Calling unproven cancer treatments “a cruel deception” the FDA has taken dead aim at charlatans and scammers hawking “remedies” that claim to treat or cure cancer, often with promises of near-miraculous results and almost always with assurances that the treatments are more effective, cheaper and safer than mainstream medical approaches.
In all, 14 companies were sent official FDA warning letters covering more than 60 products. Each company was reminded that peddling unproven supplements and devices that promise to diagnose, treat or cure cancer is illegal. And each company was given the normal 15 working days to respond to the FDA’s allegations of fraudulent medical claims.
I will be taking an in-depth look at each company’s warning letter soon but right now I can tell you that those 14 companies are:
- AIE Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – Magdi Youssef
- Amazing Sour Sop, Inc. – Dennis Grant
- BioStar Technology International, LLC – Ulysses Angulo
- Caudill Seed & Warehouse Inc. – Dan Caudill
- DoctorVicks.com – Sholom Levitin
- Everything Herbs – Iris Sylvia
- Hawk Dok Natural Salve, LLC – Christopher Haines
- Healing Within Products & Services, Inc. – Stan Weinberger
- LifeVantage Corporation – Darren Jensen
- Nature’s Treasures, Inc. – Raya Shanazarian
- Oxygen Health Systems, LLC – Michael Carroll
- Sunstone, Inc. – Einar Bjarnson
- The Vibrant Health Store, LLC/ Dr. Christopher’s Herbs – Addison Kirk
- Inteligent Vitamin C, Inc./The Vitamin C Foundation – Owen R Fonorow
Some of these companies were cited not just for claims made on their packaging and websites but for claims made in their websites’ meta tags–bits of “hidden” code used to tell search engines what a website is all about.
Not An Oncologist In Sight
In many cases, these companies are run by people with no formal medical background at all and in at least one case, the man heading up the business wasn’t actually a physician, despite describing himself using the title “doctor”. In another case, the company’s primary product was apparently developed by someone who has, as far as I can tell, absolutely no formal training in medicinal herbs or educational background on the ailment it claims to cure.
Of course, naturopaths and herbalists educated through questionable online “colleges” are also represented.
The cancer-fighting claims made for these products ranged from the seemingly benign, e.g., “. . . may have a beneficial effect on colon cancer,” to those bordering on the outrageous. Take these for example:
- Is Vitamin C a Miracle Cancer Cure?
- Red clover is a very useful and wonderful alterative agent . . . as an antidote to cancer.
- Tumor-preventing activity
- Absorption rate of 98% directly to the cancer cell . . .
- The best choice for Liver Disease or Cancer.
- Cancer prevention
- . . . are known to kill cancer cells
None of the products called out by the FDA have ever been proven safe or effective for the prevention or treatment of any type of cancer.
Now, of course, many herbs and foods have been studied for the prevention and/or treatment of many different diseases, including various types of cancers. But claiming that folks who eat a lot of a certain food get fewer cancers somehow proves that stuffing that food into a pill can eliminate your chances of ever getting sick is, at best, scientifically iffy.
Photo Image Credits: Pixabay user frolicsomepl, US FDA.