Huckabee Raises Money With Debunked Diabetes Cure, Email Ads

Presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has been raising money with an endorsement for a supposed diabetes cure and email ads for products like an emergency food kit, according to a New York Times report.

In an Internet ad for a diabetes solution kit, Huckabee says that the techniques described in the Barton Publishing kit worked for him. Following Huckabee’s message, a video presentation claims that “weird natural remedies” like cinnamon and chromium picolinate will reverse diabetes. As the New York Times noted, the American Diabetes Association has said that these supplements are not effective.

Although Barton Publishing still features Huckabee’s endorsement of the Diabetes Solution Kit on its website, a spokeswoman for the former governor said that his contract with the company ended at the beginning of March.

“It was something created several months ago, back in 2014, but due to possible future plans, they have concluded the relationship,” spokeswoman Alice Stewart said, according to the Times.

Huckabee was asked in March if he used cinnamon and chromium picolinate to reverse diabetes, and said he hadn’t. When asked about his endorsement, he said will “do anything that promotes good health,” according to the Times.

Also according to the Times, Huckabee uses the email list for MikeHuckabee.com to send ads to his supporters, including for a miracle cancer cure supposedly found in the Bible, and for a survival food kit. The emails include a disclaimer that Huckabee does not endorse the products.

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