I’m going to be traveling for a couple of weeks in places that may not have great internet access. Also, I probably will be wanting to do fun stuff in the real world. I’ve got about 5-6 articles that are about 50-75% done, which means that maybe I’ll finish them up or… maybe not. Anything that I do publish will be a little raw. Today’s article is the most raw, which is why I’m publishing it on the weekend.
Have you been following the news with Alex Jones? Looks like his lies are going to cost him around $50 million dollars. It might end costing a lot more as I read he had a lot of lawsuits out there pending.
I had only caught his show once. We were driving across the country and the radio picked it up. I think I thought it was kind of crazy, but it was around 10 years ago so my memory is a little hazy.
What I do remember is that many commenters brought up Alex Jones as validation for the MLM, Youngevity. That article got over 1500 comments (admittedly a number of them were from me as responses to the income comments).
Here’s a sampling of what some commenters (who were likely Youngevity salespeople) had to say:
I’m guessing you also are one who thinks Alex Jones is a quack, he is the one who has been promoting youngevity to people…otherwise I don’t think anyone would even know what youngevity was. I don’t believe most of the doctors know what there talking about they get paid big dollars by pharmaceutical companies.
Yes, I guess I was one of those people who think Alex Jones is a quack. I can’t think any better definition except maybe scammer?
Lazy man … I research for 30 minutes and found the Institute of Nutraceutical Research. Was actually very easy to find. It is the clemson university. here is the site http://media-relations.www.clemson.edu/article.php?article_id=4340
2nd site…. http://infowarsteam.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/results-of-youngevity-clinical-research-studies-performed-by-clemson-university-institute-of-nutraceutical-research/
so if you have and questions contack alex jones and info wars
Clemson University did put out a press release saying that the Institute of Nutraceutical Research’s “goals are to develop greater confidence in product quality, effectiveness and enhance consumer demand”, but they seemed to take that down because I could only find it on the archive.org and not Clemson’s live website. When I did search Clemson’s website for Youngevity, I found only this person’s PDF saying that Youngevity sponsored it for $16,500.
Sorry, I got a little off track there.
If they wanted to scam people they’d have joined the md’s medical tyranny and made billions not millions, and i don’t think dr glidden makes millions and even if he did he deserves every penny!
Your health is your health if you want to going through life slowly degrading until you die then thats up to you, but i now know it doesn’t have to be like that, a degrading life is truly avoidable.
Please remember that they are not curing you, they are just giving your body what it’s been waiting for since your birth and your body will CURE ITSELF!!
There was a lot more to that comment and I left out Alex Jones’ appearance in it because I found this more interesting. I guess the commentor lives in a world where bodies heal themselves and never get old. It’s also common for these people to claim that doctors have this big scheme to scam people. Such “medical tyranny.”
“Wow, such a fueled debate, ain’t the freedom of speech grand.
I believe that all people are judged by the the fruit of their labors.
Alex Jones, Dr. Wallach, Dr. Glidden and countless others who have dedicated their lives to helping others with thousands of hours of research and perseverance. These are REAL people, the true pioneers of our generation, those who who endure the onslaught of adversity and continue to grow and flourish.
I have know idea who “LAZY MAN” or “VOGAL” are or what they have risked or contributed to humanity as a whole?”
So Alex Jones has dedicated his life to helping countless others? How were the Sandy Hook families helped in any way? What positive outcome came from his lies?
You could have stuck with the line “this product is not as good as this one”, but no… you trashed even that. You then praised initiatives and associates that would trash the other product even further. But what’s worse, is you attack the character of someone who is highly regarded. Not only does that work against you, character assassination is a fallacious attempt of rebuke in any book. But no, you didn’t stop there, you went after Alex Jones, “conspiracy theorists” and even the nature of God.
This is another part of a much longer comment. The going against the “nature of God” came because I referenced a website that did a great fact check. I guess the comment author thought that by referencing that fact check, I adopted whatever else the website’s theological stance was.
There were a few more comments, but I think you get the general idea. You can wrap Youngevity, its distributors, and Alex Jones in the same disinformation blanket. I did find one of my old quotes that I liked. I used to write a lot better back then:
“It’s really weird that people will trust conspiracy theorists who say that the FDA, Big Pharma, and MDs are all working together to make money off a sickness industry (forgetting that people have been sick far before any of them existed and are far less sick today) and are so quick to ignore the fact that Alex Jones is clearly in bed with Youngevity. Unproven conspiracy theorists promoting unproven products… that definitely sounds better than the proven doctors practicing proven medicine.”
When I was reading about the trial, I came across this in the Guardian:
For sheer schadenfreude, however, it’s hard to beat an exchange between Jones and judge Maya Guerra Gamble in which she reminded him that “you must tell the truth while you testify”.
“I believe what I said was true,” Jones answered. The judge’s riposte has since been shared hundreds of thousands of times: “You believe everything you say is true, but it isn’t. Your beliefs do not make something true. That is what we’re doing here. Just because you claim to think something is true does not make it true.”
This quote hit me hard, because it sums up everything from every MLM distributor, especially when they represent health products. That’s how the article got so many comments. Distributors couldn’t believe the negative criticism that Youngevity is just overpriced a bunch of overpriced supplements sold through what appears to be a pyramid scheme. For the most part they came air their beliefs.
It’s not too hard to see why their beliefs are just like Alex Jones’.