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Wellness Resources Warned For Cancer, Other Claims

The owner of Wellness Resources, Mary Guignon, and the company’s general manager, Ryan Richards, have been formally warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for non-allowed medical claims concerning cancer and other medical conditions.

The official warning letter, which is dated November 30, 2017, was just made public and focuses on health claims made mainly about three ingredients used in Wellness Resources’ products.

Non-Allowed Fish Oil Claims

A few different Wellness Resources products employ fish oil, which Guignon allegedly claimed could “substantially and significantly” ease osteoarthritis, slow its progress and even prevent the condition in the first place.

Screenshot of's fish oil page taken by Lisa Bargeron December 06, 2017.

Wellness Resources was still using an FDA-warned claim to sell fish oil products on its Fish Oil Helps Prevent Osteoarthritis page this morning.

Non-Allowed DHA Claims

FDA also alleges that the company claimed docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, to be a “potent” remedy against cancer. DHA is an ingredient in Wellness Resources’ DHA Daily, DHA Kids, and Leptinal supplements.

Screenshot of DHA page taken December 06, 2017 by Lisa Barger.

Wellness Resources was still hawking DHA for cancer when Lisa took this screenshot this morning.

Non-Allowed Green Tea Extract Claims

Cancer claims are also made about the company’s green tea extract supplement, though this time Guignon gets specific about the type of cancer–leukemia–and claims the product slows down the disease.

Pages from with green tea leukemia claims.

Screenshot of the company’s page on green tea extract for leukemia, with FDA-cited health claims still being made.

FDA’s Response To Wellness Resources’ Claims

The Food and Drug Administration, naturally, is pushing back against such statements, pointing out that none of the cited products has been officially sanctioned as safe or effective for any of those conditions. And the products are further misbranded, says the agency, because they are touted for issues the average consumer cannot accurately self-diagnose or effectively self-treat.

As always, the agency reminded the company that its official warning letter to Wellness Resources was not intended to be an all-inclusive list of possible marketing problems and that it is ultimately Guignon’s and Richards’ responsibility to find and correct any other potential violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The company was given the normal 15 working days to address the allegedly illegal health claims. As you can see from the screenshots I took at this morning, the company has not yet removed them.