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Pharmacist Student Shows MLM Supplements Are ‘Harmful Garbage’ With Real-Life Example
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Pharmacist Student Shows MLM Supplements Are ‘Harmful Garbage’ With Real-Life Example

Millions of people all over the world are sucked in by the allure of multilevel marketing, or MLMs, usually on the promise of flexible hours, easy money and the recommendation of a close friend or family member that has also gotten in on the scheme.
But like in anything in life that seems too good to be true, it almost always is. MLMs are essentially rebranded pyramid schemes, that rely not on the quality of the product, but on convincing as many people as possible to get ‘under’ you. This seedy race to the bottom that has destroyed countless relationships, and is a predatory scheme built on false promises and ultimately, disappointment.
This pharmacy student doesn’t like MLMs either. Not only do they empty your wallet, but some of the schemes are actively harmful for your health too. Shakes, supplements and diet pills are big business in MLM circles, with many promising cures for all kinds of ailments you never knew existed. With people quaffing these questionable products full of ‘herbal extracts’ by the gallon, pharmacists have to work overtime to find out how these ‘natural’ chemicals affect the medications they need to prescribe for your very real, and often self-inflicted illnesses.
Scroll down below to read her insightful rant below, and let us know what you think about MLMs and alternative health in the comments.

This girl, who is a pharmacy student, shared something recently that she thinks everyone needs to know

People mostly agreed with her point of view, while sharing similar stories of their own

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nanashi
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have type 2 diabetic and hypertension, and I learned not to tell anyone about them because sure as heck they would immediately tell me to 'trash the prescribed meds' I was given because 'they're toxic in the long run'. instead, they would tell me to get some veggies or some leaf of some plant, boil or pureed them, and drink them instead. I have run out of polite way to say no to their ~ natural remedies ~ bullshit with no actual scientific research about them. I trust modern medicines and healthy lifestyle more than their zero knowledge about the topic. EDIT: so some of you thought the ppl around me was suggesting veganism, but actually I meant homemade natural remedies that has no proof of doing any good. veganism is still pretty unheard of where I'm from aside from the ones tied to religion such as Hindiusm and Buddhism

Mer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey, that sounds really cool! Show me the research?" = magic words...can clear an all-naaaaatural room in seconds.

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Zenozenobee
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was a fragile kid, always sick, even worst during winter. Always had tonsillitis and was supposed to get my tonsils removed. The doc told my mother to give me Cod liver oil to get me stronger... well turned out he over estimated the posology and I got an hepatits. At the hospital met a new doc that discover I never did tonsillitis. I was allergic to my feather pillow and to the Christmas tree. (Yep my only allergies are feathers and resinous trees, go on, laugh). Cod oil, trees, feathers, all natural. Natural is great but not everything in nature, not for everyone, and not all proportions. Nature do not mean safe.

Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although anecdotal, this is a great story about how people fail. Great you found a clever doc at last!

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Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Simply put: dietary supplements are only rarely needed, and only if a lack is diagnosed. There are no superfoods. The body cannot be detoxicated through food. Natural ingredients not necessarily are healthy (maby poisons are perfectly natural). Seemingly harmless stuff like homoeopathics and ayurveda stuff can be dangerous when not produced to the same safety standards as medicine. Brutal, yet simply. Eat healthy and take medicine and supplements only if really needed.

Suzi Gauthier
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I disagree. I had a stroke 2 years ago, and while I take all my "supplements" in food form, I have lost a great deal of weight, gotten rid of a persistent candida infection, my hair & nails are growing faster than they ever have, my blood pressure is down and I have no aches & pains. I feel better at 55 than in my 30's. That being said, there is a lot of nasty stuff out that in homeopath land, and I research everything I take extensively before using it. There are a lot of natural supplements out there that the drug companies "copy" so they can charge for it. And there are plenty of legal & even over-the-counter meds that can do great damage - my niece overdosed on Tylenol & almost had to have a liver transplant. Many blood pressure meds have side effects that are worse than the high blood pressure, especially when they keep lowering the numbers that are considered "high." Neither doctors, nor pharmaceuticals nor homeophathic substances can keep you safe without you informing yourself.

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nanashi
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have type 2 diabetic and hypertension, and I learned not to tell anyone about them because sure as heck they would immediately tell me to 'trash the prescribed meds' I was given because 'they're toxic in the long run'. instead, they would tell me to get some veggies or some leaf of some plant, boil or pureed them, and drink them instead. I have run out of polite way to say no to their ~ natural remedies ~ bullshit with no actual scientific research about them. I trust modern medicines and healthy lifestyle more than their zero knowledge about the topic. EDIT: so some of you thought the ppl around me was suggesting veganism, but actually I meant homemade natural remedies that has no proof of doing any good. veganism is still pretty unheard of where I'm from aside from the ones tied to religion such as Hindiusm and Buddhism

Mer
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey, that sounds really cool! Show me the research?" = magic words...can clear an all-naaaaatural room in seconds.

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was a fragile kid, always sick, even worst during winter. Always had tonsillitis and was supposed to get my tonsils removed. The doc told my mother to give me Cod liver oil to get me stronger... well turned out he over estimated the posology and I got an hepatits. At the hospital met a new doc that discover I never did tonsillitis. I was allergic to my feather pillow and to the Christmas tree. (Yep my only allergies are feathers and resinous trees, go on, laugh). Cod oil, trees, feathers, all natural. Natural is great but not everything in nature, not for everyone, and not all proportions. Nature do not mean safe.

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although anecdotal, this is a great story about how people fail. Great you found a clever doc at last!

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Simply put: dietary supplements are only rarely needed, and only if a lack is diagnosed. There are no superfoods. The body cannot be detoxicated through food. Natural ingredients not necessarily are healthy (maby poisons are perfectly natural). Seemingly harmless stuff like homoeopathics and ayurveda stuff can be dangerous when not produced to the same safety standards as medicine. Brutal, yet simply. Eat healthy and take medicine and supplements only if really needed.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I disagree. I had a stroke 2 years ago, and while I take all my "supplements" in food form, I have lost a great deal of weight, gotten rid of a persistent candida infection, my hair & nails are growing faster than they ever have, my blood pressure is down and I have no aches & pains. I feel better at 55 than in my 30's. That being said, there is a lot of nasty stuff out that in homeopath land, and I research everything I take extensively before using it. There are a lot of natural supplements out there that the drug companies "copy" so they can charge for it. And there are plenty of legal & even over-the-counter meds that can do great damage - my niece overdosed on Tylenol & almost had to have a liver transplant. Many blood pressure meds have side effects that are worse than the high blood pressure, especially when they keep lowering the numbers that are considered "high." Neither doctors, nor pharmaceuticals nor homeophathic substances can keep you safe without you informing yourself.

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