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Texas doctor suspended for ‘spreading dangerous misinformation’ about COVID-19

The exterior of Houston Methodist Hospital can be seen on June 9, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Houston Methodist Hospital has suspended 178 employees for 14 days without pay for their refusal to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (KXAN) — Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas has suspended ear, nose and throat doctor privileges after tweeting differing opinions about COVID-19 vaccines, including advising patients to get it.

A hospital representative confirmed Dr. Mary Talley Bowden at the Washington Post. Houston Methodist said Bowden was spreading “dangerous misinformation that is not based on science.”

The hospital said she only recently joined staff and had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Bowden tweeted earlier this month that she was “shifting focus to treating the unvaccinated” because of the “current climate and writing on the wall”. She also promoted experimental treatments over the FDA-approved coronavirus vaccines.

In a Twitter threadHouston Methodist explained, saying in part: “These opinions, which are detrimental to the community, do not reflect reliable medical evidence or the values ​​of Houston Methodist, where we have treated more than 25,000 inpatient COVID-19 patients and where all of our employees and doctors have been vaccinated to protect our patients . ”

Houston Methodist said it “will not and will not refuse care” to a patient based on their vaccination status.

(Screenshot of Houston Methodist Hospital tweet via Twitter)

Bowden also promoted the use of the antiparasitic drug ivermectin — even though it’s not FDA-approved for COVID-19 treatment and has been overwhelmingly shown to have near-zero efficacy.

Bowden previously made headlines after the wife of one of her patients sued Texas Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth to allow Bowden to give her husband, who had been hospitalized for more than a month, ivermectin treatment. During court testimony, Bowden claimed she had successfully treated more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients with the drug, the Fort Worth-Star Telegram reports.

Although the request was originally granted, Texas Huguley appealed. The decision on whether or not Bowden will be allowed to treat patient Jason Jones is now on hold pending arguments and review.

Bowden’s attorney, Steven Mitby, told the Washington Post that his client is “not anti-vaccine,” but that she “believes that people should have a choice and believes that all people, regardless of vaccine status, should have access to the same high-quality health care.” .”

Bowden owns a private practice in downtown Houston that offers salt cave inhalation (where a person sits in an enclosure and inhales Himalayan pink salt) and an infrared sauna—something typically spa treatment—as COVID-19 remedies.

On Monday, Bowden gave an interview to Houston-based conservative radio host Michael Berry in an episode called “Cancelled For COVID.”

KXAN contacted Bowden’s attorney for comment and did not hear back by publishing time.