Marion Witte

December 9, 2018

The Facialist

Filed under: MLM Blogs — Marion Witte @ 9:05 pm

I have noticed that strange people and and odd events seem to come into my life with some frequency, and sometimes I wonder why.  I have learned not to overthink it (too much), and to go with my intuition as I sort out what “really happened.”

Recently I went to a local salon for a facial appointment, my second time at this particular location.  The first time I visited the shop, I told the facialist that I was a two-time breast cancer survivor, so I didn’t want her to use any products on me that were hormonal in nature (estrogen, etc). She said none of hers had anything like that in them.

I enjoy this type of down time, as it can be very relaxing, so I was mildly disturbed when she was asking me some questions about whether I knew a lot of people in the area, and if I had connections in the county. I thought it was an odd topic for idle chatter, but I let it go at the time.

When my facial was over, she began to tell me how she has just started selling a new product (in addition to all her other facial products), and that she thought I could benefit from it.  She was using it herself, and she loved it, as it was helping with her sleep, hot flashes and energy level. I asked what it was, and she said it was a gel that you applied on your skin – no pills to take – and it was all natural.  She asked if she could spread some on my forearm, and then I could see if I felt any difference in a couple of hours.  My bullshit detector was already going off, but I thought “what the hell.” 

Then she asked if she could send me the link to the website where the product was sold, and perhaps I could take a look at it.  I said I was probably not going to be interested in it, although I would check it out.

When I got home, she had already sent me the information, so I looked at the name on the product label, only to discover that it was a Human Growth Hormone (HGH) product.  I then also realized it was one of the internet’s multi-level marketing companies.

If you have been through any form of cancer, and have done your research, you will discover that there is a lot of controversy about all the bio-identical hormone replacement therapy the Baby Boomers are engaged in.  The long-term effects are not yet clear, so I personally think one has to proceed with caution when using them.

If you have had breast cancer, there are certain hormones that medical researchers strongly suggest you avoid adding to your system, as breast cancer is often a hormone-driven disease. One of them is estrogen and any photo-estrogen products (like soy and gluten), and another is human growth hormone (HGH).

Therefore, my mild irritation with this woman turned to mild anger, as I started this text exchange with her:

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To Facialist:

I think I mentioned to you that I previously had breast cancer, and I was concerned about what products were used on my skin.   Two of the oncologists I have worked with have advised me that no women who has breast cancer, had breast cancer, or is at risk for breast cancer should ever be taking HGH.  They sent me links to the medical research in this area.

I suggest you exercise more caution when you are trying to sell this product to someone, without understanding its potential harmful effects.

In case I am not clear, I will not be purchasing this product.

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To Marion:

Would you send me the link to the research your doctor sent you.  I would like to read it and have my uplink distributor read it.

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To Facialist:

Here are the links to the research being done by the National Institute of Health, Oxford University and the University of Queensland. 

They have all concluded the HGH is a contributing factor in the development of breast tumors.

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To Marion:

My uplink distributor says your research is more about injectable HGH and not the type of HGH we have in our product.

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To Facialist – (actually I decided not to send this one):

I don’t give a fuck what your uplink distributor thinks.

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To Facialst – (sent instead):

Let’s stop the texting war.

I offer the following advice to you, for free:

  1.  When someone is coming into you for a facial, don’t try and sell them any of your multi-level marketing products.
  2.  If you are going to sell these types of products, do your homework, so you do no harm.
  3.  From my past experience in running businesses, I discovered that when a customer has a disagreement with you, they are ALWAYS right.  Just say you are sorry for the confusion and that you meant no harm.

Finally, please cancel all my appointments at your salon, and have a nice life.

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And so, maybe this whole chain of events happened so I would investigate this product, and share my research with others.  This particular multi-level marketing company, NewULife Corporation, appears to be targeting and soliciting estheticians (facialists), nurses, naturopaths and chiropractors to become part of their distribution network. 

Good news – after research, I discovered the product they are selling has no HGH in it. 

Bad news – the are selling a HGH product that has no HGH in it. 

I have posted a separate blog about this product.

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$170 Bottle of Body Cream?

Filed under: MLM Blogs — Marion Witte @ 9:05 pm

I became familiar with human growth hormone (HGH) in the early 2000s.  Many athletes and bodybuilders were injecting this product to produce additional muscle mass (and many still are today). It was also gaining favor as a tool in the arsenal of the burgeoning “anti-aging” business.  Injections of bio-identical HGH were (are still are) expensive, so it was used mostly by affluent baby boomers. In addition, you must obtain and use this drug under medical supervision.

Then about 10 years ago, companies started to sell “homeopathic” HGH in both capsule and gel form.  Although the exact nature of the formulation of this product is hard to find in their sales material, it appears that some form of synthetic HGH is diluted in purified water.  The dilution ratio listed on the label of these products is 30x, which means there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts water to one part HGH.

That is equivalent to taking a small bottle of pure HGH and mixing it with more than the total amount of all the water on Earth. Therefore, mathematically and scientifically speaking, “Homeopathically Produced HGH” is pure water. There is an extremely high likelihood that there is a not a single molecule of HGH found in a bottle of these homeopathic products.

Bio-identical, manufactured HGH is a controlled substance, and it can be obtained and administered only by a physician, since it is prohibited from being sold directly to the public. HGH must be injected into the bloodstream by needle, as it will not permeate the dermis layers of the skin.

On the other hand, the mixture these marketing companies are selling is promoted as an HGH product, although there is actually no discernible HGH in it. Additionally, these products are being sold for application directly on the skin, in spite of the scientific evidence the HGH can not penetrate any of the skin’s layers.  In reality though, that is not a problem, as there appears to be no HGH in the product that needs to be absorbed!

Does this seem outrageous to anyone else besides me?

Companies first began marketing homeopathic “HGH” to consumers via several online sites and in certain retail outlets, such as health food stores. 

Then, in the last few years, the world of internet multi-level marketing met the world of homeopathic HGH.  Enter NewULife Corporation, with its miraculous cure-all, Somaderm Homeopathic HGH Gel.

The developer of this product is Alex Goldstein, who apparently has no medical or scientific credentials.  He is an iridologist (exams the colored part of the eye to determine if you have a disease) and also a herbalist (deals in medicinal herbs).  My intent is not to discount the value of either of these endeavors, yet I am not sure they provide the qualifications required to be developing a product making claim to such a wide range of health benefits. 

For $169.99 a month, you can purchase this miracle product. And better yet, if you become a distributor and talk your friends into buying it also, you can purchase it for only $149.99 a month. The company and its sales representative have a laundry list of health benefits derived from using their HGH product.  Interestingly, if you do not see results within the first 30 days, the salesperson will state that you have to purchase and use the product for at least three months before you “start to see any real benefits.” 

Below is a list of the “expected benefits” (as outlined in the sales literature) of the Somaderm HGH Gel product being sold through the multi-marketing company, NewULifeCorporation. 

Keep in mind, as you read the list of the benefits to be gained from using HGH, that there is no discernible level of HGH in the gel product:

  • improved stamina
  • increased energy
  • improved sleep
  • vivid dreams
  • improved muscle definition
  • heightened libido
  • increased strength
  • significant weight loss
  • improved vision
  • enhanced focus
  • enhanced muscle mass
  • hair growth
  • PMS symptoms reduced
  • greater flexibility
  • healthier nails
  • improved joint mobility
  • increase in sexual desire
  • alleviation in some menopausal symptoms
  • greater improvements in skin texture and appearance
  • skin has greater elasticity
  • reduction of the appearance of wrinkles
  • hair becomes even healthier and thicker
  • cellulite greatly diminishes
  • improved immune system
  • pain & general soreness diminishes
  • wounds heal quicker
  • greater metabolic output
  • grayed hair returns to natural color
  • reduction in LDL cholesterol
  • blood pressure normalizes
  • heart rate improves

Something equally as concerning as the dubious quality of this product is the marketing ploy being used by the company to imply that the FDA has put its seal of approval on the gel.  This product did indeed get a license number from the FDA to market as an “Unapproved Homeopathic” gel.

To obtain FDA approval, verifiable science and human clinical trials or studies would be required.  None of this has been done, of course.  Hence, this product does NOT have FDA approval, in spite of many of the sales representatives replacing the phase FDA license with FDA approval.

It would appear that many of positive health benefits reported by its consumers (many of whom are themselves sales representatives) from using this product are due to the placebo effect – which in and of itself can be a positive factor. In addition, there are some botanical plant products included in the formula that may be of benefit to some people.  That said, buyers should be aware that any benefits experienced are not due to the HGH in the product – since there appears to be NONE, according to their own labeling.

I filed a complaint with the FDA and the FTC, asking that they look into this company and this product.

As my grandmother said, “If it is too good to be true.”  You know the rest.

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Multi-Level Marketing (MML) on the Internet

Filed under: MLM Blogs — Marion Witte @ 9:04 pm
How Most Multi-Level Marketing Plans Work

I remember the good old days, when you bought your multi-level marketing products from the Tupperware “lady,” from your Avon or Mary Kay neighbor, or from the Amway distributor. Those interactions involved face-to-face communication with the sales representative, and you were able to see the product and test its quality before you purchased it.  In addition, there was little or no pressure for you to become a distributor, or to be asked to hit up your family, friends and business associates to purchase products from you.

We are in the new age of internet Multi-Level Marketing (MLM).

Everything about MLM has changed during the last 15 years, as a plethora of internet companies have entered the picture. Too often they appeal to well-intentioned folks who are told they are going to get rich by becoming a sales representative, and then a distributor, as they work towards the top of the ladder.  They are also advised they are getting in on an exciting new product, they can work at home on their computer, sell to everybody they know on social media, and they will be rich enough to retire in a few years.

The sad reality is that too many of these organizations either go out of business after a few years of operating, or their sales activity declines significantly and commission pay-outs start to be reduced or not paid at all. It is easy to understand why that happens, since under these types of schemes, at some point in time people run out of people to bring in under them, and the market becomes saturated. The program works if everybody who buys the products also sells the product.  And it only works if you have a solid, sustainable product.

Investigators who research various MLM companies have discovered that the founders of these companies, the executives, and the original distributors make a lot of money, especially in the early years of these companies.  Unfortunately, the other 99% of folks who are the sales representatives and customers (especially those that get in at the end of the run), either make a little money, break even, or for the most part, lose money.  You can do your own research on this industry if you are interested in learning more.

Therefore, although I am not a personal fan of this type of organizational structure, I would not discourage anyone from getting involved in an endeavor they consider worthwhile and honest. This includes doing your homework about the background of people who started the company and who are running it now, researching the quality of the product being sold, and obtaining an honest understanding of how much money can actually be earned.  If that all pans out, and you have a comfort level with everything, then I say go for it.

Please do your research first, so you don’t wind up losing money on these programs – and also the friends who you brought into it.

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