SCAM ALERT: The Internet’s Big Medical Liars

In our current black is white fake news society, there’s likely little surprise that the International Council for Truth in Medicine (ICTM) is a big liar.  In fact this so-called Council doesn’t exist — except to sell bogus diabetes and cardiac cures.    This not-so-clever Internet infoscammer offers two $37 “products”:  The Big Diabetes Lie and The Big Heart Disease Lie.  They are both overpriced scams made up by Internet marketing schemers.   For example, the doctors listed in the ICTM’s banner aren’t doctors:

Like other Internet-based alleged cures, the Heart Disease Lie and Diabetes Lie are crafted by the unscruplous marketers who willingly lie so that they can reduce your bank account rather than your insulin levels.  In the case of ICTM they use the “big lie” marketing strategy; namely that the medical establishment is covering-up information that would help you cure your diabetes.   It’s bunk.

These schemers know that about 50% of American adults are either diabetic or prediabetic. So there’s a big market out there of people looking for low-cost solutions to their medical ills.  And these scammers are poised to milk those unsuspecting people.

Instead, of information, they offer fear, largely that “Big Pharma” is stonewalling this information, thus playing into consumers’ fear of conspiracies (not that pharmaceutical companies are angels…) Finally, if you try to find any kind of review of this miracle cure you are bludgeoned by fake review sites that are not independent or objective; they are just more marketers trying to take your money.   You won’t find any specifics because either they are simply repackaging information available on the Internet for free or they are peddling unscientifically supported “theories” as real “cures”.   Here’s the website that shows how they pitch their scheme to the fake reviewers and other Internet trolls:  http://www.theictm.org/affiliates.php

What ICTM s really all about is upselling.  Once they get your $37, they’ll attempt to sell you even more useless or overpriced services.   Here’s what they tout in their pitch to affiliate marketers who direct business to them:

They are bragging that they can get even more money out of you and they are willing to pay 75% of that first $37 you give them to those affiliates who steer you to them.  We see this kind of scam all of the time; it is an almost textbook scheme by which Internet marketers overcharge consumers for dubious information, much of which is readily available on the Net for free.  The typical price charged by these other scammers is $37….identical to what the ICTM marketers want to charge your credit card. We dug a bit into this particular Diabetes scheme and here’s what we found out.  They’ve been thoroughly debunked by other Net investigators.

THE TRUTH BEHIND ICTM

Contrahealthscam.com has dug into these scammers and found that not only is the ICTM bogus, but their medical advice is similarly wrong-headed.   Similarly, FitandHealthybeyond50 also checked into this scam and exposed the numerous problems with their claims.  They determined that the “Council” didn’t exist and their medical advice was downright dangerous.  ReviewMeta assessed the Amazon reviews of the Big Diabetes Lie and found that 43% of the reviews were bogus.   And the highly reputable Web of Truth found ICTM’s website to be unsafe.  They categorize it as a scam, rating it 16 out of 100 for trustworthiness.

 

HOW THEY TARGET UNWARY CONSUMERS

The emails send you to an even slicker web siteasking for the “low price” of $37  Is it a scam?  Is it a rip-off?   Here are some indicators:

1.  There’s a reason these sales pitches are slick — they spend a lot of marketing money to get it to you.  Who is paying for that? You are!

2. If you look for a review of the product, you are deluged with lots of fake review or scam sites that simply direct you to the main sales site or offer some pablum talking about how the product is highly rated or recommended.  (such as scamX.comand infoscamreviews.com)  The marketers for this service paid to have these fake sites thwart any customer looking for real reviews.

3. The authors of these schemes can’t be traced and have no credentials.  That’s a red-flashing light, for sure.

4. Perhaps most importantly, there is an abundance of free or low-cost diabetes prevention information on the Internet.  Amazon offers a number of ebooks that cost nothing and provide well-established, scientifically-validated diabetes treatment plans. The titles include: Diabetes, the Ultimate Guide, The Sugar Solution and Mayo Clinic Essential Diabetes Book — all of this information is free or less than a few bucks; Even easier, you can just click this link and find excellent information about diabetes prevention.

5.  To buy the Diabetes “modules”, you are required to use Clickbank.   This Internet payment gateway has generated a number of complaints about difficulties in securing refunds and getting responses. It is unregulated and known to serve unscrupulous businesses.  It is akin to going into the wrong bar in a bad neighborhood;  they may serve the same booze but you’d not want to hang with the other patrons.

WHERE TO FIND RELIABLE AND FREE INFORMATION ABOUT DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE

Need more information about actual “cures” to diabetes? Check out these more reliable sources (both are free):

Joslin Diabetes Center
Men’s Fitness

And please consider the recently reported case of a Type-2 diabetes sufferer.   She was 3 years old and morbidly obese.  After 6 months of lifestyle changes monitored by doctors, she was “cured”.   For many people, lifestyle changes really do make a difference.   The doctors replaced her soda and fast food diet with balanced home cooked meals and water.    And a recent British study suggests that modifying diet is a surefire way of controlling or eliminating Type-2 diabetes.

Based upon our findings, we strongly recommend against anyone forking over their hard-earned money for an overpriced, medically-questionable Internet offer. You can create your own “diabetes miracle cure” for free through weight loss, aerobic exercise along with some resistance training (weights and bands),eating low glycemic foods reducing stress in your life.This is the prescription outlined by hundreds of books online.

If you choose to hand-over your $37 to these unscrupulous marketing machines, then be prepared for what follows because once they find someone willing to part with their hard-earned money, you can be sure that they’ll be back with more dubious offers.  You’ll now be marked as a “cow” and they’ll try to milk you every way they can with additional offers and costly upgrades. You may want to think twice before you open this nefarious box.

 

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