I really wish I knew how people bought into this, because the sales pitch isn’t much better than the comic. I got the low down from a former Miracle Cleanse call-center employee we met at DragonCon. You would think that after the FDA knocked down their health claims, demanded one of the largest settlements in FDA history at the time, and banned the owners from infomercials forever in 2004, that would be the end of this nonsense.

Nope.

Oprah and Dr. Oz were all over it. Their only problem was that their colon cleanse scams got so popular, several others away with faked endorsements. The FTC stepped in, and the Oz/Oprah pseudoscience machine disavowed ever endorsing these types of products. Except that they did. A lot.

To be clear, if you want to clean out the pipes then by all means go ahead. However, health claims made by these companies (preventing cancer, AIDS, all other diseases, and adding thirty years to your life) are false and dangerous.

Good news, I stumbled across this helpful FTC site regarding diet scams. The more you know.

↓ Transcript
MITCH
Oh geez, that looks gross.
WYLONA
It is, I'm on a seven day miracle cleanse.

WYLONA
You have to clean out colon plaque before it causes brain tumors. I feel great so far!

MITCH
What is it?
WYLONA
All-natural herbs and minerals, just don't get too far from the bathroom.

WYLONA
Also, don't be alarmed when you poop. The plaque does NOT go quietly.

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