• Report: #392708
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  • Submitted: Wed, November 19, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, March 06, 2009

  • Reported By:Maple Valley Washington
3910 S Yellowstone Hwy Idaho Falls, Idaho U.S.A.

MELALEUCA VITALITY TOTAL vitamins caused stone in kidney and blood in urine over the last 4 months of usage Idaho Falls Idaho

*Consumer Comment: Kidneystones


*Consumer Comment: vitamins....killing people.....

*UPDATE Employee: Public Slandering Suit on You

*Consumer Comment: Support does not mean heal

*Consumer Comment: Aidun's post is unbelievably ignorant

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I started using Melaleuca's vitamins late March 2008 at the behest of family and friends. I never had any urinary problems. Three weeks ago, during a routine medical check, blood was evidenced in my urine. MRI tests revealed a stone in my right kidney. A whole series of uncomfortable etsts were conducted to check my bladder, liver, spleen, pancreas and prostate.

I believe Melaleuca caused this urinary problem although I cannot prove it as yet. I have written a letter to the comnpany's CEO Frank Vandersloot, and am yet to obtain a response from him.

Melaleuca's vitamins VITALITY TOTAL boast nine claims for one's total health. One of them, ProstAvan, claims that it is a "proprietary blend of saw palmetto, lycopene, pumpkin seed, and zinc to support prostate health and normal urinary function in men."

The scam is clear when you come across this waiver: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What the dickens then does "to support prostate health and normal urinary function in men" mean if the product is "not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease????

A class action suit against Melaleuca will be in the best interests of public policy. Companies like these could very well be funded by big-pharma to make sure healthy people become sick so that more prescriptions could be written out for millions waiting to be cajoled into their slaughterhouse of profit.


Maple Valley, Washington

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#1 Consumer Comment


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

Just as a stalagmite doesn't grow from a cave floor in four months, a kidneystone doesn't form in four months either. When you are criticizing a company, it behooves you to at least do some basic research first.
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#2 Consumer Comment


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

Everyone is different and what works well for some make others sick.

My husband was prescribed a blood pressure medicine that made him sick, the Drs' would not take him off it - because their claim was "ITS THE BEST MEDICINE OUT THERE". They finally changed it when he had another heart attack and I got in the DR's face about him being sick constantly. They fed me the line ITS THE BEST MEDICINE OUT THERE, I countered with that may very well be -BUT ITS THE BEST MEDICINE FOR HIM! They changed his medicine and within 24 hours there was MAJOR improvement.

TO 4pm Gogreencleanteam
No slander suit here - A Melaluca customer has valid complaintsas do many of those who have lost money on this pyramid scheme. you must be at the TOP making money off those who are losing money
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#3 Consumer Comment

vitamins....killing people.....

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

Is these some kind of joke?????? vitamins not even in very high level can't do anything bad to our bodys......people need to do some nutritional classes....oh please...
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Public Slandering Suit on You

AUTHOR: 4pm Gogreencleanteam - (U.S.A.)

If I was Melaleuca CEO Frank Vandersloot & not just a member, I would take a public slandering suit out against you immediately!

Kidney stones can be caused by a number of things, like your diet! Melaleuca vitamins & products are the best that science has to offer. They also have the documentation to prove it!

You however have no idea what caused your kidney stone & have just pointed to Melaleuca as a scapegoat! You sould be ashamed of yourself! & the reason why Melaleuca products are not FDA approved is because they choose to keep the products for their members & not in a grocery store... therfore they don't need to be evaluated to be distributed, just need to be labeled so!
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#5 Consumer Comment

Support does not mean heal

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

I also had recently begun, within the last year anyway, these products. I have had no adverse reactions, and have had regrowth of hair around my ankles from circulation being increased, as per explanation of my doctor. I claim, though I cannot prove it, these vitamins have helped me lose over 70 pounds this year, regrow hair, have better libido, increased awareness and energy overall, increased mental stability from prior mood swings, even my cranial hair is thicker in shaft and lessing in gray of all things. Not totally gone, but the gray is definitely lessened.

Now about "support prostate health." This statement implies no treatment, cure, diagnosis, or that it can prevent any disease. That is the whole reason it states this. I do not have the clinical ability to access possible results of prostate health from physicians of their patient's after trying these products. I do know I have no urinary or prostate issues, but I have no history either. The fact you developed kidney stones could be any number of issues you did not explain, i.e. family history, past blood chemistries and your body's metabolism of certain vitamins and minerals, interaction of other medications you might be taking, emotional or physical stresses causing metabolic changes (sodium, calcium, and potassium are major ions used by the body to regulate the circulatory system, and stress can cause these ions to be more/less effective leading to early heart problems or vascular difficulties in long term enviroment). The company's statement which you cite is used on every herbal, vitamin, and mineral supplementation package produced for sale in the United States that is sold with possible benefits listed on the package. Your desire for a class action suit would be difficult as it is the purchaser's responsibility to know that your body may or may not benefit from any product you take. However, I am not a lawyer.

Also, I want to express that kidney stones are calcifications. Calcium is one of the minerals easily removed by the body through urine; however, in a case where there is already high calcium levels in a body, or possibly an organic metabolizer that calcium ions react to easily, the urinary system gets taxed. Anyone interested in taking a vitamin supplement should always have blood chemistries and possibly a physical completed prior to induction. There are many vitamins the liver has to metabolize that become toxic in the body. Varying levels because of age, weight, height, sex, even race have factors in how your body will best be managed by a holistic approach.

While not mentioned before, I do not know of a physician that says any medicine heals. The body heals with the medicinal support, but the basic action of healing is due to the body. It must have the support it needs in nutrients for cellular activity. For me, these vitamins have produced the best response in my body from any other vitamin/mineral/herbal/phytogenic supplementation I have ever tried.

I personally am not in the business. I am in the health profession. I do hope your situation resolves in your best interests. I also hope all your other blood tests proved normal, and your health returns to its prior known state.

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#6 Consumer Comment

Aidun's post is unbelievably ignorant

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

Obviously Mr. Aidun is completely ignorant about labeling dietary supplements. A company can make claims like prostate health but when they do they also must use a disclaimer that the FDA mandates. That disclaimer happens to say something like "this claim has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease." The claim that the supplement supports a healthy prostate means exactly that, it's supposed to support prostate health. It does not mean that it prevents, cures or treats prostate diseases.

Mr. Aidun is so confused and so ignorant of federally mandated requirements that it scares me. To then attack and defame a company because of his ignorance is mind boggling. And then to suggest that because the company complied with FDA regulations they are hooked to big pharma and make people sick and are crooked? Are you kidding me? You've got nothing to support your slanderous comments. NOTHING! If you think the company did something wrong, sue them and prove it in court. Don't write unfounded, ill-informed, ignorant things on the internet, it only makes you look dumb.
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