Michelle Van Etten, Soon-to-Be RNC 2016 Star, Peddles Pills that Make Alex Jones Crazed
A marketer who sells pseudoscience pills simply landed a prime-time slot at the convention. Among her fans: Infowars’ Alex Jones, who tells the supplements attain him’ crazed and aggressive.'”>
CLEVELAND A multi-level marketer who peddles pseudoscienceand whose product is endorsed by Americas leading conspiracy theoristis scheduled to speak in a primetime slot Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.
Michelle Van Etten was presented by the RNC in a Sunday evening press release as a small business proprietor who applies over 100,000 people. Thats roughly 1.5 times the number of employees Apple applies in the United States, inducing it a highly unlikely assert. For such a supposedly big employer, she has flown under the radaruntil the proclamation of her speech at the convention, there was no record of her business work in the press.
Van Etten actively participate in selling products that claim to improve health and even opposed cancer, all based on dubious science. And as you peel the narrative back, every single layer is fascinating: theres Alex Jones hysteria, pyramid-scheme-style marketing, and questionable Clemson University research.
The whole basis of the products and the claims are pseudoscience, told Janet Helm, a nutritionist and registered dietitian who writes often about diet myths, nutrition trends, and misinformation.
That the convention would invite such a speaker is a reflection of the organizational chaos that has engulfed it: the speakers listing was promised for July 7, but had recently been released in the last few days. Even on Monday morning, the working day the convention begins, the convention app simply promised an official schedule coming soon.
While the convention did not indicate what Van Ettens business involves, her Facebook profile, where she posted excitedly about her convention speaking slotI am speaking at 8: 49 Wednesday night, she writesindicates that she works at a company called Youngevity. The Youngevity website lists her biography under the title Senior Vice Chairman Marketing Director, as do her Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Youngevity is a multi-level marketing system focusing on selling nutritional supplements and other products. Multi-level marketing is a sales system in which a salesperson earns fund on the sales of each subsequent salesman he or she recruits.
The company certainly appears to be a pyramid scheme, advertising unique possibilities through a world class marketing system. Instead, it seems like a world-class scam to me, told Britt Hermes, a former naturopathic physician and writer of The Naturopathic Diaries, a blog aimed at contextualizing the false information proliferated by the naturopathic profession.
Conspiracy theorist and Trump advocate Alex Jones( who is in Cleveland for the GOP convention) is an enthusiastic backer of the Youngevity brand. Its products can be found referenced in the online store of his InfoWars website, and at infowarshealth.com. One website even sells a package of Youngevity goods known as The Alex Pack.
I want to stomp people I like it, Jones said in one video endorsing the product, claiming that the Tangy Tangerine made him more half-crazed and aggressive. The only problem is that Im 22[ years-old] againThe only side effect is that Im crazed now. Now I can jog 8 miles instead of 4 milesMy testosterone is up.
Youngevity was founded by a naturopath , not a medical doctor. Naturopathy is based on the concept that the body can heal itself through the use of various herbs and vitamins, and is rejected by many medical professionals as pseudoscientific. But these types of supplements are merely loosely governed: The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 outlines that vitamins and supplements dont require approval from the Federal Drug Administration.
The business has made varying claims of dubious scientific merit. It put out a pamphlet with what it claimed was research performed at the Institute of Nutraceutical Research at Clemson University. The pamphlet suggests that that two of its products, Beyond Tangy Tangerine and Ultimate Classic, had anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Clemsons Institute of Nutraceutical Research did some restriction preliminary laboratory research for Youngevity several years ago. No clinical trials were performed and Clemson has in no way endorsed any Youngevity product nor permitted the use of Clemsons name or data in conjunction with any claims of efficacy. The Institute no longer exists, Clemson spokesperson Robin Denny told The Daily Beast Monday evening.
Dont get your health advice from someone to sell you products. These are unproven and potentially dangerous, and theyre very expensive, Helm told The Daily Beast. There are a lot of products that are very cringe-worthy They make a lot of claims: weight loss claims, products for children that are very troubling to mesupplements and essential oilsthey have packaged foods would not be what I consider nutritious meals.