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Texas doctor suspended for spreading Covid-19 ‘disinformation’ submits letter of resignation

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By Amanda Watts and Alaa Elassar, CNN

(CNN) – The doctor whose privileges of her medical staff have been suspended due to Covid-19 “misinformation” on her social media sent a letter to Houston Methodist saying she was resigning, CNN told CNN on Tuesday a hospital spokesperson.

Dr Mary Bowden, a doctor specializing in the ears, nose and throat, also tweeted about his resignation saying, “I have freed myself from the Methodists and I very much appreciate the outpouring of support I have received!”

Stefanie Asin, public relations manager at Houston Methodist, told CNN that “(Bowden) is not an employee.”

Houston Methodist announced on Friday that they had suspended Bowden’s privileges after she posted “harmful” and “dangerous” information about Covid-19 and its treatments on social media, according to the hospital.

The doctor was a recent addition to the Houston Methodist medical staff and used his social media to “express his personal and political views on the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments,” Houston Methodist said in a report. statement on Twitter.

“His privileges have been suspended,” a spokesperson for the hospital told CNN.

Bowden’s attorney, Steven Mitby, said the doctor had treated “more than 2,000 patients with Covid-19” in his private practice and none of them ended up in hospital.

“His early treatment methods work and save lives,” he added.

“Dr. Bowden has the utmost respect for the Houston Methodist and is proud of the work she has done with her colleagues at the Houston Methodist.”

Bowden’s Twitter account shows a series of tweets praise the antiparasitic drug ivermectin. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Food and Drug Administration have warned people against using the drug to treat Covid-19, CNN reported.

Ivermectin is used to treat parasites such as worms and lice in humans and it is also used by veterinarians to deworm large animals. The CDC warned of a strong increased reports of serious illness caused by the drug to poison control centers.

Doctor has spoken out against vaccination warrants

In addition to advocating for the use of ivermectin, Bowden also frequently criticizes immunization mandates on his social media accounts, Mitby adding that “Dr Bowden is not anti-vaccine” but thinks “people should have a choice.”

The doctor himself is vaccinated, as required by the hospital for all doctors working at Houston Methodist, the hospital said. In June, more than 150 employees left the hospital after having set up a vaccination mandate.

“Dr. Bowden, who has never admitted a patient to Houston Methodist Hospital, is spreading dangerous misinformation that is not based on science,” said Houston Methodist. added.

“These opinions, which are detrimental to the community, do not reflect reliable medical evidence or the values ​​of the Houston Methodists.”

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with deaths in the United States exceeding 762,692 and the victims increasingly come from the ranks of the unvaccinated, there are still a small group of doctors which have become a huge source of disinformation, a CNN investigation found.

These doctors share a miasma of conspiracy theories and misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, which have so far proven to be the most effective weapon against the deadliest pandemic in 100 years.

“These doctors benefit from the trust placed in them,” said David Lazer, professor of political science and computer science at Northeastern University. “They use the prestige of that term ‘doctor’ to convey disinformation.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the hospital staff who left due to the vaccination warrant. It was 150 employees.

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