Author's Perspective: There are hundreds of scams, but, there are two scams on the Internet that seem to be the most prolific and profitable -- health/diabetes-related scams and financial/business-related scams.
Why? Because health problems and financial problems are the two major problems that most of us will face at some point in our lives.
This makes us susceptible to slick marketing schemes that convince us to spend our money, hoping for the best. Unfortunately, in most cases, we end up losing our money. What's that old saying? "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
FYI: Because of these scams, I realized that people would find it difficult to believe that I had a blood glucose level of 1337 and weaned myself off insulin. So I obtained a printed copy of my personal medical file from my primary care physician and made about 100 copies to handout at health fairs and other community events.
Later, I had the document scanned in order to create a medical PDF file for my website. That helped a little, but, it wasn't until my story ended up in the newspaper that a lot more people believed my story.
Later on, I started to get phone calls and emails asking if my program would reverse their diabetes in 30 days or less. When I said "No", most of them hung up and didn't care for an explanation.
Later, some of those same people returned because they found out that the book or the program that they had purchased didn't reverse their diabetes in 100 days let alone 30 days. Now that they realized that I was telling them the truth, they asked me to explain why their diabetes couldn't be reversed in 30 days.
After several months of getting phone calls and emails about these diabetes scams, I decided to create this diabetes scam web page so that people could recognize the signs of a scam before they wasted their money.
If you have friends or relatives with diabetes, please share this link with them so that they don't get burned by these scam artists.
Diabetes Scams: The Number 1 Lie!
Warning About Diabetes Programs That Promise to Reverse Your Diabetes in 30 Days or Less:
I'm sure you've read or heard about these "miraculous" diabetes cures that reverse or cure your diabetes in 30 days. Now, there are even some that say they can cure your diabetes in 10 days!
I don't want to bore you with too much science and math, but, bear with me for just a minute. Let me explain why these programs can't reverse your diabetes in 30 days or less.
There are 20-30 trillion red blood cells in your body, each with a lifecycle of approximately 120 days. That's a very important number to remember.
FYI: Red blood cells don't have a nucleus so they don't have the built-in code and instructions that tell a cell how to repair or duplicate itself. So, red blood cells die off and are swept away and eaten by the macrophages via the liver and spleen.
If you are diabetic with a high blood glucose level and/or a high hemoglobin A1C, this means that you have too much glucose in your blood and too many red blood cells (at least 1.5 trillion) with too much glucose attached (glycated) to the protein portion of the red blood cell called hemoglobin.
The bone marrow creates about a billion new red blood cells every hour that are not glycated -- until they start to enter and circulate in your bloodstream.
However, if you change your diet and start exercising so that you reduce the amount of glucose in your bloodstream, then, there is less glucose in your blood, causing your fasting blood glucose level to decrease.
In addition, less and less new red blood cells will become glycated or damaged from the excess glucose. As the older red blood cells reach 100-120 days, they die off and are replaced by the new (unglycated) red blood cells. This, in turn, causes your hemoglobin A1C to decrease.
So, you see, given the lifecycle of a red blood cell, it is almost impossible to reverse your diabetes in 30 days. So, when you come across a diabetes program that promises you that they can reverse your diabetes in 30 days (or less), then, run the other way! -- you'll know that they are lying to you.
Note: For more information about this, refer to our Type 2 Diabetes Pathophysiology web page.
There are a lot of diabetes scams out there that you need to be aware of to protect yourself.
When it comes to dealing with scams, you need to protect yourself financially, physically, and emotionally.
If you're not careful, the first way that a diabetes scam can harm you is financially. You don't want to spend your hard-earned money and find out it was a scam.
The second way that a diabetes scam can harm you is physically. You don't want to take some worthless diabetes supplement or "magic pill" that makes your diabetes worse and causes harm to your health.
And, the third way that a diabetes scam can harm you is emotionally. If you waste your money and/or harm your health, this can take a toll on you emotionally.
The key is to educate yourself about diabetes and be aware that these types of scams exist to take advantage of what you don't know and your desire to get well.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of diabetes scams. The major types of diabetes scams include the following:
- Books and ebooks
- DVDs and CDs
- Diabetic pack supplements
- Diabetic clubs
- Weight loss supplements
- Bariatric surgery
- Vitamin supplements
- Herbal supplements
- MLM health products
- Diabetes medications
Books and ebooks provide information about diet and exercise, and how to reverse your diabetes. But, most of these books and ebooks fail to explain exactly how they plan to reverse your diabetes!
Some of the books may appear to work in the short term, but, in the long run, they fail most diabetics.
DVDs and CDs are similar to the books and ebooks. They provide similar information about diet and exercise, but, they also fail to explain exactly how they plan to reverse your diabetes!
Diabetic pack supplements are synthetic pills that contain some obvious vitamins and minerals, based on medical research and clinical studies.
For example, many of these supplements contain chromium, vanadium,CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-Complex, etc. based on clinical studies. But, if you take a closer look at the clinical studies, you'll notice that the supplement does not contain the proper dosage or the wrong form of the supplement!
Diabetic clubs claim to work with Medicare to gain your trust and your money. They claim to provide diabetic supplies at discount, which they do initially. But, over time, when the prices start to rise, they blame Medicare for raising its prices.
Weight loss supplements are probably the biggest health-related scam on the Internet. These supplements are marketed very well and use well-known ingredients, some of which have been recognized by people such as Dr. Oz.
Unfortunately, most of these supplements just don't work! If the general public understood fat cell biology, they would realize that a pill can't help you to lose weight and keep it off.
Bariatric surgery and other forms of surgery were originally offered to severely overweight or morbidly obese people. Now, it's being offered to Type 2 diabetics!
But, Type 2 diabetes is a biochemical and hormonal imbalance problem, not a weight problem! Cutting out the fat may work for several months, but, eventually the diabetes returns.
Vitamin and mineral supplements are similar to the diabetic packs in that they contain synthetic chemicals and even some heavy metals!
Herbal supplements are similar to vitamin and mineral supplements in that the herbs are contain very little of the right part of the herb that is supported by the clinical studies. In addition, many herb supplements contain heavy metals and other toxins.
MLM health products such as shakes, beverages and pills are sold to diabetics as diabetes cures and weight loss solutions that claim to help diabetics. Unfortunately, the people selling these products know very little about diabetes, but it doesn't stop them from pushing their "great product" onto you and others.
Diabetes medications may be the biggest scam of all! More than 87% of all diabetics take diabetic medications because they believe and trust in their doctors. Even some diabetics who have changed their diet and lifestyle still take a small dose of diabetes medications! Why?
Because they either still believe in the drugs or they have no idea that, no matter how small the dosage, they are still poisoning their bodies (liver and kidneys) and keeping their bodies in a diabetic state!
Note: If you want a specific list of diabetes scams and products to look out for, all you have to do is google the phrase "diabetes scams". The list of scams and products grow and change almost daily!
Key Point: Once you arm yourself with the knowledge about diabetes, nutrition and the drugs, you'll be able to see the scams coming a mile away. :-)
Many of these diabetes scams claim that they can cure your diabetes in 30 days or less. Be careful! These scams are designed to take your money and run and hide; and, they provide no support or follow-up after you buy their program.
Concerning curing your diabetes in 30 days or less, if you understand the science and pathology of diabetes, then, you realize that you can't cure diabetes in 30 days or less! It takes a minimum of 100-120 days to turn over your red blood cells and get rid of the damaged red blood cells, which have been glycated and damaged by the glucose molecules.
A lot of clients who bought one or more of those programs were very upset because none of the programs worked, plus, no one responded to their questions once they paid their money for the book/ebook.
There are several diabetes scams out there that promise the world but they don't deliver. In addition, these books and websites won't put their program on their website and allow you to try it for free like Mr. McCulley does with his Death to Diabetes program. Why?? Because they know that once diabetics found out that their program didn't work, no one would buy their book.
On the other hand, Mr. McCulley knows that his program works, so he provides enough information on his website so that you can determine if the program works for you. Once you do, he is confident that most of you will return to buy the book.
And, even if you don't, he's hoping that you'll at least pass the information onto others who could benefit from the program and the book.
Given all the diabetes scams on the Internet, we understand why you may be wary of this program as well, especially if you've already been burned by one of these Internet programs.
But, do you know of any diabetes program where you can try the program for free without having to buy the book or ebook?
Warning: Most of these "cure diabetes" programs on the Internet use the same formula. They show a picture of a doctor with a stethoscope around his neck, supporting this "miraculous" cure, based on so-called clinical research (that doesn't exist or is based on one small study).
The website usually shows a video explaining what diabetes is and how it's now an epidemic -- things that you already know! They talk about this newly uncovered "groundbreaking research or scientific breakthrough that only they know about and they're offering it to you because they don't want you to continue suffering. They also provide hundreds of fake testimonials supporting their claims.
But, they don't really explain their program in any detailand how it really works to help you with your diabetes. Instead, they'll use some pseudo-science jargon that actually sounds like they know what they're talking about.
But, instead of giving you the answer, they push you to buy their book or other product. They keep explaining how this is the answer to your prayers and you need to act now.
Then, they'll tell you that it cost something like $149 or something, but, today, they're discounting the cost to $47 or something like that.
They keep coming at you until they get your money. And, when you try to leave the web page, they don't even let you leave! A window pops up and asks you if you really want to leave!
Anyhow, once they get your money, they "disappear" -- that is, you can't get them to return your phone calls or answer any of your emails or provide any emotional support. But, it's too late because they got what they wanted -- your money.
Oh, by the way, no other program is as visible and accessible on Facebook as the Death to Diabetes program. Do you know why? These other programs know that their program doesn't work so they don't want people complaining in a public forum about their product. But, Mr. McCulley is very confident in his program and doesn't mind being so visible and accessible to the public.
Key Point: All of these programs provide a list of testimonials on their websites about the success of their program. But, how do you know if these people are real? It turns out that most of the testimonials are fake! On the other hand, Mr. McCulley's program has testimonials from real live people on Facebook that you can actually interact with!
There are testimonials and feedback on Facebook and Amazon from diabetics around the country having success with the Death to Diabetes program. So, you know that the testimonials are authentic.
Food for Thought: But, if you truly believe this is a scam, then, just follow the first 3 steps of the Death to Diabetes program and verify for yourself that Mr. McCulley's story is authentic and that his program will help you using natural (non-drug) methodologies.
Or, call us and talk with the author to get your questions answered!
Or, contact us by filling out our Contact Us form with your questions.
Or, if you're into the science, read our Diabetes Pathophysiology page to understand the pathology of diabetes and the science behind this program.
More Food for Thought: If you've been taking diabetic medications for the past several years, have you noticed that you're now taking more medications than what you were taking just a few years ago?
So, who's running the real scam here? Are your doctor and the pharmaceutical companies really being honest with you?
So, how do you recognize a diabetes scam before you spend your money? How do you know if this isn't a diabetes scam?
The following is a list of clues and red flags that you should be on the lookout for that indicate a scam.
Author Sidebar: When I first created this web page, there were 8 signs to look out for. But, over the years, based on input from clients, students and other diabetics, I've expanded the number of signs. If you have a sign that should be added to this list, please let us know.
Signs of a Diabetes Scam
Anything that sounds too good to be true. Any diabetes treatment plan that promises an easy, quick cure to diabetes or quick relief of diabetes complications. If it seems to be too good to be true, then, it probably is.
The Blame Game. Look out for websites that blame the doctors and pharmaceutical companies, but don't explain and demonstrate how their solution actually works. Many diabetes websites and slick marketers use this technique to point the blame at your doctor and Big Pharma and get you emotionally riled up so that you'll buy their book, ebook, supplement or other product.
Author Sidebar: I refuse to spend a lot of time ranting and blaming the doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Why? Because getting upset and blaming them doesn't help you improve your diabetes.
The 30-Day Cure Promise. There are a lot of websites, books, videos, etc. claiming that they can cure your diabetes in 30 days. In fact, some of them claim they can cure your diabetes in 7 days! Some of these sites use diabetics as pawns because most diabetics don't really understand the science of diabetes pathology.
The bottom line here is that these websites are either lying to you or they're just ignorant when it comes to understanding cell biology, hematology, and biological processes such as erythropoiesis, specifically the life cycle of erythrocytes.
You see, it takes 100-120 days to turn over your red blood cells. So, it would be biologically impossible to completely stabilize your blood glucose within 30 days, let alone 7 days! Sure, you will be able to lower your blood glucose in 30 days or even 7 days with the right program, but, you can't obtain complete glucose stabilization, which these websites fail to mention to you.
Payment required. Whether the proposed treatment requires you to buy a “natural” supplement or a book before you can get any more details about the alleged diabetes cure, be wary about Web sites or programs that pressure you to pay up front. Even if the program promises to repay your money after a trial period, view it with suspicion.
A picture of a man or woman in a doctor's lab coat. The reason for showing this picture is to give you confidence that the program is legit, and has been medically approved. But, do you see the irony here? They use a doctor to pull you in, but, the reason why you're still diabetic is because most doctors know very little about nutrition and how to treat diabetes without using medications!
Website displays news logos for CNN, MSNBC, ABC, USA Today, Fox News. These logos of major news outlets on the website imply that their product or program has been featured there. This is extremely misleading and a big red flag.
No Toll-free Number or Contact Us page. On their contact page, there is usually an email form but no email address or contact number. So basically, they have made it completely impossible for you to get in touch with them should you be dissatisfied with their service. This is a huge red flag and a tactic often employed by scammers to avoid complaints.
But, even if there is a phone number and Contact Us page, call the number, and fill out the Contact Us form before you buy anything. Then, wait to see how long it takes for them to respond to your questions. But, make sure you ask tough questions that require a technical response.
The product is a supplement that claims to cure diabetes. If there were such a supplement, you would have heard about it on the national news! Supplements do not contain what a diabetic's body needs to cure their disease. These supplements tend to contain only trace amounts of the vitamins, minerals, and herbs that most diabetics have already heard about, i.e. chromium, gymnema, bitter melon, cinnamon, Vitamin D, lipoic acid, CoQ10, etc.
Some of these supplements may help somewhat, but, they are not powerful enough to cure your diabetes!
There are hundreds of diabetic supplements and some of them actually help to lower your blood sugar. But, at the end of the day, you're still diabetic. Why? Because there is more to defeating and reversing your diabetes than just lowering your blood sugar. So, be careful - these supplements can give you a false sense of security, if you fail to realize that they're not stopping the progression of your diabetes.
In addition, the vitamins, minerals and other compounds are usually synthetic and therefore provide very little nutritional benefit.
The product promises to do everything. Beware of any product that claims it can do it all — stabilize your blood sugar, end your need for insulin, regenerate your pancreas, lower your blood pressure, reduce your cholesterol, get rid of the belly fat, and increase your energy.
A product that claims to be a “scientific breakthrough". This is ironic, since the people behind these types of products can barely spell "science". If there were a scientific discovery or breakthrough, it would have made front-page news. If the first you hear about a new scientific treatment is an ad on the Internet, run the other way.
Free product. This is another "con" that has been increasing in popularity. They offer their product free of charge! Wow! That's great, right? They tell you that you only have to pay for shipping and handling. And, that's how they get you! In order to pay for the shipping and handling, you have to give up your credit card information. Weeks later, you find out that they charged your card for more than just the shipping. To make matters worse, by this time, you realize that the product that you "bought" doesn't work. Now, you try to get back your money, but, in the fine print, you discover that according to the refund policy,shipping and handling costs cannot be reimbursed.
The video. Most of the videos are "hyped up" and play the "blame game" or use "fear mongering". They'll sound like they're on your side and blame "Big Pharma" and the doctors. They'll talk about diabetes being a major problem around the world but they have the solution -- some kind of scientific break through, backed by fake testimonials. But, they never really explain their solution! They may mention the obvious: to eat vegetables and stop eating flour, bread, sugar, etc. But, they don't really explain their solution and how it works to improve your diabetes at the cellular level.
Pseudo-science. This may be difficult to identify, but, some websites use clinical studies and pseudo science terminology to make themselves sound like they know what they're talking about, but, they don't ... Unfortunately, by the time you figure this out, you've already spent your hard-earned money ...
Eat whatever you want and still lose weight. It's amazing how many sites promise this! On the other hand, because it is so effective at attracting customers, I see why this type of claim is used so frequently.
The cure is bariatric surgery, metabolic surgery, or some other surgery. Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured with surgery! Type 2 diabetes is a biochemical and hormonal disease! Yes, you can reduce the effects of the disease with surgery, but, the diabetic's body is still in a diabetic state! Also, who's offering surgery? Doctors! Doctors can only offer 2 solutions: drugs and surgery. It's not their fault -- it's how they've been trained.
The product or program is offered by a doctor. Really? Aren't these the same people who give us the drugs and surgery as their primary options? Also, the photos are not actually doctors -- they're actors!
Sidebar: And, if the product is offered by a celebrity, actor, athlete, etc., run the other way! If the product were so good, why did they pay a celebrity to sell the product to you?
The product or program is offered by a nutritionist, chiropractor, diabetes educator, MLM rep, etc. Really? Unfortunately, most people in the alternative care business lack the science background to offer an authentic solution for diabetes. In most cases, they offer a program that focuses on weight loss. Yes, it works temporarily, but eventually, the diabetic realizes that he or she is still diabetic after spending several months and several thousands of dollars! Don't assume that just because these nutritionists, diabetes educators, chiropractors, etc. are involved in alternative medicine, that they know what they're doing!
A list of (false) testimonials. But, most of the testimonials are from people that you can't talk to in order to verify that the people are even real, and that they truly cured their diabetes! In fact, there is only one program that provides links to the actual diabetics who have used the program and benefited from the program.
Note: If you pay attention and look very closely at the photos, you'll realize that many of the photos are stock photos!
Conflicting medications. If you’re on medication for type 2 diabetes or any other chronic health condition, you should find out whether the diabetes "cure" you are considering will interact with your other prescriptions and conditions. A questionable diabetes cure may not mention the possibility of conflict.
Stopping medications. The promise that you will be able to stop taking medications is tempting — but don’t do it without your doctor’s approval.
Lack of research support. While many alleged diabetes cures may claim that scientific research supports their approach or the ingredients in the product, you should find out more about these studies. Look for studies that are published in major journals. Look for journal citations and find the original publication of the study results, if you can. Your doctor or a librarian can help you with this.
Emphasis on mistrust. Diabetes cure scams may promise you a cure “that your doctor won’t tell you about” implying that your medical team is withholding vital information.
Pointing the finger. This is a good one. They blame the doctors, the government, the hospitals, the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies, but they never really explain how their product actually works. They focus on "the blame game" and pretend they're on your side.
The hype game. They really hype up their product. But, again, they never really explain how their product works!
Clickbank. Many of these marketers use Clickbank as a front to sell their product. If you click on the "Order" button and it sends you to a Clickbank Order page, do some more research before you spend your money. Once you give Clickbank your money, it is almost impossible to get your money back from Clickbank. They'll tell you to contact the seller. When you try to contact the seller, you realize that you've been duped.
Testimonials. Stories from patients or celebrities may be used to persuade you to try a product. But, you don’t know what other medications they have been taking or what other health conditions they have.
Special deals. Advertising for the alleged cure may suggest that you are getting a special deal if you order immediately. You may also be promised a free gift, two-for-one deal, or some other benefit for ordering right away.
Implied threats. Watch out for diabetes treatment plans that imply you will do great harm to your body if you do not invest immediately in the proposed cure.
Continued contact. If you supply personal information in order to get more details (without paying) and the group or program continues to pressure you after you have decided against a purchase, this is a scam.
Request from the Author: So, if you have friends or relatives with diabetes, share this with them so that they don't become a victim of one of these scams.
The 8 Signs of a Diabetes Scam
Many diabetics are apprehensive and confused about all of the "cure diabetes" books, infomercials, and programs out there on the Internet. and on TV And, they have a right to be. There are hundreds if not thousands of diabetes scams out there. If you have been victimized by a diabetes scam, you're not alone.
There are 4 major reasons why we as diabetics are susceptible to these scams:
1. We just want to get better. Most of us are tired of the drugs and their side effects. We just want to live a better life. So, we become desperate when we hear there may be a cure for our diabetes.
2. Most of us trust and believe in others. So, when someone says they have a cure, we tend to believe them. And, given all of the medical research over the years, someone must have found a cure by now.
3. Most of us have heard about a cure from somewhere. Because there are so many scams out there, after a while, we begin to believe that maybe it's true, maybe there is a cure after all.
4. These scam artists use underhanded and slick marketing schemes. The marketing people running these scams have done their homework, so they know what buttons to push. They also realize that a lot of people are desperate and afraid of what is going to happen if they don't do something. So, they play on your fear.
Also, they realize that most people don't have a science background, so they use a lot of pseudo-science mumbo-jumbo that sounds really good. And, they show a video of an actor in a white coat claiming to be a doctor or researcher who's found the answer.
Or, they make ridiculous claims like: "We'll cure your diabetes in 30 days!" But, most people don't realize that it takes 100-120 days to turn over your red blood cells!
In order to defend yourself against these diabetes scams, perform the following:
Educate yourself about diabetes and nutrition -- acquire the knowledge. There is nothing more powerful than the Power of Knowledge. No one can bamboozle you when you know more than they do! :-)
Do your own in-depth research -- don't rely on the person trying to sell you their product. There is a lot of medical research and clinical studies out there about diabetes, nutrition, detox, juicing, etc.
If there is a toll-free number or Contact Us page, call or email them with your questions. Ask them how their solution will help you. If they give you the runaround, you should run yourself -- away from them.
If there is no toll-free number or Contact Us page, that should tell you something -- run! :-)
If there is a person's name associated with the product, google their name or the name of the product and look for any complaints about the person or the product.
Join a local support group and learn from other diabetics, but educate yourself first! In some cases, you may not learn what to do, but, you may learn what not to do from people who are still diabetic and relying on drugs.
Talk to an actual diabetic who's beaten the disease, but, make sure that person knows what she or she is talking about. In other words, (again) educate yourself first.
Learn to recognize the signs of a diabetes scam (review and become familiar with the list above).
Key Point: Once you arm yourself with this awareness and knowledge about diabetes and nutrition, you'll be able to see the scams coming a mile away. :-)
So, if you're not sure what to do, first educate yourself about diabetes and nutrition. Do your own homework and research; and, talk to real people who have been in your shoes.
And, if you're still apprehensive about this book and the wellness program, we get it. We don't want you spending your money if you have doubts.
Instead, if you still have doubts about our program, here are some things that you can to do to verify that this is not a scam:
- Try the first part of the program (with the DTD Super Breakfast Protocol) free of charge
- Call the toll-free number (1-800-813-1927) and talk to the author
- Fill out the Contact Us form with your questions and concerns
- Fill out the form to get our free ebook
- Go to Facebook and ask people about our program
- Go to Amazon, read the reviews and reply with your questions
- Read the testimonials from doctors and from people on Facebook
- Go to YouTube and watch some of the videos
- Read the newspaper story about the author
- Read the author's medical report
In addition, read our web page about the key attributes that you should be looking for in an authentic diabetes program that is effective and will work for you.
Once you feel comfortable, then, get the ex-diabetic engineer's Death to Diabetes book and start your journey to wellness and reversing your diabetes.
Note: Refer to the Health-related Scams web page for more information about scams.
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