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Anti-vaxxer footy WAG who boasts she doesn't immunise her children sparks outrage over 'fear-mongering' $2000 online 'wellness' program - despite having NO qualifications

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 21/11/2019 Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia

A controversial anti-vaxxer NRL WAG is facing more public backlash from health clinicians over the online wellness and lifestyle programs she promotes on social media.

But Taylor Winterstein, the wife of Penrith Panthers star Frank Winterstein, claims she has never received a complaint from her customers. 

The mother-of-two - who proudly does not immunise her kids Ziggy and Hendrix - is renowned for her views on anti-vaccination, which she shares with other mothers in an eight-week online program.

Ms Winterstein launched the Liberate Her program on her Tay's Way website, which she describes as a 'safe container to help raise children outside a disempowering system that manipulates into making choices out of fear.'

a woman standing in front of a store holding an umbrella: Taylor Winterstein (pictured with her husband, Penrith Panthers NRL star Frank Winterstein) claims to be qualified integrative nutrition health coach

Taylor Winterstein (pictured with her husband, Penrith Panthers NRL star Frank Winterstein) claims to be qualified integrative nutrition health coach
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For $1,400, she promises to help empower mothers while sharing her knowledge about the 'dangers' of vaccination and 5G radiation.

The program has come under fire from leading doctors, including surgeon John Cunningham.

'They're going to be trying to indoctrinate young parents and particularly mothers in misinformation and fear, which is a shame,' he told A Current Affair.

'We've got a measles outbreak at the moment in New Zealand that's spreading over to Australia, and real children are getting real diseases that they just shouldn't need to experience.' 

In a recent Instagram post, Ms Winterstein claimed Samoan families are being forced into hiding to avoid mandatory vaccination.

She has previously claimed parents are 'bullied' and 'pressured' to immunise their children.

Ms Winterstein runs another program with her identical twin Stevie, offering workshops and programs which promise to help women focus on their wellbeing and lifestyle.    

The pair describe themselves as sisters from Sydney's south-west, practising self-love, advocating self-care and encouraging self-education. 

Their program, Break up With Your B--------, covers a vast range of topics from motherhood, relationships and sex to identity, body, intuition and money.

The $2,222 cost includes 12 phone calls, worksheets, Facebook Live chats, and access to a support sister and a What'sUp group app.  

The pair say their strongest qualification is their 'street cred'.

Psychologist Sue Langely says just because they have 'street cred' doesn't mean they are qualified to run wellness programs.

She says wellness programs are useful, but warned potential participants to be careful on the type of wellness program they opt for.

'Maybe it sounds good because there's a meme here and a beautiful photo there and whatever but there's a lot more to the science of wellbeing than just those sorts of things,' Ms Langely told A Current Affair. 

'I think it's a very easy way to make money if you've already got a following because you're awesome but if you genuinely need help, and you genuinely want to doing it, there are better ways of and cheaper ways of doing it that would actually work more effectively.'

Neither online program includes face-to-face meetings with the women. 

'We know from science that high levels human connection are contributors to well being. Sitting here with a real-life person is going to be far more beneficial than me messaging through a system,' Ms Langely said.

Hours before the A Current Affair segment was due to air on Tuesday, Ms Winterstein took to Instagram to hit back in a six-minute rant slamming the program, describing it as a 'witch hunt'.

'Not one complaint has been made from anyone who has bought a product or service off me,' she captioned the video.

'I hope ACA runs the story because it will only shine a light on what I am doing in the world and more families who need this message will be able to find me.'

In the the video, she reiterates 'Break up With Your B--------' is her sister's program and that every woman who has joined her Liberate Her program has had 'nothing but incredible results and amazing things to say'.

'So the question is, if no one is complaining about the products I'm selling or the services I'm giving out that people are buying into, I'm not forcing anyone to buy into anything I'm selling, then why is A Current Affair trying to make me someone that I'm not,' she said.

She returned to Instagram after the segment aired to respond in a lengthy post, where she also addressed her lack of expertise.

'The best thing I have going for me is that I an not qualified. I have no degree That is my secret weapon,' she wrote.

It's not the first time Ms Winterstein has faced public backlash.

She was forced to cancel overseas anti-vaccination seminars earlier this year amid backlash her teachings could 'wipe out the population of Samoa'.

Samoa's Ministry of Health CEO described the seminars at the time as a 'public health threat'.

Ms Winterstein was also slammed by medical experts for pushing a 'purple powder' Enzacta PXP, which claims to safeguard against cancer and heart disease.

According to the WAG, it helped treat a host of ailments - from improved eyesight and reduced migraines to thin hair and back pain.

Medical experts criticised Ms Winterstein for giving people false hope, and flogging the powder which they say is 'just ground rice'.

The controversy forced Ms Winterstein delete several of her posts relating to the product and take it down from being sold on her website. 

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