1. Laypeople who typically don't know what they are doing
2. Who are usually desperate for money or at least looking to recoup their investment
3. Who have been "educated" aka spoon-fed only one point of view from their company
4. Have gotten psyched-up at huge mega-conferences every year- extra fun brainwashing!
This usually leads to an army of uneducated people who are sure that everybody needs to take their company's products. The result? A lot of people try an MLM product, don't see results, and go on to swear-off all supplements and natural healthcare entirely. Ohhhh that really grinds my gears- that's how multilevel marketing supplement companies are ruining it for the rest of us.
Don't believe me? Let's look at just a couple of examples of these folk's expertise, shall we?
1. No vitamin or mineral makes you feel worse before you feel better. None. That is simply not how deficiencies work. If you give somebody with a vitamin or mineral deficiency (which are super common, by the way) the nutrients they actually need they should immediately (within a few days) start to feel better. If they feel nothing or have a bad reaction to the treatment I would consider the following:
A. Fillers and herbs in the product that can cause numerous reactions (like in Zeal)
B. The form of the vitamin or mineral you are giving, as some are better absorbed
and tolerated than others (Mg Citrate versus Mg Oxide, for example)
C. Is the patient able to absorb what you are giving them?
D. Is this (what you are treating) actually the problem? Or is it time to go back to
the drawing board and look for other possibly mechanisms? (1)
2. The doctors who designed zeal are human beings, and are thus fully capable of being incorrect, biased, or otherwise imperfect. Using the explanation "these people are really smart and "amazing", therefore must be correct and we should blindly take their word for it" is a fallacy of reasoning called "appeal to authority". (1)
3. "Every vitamin, antioxidant, and nutrient in zeal is great for your body". I wasn't aware that Ashley had conducted a physical exam, history or laboratory testing on Theresa. This is most likely because I'm 100% sure that she hasn't. It's fine to say that something is healthy, but this woman is obviously having a negative reaction to this stuff which makes it NOT healthy for her body. Ashley has been fully brainwashed by the Zeal For Life people and has lost any and all objectivity she may have once had. (1)
4 (Part A). Ashley, like so many others, falsely believe that the minimal training from her company and her own research give her the authority to dispense health advice. Admittedly, I don't know what she means here by "I have researched my nutrition"- she may be very well read. However, judging by our short exchange it is far more likely that Ashley has done a few basic google searches, read information provided by her company, and called it a day. (2)
4 (Part B). Ashley takes this delusion one step further than most by boasting that she has "family that are doctors", which I suppose also entitles her to give people health advice. This one blows me away for a number of reasons:
A. Most doctors know nothing about nutrition, vitamins, herbs, or supplements. I
would have been equally impressed had she said her family are plumbers.
B. She did not mention if her family of doctors approve of, or even know of, Zeal
for Life. Sheer relation to Ashley does not mean that they endorse this product.
C. See point 2 and the "appeal to authority" fallacy.
D. It doesn't matter who you're related to or who you know- that doesn't mean that
you know what you're doing. My husband is an engineer, and though we talk all
day every day, I can assure you that I know nothing about engineering. (2)
Multilevel Marketing supplement companies will almost certainly waste your money, and may be downright dangerous. Do yourself a favor and skip the MLM cleanse or detox this year and entrust your health only to those of us who know what we are doing.