Facebook Post Spreads Bogus Claim About 'Detox' After Vaccination - FactCheck.org

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A vaccination can't be reversed through any "detox" process, medical experts say. Yet, a social media post is spreading the false claim that a bath with borax can "get rid" of a COVID-19 vaccine. The bath may remove some water from the body, but not the molecules associated with vaccines, a toxicologist told us.
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The vaccines approved or authorized for use in the U.S. against COVID-19 are safe and effective, as we've reported. (See SciCheck's articles on those vaccines: "A Guide to Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine," "A Guide to Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 Vaccine" and "A Guide to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine.")

For years, however, vaccine opponents have promoted the unfounded claim that vaccines introduce toxins in the body, and that they can be removed through baths, dietary changes or other measures.

With people now getting COVID-19 shots sometimes in accordance with vaccine mandates, the toxicity claims have been given new life, as vaccine opponents direct their attention to ineffective ways of countering the inoculation's effects.

One "detox bath" recipe making the rounds on Facebook is based on a TikTok video by Carrie Madej, a Georgia internist with a large online following. Although Madej's video was taken down by TikTok in October, it was shared in the video's duets — a TikTok resharing feature that allows users to add reactions with the original video — and received thousands of views, according to CrowdTangle analytics.

In her video, Madej offered a list of mostly harmless ingredients — baking soda, Epsom salts and bentonite clay – for detox baths to remove radiation and poisons she falsely claims are in vaccines, NBC News reported. She also recommended adding a cup of borax, a cleaning agent that can irritate skin and eyes, to remove "nanotechnologies," an apparent reference to what she had previously called a "liquified computing system" inside vaccines.

Madej, who has made other false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, including that they change human DNA, insisted in an Instagram post on Nov. 14 that the detox bath video was not about those shots. "For the record, I have never told anyone we have a detox for the current jabs," she wrote.

But people are taking Madej's cocktail and promoting…
Joseph A. Gambardello
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