A Cure for Ebola?! — Yep, Internet Quack Sites Are Already Trying to Rip People Off
The recent ebola outbreak is spawning dubious, if not dangerous, medical remedies and advice on the Internet. Many of these “alternative medicine” sites are hoping to make a tidy profit from our fears. Not much has changed since the days of the traveling medicine show. It’s still common that when deadly, contagious outbreaks emerge, they are quickly trailed by conspiracy theorists, doomsday preppers and dishonest marketers that push their snake oil.
In the past several weeks, questionable “natural health” sites have made some wild claims, suggesting herbs, snake and spider venom, nutritional supplements, colloidal silver and even marijuana can keep the deadly virus at bay or even cure it. The sites range from your typical fly-by-night sales operations to conspiracy-theorist destinations to homeopathic medicine blogs.