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Wellness Influencers Denounce the Spread of QAnon

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QAnon, the internet brainvirus that’s set untold masses searching for Satanic pedovores and howling “do your reeeeseaaaaarch” in every known comment section has afflicted the wellness community.

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As New York Times reporter Kevin Roose

Yoga teacher and creator of the podcast SoulFeed Shannon Algeo told Gizmodo that lately he’s been hearing the term “conspirituality,in reference to an overlap between spiritual perceptiveness and receptiveness to conspiracy theories. He believes that people may be more likely to receive an appeal to reason if it comes from a trusted community member or mentor rather than a media outlet. “There are people who have relationships with Seane Corn; she’s traveled around the world for decades. Seane’s a friend of mine. Hearing the message from someone you trust and respect… that has weight. I hope that because of that relationship, people might think, huh. That’s all it takes—just a sliver of doubt in this theory to question how they got there.”

See the full joint statement below:

“We want to have a heart to heart with you about the group QAnon. Some in the wellness community have joined this group and we are greatly concerned. This statement is to warn you about the dangers of this group, which is utilizing tactics that resemble cult psychology.

QAnon is taking advantage of our conscious community with videos and social media steeped with bizarre theories, mind control and misinformation—don’t be swayed by these messages!

We are aware that QAnon originated on the dark web of hate and white supremacy, and have re-packaged their massage[sic] to appeal to spiritual communities. Don’t be fooled. The true intent of QAnon is to spread misinformation, blame, conflict, and sow racial division in our country.

WE ARE CLEAR-

QAnon does NOT represent the true values of the wellness community. We care about your mental and emotional wellbeing and we are here to say, ‘Beware. Stay in your body. Use discernment. Be skeptical of the real motives behind QAnon. And, most importantly, stay in connection with friends and family.’

Our hearts are breaking from the rampant misinformation that is dividing our community. We are asking you to join us by sharing this message, and take a stand against QAnon.”

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QAnon has spilled over from the sewers of 8chan and into real life extremist circles. Now it’s worming its way into unrelated online communities, like the wellness groups of Facebook and Instagram. While Facebook claims that it removed hundreds of groups devoted specifically to QAnon, there’s still plenty of QAnon content to be found elsewhere. We’ve reached out to Facebook and Instagram for comment and will update if we hear back.

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Gizmodo.com

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