In addition to the latest round of FDA crackdowns on supplements that don’t live up to their claims, we now have the Federal Trade Commission watching as well.
Today, Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in prison for not paying his $37 million fine over his fraudulent infomercials for his book "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About".
Here’s a few links:
Basically Trudeau claimed to have a “miracle substance discovered in the 1950s and kept secret by food companies and the government that allows people to eat anything”. Which I’m sure had many overweight conspiracy theorists reaching for their wallets.
Trudeau basically told viewers in the infomercials that the "cure" to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories. Hmmmm…..500 calories a day. I’ll bet you can eat anything – one noodle of macaroni and cheese, one Brussels sprout, and maybe a slice of bologna, washed down with a tablespoon of soda.
Yep, there’s a weight loss cure my doctor doesn’t want me to know about, probably because it will kill me.
All I can say is, folks, if it seems too good, it probably is.
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