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.
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.
Food blogger Vani Hari has quickly gained an enormous following, as well as intense scrutiny, in her persona of anti-GMO and toxin crusader “The Food Babe.” Among her claims to fame have been taking on Subway over their use of the “yoga mat chemical” in bread, the lack of pumpkin in pumpkin spice latte, and how air pumped into airplane cabins isn’t pure oxygen.Her most visible product might be her book, The Food Babe Way. She claims it’s “the book the food industry doesn’t want you to read.” Scientists and researchers who work with food and chemicals for a living actually don’t want you to read it - because it’s full of nonsense, pseudoscience, false claims, fear-mongering, conspiracy theories, and dubious research.