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This Week in Corona Scams: Bomb Shell

Is COVID-19 some secret “globalist bio-weapon”? Has President Donald Trump been right all along about hydroxychloroquine being a “game changing miracle cure”? Might special magical beads deliver the ultimate “bombshell” of a cure? And will the COVID-19 vaccine completely destroy human fertility?

Spoiler alert: Hells to the no! So this week in Corona Scams, we’re “going down there” and getting wild with beads to see for ourselves what they’re claiming and expose the truth that they don’t want you to know.

No, vaccines won’t stop you from having children!

As I’ve been saying for some time, Alex Jones holds outsized influence over America’s political and media landscapes. Perhaps in another time or place, he’d just be that random dude spouting nonsense on the comment section of some website. Instead, Alex Jones has become a critical gatekeeper who spreads far-right propaganda to wider audiences. Even though Jones himself has largely been “de-platformed” from major social media outlets, he has more than enough “mainstream” fans to help him get this disinformation trending.

Earlier this month, Jones amplified a claim that anti-vaxxers have been making for years, which is that vaccines allegedly have an adverse effect on human fertility. Jones pointed to a notice on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website as some kind of “smoking gun”, even though the actual WHO site on the HPV vaccine that Jones alluded to completely debunks this talking point.

This latest round of “vaccines = infertility” claims can probably be traced back to a 2018 paper from Gayle DeLong, someone who is not a research scientist or a medical professional. Rather, DeLong wildly misinterpreted American birth rate data to reach her conclusion. And of course, she also published a paper in 2011 claiming vaccines cause autism, another anti-vaccine “study” that was quickly debunked by real medical scientists. So no, anti-vaxxers have no evidence to back their already raging war against any future COVID-19 vaccine.

No, those “inverted funnel-shaped companies” aren’t worth your investment dollars.

I freely admit I hang out in some very strange corners of the internet. One of those incredibly strange corners led me to a rabbit hole that led all the way down to perhaps the wildest (fraudulent) “corona cure” yet. Oh, and before we continue, I’ll just add: There’s a reason why I’m always warning you not to get involved in multi-level marketing (MLM)

So there’s this one salesperson for the personal beauty MLM Younique who has become so notorious for her “sales and marketing techniques” that her critics have devoted an entire Reddit community (or subreddit) just to debunking her wildly fantastical claims. In addition to shilling for Younique, this salesperson sells insanely overpriced (and probably “white label”) hair care products from her “superstar, super-Christian salon owner” friend. 

Also, this salesperson sells something that we’ll just refer to as “BS Beads”. If this was just another place to find wildly overpriced “chunky statement jewelry”, this wouldn’t be such a big deal. What makes it a big deal, however, is this Younique salesperson generating a whole lot of online hype over these beads’ “magical healing powers” that she claims the beads have to treat everything from depression to heart disease… And now, COVID-19. 

No, those beads won’t cure you!

Last month, this Younique/“BS Beads” salesperson actually mentioned “virus beads” during a live video stream, then posted a “Healing Stones” graphic into her Instagram stories and added the text, “Stones specific to the virus.” She was obviously trying to avoid the same legal trouble that Alex Jones and Jim Bakker have run into for shilling their respective (fraudulent) “corona cures”, but it was also obvious what kind of message she was trying to get across.

Fact check: There is zero scientific evidence indicating “healing stones”, “healing crystals”, and/or “healing beads” have any potential to be used as legitimate medicine for any physical ailment. While “crystal therapy” may result in some kind of “placebo effect” where people’s own “power of positive thinking” will help them feel better, the “science” behind “crystal healing” is basically the same “healing energy” pseudoscience behind reiki and reflexology.

While there is some real science behind the concept of vibrational energy, there is a huge difference between real physicists who do real research into the science of consciousness and “wellness gurus” who base their healing claims on shoddily conducted “studies”, wild misinterpretation of data, and thinly veiled magical thinking. And of course, there’s a difference between scientists doing real research and “gurus” who master the art of separating people from their money. Please stick with the scientifically proven ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 so you can save yourself a whole lot of time, money, and – dare I say – energy. 

If you’re in need of medical treatment, contact your primary health care provider first. If you fear you can’t afford treatment from a hospital or doctor’s office, check with the Southern Nevada Health DistrictWashoe County Health DistrictCarson City Health and Human Services, or the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for resources in your area. For additional aid, check the Nevada Current’s and Battle Born Progress’ resource guides. If you can afford proper treatment and you are fortunate enough to help others in need, please donate to larger operations like Direct Relief and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and to local groups like Three Square.

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