It is becoming increasingly apparent that when someone believes in one conspiracy theory, they tend to fall for others. That’s good to know when you’re the owner of one of the foremost conspiracy theory peddling websites in the entire world.
Fear sells, and when that fear is mixed with pseudoscience and globe-spanning conspiracies, it can be used to sell just about anything.
Exhibit A? Alex Jones’s “Infowars Life” (“Because there is a war on for your life,” apparently), which in reality, just redirects to the alternative medicine section of his long established Infowars Store.
A few years ago, when you tuned in to Alex Jones on the radio, you would always hear him hawking his usual New World Order nonsense, talking about his newsletter or his latest video, but these days, as likely as not, you’ll hear him promoting whatever latest quack alternative remedy his guest (and business partner) has to sell, typically by putting the fear of God into the listeners with claims of how the government is trying to poison you with all that fluoride, vaccine, and GMO foods they’re supposedly force down our throats.
For months, the headline health product was something called “Tangy Tangerine” — the miraculous cure for all that ails you — but that now seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the store. There’s no mention of it anywhere. I guess it wasn’t that miraculous after all.
[Update: Thanks to John in the comments, I now know that he is still selling the "Tangy Tangerine" products -- just not on the same website. I made the mistake of assuming he would be selling all of his "health products" through the Infowars Life website (he should be, if he has any sense), but I was wrong. However, I haven't heard him hawking that line of products on his radio show for ages. Keep reading to see what he's selling now.]
But now, his infomercials feature a line of products from the impressively credentialed “Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM” (the DC is Doctor of Chiropracty, the rest are just a bunch of certifications from alternative medicine organizations) called Fluoride Shield ($40/bottle), Survival Shield ($30/bottle), and the Super Male Vitality ($70/bottle!) to which Jones modestly attests that he’s already too virile to take because it too easily gets him, er, overstimulated.
Protecting your health from the evils of the New World Order doesn’t come cheap, apparently.
As for the veracity of the creator of these miraculous compounds, well, not only did he claim on Jones’s show that fluoride is so dangerous that you are warned to call your local poison control center if you swallow more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste (not true, manufacturers and the CDC merely recommend that young children use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. They would have to swallow a lot more than that to be at any risk of an overdose — as much as two entire tubes to be in serious danger), he also says that fluoridation is being used to make Americans infertile, bizarrely claiming that twice as many girls as boys are now being born today. The truth is, of course, there were still more boys than girls born in America in 2012 (1.05 boys to every 1 girl), and it’s been that way for decades.
“Unbelieveable” retorts Alex Jones to Group’s claim. Probably the only true statement Jones made in the entire broadcast.