Alt-right Internet personality and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones just can’t catch a break these days, can he? Two months ago, Buzzfeed sent a few of the products Jones sells on his site Infowars to an independent lab, and the results were crystal clear: not a single one of the purported medicines, vitamins, or supplements work as advertised. But, several days ago, the news got even worse for Jones and company, because the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) discovered dangerous levels of lead in two of his products. Yes, lead, in what Jones describes as “an all-natural blend of potent herbs and enzymes.” That does not bode well, that does not bode well at all.
According to a post on the CEH website, lead was discovered in two of Alex Jones’ products: Infowars Caveman Paleo Formula and Infowars Myco-ZX. If people take the recommended dosage, they will ingest anywhere between two to six times the daily limit for lead, and that’s assuming they only take one product and not both. CEH Executive Director Michael Green explains, “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 CEH has already started legal action under California’s Proposition 65 against Infowars for “failing to warn consumers about the high levels of lead in their products and urging the company to recall products already sold.” The proposition, otherwise known as the The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, “requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment.” This may result in the California Attorney General’s Office filing a lawsuit against Alex Jones and his Infowars company.
Since ingesting lead results in sperm damage, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, delayed puberty, and developmental problems in children, Alex Jones might find himself in hot water very shortly. Who knows if (or what) other Infowars products contain lead or other toxic chemicals.