The most dangerous false scientists: Instagram doctors, pseudo-historians and other obscurantists

If you think Instagram is sittingexclusively ladies with puffy lips and other prominent parts of the body, I hasten to disappoint you. Today, Instagram is one of the most successful platforms for business development. And any. And since you can make money online by posting photos, why not cash in on gullible Russians? This, probably, was decided by the ladies and gentlemen known today throughout the country, who call themselves doctors, but who in fact have no medical education. And outside the colorful pictures from pseudo-doctors, you can stumble upon false scientists who falsify history. Horror and only, but warned - means armed.

Pseudoscience is flourishing in Russia. This is confirmed by numerous Instagram doctors.


  • 1 Age of obscurantism
  • 2 How did a sad reptiloid appear?
  • 3 Instagram doctor will heal you to death
  • 4 A blogger without a medical education that treats cancer
  • 5 Who said the Anglo-Saxons were to blame?

Age of obscurantism

It’s hard to say at what exact moment the quantitythe most diverse charlatans in Russia exceeded all conceivable and unthinkable limits, but the fact remains that today our country is experiencing a real boom of pseudoscience. And I'm not exaggerating. What is worth only a hypnotist dog, whose supernatural abilities in all seriousness recently demonstrated to viewers of the first channel. About such flagships of Russian television as TNT with their endless stream of psychics of all stripes, until, sorry for mentioning, REN-TV does not even have anything to say.

The Spitz-hypnotist euthanized all participants in the TV show with just one look

And all would be fine, as they say - laughed andforgot, if not for one thing - pseudoscience is dangerous. Psychics who treat cancer by the laying on of hands, of dubious origin, experts telling that HIV does not exist, shamans who expel spirits and other charlatans for money threaten the lives of those who believe them. And almost everyone can believe how it would be unpleasant to realize it - we have already told you about the many cognitive distortions - the errors of thinking inherent in man. But how to repulse this dominance of obscurantism?

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How did a sad reptiloid appear?

Scientists, popularizers wage this unequal strugglesciences and journalists. Among them are bioinformatics Mikhail Gelfand, anthropologist Stanislav Drobyshevsky, biologist Alexander Panchin, toxicologist Alexei Vodovozov, popularizer of science Alexander Sokolov, blogger Mikhail Lidin and many others. In addition to the numerous educational projects that have appeared in our country, one of the most striking and significant steps against pseudoscience in Russia was the Prize “Honorary Academician of VRAL” (VRunic Academy of Pseudoscience), which has been awarded since 2016. The winners of the award through spectator voting are the figures who have made the greatest contribution to the development of pseudoscience in Russia. The award was created with the support of the Dmitry Zimin Evolution Foundation and the scientific and educational portal, whose editor-in-chief is Alexander Sokolov.

Nowhere without reptilians!

For three years, the proud owners of the figurinesad reptiloid steel: homeopath Oleg Epstein (2018), deputy director general of REN TV Igor Prokopenko (2017) and the main activist of the Russian anti-GMO movement Irina Ermakova (2016). This year, the sad reptiloid will be awarded on October 19. But the three finalists are known today, so let's get to know these outstanding people.

Instagram doctor will heal you to death

Meet - a general practitionerendocrinologist, nutritionist, cardiologist and nutritionist Natalya Zubareva. By the way, my favorite is the ARRAL award this year. More than two and a half million people have signed up for Dr. Zubareva on Instagram, you see, not a small audience. Not so long ago, Russia 24 TV channel released an investigation film called “Healing Like” about numerous Instagram doctors, including Dr. Zubareva. After the release of the film, Natalya temporarily closed her profile on Instagram. However, subscribers did not decrease, unfortunately.

In the photo Natalya Zubareva

But why did Dr. Zubareva so wrong thatclaims to win the VRAL-2019 award? The founder of the academy @zubareva_online tirelessly writes books that are sold in huge quantities and tells his subscribers that the intestines, supposedly leaky, toothpaste and deodorants are toxic, and thyroid diseases arise due to problems with the chakra. Zubareva’s effective nutritional supplements that can be bought on iHerb using Natalia’s promo code will help get rid of all ailments. By the way, Dr. Zubareva's diet is after a hair analysis. Yes, in all seriousness and with an innocent face.

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I note that Natalia Zubareva isthe only popular instagram doctor with a medical background. At the same time, what exactly the doctor did during her studies remains a mystery. Apparently, instead of anatomy, Natalya studied esoterics and the location of the chakras in the human body.

A blogger without a medical education that treats cancer

Finalist of the VRLA Prize 2019 is also deservedlyBecomes an Instagram healer under the name Katya Thi. The number of subscribers to Ekaterina Filatova (real name of the blogger) is more than 400 thousand people. This, of course, is not two and a half million, but also a lot. This instigator lives in London and urges Russians to refuse vaccinations and trust exclusively alternative medicine.

Blogger Ekaterina Filatova

However, the truly scary thing is thatCatherine cancels the appointment of doctors, urges infectious patients to refuse to take antibiotics, and cancer patients from chemotherapy. Instead of real medicines, the blogger prescribes homeopathy, iHerb nutritional supplements, vitamin C intake, and coffee enemas. Unlike Dr. Zubareva, Katerina has never closed her Instagram page, so you can personally see her truly murderous treatment. By the way, by profession, Catherine is not a doctor, but a designer. In general, a scary person.

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Who says the Anglo-Saxons are to blame?

Did you learn history badly at school and college? Do not worry, because the well-known Nikolai Starikov will tell you about the most important thing. The writer, public figure and publicist has been conducting his pseudoscientific activity for a long time, for which he was honored to become a finalist of the VRAL 2019. Nikolai, without having the appropriate education, wrote 10 books on history, economics and politics. By the way, you have probably heard the expression “the Anglo-Saxons are to blame for everything” (residents of the USA and Great Britain). Now you know who to thank for this phrase.

This is what the pseudo-historian Nikolai Starikov looks like

Nikolai Starikov does not hide his love fornumerous conspiracy theories. According to the writer, the “Anglo-Saxons” unleashed all the wars on the planet with one single goal - to destroy Russia. Yes, according to Nikolai, even Hitler came to power with the permission of the secret government. Fuel to the fire is added by the fact that 163,000 people are subscribed to Starikov’s YouTube channel. That's how conspiracy theories are born - as many as 19 books of pure pseudoscience, how could it be otherwise?

To summarize, I cannot but note that everythingthe aforementioned pseudoscience figures, as well as many that are not described in this article, often threaten the founders of the prize and scientists who expose their professional activities. The only weapon against obscurantism is scientific knowledge and enlightenment. So the more people know about the activities of Instagram doctors, pseudo-historians and other obscurantists, the more healthy our society will be. Do you agree?