Conspirituality: Wellness meets Conspiracy Theory
Louisville Community Acupuncture stands with the Yoga Community in calling out conspiracy theories, like those of QAnon, currently tearing through the wellness world.
We never imagined we’d have to write a statement like this. Our mission is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. However, given the viral and dangerous nature of conspiracy discourse via social media, we hope that other acupuncture organizations will join us in condemning the spread of misinformation.
- Basic common sense health measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, including the proper use of masks and the practice of social distancing.
- Black Lives Matter
- “Wellness” influencers who peddle conspiracy theories for profit.
- Anti-vaccination ideologies.
- Politicians who espouse extremist propaganda and/or conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theories are harmful. With roots in racism and anti-Semitism, QAnon has inspired many instances of real-world violence, and adherents often engage in vicious online harassment campaigns. Media Matters has compiled a list of 77 candidates for congressional seats who have indicated support for QAnon.
Well-intentioned people can fall victim to the pull of conspiracy theories because they play on valid concerns (both child trafficking and a for-profit medical industry are entirely valid concerns). Conspiracy theories do not challenge harmful imbalances of power, they make them worse.
If you would like to read more on how conspiracy theories are harmful, check out these resources.