Alex Jones' Mind-Expanding Supplements Were Fake Nonsense
Before he was cancelled from the internet for stuff like siccing conspiracy theorists on grieving families, Alex Jones made major bank selling supplements, vitamins, and other "health" products to gullible uncles everywhere. It's only fair. Your aunt has her magical jade vagina egg; why shouldn't he be able to cram thorium up his butt? Actually, there is a good reason: These supplements were (and still are!) overpriced, overhyped garbage.
In 2017, the six most popular supplements Jones sold were analyzed by Labdoor, which found that precisely zero delivered on the "incredible" benefits they claimed. A concoction which promised consumers "major support against environmental and dietary toxins," for instance, turned out to be standard medicinal iodine sold at a huge markup. Which is a shame, considering that thanks to Jones' best friend, we're not getting "major support against environmental and dietary toxins" from the FDA or EPA anymore.
When Labdoor tested other products Jones was shilling, like "Anthroplex" (which promised to help "stimulate vitality") and "Child Ease" (which promised to help "improve concentration and attention" in children), they found that while they did contain healthy ingredients, the dosages were so low that they were practically useless. The kindest thing Labdoor was able to say about these supplements was that, of the ones they tested, none were found to contain dangerous chemicals. Incidentally, two that they didn't test, well ...
GizmodoThough lead poisoning does go a long way toward explaining why Jones is so ... Alex Jonesy.
QAnon Is Nothing But A Huge Grift
QAnon is the name for a kooky conspiracy theory which alleges that the country is controlled by an elite cabal of pedophiles (honestly, that scans) which Trump will be taking down any second now (OK, never mind). That's according to "Q," a supposed anonymous high-ranking military officer embedded within the Trump administration who spends all day leaking information about the case to 4chan. Because that's the best way to go about dismantling a vast government conspiracy.
However, as NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins revealed last year, the sudden popularity of QAnon wasn't an organic phenomenon. It was a calculated attempt by three internet randos to go viral and hopefully one day cash in on it. Back in 2017, "anon" postings like Q's were everywhere on 4chan. Then two of the site's moderators -- known as "Pamphlet Anon" and "BaruchtheScribe" -- seized onto Q and roped in YouTuber Tracy Diaz to help the message "go wider." Diaz's first video on Q, titled "/POL/- Q Clearance Anon - Is it #happening???," immediately went viral, and she soon pivoted entirely toward discussing and analyzing Q postings. As Diaz said in a now-deleted video, "Because I cover Q, I got an audience."
She also got a fat paycheck, too. Diaz would end every video asking viewers to fund her "research" via Patreon and/or PayPal. The mods who alerted her to Q didn't do too badly, either. After QAnon was picked up by Infowars, both Pamphlet Anon and BaruchtheScribe appeared on the network to discuss it -- and direct viewers to their bustling communities on Reddit, Facebook, 8chan, and "Patriot's Soapbox," a 24/7 livestream channel helmed by Pamphlet Anon and funded by viewers.