Last night, a poor, lost soul posted a comment on my post about the 20/20 expose on multi-level marketing company Mannatech. She’s posted her own lengthy analysis of the company at http://glycofamily.blogspot.com/2007/06/long-entry-about-mannatech-and-response.html. Sadly, she buys into all the hype and false logic that MLMs are so fond of repeating.
Mannatech sells sugar pills. Yes, sugar pills. They give them a fancy name, but they are nothing more than sugar. Yet independent distributors claim that they do things like cure cancer, cure multiple sclerosis, shrink tumors, and the like. There is no scientific evidence to back up these claims, but they’re made over and over at opportunity meetings.
Yet people like this woman still put their faith in Mannatech. One of the claims she makes:
Obviously, if Mannatech was a fly-by-night company that was truly guilty of anything sinnister, they’d be falling apart right now and those who have been duped would be running to hide their heads in shame. But since Mannatech actually IS a stand-up, scientifically sound wellness company that is truly making a difference in people’s lives, many people are stepping forward to help set the record straight. It’s a shame the entertainment/high ratings industry can cause such a scramble but it looks like good things are coming out in the end!
A common argument by MLM supporters is that if the company was doing anything wrong or breaking any laws, it would have been shut down. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for regulating MLMs and business opportunity schemes, but has a track record of inaction. That doesn’t make these MLMs right or legal.
The writer has lots things supposedly written by highly respected medical professionals, who say the sugar pills are a miracle (or something like that). Of course, Mannatech claims that 20/20 aired a totally biased piece and the doctors interviewed by 20/20 are know-nothings.
Sorry, after all the research I’ve done on MLMs, I’m inclined to believe 20/20.