“One single ingredient lowers your cholesterol below 100” screams the headline at Blue Heron Health News. Welcome to yet another installment in Internet-based health marketing scams. Scattered through the Net are Web-based infoscams that overcharge or steal your money for “products” that don’t work or can be found for free. A common scheme they use is “affiliate marketing” by which they try to trick you into thinking that other consumers vouch for the product. Savvy Internet users who follow our basic rules for detecting scams will likely avoid these sales traps. Within a few minutes, you can discover much about someone offering you a “deal”. If you aren’t sure whether any offer that you are mulling over is a scam or not, feel free to ask us. Just use this link to contact us and we’ll check it out for you.
Over the past few years, we’ve identified a handful of “gateway” websites that market many of these scams: Clickbank, ClickSure, and Buygoods are some of the most prevalent ones. These companies are affiliate-marketing networks for digital products like eBooks, software and membership sites in different categories, handling credit card processing, accounting and payouts for these vendors. One of the more recent scams is the Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy promoted by the dubious Blue Heron Health News operation. (more about them later). They want $49 to educate you about oxidized cholesterol. We’ll give you the same information for FREE.
This infoscam works primarily because it pays affiliate marketers to overstate, exaggerate and obfuscate so that you’ll follow their links to this offering. Their pitch is that oxidized cholesterol is the bane of everyone’s diet and if only you were to learn about the foods that cause a build-up of oxidized cholesterol in your body. Here’s what they offer these affiliates — who often claim to be “reviewing” a product when, in fact, they are selling it.
They are offering 75% of the $49 you pay to the affiliate marketers for each sale. But note the words “New Upsell”. That’s how Blue Heron makes their money. Once they get your money, they now know to market the hell out of you. You’ll get besieged with other offers as well as additional services, for which you’ll pay dearly.
The Scoop About Oxidized Cholesterol
Scientists have established that oxidized cholesterol builds up in your blood system if you eat commercially fried foods, (think fried chicken and french fries), eating polyunsaturated fatty acids and smoking cigarettes. So if you do any of these things, then STOP IT! There you go — plus, you just saved $49. According to Healthline, all of these subsstances cause inflammation in your body. This inflammation is caused by damage to your cell membrane and the oxidized LDL particles present.
If you want to know more about how oxidized cholesterol affects your body, you can read this scientific paper published by the very reputable Mayo Clinic. And if you don’t want to read a scientific paper, you can watch this 6-minute video and save yourself $49.
But, in reality, all you have to do is reduce your consumption of foods that you pretty much already knew weren’t very good for you.
We urge you to pass on spending your hard-earned money to learn about some foods that stimulate oxidized cholesterol. We’ve given you essentially the same information for $49 less than what Blue Heron wants to take from you. If you want to accelerate your reduction of oxidized LDL cholesterol, try eating apples. That’s not a typo: apples! Aside from exercise, a number of foods have been found to contribute to reduced blood cholesterol and blood pressure. The most intriguing one is the daily apple. Yes, an apple a day might not only keep the doctor away, but it may ward off strokes and heart disease.
We aren’t making this up: a November 2013 British medical study validated that prescribing either an apple a day or a statin a day to everyone over 50 years old is likely to have a similar effect on population vascular mortality. The report concluded that “choosing apples rather than statins may avoid more than a thousand excess cases of myopathy and more than 12 000 excess diabetes diagnoses.”
Other alternatives to statins include sesame and rice bran oil have been staples of Asian cuisine for centuries and their use seem to correlate to the low levels of heart disease and blood pressure in those cultures. In fact, other heart-healthy fats — including olive oil, avocado, nut butters, fatty fish, and flaxseed — may have similar benefits. Harvard University reports that a number of foods can reduce LDLs and that refraining from meats; dairy and snack foods can significantly reduce LDLs. Former President Bill Clinton — when faced with chronic heart disease — changed his diet with remarkable results.
You don’t need to spend $49 and subject yourself to more upselling to know for free what Blue Heron wants you to pay for.