• Report: #136008

Complaint Review: Kevin Trudeau

  • Submitted: Tue, March 22, 2005
  • Updated: Sun, May 01, 2005

  • Reported By:Klamath Falls Oregon
Kevin Trudeau
www.naturalcures.com Internet U.S.A.

Kevin Trudeau - Natural Cures infomercial ripoff Internet

*Consumer Comment: Doctors Do Have A Vested Interest

*Consumer Comment: Alternative health and deceitful marketing go hand in hand

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I saw Kevin Trudeau on an infomercial on TV. He said his book could teel you about natural cures for the body. The price was $29.99 plus $9.95 for shipping. I recieved the book and was redirected to his website. When I went to the web site I was asked to join and pay more money for the information. I felt that since I had already bought the book that this was another rip off. I would like to find a way to get my money back.

Klamath Falls, Oregon

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#1 Consumer Comment

Doctors Do Have A Vested Interest

AUTHOR: Frederic - (U.S.A.)

While I agree that the alternative-medicine industry often conflates reasonable claims (antibiotics are harmful, invasive surgery is harmful, controlling stress and general well-being can help in specific cases, etc.) with ridiculous arguments that cancer can be stopped by changing one's level of acidity (not altered, which may be true, but prevented or cured), and also routinely replaces "prevent", "cure", "reduce the virulence/impact of", "reduce the probability of getting", and numerous other non-congruent statements as if they were the same thing, etc. etc., I think it is a little ridiculous to claim that "Doctors don't have a vested interest in not seeing patients return". (In fact, this is exactly what makes these alternative medicine quacks so dangerous).

Medicine is difficult. We rarely understand causality in even the most distant sense, and it's entirely possible to adopt the attitude of the medieval doctor: "The patient still had blood in him; we didn't do the bloodletting right." Medical malpractice is entirely possible because even the experts have difficult times seeing where mistake becomes fraud. With all that being the case, it's easy to imagine cases where patients take essentially placebos for years. A friend of mine who had a kidney transplant took a certain drug (I should ask him what it was) and later doctors switched him off of it, but now he is essentially dependant on this drug and thus must take a token dosage.

Further, even if ordinary doctors have neither the economic incentive nor character to defraud their patients, large corporations and regulatory agencies have every interest in doing so. Yes, eventually it may hurt them if the facts are revealed, but corporations often credit short term profits even over long term company stability, and with regulatory capture, a lot of snakes can make out pretty well before the sheriff comes into town.

Obviously, people like Trudeau are hyped-up snake oil salesman to, while pretending to oppose corporate America and corrupt regulatory agencies, themselves are shining examples of the worst of corporate America protected by corrupt regulatory agencies.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Alternative health and deceitful marketing go hand in hand

AUTHOR: Timothy - (U.S.A.)

Sharon, you're probably out of luck as far as getting your money back is concerned. Hopefully, however, you have gained an understanding of how these alternative health charletains work, and will thus refrain from such purchases in the future.

The alternative health industry tells you that the medical community wants to keep you sick because your illness represents repeat business. Hogwash - such a theory flies in the face of common business sense. You don't leave your customers dissatisfied in the hopes that they will return.

The quacks also want you to think that anecdotal evidence is somehow superior to the rigors of the scientific method. Also B.S. Testimonials from paid endorsers are no substitute for scientific research.

They also want you to believe that, just becuase a certain treatment is "ancient," that it is effective. Ironically, this is sometimes correct. What the quacks don't want you to know, however, is that most modern medications are actually refined (safer and more effective) versions of these "ancient" remedies. That "shark marrow," or whatever strange beastly anatomical that some quack is charging you an arm and a leg for, has probably been synthesized in a safer, more effective form (not to mention that it probably costs less).

And now you see their sales tactics. Get you to shell out forty bucks for a book. The book tells you that all the good information is contained on a website, which requires a paid membership. Deceitful marketing is a hallmark of this industry (e.g. the "free trial" that is actually a recurrent billing program). Only one other industry markets its product in the same deceitful ways: online pornography.

Not feeling well? Take a look at your lifestyle, maybe diet and exercise are what you need. If these are not your issues, see your doctor. Any health problem that can't be corrected with OTC medications or lifestyle changes is probably not suitable for self-medication. Contrary to what some people would like you to think, your doctor DOES have your health in mind. If you get healthy, he has a hundred other existing patients that will gladly take your appointment, and probably a few new ones on your recommendation.
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