You've seen the ads - Dr Oz's colon cleanser, as recommended on Oprah! Or the Acai berry product that promises to flush 30 pounds of waste and toxins from your body. Do they work?
It's hard to go anywhere on the internet lately without seeing an ad for Maria's Diet Blog, Lynn's Weight Loss Story, or some other "personal" diet blog that promises the secret to losing weight and impressive testimonials. The mysterious women claim to have seen an episode of Oprah where Dr. Oz said we need to use colon cleansers to get rid of toxins and lose weight. The blogs always promote the same two products - Acai berries, and a colon cleanser.
In an industry based on both hope and deception, it's difficult to know who to trust. We look for names and faces that are familiar and never let us down. So if Dr. Oz and Oprah recommend a product then it has to work, right? Unfortunately, Dr. Oz and Oprah NEVER recommended a colon cleanser. In fact, Dr. Oz has specifically said just the opposite. On an episode of the Oprah show, Dr. Oz said we do not need colon cleansers. He said that we need to consume enough fiber in our natural diets, and drink enough water, and that is ALL that it takes to keep our bodies naturally cleansed. His exact words were If you eat the right foods, it will leave your body in half a day anyway. During an online Q&A with Dr. Oz, he was asked I get these e-mails about colon cleansing. Is it a good idea? He replied You'll get rid of more crap by deleting the e-mails. The intestines empty themselves completely if you eat a high-fiber diet.
Many of the ads/blogs proudly mention the acai was promoted by Rachel Ray on her show, some of the ads claim she loves it and it helped her lose weight. If you search YouTube, you can find a clip of the show and it's not exactly as described. A guest on Rachel Ray's show mentioned the antioxidants in acai and even let Rachel taste it. She didn't look impressed. And there was no mention of Rachel actually using the products, and weight loss was never mentioned. So much for that glowing advertisement!
Acai berries do not help weight loss. They are loaded with antioxidants that may help protect against cancer and other diseases, but they do not contribute to weight loss. Unfortunately, it's just another marketing scam.
The companies running these scam ads are quick to mention big names such as Oz, Oprah, and Rachel Ray because they know some of you will just take their word for it without investigating it further. The ads can be convincing, and we know that at least one of our members was taken in by them.
What do you get if you order their products? You will receive bogus, overpriced supplements that cannot live up to their claims because they are boldly lying. The products could be potentially dangerous, as similar products often are.
When you order the "free trial", you are not getting anything for free. You will be billed at least $79.95 just 14 days after placing your order, even if you have not received your trial yet. You will be automatically subscribed to a variety of other expensive services without realizing it. It's almost impossible to cancel because most people call the phone number provided for customer service but do not get through.
Internet complaint websites, such as RipOffReport.com, are overflowing with complaints about these two products as well as similar products. It's very sad to read how so many innocent people, who only wanted to improve their health, have been ripped off.
If you are interested in supplementing your diet with acai, please consider purchasing a legitimate acai product that can be purchased at local health food stores. You can read the ingredient labels and make sure you are getting a quality product at a reasonable price, without being taken for a ride.
If you are interested in colon health, please do not get taken in by the colon cleansing and detox scams that populate the market right now. Follow Dr. Oz's real advice - follow a diet naturally high in fiber, and drink plenty of water. The body is naturally cleansing and will take care of itself.