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July 29, 2020

A Houston doctor whose anti-mask and pro-hydroxychloroquine speech was praised by President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., also believes that alien DNA is used in medicine and gynecological problems are the result of people having sex in their dreams with demons, The Daily Beast reports.

Stella Immanuel is a pediatrician and religious minister who runs a medical clinic and church called Firepower Ministries out of a strip mall. Over the last several years, she has recorded videos of her sermons and posted them to YouTube. They cover a wide range of bizarre topics, from the perils of having dream sex with witches to the creation of a vaccine that will stop people from being religious, The Daily Beast reports.

In recent days, a video of her speaking from the steps of the Supreme Court has gone viral in conservative circles, with Immanuel declaring that "nobody has to get sick" from COVID-19 because "this virus has a cure." She was part of an event dubbed the White Coat Summit, organized by the Tea Party Patriots and attended by a few doctors who don't believe the medical consensus on the coronavirus.

During her speech, Immanuel claimed that she has saved hundreds of patients with hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by Trump; studies have not found any evidence that hydroxychloroquine works to treat the coronavirus. Immanuel went on to declare that because the drug is a valid treatment, masks are unnecessary.

The video was removed from Facebook and Twitter for violating disinformation rules, much to the anger of those who shared it. Immanuel was mad, too, tweeting that Facebook is "not bigger than God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name." Read more at The Daily Beast. Catherine Garcia

February 14, 2019

Darla Shine's not a doctor, she just plays one on Twitter.

According to Shine — whose husband, Bill Shine, is White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and a former Fox News executive — having the measles as a child actually helps a person down the road. "The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids," she tweeted Wednesday. "Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy and fight cancer."

Shine doesn't believe that the measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest is an issue, tweeting, "Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN #Fake #Hysteria." She also lamented the fact that her kids received the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination when they were younger: "I had the #Measles #Mumps #ChickenPox as a child and so did every kid I knew — Sadly my kids had #MMR so they will never have the life long natural immunity I have." When Shine wasn't tweeting rhapsodically about the joy of the measles, she was gleefully following along with the media coverage she was receiving and declaring there are "so many ignorant people on #Twitter."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that between 1994 and 2013, more than 70,000 measles cases were prevented in the United States because of vaccinations, People reports. Children who contract measles can die, and there is no scientific evidence that having the disease can prevent cancer or that vaccines lead to autism. Catherine Garcia

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