A chiropractor in St. Louis stands to face more than $500 billion in civil penalties after being accused of deceptive marketing of Covid-19 treatments.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged Dr. Dric Nepute, 41, and his company Quickwork with violating the Covid-19 Consumer Protection Act through his marketing of Vitamin D and zinc as a way to treat or prevent Covid-19.

The FTC alleged that Nepute profited from the online sale of Vitamin D and zinc products, vitamins that benefit the immune system, at the height of the pandemic. The suit claims that “no published studies prove Vitamin D protects against, treats, or prevents Covid-19.”

The complaint also says that Nepute’s “lack of factual or scientific bases for these claims [are] frequently accompanied by equally unsupported assertions regarding applicable science.”

“In short, defendants are selling their products by disseminating information, exploiting fears [amid] a pandemic, and posing a significant risk to public health and safety,” the suit alleges.

When you think about it, the very same critiques can be given to those who promoted, and continue to promote, the Covid-19 vaccines.

However, Vitamin D and Zinc are harmless vitamins that are actually proven to help the immune system fight bacteria and viruses, so promoting them should be considered less harmful than the Covid-19 vaccines.

According to the CDC, “Zinc promotes immunity, resistance to infection, and proper growth and development of the nervous system.” Their website also states that Vitamin D “helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses.”

Nepute, whose case will go to trial in March in Missouri federal court, addressed the ridiculous nature of the suit, saying, “The federal government is suing me for half a trillion dollars… for telling people to take vitamins.”

Dr. Eric Nepute

“The only reason they’re coming after me – and they said this – is because I’m the first doctor they went after, and they want to set a precedent,” said Nepute. “They said they wouldn’t stop until they had ‘blood on their sword.’ That’s literally from the FTC’s mouth.”

The chiropractor has spent his entire life savings defending against this lawsuit, rejecting all out-of-court resolution offers because he feels he must stand up to the wrongful accusations.

Nepute’s attorney, Tom Renz, insists that this is “wrongful prosecution.”

“He didn’t commit fraud,” Renz said. “He said this would bolster your immune system, and it’s true. Both [vitamin D and zinc] are well-known mechanisms for bolstering your immune system.”

“This is simply going after him because he was outspoken about using vitamin D and zinc, and he didn’t like the jab – that’s all it is,” Renz told The Epoch Times. “He had a big following, and they wanted to make an example out of him… There is no basis of law for them to go forward on this – none.”

Renz added that Dr. Anthony Fauci even said during an Instagram live stream that vitamin D “does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection,” adding that he “would not mind recommending” the vitamins.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

So, why isn’t the federal government suing Dr. Fauci?

“I want to know why it’s OK for Anthony Fauci to say the vaccine stops transmission even though he knew it was false at the time, and we can show he knew it was false,” said Renz.

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