How Someone Tried to Use My Son’s Disability to Get a Sale

After my contract ended last December, I decided to stay home with my 2-yr-old son.  I went online to search for opportunities for stay-at-home moms.  I got a call from a lady, I’ll just call her “Jill”, telling me about her business.  Basically, she partnered with this company that sold supplements that claimed to treat various ailments.  I researched the company, but I wasn’t interested in doing the business.  The marketing plan was confusing, and it would not have been a good fit.

My son had recently been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  Jill thought that the products may help my son.  I listened to another woman’s testimony of how the products helped her son.  I wasn’t convinced because it was a recorded message.  Anybody can do that.  So Jill arranged for me to talk to another person;  I’ll call her “Cathy”.  I talked to her the following week. She said that giving her son the product for kids (three shakes per day) helped alleviate the symptoms of her 5-yr-old son’s autism. She saw changes in a couple of weeks.  It sounded great; however, there were  two red flags.  I asked “Cathy” what ingredient in the shakes helped her son’s symptoms diminish.  She couldn’t give me an answer.  Having worked as a Scientist with a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, I wanted to know that piece of information.  She also told me that if her son went a few days without the supplement shakes, the symptoms would return.  That was the second red flag.  That would be like giving him a drug.  No thank you.

I went online again to look at that product and its ingredients.  The first one listed was fructose.  So that’s it!  When fructose is added to food and drinks, it can make it highly addictive.  That means that you consume more calories, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.  Fructose is found in fruit naturally; however, there is fiber and water to create a balance so that it’s not straight sugar.

When I called “Jill” and told her this, she had the nerve to say that I was wrong.  Obviously she hadn’t done the research and it was clear that she was using my son’s disability to try to promote those products.  She didn’t get my money.  I love my son too much.  I would rather continue with all of the therapy that he’s getting than to ruin his health.  The therapy is working and so is prayer.

You have to be leery of some supplements and foods. Many of them contain high fructose corn syrup, which is 55% fructose and 45% glucose.  Consuming too much can lead to health problems.  Ever wonder why so many kids are obese with diabetes?  Read food labels carefully.  It is found in soda (gave that up 3 years ago), ketcup, marinades, yoghurt, and the list goes on.  Be sure to do your research.  There are many people out there that prey on the naive.  Don’t get sucked in.

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