Religion News Service reports:
A Christian group hosted talks promoting what experts say are unfounded claims that alternative health methods such as practicing gratitude and consuming essential oils can combat or even prevent contracting the novel coronavirus, sparking pushback from at least one ally of the group.
The talks took place on platforms affiliated with Gabe Lyons and his wife, Rebekah, both of whom are influential evangelical Christian authors and speakers. Lyons recently hosted two coronavirus-themed conversations with Joshua Axe, who is listed as a chiropractor and nutritionist on his website, which sells a wide variety of alternative health supplements such as essential oils.
The website does not describe Axe as an expert on epidemiology, but it does boast that his company, Axe Wellness, has won accolades in Tennessee. The nature of his practice is unclear: the state’s Department of Health lists his chiropractic license as expired as of 2013.
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A platform called Q, founded by @GabeLyons and @rebekahlyons, hosted two conversations on the #coronavirus. The talks featured a nutritionist who downplayed the threat of the novel #coronavirus by claiming “we’ve actually had worse threats in the past.”https://t.co/mtQIXmedbh
— Religion News Service (@RNS) May 15, 2020