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Holistic health professional weighs in on Rodgers' COVID diagnosis
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as an unvaccinated player, would have been subject to daily COVID-19 testing, part of league protocols.
Rodgers, as an unvaccinated player, would have been subject to daily COVID-19 testing. He could be fined if found in violation of certain protocols.
According to an NFL.com report, Rodgers had previously sought but was denied an exemption from the NFL Players Association's COVID-19 protocols. That report read: "Rodgers received homeopathic treatment from his personal doctor to raise his antibody levels."
"He's had other natural treatments apparently reported in the media over the years for other injuries, and so on, so I think he's a natural-minded person," said Curry Chaudoir, a licensed acupuncturist with Acupuncture & Holistic Health Associates in Glendale who has a degree in oriental medicine.
"This is not stuff people do at home. I'm not telling anyone to do this at home. You want to work with a licensed health care professional and do it right."
Chaudoir said that homeopathy follows the principle of "like cures like."
"He was probably doing something that would trigger the body's immune response with homeopathy," Chaudoir said. "You work with someone who knows what they are doing, and there is obviously no guarantee."
The National Institutes of Health say, as of yet, there is no proof that alternative remedies can prevent COVID-19.
Rodgers' positive test result leads to questions about the status of other team members. During a media conference Wednesday, head coach Matt LaFleur was asked about a Halloween party where Rodgers and other players – including second-team quarterback Jordan Love – were pictured.
"I don't know who was there, where it was, or anything about it," LaFleur said.
Jordan Love pictured at Halloween party in social media post
NFL Spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in a statement:
"The primary responsibility for enforcement of the COVID Protocols within Club facilities rests with each Club. Failure to properly enforce the protocols has resulted in discipline being assessed against individual Clubs in the past. The league is aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will be reviewing with the Packers."
There are fines outlined for NFL players who are not vaccinated and do not follow certain protocols. According to documents obtained by The Athletic, getting together in groups larger than three outside of team facilities could land players a fee of close to $15,000. Other violations could land players a fee of up to $50,000.