Miscellaneous SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (9 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Earl Mindell, Ph. D.”

Please remember, the quotations below are from the SCAM letter of “Earl Mindell” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

“A Message of Steaming
“Outrage About The
“Prescription Drug
“Con Game

Supposed image of Dr. Mindell

Red Flag  # 1  “From the Desk of Dr. Earl Mindell

Why would anyone need a prescription pill to lie naked in a bathtub?

“Yet that’s what a leading drug company spends over 20 million dollars a year advertising on TV. You know the prescription pill I’m talking about. The erectile dysfunction commercial where a man and woman first cuddle then wind up sitting naked side by side, each in their own bathtub.

“Now I thought the object of this pill is to get you naked in bed not naked in a bathtub!

But that’s just the start of the drug companies latest con game

“Because who says you need a $100 a month prescription drug to juice up your sex life when some of the natural virility pills can cost as low as $5 for a full months supply and do the same thing! — and NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED!

“Talk about rip-offs... if you think that’s bad?

“Wait — it even gets worse.

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Earl Mindell” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

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Why are drug companies still allowed to sell prescription pills that cause pain, suffering and even shorten your lifespan by 20 to 25 years?

sounds crazy?

Red Flag  # 2  “Sounds crazy? Yet according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if your doctor prescribes any one of the 7 most popular prescription medications — for cholesterol, blood pressure, arthritis, stomach disorders, asthma, allergies and male prostate problems you are exposing your body to needless pain and suffering horrible side effects and even cutting 15 — 20 — 25 years off your lifespan.

“But that’s still not the worst of it!

Of All The Scams and Schemes To Soak The Public This One Tops Them All — Like Taking Candy From A Baby

Red Flag  # 3  “You see, I’m a doctor — and the author of the best selling book titled, “The Vitamin Bible” which is considered by many to be the definitive guide to natural supplements (11 million copies sold!) so I know what prescription drugs can do and what they can’t do. So, when it comes to a cure for whatever problem you have according to government health experts, nine times out of ten the last thing you need is a prescription drug and the last person to turn to more times than you can imagine, IS YOUR VERY OWN DOCTOR! Why?

Red Flag  # 4 Because — recently, before a committee of the U.S. Congress investigating the pharmaceutical industry, a drug company representative, admitted under sworn testimony that:

Drug Companies Spend Millions Of Dollars A Year Rewarding Doctors Who Recommend Prescription Drugs To Their Patients!

“To which one congressman asked - “Reward? Don’t you mean ‘bribe’”?

“This mind-blowing disclosure was headlined in both the Wall St. Journal and the New York Times.

“Because, let’s face it — prescription drugs are worth billions of dollars each year to the pharmaceutical industry. So, why wouldn’t they “reward” each doctor generously to push their pills? It’s like hitting the jackpot with every doctor who joins this “gold rush”. And according to congressional investigators… they join by the thousands!

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of “Earl Mindell” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

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Red Flag  # 5  How The Big Boys Tried To Squash A Wondrous New Breakthrough Researched At Harvard Medical School —

  • That Slows The Aging Process
  • Makes You Look, Feel and Perform Like You Are a Whole Generation Younger
  • Gives you more energy more get-up-and-go than your very own children
  • Even Boosts Potential To Extend Your Lifespan By 15, 20 even 25 Years Longer

“Yes, further investigation reveal[sic] that recently, when America’s leading research physician finally developed the world’s first and only NON-PRESCRIPTIVE age-reversing wonder-formula, the drug companies declared war!”

Red Flag  # 6  “Yes, a major medical breakthrough, just recently released to the public — who’s main biologic component has been awarded The Nobel Prize The Medal Of Science By In Medicine and The President Of The U.S.[sic] that — rejuvenates the cells, organs and glands of your body with such a powerful ‘second surge’ of youth:”

Red Flag  # 7  You First Begin Middle Age At 75 — and Help Add Another 20 To 25 Years To Your Life!

  • How sufferers of arthritis and bursitis have been able to throw away their prescription drugs and live full, active lives without a moment of pain, aches or swelling!
  • How bedridden heart patients, after taking Ubiquinone for just a single month, were able to bound up flights of stairs, walk for hours, even jog for a full mile or two without once gasping for breath!
  • How people with prescription eyeglasses were able to take them off for the first time in years and actually read the smallest print in a telephone directory!
  • Even Boosts Potential To Extend Your Lifespan By 15, 20 even 25 Years Longer

“And what you see listed above is just a small sampling of the kinds of medical wonders, the absolutely mind-boggling ‘returns to youth’ brought about by this Nobel Prize-winning discovery.”

Once An Impossible Dream ... Now A Medically Established Reality

“Just like Ubiquinone stopped and reversed the clock for thousands of test-cases, it can change your life too. In fact, I feel so passionate about how important it is for every adult to avail themselves of this life-enhancing discovery, that I have made special arrangements with one of America’s leading advanced bio-tech corporations for you to:

Get a FREE Bonus Bottle and Try it Entirely at Their Expense without Risking a Single Penny!

Red Flag  # 8  Call Toll-Free 1-800-123-4567 Number Within The Next 30 Days to Get Your FREE Bonus Bottle!

Red Flag   #9  To Our Readers... This information is not to be construed as any kind of attempt to prescribe or practice medicine. The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No product offerings are intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult with a competent, fully informed medical professional or health practitioner when it comes to making any kind of decisions having to do with your health. We urge you to investigate and educate yourself about all-natural substances that are playing a major role in dramatically transforming the lives of many people for the better. The results in these testimonials are not typical. Individual results may vary. Photos used in this package are models to protect confidentiality. Testimonial givers have been compensated for their time and efforts.

Please remember, the quotations above are from the SCAM letter of “Earl Mindell” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

Red Flag  # 1 Question 1: Who is this “Dr. Earl Mindell?” There are many links to this man. He does have a Ph.D. which means he can use the term “doctor.” However, that degree was conferred by an, at the time, unaccredited institution.He had previously earned a Master Herbalist Degree from Dominion Herbal College.This information is found in a search at those Wikipedia links. Additional reading there is very interesting, especially the parts about his interview on a Canadian TV show and his reactions to challenges of his credentials. (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2 Question 2: Where does this ‘doctor’ get his data supporting his claim that any prescription drugs shorten ones lifespan by “15 — 20 — 25 years?” Logically, this kind of claim is impossible to prove since it would require two sets of identical people experiencing exactly the same conditions and lives except for the prescription drugs they would take. And they would both need to be studied until both had died! I don’ think there has ever been any kind of study that detailed or long. Such a claim is shear nonsense. A simple citation would be much appreciated, “‘Dr.’ Mindell”. (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3 Let me get this straight, “‘Dr.’ Mindell” wants us to trust him because he is a ‘doctor’. Then he tells us that “nine times out of ten the last... person to turn to... IS YOUR VERY OWN DOCTOR!” I can only assume he is referring to two different kinds of doctor, which prompted my first question.

Question 3: How does he support his claim that his book is “considered by many to be the definitive guide to natural supplements”? He mentions selling 11 million copies, but that has very little to do with proving he is any kind of expert about anything. He then jumps to the conclusion that being an expert at natural supplements gives him knowledge of what prescription drugs can and can’t do. He does have a BS in Pharmacy, so he certainly should have prescription drug knowledge, I certainly hope so. But he, once again, asks the reader to assume that knowledge in one field confers knowledge in another without offering any justification or supporting evidence. (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4 Question 4: He mentions Congressional investigations without including any dates or identities of the Congressmen involved. While there are records of all those investigations, I think he is assuming that we don’t have the time to search for that information. I think he also assumes we won’t do any searching on the web which will easily turn up numerous hits connecting him with SCAMs and quackery. The “good doctor” is in business to sell his products. I find it impossible to understand how he can not see a conflict of interest in his sending these letters while selling his products. Again, perhaps it is because even he doesn’t consider himself a medical doctor. At best, he is simply an ‘herbal’ pharmacist. (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5 Is is important to note that the chemical and its effects were first reported and described in 1957 by Pro. Fredrick L. Crane and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Enzyme Institute. Why Harvard is mentioned instead of the University of Wisconsin is not stated. The point is, this is hardly a ‘breakthrough.’ Nor are its uses and effects unknown to any drug company. It is simply one of numerous enzymes or chemicals found in most living mammals. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 6 I have no idea what is meant by “The Nobel Prize The Medal Of Science By In Medicine and The President Of The U.S.” I re-read his letter several times, but I could not make sense of this collection of words. Certainly, there is a ‘Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine’. Here is a link to the Nobel Laureates who have received this prize:Nobelprize.org I could find no record of any U.S. President making any award to anyone for any kind of ‘medical breakthrough’.

There was a National Medal of Science in Chemistry awarded to Peter D. Mitchell, Ph. D. in 1990 by President Bush. There is a listing for Peter Mitchell, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1978 for his work that included “the understanding of biological energy transfer” which is where ubiquinone is used by animals. (return to # 6 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 7 It is easy to find sites that claim that the bodies production of the vitamin-like ubiquinone starts to drop at around the age of 20. Many people think it starts around 45. Some dictionaries refer to it as between the ages of 45 and 65. Yet, the author says that 75 is when ‘middle age’ starts! That’a a very large difference and demands some explanation. Just don’t expect to find it in this letter.

There are sites that claim that their formulation of any chemical is better than any other. Much of this is due to the fact that there are still no verifiable, scientific studies proving that additional, specific dosages of ubiquinone provide any positive effects on any of the symptoms of aging mentioned above. (return to # 7 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 8 Don’t forget to call within 30 days! After all, this chemical has only been known for 1957! It’s a “breakthrough drug,” remember? 55+ years and just 30 days to respond! The reasoning for this time-table is as strange as the behavior of this author! (return to # 8 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 9 Even in this statement, the author found it impossible not to exaggerate and encourage us to buy his product(s). I suppose by saying that they are models is the authors way of saying they are “fake?” I wonder why he can’t simply say this without the fine print? I am happy to see that he tells us that the testimonials were bought (truthful or not, we’ll never know) and they are not even typical. However, I can see no reason to put that information in fine print... unless it is an attempt to keep us from reading it. However, I read absolutely nothing in his letter that indicates any concern for truth or even an honest offering of information backed up by facts or scientific research. With that attitude in mind, I urge the reader of his letter to view it as nothing more than a sales pitch; exactly the same thing he shames pharmaceutical representatives of doing. I suggest the buyer beware of any promises or claims made!

Remember, ubiquinone has never been tested for purity, safety or effectiveness. You are completely on your own if you take this chemical. You have absolutely no information on how much, if any(!), of the chemical you are actually buying or ingesting. Nor do you have any inkling of how it was made or even where! Since it’s never been proven to be a useful drug, it is totally unregulated by any group tasked with monitoring its healthiness; just as was done with tobacco for decades. Do you want to be a part of the unscientific “tests” being carried out by users of this chemical? I certainly don’t. Your ideas about health safety may be different than mine, however. I think the best advice I can give is to quote from this Drugs.com site:

Ubiquinone has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Ubiquinone has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of this product may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs.Drugs.com site

What I do know is that the author of this letter has been involved inmiss-representingvarious ‘health additives’ in the past. He has been challenged as far back as 2 007 intelevised interviews.

As for the book that the author touts, I’ll simply let you read the information about it and some of the 50+ other books he has written at thisQuackWatchsite. Enjoy the “Irreverent Look at the Vitamin Bible and Its Author (Earl Mindell).

“A Wondrous New Breakthrough Researched At Harvard Medical School” First, exactly what is this ‘wondrous breakthrough?’ Later in the letter, it is called CoQ10 or Ubiquinone. While you will find evidence of studies at Harvard of this naturally occurring chemical, it is never described as ‘wondrous’ or even a ‘breakthrough.’ It is throughly described and studied and its benefits listed.

Here are a group of links that describe what CoQ10/Ubiquinone is and how it works.

The most important facts I saw in these studies and reports is that there are no scientific studies showing any significant effectiveness of CoQ10/Ubiquinone that would suggest buying the chemical. Common, healthy eating will supply the chemical which is normally produced in our bodies, anyway. I think it is also significant that the use of CoQ10/Ubiquinone has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration as mentioned in the last two links above. Some will claim that there is a conspiracy against ‘natural drugs’ by the Government and/or the ‘Drug Industry!’ I would simply remind readers that when an approved drug is found to cause problems, we can rely on the FDA to insure appropriate and timely actions are taken to protect our population. The same cannot be said for ‘natural drugs’ which have no such oversight or protections. You can trust the corporations that sell these chemicals or an unbiased, non-profit motivated government agency... I know who I’d trust. (return to # 9 Red Flag above)

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