I haven’t ranted in quite a while but …
So I caught a post on FB by someone, who I just lost all respect for, for which the subject was this earth-shattering, amazing and life-changing supplement. Now, the post was totally devoid of anything objective or scientific; rather it was simply filled with Appeal to Emotion. Comments like:
I noticed an extreme increase in energy.
Decreased sleep requirements.
Strength gains during training.
Life-changing effect regarding thoughts about food.
Freedom from food addiction.
Changed my life.
My boyfriend had better results than he got from steroids 10 years ago, without the side effects.
And of course, the expected, “message me and I’ll answer any questions you may have.” Why? Because the poster surely sells it now.
Pretty common (and unethical) marketing formula actually.
Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it? Yet I’ve never even heard of this miracle supplement. I bet you haven’t either. I guess my question is, if it has all these earth-shattering effects, even better than steroids, why isn’t everyone marketing and selling it to the masses? Conspiracy?
It’s called Moringa Oliefera.
Yeah, I’ve never heard of it either, not that I’ve heard of everything out there, but something that truly could stand up to the claims, well, most of us should have heard of it by now.
Anyway, so I commented and simply said, “what does examine.com say about it?” For those of you who don’t know, Examine.com has become the objective go-to resource if you want to see what the scientific community and body of research has shown for a given supplement’s effect; how strong that research is, etc., etc.
The poster said they didn’t know what examine.com said (also apparently didn’t care either) and just knew of their experience and how people they knew who had been in excruciating pain for years, bed-ridden even, etc., have been healed. How allergies have been healed. Psoriasis healed. “Thousands of people” with the same experience apparently.
Why haven’t we heard anything about this wonder supplement? Why isn’t it in the news? Why isn’t it on Dr. Oz? Here is the answer given:
“It has been hidden by the pharmaceutical industry because of how it actually heals people. If this spreads like crazy all the pharmaceutical companies would go under.”
Are you kidding me? How is this even said with a straight face?
So I posted the link to the examine.com review on this wonder supplement … only to see it promptly deleted. Now if THAT isn’t the writing on the wall I don’t know what is. An objective review of all the research done on the supplement you’re sensationalizing is posted and you delete it. Why? Why not allow people to make an informed and objective decision on how they spend their money on their own, rather than just basing their decision on your Appeal to Emotion?
Why? Because science be damned. Pay me!
I get PM’d and I’m told that the reason my post was deleted is, “I just don’t want someone to look at the link and decide not to try Moringa because of what it says on there. There are so many people that are suffering out there. My heart burns for them to have a life again. I’ve seen so many people gotten healed after taking in Moringa that I have no doubts about this, no matter what examine.com says. There are over 300 studies published on Moringa on pubmed though, but not on humans as that is too expensive to fund unfortunately.”
Actually you don’t want people to read the examine.com link because it will probably result in people NOT buying this nonsense off you. I mean, let’s at least be honest here.
Here’s just one of the comments from Examine.com:
“Now, despite the plant being referred to as ‘nontoxic’ this does not appear to be the case. While supplemental dosages listed below appear to be safe from all tested toxicity a relatively small increase (3-4 times the recommended does) is known to cause genotoxic damage and may promote cancer formation whereas doses higher than that cause overt organ damage (mostly liver and kidneys). Beyond that, very reasonable supplemental dosages appear to be able to induce abortions in pregnant rats and thus supplementation is contraindicted (not advised) in pregnant women.”
Yikes! Not so much the elixir marketed. Apparently it does have good anti-oxidant properties however but I am sure an anti-oxidant cannot possibly account for such dramatic claims.
Of course, there is funding for animals/rats but not funding for humans. And yet, it heals people of all sorts of ailments and frees people from suffering. But Big Pharma is hiding it so they don’t go out of business.
I am then subsequently blocked. Haha! Let’s hide the truth from my unsuspecting buyers!
This is the BS of the supplement industry. Do your research and don’t fall for nonsense like this. Any time it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.