Dr. Christiane Northrup from Yarmouth, rose to fame in the '90s and was a frequent guest on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'.

But now the retired gynecologist and bestselling author is one of the countries biggest pushers of COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories. It's gotten so bad, her Instagram account has been blocked.

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Why was Dr. Christiane Northrup banned from Instagram.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Dr. Northrup has been kicked off Instagram at the request of U.S. Sen (D) Amy Klobuchar, from Minnesota, and Ben Ray Luján (D), from New Mexico. They say that Northrup and 11 others are part of what is known as the 'disinformation dozen' who are spreading some pretty wild claims about the vaccine and pandemic.

Who are the 'disinformation dozen'?

According to WebMD, the dirty dozen is: Ty and Charlene Bollinger, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Joseph Mercola, Sherri Tenpenny, Rizza Islam, Rashid Buttar, Erin Elizabeth, Sayer Ji, Kelly Brogan, Christiane Northrup, Ben Tapper, and Kevin Jenkins.  The Portland Press Herald reports that this groups generates 65% of all anti-COVID-19 vaccine social media shares and up to 73% is on Facebook. Northrup's Facebook account is still active which is odd because Facebook owns Instagram.

What are some of Northrup's conspiracy theories.

Hang onto your hat, because this is nuts. First she has used her social media accounts to deny that the pandemic even exists, told people not to wear masks and has said that  COVID-19 vaccines will make women infertile. Plus, the bodies of those that get the vaccine will turn against them and then endanger unvaccinated people around them by the shedding malignant vaccine ingredients. Oh and she has said (falsely!) that the vaccines can alter your DNA and will let corporations monitor you - and that will some how benefit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through cryptocurrency. What the actual what?

Dr. Northrup practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Portland and Yarmouth for 26 years, and was very well respected. This is a terrible turn in an otherwise amazing career. She hasn't had a license to practice medicine since 2015.

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