Komen Aidid Mu'addib di Say No To MLM di Facebook, 9 Okt 2010: Ada sapa mau hantar komen aku ni kat ACK? "Dey... meh la sini saman. Kan aku dah cakap aku nak ko saman aku. Aku ready. 1. Aku akan dapat publisiti besar-besaran, jadi lebih ramai org Melayu tahu AC Mizal tu mmg keparat dan parasite. 2. Aku mampu utk bayar peguam dan aku ada team peguam yg aku dah inform tentang ini - no problem for me. 3. Ini perjuangan aku pro bono... for free. Aku tak mahu anak bangsa aku bersedekah free-free kat bangsat yg kelentong org Melayu sewenang2nya. 4. Aku jugak dapat publisiti utk perjuangan aku menyedarkan org Melayu tentang dakyah pelbagai MLM & skim piramid di Malaysia ni. True, AC Mizal is a big fish... but I got so many other fish to fry. OK... AC Mizal, give me your best shot!".
Ada hamba Allah tanya saya tentang TRANSFER FACTOR. Daripada nama syarikat itu sendiri, ianya menggunakan terma dalam bidang perubatan untuk menarik minat mereka-mereka daripada bidang tersebut... seperti doktor, jururawat dan pembantu perubatan untuk JOIN biz ni. Ada jugak saya dengar tentang syarikat ini dan saya ada kenal orang yang nak promosi MLM ni dulu... tapi tak dapat masuk line, lepas kena tarbiah... eh! basuh... oleh, hmmm sapa lagi?
Secara asasnya, 4Life Transfer Factor adalah MLM yang mirip kepada Amway dan lain-lain MLM, cuma area hala promosinya aje lebih menjurus kepada jenis promosi Monavie gitu... yang mana Vemma, Shamelin dan Xango pun nak ngikut jugak. Seperti biasa, promosinya penuh dengan ayat berdegar-degar pasal produk kesihatan yang "out of this world", tapi dengan harga yang "out of this world" jugak. Apa yang memeranjatkan? Nothing! Seperti biasa, struktur multi-level nya takleh tinggal langsung. Apakebenda la suka sangat ngikut omputeh buat bzns lagha macam ni? Contoh promosi produknya:
4Life Transfer Factor Advanced Formula:
4Life Transfer Factor Advanced Formula offers a revolutionary approach for wellness. It provides immunity intelligence and intuition, according to what your body needs. Contains exclusive extracts from bovine colostrum and chicken egg yolks to help support the body.
Harga: RM169.00 (colostrum lembu itu memang sangat hebat... kalau ko tu anak lembu la)
4Life Transfer Factor RioVida (Pack-of-2)™:
4Life Transfer Factor RioVida is the one-and-only juice beverage in the world that provides the benefits of 4Life Transfer Factor . RioVida is packed full of antioxidant fruit juices, such as pomegranate, blueberry, elderberry, and resveratrol. Get your daily rush of vitality with RioVida!
Harga: RM260.00 (air buah 260 hinggit? Benak gila babat nak minum air buah ntah apa-apa!)
Anda boleh lihat di sini: http://www.transferfactor.com.my/products.htm
Saya rasa benda ni dah dibincangkan di kalangan mereka yang rata-rata di luar kelompok manusia biasa.... maksud saya, kalau ada para doktor ada diskus benda macam ni, kebanyakan orang yang bukan dalam bidang perubatan selalu rasa tersisih. Bahasa perubatan dan doktor ni memang macam bukan bahasa biasa orang awam. Berikut adalah diskusi mereka di Malaysian Medical Resources pada 13 April 2006:
A product being sold in an MLM scheme. The 4Life TF product you refer to is a product which has no proven value in any illness. Claims of it “boosting the immune system” are unsubstantiated by any peer-reviewed journal publication. I cannot find any reference in a Pubmed Medline search.
Medicine Man is an interesting article which tells of how this product is being sold via the MLM mechanism.
But 4Life Research is not a typical health supplement supplier, either. The various Transfer Factor products generally are not sold in retail outlets, but by self-employed distributors who operate within a classic multi-level marketing plan. Their goal is not only to sell the products, but to entice others to become distributors as well as that’s where the real money is. A distributor who spawns others, who in turn spawn still others, supposedly can make five or even six figures per year with shockingly little effort
What is “transfer factor”?
The term “transfer factor” has various unrelated meanings in science. Its first use related to immunity stems from research performed by Dr. H.S. Lawrence of New York University in the 1940s. In Lawrence’s work, transfer factor referred to “an extract of human white blood cells that could transfer a type of immunity called cell-mediated immunity,” says Dr. Burton Zweiman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who worked in Lawrence’s lab 40 years ago. “Investigation of TF has been somewhat erratic over the years, with both supporters and deniers of its biologic importance.”
“I am not aware of any studies of transfer factor being obtained from cow colostrum and [transferring] immune reactivity to humans,” says Dr. Zweiman. “Nor could I find any reference to it in a Medline search of the medical literature.”
A spokeswoman for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, says, “NCCAM has not funded any research on this therapy, nor have I heard of it before now.”
But Dr. Fudenberg, reached at his office in Spartanburg, SC, says the report — which he described as the results of a review of other scientists’ work — stated nothing of the sort. “The conclusion,” Fudenberg says forcefully, “was that the commercial firms making this for humans were invariably run by people who were not scientists and who didn’t care whether their products were harmful or not.”
City Paper forwarded a transcript of 4Life’s promotional audio cassette “From Here to Immunity,” which was distributed at the seminar in Valley Forge, to various immunologists, microbiologists and biochemists. Those who responded were skeptical.
“Speaking from a standpoint of mainstream medicine, there is not a lot of familiarity [with] or support for this kind of practice,” says Dr. James T. Li, professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, and member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “This is a form of alternative treatment,” he says, which, he adds, almost by definition means there is little evidence to support its proponents’ claims — at least not the kind of evidence doctors and scientists generally like to see. Li hesitates to call 4Life’s claims misleading or false, but says, “I would be skeptical, and I would advise others to be as well.”
Others are more blunt:
“Most of the clinical studies of transfer factors have been based on the specificity of each transfer factor,” says Dr. Charles Kirkpatrick, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology — who says he once declined 4Life’s offer to act as a consultant.
For example, he explains, “a transfer factor that is specific for Herpes simplex will prevent recurrent infections with this virus. The approach being used by 4Life and other companies is to ignore the specificity issue and make non-specific claims for boosting the immune system.”
And there is the usual disclaimer:
And in the fine print, 4Life Research’s own materials include startlingly blunt disclaimers such as this one: “Transfer Factor and Transfer Factor Plus do not claim, nor should it be interpreted, to cure, prevent or mitigate any serious disease.” And this: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
You claim that it is a “highly recommended as an alternative medicinal help to many chronic diseases especially by the Russian Ministry of Health.” I am sorry but claims like these need to be backed up by solid clinical studies and sound scientific evidence. I can’t find any.
**Testimonial evidence is NOT scientific evidence**
I am not reproducing the links to the websites you emailed as I do not condone unproven “health products”. FYI the FDA has taken action against websites falsely promoting Transfer factor for unfounded therapeutic claims
Is colostrum from cows good for you? Yes, if you are a baby cow…
OK... apa kata mereka? It's plain crap! Transfer Factor memerlukan produk gila-gila magic, yang perlu dijual dengan mahal, untuk menjana keuntungan untuk level-level-level-level-level... tak sudah-sudah. Dan, fakta tentang produk rata-rata terlalu tak munasabah. Macamana dia orang ni nak kelentong para doktor tentang produk yang kebanyakan doktor itu (yang waras dan yang takde kepentingan join biz ni) sendiri lebih mahir "about the subject-matter"?
Saya tak mo cerita panjang sebenarnya. Tengok gambar kat bawah ni sudah...
Macamana la yang join tu tak boleh nampak sistem piramid kat gambar ni masa pegi kursus anjuran syarikat ni atau masa usha-usha biz ni dengan kengkawan, saya pun tak tau nak jawab. Dia orang ni tak kesah rezeki shubahah ke? Sampai ada "infinity payout" tu ha.... petanda skim piramid terang-terang.
Anyway... I don't really have much time to elaborate, but to those who has studied this little 'ol blog of mine, you should all be getting my drift, concerning 4Life Transfer Factor. It reminds me of Monavie or maybe.... pemenang anugerah produk paling cikai dekad ini - Pad feminin berherba Avail Beauty, yang berkeramat dan juga berpuaka.... Yahoo!
All the best brothers and sisters. Be aware... MLMs and pyramid-schemes are nothing more than just human parasites taking advantage of other greedy suckers! Maybe, that would serve them (those suckers) right, after all....
p/s: TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE IS NOT CLINICAL/SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE!
Kalau ada orang KKM yang singgah baca blog saya ni, tolong la buat sesuatu ya? Problem flyers kat atas tu jatuh di bawah pengawalan jabatan ini:
Lembaga Pengiklanan Perubatan, di mana garis panduan yang jelas sudah wujud mengenai penggunaan 'testimonials'. Garis panduan berikut adalah bagi memperjelaskan peruntukan Akta Ubatan (Iklan dan Jualan) 1956 (Pindaan 1983) dan Lembaga Pengiklanan Perubatan 1976:
5.5.3 Criteria for testimonials
(a) Testimonials are allowed for products registered under category ‘X’ with the Drug Control Authority.
(b) Testimonials should not:
i. Contain any statement(s) which is exaggerated by the improper use of superlatives.
ii. Contain any medical statement(s) which refers of implies that the use of the product may be used for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease(s) or condition(s) of human beings.
iii. Contain any statement(s) that indicates or implies its effectiveness or superior quality and that good health is endangered because diets are not complemented with health supplements.
Hmmmm....... kejadahnya la sesetengah orang Melayu neh. Buta ka dey?