Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Readers Respond (March 2007)
From California MD (March 26, 2007)
All I can say is GREAT JOB!! Thanks for being a clearinghouse for all the Juice Plus stuff that is going on.
I am an MD and despite what most of these nutrition "gurus" -- those self-taught, know-it-all, uneducated people who tend to be involved in MLM schemes -- claim, I took lots of nutrition classes in medical school. A common comment from these types is that "most MD's have never taken a nutrition class". Nonsense. I have also been interested in nutrition on a personal front. I am interested in complementary and alternative medicine and have educated myself on different supplements -- what works and what doesn't.
I know what their products are -- and I always tell patients that if they want those "substitute fruit and vegetable" supplements, they can just buy them for $10 at the health food store, as opposed to $40 from an MLM person at Juice Plus. There isn't anything novel or new about Juice Plus -- they don't have any exclusive patent on anything -- everything they tout is available in stores at a fraction of the cost!
Unlike Twinlabs, Vitacost, or any other vitamin/supplement website, there is NO information about the ingredients! I can't believe they can get away with not listing amounts of Vitamin C, etc. that are contained in their product. "A proprietary mix" of who knows what is not an acceptable ingredient.
It's nice that Wikipedia tells the truth about Juice Plus too. I thought it was pretty pitiful that OJ (Simpson) endorsed the product in the past and had to stop because he was lying!
I'll be continuing to watch your blog and many thanks for writing it!!
From Cheryl Maher, Commerce, MI (March 24, 2007)
I am a personal trainer at a very large fitness company. One of my coworkers gave me the Juice plus CD. I do not have degree in nutrition, business or marketing. Although I could sort out that it was a scam to sell capsules. It is a conflict of interest for doctors to promote products for all of the obvious reasons. Most everyone knows what to do about their health. It is simple just not easy. It is unethical for those in the health care industry to bully and prey upon the weakest. The overweight and ill.