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If you are one of the millions of people who buy and take dietary supplements, you should now be wondering whether or not they actually contain the herbs they claim to. The New York Times reveals that the New York Attorney General has demanded that retail chains like Walmart and Walgreens stop selling common supplements like Ginseng and Gingkgo Biloba that, in fact, do not contain those herbs:
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The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.
The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.
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Whether it’s cucumbers splashing into water or models sitting smugly next to a pile of vegetables, it’s tough not to be sucked in by the detox industry. The idea that you can wash away your calorific sins is the perfect antidote to our fast-food lifestyles and alcohol-lubricated social lives. But before you dust off that juicer or take the first tentative steps towards a colonic irrigation clinic, there’s something you should know: detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.
“Let’s be clear,” says Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions.
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Former minister Mark Manuel of Franklin, TN is one of three defendants who have been convicted of helping to swindle millions of dollars out of people desperate for relief from their debts. Manuel is part of the sovereign citizen movement. Individuals associated with the movement often believe they have the right to opt out of the statute law of civil authorities in favor of common or natural law. (More about the Manuel case at the FBI website.)
Mark Manuel, the former minister at the Community Life Fellowship in Franklin, and two others were convicted in federal court in South Carolina for what prosecutors describe as a scheme concocted by Manuel and his fellow sovereign citizens.
If organized religions solicit money from the public while propagating factually untrue claims, do they amount to illegal marketing scams? A British legal challenge is putting Mormonism to the test, the Telegraph reports:
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A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud.
Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London next month to defend the church’s doctrines including beliefs about Adam and Eve and Native Americans.
A formal summons signed by District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe warns Mr. Monson, who is recognised by Mormons as God’s prophet on Earth, that a warrant for his arrest could be issued if he fails to make the journey from Salt Lake City, Utah, for a hearing on March 14.
The summons suggests that asking members of the church to make contributions while promoting theological doctrines which “might be untrue or misleading” could be a breach of the Fraud Act 2006.
I’m starting to think that “Cindy Jacobs” is someone’s art project. I refuse to believe that this level of delicious ignorance doesn’t come without a catch.
The changes that are taking place on the global political landscape are unprecedented. Our recent economic crisis has allowed us to lift the veil on financial institutions revealing their vile business practices that have allowed them to control our governments.
Below you will find three recent significant events that are acting as catalysts to accelerate the inevitable restructuring of the way we do business:
1) Sending a Message for Backpedaling on Settlements: “Earlier this year, John Peace, the chairman of Standard Chartered’s board, spoke at a news conference announcing the bank’s quarterly earnings. He was asked whether any employees would be held responsible for violations of United States laws restricting financial dealings with Iran and other countries that led to settlements with federal and state authorities costing the bank about $667 million. He responded, ‘We had no willful act to avoid sanctions; you know, mistakes are made — clerical errors — and we talked about last year a number of transactions which clearly were clerical errors or mistakes that were made.’
“There is just one big problem with attributing violations to mere ‘clerical errors.’ The deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department specifically provides that no one at Standard Chartered can make ‘any public statement contradicting the acceptance of responsibility’ in the settlement.… Read the rest
Our key-less and password-less future will hinge on being identified via our fingerprints, irises, and vocal tones. The problem is, someone else may have a copy of your finger. Via the BBC:
A Brazilian doctor faces charges of fraud after being caught on camera using silicone fingers to sign in for work for absent colleagues, police say.
Thaune Nunes Ferreira, 29, was arrested on Sunday for using prosthetic fingers to fool the biometric employee attendance device used at the hospital where she works near Sao Paulo. She is accused of covering up the absence of six colleagues. Her lawyer says she was forced into the fraud as she faced losing her job.
Police said she had six silicone fingers with her at the time of her arrest, three of which have already been identified as bearing the fingerprints of co-workers.
Not surprisingly several paying customers want their money back (and a whole lot more in damages) after undergoing so-called “gay conversion therapy.” Erik Eckholm reports for the New York Times:
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Gay “conversion therapy,” which claims to help men overcome unwanted same-sex attractions but has been widely attacked as unscientific and harmful, is facing its first tests in the courtroom.
In New Jersey on Tuesday, four gay men who tried the therapy filed a civil suit against a prominent counseling group, charging it with deceptive practices under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.
The former clients said they were emotionally scarred by false promises of inner transformation and humiliating techniques that included stripping naked in front of the counselor and beating effigies of their mothers. They paid thousands of dollars in fees over time, they said, only to be told that the lack of change in their sexual feelings was their own fault.
Via the Seattle PI:
Who wouldn’t have thought that a psychic healer would be a bad person to loan money to? Auburn, WA. man Abraham Char, that’s who. In what has unfolded into a series of incidents worthy of a Coen Brothers comedy, Char has sued a psychic known only as Mama Tanya for not returning $30,000 dollars he loaned her for an unnamed investment.
The psychic had earned Char’s trust in the past years by agreeing to pray for his relatives in exchange for thousands of dollars. Apparently this established enough of a rapport that Char felt comfortable loaning her the $30,000.
Things have really gotten weird now that Char has taken Mama to court:
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Contacted Tuesday, the woman’s attorney, Anthony DiPietro, flatly denied the allegations of fraud and disputed basic claims in the lawsuit.
“My client is a spiritual healer and uses her abilities to aid others in obtaining the positive spiritual energy necessary to help themselves with certain crises in their lives,” DiPietro said Tuesday.