Conspiracy theory and alternative medicine websites make money not just through ads, but by selling stuff. A lot of stuff - most of it really expensive and not proven to have any real use or effectiveness. From herbal supplements to books to pseudo-scientific gear to "natural and ancient" cures, places like InfoWars and Natural News, as well as alternative medicine gurus like Joseph Mercola and The Food Babe make serious money exploiting the fears and concerns of their readers.
Here are some of the most dubious products sold on these conspiracy alt-med websites, along with some info on what they are and why they don't work. Most of these products are things that are available at your local drug store for a fraction of the markup you pay online - not that you need them at all.What are the most ridiculous "health" products for sale on the Internet? Check out these suspicious, kind of scary, and definitely unnecessary products and upvote the scam products you think are the most ridiculous.
Primarily sold on a website called “vitalityherbsandclay.com”, sacred clay purports to be a capsule that, when swallowed, will pull toxins out of your body. How does it do this? Since “toxins” in the alternative medicine sense are a myth, it doesn’t. But the site claims it “shimmers with electric energy” and has a “crystalline lattice structure that allows it to store energy and then re-emit it in a useful form as needed.”As with all products like this, it’s sold as being ancient as formed in only one spot on earth, near Crater Lake in Oregon. In reality, this is simply a silica powder that will form a rubbery cast in your bowels. When you excrete it, you’ve been cleansed. Or scammed.
InfoWars sells this herbal supplement in various package sizes, including 10 bottles for $250. Because of Federal law, they can’t actually claim Lung Cleanse does anything, or try to explain how it does it. But they do tout how it’s a combination of “ancient and modern technologies” and that it will positively affect your exposure to the toxins in “sick buildings.”If you don’t have the cash to splash, remember that nature already gave you a perfectly evolved way to cleanse your lungs: coughing.
Ecoset: Radiation Detector, Nitrate Tester & EMF Meter
What’s better than buying several useless products on their own? Buying several useless products in a slightly cheaper bundle! Thanks to the survival paranoia of Natural News, you can buy three different testing machines to “Find out if there's any radiation in your area, “check to see if your food is healthy to eat,” and “make sure there isn't an electromagnetic field in your area.”Of course, thanks to naturally occurring radioactive material like granite, along with the sun, radiation is in every place you’ll ever be on the planet. And the FDA already rigorously tests food to make sure it’s safe. Plus electromagnetic fields are basically everywhere. So what does any of this stuff actually do? A lot of unprovable nonsense, that’s what.
Universal Earthing Mat
Sold by alt-medicine kingpin and anti-GMO conspiracy theorist Joseph Mercola, the Universal Earthing Mat comes with a gigantic webpage full of claims, extolling the benefits of going barefoot and drawing energy from the earth. After all, Europeans do it!
In reality, activities such as walking barefoot on the beach, on grass on a sunny day, or in the warm ocean make you feel good not because of electrical impulses, positive energy fields, or any other woo. You feel good because you’re relaxed and stress-free - which has a therapeutic effect.Walking on an electrically “grounded” mat such as this doesn’t have those properties, and so it does nothing scientifically measurable.