I’ve seen that quite a few people are still searching for Advocare information. In fact, the terms “Advocare” and “Cult” used together in google search is my number one search referral here at VR.
It seems as though my social crowd has moved from Advocare to Plexus. After alienating another round of folks leading to dramatic Facebook trolling about how unreasonable and unfair I am to be asking about the chemical content of Plexus, I decided to check in on the Advocare status.
Have you tried looking up Advocare on Youtube? Better yet, have you searched Advocare along with the term “scam” on youtube?
Amazing results, I’m telling you.
Mostly, what I have found are multilevel marketing recruitment videos. They all go eerily something like this (and I’m sure Advocare provided that little script since the speakers sound robotic and less human-like than Siri):
Video title is something like: “Advocare scam?!? What others don’t tell you!” (That’s all anyone is telling us).
“Hello there- I’m Suzy Q. I’m sure you are here for a few different reasons. Either you know someone who has used Advocare- whether a family or a friend or a coworker, someone has talked to you about the business plan, or you use Advocare. Maybe you are looking for some Advocare reviews. And maybe you are doing your due diligence to see if Advocare is a scam or a legitimate business or a scam. Well, I have good news for you! Advocare is a legitimate business!”
Thank Gawd for that…
“Advocare is a network marketing company. Now sometimes you will hear people say that it’s a pyramid scheme or a scam. That just means they have failed in their business attempts. If you hear them say that, just ignore them because it’s a legitimate company.”
Hey, are we gonna talk about the product? Nope? Just the business plan? Okay.
That’s the problem. There’s very little talk about the product. Every now and then someone will talk about the results, but rarely the mechanisms that get you the so-called results.
When searching reviews, I saw multiple pharmacists going on about Advocare and Plexus. These are individuals we look up to and of whom we trust the professional judgment. I reached out to several pharmacists about Plexus (like I said, my crowd moved on from Advocare). They could not tell me the content of the product. However, they each had used their education and experience to get behind a product that they could not answer basic questions about.
-This statement or “disclaimer” is required by law (DSHEA) when a manufacturer makes a structure/function claim on a dietary supplement label. In general, these claims describe the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient intended to affect the structure or function of the body. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and truthfulness of these claims; they are not approved by FDA. For this reason, the law says that if a dietary supplement label includes such a claim, it must state in a “disclaimer” that FDA has not evaluated this claim. The disclaimer must also state that this product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease,” because only a drug can legally make such a claim.
Alarming. I don’t know if you’ve seen, but there also seems to be script with the medical professionals. “OMG I am sooo serious and being a real person like you, I can tell you this! I know what I’m talking about so this is completely legit =D 😉 xoxo!”
Again, when taking these to professionals who don’t sell these items, they don’t seem impressed and liken it to a multivitamin with too much of part x, y, and z, and with rules of eliminating caffeine from the diet, the surge of energy comes from taking the product because it has the sole source of caffeine you take in creating that correlation that the product is increasing your energy as you feel like shit from “detoxing.”
Hey, if you’ve got the cash and need the placebo effect of it all, have at. But please consult a medical professional not invested in this before you do.
The cult of it- the result of disagreeing with sellers who were once upon a time really great friends, is one of the most frightening components. One popular pharmacist and supposedly devout Christian blasted her entire facebook viewership by lashing out at people who hadn’t inquired about the product, expressed that they wanted to lose weight other ways, or *gasp* explained that they were comfortable in their bodies. These folks have changed. What is it about the MLM training system that leads to this so very effectively?
Insert Sarcasm Here: I mean, what the hell? I know I’m personally offended by people with positive body image. That means they won’t buy my diet supplements. Or people not wanting to trigger their previous eating disordered behaviors? Ugh. Fatties… End Sarcasm.