20/20 did a hidden camera investigation for 3 months, going to Mannatech sales pitches around the country. The meetings start with disclaimers that the products don’t cure anything. Yet the meetings are full of testimonials from people who claim they were cured by Mannatech products. Claims are also made that the product is a bigger breakthrough than even penicillin.
Mannatech products are only sold through a multi-level marketing (MLM) plan. The company said it had 1/2 million representatives in the United States in 2006. There are complaints that sales associates are saying that the Mannatech products cure all sorts of illnesses, including autism, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and numerous other ailments. The associates train other associates to carefully avoid saying the products cure these ailments, but that they can bring in people who will give testimonials.
Glycobiology is what Mannatech claims is behind their products, but actual biologists say that there is no connection between glycobiology and any positive effects in the body. The biologists even say that the body is not affected by these sugar pills. Benefits of “glyco-nutrients” are extolled by Mannatech representatives, even after giving certain legal disclaimers that the prodcuts do not “mitigate or treat” anything.
Angie Rhodes, a college student, was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer. Without treatment, doctors said she’d live three years. She was advised to undergo surgery quickly. The tumor was the size of a fist, and after surgery, she was left with two small spots of cancer. They could not be removed because of the risk of paralysis. She was advised to undergo chemotherapy and radiation.
Instead, Angie began taking megadoses of Ambrotose “immune support formula,” a product sold by Mannatech, but not FDA approved. It is a sugar pill. Literally. The sugars come from an aloe vera plant. A one month supply costs $200. Angie heard testimonials from others, and literally bet her life on this sugar pill.
She feels God put Amrotose in front of her, and that she is being cured. She tells others online that they should take this product for their cancer. Angie says that Mannatech does not say that they cure cancer because of legal technicalities. An MRI on Angie, who took Ambrotose for 6 months, showed that there was no change in the size of her tumor. Her oncologist continues to recommend chemotherapy and radiation, but Angie says she will instead continue with Ambrotose.