Canadian 'anti-glasses' influencer says she can show how to fix your vision

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A Canadian wellness influencer has gone viral for claiming doctors who have recommended glasses or contact lenses for bad eyesight are “lying” and instead can heal them using “simple,” “holistic multidimensional healing” methods that are “backed by science.”

Self-proclaimed holistic coach Samantha Lotus, whose website and social media posts are now private, was offering an US$11 class to teach those with bad eyesight how to see again.

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“You may have been told that you need glasses, but that’s actually a lie,” she said.

Lotus told her nearly 30,000 Instagram followers that she already healed her own eyesight and is offering to teach others to heal the “spiritual, emotional, mental and physical reasons” behind their bad eyesight.

Her business’s Yelp page says she “incorporates Positive Psychology, CBT, Psychoneuroendoimmunology (PNEI), Metaphysics, Energetics, Nutrition and Alternative Natural Medicine into her healing protocols.”

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Lotus has also attracted her share of doubters and critics.

Last Saturday, the influencer hosted a webinar with 338 who signed up and warned people that “if you’re closed minded and want to stay a victim, this is NOT FOR YOU.”

Mallory, a popular TikToker who uses her platform to debunk disinformation and conspiracy theories, was in attendance and recorded the masterclass.

She broke down Lotus’ course in a video that garnered over 2.5 million views. She said the class seemed as though it was a testimonial for doTERRA Essential Oils, which Lotus is a representative for, making claims that it can strengthen the eyes.

Mallory called Lotus’ webinar a “trojan horse” to sell the essential oil products.

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Lotus rebutted on social media saying it’s a misrepresentation and reached out to Mallory threatening legal action should she choose not to remove the video criticizing the influencer.

The goal of her class, she said, is “self-healing” and correcting bad eyesight includes avoiding blue light, reducing screen time, using specific eye and neck exercises and incorporating specific nutrients into ones diet.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), however, “are not aware of the existence in peer-reviewed scientific literature of any evidence to support such claims.”

“Eye care is more than about glasses and eye condition, and depends on each individual situation,” a spokesperson for the CAO said.

Doctors of optometry require seven to eight years of post-secondary education to obtain their professional designation.

“It’s crucial for individuals to evaluate the information they encounter and rely on reputable sources for accurate scientific information,” the spokesperson said.

“I understand that people are skeptical and worried about grifters and uneducated ‘influencer’ scammers online,” Lotus told The Daily Beast, claiming she had studied psychology, sociology, and naturopathic medicine as well as “extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biology, pathology of disease and iridology.”

In response to the backlash she received, Lotus told The Inquirer “I know who I am and what my intentions are, thus the comments and media frenzy isn’t phasing me.”

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