Google Yahoo Bing Scam Internet Users with Paid Ads

googlethmbEither you are on the internet searching for information or you are looking for something specific.  You go to Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine provider and you enter what you are looking for.  Unfortunately we are being scammed by the very search engines that we use to get help. This is a daily event in almost everyone’s life.  How do you protect yourself?  Learn how to recognize the difference between an advertisement (the search engine is being paid every time you click on these results) and what is called an organic or legitimate search result.

Lets say you are looking for a product.  And you see the heading “Shop for Top Rated Product”?  What you are seeing is which advertiser was willing to pay the search engine the most to appear in the first, second, or third position.  There is no rating other than what a company will pay to be in those positions.  Hence you are in fact being scammed to believe that this was an independent rating that is actually trying to help you.  “NO” this is the search engine trying to help themselves to the money in your wallet through the product that you are purchasing.  These advertising costs obviously increase the cost of whatever you are buying.  This article is the true FTC (Federal Trade Commission) disclosure of what is really going on when you use the internet.  True objectivity is sacrificed and replaced with greed.  We recognize that Google, Yahoo, and Bing, etc. need to make a living but this should be obvious to the consumer and not disguised.

Learning and recognizing  that “Ad” and “Sponsored” notices are extremely small or non-obvious. This small print can save you from being scammed.  Look at the image below.  Consumers are led to believe that they are seeing actual legitimate reviews and rankings concerning “Prostate” products.  When in fact the titles of these ads are legally scamming consumers and are just as bad as the headlines on those magazines or tabloids you see at supermarket checkout stands.

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If you are sick of this dog and pony show – know the truth.  Every time you learn to discern truth from a slick sales pitch you win.  For illustrative purposes we have enlarged the “Ad” image next to the small almost unnoticeable “Ad” mark placed by the search engine.  This small “Ad” notice makes it legal for the advertiser to say just about anything (like a dirty tabloid magazine) to get you to go to the site and tell you that this product or that one is the best. Then the website you are directed to is supposed to have a small link to an “Ad disclaimer” or an “FTC Disclosure” statement.

  • FTC Disclosure statement and in this case it is non-existent or missing. This link is from the following image the second ad above. Screen Shot 07-13-16 at 12.09 PM

The third Ad “Top 6 Prostate Remedies” posts the following disclaimer on their site:Screen Shot 07-13-16 at 12.28 PMThe bottom line is STOP being mislead and scammed by advertisements.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to identify an advertisement from what you are searching for.  Believe it or not every time you click on one of these ads these search engines charge a fee (In this case $3.oo to $6.00 per click).  Who do you think pays for this?  You pay for this when they purchase a product – that’s who.  I encourage you to look at the price of Google or Microsoft stock.  Now you know why these shares of stock have such a high value.

Thank you for your desire to learn about this topic.  When you see it at the top of the search results just remember what FLOATS.

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Cancer Cells and Marijuana, Update US National Cancer Institute

Is-Marijuana-Prohibition-a-Suppression-of-The-Divine-Feminine-CannabisThe following article is not endorsed by Wellness in Health or any subsidiary but we do believe in truthful information and being educated.  Recently the National Cancer Institute of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) updated there website to include information regarding the medical benefits of Marijuana. We have incorporated a direct link to the National Cancer Institute site above that is underlined.  When we consider the purpose of legalizing a substance, that should be controlled, we should remember that when legalized it is controlled and hopefully the process would prevent dangerous adulteration and limit the access of that substance to those that would benefit medically. Legalization is a means to control and tax what is presently an out of control substance.  It has been argued that marijuana is a gateway drug.  Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. A 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences states: “In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation into the use of other illicit drugs, it is indeed a gateway drug. However, it does not appear to be a gateway drug to the extent that it is the cause or even that it is the most significant predictor of serious drug abuse; that is, care must be taken not to attribute cause to association.”  This is further discussed here: http://www.factcheck.org/2015/ Is marijuana a gateway drug .

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Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells, Admits US National Cancer Institute

States in the US may be one step closer to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, especially now that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has updated its website FAQs to include studies proving cannabis as a natural remedy for cancer.

As InfoWars reports, NCI updated its page to include various studies revealing how cannabis “may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow” while also protecting normal, healthy cells.

NCI stated:

“A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.”

 

The full list provided by the National Cancer Institute follows:

  • Cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of delta -9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed itdamaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.These studies are considered by the NCI as preclinical. They were all done using animals. According to them, no clinical trials of cannabis use for the treatment of cancer in humans have been published.
  • Delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulate appetite and can increase food intake.
  • Cannabinoid receptors have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief.
  • Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief.

Data from 2010 (Credit: Portland.Indymedia.org)

That’s not all, in April, the NIDA stated:

“Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that theseextracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

How can government agencies conclude the above and the FDA still classify marijuana as a “drug with no medicinal purposes”? Perhaps this video will enlighten you on the reasons why.

Despite the numerous, proven benefits of marijuana, the federal government aims to keep it illegal while the FDA approves expensive prescription drugs with more side effects and far less research. 

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Consumer Safety and Supplement Access and the Best Prostate Formula

Bpros2015Do supplements work? Does it really do what it says? I heard it on TV. If you have ever searched for a supplement on the internet then it is likely you have been exposed to some form of false advertising. One area that is truly bad is prostate supplements or prostate formulas. Beware sights that offer comparison reviews and then selectively claim that this product is # 1. Almost all of these sites receive compensation from the makers of the products recommended. The staff and/or website owners have no credentials or qualifications to review or perform any form of quantitative analysis. If you like the freedom to purchase supplements, without a prescription, then it’s time to step up and actually help the organizations in this article to do a better job at protecting all consumers from false advertising, false treatment claims, and misleading representations and information. If we fail then legislators will have no choice but to restrict everyone’s access to all supplements as a group.

This article applies to all supplements that consumers’ freely access in the market place. This article is brought to you by IMS Supplements, Inc. the manufacturer of the Best Prostate ® Formula (www.bestprostate.com) . Due to this, prostate supplements will be used in our examples. For anyone who has ever purchased a prostate supplement from an advertisement or has performed a search on the internet it is most likely you were exposed to misinformation.
Every day people all across the North American continent are exposed to celebrities claiming this or that supplement will change your life. We witness actors in lab coats whom appear to be doctors. We are enticed to call now and as a result promised a free bottle of this miracle prostate product. Often the free product promised is not free because consumers are signed up to be automatically billed and shipped product. In order to do this, businesses store the consumer’s credit card information. Before you buy any supplement over the internet or on the television it is best to check if other consumers have complained about the product or the company. Most of us are familiar with the non-profit organization the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It is important to look at the number of complaints that have been filed against a specific business. Often businesses can have an “A” rating yet have hundreds of consumer complaints. An extremely popular website ComplaintsBoard.com allows users to search on a product name and users can read the complaints that have been filed.

In the background there are multiple organizations that do their best to protect consumers. One of these organizations is the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and another is the National Advertising Division® (NAD®) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Recently the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, the Council for Responsible Nutrition was notably active in the activities of a famous celebrity television physician and the United States Congress. Another organization, National Advertising Division® or NAD® reviews national advertising for truthfulness and accuracy. Their policies are established by the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC). This organization reviews national advertising on broadcast or cable television, in radio, magazines and newspapers, on the Internet (websites) or commercial on-line services, or advertising provided direct to the home or office. This organization focuses on product performance claims, superiority claims against competitive products and all kinds of scientific and technical claims. In March of 2009, the manufacturer of the product Best Prostate was contacted to participate in a voluntary review of its website www.bestprostate.com . Every sentence on the website was examined for product claims, superiority claims, scientific claims and or technical claims. This review process was a 6 to 9 month process. We are thankful to have participated in this process and feel that all manufacturers’ product websites should go through this process in the interest of consumer safety and truth in advertising. If this was the case then consumer freedom to access dietary supplements would not be in jeopardy.

The National Products Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is also actively involved in consumer safety and truth in advertising. The organization also promotes research and education related to natural products. In 2013, this organization reviewed 275 advertising cases, mailed 150 warning letters, and referred 40 cases to the FTC and the FDA.

In severe cases supplement manufacturers make actual treatment claims for a disease state. This is illegal. When the claim can actually cause harm the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will actually send a warning letter or enforcement action to the manufacturer. These are readily available to consumers by doing a simple search on the internet. If you are ingesting or swallowing a tablet, capsule, or any fluid, it is important to know who you are buying from, and if they have a history of, or have received enforcement actions from the FDA. There are two very easy ways to check this. The first way is to do a search and enter “product name” and then “FDA” on the same line. Then perform the search. You can also substitute the “product name” and use the “Company Name” and then “FDA” and perform the search. If the search shows an entry from “www.fda.gov” then you really have to consider the integrity and honesty of the manufacturer. When it comes to consumer safety manufacturers have a responsibility to be straightforward and honest.

In 2008 it was estimated that approximately 30 percent of men in North America diagnosed with a prostate disease used some complementary or alternative therapy primarily herbal agents, vitamins, supplements, and/or dietary intervention. It is now six years later and that number has increased significantly. This is partially due to the FDA warning issued in 2011 which found that in two large clinical trials with (5-alpha reductase inhibitors) prescription prostate medications that actually showed an increased incidence of high-grade prostate cancer. In addition every night our televisions tell us of yet another prescription medication with a dangerous side effect and that if you or a loved one experienced this or died you need to please contact the law firm. Who wouldn’t be a bit distrustful? Then the next commercial promotes the next latest and greatest prescription medication only to have a laundry list of side effects that is quickly read to us and then we are encouraged to ask our physician to prescribe it. It is no wonder why more and more consumers are embracing complementary or alternative therapies.
North American urologists and physicians in general have been slower than their European colleagues to use or even understand these complementary or alternative therapies. In Italy, 50% of the medications used by physicians for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are (plant-based) phyto therapies. While in Germany and other European countries, phyto therapies are first-line treatment for mild-to-moderate enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia/lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS).1

Despite the positive benefits of using the phytosterols (ex. Beta-sitosterol ) and/or other complementary or alternative therapies, the use of some nutraceuticals in prostate disease have had less desirable consequences, showing lack of efficacy, adulteration, and/or severe side effects or drug interactions. The AUA (American Urological Association) has encouraged studies of the supplements being used by consumers. Despite this some physicians simply dismiss complementary and alternative therapies. In addition studies of phytosterols, with respect to an enlarged prostate, have been published in the same medical journals as their prescription counterparts. Examples: Lancet, British Journal of Urology, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This can be confirmed by visiting NIH.GOV and simply entering the “ingredient” (beta-sitosterol) followed by “problem or disease state” (example: BPH). Respectfully with prescription medications the FDA requires adequate safety data for marketing, yet the number of estimated deaths for all adverse drug reactions and medication errors make these the 5th leading cause of death here in the United States. 2

Although many in the medical community here in North America level charges against complementary and alternative therapies and allege that they are unsafe. Statistics actually support that traditional prescription medications are guilty of being unsafe despite the submission of safety data to the FDA. With respect to prostate problems urologists do not necessarily treat BPH or prostatitis pharmaceutically based only on objective parameters. In fact, it is acknowledged that typically they treat these conditions by observation. For physicians to truly understand the benefits derived from nutraceuticals or alternative therapies in terms of enlarged prostate symptom improvements (or other medical condition) they must be aware and familiar with the published literature.

As we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of Congress passing the DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. With this, Congress definitively stated that dietary supplements are a category of food, and not subject to FDA pre-approval thereby allowing your freedom to access complementary and alternative therapies. What is important is that consumers not assume that all supplement manufacturers practice truth in advertising. It is important to verify and look at the product’s reputation and the manufacturer’s reputation through the use of objective sources. Always consult and inform your health care provider when you initiate any complementary or alternative therapy. The information contained this article is designed to provide accurate information in regard to the subject matter presented. It is provided with the understanding that IMS Supplements, Inc. is not engaged in rendering medical advice. If expert assistance is required, the services of a competent medical professional should be sought. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed or mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author wishes to acknowledge the following resources used in writing this article.

1 Dreikorn K. Complementary and alternative medicine in urology. BJU Int. 2005;96:1177–1184.

2 CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System 2007, authors. Deaths, percent of total deaths, and death rates for the 15 leading causes of death: United States and each state, 1999–2003. [Accessed January 25, 2007].

Nickel JC, Shoskes D, Roehrborn CG, Moyad M. Nutraceuticals in Prostate Disease: The Urologist’s Role. Rev Urol. 2008;10(3):192–206.

This article was adapted from an original article published at ezine articles by the author.

Saving on OTC (over-the-counter) store-brand products?

We have all bought over-the-counter (OTC) store-branded products to save money.  We did so in the belief that these retailers were ethical and that these products were being tested and identical.  So it is very disturbing when a new report is published on February 2, 2015 by the Attorney General of New York that four major retailers  GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart were selling OTC store-branded products that did not contain the ingredients listed on the label.  And that the Attorney General demanded that they remove the products from there shelves due to the fact that they were potentially dangerous herbal supplements.

2/14/2015  In Follow-up a Harvard professor Pieter Cohen — a noted EXPERT in supplement safety claims that the test used by the Attorney General of New York was not the correct test. 

“There ARE tests that can tell you exactly what’s in an herbal supplement, including chromatography and mass spectrometry… and that genius in New York didn’t use a single one of them. But none of this should matter to you or me. It shouldn’t matter because even if a second set of the RIGHT tests finds the ingredients are a perfect match for what’s on the label (and I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if that’s what happens), you STILL wouldn’t find me stocking up on bargain supplements from Wal-Mart.  I’ve got higher standards than simply matching what’s on the label — and low-budget supplements from a big-box store just don’t meet those standards. Stick with quality — and if it comes from a place where the one and only selling point is “ALWAYS LOW PRICES,” it’s a safe bet it’s anything but.  Supplementing the “news” with truth, William Campbell Douglass II, MD”

 

There is a reason that these store-branded products cost less.  Obviously these big box retailers likely had these knock-off products manufactured either outside the US or in such quantity that they lost control of the quality of these products.  All in all there is no excuse and it is in the interest of consumer safety that this was uncovered.  This report was released in the New York Times on February 2nd.

From Vitamin Retailer:

“Among the attorney general’s findings, according to the article, was a popular store brand of ginseng pills at Walgreens that authorities said contained only powdered garlic and rice. At Walmart, authorities discovered that its ginkgo  biloba products contained only powered radish, houseplants and wheat, while three out of six herbal products at Target tested negative for the herbs listed on their labels. The agency also said they found pills with unlisted ingredients used as fillers at GNC.

Monday’s announcement marks the first time that a law enforcement agency has threatened the nation’s largest retail and drugstore chains with legal action for selling what it contends were deliberately misleading herbal supplements. The four retailers on Monday were issued cease-and-desist letters and the attorney general demanded that they each explain what procedures are used to verify the ingredients in their supplements.”

Trust is a big thing and consumers rely on honesty.  This will obviously make me think when I choose my next purchase.  This is especially true when it is something I will be swallowing.

Update April 7, 2015

GNC and Attorney General of New York reach an agreement on Supplement Testing Click Here.

 

Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow’s “Agent Orange” 2,4-D Approved to be sprayed on Food

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ignoring more than 60 members of Congress and a half a million citizens, late yesterday approved a deadly new herbicide, Dow’s Enlist Duo, made from a combination of .

Please Take action – and share this link — your health and the health of all your friends and family is at stake. I wouldn’t want any of you ingesting this herbicide or insecticide. Educate yourself. This makes as much sense as allowing someone to smoke in a cardboard box with your children or grandchildren. This is about control and profit margins nothing else.

Demand the President step in & oppose EPA’s approval of the New 2,4-D resistant Genetically Engineered Crops! https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-president-step-oppose-epa’s-approval-new-24-d-resistant-genetically-engineered-crops/sy38Vm0s

The following from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In 2010 President Obama appointed Michael Taylor to senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. He is now America’s food safety czar. . He had been Monsanto’s attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA. Soon after, he became Monsanto’s vice president and chief lobbyist. GMOs were rushed onto our plates in 1996. Over the next nine years, multiple chronic illnesses in the US nearly doubled — from 7% to 13%. Allergy-related emergency room visits doubled between 1997 and 2002 while food allergies, especially among children, skyrocketed. We also witnessed a dramatic rise in asthma, autism, obesity, diabetes, digestive disorders, and certain cancers. Dr. P. M. Bhargava, one of the world’s top biologists, reviewed over 600 scientific journals, he concluded that the GM foods in the US are largely responsible for the increase in many serious diseases. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine concluded that animal studies have demonstrated a causal relationship between GM foods and infertility, accelerated aging, dysfunctional insulin regulation, changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, and immune problems such as asthma, allergies, and inflammation. A report by eight international experts determined that the flimsy and superficial evaluations of GMOs by both regulators and GM companies “systematically overlook the side effects” and significantly underestimate “the initial signs of diseases like cancer and diseases of the hormonal, immune, nervous and reproductive systems, among others.” This paragraph was researched and written by Jeffrey M. Smith. He is the author of Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods from Chelsea Green Publishing. Smith worked at a GMO detection laboratory, founded the Institute for Responsible Technology, and currently lives in Iowa—surrounded by genetically modified corn and soybeans. For more information, visit Chelsea Green.

I Heard it on TV, it must be true, A Doctor said so.

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Have you ever wondered why you do not get the same miracle results that you see in an advertisement or on a popular doctor television program?  But the doctor said that if I take this I would lose weight.  It’s time to smarten up and get to the truth and anyone can do it.  First realize that a lot of programming is subsidized or receives payment in some form for the content delivered.

Some products you hear about really do help and work but you must figure out the truth.  I do not care what program or what doctor said that something will work and neither should you.  It’s all about checking out the story.  Do you believe all of those political ads during an election? Well it’s the same with all these sensational stories that are delivered to you daily to increase viewers and sell you something.

One of the best ways to check out an ingredient is to go to the www.nih.gov website.  Enter the name of the ingredient and then enter what it is for.  Example:  “garcinia cambogia” and then the term “weight-loss” or “weight reduction” or other combination.  You then choose “enter”.  Below you should see multiple clinical studies that are published hopefully in respected medical journals that even your family physician has heard of.  If nothing come up the bells should be going off that something is not right about the alleged claim being made.  Click on a few of these studies if they come up.  See  how many people were in the study.  Do you see a “p=0.1” also called a “p value”  this indicates statistical significance.  Without a “p value” it basically means that it has no value.

Another way to check out a company and or product is to use the internet.  One of the best sites that makes this easy for consumers is the site:  www.bestprostatereview.com .  I know it says prostate but ignore that.  The site offers consumers 5 or 6 tools on the right hand side that allow you to get to the bottom about any product or manufacturer.  These tools are:

  • FDA – enter manufacturer’s name
  • Consumer Complaints Board – enter product or manufacturer name
  • Better Business Bureau – enter Company look at number of complaints not rating
  • Who Is Database – enter website URL and see if it is hiding behind a proxy
  • Natural Products Foundation – see what they have to say

Get off the roller coaster and find out the truth.  Not everything is a lie but get to the bottom of the story before it gets to the bottom of your pocket book or wallet.  There is an old saying and they often bare repeating.  “You can catch a thief but you can’t catch a liar”. Simply said you were better off with a thief as you have a better chance of catching them.

Stop being taken advantage of.  Empower yourself.  Hopefully this article has provided you with some tools to get to the “rest of the story” as the famous Paul Harvey use to say.  Now most of you that read this site know who Paul Harvey was.  He was a famous radio announcer back in the day.

 

 

 

 

Is the website where you shop Doctor Trusted?

docsealEach day consumers shop online.  In fact this is the most common way that consumers learn about a product.  Unfortunately this has made it attractive for some to make false claims in order to increase profit and take advantage of consumers.  When it comes to health products or dietary supplements there is Doctor Trusted™.  When you shop at a site with the Doctor Trusted™ seal it means that the visitor to the website  can trust that the website holds approval by an independent medical doctor, and that there are no concerns about the legitimacy of the product.

To Learn more visit:  http://doctortrusted.org/Consumers

Every website that displays Doctor Trusted™ Seal has been evaluated by a Medical Doctor and conforms to Doctor Trusted™ Code of Conduct.

Here is an example of a website that is Doctor Trusted™.

Visit:   www.bestprostate.com

 

 

“Regulate Supplements Like Drugs!”: Senator Durbin on NPR

Make your voice heard! Take action to protect your access to dietary supplements. We urge you to take action and spread the word! 

Supplement Regulation
Regulate Supplements Like Drugs!”: Senator Durbin on NPR | The Alliance for Natural Health USA
www.anh-usa.org
In just under five minutes, he reveals his plan, which would effectively eliminate supplements from the shelves.