- Diet & Weight Loss
Do Not Trust Self-Appointed Nutritionists
A. A Nationwide Epidemic of Nutrition Fraud
The Obama administration here in the United States of America is constantly boasting about how they have brought job growth back to our nation. However, it is apparent anywhere you go in our country that Americans are not as financially healthy as they were back in 1999. Too many Americans feel down on their luck and unhappy with their lives. At the same time, obesity has become a major focus of attention among national issues that get talked about most often. If you’re an American living here in the United States of America, chances are that you are either struggling financially or you are overweight. If you fall into both of those categories, then you have either fallen victim to predatory nutritionists or you are about to do so. If that is the case, do not get angry with YouTuber Nicole Arbour. She is not out to hurt anyone, and she is not the cause of your troubles. On the other hand, self-appointed nutritionists are; or they will become so, if they have not already done so. They are out to rob you of every penny they can get their hands on. Therefore, you must be on your guard at all times whenever one of them approaches you with dollar signs in their eyes. I will stress to you that I would much rather be fat-shamed by Ms. Arbour than be ripped off by some self-appointed, self-styled nutritionist. Nothing Ms. Arbour says in her YouTube videos about “fat people” bothers me in the least. In fact, I even saw a recent YouTube video of hers in which she gave away prizes to people who had followed through with their weight-loss regiments after they had heard her “tough love” talk about obesity and they had decided to take action to get back into shape. However, self-appointed nutritionists make me so angry that I feel as though my blood could coagulate at any time at the mere mention of their profession, in figurative words.
Since the 1990s, I have encountered numerous charlatans and flimflam artists who have proclaimed to be nutritionists. Now I am not saying that each and every individual whom I have met who proclaims to be a nutritionist is someone with dishonorable intentions for everyone who makes the mistake of listening to them or buying anything from them. A few of them here and there don’t really realize that they are actually harming others in practicing a profession that they know very little or nothing about. However, I feel that the public at large really needs to be informed about the kinds of problems they could bring upon themselves if they take everything that these self-appointed nutritionists say to be the gospel truth.
A little over two years ago, I was training in an office position at this one company that sold educational products and services. A woman in her mid-to-late fifties was assigned to train me in how to work the software applications on the computer to perform a variety of different data entry assignments. At first, this woman appeared to be quite sharp and personable. She told me that she had worked previously in radio broadcasting. However, shortly thereafter, my whole perspective of her changed when she started talking to her co-workers about her nutrition distributorship and how she had been trained to become a nutritionist. During my on-the-job training for my data entry duties, she drank this green juice that she claimed was supposed to be some kind of health drink, which many self-proclaimed nutritionists appear to drink. However, it just looked like green puke to me. I don’t know exactly what it does for the body or one’s health. I’ve heard different stories about it; but no matter how you look at it, it is so gross. Supposedly it cleanses the body of its impurities. It reminds me of what actress Linda Blair spew from her mouth at the priests in the movie The Exorcist. Quite frankly, I don’t trust anything that any self-proclaimed nutritionist shoves in my face. I overheard this woman talking with someone about how pricey the training course was for someone to become a nutritionist through the company that sold her a distributorship so that she could become a nutritionist.
We have all run into these people at one time or another. Some of them make it more than obvious to us that they are not qualified to be providing nutritional counseling, while others know how to put up appearances way too well at the detriment and expense of others. They constantly flap their jaws about a human body’s chronic need for protein. In fact, “protein” seems to be their favorite word. However, if you ask any of them what the specific definition of protein is, they will simply tell you that it is a synonym for the word “nutrient” or “nourishment.” However, the actual definition of the word “protein” is that it is any of numerous nitrogenous substances occurring in all living matter and essential to one’s diet. Of course, most of us do not know that entire definition by heart and cannot remember it that easily, and I admit that I even have to peek in the dictionary now and then to recall specifically what it is. In any event, the fact that self-proclaimed nutritionists never seem to know the exact definition of protein is strongly indicative of how very little they can be trusted to provide nutritional counseling to anyone. It is bad enough whenever any of us are watching a movie and some imbecile in the movie has the audacity to tell someone that eating an insect or a worm will provide him or her with a significant amount of protein. Such a comment is not even remotely funny, and you begin to wonder what kind of warped sense of humor could even possess someone to write something like that in a movie script. I don’t know if such a statement is true, but I actually couldn’t care less inasmuch as I would never include insects or worms in my daily diet. At least I would not do so by choice. I’m sure that there are many grotesque things that contain protein. My point is that it gets really tiring and annoying to hear these self-appointed nutritionists run their mouths about protein, which is something that they really don’t fully know about or understand. Many of them even repeat this word so many times that it sounds as though they are saying it through their nose.
Self-appointed nutritionists are notorious for lecturing others about how they should not eat anything after 7 o’clock at night. Really? It is common and even customary for people to eat dinner as late as 10 o’clock at night in France and in Spain, and neither of these two nations currently suffers from a collective obesity problem. Therefore, these self-appointed and self-proclaimed nutritionists couldn’t be completely accurate, if at all, about their belief that eating after 7:00 P.M. will cause obesity. Then they preach on about the importance of having three square meals a day, and they talk as though skipping even one meal in a single day will either completely deplete the body of all its protein or even lead to death. Is that so? Then how can they explain about the ritual of fasting in India or the ritual of Bigu in the People’s Republic of China? People practice these rituals regularly in both of these two nations, and they don’t die from it. Self-appointed nutritionists have so much to say about the way people should conduct their eating habits, but, at the same time, they have such limited proof and knowledge that anything that they tell anyone is correct.
For the most part, the self-appointed nutritionists that I have encountered over the past two to three decades always appear to fall into three different categories. The first category of self-appointed nutritionists consists of high school dropouts that are constantly looking for a sense of self-importance and respect from others. The second category of them consists of a bunch of morons who never made it as regular medical doctors or at least as registered dietitians. The third category of them consists of individuals who are on an ego trip. What all three categories of self-appointed nutritionists seem to have in common is that they have dollars signs in their eyes whenever they get the opportunity to zero in on anyone whose eating habits they are claiming to be looking to improve. They like to preach about health and wealth. If any of them hold any kind of diploma or any kind of certificate in their field, it is usually either from some fly-by-night correspondence school or an online university that has never been accredited. These people should not be trusted, because most of them are scam artists who are only looking to capitalize on the desperation of others over their weight, health, and even quality of life. Do not be surprised if any of these self-appointed nutritionists lie to you about their educational credentials; or if they have any kind of educational credentials from an accredited educational institution, it is usually in a field that has little or nothing to do with dietetics or nutritional science. Most of them will say or do anything to get you to listen to them and open up your wallet to whatever it is that they’re selling.
B. Nutritionists vs. Registered Dietitians
Do not confuse nutritionists with registered dietitians. The two fields are separate. A registered dietitian (RD) is normally a licensed professional in the fields of nutrition and dietetics, whereas a nutritionist could be someone who just checked out of a drug rehabilitation center and is looking for a quick and easy way to make a buck. A self-appointed nutritionist could never succeed anywhere in the legitimate healthcare industry, because he or she doesn’t have the education or the ethical standards to do so. Self-appointed nutritionists are like the Church of Scientology of the healthcare industry. On the other hand, before becoming a registered dietitian, the majority of states require that an individual obtain at least a bachelor’s degree, if not a Master’s degree. Then that individual must complete a substantial quantity of internship hours in various professional settings, usually under the supervision of an experienced registered dietitian. Then that individual must take a standardized exam that is offered nationwide. Once that individual passes the exam, then he or she becomes licensed to be a registered dietitian. However, the licensure requirements don’t end there. A registered dietitian usually will have to continue their education in the field of nutrition and dietetics to keep abreast of the latest scientific discoveries and developments in those fields. The licensure requirements for registered dietitians differ from state to state here in the United States of America. Lastly, registered dietitians have a code of ethics to which they must adhere that is established by the laws of their state. Registered dietitians also have the legal right to call themselves nutritionists, whereas nutritionists do not have the legal right to call themselves registered dietitians unless they have fulfilled all of the licensure requirements in their state or unless there are no licensure requirements in their state for registered dietitians at all, which is quite unusual. Unlike self-appointed nutritionists, registered dietitians are not in the business to get rich but rather to fulfill their call of duty with which the state has entrusted them.
A Detailed Description Of The Difference Between A Registered Dietitian And A Nutritionist
Comparing a registered dietitian to a self-appointed nutritionist is like comparing an astronomer to an astrologist. An astronomer actually has to go to college and get a degree before they can work in a space observatory or in any kind of space-related institution. An astrologist can say just about anything they want about how the stars will influence one’s future, and they have no educational requirements mandated by law for them to enter into their so-called profession. Once you discover that the information in horoscopes differs from source to source, you’ll realize that astrology is one of the biggest scams ever to exist. Self-appointed nutritionists are right up there alongside astrologists in the proverbial Hall of Shame. However, so long as they are lining their pockets, none of them ever seem to care one way or the other. They are not here to help anyone despite all the rhetoric they feed the public about how they went into their field of work to help others, and the misinformation that they spread to the public is causing innocent people to get sick and even die. This is definitely a problem that the American people should not overlook or ignore.
C. The Legislative History Regarding Nutritional Counseling
Nutritional quackery is running rampant in the United States of America, and fraudsters who proclaim to be nutritionists are becoming more and more calculating in how they deceive consumers in order to profit off both the harmful health products that they sell to them and the misleading counseling that they give them. Unless you’re healthy and slim and you live in the lap of luxury, you run the risk of falling victim to nutrition fraud. In recent years, numerous state legislatures throughout the United States of America have passed laws against anyone providing nutritional counseling unless that individual is a registered dietitian in their state. Registered dietitians have actively urged legislators in their states to pass these laws, because they wish to protect both the integrity and the reputation of their profession from the poisoned tentacles of fraudsters who appoint themselves as nutritionists. The outrage that registered dietitians share with one another in this respect is well justified inasmuch as these laws also protect the public from falling victim to nutritional quackery. Having these laws throughout the United States of America protects consumers in the same manner that identical laws pertaining to doctors, dentists, and others in the medical profession do so. A good example to this effect is that if you live in a state jurisdiction where everyone who engages in nutritional counseling is required to become a registered dietitian, your rights are protected in the event that anyone provides you with damaging nutritional counseling. That is, if a registered dietitian engages in professional misconduct, you have the opportunity to lodge a complaint against that registered dietitian with the licensing board in their state with which they are registered to practice in their field of expertise. If they are found culpable of professional misconduct, then they could lose their license as a registered dietitian and be prohibited from acting in any capacity as a registered dietitian in their state. If you fall victim to a self-appointed nutritionist who has not obtained any license to become a registered dietitian and you are living in a state that requires for them to do so, then any action that you take to lodge a complaint against them with the licensing board for registered dietitians will likely subject them immediately to arrest and subsequently to indictment on related criminal charges. State requirements that anyone who gives nutritional counseling must become a registered dietitian protect consumers from falling victim to deceptive nutritional practices.
When I was surfing around YouTube to find whatever information I could do so regarding the protection of consumers against nutritional quackery, I stumbled across a comment from someone on a YouTube page about the existence of standards for nutritionists. This person stated in her post that the National Association of Nutrition Professionals also has a board exam and requires 1,200 hours of supervised practice for someone to be considered a Certified Nutrition Professional (CNP), the main difference being that only those with a holistic background are eligible to do so. According to this same individual, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals also requires continuing education credits to maintain board certification. She also explained that there is also what is called a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). She explained that to obtain a certification to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist, you must either have a graduate or doctorate degree in a health field to be eligible to take their extremely comprehensive board exam. She stressed that there were legitimate credentials out there for nutritionists other than that of the registered dietitian. Her main point was that not all nutritionists were created equal, and neither were all registered dietitians. While I can appreciate this same argument, I would also need to be assured that state jurisdictions across the United States of America approved of these same above-described requirements for nutritionists on the premise that they mirror the requirements for registered dietitians. That is, assuming that they do so. Otherwise, I would have to say that anyone wishing to provide nutritional counseling should have to become a registered dietitian before being able to do so legally. What I find completely unacceptable is when a state jurisdiction decides to do away with all the licensure requirements on their law books for someone to become a registered dietitian or a nutritionist in their state. This same travesty of public policy occurred in Michigan two and a half years ago.
Up until 2014, out of the 50 states in the United States of America, Michigan had among the strictest licensure requirements for both registered dietitians and nutritionists in order to protect the public health. In 2012, Representative Edward McBroom introduced House Bill 4688 to the Michigan state legislature with the specific purpose of deregulating the licensure requirements for dietitians and nutritionists in his state. Among the opponents of this same bill was the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ann Hoffman, president of the Michigan chapter of this same group, acted as a spokesperson against such a bill in that she warned the public how this bill would open up a can of worms if it were ratified. Among the proponents of this same bill was the Michigan Nutrition Association, which played on the insecurities of the public to encourage the passage of it into law. The Alliance for Natural Health shared in this crusade to deregulate the licensure requirements for registered dietitians and nutritionists in Michigan. What proponents of this bill all seemed to share in common was that they believed that the licensure requirements for registered dietitians and nutritionists in Michigan were somehow a product of a government conspiracy to put everyday nutritionists out of business and to limit free speech that is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. However, any prudent person could see that the majority of the proponents of this bill had dollar signs in their eyes upon seeking its passage into law.
When Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4688 into law on July 1st, 2014, it became Public Act 267 of 2014. Not only did it repeal the licensure requirements for registered dietitians and nutritionists in Michigan, but it also abolished the Board of Dietetics and Nutrition – the agency that licensed registered dietitians and nutritionists in that same state. Because of this law, Michigan will continue to be a playground for self-appointed nutritionists committing all sorts of fraud throughout that state, and every fraudster proclaiming to be a nutritionist will continue to come out of the woodwork in that state. Perhaps Governor Snyder may have made many friends throughout the seamy underbelly of the nutrition industry. Perhaps there might even have been monetary gain that he got out of going down this road, although I will not speculate on such a scenario inasmuch as I do not wish to be held to it. What I will definitely say is that this is not the only time that he has ever done something really stupid and reckless during his two terms in office. You may have heard in the news a while back that he was also at fault for neglecting to handle the situation with the contamination of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and because of this shortcoming of his, the Attorney General of Michigan, Bill Schuette, launched a criminal investigation against him, which could possibly land him in prison. Anyone who voted Governor Snyder back into office for a second term in 2014 is probably saying to themselves at this point in time, “What was I thinking?” Those of you who followed the scandal involving Nu Skin Enterprises back in the 1990s probably find it hard to believe that this is the same state jurisdiction where then-Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley pursued civil litigation against Nu Skin Enterprises. In mentioning that past chapter of American history, I am reminded of when my eyelid had started bleeding after I had used a container of cream that I had purchased from Nu Skin Enterprises back in the early 1990s. Nu Skin Enterprises is a company that sells both skincare and nutritional products through individual distributors.
D. My Personal Experiences with Self-Appointed Nutritionists
After reviewing the above-cited YouTube video, you may recall that California is one of the states in the United States of America where there are no licensure requirements of any kind for someone to become a nutritionist. Therefore, California is an ideal place for someone to launch a nutritional scam, especially for a high school dropout who wishes to acquire the same standard of living as, say, a corporate executive on Wall Street who has a Master’s degree or even a doctorate. As a matter of fact, California is a magnet for these kinds of fraudsters. How do I know? Because I lived in California for seven years back in the 1990s during a time when the United States of America was suffering hard times and was extremely vulnerable to the fraudulent shenanigans of self-appointed nutritionists.
Back in late 1994, I found myself unemployed and gaining more weight than to what I had been accustomed. When I was searching for work in this one free magazine titled Working World Magazine that was available at newspaper stands throughout Los Angeles, I came across an advertisement that promised me to be financially free in 1995. I decided to respond to the advertisement and call the telephone number in it. Upon doing so, a Chinese woman answered at the other end and arranged for me to meet with her and a group of her friends. To make a long story short, she attempted to sign me up as a distributor of Enrich International, which, at the time, was a multi-level marketing company that sold nutritional products. Because I did not want to jump into anything blindly, I purchased some of their products to give them a try. One of the products was some kind of herbal mix that I put in water. When I drank it, it felt good and soothing. However, shortly thereafter, I got a sore lump in my throat. I phoned a doctor to inquire what it could have been, and she told me that it was apparently a bacterial infection. After I discontinued consuming the product, the infection and the lump in my throat went away. Although, at the time, I did not check on the package that the herbal mix came in before I opened it up and tried the product, I would not be the least bit surprised if I were to have found out back then that the United States Food and Drug Administration had not approved it. I would like to stress that finding out that the United States Food and Drug Administration has not approved a nutritional product should serve as big enough of a red flag as anything. After I had gone through that unpleasant experience, I ceased any and all contact with the distributor from Enrich International who had sold me the product.
During that same year, I traveled down to San Diego, California to respond to an advertisement that had misled me to believe that it was for a real job position. I had been considering moving from Los Angeles down to San Diego at the time, because the cost of living in San Diego was lower than in Los Angeles. I found myself at some seminar of a multi-level marketing company named Equinox International that was trying to recruit me as a distributor of their nutritional products and water filters. I quickly wised up and decided not to purchase anything from these people or get involved in anything they wanted me to pursue. I was somewhat annoyed that I had spent hours driving on the San Diego Freeway to attend something that was not even remotely what I had anticipated. What I found so interesting is that when I was in the elevator of the building where the seminar had taken place and on my way down to the lobby to exit the building, a man in the elevator told me that he had made money with Equinox International “just goofing around with it.” In other words, he was trying to make it seem as though the Equinox International products sold themselves.
In 1995, Equinox International had suckered me into attending yet another one of their seminars, this time in Culver City, California, which was only a bus ride away from my residence on the Culver City green bus. The building where I attended this seminar was close to the Fox Hills Mall. This time I was less patient about the entire ordeal, because some imbecile from this company had asked me over the telephone to bring a résumé with me as though I were being asked to come in for a job interview. In other words, he had misled me to believe that I was going in for an interview with the objective of being hired for a real salaried job position. He even had the audacity to ask me over the telephone whether I had any problem with the idea of earning a six-figure income. I should have taken that question as a red flag right then and there, because most people would have found such a prospect to be too good to be true. After attending this seminar, this time I made myself a promise that I would never allow myself to be fooled into going to another one of these circus shows ever again, figuratively speaking.
The third time that Equinox International deceived me into attending another one of their outlandish home-based business opportunity seminars, I was extremely peeved inasmuch as I had gone to this event under the misinformation that I was interviewing for a legitimate job position. It should be noted that all three times that I had contacted Equinox International for a job interview, I did not know that I was contacting them inasmuch as they never identified themselves over the telephone or in their job advertisements as that company and their telephone number in their job advertisements always changed. Anyhow, I had dressed up in a suit and tie, and I had polished my résumé to look as impressive as possible for what I had believed was going to be a legitimate job interview. After I walked through the front door of the room where their seminar was to take place and found myself in a room full of people who had fallen for the same ploy, I confronted one of the Equinox International managers and hollered at him from the top of my lungs. He just stood there with a grin on his face and told me that I was being cheated if an employer was paying me salary. He looked like a doofus with button-like eyes. I then complained to him that it doesn’t do any good when you offer to pay your debts to creditors with the promise of commission that you have not yet received and have no guarantee of receiving. I angrily marched right out of that seminar before it had even started, and I asked a man in the hallway where I could find a payphone so that I could contact the Culver City green bus company to find out my bus route back home. When this man told me that he did not know of any payphones in the building, I blew up in a fit of rage. No, I did not turn violent on him, but I did scream at him that I did not know what kind of upside down place this was for it not to have a payphone in the whole building. I don’t think I could have been any more furious than I had ever been with Equinox International by that point in time, although I do suspect that the man at which I had flown off the handle was likely an innocent bystander. A woman from another office in the building overheard me lose my temper verbally, and she came out into the hallway to ask me if she could help me with anything. I then proceeded to tell her what had happened, and she told me in a friendly manner that I could use her office telephone to make my call. She then gave me a job application from her company for me to fill out, and she told me that she was sorry that Equinox International had pulled such a dirty trick on me. Of course, she was not an employee of Equinox International, and she had nothing to do with them.
By the time that I had had my third encounter with Equinox International, I was working for a skincare company named Edgar Morris, Inc. in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles. Somehow the subject of Equinox International came up in a conversation between my assistant supervisor and me, and my assistant supervisor told me that it was a good idea that I had not become involved with Equinox International inasmuch as he had received too much negative feedback about that company. I then commented to him that the fact alone that Equinox International had to use deceptive tactics to lure people to their seminars was highly representative of how dishonest such an outfit was. Surprisingly, my former supervisor at Edgar Morris, Inc. had become a distributor of Equinox International. She was somewhat defensive about Equinox International. However, my assistant supervisor told me that she would eventually see the light and realize that that company was not to be trusted after she had been a distributor with them for so long.
I later found out that beginning in 1996, Equinox International had adverse confrontations with both the criminal justice system and the civil court system inasmuch as they had ripped people off of their money. Deceptive recruitment tactics were among the transgressions of theirs that had landed them into trouble with the law. On April 25, 2000, the Federal Trade Commission issued a notice that Equinox International had settled a court case against them with a penalty of $40,000,000 in restitution to their victims. Additionally, Bill Gouldd, who headed Equinox International, was forced to liquidate many of his possessions and was legally barred for life from participating in any network marketing organizations in the United States of America. Equinox International was legally dissolved in 2001 accordingly. None of these legal actions brought against both Equinox International and Mr. Gouldd surprised me in the least. I had never heard any complaints about the nutritional products or any other products that Equinox International had sold; and because I never tried any of their products, I cannot provide you with an impartial evaluation of them. However, I am of the school of thought that if this company could not have been trusted to be honest with people in their recruitment tactics and if they had ripped consumers off of their money, then I feel that they most definitely could not have been trusted to sell anyone nutritional products that were safe to consume. I have always been one to believe that where there is smoke, there is fire; and many of you out there probably feel the same way.
Nevertheless, because Mr. Gouldd served no prison time for his transgressions through Equinox International, he is at large to this very day and he continues to deceive people who are gullible enough to believe anything that he tells them. He even has a YouTube channel in his efforts to do so. Therefore, I guess that it is safe for me to say that the courts did not scare him out of continuing to con people out of their money and that they did no more than perhaps ruffle his feathers and get him to make his previous victims whole again. A YouTuber who goes under the user name of “Ghostly Atheist” has continued to follow this man’s every activity, and she is making a sincere effort to expose him and get him finally to face the kind of music that he should have faced back when he was first prosecuted and sued for his improprieties and illegal activities through Equinox International. Ghostly Atheist allows for others to post descriptions on her YouTube channel of unpleasant experiences that they may have had with Equinox International and Mr. Gouldd back when Equinox International was still in existence. I, therefore, must commend Ghostly Atheist for her bravery in tracking this fraudster until the day comes that the authorities are able to close in on him once again and make him pay for his crimes against others.
E. A Notorious Self-Appointed Nutritionist Behind Bars
Back in the 1990s when I was living in Southern California, another name that came up every so often in the world of home-based business opportunities and self-help products was Kevin Trudeau. No, he is not a blood relation to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At least not as far as I know, that is. In case you have never heard of him before, he is a notorious huckster who was initially known for doing infomercials to sell his Mega Memory book that was supposed to train people in how to build a better memory than what they currently had. When I first saw him on television out in California, I never really paid much attention to anything he said. I usually just changed the channel on my television set to watch a movie or some other television program, because infomercials just weren’t my cup of tea back then.
By the mid-1990s when Kevin Trudeau decided to get into the nutrition industry, his face was being seen more frequently over the television airwaves. I wasn’t very keen about the idea of getting involved with any multi-level marketing company that sold nutritional products by that point in time inasmuch as I had experienced more than my fill of aggravations with these kinds of outfits. However, Mr. Trudeau somehow presented this interesting aspect of both himself and his home-based business opportunity. I, therefore, called the toll-free telephone number advertised on his infomercial and ordered the free videocassette in which he provided the details about his home-based business opportunity involving nutritional products. In other words, I was just acting as a curiosity-seeker, but I had no genuine intentions of spending any money on anything. Both ironically and fortunately, I never watched his videocassette until over two decades later. As a matter of fact, I did not even watch his videocassette until these past few days for the purposes of research for this online article.
Two to three years ago I had heard on the news that Mr. Trudeau had gone to prison for ten years on multiple fraud-related convictions. This had not been the first time that he had been incarcerated. The first time that he had to serve time behind bars, it was for swindling a bank. The second time that he was incarcerated, it was for credit card fraud; and he spent two years in a Federal correctional facility for that particular conviction. Therefore, this ten-year prison sentence he is currently serving in a Federal correctional facility now makes it the THIRD TIME that he has been incarcerated. I had heard a few tidbits of information here and there regarding the second time that he was incarcerated. However, until recently, I had known nothing about the first time that he had been locked up.
I came across a video on YouTube in which Mr. Trudeau did disclose the fact that he had gone to Federal prison for two years on a conviction of credit card fraud. However, he twisted the facts around on what really had happened. He claimed in that YouTube video that he had committed some petty infraction in which he had transposed the numbers of his social security number on a credit card application to get around a blemish on his credit bureau reports so that a credit card company would approve him for a credit card. In other words, he stated that his Federal conviction for credit card fraud was a result of an incident in which nobody was victimized in any way. However, according to a news reporter on 20/20 on ABC, the fraudulent credit card activities of his that got him sent to a Federal prison for two years had actually involved other people’s credit card numbers. Mr. Trudeau also left out the fact that he was additionally convicted of larceny in that same trial that sent him to a Federal prison for two years. As a matter of fact, his most recent sentence of ten years that he is now serving in a Federal prison was a result of a conviction he received for failing to comply with a court order to pay a multi-million dollar fine to the Federal Trade Commission that resulted from his previous conviction involving the credit card fraud and larceny charges against him.
After watching the YouTube video below about Mr. Trudeau, I discovered that he was much more off the wall than I had realized, and it made me wonder whether this man belonged in a Federal prison or in a mental institution. Out of all the outrageous things that he had to say, Mr. Trudeau repeatedly tied the Illuminati into the reasons behind his transgressions. For that matter, he could have blamed his crimes on the Boogeyman. I don’t follow news stories about the Illuminati too closely, and I really don’t have very much interest in them either; but I will say that Mr. Trudeau needs to look no further than a mirror in front of him to find where to pin the blame for the actions of his that ultimately landed him behind bars for ten years. In light of the fact that he is now behind bars for the third time in his life, it clearly evidences that he does not have much respect for the law or for the people that the law is supposed to protect and serve.
Kevin Trudeau Faced The Music Louder Than Ever!
After updating myself on everything that I needed to know about Mr. Trudeau, I decided to go ahead and watch the videocassette that he and his company had sent me back in the 1990s. It is titled THE TRUDEAU MARKETING GROUP OPPORTUNITY. It had been a while since I had used my VCR, because I now use my DVR to record everything on television that I wish to watch later on. Nevertheless, I thought that perhaps I might get the chance to give myself a nice, good laugh upon watching his videocassette, especially now that he was serving time in prison.
Upon watching Mr. Trudeau’s videotaped presentation, I came across all the telltale signs of a nutritional scam. In his videotaped presentation, he explained that the Trudeau Marketing Group was a distributor of Nutrition for Life, which sold nutritional products and self-improvement products. Among those products were books and literature to guide consumers on how to eat and live right, so to speak. In his presentation, he promised the moon and the stars to anyone who purchased a distributorship from him. He used the typical approach of telling his viewers that this home-based business opportunity of his was the best one out there and that it was for someone who didn’t have very much time or education. He babbled on about how his home-based business opportunity was so perfect for someone who hated sales. He even implied throughout his presentation that this program of his worked itself and that the nutritional products that it offered sold themselves. He made it all sound as though a distributor would have to put in a very limited amount of effort to earn money from it.
In his presentation, Mr. Trudeau incorporated just about every tactic that fraudsters usually think of in promoting their home-based business opportunities. He claimed to have connections in high places like Wall Street and Hollywood. Hmm. I wonder if these people he supposedly knows in high places now visit him in The Big House. While he was talking about his best friend, he claimed that he and his best friend both came from a blue-collar background. I’ve heard that story before from other fraudsters like Mr. Trudeau. In his presentation, he stated that conventional ways to make money just don’t work anymore but that his moneymaking program will work. He gave examples of people having invested in McDonald’s stocks and Chrysler stocks years ago that later set them for life financially. I’ve heard that pitch somewhere before. He kept emphasizing that his home-based business opportunity allowed average people to get in on the ground floor. That enticing line sounds quite familiar. He explained that it was unwise to get involved with an old multi-level marketing company like Amway, Herbalife, or Mary Kay, because the successful people in those companies had gotten on board with them in their early stages in one way or another. Then he stated that 90 percent of new multi-level marketing companies normally went out of business, and, hypocritically, he highlighted that one reason for their doing so was because crooks ran many of them. Add Mr. Trudeau to that list of crooks. Throughout his presentation, he spoke about how his home-based moneymaking opportunity would make you more financially independent than you have ever been in your entire life. Yeah, right. I’d have to see it to believe it.
Mr. Trudeau’s presentation sparkled with all the characteristics of a dream work-at-home business opportunity. However, I think reality probably set in on most everyone who had watched this videocassette and had been down this road previously in their pursuit of a better financial future. Mr. Trudeau eventually mentioned in his presentation that the required initial investment for someone to become a distributor with the Trudeau Marketing Group was $1,035.00. Does anyone who may be struggling financially have that kind of money to throw away? For that amount of money, you could probably buy a first-class round-trip ticket from Los Angeles to New York City. You could probably even purchase what is called an open-jaw airline ticket in that regard, which allows you a certain degree of flexibility with your departure and return locations depending on how much you’re willing to spend on airfare. However, Mr. Trudeau didn’t stop there. He also said in his presentation that a distributor with his organization had to pay an additional monthly fee of $135.00. What you got in return were training manuals, an assortment of nutritional products, and self-improvement products. If I had watched this same videocassette back in 1995 when Mr. Trudeau first released it to the public, I probably would have lost interest at that point in his presentation. Because there are far too many home-based business opportunities that require no initial investment and ask for no money up front, nobody who may be unemployed should have to dip into their bank account, which probably by that point in time is withering away to nearly nothing.
In his presentation, the description that Mr. Trudeau gave of how someone makes money through his home-based business opportunity was that of the same highly artificial moneymaking techniques that I had noticed that so many other similar home-based business opportunity companies had their distributors utilize. That is, a distributor had to buy so many of the Trudeau Marketing Group products each month and recruit more victims into the pyramid scam that Mr. Trudeau had pieced together. He claimed that his company used a matrix system in their multi-level marketing structure rather than a conventional system. However, there were too many warning signs that he divulged in his presentation to view his home-based business opportunity as anything other than as a scam. He went so far in his presentation as to say that he had signed up doctors, lawyers, suburban housewives, and even millionaires as distributors for his company. I had noticed that many flimflam artists like him had used that same line about how people who were already earning a whole mint from their own regular professions had gotten involved in a home-based business opportunity of this nature. The most misleading and deceptive statement that Mr. Trudeau made in his presentation was that you had nothing to lose by getting involved with his home-based business opportunity and that it was the best home-based business opportunity out there. On the contrary, many people lost much of their life savings getting involved in his home-based business opportunity, and this was the worst home-based business opportunity that anyone could ever have gotten involved in inasmuch as he was really the only one getting rich off of it.
Mr. Trudeau’s videotaped presentation then showed video clips of yachts, mansions, fur coats, jewelry and other luxuries while a narrator talked as though anyone who bought Mr. Trudeau’s moneymaking opportunity could eventually have these same goodies too. Wow, what a laugh. Well, now Mr. Trudeau spends his days and nights in an orange jumpsuit at Club Fed where he belongs. He was someone who knew how to talk the talk, but he never was willing to walk the walk inasmuch as ripping people off of all their life savings was his only intention in the whole scheme of things. He is the most notoriously predatory self-appointed nutritionist that I have ever known, because, among other things, he has written books about nutrition and he has provided medical advice about it despite that he has never been qualified to do so. His quackery has endangered the lives of ailing individuals whom he has fooled into believing that he could cure them.
There is a lesson to be learned about nutritional fraud upon looking into Mr. Trudeau’s background. Even though most states have passed laws that require everyone who wishes to provide nutritional counseling to become a registered dietitian, there are special interest groups in the nutrition industry that are always protesting for the elimination of these same laws under the ludicrous argument that such laws infringe upon individual freedom of choice and free speech. Never mind what all these jokers who proclaim to be nutritionists say. Such laws protect the general public from scam artists like Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Gouldd, and every other huckster who tells you that they can bring you health and wealth. The nutrition industry is overflowing with charlatans who are looking to make an easy buck at the detriment and expense of others. Whenever you get involved with these charlatans, your money and perhaps even your life are at stake. I would not be the least bit surprised if a report were someday to surface in the press and in the media stating that many people among the millions on welfare here in the United States of America ended up on public assistance as a result of their falling prey to these charlatans. Why do I say so? The answer to that question is plain and simple. Whenever a charlatan has scammed someone out of their life savings, there is a likelihood that that victim will also suffer a loss of property and that their credit bureau reports will be severely blemished. A tragedy of this nature can make finding employment almost impossible for that person insofar as resorting to welfare may be the only option left as opposed to homelessness.
F. My Conclusion Regarding Self-Appointed Nutritionists
If you have a nutritional concern or any kind of health-related concern, it is best for you to go to a registered dietitian or a doctor. Also, do your homework. Get references. Research the backgrounds of any registered dietitian or doctor before you see them. People in both of these professions have a code of ethics to which they must adhere, because laws in most every state of the United States of America have established such a code of ethics. However, stay away from self-appointed nutritionists and the likes. They are more interested in making an easy buck off of you than they are in improving your health or in bettering the quality of your life. They are mostly charlatans and fraudsters. If they are not so, then they are individuals who are clueless of the actual scientific aspects of dietetics and nutrition; and they probably got involved with some fly-by-night multi-level marketing company that has them believing that they are helping others for the better good while making money doing so.
Some of you might remember the HBO series Big Love that ran from 2006 to 2011 about a polygamist named Bill Henrickson living in Utah who had three wives. One of his wives was Margene Heffman. During the last season of that HBO series, her character got involved in a nutritional scam named Goji Blast from which she purchased a moneymaking business opportunity, so to speak, that required her to sell Goji juice and recruit other distributors. The distributor of that nutritional scam who had recruited her misled her to believe that Goji Blast used their sales profits for noble causes such as building bridges in Central America. Eventually Margene found out that Goji Blast was a nutritional scam that ripped off unsuspecting consumers like her. Her character strongly portrayed the naive individual who normally signed on as a distributor with one of these fraudulent organizations. Ultimately Margene and her family suffered a horrifying tragedy in the form of her husband’s murder as a result of her involvement in this scam. Even though this HBO series took this whole scenario way above and beyond what normally may occur whenever someone blindly becomes involved in a nutritional scam, I still believe that it got its message across loud and clear.
It is your health and your money. Don’t let the wrong people take them from you. The minute someone gets in your face and starts running their mouth about how they know how to give you a better life and how they are an expert in nutrition, shut down the conversation immediately and tell them that you are not interested. They will get the message. Also, stay away from nutritional advice websites on the Internet that are operated by individuals whom you’ve never heard of and have no credentials to justify their role as someone who is qualified to provide nutritional counseling. The next time you receive a free jar of herbal vitamins in your mailbox from a complete stranger, throw it in the trashcan. You don’t know what the herbal vitamins could do to you if you ingest them. One must always be on their guard with these self-appointed nutritionists, because they will wreak havoc in your life once you allow them to do so.
Have you ever had a negative experience with a nutritionist?
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