“CAVEAT EMPTOR” means: "Let the Buyer Beware", which is a warning to the consumer to be aware of whatever it is that they are about to purchase. The consumer should have as much of a knowledge base on the products or services that are about to be rendered and to not be so readily willing to succumb to ads or commercials that are specifically designed to, in some cases, deceive the consumer into believing that it is the best product for them or the best product on the market. They are skillfully created to use images and artful yet eluding words which leave an impression on the viewer or reader.
“Doctor Recommended” and “studies show” are two of the most widely used deceptive marketing ploys to mislead the consumer into believing in the effectiveness of a product. The motive is to play on the consumers trust that what they are being told is true and honest since they typically have no knowledge of the medical/pharmaceutical industry. So, if they are told that a doctor approves it or that it has passed some kind of rigorous testing that the studies or finding deem the product to be safe/or effective. Add some clever video clips showing happy, healthy or thin and firmly muscled people and the product is sure to sell thousands or millions of products. However, the consumer should ask themselves a couple of questions: “What kind of doctor(s) recommended the product and what did they recommend it for?” “What tests were the product put through, how long was it tested and what were the results that the studies showed?” Maybe even go so far as to research the company and the product to see if there are any lawsuits from the product, exactly what were the studies done etc. If you pay attention to the commercials, after you are told the name of the product and then suggested that you ask your doctor if you can take it, next comes a laundry list of side effects; and some of them even could even cause Death. So, if that product was tested and studied, then why was it approved for human consumption with a list of potentially harmful side effects?
Consumers should understand that it is not that unusual for there to be some medical journals, peer reviews, false claims and falsified test results to be common place in the medical industry, because PROFIT is the bottom line!
Listed are various online resources so that the consumer can make better educated choices about their health and wellness:
Naturalnews.com – is a public education website which uncovers information not found in main stream media on topics such as: Health & Nutrition, Environment, Politics, Energy and Technology. They also have links for videos, Podcasts, Media References and the Latest News.
Cchr.org – the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a global watchdog organization which investigates and exposes any human rights violations in the mental health field. CCHR has partnered with doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, scientists and other medical professionals to uncover and publicize the truth and dangers about psychotropic drugs. The website contains numerous video clip documentaries citing the statistics, dependencies, violent tendencies and other serious reactions to the readily prescribed deadly drugs. Also highlighted, are how the drug companies market their drugs to doctors and the public, creating an over $80 billion a year industry. They also offer free information kits, resources for parents and educators and natural, legal and holistic resources, groups and rehabs.
Blackhealthzone.com – is an online health resource specifically created to address the health and wellness of black people. Topics such as: Fitness, Weight Loss, Diet & Nutrition, Healthy Living, Health News, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and a list of other health concerns are addressed.
Localharvest.org – provides the locations, websites and contact information across the United States of organic farmers, grass-fed meat farms, farmers markets, food co-ops, vegetable/plant seeds, dairy and various plants. There is an interactive map of all the farms according to each state and what they provide.
Organicconsumers.org – is a grass roots public interest organization that campaigns for health, justice and sustainability. They provide information on food safety, organic standards, Genetically Modified foods, USDA watch, Fair Trade issues, Green products and services and more.
Doortodoororganics.com – supplies USDA certified organic seasonal produce from local organic farmers, which they will deliver it to your location. They carry four sizes of produce boxes and they range in price from $23-55.00, making deliveries weekly or bi-weekly. They also offer other items such as canned goods, baked goods, beverages, meat and fish, rice, grains and pasta, non-GMO foods and more (877) 711-3636.
Nhiondemand.com – is an online magazine from one of the holistic health trade industry organizations. They have a wealth of information such as: dietary supplements library, industry experts library, trade directories, health articles, Chinese medicine library and health conditions library.
EWG.org/Skindeep – the Environmental Working Group is an online safety guide for cosmetics and body, skin products. Their database has over 69.000 products listed such as: Make-up, Hair, Eye Care, Nails, Fragrances, Baby, Oral, Women’s, Men’s and Sun protection. Each product obtains a score based upon a hazard classification scoring system. This means that each product’s ingredients are listed according to the products manufacturers’ ingredient list and then it is compiled to list such things such as: allergic reactions, hormone disruption, cancer causing, developmental & reproductive toxicity, use restrictions and immunotoxicity. For instance, a popular brand of baby wipe scores an extremely high 8 out of 10 for developmental & reproductive toxicity, while another company which uses more natural ingredients scores a safe 1 out of 10 score. Surely a mother who uses wipes on her babies genitals would like to know if that product causes possible reproductive and developmental health problems in the future for her child.
Healthfreedomusa.org - the Natural Solutions Foundation discovers, documents, demonstrates and disseminates natural solutions and threats to the health and food freedom globally. They provide speeches, articles, radio shows and newsletters as well as their archives, internet links, citizens’ petitions, detailed Codex Alimentarius (designed to eliminate natural and health products and services, under the Codex all foods are now considered to be illegal!) information, health alerts, vaccination and GMO alerts and an online marketplace.
Curezone.com – is the largest website on the internet which addresses virtually every major illness, health condition and disease. There are links such as: Diet Diseases, Cleanses, and foods, Articles, Books, Forums and Blogs. Topics range from Depression, dental health and cancer to poetry, debates and relationships.