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Newsmax Pushes Health Quackery

A year or so ago, right-wing “news” site Newsmax emailed me with an exciting opportunity to put their RSS feed on my sidebar, offering to pay me for doing so. I published the email and mocked the hell out of the disingenuous marketing flunkie who sent it, claiming to be a huge fan of Freethought Blogs. Articles like this are the reason I wanted that site nowhere near this network:

Have you ever considered why so many Christians suffer from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, digestive problems, Alzheimer’s, and other health issues?

Nope, I haven’t. Christians suffer from those ailments for the same reason non-Christians suffer from them. Disease is not religion-specific, for crying out loud.

Christians appear to suffer from the same maladies as nonbelievers or members of other faiths. Does God’s plan for our lives really include sickness — or is it God’s will that we be healthy? And if so, why doesn’t our faith protect us?

Because your faith is bullshit.

In a new no-cost video presentation from Newsmax Health, you will hear what the Bible teaches us about these fascinating questions. Plus, world-renowned medical doctor and devoted Christian Dr. Russell Blaylock shares his proven strategies for living a healthy, God-centered life.

Ah yes, the “world-renowned” Dr. Russell Blaylock. What exactly is he renowned for? For being a quack who gets rich selling “supplements” like his “Brain Repair Formula” that promise to fix every health problem from Alzheimer’s to cancer. He’s also an anti-vaxxer who thinks vaccines cause autism, which has been thoroughly discredited, and that there’s a vast conspiracy surrounding them.

Editor’s Note: This educational video report — Why Christians Get Sick — is available at no charge right now, but may be removed at any time. Please take a few minutes today to discover how you can embrace God’s plan for your perfect health and wellness.

Oh yes, it’s very urgent that you watch it. And the next advertisement for bullshit, and the next one after that. Newsmax has an entire section of their website called the Blaylock Report that pushes this pseudo-scientific nonsense on their ignorant and credulous readers and I’m sure they make a lot of money on it.

Comments

  1. says

    Ed, thanks for keeping this crap out of FTB’s ads. I’m sure this sort of crap would be far less amusing than the ads for “Zentai suits.”

  2. thalwen says

    Might be some truth to that – I’m sure there’s some Newsmax Christians that think that not eating vegetables is an affront to Michelle Obama and by eating a lot of meat they’ll piss off vegetarians. I remember Glen Beck being proud of how he wasn’t going to eat some vegetable or something to make Obama mad.

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    … may be removed at any time.

    Which act of reckless deprivation would clearly weaken America and make baby Jesus howl.

    How could NewSmacks even consider such cruelty?

  4. raven says

    Does God’s plan for our lives really include sickness…

    It’s worse than that.

    God’s apparent plan includes you dying, frequently after suffering from a long drawn out and painful illness.

    I’m sure Newsmax will have a herbal cure for that any day.

    Please take a few minutes today to discover how you can embrace God’s plan for your perfect health and wellness.

    Which will cost money. Nothing in fundieland is free.

    FWIW, this is an example of an affinity group scam. Fundie xians are commonly targeted by affinity group scammers because they fall for them easily and often. If you believe Joseph Farah, Robertson, Hagee, or any of it, you can and will believe anything.

  5. says

    “Disease is not religion-specific…”

    Religion has all sorts of genetic and behavioral correlates, that sometimes bear on disease. Tay-Sachs is the classic genetic example. Here in the US, I suspect the kind of conservative Christian who follows NewsMax is older, fatter, less active, and eats fewer vegetables than the average American. Of course, if they want to lower their risk for metabolic syndrome, the answer isn’t to pray and look to the Bible, but to listen to those old hippies they hate so much. ;-)

  6. dingojack says

    “… world-renowned medical doctor and devoted Christian Dr. Russell Blaylock…”

    Hmmm where have I heard that name before?
    Oh that’s right. here.

    “One of the best overviews of the very real dangers of MSG comes from Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of ‘Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills.’ “.

    I certainly agree he should be certified….

    Dingo

  7. says

    “Have you ever considered…”
    Nope, I haven’t. Christians suffer from those ailments…

    You lie! You have considered! :) But I do understand the point you were making.

  8. Michael Heath says

    Newsmax states:

    Please take a few minutes today to discover how you can embrace God’s plan for your perfect health and wellness.

    That’s an incredible promise. They should be open to enormous civil damages if people who follow their prescription fail to achieve “perfect health and wellness”. Enough to cause their demise and put the fear into all the other quacks out there who assert the same; which is every Bible-thumping preacher and “elder” I ever encountered.

    Even liberals don’t fully appreciate the enormous amount of human suffering caused when we protect religious expression at the expense of the rights of people victimized by religious people and groups.

  9. busterggi says

    I say let the Christians follow Baylock’s advice and decrease their surplus population. Bah, humbug.

  10. Taz says

    Christians appear to suffer from the same maladies as nonbelievers or members of other faiths.

    Yes, good! Think. Reason it out. What does that imply about the nature of existence? (I’m picturing a young child with a puzzled look on his face.)

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