When we heard about Adam's blog from our friends in Salt Lake City who, like us, are former Nu Skin distributors, we were thrilled that someone was finally speaking up. We signed up in 1998 and
worked hard and reached ruby executive and then the Big Planet I-phone came and killed our down-line. We tried the business again with the Bio-Photonic scanner and rebounded for a year only to lose out when people found out that this too was a scam.
I read all the Nu Skin sponsored fake reports about how 'hard work and perseverance' will get you results but let me tell you, we've done it all by the book and found that people are just not buying it once they find out that its simply a gimmick. When we think of the enormous effort it took to try to be successful in this Nu Skin business and then to read from Adam how Sandie Tillotson would allow him to buy all of these cars, air planes and a yacht they never used, and it angered us! Then we did a thorough Google search and found a link to a home built by Sandie's first ex husband, Craig Tillotson, in Boulder, Nevada. [continued below]....
..... Just one look at his 'out of this world' complex will show what level of waste we are talking about. These people live on an entirely different planet and it is all paid for by the losses of the many millions who joined Nu Skin like we did and eventually lost.
Prior to hearing about Adam's blog we wondered how it was possible to have so many disillusioned distributors who placed their story online only to see it purged out or brushed away by Nu Skin. We now know that this is done by Nu Skin employees and lawyers, probably the same who purged Adam's blogs and related articles off the internet bypassing the legal system. What chances do thelittle guys have if big businesses are able to control the media and internet; how will our stories of corruption and deceit ever be heard? If only there was some kind of law or protection such as Freedom of Speech or due process *sarcasm*; this Rip Off Report website will have to do for now.
I have called many of my former distributors and their response was a unison call to protest. The appalling deceit of how these Nu Skin owners stuff their pockets while posing with a few African children acting all charitable while we and others lost our shirt is something that should be brought to the attention of the national media. I am calling out to all Nu Skin distributors to come forward and file a complaint on this protected Rip Off Report site; with enough complaints maybe we can start a class action suit. This kind of abuse needs to be stopped. If Nu Skin can lobby in favor of laws that keep their deceptive business going, we as former distributors need to lobby to make sure laws are actually applied to stop them.
If anyone doubts the urgency of this call to act have a look at what an authority on multi-leveled marketing (or MLM) describes as the actual reality of MLM and particularly Nu Skin. Note that if Dr. Jon Taylor Ph.D. was lying he would have been sued by Nu Skin for slander. Since he has not been sued nor did his web sites get removed and since he appears on radio shows and is called to testify as an expert witness in people vs. MLM legal cases, his information and statistics are sound. One good look at Jon's web site will remove any doubt that things need to change to put a halt to these deceptive business models and we are calling you to act with us.
To make sure that everyone gets to see the real story behind Nu Skin and the scanner we decided to place this blog. We include all the articles and cloned Adams blog and hope that this will help get people to think before joining this scam!
I hope more people will step forward and expose the reality of this business.
Jon Taylor said it well in his books: www.mlm-thetruth.com
Book burning in America: a tale of Nu Skin byJoe Alfieri
Contra Costa County Conservative Examiner
November 5, 2011 -
There are moments in a persons life that shake you to your foundation, that cause you to rethink everything you think you know, moments that hit like a two by four upside your head. Just such moment arrived for me late on a Friday afternoon.
A friend of mine, lets call him Adam, since thats his name, has self-published a book, Formerly Filthy Rich, My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar, and is actively and aggressively promoting the book, as every author does, and most especially those who self publish. Now his book is at the very least R-rated, and its an account of his six year marriage
to Nu Skin co-founder SandieTillotson. Nu Skin, for those of you who dont know, is a multi-level marketing company which sells skin care and nutrition products through a network of independent distributors. Thats the official, and polite
definition. For those who have at one time or another been touched by an MLM operation, its more commonly referred to as a pyramid company. Some might say a scam. Whatever the reality, or whatever your perspective, Nu Skin is among
the biggest and richest MLM companies, a Goliath.
Adam Baker, on the other hand, is a nice guy, with an attractive wife and adorable kids, who has a story to tell about what he knows about the company. And since he was married to a co-founder, was a distributor, had an office in the headquarters, and travelled the world on Nu Skins Gulfstream, he apparently knows quite a bit. Nu Skin thinks he knows too much, or at the very least says too much, and on this particular Friday afternoon used its team of lawyers to shut down distribution of Formerly Filthy Rich by Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Let me say that another way, in case you missed it: they got the book banned. A figurative burning of a book, but in the world of electronic publishing a burning none the less.A burning worthy of n**i Germany, or Fahrenheit 451.Book burning and censorship in America,
The lawyers argued (at least to B&N, their story to Amazon was quite different, which well address in a moment) that the book was defamatory. It may be, but defamation is best argued before a court of law, where each side presents its case. Adam says he stands by every word hes written, and is ready to produce witnesses. If thats the case, then there is
no defamation. Nu Skin says burn the book anyway, before anyone gets to read it. Barnes & Noble rolled over and pulled the book from its website quicker than you could say, oh, Sarah Palin. The Joe McGinnis book about Palin,
if youre keeping score, is still available, even if it is defamation, or claimed to be.
The story presented to Amazon by Robert S. Clark of Peer Brown Gee & Loveless of Salt Lake City, said nothing about defamation, but the result was the same. Nu Skin argued that the material in the book was not
Adams. Baker says that of course its his story, and is ready to produce his drafts and copyrights to prove it. No matter, Amazon has pulled the book pending investigation.
Earlier in the week Adams WordPress blog was shut down, and although he hasnt gotten word as to why from notoriously slow to respond WordPress, one has to think theres something of a pattern here.
And here then is the Thumper betrayed Bambi moment, for me, dear reader. I celebrate and proclaim on a continual basis, loudly and very proudly, the freedom we enjoy as Americans, even as I watch good people slandered, lies told, and reputations destroyed in the press on a daily basis because of that freedom. I tell myself its the exchange of ideas in a public forum, and that the truth will out in the end, that its the price paid for freedom of speech. And that we all enjoy that freedom, that were all equal in the marketplace of ideas and free speech. But I am shaken by this story of
David and Goliath, by the idea that a woman with over a billion dollars and the company she owns a good deal of can prevent the publication of a book that might do them harm, even if the tale is true. Im shaken by the story because I
cant imagine it happening in this country, where we supposedly value the truth, unvarnished, and equally distributed. Am I wrong? Id like to think that David will slay Goliath, because if he doesnt, then perhaps all is lost, and
those mobs on the street in Oakland braying against evil corporations may have more truth in them than even they know.
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David vs. Goliath: an update on Nu Skin's attempt to ban a book by Joe Alfieri
Contra Costa County Conservative Examiner
November 11, 2011 -
In my last column, I wrote about Adam Bakers book, Formerly Filthy Rich - My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar, and the battle to get it published. Baker is the former trophy husband of Nu Skin co-founder SandieTillotson, and his book is chock full of details of sexual escapades, political influence peddling, corrupt business practices, and possible criminal activity. The book is self-published, and was released on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the
Kindle and Nook, and in a print on demand version from LuLu. Bakers apparently kicked over a hornets nest, and Nu Skins lawyers have spent the better part of the last two weeks swatting at all the buzzing the book has
generated. For the most part, unfortunately, theyve been successful in gagging him. Heres a partial list of venues shut down:
interview removed from archives
I had seen the Stephanie Mencimer article - in fact I posted a positive comment. By the way, she is looking
for MLM victims to interview for another story. I would encourage all of you to help her find some likely candidates - she is looking in particular for people who turned to MLM as a result of the bad economy. Her email is email@example.com
I had not seen the article
about Sandi Tillotson's ex's book. Wow. Very
nasty. Looks like it may be difficult to get a copy - did any of you get
one before Amazon banned it?
NEW BOOK, FORMERLY FILTHY RICH, REVEALS SECRETS OF MLM GIANT NU
Nu Skin Enterprises' gross profit margins may top the personal products industry, and co-founder SandieTillotson may earn press accolades for her business acumen and charitable contributions, but a new book may shake
the foundations of the company by revealing some of the less than honorable business practices of the Utah-based giant and the salacious life of its most visible executive and co-founder. The book, Formerly Filthy Rich, My Scandalous
Life with a Billionaire Cougar, by Adam Baker, is an account of his six year marriage to Tillotson, which ended in divorce in 2008.
A child star in the Ice Follies with his five sisters and parents in an act known as The Baker Family, Adam married Tillotson shortly after they met when he was a dancer at a club in Salt Lake City. Baker discovered that beyond the
trappings of a life of enormous wealth, corporate jets and exotic homes lay a world of lies and deceit that were the foundation of Tillotson's personal wealth and the Nu Skin empire.
As an example, Adam cites a trip to a company convention in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore. "Sandie came in like a movie star with a motorcycle escort for the ride from the hotel to the convention. It was a wild scene getting out of
the limousine, with Nu Skin distributors reaching out to shake her hand or just touch her gown. I got her through the crowd, and once we were inside she screamed at me to get her hand sanitizer, that she couldn't stand these people
and they all smelled like garlic" he says. "Now remember, these are people who paid for Nu Skin distributorships, and Sandie made a handsome profit on them. And she couldn't stand them. It was unbelievable. It was the same with
her Force for Good charity. We flew to Malawi and she couldn't stand to touch the children. "
"Her whole life was built on lies" Adam continues. "She wouldn't even use the products she sold, because she said they were junk." Baker recounts the story of what he calls "the ultimate scam," the company's patented Biophotonic scanner. "The scanner is supposed to measure the carotenoid levels in a person's skin, and has a money back guarantee. The idea is that if your levels are low, you take some Nu Skin supplements and, bingo, the levels are magically where they're supposed to be. But the device only works because it knows the identity of the person being scanned. Sandie said it was the only way they can have the money back guarantee, and not pay any money out."
But the marriage gave Adam everything he ever dreamed of: luxurious homes around the world, million-dollar shopping sprees, a private Gulfstream, champagne-laden dinners at five star restaurants with celebrities, corporate
moguls, and politicians. "We dined with Anthony Hopkins, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, went to the horse races with Jon Huntsman, threw fundraisers for Mitt Romney in our penthouse in New York City." An endless supply of money fueled Adam's ever-increasing appetite for adrenaline adventure, and kept him in the fold. But the deceits continued, and he came to realize that his gilded cage was in fact a prison, and he was forced to re-examine his marriage to Tillotson and his life. What he found was a secret so shocking it threatens to destroy Sandie's entire empire.
"I'm here to tell that secret" he says, "because the world needs to know what kind of a person she is, what she's done to people. It goes beyond business, beyond our personal issues. The evidence in this book shows a very
different and dangerous person from the person the public sees. "
Formerly Filthy Rich, My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar, by Adam Baker, was available on line at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and at www.FormerlyFilthyRich.com.