This morning, I received an email from a supplement company trying to get me to give them free exposure:
I’ve really enjoyed looking through your website, especially the “organic vs conventional food on health not enough data”. I’m the editorial assistant for an established health supplement company. We have a couple of industry experts that are available for interviews or to provide catchy original guest posts.
We would be interested in writing a piece for you (topics could include something like Organic vs. Conventional: Which is Better for Me?, or The Raw Food Diet: What Can I Eat?), and would certainly appreciate the opportunity to write a guest post in exchange for a link back to our site. We would love the opportunity to promote your Web site as well. Please let me know if you’re interested.
oxypowder dot com
Global Healing Center
Natural Health and Organic Living
2040 N. Loop West Ste. 108
Houston, Texas 77018
Normally, I would simply trash it. But minutes before, they had the gall to spam one of my posts:
Clearly they didn’t actually read my post about the recent analysis which suggests conclusions about organic food vs. conventional are premature, since all over their website they claim a need for organic foods.
Since they took the time to graffiti my blog and fill my inbox, I thought I would return the gesture and take some of my time to critique their product, “Oxy-Powder.”
The first thing I see on the site is that their product is featured on NaturalNews dot com and endorsed by Mike Adams. Mike is one of the biggest quacks you can find and the whole site is scientific ignorance at its finest. Not a great start.
Next, I see:
Oxy-Powder is a scientifically formulated, all natural oxygen colon cleanser used to safely relieve the bloating, gas and constipation associated with an unhealthy diet.
There is of course no evidence that the ingredients fulfill any of these claims. Here they are with short comments:
“Ozonated Magnesium Oxides” – ozone is unstable and toxic, so I hope not. Magnesium oxide can be a mild laxative so this product may make you poop if they have enough in there. But they claim that this form is able to release “nascent oxygen” into the digestive tract and bloodstream. This form of oxygen is a potent oxidant and would damage tissues. You certainly would not want to ingest it.
“Organic Germanium-132″ – they say:
Organic Germanium-132 oxygenates living tissue for improved physiology and performance. Because this specific form of Germanium is the only non-toxic variety, it should not be confused with other types that have proven detrimental for ingestion by humans.
There is no credible scientific evidence for this that I can find – not that oxygenating tissue would improve physiology anyway. While Germanium-132 has been studied, the company cites irrelevant studies that are done in vitro or in disease contexts, and have nothing to do with the gut. There are concerns in the literature about the safety germanium supplements, and I see no reason why this would be safer.
“Citric Acid” - the company makes the illogical leap by inferring that since citric acid is in one of our energy producing processes, you need to consume more. Then they somehow jump to this:
Many factors of a modern, highly industrialized lifestyle contribute to the incidence of disease, a lessening of overall health quality, and especially to impaired digestive function. Besides the prevalence of chemical toxins in our natural environments, any processed foods you eat likely contain a variety of pesticides, artificial flavoring agents and preservatives, fillers, unnecessary additives, unfiltered minerals, and even intentional modifications (such as fluoride in drinking water). All of these non-natural substances function as just extra toxins for the body to remove.
This is why it’s so important to consume only organic foods such as raw vegetables, fresh fruit, and purified water. Your colon creates mucous as a defensive measure to these harmful foods. Over time, the mucous can build up to such a degree your colon becomes impacted, constricted, or weakened and thus physiologically impaired and then you can no longer absorb enough nutrients from your food to maintain proper health.
Toxins toxins toxins. It is a fear mongering technique. You don’t need only organic foods or raw vegetables (in fact an all raw diet is risky for a number of reasons), and the colon does not build up a mucous. This theory still pervades because of quacks like these – the theory of “autointoxication,” that a buildup of junk in the intestine is a cause of disease, has been debunked for about a century. These companies are 100 years behind in realizing this.
“Organic Gum Acacia” – worthless at the amount they can fit in there.
Looking at their “Instructions” page, it recommends a colon hydrotherapy first (which is dangerous), then recommends a bunch of dietary changes. While I don’t agree with all of them, a transition toward healthier choices will most certainly be the reason why someone “feels” better after doing this “cleanse.” The product will only at best give you diarrhea, and $45 less in your wallet.
There are many other comical claims on the website but I will end here.
All of this is common for supplement companies:
- they use technical language to lure naive consumers
- they are too incompetent to realize they are delusional, as discussed in this post
- they claim that modern eating and lifestyles cause a greater accumulation of “toxins” which their product will protect against, which is unsubstantiated
- they misinterpret the limited clinical evidence on their ingredients
We desperately need more regulation on dietary supplements.