“Hillary’s White House Dreams Shattered?”

August 12, 2016

The other day I saw an alarming headline: "Hillary's White House Dreams Shattered?" Aghast that Clinton's campaign was in such serious jeopardy, I began reading the piece, by K. O'Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute. It did strike me as odd that someone from a health sciences institute would be reporting on politics, but nonetheless, the details that O'Donnell offered were alarming.

It began with offering "the 1 video Hillary NEVER wanted anyone to see," the phrase boldfaced for the reader's convenience. The video, O'Donnell noted, is "SO shocking, [sic] it could change the entire outcome of the 2016 election"! I'm not a news junkie but I follow national and world events fairly closely (important for being a writer), and I wondered what it might be, or how K. O'Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute had stumbled across this explosive information that seemed to have escaped better-known news organizations such as The New York Times or the Washington Post. My sense of urgency only increased when O'Donnell urged me to "Watch the video immediately before it's banned from the internet."

Steeling myself for mind-blowing information about the duplicity that would prevent Clinton from becoming president--and thus assuring that Donald Trump would lead America for at least the next four years--I decided to learn a little more about K. O'Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute. After all, as skeptics know, the source of information is important to establishing the credibility of that information. A spokesperson for the officious-sounding Health Sciences Institute would surely be credible, but something just seemed odd to me about it.

So I did a quick internet search for what other pieces K. O'Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute had written, and found a piece about three words from a Bible passage: 
"shocking new research points to something no one expected...Something so controversial, so... explosive... I was hesitant to even send you this message. But evidence has emerged that these three words form a kind of ancient ‘treasure map'... And the treasure may actually be a CURE for one of our worst diseases. The scientists investigating it have unlocked a connection to a stunning cancer-fighting power... a breakthrough so monumental, it's poised to make traditional cancer therapies obsolete... and save millions of lives. In order to bring this life-saving information to the people who can use it, a special invite-only website has been created. It reveals both the mysterious three-word phrase--and the details of the cancer-fighting breakthrough it reveals. For the next 48 hours, the website is accessible to you through this link. Please understand, the controversial nature of this information means the website will only be available for a very short time. It will then be taken down and moved to a new location for security purposes."

I got so sidetracked marveling at all the amazing and explosive information that K. O'Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute was providing that I forgot to watch the video about Hillary Clinton. Fortunately someone from the website Truth in Advertising did it for me, reviewing a nearly identical video from the Health Sciences Institute:

"Turns out the video has some life-saving information about how the government is lying to you. The video is filled with scare tactics about miracle cures for a variety of diseases that Big Pharma, Obama and the FDA don't want you to know about. The video is narrated by Jenny Thompson, who is the director of the Health Sciences Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization, dedicated to uncovering and researching the most urgent advances in modern underground medicine." In the video, Thompson explains that there are several "real cures and treatments-bona fide miracles-for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and more." But "King Obama and his FDA thugs are all about making money," so you can't have them."

Hold on: Bible secrets? Cancer cures? Conspiracy theories? What's going here? Is the Health Science Institute part of the Kevin Trudeau Empire of Fraud? The "Health Science Institute" doesn't appear to exist except as a made-up entity connected to a publishing company.

So it appears that the clickbait political story/ad by the (likely) fictitious K. O'Donnell of the (non-existent) Health Sciences Institute is just a scam: "What is this ad trying to scare you into? A year-long membership with the Health Sciences Institute where they will give you access to this "life-saving information" for $74. But before you pay up, note this disclaimer: ‘The information provided on this site should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction.'"

For legal reasons I am reluctant to outright call the Health Science Institute a fraud or a scam, but I would agree completely and wholeheartedly with complaints on the Ripoff Report website: "Health Science Institute Agora Publishing-- This is a scam. The company selling membership in return you get a book they say the government is going to ban..." and "This company is a scam. They sell a membership min of one year and in return they give a free book called Miracles of the Vault, anthology of underground cures. The book is supposed to have many secrets from science lab and studies giving cures for many health issues. They try to pressure everyone into thinking the government is going to ban these secrets and the book only has very few copies in print. They say the government does not want these facts to get out because people would be cured of many issues and it would effect the health system as we know it. It is a video that explains all about the book saying it is free and then at the end they want a membership to get the book free. The reports so far state they received a book with no information on their issue not the whole book. Each person reported there was no secrets in the booklet."

As for "Hillary's White House Dreams Shattered," I hope one of Clinton's first acts in office is to bolster consumer fraud protections.

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