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Anti-vaxx Chronicles: Dying by meme

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In the present day’s cautionary story is Lisa.

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Lisa was your run-of-the-mill anti-vaccine right-wing Christian. 

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Appeared up this man. He’s one more Rush Limbaugh wannabe on native conservative speak radio, this one in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. That stated, posting a meme with “get vaccinated or pay the worth” would show fairly prophetic, on condition that the very subsequent day, this occurred:

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The gang that sneers on the thought of Islam being a “faith of peace” additionally calls themselves the “prayer warriors.” 

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OMFG. They’re now “making” their very own Hydroxychloroquine? No, this doesn’t work! (Neither does the precise drug.) But at some point into her COVID signs, Lisa was nonetheless nicely sufficient to put up that idiotic meme, presumably make a few of this …. concoction, and proceed shit-posting anti-vaccine memes. 

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“Hello, nurse who’s making an attempt to avoid wasting my life and people of my household and neighbors and group. I’ve zero curiosity in stated efforts to avoid wasting stated lives. I’m too busy boiling lemon peels. Why? I noticed a meme on Fb. Now get out. I’m assembling prayer warriors.”

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Proof that when these individuals say, “I did my very own analysis,” they really imply “I requested randos on Fb.” I imply, she’s posting directions on boiling citrus peels by “Dr. Betty Martini”! 

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5 days after her eager to see her physician, the illness had progressed considerably. She was again within the hospital, and shortly thereafter, on a ventilator. That’s by no means an excellent signal. And on this case, it ended poorly. That was her final put up, ever. 

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It’s exceptional how these individuals will endanger themselves and their households (Nana was additionally contaminated!) primarily based on Fb memes. 

Take, for instance, that “boil your lemon and orange peels” nonsense. The supply? Dr. Betty Martini. The identify alone ought to’ve been an enormous crimson flag! “Hello markos, your physician in the present day will likely be Dr. Jimmy Vodka.” Me: “Maintain on, gonna must do some analysis first….”

Seems, it ought to be “Dr.” Betty Martini, who has been on the conspiracy-theory circuit for over 20 years. 

Martini is the founding father of Mission Potential World Well being Worldwide, which is “dedicated to eradicating the lethal chemical aspartame from our meals.” She can be anti-vaccine, anti-fluorideanti-MSG, a conspiracy theorist, and thinks she was as soon as cured of breast most cancers by an natural system.

Martini has in fact no experience in any related subject. She refers to herself as “Dr. Martini”, however that is primarily based on an honorary Physician of Humanities diploma awarded by an unaccredited non secular establishment.

Think about googling her identify, arriving at her about page, and pondering “she appears legit!”?

Vaccination idiocy apart, what may’ve occurred if Lisa had gone straight to the hospital, as a substitute of complaining about nostril swabs and making an attempt out bullshit residence cures pushed by hucksters and grifters? Heck, what may’ve occurred had she not been freaking out about nurses knocking on her door, or listening to noxious conservative speak radio? 

She’d possible nonetheless be alive. About the one silver lining to this story is that Nana pulled by, and wasn’t taken down by her daughter’s irresponsibility. I simply hope her daughter, who appears genuinely beautiful, is vaccinated or has realized from the ordeal the significance of being vaccinated. 

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