I was just re-reading Howard Gleckman’s excellent Forbes.com post Stop Hyping Alzheimer’s Cures, Learn to Care for People Who Have the Disease to write a blog post thanking him for the shout-out to Al Power and ChangingAging, when I was distracted by one of the reader comments:
There is one known cure for Alzheimer’s: XXXXXXX TEMUNA… XXXXXXX TEMUNA has cured 5 people of Alzheimer’s, 6 people of dementia, and 200 others of dust caused diseases. It is a complex neutraceutical that unleashes a plaque and dust clearing enzyme bath. XXXXXXX TEMUNA both prevents and cures Alzheimer’s disease.
I XX‘d out the website URL and part of the product name to avoid giving this quackery any SEO (search engine optimization) benefits. You have to visit Howard’s story if you want the full name of this seemingly miraculous cure.
So what is this drug and how miraculous is it? I’ll save you the trouble of visiting the product website to discover it’s off-the-shelf dried herbs repackaged as an Alzheimer’s cure. It’s a really bad website but basically selling the same crap as the billion-dollar anti-aging vitamin/homeopathic industry.
What is remarkable about this product is the backstory of its creator, the original commenter on Howard’s piece. Again, I’ll only use his first name — Daniel — to avoid giving him SEO. A quick google search of Daniel’s name revealed he’s been trolling Alzheimer’s-related stories all over the web posting this junk-comment to promote his home-made herbal products. Again, nothing unusual here, it’s standard spam marketing practice. But a visit to his personal website revealed this is not your average snake-oil salesman. This guy is straight up NUTS. Here’s an excerpt describing how he discovered the cure to Alzheimer’s:
[Daniel] claims he came down with Alzheimer’s disease in his 40s from cooking with aluminum pots and pans. Luckily, he had developed his consciousness to psychically communicate with advising spirits. After a trip to the herb store, not only did he clear the contaminants causing his Alzheimer’s, he discovered he had a general purpose specific herbal combination helpful for much of the population. This cure awaits investors to prove and bring to market.
Needless to say, Daniel seems to have brought his product to market without waiting for investors. Good luck dude.