Have to say as a retired medical doctor I'm not impressed with John Campbell.
I hear words come out of his mouth that are right-sounding and I simply don't find WHAT he is doing and HOW he is doing it consistent with his claim to want to help people, protect people from COVID and put down disinformation.
With half a million followers and weekly revelations that professional propagandists are paying influencers on YouTube to promote anti-vaccine conspiracy theories I find Campbell's YouTube channel worryingly enigmatic.
His 'comments' threads attached to his videos are almost exclusively anti-vaccine activists engaged in a war against worryingly few vaccine promoters and anti-conspiracy-theory rationalists, and these agitators are quoting "Dr" John on his own videos claiming he is a medical doctor with expert authority AT ODDS with the consensus of medical research and vaccine research and citing the abundance of distractive trivia he presents his audience on various claims for alternative therapies and unproven medicine.
He knows full well that he is being quoted as a "medical" doctor in the comments of his own videos and he knows full well that anti-vaccine conspiracy intrigues are being promoted there voraciously.
For some reason inexplicable to me he repeatedly fails to turn off the comments for the harm they clearly represent. Perhaps he likes the audience and the activity too much, but I rather expect someone who was not seeking attention or popularity and just wanting to put down myths, focus hearers on vaccinating and staying safe, and dispel conspiracy conjecture ought to know that referring to self as 'Dr' and proceeding to deliver highly medical advice relating to prescribed treatment, vaccines and virology to lay people who mostly don't understand and are seeking reassuring authority, will give the impression that he is an authority which those who repost him and quote his insistences on pursuing wild deviations into speculative and anecdotal treatment as part of their anti-vaccine rhetoric.
I have to be inclined to agree with the government scientists and the medical mainstream on this one. In communicating on a critical subject keep the main thong the main thing, don't fill peoples minds with distractions, the potential for unwise reckoning, too many options.
GP's and consultants are already seeing this all the time thanks to 'Doctor Google' - patients who've consulted chiropractors, dieticians, nutritionists, nurses, retired non-specialists before they come in for consultation and spend most of their time trying to direct diagnosis and treatment and fighting for wholly unfit or speculative treatments, supplements, vitamins, drug choices - and then get frustrated when we don't support those demands and take the tone that we're withholding something superior from them. They end up with entirely false expectations which have, one far too many occadions, been very damaging to them.
I don't really think people who need a vaccine here and now need to have their head filled with what doctors in Peru are experimenting with. I'm sure patients in Peru wish they were getting treatment in America or Europe.
Very worrying. He could turn off the comments and put an end to being misrepresented by anti-vaccine theorists ON HIS OWN YouTube.