Someone i know has been given 4 months to live but Mannatech, via some pseudo-religious program, is selling her hope that cancer can be beaten with one of their ridiculous sugar products such as Ambrotose. I despise sales companies who prey on the weak but to combine it with an evangelical pitch deserves greater disgust.
Cancer is a topic i’ve mentioned several times on my Love Knysna facebook. We’re far too familiar with in Knysna!
Just 2 weeks ago, i was approached by a lady who had a family member dying from cancer. She wanted to know about marijuana oil. I’ve met two locals who used the oil to cure sores on their dogs that vets couldn’t heal. One owner even used it on a sore on his head. Of all the natural product aids, it seems to be the most promising yet it is the one that is banned in South Africa instead of Mannatech. Yesterday, the governor of North Carolina in the US signed into law the extraction of the oil for the treatment of epilepsy.
I believe that terminal patients should be allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies. Ridiculous that the government controls us until the day we die. Unfortunately, that family member of the lady mentioned never got to commit a crime by sourcing the marijuana oil because he died last week.
Here’s Mannatech info sourced from Wikipedia:
The opinion of independent glycobiologists is that the body cannot digest Ambrotose, as it lacks the enzymes needed. Prominent glycobiologist Dr. Ronald Schnaar, PhD of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine told 20/20 in a June 1, 2007 interview, “All of the sugar building blocks that we need in our body are made from the most common foods we eat.”
Hudson Freeze, PhD, leading glycobiologist at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute said this about glyconutrients: “There are authentic, scientific studies that have looked at people drinking these kinds of materials, and it doesn’t really do anything except increase flatulence.” Dr. Freeze is a member of the editorial board of Glycobiology, whose current editor-in-chief is Dr. Schnaar. Schnaar and Freeze published a critique of Mannatech’s products in Glycobiology in 2008, describing the lack of published clinical benefits of the “partially purified polydisperse plant polysaccharides” found in “Ambrotose Complex.”
In Glycobiology, another article described the potential for the public to be misled about the science of glycobiology by the nebulous “glyconutrient” term. The authors’ concern was that the public would be susceptible to the “scientific-sounding label” of glyconutrient, which may “generate a feeling of security and credibility…despite the lack of acceptance among many glycobiologists of the term.” In November 2007, Science published an article in its “News Focus” section detailing the scientific controversy surrounding Mannatech. It included criticisms and comments from glycobiologists, including Ajit Varki, Raymond Dwek, Gerald Hart, James Paulson, Hudson Freeze, and Ronald Schnaar.
According to the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center, Ambrotose has been “promoted aggressively to cancer patients” on the basis that it can help cellular health and boost the immune system, but that “strong scientific evidence to support these claims is lacking”