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The Weight Loss Cure He Can’t Tell You About…

Posted by moddoctor On October - 8 - 20083 COMMENTS

But that’s ok because it doesn’t work.

I’ve commented on HCG based weight loss strategies before. Well, the Federal Trade Commission has actually found Kevin Trudeau’s “secret plan” so deceptive that he’s banned from doing informercials for three years following a court battle. Over the last several years he has promoted his book,”The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.” As an added bonus, he’s been penalized $5 million.

Why did they go after him? Because he’s simply lying. His informercials promoted a book that contained an at best difficult if not impossible diet plan that he promoted as “simple.”

Among other things the court found:

  • the diet protocol could not be done “easily” and “at home,” because the protocol described in Trudeau’s book requires colonics, which must be done at the office of a licensed practitioner, as well as injection of hormones;
  • dieters could not “complete” or “finish” Trudeau’s four-phase program, because Trudeau’s book states that “Phase 4 is for the rest of your life”;
  • dieters could not eat “anything” they want, because Trudeau’s book prescribes that dieters following Phase 4 must eat “only 100% organic food,” and no “brand name” food, “fast food,” or “food served by regional or national chain restaurants”; and
  • the diet protocol did not require “no exercise,” because Trudeau’s book states that three of the diet’s four phases, including Phase 4, require walking one hour outside every day.

This is to say nothing of the book’s promotion of the original Simeone protocol that required a 500 calorie diet.

There are no easy answers for weight loss and a guy effectively selling easy diet results out of the trunk of his car is definitely not to be trusted.

Quick note about Dr. Forsythe

Posted by moddoctor On December - 14 - 2007Comments Off on Quick note about Dr. Forsythe

Since I posted this morning, Dr. James Forsythe (whose original DOJ release on his indictment you can read here*) spoke at the conference that I am attending. He elaborated on his experience from the initial sham patient used to entrap him through his jury trial acquittal. It’s clear from his experience and presentation that several things are happening:

  • There is now judicial precedent for “off label” use of hGH being legal and acceptable.
  • Dr. Forsythe is working with the A4M to develop a national protocol for age related use of hGH.
  • Dr. Forsythe is of the opinion that “anti-aging” gets the attention of the FDA where as “age management” does not. Whether this is true, I can’t say but it does seem likely.

This story is over from a criminal standpoint. Dr. Forsythe is a free man and back in his practice. There are civil proceedings pending from wrongful arrest to prosecutorial prejudice that will take time to shake out. The fallout for practice of “age management” will continue for some time.

This affair, while an awful experience for Dr. Forsythe, can only improve the quality of “age management” medical care by bringing it closer to the mainstream.

* It’s funny that I couldn’t find the DoJ release about the acquittal…