Kevin Trudeau is a quack

So what’s with this Trudeau guy? I spend a lot of late nights here in my basement office working/playing on the internet. And anyone who is up late like me knows that Kevin Trudeau is a famous infomercial host. Now-a-days, he’s peddling his book Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About. What’s wrong with that? I’ll tell you what’s wrong. Who the hell is Kevin Trudeau?

Here’s the deal. This is the United States. We are allowed to give people advice. I take Prilosec OTC for my heartburn problems (at the suggestion of my doctor). I absolutely love it! My doctor was right on, Prilosec works very well and I highly recommend it to anyone with chronic heartburn. But why the hell would you take advice from me? You don’t even know me.

If your mother told you to try something, you probably would. I would. My Mom did well for me for 19 years until I moved out on my own; I’ve got every reason in the world to trust her. But why the hell would you listen to Kevin Trudeau? What are his credentials? Just listen to his infomercials. He says, “I’m not an MD, I’m not a doctor, I’m a reporter, I’m a researcher”. Not good enough for me.

He also calls his cures “all natural”, as if anything “all natural” is automatically good for you. Dog shit is “all natural”.

He also says you should believe him before doctors because he has no financial conflict of interest…while he sells the information in his book, he doesn’t sell the actual products/cures he promotes. Well, that’s certainly not because he doesn’t want to; the FTC has banned him from doing so! Yep, that’s right. It’s all there in the FTC vs. Kevin Trudeau et al (civil action no. 03 C3904). The FTC also brought another civil action against him in 1998. And there was the 1997 permanent injunction against him. You could spend hours reading about this guy and his legal troubles. Check out this Google search or even this search of the FTC web site search engine.

On September 27, 2005, Trudeau was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show. Why NBC would give this guy air time is beyond me. But wouldn’t it be nice to know what the American Medical Association (AMA) has to say about it? You’re in luck. Dr. J. Edward Hill wrote his opinion on the matter the day after the NBC broadcast. Not knowing either Trudeau or Hill personally, I choose to trust Hill’s opinion on medical matters; he’s the president of the AMA.

So, that’s my take. The cool thing is that you’re free to believe him if you want. After all, his book is right there near the top of the New York Times best seller list, so you won’t be alone if you buy. You won’t be alone if you’re taken in by his infomercials.

Just a few other tidbits. Check out this video clip from the Jon Stewart show. And check out Trudeau’s criminal history. Check out this analysis of the infomercial by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Check out this page from InfomercialScams.com. And this page from consumeraffairs.com. And this article from MSNBC.com. Okay, that’s enough. I’m outta time.