Ad Alert: BounceBack By Mannatech

Posted 20 December 2017


The FDA sent a warning letter to Mannatech President Alfredo Bala, listing a number of unproven health claims for BounceBack, a supplement that the company claims on product packaging is “clinically shown to reduce soreness.”

Eight years ago, Texas-based Mannatech agreed to shell out $4 million in customer refunds to settle charges brought by the state’s attorney general that the company, through its MLM network, exaggerated the health benefits of its dietary supplements in an effort to boost sales. Among other things, the Texas attorney general alleged Mannatech associates claimed that the products could cure and treat Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and even cancer.

Fast forward to today, and it’s the FDA that is now taking issue with the company’s unapproved drug treatment claims.

In a November warning letter to Mannatech President Alfredo Bala, the agency listed a number of unproven health claims for Read the rest

Multilevel Marketing: The day job that doesn’t pay

Posted 19 December 2017


When then FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez took the stage at the Direct Selling Association’s Business & Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. in October 2016, she did not mince words when it came to the widespread use of inappropriate earnings claims as a means of recruitment in the MLM industry. More than a year later, it appears few if any of the DSA members in attendance that day took the warning to heart.

A investigation found more than 97 percent of DSA member companies are (or have been) engaged in marketing schemes that peddle false and unsubstantiated earnings claims to try to convince prospective distributors to join their MLM network.

​​​​​​​ has amassed more than 3,000 examples of companies and/or their distributors making inappropriate earnings claims on their websites and social media platforms. These claims range from assurances of achieving financial freedom, to making Read the rest

Mannatech ordered to stop claims for several products

Posted 06 December 2017

The USA FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has ordered Mannatech Inc. to stop claiming that its “BounceBack” product reduces soreness, helps reduce muscle pain, and provides anti-inflammatory effects and that turmeric (an ingredient in the product) “has long been used . . . to ameliorate inflammation” and ” has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity.” The warning letter also challenged nutrient content claims for five other products.

The letter also makes these points: “In addition, our inspection of your facility revealed that you failed to comply with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CMGP) regulations for dietary supplements”. “These violations cause your dietary supplement products to be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(g)(1) of the Act . . . in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under conditions that do not meet CGMP regulations for dietary supplements.  Additionally, even if your BounceBack product did not have therapeutic Read the rest

“Glyconutrients,” Mannatech, and Ambrotose: Marketing, Not Science

Posted 02 August 2017

I have recently been asked by a number of readers for my opinion on ‘glyconutrients’, a Mannatech product. If I was being nice, I would say that the claims are scientifically unsound and unsubstantiated. However, on the other hand, many sites have simply called the product a scam. I was going to write something on this ‘supplement’, only to find that Dr Harriet Hall has already addressed this subject – one that I simply cannot match.

So, here is Dr Harriet Hall’s article as published in Science-Based Medicine.

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