Monday, October 20, 2008

$5 Million Fine for Bogus Weight Loss Claims

Ever hear of Kevin Trudeau?

He's the author of many fantastical books that purport the medical establishment is hiding cures from the general public.

He purports the same to be true about weight management and wrote a book entitled, "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About".

Apparently what we don't want you to know is that the cure includes weekly injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which certainly to date has never been demonstrated to be either safe or effective for weight loss in any well designed randomized trial.

Oh, and there's also a complicated diet plan to follow.

His infomercials certainly make it seem effortless but the Federal Trade Commission, shockingly, felt differently.

So much differently in fact that they fined Kevin over $5 million and have banned him from making infomercials for 3 years.

20/20 had a kick at Kevin a while back and thanks to Youtube, here's their piece on his remarkable "cures":


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  1. Anonymous10:39 am

    As someone who suffers from insomnia, I have often come across late-night infomercials with this snake oil salesman (that is the nicest thing I can say about him) and wondered how he gets away with it. (It is more than a little ironic that every time I see him he is being interviewed by Hugh Downes, the former co-host of 20/20.) Glad I didn't waste my money on a trampoline... VP P.S. Thanks for Friday's video - LOL!

  2. Aahh conspiracies......just like the ones we have to deal with in Oncology about how us docs are deliberately hiding the fact that the cure for cancer exists and we're just giving chemotherapy to make money.

  3. Anonymous5:55 pm

    Wasn't he the guy that worked as a used car salesman? And didn't he get into trouble from ripping off customers credit cards? Hmm...

  4. Anonymous1:34 am

    I was mistaken; Hugh Downes "interviews" another infomercial mainstay whose name escapes me at the moment.