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Amazon is a giant purveyor of medical quackery

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A quick search of health products on Amazon opens up a world of psuedoscience quackery | Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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Amazon’s websites are hawking a universe of dangerous, pseudoscience health products — from electronic “zappers” that promise to cure HIV to bleach enemas for autism.

That’s according to an investigation by UK’s Sun newspaper, which accuses the internet giant of profiting off people’s desperation and illness by selling unproven, snake-oil products.

In a quick search of Amazon.com, I found that many of the dubious products mentioned in the Sun’s story are also available to US consumers. For example, at the click of a button, consumers can order Dr. Reckeweg’s “Tumor Drops,” which promise to be a “supplementary medication in the treatment of malignancy” after a cancer operation or radiation therapy.

Similarly, Amazon sells the MMS Handbook, which offers suggestions on how to concoct a dangerous bleachsolution

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