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Ooh look we caught the Food Babe in a lie

It doesn’t take a scientist to know that curing one’s allergies with a simple change in diet is a spurious claim at best. But that’s what Hari clings to until this very day.

“Most of my life, I grew up on processed foods. I was very sick as a child. I had eczema, asthma, allergies… When I started to make changes based on the information I started learning, my health did a one-eighty. I went from someone who was on eight prescription drugs, to zero. My eczema went away, my asthma went away, my allergies went away – I became this new being of health.”

Vani Hari, better know as the Food Babe, has repeated this quote in one variation or another numerous times. It’s the foundation of her business and it’s what gives hope to her millions of followers, keeping them hooked on the virtual assembly line of pseudoscience she’s churned out over the last years – which is only now getting the scrutiny it deserves.

It doesn’t take a scientist to know that curing one’s allergies with a simple change in diet is a spurious claim at best. But that’s what Hari clings to until this very day – which is why this post someone pointed out to me on her Facebook page from April 3 is slightly interesting:

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Maybe she just meant her allergies were cured until allergy season comes around.

Naturally, the comment section is filled with loyal fans offering her their “strategies”:

“One drop each under tongue: Lemon, Lavender,Peppermint do TERRA essential oils–the allergy trio,” one person writes.

“Local honey, acupuncture or a chiropractor, actually eat the garlic and ginger not just the juice. It could be a smoothie if you want to drink it. Lavender EO,” writes another.

It gets even crazier.

But in the sea of craziness are a handful of people after my own heart, who hilariously shine a mirror onto the Food Babe’s charlatanry. I’ve screenshotted a few of the best ones for your enjoyment below:

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    May 11, 2015 at 12:10 am

    OK…So…not much knowledge about food and definitely not a babe.

  2. Mike

    May 11, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Either there are fewer alergens this year, something else is alleviating my wife’s allergies or there is something to local honey making a difference. Not sure which it is but she barely has allergy symptoms this year. Local honey is the only major Change to what she has done this year vs last.

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    Local honey can HELP build the bodies resistance to pollen in the area. Allergies are simply the immune system overreacting to histamines so the local honey can HELP build an immunity to histamines. However jucing, ginger, garlic etc. do not help allergies and there is actually a scientific explanation for honey helping the body to build up immunities.

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