“The newest and most exciting fat loss product available”, “as seen on Oprah”, “the ultimate product for weight loss”, “improves the quality of your life”, “making you
crave food less”, “giving you better mood” and “eliminating the extra weight”.
Sitting front of the computer, we are bombarded by e-mails, web pages, pop-ups, pop-unders, and slide-ins. Just buy this, and you will be Twiggy! Driving to the grocery store, we pass by bulletin boards proclaiming the benefits of another magic product; and look – there are customer testimonial pictures with it too! (Didn’t we see the same person for real-estate course commercial?)
Listening to the favorite radio station, “this is the best product from South America, chewed by Bushmen!” Aren’t bushmen live in Africa or Australia? No matter, the product is 100% guaranteed, double your money back, all shipping included, and a box of chocolates!
As we reach home, plop down front of the TV set, we listen to infomercials discussing the magic properties of a slug juice discovered in the deep jungles of (pick your most remote place)… Eat one slug-juice-extract pill and next day you loose 50 pounds, while sleeping!
There is no magic solution. There is no pill. There is no quick fix. The rules are simple, yet time and time again, the possibilities of shortcuts entice all of us to spend money and needlessly endanger our bodies.
But, if you prefer to survive your next medical experiment on your own body, there are a few things you might consider doing.
– Fraud artists will take your money, and will not contribute to your liver, or kidney transplant. They will not send a condolence card to your funeral. They will be in a tropical island sipping an umbrella drink – on your dime.
– Verify that the vendor of the product has been in business at least a couple of years. The length for a medication to be developed and test on human subjects often range in decades, not a couple of weeks. Most scam artists will register a web site, send out spam, collect payments, and shut down in less then a month.
– Although it is much more technical, verify the age of the web site through “whois”, available at all Internet domain name registrars. A web site for a stable business often will have been around for a years.
– Get a real address from the vendor, where you buying the product from. Although many large firms have post office drop boxes, they also provide real street addresses. Make sure the address is to a real business. Often scammers use addresses to airports, or parking garages.
– Get a telephone number from the vendor, preferably toll-free. Call the number. If a machine answers it repeatedly, it is a concern. Do quick reverse-telephone-number lookup. The vendor should be in the telephone book, under business, and not as an individual.
– Review the web site of the vendor. There must be clear contact information with address, telephone number, and possibly e-mail. If the vendor provides no telephone number and address, steer clear. If there is no e-mail contact, there must be a form to fill for contact.
– Check their references. If they quote research papers or documentation, search for them. If you cannot find it, save your money and run.
– Do not accept vague information as research. Comments such as “research has proven” or “a highly specialized research facility” are often used. Ask what research, and what facility. Do not accept any excuse not to discluse such information.
– Check the vendor’s return policy. Make sure it is in writing, and take a printed copy. Check for restocking fee, partial refunds, usage fees, and who pays for shipping.
– Research the product and the vendor through various search engines, such as Yahoo!, MSN, and Google. Use key words like “bad”, “dangerous”, “rip-off” with the product name and vendor. For any legitimate product, there should be few results. If you find more questions than answers after following those links, avoid the product.
– Don’t forget about the vendor’s local Better Business Bureau in the U.S. or equivalent in foreign countries.
– Discuss it with others. There will be others, who already tried the product or vendor, and can provide you personal feedback. Indeed take it with a grain of salt, as these often are opinions, but do worry if most of the feedback is negative.
– If got the information for the product through an unrequested e-mail, more precisely as a spam, avoid the product.
– Read the ingredient list, then research the meaning of each item. “Piper Nigrum” might sound like a seriously important ingredient, but you most likely already have it in your kitchen, in the grinder labeled “black pepper”.
– Check product expiration dates. If the return policy is outside of the expiration date, you should immediately return the product. Most likely the product has been sitting on the shelves for months, if not years.
– Check the nutritional label. Taking mega-doses of anything can be harmful, even fatal. This combined with getting the details of ingredients can save your life. Some products we ran across various ingredients coffein content came in higher then a pot of strong coffee.
– Product purity is also important. In the States the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sets guidelines for levels of contaminants. Having the regulation, and actually having a certification is two different thing. Check the FDA database for any violations or issues.
All in all, beware. Doctors do not know everything, as a matter of fact, in my opinion, most can be replaced with a decent medical database and clever robot. They do tend to have a better understanding of interaction of various medication and chemicals. So drop by yours, ask then verify.
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