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Wellness culture's link to COVID denialism

Journalist Matthew Remski explains why new age spirituality is such fertile ground for anti-vaccine movements.
This photo taken on Feb. 6, 2009 shows a collection of homeopathic treatments in the office of homeopathic practicioner Begabati Lennihan, in Cambridge, Mass., including preparations made with robinia, castor bean, silver phosphate, and clippings of Wintergreen and rosemary. Like other homeopaths, Lennihan considers not just symptoms but also temperaments, favorite foods, even dreams. She took conventional nurse's training to bolster her homeopathic credentials. (Josh Reynolds/Associated Press)

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a networked and affiliate-linked system of alternative health influencers took the stage. Some people who were once talking about everything from complementary care to mindfulness, meditation and transcendence were now pushing pseudoscientific conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

Today, we take a closer look at the connection between wellness culture and anti-vaccine, as well as anti-vaccine-passport, movements.

Matthew Remski is a journalist and co-host of the podcast Conspirituality, and he joins us to explain this interconnected dynamic.