As vaccine mandates lead some hesitant Americans to get their COVID-19 shot, the anti-vaccine movement is pushing “detox” treatments to remove the vaccine after it’s been administered – none of which work.
New (and a particularly wild one) from me + @BrandyZadrozny :
Anti-vaxxers are caving to mandates and getting the shot.
Then they're scrambling to "undo" it by drawing blood, cupping, or… bathing in Borax.
It doesn't work. They're still vaccinated.https://t.co/95ctZ6YTGT
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 12, 2021
For example, Dr. Carrie Madej, an osteopathic doctor, has posted a video recipe for a borax “detox bath.”
From NBC News:
Baking soda and epsom salts, she falsely claims, will provide a “radiation detox” to remove radiation Madej falsely believes is activated by the vaccine. Bentonite clay will add a “major pull of poison,” she says, based on a mistaken idea in anti-vaccine communities that toxins can be removed from the body with certain therapies.
Then, she recommends adding in one cup of borax, a cleaning agent that’s been banned as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration, to “take nanotechnologies out of you.”
In reality, in addition to being potentially harmful as a skin and eye irritant, a borax “detox bath” will not remove the effects of the Covid vaccine from your body.
Other methods the anti-vax folks push include self-administered cupping therapy after making small incisions on the injection site, as well as trying to “un-inject” shots using syringes.
All of this is dangerous and none of it works.
Angela Rasmussen, a virologist and adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, told NBC News, “Once you’re injected, the lifesaving vaccination process has already begun. You can’t unring a bell. It’s just not physically possible.”
Read more at NBC News.
I mean, I’ll be honest, if it’s convincing people to vaccinate, fuck it, let them take a Borax bath afterwards. Borax baths may be harmful to the people who take them. Not vaccinating can be harmful to the people who refuse them and the people around them. No brainer, really.
— Orleans Oceane (@VicVanMeter) November 12, 2021