Sometimes, I guess out of boredom, I decide to go a few rounds with someone pimping their glyconutrients. I do not post personal emails I get, but Unsolicited Commercial Email doesn’t get that protection. Maybe I should also do my own Captain Kirk vs. Nigerian 419 Scam sometime! Comments in red.
From: Lee Zelina
Subject: Hi Erik
Have you tried Glyconutrients for your MS? I have been educating myself about these essential sugars for over a year. I highly recommend that you get the info and give them a try. I could give you a lot of info and get you in contact with someone who could answer specific questions and offer recommendations. I have personally seen significant improvements in the health of several of my friends and even my dog after taking the products.
(Does he really give his dog these very expensive pills, or is there a new product line that I am unaware of? Multiple Sclerosis and dog health are pretty similar so I can see why maybe he is a little confused. On a plus side he did spell my name right which some of them cannot seem to pull off.)
(I really thought he would just go away, or at least this was fair warning I am not buying your stuff. My darn optimism
From: Lee Zelina
I did not realize that you had already heard about Glyconutrients. I was doing a search on another topic and found some info on you. You need to do what is right for you. I don’t understand why you would not research it yourself and give it a try. What do you have to loose. I am currently sponsoring a little boy with a brain tumor. Radiation nearly killed him and the Dr’s put him on hospice as a result. He has been on Ambrotose and Phytaloe for 6 weeks and is doing much better. He is steadily regaining function. His parents are overjoyed. I am getting no financial gain from this! I am paying for the child’s products b/c the family has minimal financial means and it is something I felt moved to do. You can bet that the hospital made $1000′s of dollars administering radiation to the little guys brain with no one questioning that. With the amount of products he is taking-it would probably cost the parents $160 a month. Not a significant cost.
I have a friend whose sister had MS. She took the Mannatech products and is back to normal. It was a blessing for both her and her small children. She is on small maintenance doses now. I can get her number for you if you would like to talk to her.
(Gotta love the appeal to my sister’s cousin’s friend’s 3rd counsin has MS and now is taking Abrotose and is feeling so much better. Of course that could have just been an exacerbation that she got over, but whatever. I love the anonymous personal accounts science.)
It’s a little difficult to do research on a sugar pill. I’ve looked and there are no peer-reviewed articles on glyconutrients. There is substantial research into sugar pill treatments, though that is typically called the placebo effect. Ambrotose certainly sells a pretty expensive item for the placebo effect, which is really its best case scenario. Plus, would I really gain a placebo effect from a sugar pill that I don’t think will work?!
(Can you argue logic with someone like this?
From: Lee Zelina
Were you aware that the Ambrotose product was recently granted a patent? Mannatech also submitted info to the FDA regarding research on the benefits of ImmunoStart. Drug companies are the only ones usually allowed to make claims regarding products that can treat disease. After reviewing the info the FDA gave approval for Mannatech to make it’s claims regarding ImmunoStart. It is quite an accomplishment. I will forward these e-mails.
The “Wellness Industry” is growing every year because people are getting educated and realize that drugs only mask symptoms. They do not cure the underlying problem that is causing the disease. Over time drugs create numerous negative side effects as well.
I lost my mother to cancer 2 1/2 years ago. She had been on FDA approved HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for years. I wish I would have known about the Mannatech products years ago. I watched her suffer as she underwent surgery, chemo, and radiation. Another friend had complications after years of using VIOXX and has heart damage as a result. He is a doctor and can barely work. He is sueing the drug company. I also work as a Speech Therapist in a nursing home and over the last 15 years I have seen patterns that are repeated time and time again (involving drugs). I am not saying that drugs are never needed. I am just saying that they are not the answer to curing the underlying issues and the side effects may be worse than the actual disease.
I could not help my mom but I am thankful that I have been able to help others. That is my motivation.
(He did send some emails that appeared to come right from Mannatech. They seemed like political talking points as you pimp your candidate.
Anyone can get a patent for anything, it doesn’t prove the product is worth anything – just that no one has gotten a patent for it previously.
Assuming immunostart does as you say, which I consider questionable, that would be the exact opposite of what I need. Bolstering the immune system when you have an autoimmune disease has repeatedly proven to be catastrophic. All current treatments for MS work by inhibiting the immune response in one way or another.
(I thought about telling him I was thinking about getting a patent for my unique blend of piss and vinegar, but stopped short. I certainly seem full of it lately!
From: Lee Zelina
Do you question all of the drugs and treatment your Dr. recommends as well? Are you getting satisfactory results? Are you getting better? You are going to believe whatever you like. I am not trying to convince you. I was trying to give you good info that you might not have heard to enable you make an educated decision. I could understand your attitude if you had tried it and you had no benefit from it. I have seen too many good things as a result of it’s use to be closed minded and negative. I wish you the very best!
(A distinct lack of “regards” or “sincerely” for his signature. I removed mine for the blog posting, but they were just my automatic signature. I guess I win since he got frustrated!
Yes, I do question what the doctor prescribes. Fortunately, those drugs are well documented and can be researched within reputable journals.
The “use and see if it works for you” is not acceptable, and certainly not at the cost of that “drug”, and is not even remotely scientific. Refer back to placebo effect below.
(Well this was fun, now I just have to wait until the next one comes along. I am sure it won’t take too long! Next time I am going to play along for a while and see how that goes!