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This Week in Corona Scams: Warp Speed Goop Glow

This Week in Corona Scams, we’re searching for the cure… For messy as f–k scammers who won’t stop shilling their fraudulent “cures”. From sketchy vaccine promises to shady overpriced vitamins, it’s time for us to wade deeper into the perilous world of “wellness”.

Here’s why Trump’s “warp speed” vaccine promise is so incredibly dangerous.

If it’s a day that ends in -y, President Donald Trump is spreading more misinformation about COVID-19 treatments and “cures”. For months, Trump has been promising that “Operation Warp Speed” will deliver a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day. Epidemiologists and public health experts are increasingly worried that Trump’s timeline coincides with the 2020 election calendar to the extreme detriment of Americans’ health and safety.

Keep in mind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s startling announcement of “Sputnik V” as a “COVID-19 vaccine” last month. There’s still no real evidence that the Russian government approved “vaccine” actually works at preventing development and transmission of COVID-19. Instead, there’s plenty of evidence pointing to the Putin regime prioritizing campaign politics and personal enrichment over public health and safety

And now, scientists have plenty of reasons to worry about Trump doing the same here in the U.S. As we discussed last month, vaccines go through many months of trials and tests for two critical reasons: 1) to ensure their efficacy, and 2) to ensure their safety. For all of the Trump campaign’s protests whenever 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) condemn Trump’s “warp speed” vaccine rhetoric, Trump can render Biden’s and Harris’ complaints moot by simply letting the scientists do their job and keeping campaign politics far away from vaccine development. But since Trump refuses to do such, he only has himself to blame for Americans’ growing skepticism.

Here’s some more on why Trump’s vaccine rhetoric is so incredibly dangerous.

In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has hurled the “anti-vax” label at Biden, Harris, and the Democratic Party at large. That’s incredibly rich, considering that Donald Trump has an extensive history of promoting anti-vaccine propaganda. Since 2007, Trump has repeated the frequently debunked “vaccines cause autism in children” trope.

Also, Donald Trump is the president who has repeatedly given platforms to the likes of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Andrew Wakefield, Alex Jones, and Trump’s most devoted fans in the QAnon cult to spread false propaganda about vaccines. While anti-vaccine demagoguery can be found across the political and ideological spectrums (ahem, Alec Baldwin and Madonna), Donald Trump has accelerated the Republican Party’s trend in campaigning against science and openly inviting extremists into the GOP fold. Basically, this is a prime example of “transactional politics” at its very worst. 

In summary, Trump’s own deep ties to the anti-vaccine movement and his reckless handling of “Operation Warp Speed” are far more likely to sink medical experts’ hopes of a critical mass of Americans accepting a new COVID-19 vaccine than anything Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, or just about any other Trump critic says.

Here’s why we need to talk about Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop, and Netflix again.

Before anyone accuses me of being “hyper-partisan” and/or deep in “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, please review the actual facts before trying to rebrand actual facts as “fake news”. Also, hang on and stay around, as we’re jumping to the left to revisit the unholy matrimony of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop “wellness” empire and online entertainment giant Netflix.

Earlier this month, Netflix announced The Goop Lab has been renewed for Season 2. Never mind Goop’s reckless treatment of its own workers during Season 1. Never mind Season 1’s mischaracterization of unproven “alternative medicine”. And never mind Goop’s much longer history of slapping “feminist”, “natural”, “healing”, and “wellness” labels onto all types of pseudoscientific nostrums, from jade eggs and “psychic vampire repellant” to “vaginal steaming”, “NASA healing stickers”, and so much more.

While The Goop Lab Season 1 did get some things right on women’s sexual health, viewers had to sift through an extended Goop infomercial full of shilling for highly dubious “alternative medicine”, such as jumping into an icy cold Lake Tahoe and consulting with a psychic, just to get to the more accurate sexual health information. And while Goop has generally been more responsible in its COVID-19 content than far-right counterparts like InfoWars and Natural News, let’s not forget that Goop gifted us with Kelly Brogan and “Medical MediumAnthony William.

Also, take notice of Goop executives gloating over using their content as “customer acquisition vehicles”. For all our dunking on Alex Jones for his nonstop shilling of InfoWars branded “nutritional supplements”, Gwyneth Paltrow shills Goop branded “nutritional supplements” that are just as shady and poorly regulated. And just as we said in January, please do some actual research and consult with real medical professionals before trying anything you catch on The Goop Lab.

And finally, here’s why this may be the final “KM” and “BS Beads” update you’ll ever see here.

Speaking of Goopy stuff, we actually have an emerging success story where some notorious “Corona Scammers” are going down in defeat. Since our last check-up on the Younique presenter and “BS Beads” promoter known as “KM”, she has left Younique, she has scrubbed (most?) “BS Bead” content from her social media channels, and the “BS Beads” company has scrubbed medical claims (on fertility, allergies, diabetes, mental health, and more) off its own website.

As we’ve been saying since May, “KM”’s and the “BS Beads” company’s outrageous medical claims, including their outlandish claim that “BS Beads” prevent and cure COVID-19, had zero scientific evidence to back them up. And as we can see in this story and in past editions of “This Week in Corona Scams”, they’re just offering a different flavor of the same damn scam that Goop, InfoWars, a host of “wellness” themed MLM’s, other “wellness gurus”, and even the Trump White House peddle every day. They want us to believe they have “special knowledge that ‘they’ don’t want you to know”. “They” are typically real medical professionals, real scientists, and real public health authorities who are far more qualified to speak about medical science than any of these “Corona Scammers”.

With the current state of America looking as bleak as ever, we can take some good news wherever we can find some. Thankfully, we have some good news with this startling turn of events at “BS Beads”. Hopefully, this won’t be the last time we get to share this kind of good news.

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