When professional screamer Alex Jones isn't spreading nutty conspiracy theories—for instance, Sandy Hook was staged and tap water makes you gay—he uses his show to hawk ridiculous, unproven nutritional supplements like Caveman Paleo Formula ("The Ultimate In True Paleo Nutrition with Bone Broth, Turmeric Root, Chaga Mushroom, Bee Pollen, and other Ancient Supernutrients," currently 50 percent off at Infowars Store dot com), and Super Male Vitality, some kind of magic potion that "uses the newest extraction technology with even more powerful concentrations of various herbs and extracts designed to" make you an even bigger asshole. (For more on Jones' weird products, watch this fantastic Last Week Tonight episode.)
Now, however, a consumer watchdog group, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), has found high levels of lead in two of the products Jones promotes on his show and website. According to the group:
Tests found that two supplements sold on Alex Jones’ Infowars store contained significant levels of lead well in excess of California Proposition 65 limits. Lead is a dangerous chemical well known to have devastating developmental impacts on children. Crucial, but less well-known are its effects on men, including sperm damage, heart disease, and high blood pressure. One of the Alex Jones products tested had more than six times the daily limit under Proposition 65.
The contaminated products include both Caveman Paleo Formula and Myco-ZX supplements, which are advertised as "an all-natural blend of potent herbs and enzymes that support the body's healthy detoxification of yeast and undesirable fungal organisms." In other words, it treats yeast infections. With lead.
The CEH initiated legal action against Jones and Info Wars on Monday. “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,” said CEH Executive Director Michael Green in a statement. “These products are supposed to enhance human health and performance, not lead to increased risk of heart attacks and sperm damage.”
Remember that the next time you're tempted to get your vitamins from Alex Jones. Or, for that matter, GOOP.