Snake Oil Didn’t Vanish – It Morphed! Here are the Modern Day Equivalents

Snake Oil Salesmen of Yore tricked countless unsuspected customers into buying useless products. Though the wares have changed, the tactic remains. Here are some of the new “snake oils” modern-day hucksters are pushing. 

Essential Oils

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It’s all still oil. Snake oil is out; essential oils are in. Some folks claim essential oils can do everything, from helping you lose weight to curing cancer. 

Essential oils smell good. Some might have calming effects or help relieve stress. But they aren’t magic cure-alls for every ailment. 

Weight Loss Supplements

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No magic pill will help you lose weight. Most weight loss supplements aren’t regulated and don’t have to work the way they claim to. That’s good for the manufacturer because they typically don’t. 


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Homeopathy claims that if you dissolve a substance in water, the water carries that memory. The idea that water has a memory you can adjust to make it work wonders in your life conveniently ignores water’s long history. 

If water has memory, you can rest assured it’s seen some wild stuff. 

Male Enhancement Pills

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Nearly every gas station has a grungy-looking stack of enhancement pills. They make outlandish claims designed to target men’s biggest insecurity. 

They don’t do anything; they’re just a waste of money. 

Crystal Healing

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Gems can aid in meditation, but they can’t cure illness. The hype about the healing powers of certain gemstones isn’t grounded in science. 

That’s not to say there’s no room for crystals. They’re a crucial component of many spiritual practices. People need to learn the difference between spiritual practices and science. 

Get Rich Quick

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Everyone’s looking to make a quick buck. The get-rich-quick schemes are ever-evolving, but the central concept remains the same: buy this program, and you, too, can be rich!

Over time, it’s been real estate, pyramid schemes, and crypto scams, but the commonality is most people lose money. 


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Some insist their chiropractic makes them feel better, but others aren’t convinced. Many call chiropractors fake doctors, and at least one woman became paralyzed after a chiropractic visit. 

Extended Warranties

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Stores try to convince you that you need a two year warranty on everything from toasters to televisions. Most people never use the extended warranty because the manufacturer’s warranty covers everything that might go wrong. 


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Are NFTs the future of art? They were all the rage a few years ago, but now they just seem scammy. Why would you want to own a digital copy of an artwork when you can own and display the physical painting instead?


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Cryptocurrency was supposed to change the financial world. However, most soon learned the dangers inherent in unregulated currency. 

Some still get rich trading crypto, but far more have lost fortunes. Crypto may eventually have a place in the world, but most people who push it are scammers. 

Andrew Tate’s Business School

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Andrew Tate epitomizes a modern-day snake oil salesman. His “business school” claims to teach men how to get ahead, but it’s all misogynistic nonsense that hinders men’s chances of success if implemented. 

It’s all by design though, so they go back and buy even more of his garbage. 


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If the above products are snake oil, influencers are the salesman. Though many influencers refuse to engage with nonsense products and only promote things they genuinely believe in, a subset will hawk anything to make a quick buck. 

Detox Diets

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Most detox diets flush your body of everything, including essential vitamins and minerals, by basically starving yourself. They don’t actually detox you, though. 

Legal Scams We All Have To Deal With

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Society is ripe with folks legally scamming you out of your hard-earned cash.

Here are the top scams we all just accepted as normal. 

Even the Life Script is a Scam

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Find out how the life script keeps us trapped and miserable.

Is America Actually Dystopian?

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Although there are many fantastic things about living in the US, some of our systems and laws leave many scratching their heads, wondering if we’re already living in a dystopian nightmare. 

Here’s the evidence that makes us wonder if America is actually a dystopia.  

Comforting Lies We Always Believe

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Even the smartest among us fall for these everyday lies

We’re Surrounded by Propaganda

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Propaganda surrounds us. It attempts to sway our thinking in both mundane and critical ways. Here are some examples of propaganda we see every day.

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