Appearance of Nutrition B.S. at the RNC


So this happened today.

A reporter from The Daily Beast texted me this morning.  Actually, I had just gotten out of the shower.

Turns out, he was investigating a story about one of the newly announced prime-time speakers at the Republic National Convention who is a big player in a multi-level marketing scheme called Youngevity.  This was the same reporter, Tim Mak,  who tracked me down for another story he wrote about the Trump Network, which I wrote about several years ago in a post: Donald Trump You’re Fired! as a Nutritionist.

Well, I guess Trump isn’t trying to distance himself from the criticisms of his own, now defunct multi-level marketing program that was widely panned as a scam (or the pyramid selling lives on, Trump just got out of the business).

Here’s Tim’s article that includes my early morning assessment of Youngevity: Michelle Van Etten, Soon-to-be RNC Star, Peddles Pills That Make Alex Jones ‘Crazed.’

“The whole basis of the products and the claims are pseudoscience,” said Janet Helm, a nutritionist and registered dietitian who writes frequently about diet myths, nutrition trends, and misinformation.”

“Don’t get your health advice from someone to sell you products. These are unproven and potentially dangerous, and they’re very expensive,” Helm told The Daily Beast. “There are a lot of products that are very cringe-worthy… They make a lot of claims: weight loss claims, products for kids that are very troubling to me—supplements and essential oils—they have packaged foods would not be what I consider nutritious meals.”

Do my quotes even make sense?  Seems like I’m talking on and on.  Poor Tim can’t even make a full sentence out of my chatter.

The deal is, I was worked up.  I was actually outraged.  These products are total B.S.  And the more I looked into this company and the claims they make, the more troubling it was to me.

They prey on people with cancer, claiming that products like Tangy Tangerine  will help. They sell weight loss products to cleanse and reduce belly fat.  They even promote questionable, potentially dangerous products for kids.

The founder Joel Wallach and his claims have been widely criticized, here and here.

So look for Michelle Van Etten to speak on Wednesday.  Her appearance as a representative for small-businesses in the U.S. has been  challenged, such as this article in Fortune.

Let’s just hope her “business” is challenged as well.


Visual courtesy of Bill Brooks on flickr.

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