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“The Cure For Everything”

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff of “Weighty Matters” reviews an interesting new book, “The Cure For Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness and Happiness.” Sounds like it could be good… You see Tim’s book is something I’m not sure I’ve ever read before. I’d describe it as an “evidence-based romp” (words that I’d never thought I’d string together)...

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Acai Scammers Fined $1.5 Million

Last year, I made note of a court order suspending sales of certain acai berry supplement products. The defendants were making over-the-top, unproven weight loss and “detox” claims, offering phony “free trials,”  and – of course – adding unauthorized charges to customers’ credit cards. In other words, it was one of those acai berry scam operations we all know and loathe. At any rate, the case...

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FTC Temporarily Halts Fake News Sites Selling Weight Loss Supplements

Another day, another supplement scam. The FTC is coming down on yet-another-bunch-of-crooks using phony “news” sites to separate people from their money. The complaint alleges that the defendants hired affiliate marketers who used fake news websites to promote the defendants’ products. The fake news websites used domain names that appear to be objective news or health sites, such as channel8health.com,...

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James S. Fell Has Internet E-Book Scams Pegged… Almost.

James S. Fell, the author of the “In-Your-Face Fitness” feature in the L.A. Times, has a great column this week: “Friend Through Thick and Thin?” With tongue firmly in cheek, he dissects a stereotypical ad for a weight loss/fitness e-book sold on the internet… and he zeroes in on the “red flags” that any prospective purchaser should be aware of. A sample: You told me you knew the...

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Homeopathy on Trial?

Not yet, but it could happen. Via the “Journal of Are You Fucking Kidding” (JAYFK), comes an update on a class-action lawsuit in California against Boiron, one of the largest manufacturers of homeopathic products in the world. Why? Because one of its products, “Children’s Coldcalm,” is “… nothing more than a sugar tablet.” Defendants are defrauding Californians by claiming that a tablet...

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Thoughts on a Detox Death

When I read this CBC report, my first thought was “stupidity carries the death penalty.” But after thinking about it, I realized there was more to it than that. But first, the facts: A Quebec woman rushed to hospital after undergoing an overnight detoxification spa treatment involving intense sweating has died.   The woman, 35, died late Friday afternoon in a Drummondville hospital, said Quebec provincial police.   She and...

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