I miss all of you! It has been quite awhile since I have been here regularly though I keep an eye on what is going on. It has been so difficult and tumultuous to deal with the downfall of my websites that I just had to take a break.
As some of you know I went from the top to the bottom very quickly. I am happy to say I am being somewhat vindicated now but I would have a long uphill path to rebuild my sites. I don't know if I am willing to dedicate the time on that right now since I have my job and real estate business to focus on and my husband and I are still dealing with health problems.
The basic run down in case you are interested:
I had several websites up and running including one on natural supplements and products. This winter I started to discuss Covid 19 on this site and reviewed products that had been shown through studies to be effective against other forms of coronavirus such as SARS. I clearly stated there was NO treatment yet for Covid 19 and no one knew what would work since it was too soon for tests to be done. I said I was not a doctor. I spent a great deal of time adding links to full text studies in academic journals about these supplements so my readers could see for themselves and did not have to take my word for anything. I did not promote any product of my own, I only had links to Amazon for these supplements. I did not sell any information such as e books, so all that I said was free for anyone to read. They did not have to pay to see anything. I was relaying information that showed why the Covid 19 virus would be vulnerable to these supplements due to the fact Covid and SARS share the same type of structure and means of entering our cells. They use their spikes to attach to our cells and utilize the same enzyme to get past our defenses. Therefore, what blocks that process in one can work on the other. This was not my theory. This is a scientifically proven concept.
Despite all that I got:
All my posts unranked by Bing (which had been the source of most of my traffic for that site).
My account shut down by Amazon so I no longer make any commissions from that website or my other website that is about pet products (not related) since both sites were under the same affiliate account.
I lost over $600 that Amazon owed me but will not pay out since they claim I violated the terms of the agreement. Of course when I signed up with Amazon there was no Covid 19 yet so obviously there was nothing in the agreement that said we could not write about it. There is fine print that they can change the agreement when they want however.
Then I was threatened by the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communication Commission. They said I had to immediately remove all references to Covid on my site. I was furious at this gross breach of my 1st Amendment rights (Freedom of Speech) but I took them down.
All this was bad enough but then this summer while my husband was in the hospital I got notified that I was being investigated by my state's Attorney General's Office. I was interrogated over the phone and now just have to wait to see what they will do. They may or may not charge me with something. Because I was on the FTC list of companies that discussed Covid they came after me. When I asked why they were investigating me when there are so many sites selling mystery products with no disclaimers, no ingredients listed, no studies cited etc. they said they can't do anything about companies in other states but since I am in Alaska they can come after me. Basically I was a big target since there are not many other websites like mine based in my state.
I have no idea what happens next. It is hard to fight Amazon, the Federal Government and my state attorney general's office on my own.
Last week the Alaska Attorney General just had to step down as it was revealed he was harassing female staff.
In any case, it is interesting that I am seeing studies now on the supplements I reviewed in relation to Covid 19! They are proving to be effective against the virus in these studies! It will be harder for them to come after me now I hope.
I have no idea where all of this will end up but it sure feels nice to be getting some vindication! I wasn't crazy or misleading. I was sharing information that indicated these supplements could be useful and now that is being proven.
My husband now has bursitis in his foot and I thought how ironic it is that I could not show him my post on bursitis on my website since I have taken down all of my content. Information on many topics that could help people is being censored. It had nothing at all to do with Covid, but the investigator for the Attorney General's office asked if I planned to continue with my site. I took that to mean that they would be less likely to press charges against me if I stopped. So, at least for now, I have taken down all the content on the site. I still have it, it is just not live right now.
Anyway, it has been a very challenging year (as it has for so many people) but there is a glimmer of hope.
I hope all of you are doing well online and offline too!
Let me know!