The Oregon Medical Board said it has revoked a doctor’s license and fined him $10,000 for “dishonorable or unprofessional conduct” that included telling patients that masks are ineffective and even dangerous to one’s health.
The board said earlier this month that Steven LaTulippe spurned masks and “regularly” advised patients — especially children and the elderly — that wearing them could worsen COPD, a chronic lung disease, or lead to heart attacks, strokes, collapsed lungs and more. The board also said LaTulippe claimed incorrectly that masks are likely to harm people by causing them to re-inhale carbon dioxide.
“The amount of carbon dioxide re-breathed within a mask is trivial and would easily be expelled by an increase in minute ventilation so small it would not be noticed,” the board’s order said. A large randomized study in Bangladesh recently linked increased masking to a decrease in covid-19 infections, offering evidence that the authors argued should “end any scientific debate.”
LaTulippe, who has filed a lawsuit against medical board officials, told The Washington Post Thursday that the board had “zero evidence whatsoever of any harm that I did whatsoever in my clinic.” He reiterated the views on masks that the board described and also said he would not be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
LaTulippe has spoken at rallies in Salem, Oregon and urged people to ‘remove their masks of shame’. He stated that none of the staff in his clinic wore a mask or any face covering. “And how many problems did we have in our clinic from that?” he asked. “Zero! Absolutely none.”