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MJEFFERSON23 SparkPoints: (32,691)
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3/20/14 3:42 P

I heard that he admitted he was wrong, that's refreshing!

AQUAPIXIE SparkPoints: (13,696)
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3/20/14 1:58 P

WOW. emoticon I hadn't heard anything about this. Thanks for posting.

STRONGERLEANER SparkPoints: (143,050)
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3/20/14 1:21 P

I always wondered how he was able to make the "natural cure" claims.

People who are suffering from serious illnesses or chronic pain can become desperate and I hate to think of people trying things that really don't work.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (153,979)
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3/19/14 4:03 P

Thank you, Anarie and Eklpie, for answering. I try to keep up with pop culture and the news, but I honestly have never heard of this person and his scam.

I know I get a lot of pop ups that seem bogus so I quickly delete. My common sense prevails - thank goodness. My heart goes out to anyone who wants an answer and falls prey to shams.

Goodness has prevailed - how many more scam artists are out there preying on ill informed, desperate people?

ANDILH Posts: 1,497
3/19/14 3:45 P

I'm with the people can't believe that people actually fall for the things that these people are selling. People should know by now that there is no miracle cure, no matter how much money you spend. To some extent, while this guy deserves what he gets, I don't feel sorry for people who keep falling for scams like this.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/19/14 2:04 P

Joyce - I wonder the same thing!!

I guess it's the same people who buy the miracle weight loss supplements (big pet peeve of mine). Rather than common sense, they will spend $70 for two months of W...and when that doesn't work, spend $70 for two months on X, and when that doesn't work, spend $70 for two months on Y, and when that doesn't work, spend $70 for two months on Z.,

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (100,337)
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3/19/14 1:09 P

How many people see these people and believe all the garbage that comes out of their mouths? It is a shame. Glad he was sentenced.

SANDRA2BTHIN SparkPoints: (34,712)
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3/19/14 9:55 A


UPBEAT551 SparkPoints: (28,463)
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3/19/14 6:16 A

Interesting! I did not know about this.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (349,721)
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3/19/14 12:08 A

Thank God, finally!!!! It's about time someone stopped this man!!!!

ANARIE Posts: 12,915
3/18/14 10:34 P


Yes, people likely did die from his bogus advice. One of his books/infomercials claimed to be about natural cures for cancer and diabetes, and it encouraged people to quit taking medication in favor of a natural herb whose name he will tell you if you send more money. Then if you sign up for his newsletter (only $500 for a lifetime membership,) he'll tell you the name in English. Then for a few hundred dollars more, he'll tell you where you can get it. Then for another few hundred, he'll tell you where you can get it in the Western Hemisphere... and so on. He also said things like 'sunscreen is the true cause of skin cancer and you should stop using it.'

He was very convincing, in part because whenever he was prosecuted for scamming, he could convince people that it was "the government" or "big pharma" attacking him for telling the truth and trying to silence him. When he was convicted, that was just proof that he cared so much about YOU that he was willing to go to jail to bring you the truth.

He's a sociopath, and I hope they do manage to keep him behind bars a while longer this time.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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3/18/14 9:33 P

Great to know this Shylock is off the streets!

3/18/14 8:04 P

How could you walk an hour a day on 500 calories? That's ridiculous.

SLLYONS51 Posts: 3,169
3/18/14 6:15 P

Justice is served emoticon

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/18/14 5:54 P

@ Gevans - the link was to the article that explained everything.

In a nutshell:

Trudeau was found guilty last November of violating a 2004 federal court settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that barred him from misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.

A jury found he violated the agreement while marketing his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About," in infomercials made in 2006 and 2007 that aired about 32,000 times.

ATAMBE SparkPoints: (10,823)
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3/18/14 5:49 P

Not the first time he has had issues with the law. His book was so big a scam... You can lose weight going to a doctor that does abc. But they are only in Europe and I am not going to tell you where!!!

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (153,979)
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3/18/14 5:38 P

never heard of him either. More details please. Did someone die from this bogus advice?
What prompted the prosecution? Other than the obvious- people are not brought to trial without succinct charges.

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 2,728
3/18/14 4:47 P


FLORADITA SparkPoints: (52,950)
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3/18/14 1:05 P

There are so many more shysters out there that should be joining him! All that money taken from desperate and vulnerable people.

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (166,800)
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3/18/14 12:59 P

Scumbag. I'm glad justice was served.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,093
3/18/14 11:58 A

I don't think I could stand up for more than a minute if I only ate 500 calories a day.

There was always something in his appearance that I didn't like.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/18/14 11:53 A

I never heard of him or anything he sold.

I did lol at this, though:

"Trudeau told viewers in the infomercials that the "cure" to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories."

3/18/14 11:38 A


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (167,288)
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3/18/14 10:05 A

It seems that there is some justice in the universe.

That late night infomercial snake oil salesman, Kevin Trudeau, has been finally convicted of fraud.

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