There is simply no tragedy that the criminal fraud artist Jeromie Williams will not exploit to try to make a few dollars for himself, from animal rescue emergencies to the death of his own grandmother. When I first came across him, he was begging for money for his miracle kombucha mushrooms. According to the American Cancer Society,
“Kombucha tea has been promoted as a cure-all for a wide range of conditions including baldness, insomnia, intestinal disorders, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and cancer. Supporters say that Kombucha tea can boost the immune system and reverse the aging process … No human studies have been published in the available scientific literature that support any of the health claims made for Kombucha tea. There have, however, been reports of serious complications and death linked to the tea.“
In other words, it’s bullshit, it might be dangerous, and it’s certainly a giant scam. Just what we have come to expect from Jeromie Williams.
Most recently, as we have noted here, Jeromie has been fearmongering about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. According to Jeromie, contaminated food and water in North America is killing people, and you should all wash your food with soap and filtered water. His latest post is typical:
“the levels of iodine-131 were nothing less than shocking and terrifying … Those results were only taken on one day of the hundreds that have passed since Fukushima became the hottest radiation spot on the planet and leaving Chernobyl in the dust.”
Of course, this is nonsense. Firstly, the Hawaii State Department of Health, which actively monitors Japanese water quality surveys, does not anticipate any public health effects in Hawaii, let alone North America, because “Water acts as a diluent. While there may be significant quantities of radioactive material released into the sea near the Fukushima reactor site, the massive amount of water in the Pacific Ocean would rapidly dilute and disperse the materials to negligible levels.” Also:
“Some radioactive isotopes rapidly decay. For example, the half life of Iodine-131 (I-131) is about eight days. This means that the activity level of the I-131 isotope drops by half every eight days. Given the length of time since the event, the short-lived radionuclides would have decayed to near background levels and therefore pose no health hazard.“
In other words, over the long term, elevated levels of iodine-131 are not so shocking and terrifying after all.
Secondly, as Mike Rothschild points out, by every available measure, Chernobyl remains far worse than the Fukushima incident. Indeed, comparing Fukushima to more serious disasters is “simplistic and simply designed to scare people by tying an event which caused extraordinary death and destruction to one that did not.”
Who do we know who likes to do that? Jeromie continues:
“If radioactive elements like iodine-131 are finding their way into the water supply of North America, then what other forms of radiation are far behind, or even well ahead of what was found at Berkley? Sure, you can choose to not drink milk, you can stay away from Japanese seafood and if you want to go even further you can simply not have any more kids, but when the one thing that your life on earth depends on is poised to make you sick and even kill you, where do you go for clean safe water?”
Well, to Jeromie, of course!
“In researching this article a company called [name and link removed] seems to be on the absolute cutting edge of the growing concerns that people around the world are having over the safety and purity of their drinking water supply.”
We’re sure in Jeromie’s thorough, painstaking research he discovered a certain affiliate program. For every $350 water filtration system Jeromie scares someone into buying, they kick back a 15% commission to Jeromie (about $52.50).
That explains a lot, doesn’t it?