Noted conspiracy enthusiast Alex Jones has allegedly been selling people dietary supplements with dangerously high lead content through the InfoWars storefront, says the Oakland-based watchdog group, Center for Environmental Health (CEH).
According to the CEH's report, if people were to take the daily recommended dose of two of the supplements sold through the InfoWars storefront — one of which is endorsed by Jones himself on-air — they would be ingesting "significant levels of lead well in excess of California Proposition 65 limits." One of those supplements, the "Caveman Paleo Formula," had twice the daily limit of lead under Proposition 65, while the other, "Myco-ZX," had more than six times the limit.
The group details the health risks men face when they ingest that much lead, which include: "sperm damage, heart disease, and high blood pressure." SFGate points out that the risk of "sperm damage" is ironic, as InfoWars often markets itself as a marketplace for supplements that "enhance male virility."
The CEH has already filed "legal notice" against InfoWars LLC and their affiliate, Free Speech Systems LLC. They say that the companies failed to warn consumers of the elevated lead content, and urged that they recall all the products involved. Michael Green, CEH's Executive Director, said in the report, "It is not only ironic, but tragic, when we find lead in dietary supplements, since consumers are ingesting the toxic chemical with every sip and swallow. These products are supposed to enhance human health and performance, not lead to increased risk of heart attacks and sperm damage."
The InfoWars storefront says the Neanderthal-esque Paleo drink contains "Bone Broth, Turmeric Root, Chaga Mushroom, Bee Pollen, and other Ancient Supernutrients," and that the "Myco-ZX" is an "all-natural blend of potent herbs and enzymes that support the body's healthy detoxification of yeast and undesirable fungal organisms." Shockingly, the reviews for "Myco-ZX" reveal some pretty unsettling testimonies, as one user wrote that "a slimy substance left [their] body," but the "bloat and sensitivity in the abdomen was gone." They gave it five stars.
Joking aside, one review of the "Caveman Paleo Formula" is especially worrying, as one user said that they serve the supplement to their kids. If the CEH's findings are correct, then those kids may have been fed highly dangerous amounts of lead. A previous CNN report on Flint's (still) lead-poisoned water explored the risks and dangers of lead poisoning in children, as experts told them that it could harm brain development in younger children. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha said, "Lead is [an] irreversible, potent neurotoxin." She continued, "We care about (lead) so much because it impacts your cognition and your behavior. It actually drops your IQ. Imagine what we've done to an entire population. We've shifted that IQ curve down. We've lost our high achievers, the next kid who's going to be a neurosurgeon, and we have all these children who may now need remedial services."
InfoWars and Alex Jones have yet to comment on the report, and as of this writing, the two supplements in question are still being sold on the website. Just saying, maybe think twice the next time you want to buy "health supplements" from the guy who suggests that the Las Vegas shooting was part of a conspiracy by "the left" to start a "war with the right in the streets of America," that the Sandy Hook shootings were "hoaxes," and that the government is "making kids gay" with juiceboxes.