2020-02-13 18:02:49 UTC
Jim Bakker, that old I Need Your Money For Jesus huckster who did a five-year
stint in the federal slammer for fleecing his flock faithful, has been back on
low-budget cable for a few years now, mostly selling nigh-inedible survival meal
buckets to get you through the End Times and explaining that Planned Parenthood
performs Satanic rites, free with every abortion. Ever the kind of fellow to hop
on the latest trend, Bakker is now hawking a "silver solution" that just might
cure the COVID-19 coronavirus, which now has an official name. Here's the spiel,
as captured by the nice folks at Right Wing Watch.
The Jim Bakker Show is suggesting that the silver solution it sells can kill the
coronavirus within 12 hours. https://t.co/kbUGnUp69m
Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) 1581531423.0
The nice lady Bakker "interviewed" about this wonder supplement admitted that
the stuff hasn't actually been tested on "this strain" of coronavirus, but that
it probably should do the trick, maybe.
It's been tested on other strains of the coronavirus, and has been able to
eliminate it in 12 hours. Totally eliminate it. Kills it. Deactivates it. And
then it boosts your immune system, so then you can support the recovery, 'cause
when you kill the virus, then the immune system comes into action to clear it
out. So you want a vibrant immune system as well as the ability to deactivate
Yr Doktor Zoom is not a medical doktor, but as a doktor of rhetoric, we sure
know how to diagnose bullshit. For starters, we'd note that stuff about
"strains" of coronavirus is pretty damn dubious; the Centers for Disease Control
'splains it's not like one virus, it's a whole damn category of viruses that
cause respiratory illnesses, there are four basic types of 'em, and seven
different coronaviruses can infect people. The three most recent have been the
viruses that caused Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), severe acute
respiratory syndrome (SARS), and this year's COVID-19.
But those science facts are really beside the point, because Nice Lady's basic
claim is absolute bullshit: The FDA has been warning since 1999 that silver
supplements are garbage, and are decidedly not "safe or effective" or of any use
at all "for treating any disease or condition."
What's more, the shit can turn your skin permanently blue, a condition called
argyria. Silver is not a nutritional supplement, the human body does not need it
at all, and the Federal Trade Commission and FDA have both taken action against
companies making health claims for the crap. Hell, it won't even make you an
impressive orator like William Jennings Bryan.
Which is why fans of quackery say THEY don't want you to know the truth about
silver's miraculous health benefits that don't actually exist. And why Jim
Bakker will happily sell you the stuff in various amounts, from the 21-pack of
throat lozenges for only $80, to the great big case of 12 16-ounce bottles for a
mere $300. It must be good, because look at this cleansing immunobabble. This
stuff engoodens your "immune system"
It might be nice if some earnest prosecutor could send Bakker back to jail for
selling fraudulent "health" products, but Yr Dok Zoom is also not a lawyer, and
we have no idea whether the segment here or the sales pitch includes enough
weasel words to keep him on the right side of the law. But it sure would seem to
us that a claim like it "kills" viruses, "deactivates" them, would be a pretty
clear claim for some state attorneys general to look into, if Bill Barr is busy
at the moment.
But we definitely did notice the sales page includes a link to a mandatory
statement under California's Proposition 65, which advises,
We are providing the following warning for products linked to this page:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Gosh, if those flakes in California say it's bad for you, it must REALLY be
[RightWingWatch on Twitter / CDC / National Institutes of Health]
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