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The Great Wellness Hoax: How Bad Science and Predatory Tactics Created a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

For a particular subset of the American population, the solution (and remedy) to America’s 2020 societal ills is obvious: Essential Oils.

  1. In the past century, modern medicine has eliminated dozens of diseases and profoundly extended the average adult’s life span. However, one of the most persistent and seductive myths in American culture is “It Was Better Back Then.” Born out of cultural privilege and collective historical amnesia, a prideful “anti-establishment scientific illiteracyhas come to dominate conversations surrounding healthcare (for example, Vaccines) — that also happens to be easily exploitable by Russian trolls and Twitter bots.

Nothing New Under the Sun

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The Nectar of the Gods

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The Mystery of the Pyramid

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For Further Exploration

Articles

The Sickening Business of Wellness — Yvette d’Entremont (The Outline)
How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety — Rachel Monroe (The New Yorker)
MLMs Are a Nightmare for Women and Everyone They Know — Casey Bond (Huffington Post)
Heaven and Sell — Rachel Givens (Relevant Magazine)

Videos

How To Spot a Pyramid Scheme” — Stacie Bosley (TedTalk)
Dr. Oz and Nutritional Supplements” — YouTube (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Multi-Level Marketing” — YouTube (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Vaccines” — YouTube (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Why Detox Cleanses Are a Rip-Off” — YouTube (Adam Ruins Everything)

Other

The Dream — (Podcast Series on MLMs and Wellness Schemes)

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Joe Forrest writes on the intersection of faith, culture, secularism, and politics.

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