Controversial talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz is being sued along with the seller of a “revolutionary fat buster” supplement known as Garcinia Cambogia for promoting the product even though all credible scientific evidence proves it doesn’t work.
The owners of a successful life coaching firm are being sued by clients who claim they used a string of shell companies to run a Ponzi scam that earned them anywhere from $8 to $20 million.
CF writes: “I have a friend that thinks that Brene Brown is awesome. Can you tell me anything about her? I know she was on Opra’s Super Soul Sunday, TED talks, and has written many books on such things as vulnerability. Is she New Age?”
HL writes: “My neighbor recently gave me a bottle of this juice called Noni. It’s apparently this Tahitian fruit juice, which is distributed by a company called Morinda, that is supposed to have all sorts of healing effects. My neighbor claims that it has helped with all sorts of pain that she experiences, however she pays $40 per bottle for this stuff, which is quite a bit in my book. Not sure if this is a scam or the real deal. Any thoughts?”
KS writes: “A woman at our parish spoke to me recently about a line of products from a company she represents called Nikken. They offer items which are purported to ease pain and symptoms of a variety of illnesses and conditions. The focal products contain magnets, but their website doesn’t appear to follow “New Age” kinds of marketing. They focus on the natural energy producing properties of magnets, etc., and their influence on the human body; i.e., a physiological kind of influence rather than spiritual. I’m always leery of things of this kind, though I know that the natural world influences us in many ways.