Snake Oil: Only $67.00

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A comment recently appeared at this post, which read as follows:

It’s appropriate time to have the plans for future years and it’s time for you to be happy. We have read this article and if I really could I want to propose you number of interesting points or ideas. Maybe you can easily write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read more things about it!
kidney dialysis http://junk.spam.link

OK, as you wish. I’ll write my next article about what douchebags you are.

First of all, I’ve written before about blog spam – it’s probably one of the scummiest, most unethical ways of promoting a business, product, or service. So that’s red flag number one. Any business that needs to advertise or boost its page rankings by seeding other people’s blogs with random, idiotic comments and embedded links is a business or product or service or opportunity that sensible people will stay far, far away from.

Second of all, this particular link leads to a commercial offer from “Duncan Capicchiano, ND, fully Qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Medical Researcher and Author.” How loud can you scream “bullshit”? I like the way you screamed that. The touted system, available for only $67.00, trumpets

“You’re about to find out that it’s possible to reverse impaired kidney function and avoid dialysis and/or kidney transplant surgery.”

The (probably fake) testimonials included at his web page say things like:

“As soon as I had downloaded it (which was a piece of cake) I rushed out and bought bottles of Nutrient Name, Vitamin, and Herb Name (I already had most of the other recommended ingredients) and started the course.”

DrudgeSirenSmall People: This is DANGEROUS. If you have impaired kidney function, no herbal remedy is going to help you. If you’re already needing dialysis, do not put your faith in phony systems or nostrums or remedies. For the love of all that you consider holy, stay away from patent medicine or herbal scams of this nature. Just stay away. DrudgeSirenSmall

I’m not saying vitamins or herbs are bad. Some of them have overall systemic benefits. But there’s a reason the FDA makes nutritional products include the disclaimer,

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Herbal or nutritional supplements are not regulated, and their effects are largely anecdotal; some people may see results that others don’t. If a program like this were truly effective, you would see a whole raft of peer-reviewed research about it in medical journals like JAMA or Lancet, but this bottom-feeder is operating out of Australia, so he doesn’t have to comply with FDA regulations – he can promise you the moon, add a bunch of important-sounding qualifications after his name, and rake in the money. If, as he advertises, 1,694 people have bought his system, he’s already banked about $113,000 – and he hasn’t delivered a single physical product – just a bunch of PDF files.

People like this are scummy, immoral, unethical, and harmful. They make me angry, especially when their shills post crap at my blog site. Do yourself a favor, and never give them a penny.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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