Ray Salomone, Personal Trainer and Wellness Activist
You can’t anti-age. It’s impossible. So if any organization, service or product claims to help you “anti-age” then prepare to be ripped off. It continues to amaze me that so many people are still falling for these scams. Pills, potions, lotions and creams are being pushed on us, promising everything from fat loss to vital organ rejuvenation.
I’ve been incensed by the relentless internet scams and I’ve warned off hundreds of thousands of people around the world. But millions more, who can ill-afford to throw their money away, are doing just that in their quest for eternal youth.
Most products are outright garbage. Some are potentially dangerous. Others definitely harmful.Most of the scammers are hooked up with computer geeks who have set up elaborate layers of insulation and parked their computer servers offshore in Costa Rica or the Caribbean. They are reaping millions of dollars.
Others are “wellness gurus” pushing nonsense concoctions on vulnerable clientele who are pressured to use their credit card to rack up thousands of dollars in purchases. Still other scams are pyramid based like Taislim and Acai Berry.
Even the rich fall for this. I was on Madison Avenue last week when I paused in front of the shop of Dr. Nicholas Perricone. I was a fan of Dr. Perricone when he promoted “superfoods” like blueberries and salmon. But once he realized that there was much more money to be had in pimping potions and lotions, I’ve seen him reduced to just another huckster. Not satisfied to fleece the rich who pay his rent, he also is all over QVC promising a return to youth for women who are ready and eager to buy.
Based on my blog traffic, people are on to the Cenegenics scam, but many still fall for it. Shame to see that times are so tough that the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are running Cenegenics advertisements.
Those you can’t afford to buy these products still want a quick fix. Those with money to burn want the same. What they lack is understanding of reality and the patience to do the necessary things to age as well as possible. You can’t anti-age, but you can do a damn good job of aging.