MO chiropractor challenges feds to sell vitamins on COVID vaccine

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Authorities recommend a hefty daily fine.

The feds are ordering a chiropractor and radio show host to stop claiming his vitamins are more effective than a COVID-19 vaccine, or the Missouri man must pay.

According to a March 4 Federal Trade Commission filing, chiropractor Eric Nepute violated an order requiring him to stop making false advertisements for his vitamin D and zinc supplements. He says vitamins can treat and prevent coronavirus more effectively than vaccines.

Nepute’s attorney did not immediately respond to a McClatchy News request for comment.

Nepute, which owns and sells Wellness Warrior vitamins, was sued in April 2021 for “disseminate misinformation (and) exploit fears” during the pandemic, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

St. Louis area chiropractor and founder of Nepute Wellness had been requested to stop “unlawfully advertising” these products as early as May 2020, according to a 2020 federal order, but has not yet complied.

Now the government is asking the court to force Nepute to comply by fining him $500 each time he breaks the order, and increasing the fine each time by $500. Officials are also asking him to remove excerpts from radio shows containing these false allegations, or pay the fine, the filing said.

Despite being sued previously, Nepute violated his consent order and continued to advertise his vitamins as being more effective than vaccines on his radio show, according to federal officials.

“Here’s a big old man in the nose with a rubber hose, feds,” Nepute said on a Feb. 4 broadcast before going on to make claims about his vitamin’s ability to fight COVID-19.

During several shows, Nepute continued to promote his vitamins and unproven studies that alleged vitamins could cure coronavirus.

“A new Spanish study has once again confirmed that providing vitamin D3 supplementation to hospitalized patients with Wuhan coronavirus reduces the number of deaths by sixty-four percent,” Nepute said of a study not confirmed during the February 4 issue. “…it’s a lot more beneficial than those shots that people take.”

While vitamin D and zinc can help the immune system, neither has been proven to help prevent, treat or cure the coronavirus, according to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

There was not enough data have come together to recommend the use of one or the other, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Mariah Rush is a national real-time reporter. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and previously worked for the Chicago Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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