Like "a Troll" but a troll posts junk on other people's chat boards, a colpo *owns* the site where they post the rubbish, thus they cannot be banned, also they may have gotten a dubious publisher or even home-published an entire book full of it. The difference is a 'phony colpo' uses fake scientific-looking studies & may even sport a phony BS or PhD college degree, but it's nearly all fraudulent. A "phony colpo" is a "Dr. IM Troll, B.S., RD, or PhD, Esquire"
It's often someone who is unqualified but purports to be knowledgeable on some topic such as health, nutrition, paleo, diets, crossfit or personal training and will cite skewed studies & then doctor them up convincingly in order to dupe the public.
It often involves using unscientific anecdotes, debunked hypotheses, and fringe conspiracy theories to help cover lies up when their incorrect information is exposed. For example, if you see excuses such as they are the 'only ones' who know this, or somebody like 'they' (whoever 'they' are), the government, or 'the mainstream', or big-something, are trying to 'hide the truth' from you, it's all an effort to get you to believe in their scheme. The crucial part is that they are posting fake information trumped up with lots of false yet 'scientific looking' articles and citing studies in order to appear scientific, but it's all false. A fraud.
Also known as a "phony colpo". A crank, intentional hoax spreader, a charlatan.
"BS! FactCheck found that this nutrition Book is full of colpo!"
"I smell lots of colpo in this cholesterol article."
"According to Snopes, anthony's article is a phony colpo."
"Some user posted that piece of colpo all over the diet Discussion Forums."
"He was caught pulling a fitness phony colpo."
Scenario: Somebody posts an internet blog article that says eating loads of cholesterol or saturated fat won't hurt you and lard is great for your heart.
A Commenter named Loren says: "Oh, sheesh, his science is all false, he's just lying to unload his own gravely flawed books, what a full load of colpo."
colpo : a phony, scam, snake-oil barker, health fraud, quack. Also see confusionist , BroScience or pseudo-science