Claims about health product disputed

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On March 1 the U-B published Dr. Joel Wallach’s response to my column in the Feb. 22 U-B urging people to check Wallach out on Quackwatch. In the response he made several allegations that I was able to check out.

He indicated Clemson University had researched his product and no adverse effects were noted and that benefits were seen. A top level administrator at Clemson informed me that Wallach might have violated the terms of his contract and used the university’s name without permission. The university was said to be planning to send a cease-and-desist order to him. And its faculty had disagreement with the conclusions from the data. Apparently the product was not as good as he claimed.

He alleged he had worked at the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University. But when I contacted them by phone they said he never worked there. He claimed he did 20,000 autopsies under the watchful eye of the pathologist for the Barnes Hospital, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis. But the folks at Barnes Hospital said they had no record of his having been there.

He stated “he held teaching and research appointments at the graduate level in human and animal anatomy at the University of Tennessee.” On March 19 the school informed me it had no record of his having been there.

Wallach is certain cyctic fibrosis is not a genetic disease but is due to a deficiency of selenium in the diet. However, the National Institutes of Health, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Mayo Clinic agree it is a genetic disease. The National Institutes of Health states selenium deficiency is rare in the U.S. It can readily be obtained in bread, meat and some nuts.

He plainly stated he receives no money from the sale of the products he touts. But it has been clearly shown Wallach is cofounder of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences, a subsidiary of AL International, a fast-growing company that offers a wide variety of products primarily through a person-to-person relationship.

Maybe the Quackwatch website is not so far off after all.

Dr. Don Casebolt

Walla Walla

Comments

chicoli 1 year, 5 months ago

There is another "evangelist" on TV selling "holy water" like hot cakes for curing all kind of ailments. The old snake oil seller metaphor is still alive and kicking. There is strong evidence, though, that 33% of the pupulation responds to the well researched placebo effect, and this is a universal phenomenae. I concur with Dr Casebolt excellent report on such quack product.

Carlos F Acevedo MD

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