People turn to Alex Jones for a myriad of reasons. Some want to be entertained by his fear mongering and ridiculous mannerisms while discussing things like chemicals being put into the water to turn the frogs gay. Some people actually believe his claims that the September 11 attack and Sandy Hook Massacre are not what the government and media make them out to be. And then some people turn to Jones and his wackadoo ramblings for health advice.
Yes. you read that correctly. People are getting health advice from a man who yells, screams, cries, and pouts (sometimes shirtless) in front of a camera streaming his pseudoscience on the internet for hours on end.
If you watch his online broadcasts - which are becoming harder to find after multiple social media outlets, including Facebook and YouTube have banned Jones' official posts - you will begin to see a desperate man peddling products ranging from male vitality supplements to survival kits. But let's take a look at the former group.
"Folks, let me tell you, this product works so well for me that I actually had to stop taking it before I go on air or else I would want to do hours and hours of overdrive with complete focus on the topics at hand," writes Jones about the Super Male Vitality supplement produced by his Infowars Life division.
That must explain how Jones, an "alpha male," has the strength and stamina to rant and rave for hours on end.
But the supplements don't stop with the Super Male Vitality supplement (which is part of the True Alpha Male Pack). There are products ranging from $6 a bottle to $600 a set, all with the following disclaimer:
"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product."
And while Jones and his revolving cast of cronies tell you not to trust the government and to question the authority of others, the aforementioned disclaimer continues with:
"The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a doctor or qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice."
But with such glowing reviews of the products, one would think that Jones was actually selling his customers something useful and beneficial to their health. Well, they would be wrong, as BuzzFeed News noted in an article after the publication sent samples of the supplements to a research lab for testing.
BuzzFeed sent the samples to Labdoor, a San Fransisco-based lab with a long history of conducting tests on dietary supplements. Buzzfeed reported that the lab conducted full tests on six Infowars supplements "to determine the exact makeup of each supplement and screen for various dangerous and illegal chemicals."
Brian Brandley, Labdoor's laboratory director, told BuzzFeed News, "We tested samples in triplicate, and wherever possible, cross-checked those results with at least two independent analytical laboratories, so we have complete trust in our conclusions."
According to the article, Labdoor concluded that while the products contained the ingredients that were advertised, those same ingredients could be found in everyday vitamins and cheaper supplements at your local pharmacy or grocery store, just without the conspiracies and half-brained theories.
Brandley went on to tell BuzzFeed News that consumers could actually get larger servings of the active ingredients by purchasing vitamins and generic supplements at brick and mortar stores. He concluded by telling the publication by saying "the product is a waste of money."
Despite scientists calling out the benefits of the Infowars supplements and Jones' practices, he continues to peddle the products to thousands of willing consumers on a daily basis, so even though his viewers have fewer channels to find the nonsense, they're still buying it all the same.
An article in New York Magazine reported in 2017 that Jones could bring in between $15,000,000 and $25,000,000 in sales over a two-year period. And with Jones' name in the news more and more now thanks to his place in the hearts and minds of supporters of United States President Donald J. Trump and the media mogul's inability to play nice with multiple social media platforms, the sky is the limit for Jones and the rest of Infowars.
Just watch out for those chemtrails that are turning freaking frogs gays while you're up there.
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