A Canadian wellness influencer, Samantha Lotus, has gained significant attention for her controversial claim that doctors who prescribe glasses or contact lenses for bad eyesight are “lying.” Lotus, who describes herself as a holistic coach, offers a course that promises to teach individuals how to heal their eyesight using “simple” and “holistic multidimensional healing” methods. According to her, these methods are “backed science.”
Lotus asserts that glasses are unnecessary and that she has already healed her own eyesight. She claims to teach others to address the “spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical” reasons behind their vision problems. Her healing protocols, according to her business’s Yelp page, incorporate various approaches, including Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoneuroendoimmunology (PNEI), Metaphysics, Energetics, Nutrition, and Alternative Natural Medicine.
The influencer recently faced criticism and skepticism, with many doubting her claims. A popular TikToker, Mallory, attended Lotus’ webinar and published a video debunking her course. Mallory alleges that the webinar seemed more like a testimonial for doTERRA Essential Oils, a product that Lotus represents, with claims that it can strengthen the eyes. She refers to the webinar as a “trojan horse” aimed at selling essential oil products.
Lotus responded to Mallory’s criticisms on social media, accusing her of misrepresentation and threatening legal action unless the video was removed. Lotus clarifies that her class focuses on self-healing and offers recommendations such as avoiding blue light, reducing screen time, performing specific eye and neck exercises, and incorporating certain nutrients into one’s diet.
In response to Lotus’ claims, the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) stated that they are not aware of any scientific evidence supporting her methods. The CAO emphasizes that eye care extends beyond glasses and prescriptions, highlighting the importance of individualized care. Optometrists undergo seven to eight years of education to obtain their professional designation.
Lotus defends her qualifications, stating that she has studied psychology, sociology, naturopathic medicine, and has extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biology, disease pathology, and iridology. Despite the backlash, she remains steadfast in her beliefs and intentions.
– Quote from Samantha Lotus: The Daily Beast
– Quote from CAO spokesperson: The Inquirer
– Holistic: The approach of considering the whole person, addressing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
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