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.  

LCA supports:

  • 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

We oppose:

  • “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.

Podacasts:

On the Media Podcast: Spheres of Influence

Antifada Podcast on historical traces of Q-anon theories in America

Reading Resources:

Conspirituality-to-QAnon Key Words and Phrases

Cult Dynamics 101

Redpilled

Conspirituality Podcast with Matthew Remski, Julian Walker, and Derek Beres

I’ve been talking to conspiracy theorists for 20 years – here are my 6 rules of engagement

WBUR, Here and Now: What is QAnon Conspiracy Theory 

QAnon explained: the antisemitic conspiracy theory gaining traction around the world

‘Conspirituality’ — the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

What is QAnon, the baseless conspiracy spilling into US politics?

The wellness realm has fallen into conspiritualism – I have a sense why

October 12, 2020 Acupuncture
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  1. Fantastic service for the community, thanks for doing this!

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