The outbreak of the Kung Flu has led to another outbreak – this one is an outbreak of bullshit. Excerpt:
- Vital Silver
- Aromatherapy Ltd.
- GuruNanda, LLC
- Vivify Holistic Clinic
- Herbal Amy LLC
- The Jim Bakker Show
They solicit complaints from customers, and this page has an Alert button with a link to facilitate complaints relating to Covid-19.
Stephen Barrett’s Consumer Health Digest #20-10 lists lawsuits filed against Jim Bakker, Alex Jones, and others for marketing fraudulent products claimed to prevent or cure the disease. It also lists commentaries about Covid-19 misinformation and quackery. That list features my article on how alternative medicine has exploited coronavirus fears. Another commentary from the Science-Based Medicine blog is Jann Bellamy’s article on chiropractors who falsely claim they can protect patients from the virus.
I was proud to see that my article headed the list, appearing on February 4, a month before the rest. In it, I addressed:
- Bogus claims from homeopathy,
- A siddha medicine herbal mixture that offers to cure coronavirus in 24 to 40 hours,
- Q-Anon’s promotion of MMS,
- China’s top health body’s claims for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM),
- Simply Health’s 14 natural treatments,
- The Herbal Prepper Academy’s list of herbs and essential oils,
- Cara Health’s advice about immune-boosting herbs,
- The Indian government’s recommendations for homeopathic arsenic,
And I mentioned that there were many more, but I couldn’t hope to provide a comprehensive list of them all. I also mentioned social media’s efforts to combat coronavirus misinformation.
I have to say I wasn’t surprised to see that asshole Jim Bakker’s name surface in this. Fraud seems to be written into his DNA.
Were I a believer in Hell, I would say that there is a special place in it for anyone who defrauds the gullible in times like these. I’ve long been of the opinion that there is a point at which fools and their money deserve to be parted; but in this case, where people are facing a possibly life-threatening disease, this is clearly beyond the pale.
For the love of Pete, True Believers, should you feel ill, go to a doctor. Pay no heed to these fraudulent assholes.
As the author of the linked article states in her closing line:
I can’t help but wonder if the widespread toilet paper shortages are a response to the proliferation of bullshit.
Ain’t that the ever-loving truth.