Just as the coronavirus pandemic began its rapid and deadly spread across the United States, a well-known doctor named Dominique Fradin-Read told thousands of viewers tuning into an Instagram Live video that she had an answer, “one of the best ways to prevent and fight COVID-19.”
It was April 2020. The virus had already killed 50,000 Americans, a number that has since grown to more than 200,000. And scientists were scrambling to find a safe and effective treatment – a search that continues to this day.
Dr. Fradin-Read is a prominent figure in the wellness community. She owns the medical practice VitaLifeMD in Los Angeles, and helped formulate the “Madame Ovary” supplement for actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand Goop.
This time, on Instagram, Fradin-Read was promoting more than just “wellness.” In the face of a deadly pandemic, she claimed to have an “FDA approved” medicine that worked like “magic.” Fradin-Read made