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Jilly Juice is a fermented drink and a form of alternate medicine that is supposedly able to cure and reverse conditions such as aging, cancer, HIV, Autism, psoriasis, Candida infections, and Down syndrome. The creator has even claimed that it can even cure homosexuality or regrow missing limbs.
Jilly Juice is not proven to work and is not approved by the FDA. Due to the extremely high sodium content, it is strongly advised to avoid drinking Jilly Juice, as its consumption has resulted in serious health damage or even death.
Usage and contents
The recipe for Jilly Juice is two cups of water, a tablespoon of Himalayan pink salt, and two cups of either cabbage or kale. Then the ingredients are to be puréed in a blender, poured into a glass jar, and left to ferment for three days with the lid covered.
Epperly recommends for people to start out drinking two cups a day, and eventually increase the amount to one gallon a day.
The sodium contents of Jilly Juice is 28,008 milligrams per gallon. For comparison, the recommended daily intake for an average person is only 1,500 milligrams a day. Therefore, it is not surprising that people who drink it end up getting severe diarrhea from salt poisoning.
History of the Hoax
Jilly Juice was first conceived in 2016 by Jillian Mai Thi Epperly, who has no scientific or medical background. She claimed to doctors that Jilly Juice can cure a large variety of conditions. Many people have criticized her for her outrageous claims, and some even went far enough to say that many of the things she said were offensive.
Despite having zero evidence of working, by 2017 a Facebook group was created for Jilly Juice. Although the group is now defunct, it had over 58,000 members. However, the official website for Jilly Juice is still online.
In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission wrote a letter to Epperly, telling her that her claims were dangerous. They told her that it was against the law to make false claims about non-existent cures.
During the summer of 2017, a man by the name of Bruce Wilmot started to take Jilly Juice as an attempt to cure his stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Around a month later, he died. Epperly dismissed this claim by saying that he didn't drink enough Jilly Juice and that he was doing the procedure wrong.