There are so many examples of the kind of BS dietary supplement companies will get up to. But this one is one of the best examples of spurious logic, to say the least, I've ever seen.
Let me lay this out with a made up "hypothetical type" situation. I create a dietary supplement. Could be anything. Super vitamins, colloidal silver, whatever. I engage in some illegal and misleading marketing practices wherein I make some absolutely crazy claims regarding my supplement. I say that my supplement cures, well, basically everything. I say that it's "clinically proven" to cure everything. Okay, maybe not everything. I say that it cures 650 diseases…that it is clinically proven to cure 650 diseases. Let's say that among those many diseases I claim that it cures "cancer" and AIDS. To top it off, I also say it causes rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss without dieting!
Being that your a savvy, non-gullible-idiot type of person, what do you about the likelihood that my supplement is worth the price of a grain of rice in China?
Now, let's say that the FTC comes down on my company HARD and bars me from making these claims. And they order me to pay 120 million bucks but they give me a chance to pay only 3 million bucks if I pay it lickety split. Which I fail to do and after a bunch of appeals they insist that I pay up and that I get out of town, fast-like. Or something like that.
So my company is tango uniform, as we said in the service.
But hey, just because there is no company..doesn't mean there isn't something to put in a bottle. I mean, it's not the supplement's fault that the humans got a little carried away. It's a GOOD supplement. An innocent and good supplement. So let's say that some other people come along and take my old super supplement and market it under a new, but similar name. My supplement was called Ocean's Gold. The new supplement is called "Ocean's Herbal".
These people, they start a website to sell the supplement where they explain about the sad story of how I did all these underhanded things in marketing and had to pay a bunch of money so was unable to keep my company alive. But they, in their wisdom, recognize the value of the product so they are bringing it back under a new name. You get all the great ingredients and benefits. Then, and this is the topper, they boast of the 17 year track record of success! You know, all the success in curing every disease known to man? Nobody seems to have noticed all those disease being cured but that's okay..the medical profession is always behind the supplement industry.
Does that scenario make sense to you? Well, it's not hypothetical. The exact thing happened. And it probably happens all the time. The culprit was the supplement "Sea Silver": http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/seasilver.shtm
The new name that the supplement is being sold under by the new company: Sea Aloe.
Say hello to Sea Aloe, the best bogus supplement ever to be brought back from the dead! http://www.myseaaloe.com
Sea Aloe, you've got to be kidding us! You can't expect anybody to be "buying" this? Rhetorical question. Of course people will buy it. If my nutritional supplement isn't made in a laboratory, where do you propose it be made? Some guy's bathtub? I'll take the laboratory version over "wherever else", thanks.