Christopher Foley, 71, natural medicine doctor, dies of Covid-19

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Some of his claims:
1. It’s dangerous to wear masks
2. Ivermectin is a proven cure against Covid-19
3. Vaccines are a human experiment

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A Twin Cities doctor spread misinformation about COVID-19. Then he died from it

Catharine Richert
November 10, 2021 4:00 a.m.

In life, Dr. Christopher Foley was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He cycled regularly, played handball and had a passion for Irish music. 

As a physician who trained in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota and became a natural medicine doctor, Foley’s “passion lay truly in taking care of other people,” said his son, Logan. 

But through his Vadnais Heights-based practice, Foley also spread falsehoods about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. 

In blog posts over the past year, Foley wrote on his practice’s website that it was dangerous to wear masks and that the drug ivermectin was a proven treatment against COVID-19 — a drug he prescribed for patients even though the Food and Drug Administration warns against it. He reposted false claims about the vaccine made by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a well-known opponent of vaccines who has been banned from social media platforms. 

These widely debunked claims run contrary to widely held best practices for treating and preventing COVID. But for some who believe them, misinformation has played a role in developing severe illness from the virus, or even dying. 

That includes Foley, who died in October of complications from COVID-19. He was 71. At his funeral, Foley’s son Logan confirmed his father’s death from COVID and that he was unvaccinated. Foley’s death certificate says tobacco use played a role in his death.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/11/10/covid-doctor-misinformation-minnesota-vadnais-heights

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