My ”Is the “Agel phenomenon" a scam?” post from Friday, 13 April 2007* still gets a few comments. Today Veronica asked a number of questions which I have decided answer in this post as formatting will make it easier to follow:
Hey Robin, just wondering:
- Have you ever tried any of the agel products???
- No, apart from watching the video, then writing the post I have had nothing to do with Agel
- Have you ever even cared to be part of it?
- No, I’d have thought that was obvious from the post
- Were you ever part of any company that has the piramid scale for selling??
- No, Pyramid schemes are illegal where I live for good reason. Anyway Agel appears to be a multi-level marketing, not pyramid, model That is not illegal but I think still dubious. It’s just my opinion but I’d rather not be thought of as “the supplement seller” by everyone I know…
- Do you personally know anybody that has been hurt or had serious problems with Agel products and can provide everybody here with actual names and facts.
- No but that doesn’t mean they are or are not harmful. You have to look at medical research to decide on the value, or not, of supplements. I don’t think anyone is capable of making that decision without the proper tests and medical knowledge to support them.
- And last and most important, if you are not part of it, or use any of he products... just a logical question... why do you care so much???
- I invested an hour or so looking at the video, a bit longer to write the post. It’s just my opinion but I’m happy that others have reached the same conclusions. So far I have not seen any convincing argument that long term use of supplements is better, financially or medically, than a proper diet & lifestyle. Eat an apple and walk up the stairs is a simplistic response but I suspect would probably do more good.
- I mean do you get paid for talkig about something you don't do, never done or tried???
- While there are ads on this blog it’s not for my benefit. Believe it or not, not everything has to have a financial return to be worthwhile.
- I mean seriously... what is your benefit from all this?? What do you get out of it???
- If you mean financially nothing. The benefit is I get to share my opinion and find out what others think. Freedom to speak and a platform to share it are luxuries many don’t have, I value both.
It’s interesting that as I write this there is a documentary, prompted by University research, questioning the validity of any Vitamin supplement use. So far it’s not looking to favourable for the supplement bunch…
New Zealanders swallow $180 million worth of vitamins each year believing they're making us healthier. But could those vitamins be doing us harm? Inside New Zealand: Are Vitamins Killing You? makes eight volunteers - mostly high vitamins consumers - go cold turkey for six weeks to find out what's happening to them.
Note: This programme will be available at TV3 On Demand from Wednesday October 28, 10.30pm. Unfortunately it’s restricted to New Zealand viewers only.
* just another ordinary Friday