Throughout history, hucksters have emerged to sell bullshit "cures" for diseases to fearful people. Today these frauds make their home on the internet. And they're selling bullshit cures for Ebola. There is no known cure— or vaccine— for Ebola, but that's not stopping shameless profiteers from exploiting the panic over this deadly virus.
Below, six "cures" and "treatments" for Ebola that you might see tumbling through the internet. Please, don't waste your time or money on any of them.
1) Nano Silver
"Nano Silver is the world's only hope against Ebola and the other antibiotics/anti-viral resistant pathogens," claims the Natural Solutions Foundation. The company is run by a woman named Rima E. Laibow, a trained psychiatrist who doesn't know what she's talking about. Which is why the FDA has told her to cut it out.
"It is said that there is no treatment against Ebola, and that is not true," Laibow claims in a YouTube video — wearing a stethoscope and white lab coat, no less. "In fact, there is a well known, well characterized nutrient that is Nano Silver."
The FDA has taken special aim at companies selling Nano Silver as a cure for Ebola. Some conspiracy theorists contend that the government crackdown on people promoting Nano Silver is because it works and "they" don't want you to have the "real cure."
"Nano Silver leaves the beneficial bacteria and the healthy cells of the patient unaffected but it does kill every pathogen against which it has been tested worldwide without exception," Laibow explains without a single shred of evidence to back up her claims.
"Now, why hasn't Nano Silver been brought forward already as a treatment against Ebola? There are many reasons. The fact is, it is available now," she insists.
Good explanation. And available now, indeed! Available at your website!
Image: Screenshot of Rima E. Laibow via YouTube
2) Sulphuricum acidum (and other homeopathic garbage)
A homeopathic "doctor" named Givon Zirkind is claiming that the best treatments for Ebola are sulphuricum acidum, crotus horridus, and crotalus cascavella. Which all have fancy scientific sounding names. But they won't do shit for someone who actually has Ebola.
Why's that, might you ask? Because homeopathy is bullshit. 100 percent complete and utter bullshit. The jury is not out on this one. Homeopathy is a $3 billion industry in the United States alone, but it's completely ineffective and often dangerous.
Of course, Zirkind gets the disclaimers out of the way:
This article analyzes ebola from a homeopathic perspective and suggests possible courses of homeopathic treatment. Due to the seriousness of the disease, the treatments discussed would require an expert homeopath.
But since an "expert homeopath" is kind of like being an "expert unicorn psychologist" it's probably best to just ignore his prescribed experiments altogether.
[Correction: This post originally misspelled Givon Zirkind's name. I apologize for the error. You should still refrain from following his advice on homeopathic treatments for Ebola.]
Image: Homeopathic remedies at a pharmacy in London via Getty
3) High doses of Vitamin C
Yep, that's right. The cure for Ebola was right under our noses the entire time: just chug a bottle of orange juice!
"To date, not a single virus has been tested that is not inactivated (killed) by a large enough dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid)," writes Dr. Thomas E. Levy over at the completely disreputable anti-vaccination website NaturalHealth365. The article continues, word after misleading word, until you get to the bottom editor's note which not only includes a disclaimer, but also a sales pitch!
There are two types of vitamin C that I personally use every day. The UltraFine Vitamin C powder [hyperlink redacted because NaturalHealth365 should be ashamed of themselves] plus a liposomal version of vitamin C. But, just to be clear, by no means should you ever think that any nutritional supplements can 'cure' any viral condition or disease.
So, no, vitamin C won't cure Ebola, they admit. But it totally does and be sure to buy UltraFine™ brand Vitamin C powder!
It should probably be noted that despite Dr. Levy's deep interest in the topic (he published a book in 2002 called Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins) he has never published a peer-reviewed paper on the link between Vitamin C and disease.
Image: Orange juice at a store in San Francisco via Getty
4) Oregano oil and cinnamon oil
Sadly, the idea is spreading that oregano oil, cinnamon oil, and other essential oils are cures for Ebola. Idiots on conspiracy-minded websites are insisting that you can even just rub that shit on your feet:
Clove oil and oregano oil are very strong anti-viral essential oils. Stock up on these in case you become infected. It is too caustic to drink straight but you can rub them directly into the bottom of your feet to absorb into the bloodstream.
Don't bother, obviously. Essential oils may smell great, but they won't stop the spread of Ebola. Not even a little bit.
Image: Ebola outbreak prevention oils via Pinterest
5) Violin music
"The healing sound for ebola is specially designed to boost immunity against ebola," Chappell writes on his website. "Because of the seriousness of the epidemic and the lack of other treatment and prevention medication we have released the healing sound for ebola although it has not yet been fully tested."
Needless to say, listening to music will not treat Ebola and the mere insinuation that it can is stupid and irresponsible. What else can his music boost your immune system to fight, according to Chappell? Malaria, AIDS, diabetes, burns, and rape trauma.
Images: (Left) Peter Chappell; (Right) 300-year-old Stradivarius violin via Getty
6) Homemade Ebola vaccine
Recently Natural News published a story titled "Treating Ebola with Homeopathy" (now taken down) that included instructions for a DIY Ebola vaccine. All you need is some spit or blood from a person infected with Ebola!
Ken Oftedal, the author of the awful blog post wrote, "I hope you will not need to apply the information presented in this article, but if you do, it could save your life and that of a loved one."
What you need:
1. A face mask and gloves
2. Two bottles (50 ml up to 500 ml glass or plastic bottles) with caps
3. Clean water (mineral or tap water)
4. An Ebola sample: some spit or other disease product, such as blood, from a person infected with Ebola, or who is suspected sick with it.
Any small quantity will do, even a pinhead.
5. An alcoholic liquid, such as whisky, brandy, rum, etc.
6. Half an hour of your time.
That's right. This guy is giving out instructions on how to make your very own "homeopathic" Ebola vaccine using an Ebola sample. He instructed readers to place the sample in a water bottle and dilute it over and over again—the founding theory behind the bullshit that is homeopathy. And then Oftedal told people to drink from the bottle.
It would be hilarious if it weren't so horrifying. This was actually published and some people might have thought it was a smart course of action to play vaccine developer in their basements. It's not.
And if you somehow still don't think there's anything wrong with people selling nebulous homeopathic cures online, take a look at just one example from Sierra Leone. At least 365 deaths have been traced back to a single herbalist who was selling bullshit Ebola cures.