Author Sidebar: Wow, there are so many misleading claims on the Internet, on television and in newspapers and magazines about various health products and services! This makes it so difficult to figure out which product or service to buy sometimes. 

Unfortunately, there are thousands of health-related products and services out there that turn out to be scams because they falsely claim to reverse, cure or dramatically improve your health by simply taking a pill, drinking a liquid, reading a book, etc.

I'm sure that you already know this, but, make sure that you always do your own research and investigation, before you purchase any health-related product that makes a lot of unfounded promises.

Doing something as simple as calling their toll-free number and asking a few questions will give you some insight into the product and whoever is selling their so-called "great" product.

Remember the old saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is ...

Don't give up your money if you have any doubts about the product, the service or the seller -- that includes us. :-)

Types of Health-related Scams

There are 7 major types of health products and services that are marketed to the public, claiming to improve your health in one way or the other:

  1. Supplements, e.g. vitamins, herbs, diet pills, other pills, etc.
  2. Educational products, e.g. books, ebooks, DVDs, etc.
  3. Diet programs, cure programs, etc.
  4. Services, e.g. health coaching, consultations, etc.
  5. Foods, e.g. sweeteners, juices, low-fat foods, etc.
  6. General consumer products, e.g. diet foods, sunscreens, toothpaste, bottled water, cosmetics, house cleaning products, etc.
  7. Medical, e.g. prescription drugs, vaccines, surgeries

Supplements

Every day someone comes out with a new "magic" pill or vitamin or similar supplement that's supposed to cure our diabetes, arthritis, weight gain, fatigue, etc.

Today there are thousands of vitamin supplements, but, most of them are synthetic and contain fillers, dyes, and other chemicals.

Diet pills, in particular, are one of the most common supplements marketed to us. Why? Given the large population of overweight people, you can see why we are inundated with weight loss pills, beverages, supplements, exercise equipment, etc.

Educational Products

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books written every year that claim to reverse your diabetes, cure your cancer, get rid of your arthritis, help you to sleep better, lose weight or some other similar ailment.

Some of these products actually work, but, most of them are a waste of your time and money.

Educational products include books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs, and MP3 downloads, just to name a few.

Diet Programs & Other Health Programs

Weight loss programs, diet programs and weight loss boot camps are probably the Number 1 such program out there.

Many of these programs are promoted by various celebrities, actors, athletes, etc.

In general, if you see a product on TV or if you see a celebrity or athlete recommending the product, run the other way!

Oh, by the way, if these programs really worked, then, why are there still so many overweight people?

Some of the other popular health programs include magic pills, cheap exercise equipment, cancer cures, MS cures, heart disease programs, reverse diabetes programs, programs for pain reduction, chronic fatigue, etc.

Services

Services in Alternative Medicine are growing because a lot of the public is tired of Western Medicine's over-focus on drugs and surgeries as the only solutions to your health problems.

However, just because it's part of "Alternative Medicine" doesn't mean it's a reliable and effective product! Again, do your research before you spend your money.

Services include health coaching, wellness consultations, training classes, online seminars, workshops, 1-on-1 personal appointments, etc.

Foods & Beverages

There are hundreds of various food and beverage products that are marketed to us as "so-called healthy foods". These foods can be found in your local grocery store, on TV (commercials), the radio and in the newspapers and magazines. 

Using the word "scam" for common foods and beverages such as artificial sweeteners, cereals and diet soda may seem harsh, but, these products have been readily accepted by us and the general public as healthy foods that we eat and give to our children.

Many so-called “health” foods (such as granola bars) contain high fructose corn syrup and other additives and chemicals that have nothing to do with proper nutrition.

In addition, some multi-level marketing (MLM) companies sell you fruit juices, other juice drinks, protein shakes, and various supplements with the idea that you can improve the health of your friends and other people and make money at the same time.

Unfortunately, most of these products are part of a pyramid scheme that are over-priced products with very little nutritional value.

General Consumer Products

Technically, these are not health products, but, they're marketed as good for our health or for our home.

Examples include diet foods, sunscreens, toothpaste, bottled water, some organic foods (that are not organic), packaged foods, bottled beverages, cosmetics, house cleaning products, aluminum cookware, etc.

Medical

But, don't forget the biggest health scam of all is Western Medicine, which is a profit-driven business that encompasses the medical industry, pharmaceutical industry, and the health insurance industry.

The medical industry markets drugs, vaccines, surgeries, etc. to us via TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, by using athletes, celebrities, actors (who played TV doctors) in slick marketing commercials, ads, events, etc.

The medical industry (via the pharmaceutical companies) offer drugs and surgeries as the primary solutions for your health problems.

Drugs serve a real purpose especially when you are in a life-threatening situation like the author was. He admits that drugs saved his life, so he believes that drugs do serve an important purpose, primarily in the short term as a temporary fix.

However, it's when we rely on drugs as a permanent fix that causes us to end up in worse health situations.

Many surgeries are unnecessary and in many cases cause worse problems in the long term. According to a recent study, some of the top unnecessary surgeries include bladder, heart bypass, bariatric, knee, back, hip, eyes, etc. In many cases, there are less evasive solutions, e.g. nutritional therapy, detox, lifestyle changes.

Modern-Day Drug Pushers: This may seem harsh, but Pharmaceutical Reps, Doctors, Pharmacist (Drugstores), TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, etc: represent the modern-day drug pusher.

For example, TV commercials promote drugs 24/7; they tell you about a drug and then tell you to go to see your doctor. Pharmaceutical reps promote drugs to your doctor. Your doctor prescribes a drug to you; or, you ask your doctor about a specific drug.

The drugstore (pharmacy) takes the prescription and sells you the drug. The drugstore also provides over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Cure Disease Donations: This could be a category all by itself. Billions of dollars have been donated for finding the cures for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, AIDS, etc. And, all of us continue to buy into this scam by donating our dollars and getting our friends and relatives to do the same. Even worse, athletes, actors, singers and other celebrities are used as pawns to tell us to donate as well. 

Examples of Health-related Scams 

There are many health-related scams, supplements, foods and other products that have become popular due to marketing gimmicks and misinformation.

Here are just a few of the many scams or misleading products that you should be aware of. This list is not meant to be a complete list, but, it should give you some insight into the many types of health-related scams out there.

Note: Some of these aren't health scams per se, but, they are consumer products that lead to health problems.

Aluminum Cookware: is one of the most widely known consumer products that is tied to cancer and other health problems such as ulcers, colitis and Crohn's disease. Instead, use iron ware,  stainless steel, granite, porcelain-coated, glass, or Pyrex.

Alternative Medicine: offers many excellent programs and products, but, just because it's "alternative medicine" doesn't mean that it's a good product or service! There are many scams in the world of Alternative Medicine, so, do your homework. Read our How to Recognize Health-related Scams web page.

Antacids: work in the short term, but, cause more problems in the long run. In fact, recently, the heartburn drugs called Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid (proton pump inhibitors) have been involved in lawsuits because of their connection to kidney damage, kidney disease and possible dementia. Refer to the GERD web page for more details about acid reflux and how to treat it without using these harmful drugs.

Antibiotics: work, but, they destroy the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria. So, make sure you take a probiotic to replenish the good bacteria; or, use a natural antibiotic (like garlic).

Artificial sweeteners: contain chemicals that have been linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer and other ailments. We are attracted to these sweeteners because of their low calorie count, but some of these sweeteners actually stimulate the appetite while other sweeteners are made by processing table sugar with chlorine. Xylitol (a natural sugar found in berries and birch bark) is a better choice, especially since it does not trigger rising blood glucose levels.

Aspirin: is often recommended by doctors to reduce inflammation and protect against cardiovascular risks, but daily aspirin increases the probability of gastric bleeding in the stomach and brain, based on several studies. More effective and safe alternatives include fish oil, nattokinase and ginger.

Air fresheners: aren't a health product, but, the chemicals which are emitted from air fresheners (and other toxic products) accumulate in the fatty tissues over time, and, make it difficult to lose weight. Refer to the Obesity web page for more details.

Bottled juices: contain refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Many bottled juices are marketed as “100% fruit juice”, but the juice is “dead”. This is due to using over-ripe fruits, which are pasteurized destroying most of the beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It is better to make your own fresh juice with a juicer or blender. Be wary of bottled beverages that claim to cure many diseases without any supporting clinical studies.

Bottled water: may contain many of the contaminants found in tap water; plus, deterioration of the plastic container leaks contaminants into the water. A well-designed water filter (counter, console models) will provide a better quality of water.

Calcium supplements: that contain calcium carbonate cannot be absorbed by the body to stop or reverse osteoporosis. In fact, the supplement can make matters worse because the body is unable to get rid of the extra inorganic calcium, which may lead to kidney stones or arthritis. Generally a person consumes enough calcium as it is one of the most widely occurring nutrients in our diet. It is more likely that lifestyle choices and nutritional habits are interfering with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, e.g. drinking coffee, soft drinks; excess intake of protein, especially milk and meat.

Cereals: have some of the best TV commercials but cereals are overly processed and fortified with synthetic vitamins. Most cereals are full of sugar and lack organic vitamins and fiber. And, when you combine it with milk, some sugar, and a cup of coffee, you basically have a “dead” breakfast that contains almost zero nutritional value. If you really like cereal, then, choose an organic whole grain version.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs: were supposed to prevent heart disease and heart attacks by lowering your cholesterol. They lower your cholesterol, but do not prevent heart disease! In fact, heart disease has continued to rise since these drugs hit the market! Read about the Cholesterol-Heart Disease-Statin Drug Hoax.

Coconut water: lacks electrolytes and nutrient levels advertised on labels.

Cod liver oil: Most of it is pasteurized, which destroys the Vitamin A and Vitamin D and the therapeutic benefits of the Omega-3 fatty acids. So, they add synthetic vitamins back in!

Colloidal silver: make sure it's real colloidal silver; otherwise, make your own.

Cosmetics: include hair, face, skin and body products such as hair color, moisturizers, deodorants, sprays, soaps, etc. These products contain heavy metals and other harmful chemicals that are absorbed into our bodies via our skin. Studies are now linking some of these chemicals to various forms of cancer. 

Cure disease products: are all over the Internet for cancer, MS, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, migraines, allergies, etc. But, the only thing that they get rid of is taking your money.

Dairy products: are not the best sources of calcium for adults – this is a nutritional myth that dairy produce is a good source of calcium. Milk products do contain a fair amount of calcium, but, because of the calcium to magnesium ratio in these products, the calcium is not well absorbed. Eating dairy foods in excess can inhibit the absorption of magnesium and cause the body to produce too much mucous. And, as we get older, the body produces less of the lactase enzyme, which is needed to break down milk and other dairy products. Calcium rich foods such as kelp, seaweeds, sardines, nuts and other plants offer the best sources of bioavailable calcium.

Diabetic cures: are one of the top scams on the Internet. Unfortunately, a number of websites are selling so-called diabetes cures. with little or no real science behind their claims. These sites usually offer some kind of pill that contains a variety of herbs that can aid in lowering and controlling blood sugar levels without the need for diabetes medication or insulin. Then, they site studies about each of these herbs. The studies may even be legitimate, but that doesn't mean the pill being offered on the website has any real efficacy!

They may even offer a 30-day or 60-day money back guarantee -- yeah, good luck with trying to get your money back! And, try to call their toll-free number. Usually, within 3 to 6 months, the phone number is out of order.

Another form of "diabetic cures" comes in the form of books and ebooks, written by so-called health advocates or healthcare "experts". Even some medical doctors have jumped on the bandwagon with their own books about reversing diabetes. These doctors know very little about nutritional science and take the easy way out and offer a raw food or vegan diet because they know people are aware of the benefits of raw food and veganism.

But, these are the same people who make the majority of their money pushing and selling diabetic drugs, insulin, and other drugs.

Most of the people offering these "diabetic cures" are invisible and inaccessible -- once they get your money, they are unavailable to answer your questions or explain why their program didn't work for you.

There are very few diabetes-related websites that offer a real solution with emotional support, accessibility, science, and additional tools beyond the primary book or ebook.

Most of these websites will not offer their solution on their site unless you buy their book or ebook. The Death to Diabetes website at www.deathtodiabetes.com may be the only website that provides its solution on its website so that you can test and verify that it actually works before you buy the book.

Note: Refer to the Cure Diabetes Scams web page for more details about this type of scam.

Diabetic foods: are primarily processed “dead” foods that may not contain sugar but contain other harmful food chemicals, e.g. high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, sodium. Technically speaking, there is no such thing as “diabetic food”. This is a marketing gimmick trying to take advantage of a growing market of diabetic people looking for answers.

Diet foods, beverages: contain partially hydrogenated oil or high fructose corn syrup, which make you hungrier and fatter. This is another marketing gimmick taking advantage of a growing market of overweight people looking for answers.

Diet (General): may work initially, but, in the long run, they don't, especially, if you're fighting a disease like diabetes. Most diets focus on calorie restriction and weight loss, instead of what's actually causing the disease! That includes some raw food and vegan diets that are promoted as the solution to your diabetes. Please keep in mind that dieting is only one component of defeating and reversing your diabetes. Look for a program that addresses more than just the diet and targets the specific biological processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes.

Diets (Low Carb): will cause additional health issues because it does not distinguish between the good and the bad carbs. But, in the meantime, many commercials and diet books about the so-called benefits of low-carb diets will be marketed and sold to the public.

Diets (Low Fat): actually make you fat! Diets create a chemical imbalance that can cause fatigue, emotional imbalance, and illness; and, induce the loss of lean muscle tissue – that’s one of the reasons why it becomes more difficult to lose weight the next time around. Also, diets assume that you are relatively healthy and never address your other health issues that always accompany being fat. That’s one of the reasons why the weight eventually returns – the diet never addressed the other health issues.

Diet sodas: contain aspartame, phosphorous, and other chemicals that make these drinks just as bad as the regular sodas. In fact, they contain chemicals that may trigger cravings causing you to eat more food. The ingredients in aspartame are aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol is a chemical that breaks down in high temperatures and turns into formaldehyde and diketopiperazine (DKP), two chemicals known to cause problems in the nervous system. When a small child drinks a 12-ounce can of diet soda he consumes almost twice the daily amount of aspartame that is considered safe.

Drugs: probably represent the biggest scam of all. Prescription drugs and OTC drugs provide instant relief from pain and other discomfort by suppressing the symptoms, but they don’t really address the root cause of your pain or discomfort.

Many of these drugs have serious life-threatening side effects but only a few have been recalled from the market. There is an increasing number of drug-related commercials that are promoted on TV every day to increase your level of self-medication. Read about the Cholesterol-Heart Disease-Statin Drug Hoax.

Erectile dysfunction pills: work like a charm (in the beginning). But, what they don't tell you is that these "magic" pills have caused heart attacks, strokes, blindness, paralysis, etc. Also, the pills lose their effectiveness after a few years; plus, some of the side effects can be life-threatening.

Drugs like Viagara and Cialis temporarily improve blood flow to the penis, but they do not address the underlying factors related to cardiovascular health, endothelial function and overall  circulatory function.

Exercise equipment: can be helpful, but be wary of infomercials about exercise equipment that targets a specific area of the body or promises a lot of weight loss with little effort. Instead purchase something that will exercise the entire body and will motivate you to exercise on a consistent basis.

Fish Oil Supplements: may not contain any Omega-3s (check ingredients for DHA, EPA); also, tend to be spoiled, with very little Omega-3 content.

Fluoridated water: Fluoride is now known to cause many health problems, including thyroid and other hormone problems.

Flu Shot/Vaccine: full of mercury and other dangerous toxins; plus, it only works for specific strains. So, in most cases, the flu shot doesn't protect you from the specific strain for the upcoming flu season. Instead, strengthen your immune system.

Fruit Juice: such as Noni, Açai Berry, Mangosteen, and Goji Berry are just a few examples of the many overpriced juice products that are marketed by MLM companies to help you generate a secondary income, so buyer beware.

Ginseng Supplement: used for for memory loss, energy, but most supplements lack ginseng active compound, also, contaminated with heavy metals.

Glyconutrient Supplement: is sold primarily by an MLM company that uses a slick marketing scheme combined with pseudo science  to promote it's supplements. By the way, the term "glyconutrient" is a term made up by the MLM company -- it has no scientific basis.

Granola bars, energy bars, drinks: contain a lot of sugar, fructose corn syrup and other chemicals to provide a “sugar rush”. Instead eat organic granola bars or make your own energy drink.

Herbal Supplements: contain fillers and minimum active ingredients, contaminated with heavy metals. Recently, an herbal supplement was found to contain bits of sage and other dried leaves! 

Herbs and Spices: are well-known for their health benefits. But, many herbs are mixed with dried grasses, weeds, etc. so make sure you're getting authentic herbs. A lot of spices sit on the shelves of your grocery store for months after being in storage for a year, so, many of them have lost their potency.

Home mortgages: aren't a health-related scam, but, most people are conditioned to get a 30-year mortgage, when they could pay off their mortgage in half the time by increasing their monthly mortgage payment by $200 to $500.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): has proven to be harmful, but women still ingest these hormones derived from the urine of a pregnant horse. Instead, consider using natural wellness solutions that include bioidentical hormones and supplements that contain phytoestrogens from plants such as black cohosh, red clover, and flax; and, soy supplements with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein to address hot flashes, night sweats and other related issues.

Infomercials on TV and radio: advertise that (some) drugs, vitamins or other supplements will cause effortless weight loss or cure most diseases. There is no such “magic” pill that causes effortless weight loss or cures most diseases. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Insurance: We all need insurance, but, be careful of some insurance programs. For example, most people don't need whole life insurance -- term life is better -- just ask Suze Orman. :-)

Low-carb, low-fat, low-cholesterol foods: are processed foods that are either lacking nutritional value or contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. “Low carb” does not mean low calories. Low fat foods are dangerous because most of them contain refined sugar, which turns to fat in the blood and causes more insulin production, which in turn produces and stores more fat.

Medications: See "Drugs" (above).

Milk: contains calcium, Vitamin D, is very nutritious in its natural (raw) form, and has some of the best commercials, e.g. “Got milk?” But, pasteurization converts the fragile proteins in cow's milk (especially casein) into harmful proteins; destroys valuable enzymes, vitamins (B6, B12); and, eliminates the good bacteria normally present in the milk, reducing the vitamin and nutrient content of this nutritious food. Homogenization keeps the milk from separating naturally and creates harmful molecules (xanthane oxidase) that increase oxidation stress, which contributes to the development of heart disease. This prevents the proper absorption of nutrients into the blood and restricts the elimination of the toxic waste from the blood, leading to the formation of mucous, congestion, colds, etc. In addition, cows are given antibiotics (to fight diseases) and growth hormones (to increase their milk production).

Note: Low fat or fat-free versions of milk have fewer calories, but are virtually void of beneficial Vitamin D and calcium. Organic milk is a little better but it’s still pasteurized. Raw milk is the best choice if you can find it at a local farm. Other options include goat's milk and nondairy beverages, i.e. almond milk, and other nut milks.

Noni Juice: is one of the many overpriced juice products that is marketed by MLM companies to help you generate a secondary income, so buyer beware.

No Trans Fat: on the food label does not necessarily mean the food product does not contain trans fat or partially hydrogenated oil. If the amount of trans fat per serving is 0.49 grams or less, the food can be advertised as having “no trans fat”. Check the ingredients to ensure “partially hydrogenated oil” is not listed.

Omega-3 EFA Supplements: tend to be spoiled, with very little Omega-3 content, some contain mercury and other heavy metals.

Pain Killers: have become the Number 1 prescription drug in America, but, account for thousands of deaths from heart attacks, doubling over the past 7 years. Pain killers include aspirin (stomach bleeding), Tyelenol (liver damage), NSAIDS (ulcers, bleeding), opiates (overdose deaths), and COX-2 inhibitors (heart attacks).

Probiotics: mostly dead organisms, low number of CFUs (colony forming units).

Protein Shakes: is one of the many weight loss products that is marketed by MLM companies, so buyer beware.

Pizza: is one of the most popular foods, but it is a potential “triple-killer” because it’s loaded with saturated fat from the cheese; saturated fat from the meat and other toppings; and, refined flour from the dough. You can still enjoy pizza while reducing its health impacts by using vegetable toppings, less cheese and organic flour.

Salmon: is sold in grocery stores as farmed salmon, which is fed grain and filled with antibiotics, cancer-causing PCBs, pesticides, and other chemicals; and, injected with a synthetic dye that gives the salmon its pink color (to disguise an unappetizing pale gray). The dye contains canthaxanthin, an ingredient used in tanning pills. Farmed salmon contains two thirds less of the Omega-3 EFAs. Instead, eat ocean-raised wild salmon, which feed on smaller fish that eat EPA and DHA-rich algae. Wild salmon (canned, frozen) can be found in some grocery stores or can be ordered from some websites.

Note: If you want to ensure that you're purchasing quality super foods and high quality supplements, then, get the author's Super Foods & Supplements Brand Names ebook for the specific websites and toll-free numbers of high quality super foods and supplements.

Shakes for breakfast, smoothies, meal replacement meals: are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, additives and other chemicals.

Sleeping pills: like Ambien become addictive; also, these "innocent" drugs have accounted for numerous deaths, including some celebrities.

Soda: is a very popular beverage, with some of the best commercials. But, soda contains sugar and phosphorous, which blocks the absorption of calcium making the body very acidic. An average 12-ounce can of soda contains at least 10 teaspoons of sugar and over 120 calories.

Soy milk, soy foods: are overly processed in some cases, removing the critical nutrients such as the isoflavones, and may contain high levels of refined sugar. These overly-processed soy products can trigger the production of the bad estrogen. Some soybeans may contain chemicals that cause red blood cells to clump together or block the absorption of key minerals. Ensure the soy is organic, contains the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, or is fermented. Fermented soy foods (e.g. miso, natto, tempeh) neutralize the phytates, which block the absorption of nutrients such as calcium.

St. John's Wort: contains minimum active ingredients, contaminated with cadmium (a poison that damages the kidneys).

Sugar-free snacks: contain partially hydrogenated oil, other additives and hidden sugars that increase hunger, inhibit fat metabolism, or increase fat production and fat storage.

Sunscreens: help to protect us from sunburn by blocking UVB rays, but, most do not block the more damaging UVA rays. Avoid chemical sunscreens that interact with the sunlight, increase the oxidation, and are absorbed into your skin. Use paraben-free, mineral-based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide as the only active ingredient.

The Sunscreen Scam: The sunscreen industry has done an excellent marketing job at conning and convincing us that the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer; and, that we all need their sunscreen products.

But, since the invention of sunscreen products many years ago, skin cancer rates have actually gone up!

However, in tropical countries (where the sun’s rays are the strongest) the skin cancer rate is extremely low.

It turns out that sunshine is actually good for us because it helps to metabolize cholesterol and produce Vitamin D, a potent cancer-fighter.

Sunshine also causes the body to produce melanin, which is the pigment responsible for turning the skin brown when you tan while providing a natural protection against skin cancer. Using sunscreen blocks the production of melanin, depriving your skin of this natural protective ability.

However, we do not receive these benefits from the sun, not because of the sun, but, because of us! One of the main reasons why we burn is because we are not healthy on the inside! We do not eat the foods with natural antioxidants that act as an internal sunscreen, such as foods with carotenoids, especially astaxanthin, e.g. microalgae, Wild Pacific sockeye salmon, red trout, krill, shrimp, lobster, and crab.

We also do not eat the foods with anti-inflammatory properties that provide a better Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids ratio, such as foods with Omega-3 EFAs, e.g. wild salmon, sardines, organic green, leafy vegetables.

In addition, scientists have uncovered that sunscreen itself causes cancer! This is because of parabens and other chemicals contained in the sunscreen. The following chemicals have been found to behave like estrogen and stimulate tumor-growth and cancer cells: octyldimethyl PABA, benzophenone-3, homosalate, octyl-methoxycinnamate, and 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor.

Do you see the irony here? We trust Man by slabbing on cancer-causing sunscreen to protect us from the Sun created by God ...

Supplements: are mostly synthetic unless you get wholefood-based supplements; or 100% natural, additive-free. Issues with supplements include the quality, the source, the manufacturing process, the packaging, delivery system, and bio-availability. Refer to the Supplements page or Chapter 8 of Death to Diabetes for more details about supplements, or get the Nutritional Supplements ebook.

Surgeries: save lives every day, but, a recent study showed that at least 21% of surgeries are not necessary, not effective or come with side effects, e.g. bypass/stents, gall bladder removal, lasik eye surgery, dental fillings, root canals, cataracts, knee/hip replacement, bariatric surgery as a cure for diabetes, cardiac angioplasty/stents, cardiac pacemakers, spinal fusion back surgery, hysterectomy, appendectomy, tonsillectomy,arthroscopic knee surgery, episiotomy, Cesarean Section; mammograms.

Tampons: According to the Endometriosis Association, most women with endometriosis may never discover that their problem is greatly aggravated by sanitary napkins and tampons. These products use a semi-synthetic substance called rayon instead of real cotton; in order to achieve maximum absorption. The pads are bleached during the final stage of production. This bleaching process releases dioxins from the rayon as a byproduct. Studies have proven that repeated dioxin exposure leads to reproductive diseases, including endometriosis. Dioxins accumulate in the body's fats over time; and as they gradually build to greater concentrations, so does the list of health conditions.

Dioxins are known for their ability to cause cancer, reproductive harm, hormonal disturbances, and to damage to the central nervous system. 

Water filters/purifiers: help to protect your health from harmful tap water and its contaminants. You can get a good water filter for under $50-$100 or a water purifier/distiller for $150-$350. Be wary of water purifier systems that cost as much as $4000! 

Weight loss supplements: like Alli, Hoodia and African mango don't work! Save your money and buy a good weight loss book, some healthy food and a treadmill.

Vaccines: contain numerous harmful chemicals and toxins that compromise the immune system, including aluminum, chloride, formaldehyde, mercury, MSG, sucrose, thimerosal, etc. 

Over the years there has been a significant increase in infant deaths, blindness, paralysis, and autism cases after children have been given their vaccines. So make sure that you do your homework before submitting your child to an overload of mercury, aluminum, and other chemicals. 

In addition to children, there has been a significant increase in adult deaths and health problems due to various vaccines including flu shots and tetanus shots. These vaccines have led to major health issues such as blindness, paralysis, hives, epilepsy, allergies, heart failure, strokes, autoimmune diseases, etc.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with most of these vaccines, including many of the new vaccines, such as the one marketed to teenage girls (Gardasil). This vaccine was supposed to protect teenage girls from infection due to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), but, instead, has led to serious injuries and deaths. 

Because most vaccines can weaken or compromise the immune system, vaccines may also be responsible for other health issues, e.g. allergies, asthma, ADHD, eczema, frequent colds, frequent infections, migraines, autoimmune diseases, etc.

The pharmaceutical companies have implemented a slick marketing campaign to get everyone on one drug or another so that we become customers-for-life. A subset of this campaign includes a "vaccine campaign" targeted at infants, teens, young adults and seniors.

Health Tip: Two of the best things that you can do are to detox periodically and  strengthen your immune system with foods and herbs such as chlorella, cilantro, citrus peels, garlic, spirulina, and raw vegetable juices. 

Valerian root: used for relaxation/sleep, contaminated with heavy metals, low levels of active ingredients.

Vitamin pills: are mostly “rocks” containing additives, fillers, binders, and other chemicals. Most of them provide very little nutritional value and fail to provide the necessary vitamin/mineral levels supported by the clinicals. Use wholefood supplements, food-based supplements or natural vitamins that are 100% additive-free.

Stay away from the vitamins advertised on TV -- they are not vitamins! e.g. One--A-Day, Centrum, GNC.

Vitamin C pills: Most of them are defined as ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is a component of the Vitamin C molecule that is manufactured in chemical labs using industrial solvents and other toxic chemicals!

Vitamin E pills: Most of them are defined as alpha tocopherol or dl-alpha tocopherol. Alpha tocopherol is not Vitamin E! Vitamin E is made up of 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols; and, dl alpha tocopherol is synthetic, so avoid it.

Please Note: There are problems with other vitamins, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin D; and, there are similar problems with minerals. If you want to make sure that you don't waste your money, get the author's Nutritional Supplements ebook or sign up for a class.

Yogurt: can contain a lot of sugar and fructose corn syrup, and, not enough “live” cultures – most are either killed during the pasteurization process or die by the time they reach the grocery shelves. Use the organic or low fat versions without the extra fruit and sugar, or consider making your own yogurt.

Top Health Scams

Note: There are hundreds of scams for vaccines, weight loss, health, disease cures, and fitness, Top health scams: weight loss (i.e. Alli, hoodia, cellulite creams), detox products (i.e. colon cleansers, Master cleanse), supplements (i.e. algae, CoQ10, lipoic acid, multivitamins), bottled water, vegetable oils (i.e. canola, soybean, corn), diets, diabetes programs, health products (i.e. detox foot pads, cosmetic products, most drugs, some surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation.

Top Financial Scams

Some of the top (non-health) financial-related scams include:
-- Life Insurance
-- 30-Year Mortgages
-- Financial planning
-- College (private) loans, 5-year car loans

The key defense for protecting yourself from marketing gimmicks and scams is knowledge, so educate yourself about proper nutrition and other areas that affect you and your family.

How to Spot a Scam

Be on the lookout for the following clues or red flags that may indicate a scam:

Anything that seems too good to be true. Any diabetes treatment plan that promises an easy, quick cure to diabetes or quick relief of diabetes complications, such as neuropathy, is “too good to be true.”

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.

Money back guarantee. Be wary of this type of promotion, especially if there is no toll-free number or email. In many cases, they don't expect people to bother with trying to get their money back. Plus, they make it very difficult for you to track them down. If you do give them your money, call your bank immediately; and, follow up with an email. Also, check your bank statement for the next 2 months to make sure that they're not charging you for some other product or service!

Oh, by the way, some of these companies charge an arm and a leg for shipping, which you may not get back, so be careful.

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. On their contact page, there is usually an email form but no contact phone number. So basically, they have made it completely impossible for you to get in touch with them should you be dissatisfied with their product. 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. 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 synthetic vitamins, minerals, and herbs that most diabetics have already heard about, i.e. chromium, gymnema,, bitter melon, cinnamon, Vitamin D, lipoic acid, CoQ10, etc. In addition, the dosage levels are far too low to have any beneficial effect.

Research Tip: When you find a clinical study that supports a specific supplement, make note of the dosage level. Why? Because in most cases, the companies selling that supplement fail to provide the proper dosage level to make the supplement effective.

The product promises the world. Avoid any product that claims it can do it all — cure your disease, lose weight without exercising, rebuild/regenerate your organ/cells, get rid of belly fat, increase your energy, solve world hunger. OK, the last one is a stretch. :-) But, you get my point, right?

A product that claims to be a “scientific breakthrough". If there were a scientific breakthrough, it would have been on every news channel and all over the Internet.

Eat whatever you want. It's amazing how many sites promise this! But, sadly, this type of claim does attract a lot of customers!

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 the cure? 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? 

The product or program is offered by a nutritionist, chiropractor, diabetes educator, 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 testimonials. But, most of the testimonials are from people that you can't talk 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.

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.

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.

The following diagram depicts the key signs to look out for concerning diabetes scams. However, these same signs apply to most health-related scams:

-- Sounds too good to be true
-- Convincing video
-- No visible toll-free number
-- Man/woman in white lab coat pretending to be a doctor
-- Displays lots of news logos, i.e. ABC, USA Today, Fox News, etc.
-- Strong push to buy now
-- Money back guarantee
-- Unrealistic testimonials

Signs of a Diabetes Scam or Health-related Scam

If you are interested in a type 2 diabetes cure or treatment, do your research first. Find a program that explains the program and allows you to use the program before you have to buy the book, DVD, supplement or program.

Note: Refer to the Cure Diabetes Scams web page for information about so-called diabetes cures.

Please Note: There are similar financial-related scams such as online home businesses that promise you'll make thousands of dollars a month. All you have to do is send in a small payment of $47 or $97 or some similar amount. The website shows lots of testimonials of supposedly happy people who are pulling in truckloads of money. Yeah, right .... Plus, they'll sometimes show a clock or make it sound like the "offer" is going away if you don't act now. They will say anything and promise you the world -- as long as they get your money!

 

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