Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nutrition & Healing & Dr. Jonathan V. Wright

We received a renewal notice (1 year or 2 year) for something that we do not subscribe to.  My Dad, as he entered dementia, would write a check for every renewal notice that came in the mail.  This is an extremely common practice, and is particularly troubling because the elderly do not want to be forgetful and not renew a subscription.

So what is in the envelope besides the "renewal" that saves us 50%?
  • "Urgent vitamin news!" because the "mainstream is still cheating you out of the best health possible"
  • Journal of Anti-Aging Research, a newletter that warns "Beware of America's Vitamin D Fraud". Send for a 6-month supply of Healthy Aging pills for only $309.70.
  • A "From the publisher letter entitled "You Could See Clearly Again" in bright orange, large font.  Send for a copy of the book The Read Without Glasses Method for only $39.95 plus shipping.
  • A flyer entitled "The little pink secret to the hottest sex of your life" (Ultra Turbo HG is only $12.95).
  • A flyer entitled "Scientists SOLVE the greatest joint challenge".  Send for 6 bottles of SynerFlex for only $219.70.  Gosh, there is also free shipping on this one.
So who is Jonathan Wright and how does he know more than the "mainstream"?
  • Check out one of Wright's problems with the FDA at http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/Nonrecorg/aqa.html 
  • Check out QuackWatch's discussion of the American Quack Association: http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/nonrecorg.html
  • One of the addresses used in the newsletters is P. O. Box 925, Frederick, MD 21705-9838, is the same address as The Douglass Report, another medical "advisory" that sells newsletters, books, and cures.
  • Another of the addresses used in the newsletters is P. O. Box 970, Frederick, MD 21705-9838, which is also the address for a "nutritional" company, NorthStar Nutritionals.  [Check out complaints about North Star Nutritional, at  http://www.ripoffreport.com/alternative-health/north-star-nutrition/north-star-nutritional-tainted-d46dc.htm] .
  • Still another P.O. Box used is P. O. Box 969, Frederick, MD 21705-9900.
  • Jonathan Wright seems to have significant support from others in the Alternative Medicine field.
This "us against them" approach to healthcare is worrisome.  I do believe that there are some natural remedies that can help someone (e.g., when I put a paste made of Adolf's Meat Tenderizer on a insect bite, this seems to help quite a bit), but the drama in these newsletters is a bit much.  There is no proof, with well-developed science, that supports some of what this company promotes. Also, no where are the ingredients of the promoted pills provided.  Even if the "remedy" is potentially helpful, drug interactions with other "nutritional" medicine or someone's prescriptions can be troublesome.  


Can it hurt anyone?  Absolutely.  These are often unproven, definitely unregulated "remedies".  There is nothing wrong with harmless nutrients, and there is nothing wrong with some good old folk remedies, but there is something wrong about taking some of the ingredients in these "cures".  

I once sat down with my Dad's "stash" of "nutitional products" and found he was taking a dangerous level of Bilberry, and that this may interact with a prescription that he was taking at the time. There was Bilberry in two of his "nutritional supplements", and this is dangerous along with the blood thinner the doctor prescribed.  Dad never thought that there could be any interaction between "natural" remedies and his prescriptions, and I suspect that he is not alone in this misconception.


The use of the "renewal" when no subscription exists, pushing specific pills from specific companies, and dramatic language should at least make you more cautious.

9 comments:

  1. If someone like Dr Wright has such wonderful news for sufferers why does he not disseminate the information for free

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  2. thanks for the info

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  3. Thank you for this web site! The Quack Watch site you directed us to made me sad we have to be such skeptics, but thank goodness we've a resource like that (in addition to yours) to wake us up. Dr. Wright has, indeed, been playing the game for a long time. He'd probably do very well as an attorney.

    Dr. Douglass, of the Frederick, MD address, is also sending emails regarding North Star's product Synerflex for joint relief, which "sounds" just fantastic. I wrote Dr. Douglass asking if he recommended this product, in lieu of glucosamine and chondroitin, as the Synerflex advertising ALLUDES to. An "out of office reply" came back with "Unfortunately, you have reached an email address that is not in use." Howzat again?

    I've still not found much support for this product, since it does not present itself with scientific documentation or clinical data, as others point out online. Seeing that it is a North Star product, however, and following your link to the RipOff Report has been helpful to my research. I have found a couple of posts in-favor of North Star products, ones written in such a way as to making me think the author has a private agenda that warrants further scrutiny. As such, those posts are not too helpful to me insofar as researching this joint relief miracle.

    Just a note on Adolf's meat tenderizer; it has no MSG, and MSG by itself is the very thing that is a FABULOUS cure -- I mean CURE -- for jellyfish, wasp, bee, fire ant bites, and more. A cheap big bag of it (which you'll probably never use up) can be found in Asian foodmarkets or buy a bottle in almost any food store.

    When sprinkled on dampend skin at a bite/sting site, it actually neutralizes the acid, as if you've never been bitten/stung. I've seen sobbing adults with jellyfish stings, literally, in less than 30 seconds, suddenly start a new conversation, as if completely unaware they'd been sobbing a moment ago, as if the bite/sting never occurred. And it IS gone, blisters disappear; zero further effects.

    A little boy with a bee sting on his back in 15 seconds or so quit sobbing and bolted off to play as if nothing ever happened, even though a shocked adult was sitting there still holding the ice cube that she'd treated the sting with. He didn't even say bye.

    Cutting shrubs I didn't see many, many fire ants drop onto both my arms. My skin usually takes two weeks to fully heal from a fire ant bite. As the stinging began, I brushed them off, went inside, wet my arms, sprinkled MSG, and seconds later, voila. GONE. No noticeable evidence of a sting or bite is left at all (save a bite's puncture, if you can see it).

    Don't leave the MSG on the skin; just brush or wash it off (or it'll fall of when dry). You don't need it anymore; the job's done.

    Thanks for the good job keeping us vigilent to potential reactions between natural and pharaceuticals, especially for our aging population, who may not very clearly see fine print through bifocals, or through the rah-rah for that matter.

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  4. Pushed big time by Newsmax.

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  5. So, what happened to quackwatch.com/org? Why is it not up?

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  6. You make is sound as if Dr. Wright is intentionally targeting old folks with senility. In logic classes, this considered lame.

    Granted, Dr. Wright does engage is what I call "hyper-marketing," but this is everywhere--in practically all industries. We can't and shouldn't shut down the entire free market just because people get old and need to examine their decisions more closely.

    As for "us versus them" (natural remedies versus the always trustworthy FDA), I do NOT ... repeat NOT ... trust the FDA. Just because the FDA does not approve something doesn't mean it's not effective. It usually means that someone in Big Pharma is saying "don't! --- we are making big money with our drug for that!"

    My two close doctor friends quietly inform me that it's impossible to keep up with all the new findings ... most doctors essentially parrot what the pharmaceutical sales reps tell them. So let's think: Who is educating our doctors? Pharmaceutical Sales Reps.

    Oh, goody.

    I do not have a subscription to anything Dr. Wright publishes ... in fact, the reason I landed on your post is because I just heard of him this morning, and I'm scoping out his reputation. All that I see so far is that he's guilty of practicing hyper-marketing. But hey ... since all the big money won't report on the natural remedies that are available, then I'm all for getting the word out. Yes, we must be vigilant (as I am, investigating before acting), but in no case should we resort to be Big Pharma and FDA lemmings.

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  7. WoW, I just went to his site and saw that he was doing amazing things...yet, I always research further to see if they are a hoax, and low and behold, I see this...no wonder he hasn't sent his free newsletter...

    glad I saw this...everyone wants to help yet, they all want money...there is never anyone that gives free wholesome advice...and their supposed to be already well off..

    As for myself...I would rather help someone on an honest basis than to gain from it.

    thanks again.

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  8. Good points. I too lament the over-the-top sales pitches and lack of simple free information which is all I want. How rich is this guy?
    Posted by: An open-minded Canadian, but no pushover.

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  9. Maybe your Dad is the problem. Why not want take responsibility for your actions.

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