On Monday, 8/30/2021, nearly 700 people crammed themselves into a small Quality Inn in the village of Bradley, Illinois even while a majority of America (including the State of Illinois) are in the midst of an explosive surge in Covid-19 cases. What could be SO important that 700 people would risk not only their lives, but the lives of those around them? The Daily Journal reported that the gathering was meant as a means of reaching out to local healthcare professionals (and others) who are concerned not with Covid-19, or the uptick in Covid-19 cases, but rather the October 4thVaccination and Mask Mandate for Healthcare Workers, Higher Education Workers, and some students and State Workers (such as Correction Workers) enacted by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. That’s correct: 700 unmasked, unvaccinated people, crammed into a room for the purposes of confirming their baseless, unscientific bias against vaccinations and masks.
(Photos by Daily Journal Reporter Stephanie Markham)
The headliner of the event, referred to by the Daily Journal as a “local health care professional” was holistic, Naprapathic “Doctor” Wendy Menigoz who is quoted in the article as noting that, “she is not a lawyer or a medical doctor, but she had some advice for people wanting to go against mandates from their employers.” Her lack of qualifications, however, did not stop Wendy from getting in front of an entire group of people to use her “credentials” as a basis for scientific or legal recommendations regarding Covid-19 and the Illinois Governors’ mandate. Wendy also went on to recommend people who want to challenge their employers or the State use “…their religious beliefs and moral feelings” to stop them from losing their jobs. How very Christian.
Upon visiting Dr. Wendy’s website, you are greeted with a quote from the Bible, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him - Matthew 7:7." Unfortunately, it appears that Wendy isn’t an expert in religion, either. The passage quoted on her website is not Matthew 7:7 but Colossians 1:16, not that it would matter to someone who is using religion to stop people from getting vaccinated. Slap some Jesus words in HTML and slam them on your homepage and the the people will come. They will come because they know that you are a Christian “doctor” with Christian “values”…even if you are unable to cite the bible correctly, it doesn’t matter, because you love Jesus, and that is a top priority in modern infection prevention and informed medical treatment. We can also learn more about Wendy by taking a glance at her listed credentials. As her website states, Dr. Wendy Menigoz, DN is “Board Certified” and a “State Licensed Neuromyologist / Naprapathic Doctor / Connective Tissue Specialist Pain Management and System Healing without Surgery or Injections.” (Just a note: my spellchecker doesn’t recognize the words, “Neuromyologist” or “Naprapathic”.) So, what exactly do these very long “medical” terms mean? I Googled “Neuromyologist”, and the search engine even seemed to have trouble finding matching results…there are approximately 863 total. As a comparison, I Googled “Infection Prevention Nurse” and received approximately 276,000,000 total results and “Virologist” which gave me about 26,800,000 total results. In one of 863 results, I was able to find a definition for “Neuromyologist”, provided by the Advanced Center for Health & Pain Management: “Naprapathic Medicine is a specialty devoted to the care of patients with connective tissue disorders. These doctors are commonly known as Naprapaths or Neuromyologists.” Wait a minute. Dr. Wendy states that she is both a Naprapath and a Neuromyologist, but according to the ACHPM website, these terms are interchangeable and go hand-in-hand. It’s like saying that Michael Jordan was a basketball player and an athlete…which I mean, yeah, he was, but isn’t that a bit redundant?
Wendy goes on to list “Connective Tissue Specialist” as one of her additional credentials…which again, the Naprapath Medicine is devoted to the care of patients with connective tissue disorders…so how could anyone be a Naprapath without also being a tissue specialist? Wendy even states in her own website bio that she, “…is a Naprapathic Physician, which is a Connective Tissue Specialist who practices pain management, physical medicine, and clinical nutrition.” And what’s the difference between “Physical Medicine” and “Physical Therapy” exactly? Anyhow, when I Googled “Pain Management and System Healing” (the last bullet point listed on her website’s header) I received exactly 4 results, two of which belonged to Dr. Wendy. It’s BS. This isn’t a thing. Pain Management might be, but searching for “system health” only led me to a Yoga Relaxation CD for sale on Amazon. Out-freaking-standing.
When one first looks at Wendy’s linked-in page or her website’s biography (which are similar, but not the same) they can easily become overwhelmed with her qualifications. Let’s see if we can decode it together:
Awesome—Wendy not only graduated from The National College of Naprapathic Medicine in Chicago, she did so with “high honors” which means that she held the honor roll standard grade point average while attending the school, which is subjective to each school, but usually hovers around 3.5. (UPDATE: The National College of Naprapathic Medicine is not on the list of accredited colleges on the Higher Learning Commission's website.) And how does one obtain the prestigious title of “Doctor of Naprapathy” or “D.N.”? What are the meticulous admission requirements one must have to enter the glorious halls of The National College of Naprapathic Medicine in Chicago?
You need sixty credits hours, with a GPA of at least 2.0, with less than five classes having an actual basis in science, along with two letters of reference, and of course, you’ll have to hand over a non-refundable application fee of $100. Those taking the courses are required to complete a total of four years, with classes mostly ranging in what could be considered physical therapy and nutritional wellness, and a final year spent in clinicals and “clinical seminars”. But four years does not a physician make and certainly one could argue that an LPN or a Registered Nurse have higher medical educational standards than whatever this degree constitutes.
What it sounds like is that Dr. Wendy is actually a massage person of some sort, using her lower-level medical achievements to be included in the ranks of the scientifically inaccurate gang of “professional medical” outliers who use their degrees (and/or status) to become Covid demagogues (see Pillow Guy, Ted Nugent, or Dr. Jane M. Orient, who was called to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee not because she was an expert on vaccines, but because she is the Executive Director of the Politically Conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. I believe Mark Twain said it best: “All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.” According to Wendy’s Linked-in Page, she is also the recipient of the following Awards and Certifications:
Achievement of Academic Excellence in Naprapathic Sciences Award— Google provides 4 total search results, (3/4 are related to Wendy’s online biography). I couldn’t find anything out about the actual award process or the award itself.
Achievement of Academic Excellence in Basic Sciences… Googling this award provides identical search results as Googling “Achievement of Academic Excellence in Naprapathic Sciences Award”. No information on the award process or the award itself.
American College of Physical Medicine Certification. This certification took me a while to find, but I did reach out to the ACPMC and spoke with an employee over the phone who stated that a person could get this certificate by attending a 9-hour online course, with practice exams, at their own pace, with study guides, for a small fee of $3,500. After you complete this webinar, at your leisure, you are then considered “certified”; you are not considered a member, as Wendy falsely asserts on her linked-in page.
Wendy’s Linked-In profile also states that she is, “...trained in energetic field testing. This entails understanding the energetic communication from the body and making herbal and nutritional recommendations based on the information received from the energetic findings your body provides.” Googling “energetic field testing” gave around 350 total results, with Dr. Wendy (of course) hitting the first page. The other pages seemed to revolve mostly around ballistics and controlled blasting and/or explosions. Hmm. Is it possible that Dr. Wendy is referencing auras which have as much scientific credibility as tarot card reading or spoon bending? Or maybe this is all part of that kooky Earthing belief system that she pushes on her clients?
Among some of the many alternative therapies listed on Wendy’s webpage is a paragraph on Earthing, also known as Grounding. This thing that she supports (I won’t call it medicine) is essentially walking around barefoot. Wendy claims that “direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth” is key to staying healthy. She also has exactly two YouTube channels, one of them includes this very interesting, but very unscientific video on earthing.
In this video, Wendy asserts the following:
Vitamin D is created by a frequency from the Sun.
There are studies that say that walking around in your bare feet helps you pull up a frequency from the ground.
You pull up negative electrons from the earth when you touch the ground with your bare feet and these negative electrons are called “antioxidants”. (All electrons are negative by the way, this is grade school science, you know, protons, electrons, neutrons.) **sigh**
Negative Electrons shut down inflammation.
Autoimmune diseases are caused by not having enough “negative electrons” in your body.
Eating food raw gives you “negative electrons”.
Touching the surface of the Earth will flood your body with “negative electrons”.
Earthing saved her husband’s life.
Earthing shuts down inflammation.
The practice of Earthing and/or Grounding has been found to have zero credibility in any medical field, which should be a surprise to absolutely no one. If this were the case, then why are third-world children who don't have shoes not living extremely long and healthy lives? According to Harriet Hall, an actual M.D. who wrote an article on Earthing/Grounding for Skeptic Magazine: “Our cells don’t need an infusion of electrons. Live cell microscopy is a bogus test: his pictures can’t show that there are positive charges, and the blood cell clumping is only an artifact. Anyway, clumping blood cells have nothing to do with the alleged health effects.”
So, who is Dr. Wendy Menigoz, DN? Why is she wearing a lab coat behind a podium at an anti-mask and anti-vaccination rally? Why is she wearing high heels in the Daily Journal pictures instead of walking on the bare ground? I mean, high heels are footwear that give you the least amount of contact with the ground...except maybe stilts, if those count. Most importantly, why are we giving pseudo-medical demagogues a platform in the midst of another wave of the coronavirus? The answer is simple: Because people are tired and afraid of being told the truth.
Science cannot compete with willful ignorance if a large group of people are willing to accept ignorant nonsense because it makes their lives easier. Confirmation Bias is at an all-time high. Dr. Wendy wasn’t presenting herself as a “medical” or “legal” professional at this event, she said so herself. She was there to inform others of their right to religious exemption, not out of medical necessity, but because she is a good Christian.
And if she was there to promote the idea of religious liberty, or to discuss religious texts and the interpretations of those texts as a means to obey the lord, then I’m sure she didn’t just cherry pick the religious beliefs that helped people unmask and avoid vaccination. I’m sure that she noted that the bible is not opposed to vaccinations, as is evident by the following biblical quotations:
“But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him? Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” - John 3:17-18
"Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law." - Romans 13:10
“On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, 'Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?' But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, ‘If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?’ And they could not reply to this.” - Luke 14:1-6.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God. Consequently, whoever resists authority is opposing what God has set in place, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves,” – Romans 13:1
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Matthew 22:39
Wendy is a cherry picker. She picks non-peer reviewed studies and new-age books that confirm her ridiculous beliefs, and if she does that in her professional field, then we can likely deduce that she also picks out biblical quotes that support her uninformed opinion rather than those which reject it. Why are we even talking about religion? Why is Wendy even mentioning it? Wendy is not a preacher or a theologian and she wasn’t there to give legal or medical advice, but she did have a lab coat on. Knowing what we know now about Wendy, we can finally state that Wendy is a human being who stood in front of a group of scared and politically opinionated townsfolk, during a serious medical crisis, while wearing a lab coat, for the purposes of instructing them into abusing their religious privileges so that they may continue living their willfully ignorant lives without concern for thy neighbor—and it is people like Wendy Menigoz who have helped the Covid-19 death toll climb to 639,081 in America. And undeniably, it is people like Wendy Menigoz who have actually caused the prolonged restrictions that she now speaks against. This has zero to do with religion and everything to do with pride, business ethics, and politics.
In the end, a person may be able to fool the State of Illinois into believing that vaccinations go against their Christian beliefs, but if these same people do in fact believe in God and decide to recite his name for reasons other than faith, then I suggest they think about the long game. If you believe in God, then you believe in judgement...and what would God have to say? Is it blasphemous to use his name for anything but good? Will you, when the time comes, point your finger at false prophets like "Dr." Wendy, or will you stand with your head held high knowing that you've done the right thing, for all people, in his name? I'm not religious and I received my second dose in February...so, while one could say that I don't have anything to lose, but in actuality I do. I care about our County. I care about our State. I care about our Country. And I care about our World. The elderly have everything to lose from willful ignorance and every day that the protesters squirm their way out of vaccinations and mask mandates, is one of the final days that an isolated older person will never get back. UPDATE: It looks like Wendy may be against Covid-19 State Mandates, but she's totally okay with taking out PPP Government Loans.
(UPDATE: I reached out via phone to Daily Journal Reporter Stephanie Markham about her piece in the Daily Journal. Stephanie is currently working on a follow up piece that will address Wendy's credentials and some of the claims that were made at the event. On 8/31/2021, I spoke with Dr. Wendy’s receptionist at The Naprathic Healing Center about Wendy’s certifications and did receive a callback, but not from Wendy. The receptionist told me that she would have Wendy call me back, but as of this moment, I haven’t received a call. I also emailed Wendy's Office on 9/1/2021 with regard to Wendy's military service claim, which is something that she briefly mentioned at the event, prior to reciting the pledge of allegiance.)