No, you cannot “devaccinate” yourself with snake venom kits, bleach, or cupping.

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Claims that you could “devaccinate” yourself were spread on social mediaanother example of extreme and dangerous misinformation about COVID vaccines.

Methods designed to remove COVID vaccines from the body include the use of snake venom extractors or a type of traditional therapy known as “wet cupping.”

When you come across such claims online, you need to ask yourself four questions to find out if these claims really are too good to be true.

cupping

Misinformation circulating on Instagram and other social media includes a video of someone using cupping therapy, suggesting it will remove or suck out the COVID vaccine.

The video shows someone cutting the skin before placing a cup over the cuts to create suction – a type of therapy known as “wet cupping”.

Cupping has been used for thousands of years, primarily in traditional Chinese medicine. Practitioners believe this reduces pain or promotes healing by drawing fluid to the treated area and improving energy flow. However, there are few high-quality studies that support its effectiveness.

No, you cannot

Cupping therapy is designed to relieve pain or promote healing by drawing fluid toward the treated area. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Why this doesn’t remove the vaccine

Cupping usually only affects the superficial layers of the skin. COVID vaccines are generally injected deeper into the muscle.

Once injected, vaccines train the body’s immune system to fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. you do this either by presenting a weakened or inactivated part of the virus (the spike protein antigen) to the immune system, or by directing the body to make these antigens.

It is important to note that this “training period” is very brief and once the body has learned how to respond, the vaccines will be cleared from your body in just a few days or weeks.

Because after the vaccine has primed the immune system, the body naturally breaks down these components, just as it does other genetic fragments, proteins and fats.

Snake Venom Kits

Others have attempted devaccination using venom extraction kits. These kits contain a plunger-like device that you place over a snakebite designed to suck out venom.

Again, venom extractors will not remove the antigen in COVID vaccines for the same reasons we’ve already outlined.

they also can not remove enough venom to prevent serious systemic (widespread) effects of a snakebite. A study found that the kit only removed 0.04% of the total venom payload and ended up removing only body fluid. Crucially, they can destroy tissues around the snake bite site.

We all play a role

Information on devaccination continues to circulate on some platforms such as BitChute and Telegram.

If you come across someone online selling a miracle cure or drug — whether it’s COVID or another illness — here are some tips to help you think about what you’re seeing:

1. Is it hard to believe?

When you see something that looks sensational, it’s even more important to be skeptical.

In a popular TikTok video, an osteopathic doctor who no longer practicessuggests people “detox” by taking a bath in baking soda, Epsom salts, and borax to get rid of “radiation, toxins, and nanotechnology.”

She says people need to detox because COVID vaccines have “RNA-modifying transhumanism nanotechnology” and “the people pushing these injections want to change what it’s like to be human.”

she also claims to have identified a jellyfish-like tiny invertebrate called “Hydra Vulgaris” that:

proliferate and form independent neural networks in those who have received COVID-19 vaccines and could ultimately affect their thoughts and actions.

While sometimes we want to believe someone has found the cure or the answer to a question we’re looking for, trust your gut instincts. If it sounds ridiculous, it probably is. If you are unsure whether the information is legitimate, speak to a family member, friend, or your family doctor.

2. Have you checked the facts?

If a resource is provided in a different language, how can you be sure of what it says?

Using the cupping video as an example, Stephen Dickey, a professor of Slavic languages ​​and literature at the University of Kansas, identified the dialogue in the video as Russian. But he called “There was no mention of the vaccine” and “There is no mention at all of exactly what is being extracted.”

When reviewing the resource, do you know who the author is, and does that author specialize in the area the article is about? Check LinkedIn or do a quick Google search to see if the author can speak on the topic with authority and accuracy.

3. Is there a hidden agenda?

Have you considered if the person or organization trying to sell you a new drug or treatment has a hidden agenda? This can increase their reach on social media or make money.

For example, the American “archbishop” Mark Grenon and his sons should have sold more than $1 million their bleach-like “Miracle Mineral Solution”. They said it was a cure for COVID, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Autism, Malaria, Hepatitis, Parkinson’s, Herpes, HIV/AIDS and other serious diseases.

4. What is the source?

If an article cites sources, it’s good to verify them. The post about the Snakebite kit contained references to three published articles. These have been dated 1979–1992, decades before COVID.

It is also important to study the topic of the cited paper. In the case of the 1979 paper, this considered measures for a certain type of snake bite, which involved studying the effects of applying tight crepe bandages to monkeys. There was no mention of using kits to remove snake venom or COVID.

So when you come across videos or social media posts about fantastic new drugs or treatments that promise otherwise impossible cures or results, it’s important to do so always think:

If what you’re reading seems too good to be true, or too weird, or too reactionary, it probably is.


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