Katie Griggs, a.k.a. “Guru Jagat” died on Sunday. According to her followers, the 41 year-old celebrity yoga teacher and co-founder of the RA MA Institute in Venice, California, died of pulmonary embolism following ankle surgery.
The first thing to say is that she was a human being, a daughter, a partner, and surely a friend to some. People who knew her at every stage of her life will miss and mourn something unique. She deserves the same respect in life and death as everyone else, and those who loved and depended on her deserve all the support they can get.
“Ahimsa” is a Sanskrit term that goes back millennia in Indian yoga literature. It’s usually understood to mean “non-harming”, or “non-violence”, and has for generations influenced complex debates around diet, the treatment of animals, just war theory vs. pacificism, and attitudes towards conflict resolution. Wolf’s COVID-era contemplation of ahimsa guided her towards viewing vaccination as a public health virtue, and an empathetic duty.
“While the concept of ahimsa’s direct command…
Teams up with hydroxy quack and fellow Jan 6 protestor Dr. Zelenko
The above pitch appears at the bottom of a September 10th newsletter in which “Plandemic” director Mikki Willis launches the preorder cycle for a coffee-table type book.
The book is a tie-in to his May 2020 docsploitation film, which centred COVID quack Judy Mikovits, and her claims that masks “activate the virus”, that Italy’s COVID suffering was caused by the flu vaccine, that vaccines in general kill people, and that microbes on beaches are good to eat.
Willis is a leading figure in the COVID-era conspirituality movement, skilled…
This account and my work on Conspirituality Podcast focuses a lot on cult dynamics. The theme was also at the heart of my last book. I thought it would be useful to compile the most accessible resources that I use daily in a single place.
I hope it’s a timely compilation, as the concept of “cult” provokes an explosion of articles, books, and streaming documentaries — of varying qualities. “Wild Wild Country” for instance, offers a superficial and sensationalistic portrayal of the abusive cult of Rajneesh that centres his surviving lieutenants, who are given hours of screen time to rationalize…
“Transformational leader” Preston Smiles took to Instagram on August 18th to tell his 225K followers how he “beat” a COVID infection with a bro-science grab-bag of unproven and possibly dangerous alt-health remedies.
“I’m not a doctor. I’m not telling anyone what to do,” Smiles declared, speaking to followers from the upstairs apartment in his Austin home. But he also said that “science is guessing”, and said “I highly suggest” that followers take Ivermectin.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently denounced off-label human use of Ivermectin, which can be prescribed for some parasitic infections, but is most commonly available…
Note: Don’t be put off by the “read-time” on this article. The topline analysis is about a 3-minute read. Hardcore conspirituality geeks can stick around for what follows.
In the intro to the most recent episode of their Almost 30 podcast, wellness pundits Krista Williams and Lindsay Simcik describe getting tearful while listening to their latest guest, the anti-vax charismatic, Dr. Zach Bush.
Krista: He started speaking about, just like, the beauty of nature and the beauty of us as humans outside of things that make us feel separate from ourselves and wow I mean, so I was crying…When I…
I think a lot about how Mikki Willis, the director of the pseudo-documentary Plandemic, went on Facebook the day after its release, and cried crocodile tears to bond with his shaken followers.
Make that trauma-bond: he terrified them, and then played the saviour. This is what domestic abusers and cult leaders do.
I think about Kelly Brogan, haloed by the Miami sky in her breakout COVID-denialism selfie-sermon, declaring that lockdown measures are like the “dehumanization agenda that preceded the Holocaust”. She carried it off with Mona Lisa equanimity. Her wellness porn really pops.
Zach Bush starts almost every podcast appearance…
The following is a transcript, lightly edited for clarification, of Conspirituality Podcast Episode 64 — Remembering Guru Jagat: A Panel.
Host: Matthew Remski
Producer: Derek Beres
Editorial: Julian Walker
Guests: Philip Deslippe, Jules Hartley, Janja Lalich, Stacie Stukin
Recently I had a conversation with a brave person I’ve known for some time. We discussed the memoir they were working on, recalling their years of involvement in a high-demand group. In it, they referred to feeling sick when they thought of the amount of money they had spent on the leader and their corrupt and useless programmes.
I asked if they would be willing and able to bear with that nausea enough to give readers some details. I suggested that hard numbers can really put things into perspective. …
Sayer Ji, founder of alt-health pseudoscience website GreenMedInfo, has been deplatformed from Facebook and Twitter for his anti-vax propaganda. Dubbed a member of the “Disinformation Dozen” by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate — a group responsible for almost 65% of the anti-vax materials available on the internet — Ji’s platform, has generated over $200,000 yearly from his content, according to the Centre. His email newsletter goes out to over 300,000 subscribers daily. He collaborates on many projects with his wife, COVID-contrarian “holistic psychiatrist” Dr. Kelly Brogan.