Natural health industry flexes its own immune system against crooks, scammers and con artists

Friday, June 22, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: natural health, immune system, con artists

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(NaturalNews) A recent event of mass deception has rocked the natural health world, yet in its wake, the power of high-integrity individuals willing to tell the truth has emerged stronger than ever. As many of our readers now know, a couple of individuals running a devious scam recently infiltrated the natural health movement, pretended to be one of us, and pretended to run a non-profit that did not exist, for the purpose of putting on a fancy show that was never really going to happen. The entire thing was a devious scam, played out with masterful social engineering and an elaborate web of deception worthy of a Hollywood script.

And yet, the con artists who very nearly pulled off this scam -- they ultimately failed and were exposed, by the way -- vastly underestimated the intelligence network of shared information among true insiders in the natural health community. Within mere hours of certain discoveries being made in this case, for example, I had already received insider documents, audio files and emails from individuals who were long-time NaturalNews readers and who sought to protect the integrity of the natural health movement.

Once again, NaturalNews became the Wikileaks of the natural health movement. To protect evidence sent to us, by the way, we use multiple-redundant, military-grade encrypted data storage servers mirrored at three different geographic locations, one of which is guarded by myself along with my double-barreled sidekick Mr. Remington (who is soon being joined by Mr. Benelli).

With all this going on, courageous innovators like Dr. C took to the internet and spoke out and told the truth, refusing to back down even in the face of being threatened with legal action. Similarly, a woman deeply involved in one incident became a whistleblower, posting a tell-all video that earned her a wave of supportive comments from astonished viewers.

Completely outgunned in the infowar

Even as a flood of intelligence was being gathered at NaturalNews offices, the delusional people running this scam still did not understand how they were completely outgunned in the realm of trusted information. They began attempting to impersonate emails of various people, sending threatening, hateful emails to key speakers for the event in the names of other people who were investigating the event. They foolishly thought that their juvenile attempts at email defamation would overpower a decade of trust and credibility within the community. This only took a couple of phone calls to untangle and then completely crush.

They must have been similarly astonished to learn that within the natural health community, NaturalNews is no more than two phone calls away from any celebrity, any corporate entity, any author or any product company of note. These scammers vastly underestimated the power of existing trust networks within the community, and they mistakenly believed that all of us somehow wouldn't talk to each other. This was a critical miscalculation on their part, because within mere hours, we were all talking to each other and sharing what we had learned about the situation. It was a teamwork effort that resulted in a rapid outing of the deception.

There are no (big) secrets

There are no secrets in this industry, friends. Not any really big ones, anyway. If you are scamming people, defrauding companies, threatening people into silence or whatever, you will be outed sooner than you think.

People talk. And while none of us is perfect in our own lives, as we all suffer from unintentional mistakes or miscalculations to some degree, there is a point where a line gets crossed and the entire natural health community will turn against you. That's reserved for people who intentionally and repeatedly scam innocent victims on a grand scale. NaturalNews has exposed several of these operators over the last decade.

GIVING CREDIT: There were people involved in this situation, by the way, who can never be named, but they deserve the real credit for revealing the truth. Although I cannot give them credit here, I will find other ways to return the favor to them, so thank you for standing up for integrity within the industry. (You know who you are.)

Stay on high alert for scammers and con artists

With all this in mind, I am issuing a warning to scammers, hucksters, charlatans and crooks: The natural health industry will not tolerate your kind. We will expose you. We will gather evidence against you. And if you scam people, we will seek to have you arrested for attempting to deceive members of our community. Your pathetic attempts at having your incompetent attorneys threaten us are useless and almost comedic.

We the People of the online natural health industry are far better equipped, more experienced, better funded and far more trusted than you. We live with integrity, practicing what we preach, and we despise those who attempt to fake their way into positions of notoriety or false wealth by peddling fabricated promises of "world peace" or "love and prosperity" or whatever other false masks they might wear. And we are on high alert now, asking questions, demanding people back up their promises, refusing to be victimized by con artists and crooks who attempt to prey upon the industry.

Friends and readers, please join me in this vigilant defense against deception. Ask questions. Be skeptical. Do not fall for fast-talking predators and charismatic guru-type charlatans who are stealing your money or selling you toxic products. Protect your boundaries and listen to your intuition. If something seems strange, pursue it. Get answers before you trust anyone. Most people are running a scam. Most people are full of sh!t. Most people will betray you if it becomes sufficiently within their self interests to do so. Stop trusting people just because you want them to trust you! Con artists operate by earning your trust, remember? The "con" in "con artist" means "confidence," first and foremost.

If you suspect something, there's probably a reason for it

Scammers work by weaving a web of lies. They have an excuse for everything, and they are masters at talking their way out of any blame for their misdeeds. But at the same time, their web of lies is easy to penetrate if you simply ask for proof and keep demanding it, without wavering. You can make demands such as, "Show me proof that your non-profit even exists!"

For some reason, most people are afraid of confrontation. Everybody wants to be polite. By being polite, they allow themselves to be conned, sometimes out of tens of thousands of dollars. Stop being polite! Be the person who keeps asking questions! Be the person who won't shut up until you get an honest answer! Dr. C, for example, is effectively precisely because he is not bound by some artificial nonsense idea of being polite. He just tells the truth, and you can take it or leave it. If this offense a few people, so what? I'd rather offend a few honest people than be suckered by a bunch of con artists for not asking tough questions.

I have become precisely the kind of person who asks tough questions, by the way. When I meet someone new, I automatically assume they are a backstabbing criminal con artist. That way I'm never surprised by the 80% or so who turn out to be exactly that. Yes, only about 20% of the population is honest when no one is looking. Roughly 80% will rob you blind if there's enough money at stake and they think they can get away with it. Just ask Billy Joel. Most of his music fortune was stolen by his business manager!

Just ask any celebrity. Ask Will Smith. Ask Woody Harrelson. They will tell you what I'm telling you right now: That most people are backstabbing, betraying liars who only want to use you and exploit you for their own nefarious purposes. And the more famous you become, the worse it gets. If you're not being scammed by everyone, it's only because you're probably not famous enough or rich enough and therefore you don't have anything they want. But the minute you become wealthy or famous, you're targeted by everyone.

Alex Jones knows all about backstabbing betrayers. It seems that everyone wants to use Alex Jones to make themselves famous, or to make themselves the center of attention. The only reason Alex trusts me and we get along so well is because he realizes full well that I don't really want anything from him. I'm only there to support the InfoWars mission. I don't call him up begging for air time, or begging for him to promote my new book, or whatever. I show up when I'm called in, I do my job on the front lines of the info war, then I head home and continue with my life out in the country. When I'm there, hosting InfoWars, it's for all the right reasons: to support the liberty movement, not to pick everybody's pockets and slink away like Gollum.

My secret life as an underwater government ninja spy

Every time I expose a con artist, scammer or crook in the natural health industry, they go into "sociopath mode," going berserk on the internet, flinging lies and disinformation in every direction and self destructing in the process. I have never encountered a crook in this industry who, when confronted with the truth, said, "I apologize, what I did was wrong, I will make amends."

It never happens.

Instead, they go on the attack. They accuse me, in particular, of being a secret underwater ninja spy agent working for the Alien Grid Alliance... or whatever. My real life is far less glamorous. The most expensive vehicle I own is a John Deere tractor. That's not a metaphor, it's a humbling factoid about my real life. (I'll take a picture and post it soon, in case you're curious.)

These wild accusers, it turns out, are almost always sociopaths.

Why you need to learn how to recognize sociopaths

I have written several articles on sociopaths. I find them to be fascinating and horrifying at the same time. Approximately 4 percent of the U.S. population are sociopaths. Here's what I recently wrote about the way their criminal minds tick: (

Sociopaths are masters at influence and deception. Very little of what they say actually checks out in terms of facts or reality, but they're extremely skillful at making the things they say sound believable, even if they're just making them up out of thin air. Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse. Their brains simply lack the circuitry to process such emotions. This allows them to betray people, threaten people or harm people without giving it a second thought. They pursue any action that serves their own self interest even if it seriously harms others.

Sociopaths are masters are presenting themselves as heroes with high morals and philosophy, yet underneath it they are the true criminal minds in society who steal, undermine, deceive, and often incite emotional chaos among entire communities. They are masters at turning one group of people against another group while proclaiming themselves to be the one true savior. Wherever they go, they create strife, argument and hatred, yet they utterly fail to see their own role in creating it. They are delusional at so many levels that their brains defy logical reasoning. You cannot reason with a sociopath. Attempting to do so only wastes your time and annoys the sociopath.

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In the mean time, keep your shields up and don't allow yourself to be conned by anyone. We all get hoodwinked from time to time -- after all, even I didn't realize the truth about this current situation until just the last few days -- but by remaining determined and vigilant, we can at least minimize the number of times we get fooled by hucksters.

By the way, the biggest con of all is the Federal Reserve stealing your money by printing new money all the time ("quantitative easing"), in case you were curious. That's a global Ponzi scheme of unsustainable debt that's going to collapse before too long, destroying all the wealth many people worked a lifetime to accumulate. Compared to the global fiat currency debt scam, these little cons that we expose here at NaturalNews are inconsequential.

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About the author: Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

In addition to being the co-star of the popular GAIAM TV series called Secrets to Health, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

In 2013, Adams created the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, a research lab that analyzes common foods and supplements, reporting the results to the public. He is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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