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  • Report Diet Patch Scams

    Have you been been ripped off by diet patch scams like this?
    If so, contact and we'd be happy to help you organize your complaint to the appropriate agency.
    You can file complaints yourself with:

    1. Health Canada
    2. Competition Bureau
    3. Advertising Standards Canada
    4. RCMP -

    The U.S. FTC has prosecuted diet patch scams for over two decades.
    There are over 100 entries on their web site alone.
    Many of these involved Canadian companies hiding out in private mailboxes. It seems that nothing has changed here in Canada, eh?


    Body Science Slimming Patch and more


    For a good scam in Ontario call 905-303-0187

    Body Science Slimming Patch - Toronto Star - June 22, 2002This scam is really unbelievable. But, at least this one does not seem to be run by Patrice Runner of the infamous Svelt Patch empire. If you like blondes who use to tanning booths sans eye protection, or perhaps you need to take a few inches from your fat wallet and use their vibrating weight loss machines, penis enlarging patches, and breast developing cream you will love the entire selection available from Body Science in the Toronto area.

    Bandaids that contain next to nothing

    Bogus homeopathic diet patch scams have come full circle. In 1988, the FDA took action against Meditrend International, of San Diego. Their Appetoff patches were nothing more than small circular bandaids that they asked the user to place a drop of a supposed homeopathic liquid.

    The FDA seized the Appetoff patches and materials worth $22 million. The patches were tested by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, and no active ingredients were found. I think that we can assume that the latest patches face the same challenges.

    Body Science Slimming Patches bought at PharmaPlus in Kitchener, Ontario June 24, 2002

    Click on picture above for English. Click here for French
    We bought this at PharmaPlus on June 24, 2002. This is an amazing example of what is wrong with major drug store chains today. They don't care if they sell fraudulent products, and they won't respond to criticism. Right beside it on the shelf sat the Bell EZEE Slimming Patches.

    The Body Science package "claims" that this product is endorsed by the American Institute of Homeopathy. We have been unable to confirm this and have left a message with them.
    If you want to e-mail the AIH yourself to ask them, click here.

    Classic Patch Scams
    You can take action against these scam artists. Just keep us posted when you see them.

    Bogus claims made by Body Science:

    "The natural ingredient in the transdermal patch goes directly into the body through the skin allowing you to get the entire benefit of it's ingredients in a very controlled way. This system is similiar to the patch used to quit smoking"

    In case it doesn't work you have two choices....
    NO make that three:

  • Put two patches on each day
  • Go see one of their "trained" nutritional counselors
  • Call Health Canada and file complaints for fraud

  • These patch scams continue despite years and years of FDA, Competition Bureau and FTC actions. In fact these recent scams have been given the blessings of major Canadian drug store chains who sell them for huge profits. Here are two patch scams that been closed down by U.S. and Canadian governments over the years. Why they continue at this time is unforgiveable.

    "Do Nothing" Policies



    When is the government of Canada going to take action against the newspapers and the companies who market this junk on unsuspecting consumers.

    We demand a complete investigation why the government has failed to take action against any of these companies. The diet and weight loss scam industry is worth billions in North America, and much of it comes from Canada. In other words our country is a safe-haven for hundreds of scam artists who use the internet and advertise freely in newspapers without fear of investigation by our governement. Someone right now stands to make millions operating from the safety of Toronto, right under the noses of Health Canada and the Ontario government consumer protection branch.

    We appeal to the ASC, the government, both Provincial and Federal to take control of the fraud artists that are preying on the public. Right now, Canada is the laughing stock of the world when it comes to the control of health quackery.

    We will continue to do everything possible to educate the Canadian public about scam artists and rogue health care providers on our web sites. But, it seems clear from where I sit, that our governments just doesn't care about false advertising, health scams and the dangerous products that come into our country. They also don't care about mailorder scams that originate here, but are often part of an underground cash-filled pipeline to some island in the Lesser Antilles.

    The world of health fraud on the internet includes dozens of other stories, some of them are very serious and involve doctors who are try to ship quack cancer drugs out of Canada into the U.S. That's another story, one that we will cover later on.

    Office of Natural Health Products


    What did the government do about diet and health fraud? Late last year, they decided to form a new office, a spin-off of Health Canada. They appointed a dozen or so people to a transition team, the overwhelming majority supposedly represented the cream of the crop who work in companies that supply Canada with vitamins, herbs, and other alternative health products. These are the very people who can't prove that their products work, who can't prove that there products are safe, and yet the government appoints them to a transition team to set up standards in the natural and herbal product industry.

    While the company that sells this particular product featured in this article is unknown, it is a prime example of what the government has failed to do. Having an Office of Natural Health Products is like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop.

    Why hasn't Health Canada or the police visited the vendors, and their associates to see what is really going on. Where is the money going from their profits? Is it being laundered overseas?

    We Demand that Action be Taken Now!


    Our web sites will cover the story of government failure to control the false claims made in major publications, on the internet, on the radio and televison info-mercials until something is done.

    Terry Polevoy, M.D.
    938 King St. West
    Waterloo, Ontario Canada
    N2G 1G4
    519-725-4953 fax.

    SEND US YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS: Please send any questionable diet ads in your local paper or magazines from this company. Include the date, the name of the publication, and we will scan them in and forward them to the proper department at the Bureau of Competition of Industry Canada. Please send them even if the ads were in non-Canadian publications. American and other foreign magazines are everywhere. If we don't know that the scams are out there, we won't be able to complain.