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Snake Oil

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Snake oil
I was watching youtube video and it had one of the inevitable commercials at front. It was one you could click through but they actually got me to watch it because of sheer WTF.

standard this secret health problem is hurting AMURICANS and the government and doctors are covering it up it. it affects more people than HIV, something, something, and POLIO combined.

wait.

back the truck up.

POLIO?

Is this some sort of time travelling snake oil ad?

POLIO?

There were no cases of the polio in the US in years and only about 400 in the entire world in 2013. and this is what you chose to compare your (secretly) wildly prevalent health problem to?

POLIO?

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gunthersdncemix
Apr. 12th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
I dunno, the anti-vaxxers seem to be gaining steam... :(
fenris_lorsrai
Apr. 13th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
I want to punch everyone that does that. The only reason you have the luxury of doing that is herd immunity. Once it fails, your kids are toast because you considered a not-real risk of a disability worse than a very real risk of death and disability.
laughinghyena
Apr. 14th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Get behind the long line, then. But I welcome it. The more people in the line, the BETTER.

Since pretty much the whole of the Autism community wants to punch anti-vaxxers, Autism Speaks (Those guys love to constantly shoot themselves in the foot more so than PETA.), and Jenny McCarthy (Really? You think Autism is worse than Polio? REALLY?! And you want to actually bring Polio back? What in the nine blazing hells is wrong with you, lady!) for that.

Also, I really, really hate anti-vaxxers and they way they act towards anyone arguing at them that happens to be on the Autism spectrum. Doesn't matter where you are at on the spectrum, if you can type or have an assistance program, it's always the same from them: "Oh, you clearly don't have it if you can communicate to me in a way that doesn't involve speaking. God forbid I treat you as a thinking person!"

You can show them all the proof and evidence in the world and they won't believe you. Because they think you are brainwashed by the big bad evil "Pharma" and their evil vaccines. And it doesn't help when they are preying on peoples' fear so they can sell their quack medicine for huge profits.

Sorry for the mini-rant, I tend to get very grumpy this time of the year because April is Autism Awareness Month and the way Autism Speaks abuses it.
tabbiewolf
Apr. 13th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
What WAS the health problem? Something ridiculous like restless leg syndrome?
fenris_lorsrai
Apr. 13th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
it was one of those "visit our scammy website to find out!" ones. from pictures, something bowel related.
trikotomy
Apr. 15th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
THE GOVERNMENT IS HIDING THE TRUTH IN YOUR BOWELS
fenris_lorsrai
Apr. 15th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's why I was blind to it before! my head wasn't far enough up my ass to see the truth!
martes
Apr. 13th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
One of the conspiracy theories floating around is that HIV was created during the search for a polio vaccine using African monkeys infected with SIV. I've also heard people say that early polio vaccine trials deliberately (or inadvertently) spread the virus everywhere.

So that's probably the polio/HIV link the commercial was talking about.

(In case it's not apparent-- it's entirely bullshit. Genetic testing has been done that show what population of chimps the virus came from, and when it made the jump into humans, and approximately where it happened. Nothing to do with polio research at all.)
fenris_lorsrai
Apr. 13th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
That isn't even the right time frame for that to happen... unless they secretly waited a few decades to unleash it.

but its a conspiracy theory, so probably.

This particular commercial also featured a politics cartoon about government covering it up that I would swear was from early twentieth century from art style. which really just upped the feeling I was watching a snake oil ad from the past.
hwango
Apr. 13th, 2014 09:09 am (UTC)
Well, if no Americans were affected by Polio at all, then clearly Imaginary Threat has to affect more Americans than Polio did. Imaginary Threat also affects more Americans every year than Spontaneous Brain Transplant, Skeletal System Cheese Transmogrifaction Disorder, Martian Brain Worms, and Personal Antigravity Syndrome combined.

I just wish they'd find a cure for Personal Antigravity Syndrome. I don't know how many more loved ones I can watch float away into the sky. *sniffle*
fenris_lorsrai
Apr. 13th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Martian Brain Worms is why you can't remember why you walked into this room.
hwango
Apr. 13th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
It's not fair! How could I have caught Martian Brainworms?! I was SO CAREFUL when I was on Mars not to let anything crawl into my ears! = (
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