paired with a barcode that would “connect us to cryptocurrency, so that would become literally slaves to the system.”

“Once those nanoparticles go in, there’s no detoxing from them, there’s no getting them out of there,” Northrup continued. “They combine with your DNA and you are suddenly programmable, and with the proposed 5G networks the body would be an antenna where you could be controlled from outside of yourself.”



Dr. Christiane Northrup on Medika’s Quack Scale

Dr Christiane Northrup scores 5/5 on Medika’s Quack Scale

By Medika Life November 16, 2020

Dr. Christiane Northrup scores 5/5 on our Quack Scale. She represents a high risk to both her patients and the general public and we encourage members of the public and her patients to seek alternate medical or health advice. Do not follow recommendations from this individual relating to your personal health or the health of others. In particular, her advice relating to Covid is unfounded and dangerous.

If you’re not sure how our Quack Scale works, click here for a detailed explanation

Quack Scale - Five Ducks


Possibly the most damning evidence to emerge against Northrup is a video shown recently of her, a portion of which you can watch on the link, where she makes wild claims about microchips in the Covid vaccine, DNA modification, heavy metals used to track you via 5g and Luciferous, a chemical substance, so named because it shines. The rantings of a deluded and clearly disturbed individual who has slipped into the bottomless conspiracy rabbit hole. You can watch a portion of the video on Boom and read how they completely discredit both her and her ideas.

Dr. Christiane Northrup on Medika’s Quack Scale


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