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In general, be VERY skeptical of claims that herbal or alternative therapies can replace insulin treatment in cats or dogs. Please note that many of the charlatans and scammers discussed in this article had ads appearing on this wiki. See the phrases they use to try to hook you at Ad scams and Ad scams 2.


Four products, one chiropractor

This expose shows how four highly-advertised diabetes "cures", three for pets, one for humans, are actually traceable to the same Michigan chiropractor. [3][4][5]. Who was under investigation by the FDA. [6] He once claimed on the pet site to be a "real veterinarian", [7] and on the human site to be a "real doctor". [8]

The chiropractor was doing well enough to be a member of the Michigan Chiropractic Society's Century Club. He was listed under "H" on P26 of their October 2005 Journal. Page 17 of this publication outlined the Society's ethics.

Of interest is this:

  • "A chiropractor shall assure that all advertising, promotion, and communications shall clearly identify himself or herself as a Chiropractor or his or her office as a Chiropractic facility."
  • "Illegal, unethical, or incompetent conduct shall be in violation of this Code of Ethics."
  • "Violation of the Code of Ethics is just cause for expulsion from MCS membership per the procedures outlined in the Michigan Chiropractic Society By-Laws."

Pages 14 & 15 of the same pdf carried State of Michigan Ethics and Professional Statutes which are applicable to all health care professionals.

"*Section c (prohibited acts) (ii) refers to practice outside of the scope of one's license.

  • Section d (unethical business practices) (i) deals with false or misleading advertising.
  • Section e (unprofessional conduct) (iii) contains a reference to promotion of unnecessary drugs, treatments, medical devices or procedures for personal gain."

The present website presents someone claiming to be a veterinarian, but when you compare the contact addresses of this company in 2007 and at present, you find them to be identical. The former website of "Alternative Treatment #1" [9] now conveniently automatically redirects to the "Alternative Treatment #6" website.

"Alternative Treatment #1", "Alternative Treatment #6", and "Alternative Treatment #7" vs "Alternative Treatment #2"

Same story, possibly same stuff--just geared to different "markets".

Same stock copy on all four sites--only altered slightly to fit the group the pitch is aimed at. And all from the same Michigan Chiropractor. The "Alternative Treatment #7"and "Alternate Treatment #2's sites both show the same stock photo of a medication assembly line, along with this copy --"Every product manufactured for ZZZZZZ is done so in an FDA approved facility under "Good Manufacturing Practices". A similar inference was that "Alternative Treatment #6" is produced under the aegis of the US Food And Drug Administration--"Our products are scientifically formulated and manufactured using the best practices available and meet with current FDA standards." Regardless of what's claimed, it doesn't change the fact that this is an unapproved drug, just as the others produced by this pathetic man are. Changing names and labels are attempt to hide the truth and from the FDA. The claims conveniently omit that they are all unapproved drugs.

"FDA Required Legal Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease." is found at the bottom of "Alternative Treatment #6's"and "Alternative Treatment #2's pages. But both page for the products claim to treat diabetes!

"Alternative Treatment #7"--The Only Truth Is They Want Your Money

"Alternative Treatment #7's" website no longer exists.

"Alternative Treatment #1", "Alternative Treatment #6", "Alternative Treatment #7" & "Alternative Treatment #2"--Who's Behind Them All?

The answer is the same name revealed in the "Alternative Treatment #1" website--the human chiropractor.

Doing a Google search on the substance's name when sold for human use as "Alternative Treatment #2", eventually turns up a website hawking it which gives the name of its producer.

Doing a WhoIs for the domain, one found that the true owner hid his/her name by using a proxy domain service. "Alternative Treatment #6's" domain was registered to a shill in Grand Rapids, MI--not the person shown here. The name of the person the "Alternative Treatment #6" domain was registered to was shown as the company's Director for International Sales. A check of the registrations of "Alternative Treatment #1","Alternative Treatment #7", and the main business site of the chiropractor show that all but "Alternative Treatment #6" had their "owners" hidden by a proxy service.

Going to the domain's home page when it was online and having a look around produced some interesting results in August 2006. A press release, dated May 26, 2006 regarding a company lawsuit, turns up the CEO's name--the same one as shown on the "Alternative Treatment #1" website.

The company has had many different addresses in a little more than a year:

  • the one that was shown on their website, where the story was now "Alternative Medicine from Real Doctors" (at "Alternative Treatment #1"'s website, it's "Natural Medicine From Real Veterinarians" and at "Alternative Treatment #6's it's "All Natural Pet Health Products").
  • the one that was shown here in Yahoo local. [1]
  • the one shown in the FDA Warning Letter dated August 16, 2005, which lists the product under its former human name. (It begins with "Dia"--just as both current human and pet versions do.) The FDA letter states the product is not found to be safe or effective for the condition of diabetes.
  • the one on "Alternative Treatment #6's" website.
  • the one on "Alternative Treatment #7's" website, where the NV telephone number is identical to that of the main corporation of the MI Chiropractor.

From MI To NV--With Identical Buildings

Looking at the "company" page for this business in December, 2006, their address has once again been changed--this time it's moved to Las Vegas, NV. But the stock photo of the building shown was the identical one as when the company claimed to be headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI! It hasn't been sold--the CEO shown here is still the same, and as you can see, he is practicing in Grand Rapids, MI.

Buildings don't move from MI to NV and the odds of identical buildings in two different states are astronomical. The lies just keep changing--to sell products which are not approved nor effective. It appears that the "change of address" from MI to NV would be to that of a mail drop or mail forwarding service--to keep trying to cover up where the CEO, formulator, and producer of these products really is.

The NV address and telephone number on the website were a ruse; Yellow Pages showed ZERO for this company in NV.

The website of "Alternative Treatment #6" was inviting people to a pet expo in Grand Rapids, along with the claim that it is your "online veterinarian and pet health resource." Quite a claim from a human chiropractor [10] who had nerve enough to use "No False Promises. Just Results" as his new motto.

Others seem to have caught on to the scheme. This case [11] was filed against the company on July 21, 2009, this one on July 9, 2009, [12] and this one on May 28, 2009. [13]. There was also one filed on March 17, 2008 [14]

Why not start here, at the "About Us" page for "Alternative Treatment #7" where he again tries to make people believe he is a veterinarian-"ZZZZZ was founded by a group of veterinarians and Scientific Formulators who had a vision."

You can see his MI license as a human chiropractor here and his rating as one at this link.

And now you can also see there are more ways to hide. Visiting the "About Us" page for "Alternative Treatment #7, one is offered a link to this new company name, where the sales manager's name was an exact match to the one at the chiropractor's Grand Rapids business.

FDA's letter states that dietary supplements may be legally marketed with truthful and non-misleading claims. The letter goes on to say that once a dietary supplement makes claims regarding preventing, mitigating, treating or curing a disease (as all of these do), it makes the product legally considered to be a drug, which would require FDA approval to be sold.

"Professionals" were able enter into an agreement to sell the products in their "practices". Another link was for retailers, and the reason why one saw the product under its human name sold on Amazon.com, on eBay, and countless "get rich quick" hole in the wall websites.

This "retailer", AKA "Alternative Treatment #2" of the human product received an FDA Warning Letter October 19,2006, regarding the lack of safety and efficacy of the substance as well as the website claims made about it.

Same person behind all products, same stock claims as shown above--pitching three to pet owners and another to persons with diabetes.

"Alternative Treatment #1", "Alternative Treatment #6","Alternative Treatment #7", "Arthritis Treatment #1, #2, #3 & "Skin Disorder Treatment #1,#2, #3"--How Can the Same Product "Cure" All Three Problems?

Looking further at the "Alternative Treatment #1" and "Alternative Treatment #6"websites, you will see that the human chiropractor, claims to be the formulator of "Alternative Treatment" #1, "Alternative Treatment #6","Arthritis Treatment #1","Arthritis Treatment #2", "Skin Disorder Treatment #1" and "Skin Disorder Treatment #2. He also has had nerve enough to call "Arthritis Treatment #2 a "Hip Displasia Treatment" as well.

The "Arthritis Treatment #1" and "Skin Disorder Treatment #1" pages state that they, too are "Natural Medicine From Real Veterinarians". Michigan State Professional Licensing Board has no veterinary license on record for this person.

Let's put these three products to a comparison-

They are the same as in "Arthritis Treatment #1", "Arthritis Treatment #2","Arthritis Treatment #3", "Skin Disorder Treatment #1", "Skin Disorder Treatment #2, and"Skin Disorder Treatment #3".

Image of "Alternative Treatment #1's" bottle. Image of "Alternative Treatment #7's" bottle. Missing Image of "Arthritis Treatment #1's" bottle, but it's easy to see the substance went by two names by the title of the missing image.. Image of "Arthritis Treatment #3's bottle. Image of "Skin Disorder Treatment's" bottle. Image of "Skin Disorder Treatment #3's bottle.

Answer--"Alternative Treatment #1", "Alternative Treatment #6","Alternative Treatment #7", "Skin Disorder Treatment #1","Skin Disorder Treatment #2and "Skin Disorder Treatment #3" with different names and slightly different pitches.

Missing Image of "Arthritis Treatment #1's" bottle, but it's easy to see the substance went by two names by the title of the missing image. Image of "Arthritis Treatment #3's bottle. Image of "Alternative Treatment #1's" bottle. Image of "Alternative Treatment #7's" bottle. Image of "Skin Disorder Treatment #1's" bottle. Image of "Skin Disorder Treatment #3's bottle.

Answer--"Alternative Treatment #1""Alternative Treatment #6", "Alternative Treatment #7","Arthritis Treatment #1", "Arthritis Treatment #2 and "Arthritis Treatment #3" with different names and slightly different pitches.

Image of "Skin Disorder Treatment #1's" bottle. Image of "Skin Disorder Treatment #3's bottle. Image of "Alternative Treatment #1's" bottle. Image of "Alternative Treatment #7's" bottle. Missing Image of "Arthritis Treatment #1's" bottle, but it's easy to see the substance went by two names by the title of the missing image. Image of "Arthritis Treatment #3's bottle.


"Skin Disorder Treatment #1""Proof "Skin Disorder Treatment" Works". "Skin Disorder Treatment #2""Proof "Skin Disorder Treatment #2" Works".

"Arthritis Treatment #1""Proof "Arthritis Treatment #1" Works". "Arthritis Treatment #2"Proof "Arthritis Treatment #2" Works,"

The site is no longer being fronted by the chiropractor, but the products and the claims remain the same. The all-caps quotes are shown exactly as they appear on the website.

Let's look back, though, at some of their old website pages. Here we see the chiropractor making the claim, "No false promises. Just results.", and if we go further into the archived pages for the contact page we find an address along with various phone and fax numbers.

Now compare what you've seen in those two archived pages to the "Alternative Treatment #10" home page address and their contact page.

The MI addresses and phone numbers are the same as in the 2007 archived web pages where the chiropractor makes promises he can't possibly deliver; the only number that's different on the current website is their fax number.

Website Fine Print

From the fine print at the "Alternative Treatment #6" website's Terms of Use page:

"Medical Disclaimer

"All material provided on this Site is provided for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY."

"The Site Does Not Provide Medical Advice or Treatment

The contents of the Site, such as text, graphics, images, information and other material (“Content”) contained on the Site is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

"RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR VIA THE SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK."

"Liability

"If you are dissatisfied with any information found thereon, or with any XXXX products Terms of Use or Privacy Policy, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using XXXX products."

"XXXX IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY PERSONAL AND/OR PROPERTY, INJURY OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING DEATH, HOWEVER CAUSED BY YOUR USE, RELIANCE OR MISUSE OF THE SITE OR CONTENT OR BY ANY PRODUCTS YOU PURCHASE INCLUDING FROM A THIRD PARTY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL XXXX OR ANY THIRD PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, COMPENSATION OR COSTS (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURY/WRONGFUL DEATH...."

Update

Springfield Business Owner Pleads Guilty-Sold Dietary Supplements Over the Internet With False Claims to Prevent, Cure Diseases-US Attorney's Office-Western District of Missouri, March 18, 2010

"Pham pleaded guilty on July 2, 2009, to his role in the conspiracy to violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and to one count of wire fraud. Pham owned and operated Techmedica Health, Inc., located in Grand Rapids. Pham admitted that he used Techmedica to repackage, sell, market, and distribute unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs over the Internet. Web sites used by Techmedica contained materially false testimonials, product information, and identification of medical professionals.

"Techmedica fabricated fraudulent customer identities using photographs purchased from Istockphoto.com. Testimonials attributed to these fraudulent identities touted the effectiveness of the unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs. Techmedica also posted one of the Istockphoto.com photographs on their Web sites to fabricate a non-existent physician, Dr. Judy Hamilton, for the purpose of lending authenticity to and endorsing product claims about Diabeticine for customers with Type I and Type II diabetes. The person identified as Dr. Hamilton was in fact a model from California. This same model's photograph was also used by Pham on another Web site to fabricate a non-existent nurse, Bethany Hunt, RN, to tout the effectiveness of the unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs.

"Techmedica, through Pham, operated several Web sites using mirror image technology. When each of these Web sites was accessed from an FDA network computer, they displayed a “sanitized” version of the Web site containing medical claims that attempted to comply with the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However, when each of these Web sites was accessed from a computer whose IP address could not be traced to the FDA, they displayed claims that the dietary supplements could cure, mitigate, treat, and prevent diseases, so that these supplements were sold as unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs."

FDA Warning Letter August 16, 2005-Techmedica Health

The chiropractor, who at one time pretended to be a veterinarian, mentioned above in connection with all the "Alternative Treatments" discussed on this page, was and may still possibly be the CEO of Techmedica. [15]

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