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Bruce Lipton
Lipton in 2022
Alma materC.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, University of Virginia

Bruce Harold Lipton is an American writer and lecturer whose work has been dismissed by some peers as pseudoscience.[1] By his own admission, Lipton's ideas have not received attention from mainstream science.[2] Lipton has not published original scientific research in a peer-reviewed medical journal in 30 years.

Beliefs and advocacy

Lipton received a B.A. in biology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in 1966 and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Virginia in 1971.[3] From 1973 to 1982, he taught anatomy at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, before joining St. George's University School of Medicine as a professor of anatomy for three years.[3] Lipton has said that sometime in the 1980s, he rejected atheism and came to believe that the way cells function demonstrates the existence of God.[4][5] Since 1993, he has taught primarily at alternative and chiropractic colleges and schools.[3][6] Lipton has lectured at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.[7]

In 2010, Katherine Ellison wrote in her opinion column in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment that Lipton "remains on the sidelines of conventional discussions of epigenetics" and quoted him saying that mainstream science basically ignored him.[2] In Science-Based Medicine, David Gorski called Lipton a "well-known crank" and likened his idea to the law of attraction, also known as "The Secret": "wanting something badly enough makes it so".[8] He also criticized the support Lipton's ideas received from Deepak Chopra, calling both of them "quackery supporters".[9]

Lipton has been known to express opposition to vaccinations, specifically with regard to a supposed association between vaccines and autism that has been firmly discredited:[10][11] "The most important issue we have to face is this very serious issues about vaccines...The question of whether this [vaccines] is beneficial or not is now coming to the front because we are finding a very very epidemic increase in regard to allergic reactions or hypersensitivity. We're also finding that people are bringing in the concept that autism seems to associated with the widespread use of vaccines".[12][13] He seems to believe that "forcing the immune system to respond to these vaccinations in such an abnormal way is not in the best interest of the body's system" and that for vaccines to work, they must be "natural".[14] He often uses the naturalistic fallacy.

These anti-vaccine viewpoints contradict the overwhelming scientific consensus, which firmly establishes the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in preventing various diseases.[15][16][17]


  • The Biology of Belief – Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles (2005)
  • Spontanous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here (2010)
  • The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth (2013)
  • The Biology of Belief – 10th Anniversary Edition (2015)

See also


  1. ^ "Gene Genie: The struggle of cell biologist Bruce Lipton". Irish Independent. May 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ellison, Katherine (2010). "New Age or "New Biology"?". Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 8 (2): 112. Bibcode:2010FrEE....8..112E. doi:10.1890/1540-9295-8.2.112. Lipton remains on the sidelines of conventional discussions of epigenetics. Mainstream science has basically ignored him, he says—something he may in fact have encouraged, with his extraordinarily unrestrained enthusiasm.
  3. ^ a b c Lipton, Bruce (December 13, 2013). "Curriculum Vitae". brucelipton.com.[self-published source]
  4. ^ Miller, David Ian (November 14, 2005). "Finding My Religion: Bruce Lipton, cell biologist and author of "The Biology of Belief," says it's our beliefs, not our DNA, that control our biology". SF Gate. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Kohn, Rachael (July 5, 2013). "Spiritual Scientists: the researchers finding God in a petri dish". ABC Online. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "Eat, pray, lie: Holistic wellness scams in the age of social media". February 27, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2023.
  7. ^ "Bruce Lipton Community Lecture – The New Biology". chiropractic.ac.nz. Retrieved August 13, 2023.
  8. ^ Gorski, David (February 4, 2013). "Epigenetics: It doesn't mean what quacks think it means". Science-Based Medicine.
  9. ^ Gorski, David (June 13, 2011). "Choprawoo returns, this time with help from Bruce Lipton". ScienceBlogs. Retrieved August 14, 2023.
  10. ^ Taylor, Luke E.; Swerdfeger, Amy L.; Eslick, Guy D. (June 17, 2014). "Vaccines are not associated with autism: an evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies". Vaccine. 32 (29): 3623–3629. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.04.085. ISSN 1873-2518. PMID 24814559.
  11. ^ Zerbo, Ousseny; Qian, Yinge; Yoshida, Cathleen; Fireman, Bruce H.; Klein, Nicola P.; Croen, Lisa A. (January 2, 2017). "Association Between Influenza Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder". JAMA pediatrics. 171 (1): e163609. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3609. ISSN 2168-6211. PMID 27893896.
  12. ^ You might not want to scroll down! Dr. Bruce Lipton "BE AWARE OF THIS!", March 20, 2020, retrieved October 30, 2023
  13. ^ Bruce Lipton - Immunology and Vaccines, July 22, 2015, retrieved October 30, 2023
  14. ^ "Dr Bruce Lipton: His views on Vaccinations - we've got it all wrong! - GreenplanetFM Podcast". iHeart. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  15. ^ "Communicating science-based messages on vaccines". Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 95 (10): 670–671. October 1, 2017. doi:10.2471/BLT.17.021017. ISSN 0042-9686. PMC 5689193. PMID 29147039.
  16. ^ Dubé, Ève; Ward, Jeremy K.; Verger, Pierre; MacDonald, Noni E. (April 1, 2021). "Vaccine Hesitancy, Acceptance, and Anti-Vaccination: Trends and Future Prospects for Public Health". Annual Review of Public Health. 42 (1): 175–191. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-090419-102240. ISSN 0163-7525. PMID 33798403. S2CID 232774243.
  17. ^ "Why is vaccination so important?". Norwegian Institute of Public Health. August 13, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2023.