New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to stop peddling products on his InfoWars website store that claim to treat or cure the coronavirus.
Jones is accused of marketing and selling toothpaste, dietary supplements, creams, and several other products as treatments to prevent and cure the coronavirus. Jones claims the products are a “stopgate” against the virus and that the United States government said his Superblue Toothpaste “kills the whole SARS-corona family at point-blank range.” Yet, there is currently no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent the coronavirus or treatment to cure it, nor is there any treatment or cure available, according to the World Health Organization.
“As the coronavirus continues to pose serious risks to public health, Alex Jones has spewed outright lies and has profited off of New Yorkers’ anxieties,” said Attorney General James. “Mr. Jones’ public platform has not only given him a microphone to shout inflammatory rhetoric, but his latest mistruths are incredibly dangerous and pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and individuals across the nation. If these unlawful violations do not cease immediately, my office will not hesitate to take legal action and hold Mr. Jones accountable for the harm he’s caused. Any individual, company, or entity that deceives the public and preys on innocent civilians will pay for their unlawful actions.”
AG James’ action comes a day after her office issued cease and desist orders to two companies that made similar coronavirus claims about products they were marketing. The Silver Edge company was peddling Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator that they claimed based on “clinical documentation” allegedly “beats coronavirus.” The second notice was sent to Dr. Sherrill Sellman, who had been promoting colloidal silver products as a cure for coronavirus both on her website and on the Jim Bakker Show, hosted by doomsday televangelist Jim Bakker. James’ office also ordered the Jim Bakker Show to stop marketing the products.
According to the National Institutes of Health, colloidal silver can be dangerous to human health. The FDA has previously warned that colloidal silver is not safe or effective in treating any disease or condition.