These threads always seem to enter the realm of SILLY
. But then they can be entertaining.
The articles generally come from sources who use the articles to sell products about which they or their advertisers themselves make unproven health
claims. Snake Oil is indeed alive and well in the US.
If the point of all this is to finally do something about the confidence game that surrounds health claims to sell products for inflated prices and
take advantage of people, I side with the FDA.
Don't get me wrong here, the products where valid testing and studies have taken place are legitimate and I buy them myself. I'm very careful though
because I know that most so called healthy supplements are useless and the claims are fabricated at worst or unstudied at best. The vitamins and
supplements industry is likely one of the largest con's ever pulled on the American public.
After reading the entire text, I'd say it was fair of them to ask that unfounded health claims not be placed on a product. All such claims should be
backed by valid, peer reviewed studies.
One of my favorites on this issue in the last year is something I found in a local store. I went in to look around and pick up an item or two I do
use. After an interesting walk through the maze of innocuous vegetable matter stuffed into capsules and sold for huge profits, I found two things that
both angered me and entertained me.
First I find in the meats they have Bison (American Buffalo) meat which I often buy at another business. Their pricing was a full $10 a pound higher
than I can buy it for anywhere else. In fact I'd just bought some nice Bison T-Bones where I buy meat for $12.95 a pound. In the so called health
store it was priced at $34.00. Their Free Range Chicken was double the price I pay also. In the same town in smaller less profitable stores they can
apparently easily sell the same meats for less than half. A scam, you betcha.
Then as I was leaving I saw a pile of "Organic" Charcoal Briquettes. The price was nearly four times that of the same companies product without that
word on the label. Is anyone really dumb enough to think just putting a word on a label is worth paying a huge markup for, knowing full well its the
same product inside the packaging.
All Charcoal Briquettes are "organic" provided you don't buy the self-lighting kind. Absurd!
People who care about their health should care just as much about how they are being manipulated and lied to while their pockets are picked.
Folks if they can't produce a valid study from a reputable source, engage your minds to do the job they were intended to do. If they rape your wallet
simply because you want to be seen buying from the trendy store instead of buying the same thing from an honest broker, shun them.
Unfortunately there will always be a willing crowd of hypochondriacs for the Snake Oil Salesman to target.
Then again perhaps I'm the dumb one here. I could simply find a harmless weed that grows in abundance, spread stories all over the Internet it
"may" be beneficial, stuff it into capsules, charge thousands a pound for it and fill my bank account like so many others are doing.
My favorite is still the colloidal metals scam. Every time you go to a health site, there is the compulsory add for the $80 bottle of colloidal silver
in water which actually contains perhaps $0.03 worth of the ingredient and perhaps something to color it. It's a close second to the ionic water
devices that sell for huge markups who's creators fail to mention that the ions are long gone by the time you swallow.
Was it P.T. Barnum who said "Nobody ever lost a dime underestimating the intelligence of the American Public"? I think in this case the FDA may be
going overboard, but something certainly needs to be done to stop the fraud. Billions a year literally pissed down the drain.