Notorious fraud Kevin Trudeau has finally got what’s coming to him! In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, Trudeau is one of those dietary supplement scammers. He outrageously claims that his coral calcium supplements can prevent and cure cancer. At one point he was even recommending dozens of grams of calcium a day. (In case you’re one of those people who thinks “the more the better,” you might want to look up “calculus” in the dictionary. It’s not just a math theory.) He had numerous informercials where he hocked his calcium supplement (which is several times more expensive than an equally effective store-brand supplement) until finally in 2008 he was ordered to stop advertising his supplement by the FDA. He then switched to advertising a book he wrote, which I’ve never read, but is apparently just itself a major ad for a webpage where you can buy his products. A judge found that this violated the 2008 court order and ordered him to pay almost $38 million in penalties and set up a $2 million bond in case he decides to sell snake oil again. Take that, douche!
In case you’re one of those people who swears by your dietary supplements, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wasting your dollars. Most people in America don’t need any sort of supplement unless they drink heavily or take certain drugs. Most people get sufficient nutrients in their regular diets. If you’re still unsure if you may need a supplement, I recommend you check the NIH ODS fact sheets for more information. More information on the supplement scam can be found at Quackwatch.