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April 30, 2004 - Across Canada press conferences were held by the families and their supporters to demand an immediate stop for all chiropractic high neck manipulations. The chiropractic regulators across Canada have failed to voluntarily halt this useless and dangerous procedure. There have been two inquests that found that the chiropractors were at fault. There have been numerous lawsuits over the years, and yet the procedures continue with the blessings of chiropractic associations and regulators. Governments that cover chiropractic still pay for this procedure. The families are supported by pediatricians, neurologists, and other experts who have seen the chiropractic regulators dance around any thought of meaningful self-regulation.
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    Canadians visit chiropractors about thirty million times a year, and surveys show that patients are generally satisfied with them. But Paul Benedetti and Wayne MacPhail have another opinion. Their hard-hitting CANOE.CA web site called Spin Doctors I & II were instrumental in educating the public about the excesses of some chiropractors. This book took years to write, and it is a must read for anyone who plans to go for chiropractic treatment, or who pays for insurance that covers it.

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    Media Power Warned by FDA

    Well it finally came to this. Michael R. Pinkus who sits in his lounge chair down in Florida producing mind-numbing infomercials for radio and TV has finally received a warning letter from the FDA. I sometimes wonder how stupid people could have been to have believed his rubbish for CalMax, B-1 Bomber and NuZymes all these years. Well I guess if you come right after Bob Barefoot's Coral Calcium scam on Sunday morning, one of them has to be believed. My guess both of them are out to make a really big buck. But that's another story. The FDA told the Pinkus operation that their products' claims basically put them in the DRUG category.

    They said that they could exert their power to seize their stuff and close them down. Pinkus' company has two weeks to reply. How much do you want to bet that nothing will happen. He's making so much money, he could probably buy everyone in the FDA a trip to Orlando for a week during Spring Break.

    Pinkus has tried to shut us down for years.

    Pressure has been exerted to have this web site taken down because someone doesn't like it very much. Please read this and make up your own mind whether you want to defend the rights of an American born chiropractor to ply his trade in Canada without any protection for the public. Or, would you like to see the Federal bureaucracy step in it and do nothing?

    Better yet, do any of you want to battle this out by asking the private Canadian legal community to assist you in a class action lawsuit? We're here to listen and we would like to help anyone who feels that they have been victimized by false claims, misinformation, and perhaps even more serious offenses by those who run infomercials on Canadian radio stations.

    Rumours have it that the axe may fall south of the border any day now, but Canadians have a very large stake in this right now. So, join us and get a piece of the action on this side of the 49th parallel. We're not afraid to help Canadians who have been hung out to dry, once again, by our government's unwillingness to stop American infomercials.

    I would like to pose some questions that you can answer for the record:

    1. Do you believe that vitamins, minerals, and other natural products can treat serious psychiatric and medical problems?
    2. Do you think that the Canadian public has been deceived by claims made in infomercials on AM radio stations for these products?
    3. If you believe the second statement above, read on.


    Section 3 and Schedule A of the Food and Drugs Act are inter-related. Subsections 3(1) and (2) prohibit advertising or selling to the general public of a food or drug as a treatment, preventative or cure of any of the diseases, disorders or abnormal physical states referred to in Schedule A. Section 3 states the following:

    1) No person shall advertise any food, drug, cosmetic or device to the general public as a treatment, preventative or cure for any of the diseases, disorders or abnormal physical states referred to in Schedule A.

    2) No person shall sell any food, drug, cosmetic or device
    (a) that is represented by label, or
    (b) that the person advertises to the general public as a treatment, preventative or cure for any of the diseases, disorders or abnormal physical states referred to in Schedule A.

    Michael Pinkus - the Help Yourself
    Chiropractor to the Stars?

    They say that Michael Pinkus is a chiropractor to the Hollywood stars. So, why does Pinkus have to sell CalMax on Canadian and American AM radio stations like some side-show snake-oil pitchman?

    The glory days of free-enterprise with 30 minute infomercials on TV and radio may be coming to a final end. Will we miss the magnetic personalities of the hosts, and their special guests, or will it be the mutterings of the hypchondriacs and losers who call up the show, week after week, night after night? With Pinkus, like others, it all seems too predictable.

    In the past, the United States FTC has targetted other vendors of vitamins and minerals who have made unsupported claims. Some of them have been really high rollers, like A Glenn Braswell, who uses Canadian Mail Boxes Etc. in Toronto as if they are his personal post office. Others have been entrepreneurs, like Jeff Bland, who run companies like Metagenics to massage the wallets of those who want to live forever.

    Why has the U.S. government, under Bill Clinton, left Pinkus and his MediaPower company alone all these years? Will George W. Bush do something? I'm not holding my breath.

    Michael R. Pinkus plies his trade very well. But, what exactly is his trade? Does he really practice chiropractic? If he does, where is his office, really?

    Well, there are some who have spent hundreds of dollars on supplements to cure everything from schizophrenia, depression, ADHD, and all sorts of other ills. You might say that they have been sucked into this with their eyes open. There were so-called "disclaimers" made if you happen to hear the first 10 seconds, or last 10 seconds of the radio show.

    Some of these people may have been induced to buy products recommended by someone that they call "Dr.". Is he a doctor, and if he is, what is he a doctor of? I'm not sure that the average listener knows.

    The public is entitled to know of the qualifications of those who sell products, because it's illegal for licensed health professionals in this country to sell vitamins, minerals, or supplements in infomercials. They can't even appear in a newspaper article to appear to endorse a product. That's what's so slick about the operators of almost every infomercial heard in Canada. Oh, there are a few highly paid naturopaths who venture into the endorsement trail, but Pinkus stands above them all. He and his entourage feel that they are untouchable.

    The media has allowed products and pitchmen with dubious credentials to sell us pills for dozens of conditions and diseases without one shred of evidence for their claims. Sweet deals for packages of infomercials are arranged months in advance by media buyers and stations who are in need of revenue. Pinkus is certainly not alone here. The second-stringers are here in Canada, too. But, they pale in comparison with MediaPower and Michael Pinkus. Do you notice that the initials M and P appear in both names. Is that just a coincidence?

    Those programs aim to convince us that their products, and specifically their products are "the ones" to use for serious health and psychiatric problems. None of it, of course, has ever been the subject of a scientific study in Canada, and perhaps anywhere else.

    The magic of Canadian radio is that in Canada, American "doctors", frocked and unfrocked, can just come across the border and sell us any bloody thing the want. Pinkus, who is not a medical or osteopathic doctor, is addressed continuously as if he is a doctor. This is, in and of itself, deceptive. Was the degree that Pinkus earned in clinical nutrition, in behavioral psychology, in neurochemistry or physiology? No, it was from a chiropractic college? What classes did he take in chiropractic college that would give him the knowledge in neurophysiology, or nutrition. Did he intern at a psychiatric hospital, did he teach school, or even work in a diet center?

    Does he have any other graduate degree in any subject that would give him the knowledge base to suggest that any of his products would cure, alleviate, or help in any way, any condition that he makes claims for? I say that the public has a right to know.

    The claims made by MediaPower and their products are a product of someone with a very intelligent mind and a wild imagination. They either find or invent a product, maybe two or three really big ones. Keep it simple, make the public fearful of the pharmaceutical establishment, then pretend to rescue them by providing them with a mineral or vitamin to do the job. It's almost like selling someone on a new religion, isn't it.

    Now here's the really hard part folks, they have to find someone who can hawk this stuff to the unsuspecting public. They find someone like Pinkus, or is it the other way around, I'm not quite sure on that one point.

    In Canada, armed with Pinkus in their outstretched hands, they come to station executives and lay it all out for them. "Canadian AM radio is in big trouble, we're here to help." We've got doctors, and chiropractors, and naturopaths and the like who will fill your dreary hours on Sunday morning with profits for you all.

    Rogers Communications, or WIC, or Corus, willingly take the money, and they don't really care what you say, because they have a disclaimer that they think lets them off the hook.

    It's almost as if Ontario radio stations and their owners have no moral code of conduct. They'll take anyone's money if it keeps them from going under. The three hours of infomercials in Kitchener on Sunday morning on CKGL is just about the best bargain MediaPower, or anyone else could want.

    In Quebec, it is AGAINST THE LAW, for a talk show host to do an infomercial. In Ontario, all these folks have to do is to hire an expensive Bay Street trademark barrister to help them fight their way to the top. The Advertising Standards Council sits on their asses and claims that if a commercial hawks vitamins, minerals, or magnets that they have to step aside and pass the complaint on to Health Canada. That's like waiting for the Second Coming.

    The Federal government stands around and does nothing to stop the scams because it's too expensive to fight free enterprise.

    I ask the general public to put its foot forward and stand up against the scamsters and those who would defend them.

    How many millions of dollars have people like Pinkus taken out of our Province on radio and TV infomercials over the last few years?

    How much money has Rogers, WIC, Corus made by hosting these ridicuous infomercials? It seems to me that they are probably the only ones who are making money here besides Pinkus and MediaPower.

    I have no vendetta against Pinkus and/or MediaPower if they would just prove that what they do is credible. Send me one shred of evidence done by respected and verifiable researchers support your specific products..

    So far, all they have proven to me is that they can do anything they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want.

    Pinkus and MediaPower might some day have to defend themselves in court. I don't think my little web site will have anything to do with this.

    If they take me to court, they will have to present a whole lot of evidence to prove their claims.

    So, if anyone out there has information about the claims made by Pinkus and/or MediaPower about any of statements made below, please send them to me: Questions to answer:

    1. Does Pinkus practice chiropractic anywhere in Minnesota?
    2. Did he ever see "patients" in Florida or California?
    3. Did he ever "treat" Barbra Streisand, John Travolta, Burt Reynolds, or Kelly Preston?
    4. What did he treat them for and what did he treat them with?
    5. Did he treat them as a chiropractor? Did he treat them when they came to Minnesota, or was it in California?
    6. Did you think that Dr. Pinkus was a medical doctor?
    7. Did anyone order any of his products and what were you promised they would treat?
    8. Did you buy the products because you were convinced by the infomercial?
    9. How much did you pay for each of the products?
    10. Did the products do anything for the conditions that you took them for?
    11. Did you have any side effects from the products that you took?
    12. Was the labeling in English and French if shipped to Canada?
    13. Did you ever call the company to complain or get your money back? What did they say if you tried to get a refund?
    14. Have you ever filed a complaint with Health Canada, the radio station or other media outlet where his products were advertised?
    15. Did any official of the U.S. Olympic team in 1996 actually hire, approve of, or even know of Michael R. Pinkus at any time?
    16. If Pinkus was annointed to be in Atlanta by the wrestling coach, why did the Olympic Committee not sanction this?
    17. Does his support of Scientology really matter to you? Did you buy products because he is a Scientologist? Did you not buy products because you knew he was a Scientologist?
    18. Does Scientology promote the use of megavitamins, calcium/magnesium, or other nutritional products or supplements? If your answer is yes, what are those that are usually recommended?
    19. Do you know that Canadian doctors, chiropractors, and dentists are prohibited from doing what Pinkus does in this country? Do you care about it?
    20. Why was Pinkus put on probation in 1990 and in 1994 by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractors?
    21. Why have Canadian owned AM radio stations, almost all of them that are now owned by either Rogers Communications, or Corus Entertainment, refused to scrutinize the content of any health infomercial?
    22. Have station program directors, and Rogers Communcations discussed the real reasons why they run these infomercials with their stockholders?
    23. Why has MediaPower come to Canada with a stable of ridiculous personalities, who hawk dozens of products that do not have any legitimate medical or scientific basis? Have they been told that our government doesn't care about their claims, and that they have friends up here among the regulators?
    24. Do you agree that Pinkus advertisements break the Canadian law governing false advertising for supplements?
    25. Who, in the government of Canada is responsible for allowing this to happen?
    26. Do you want to help do something about it?
    Please save this page, and get back to me ASAP. Big things are about to happen, and I would like to have all those who have serious concerns to get their two cents in and become part of the solution. 938 King Street West Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 1G4 519-725-4953 Fax only

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    • Official Complaint about CalMax to Canadian government and agencies

    • Dr. Pinkus' Homepage - Dr. Michael Pinkus is the developer of the Pressure Point Therapy Technique. He has been in practice as a Chiropractor for 15 years and established one of the largest practices in the United States. Dr. Pinkus has traveled around the world teaching and applying PPT. He was a doctor for the 1996 US Mens Olympic Wrestling Team and treats many of the top celebrities in Hollywood. Many pro-sports teams are also employing PPT with their athletes.

    • Chiropractor to the stars - Although Michael R. Pinkus is associated with pictures of Hollywood stars on this web site, he sure seems to change the way he looks. There is a possibility that someone stole a copy of his high school yearbook and put it on a web page by mistake.

    • Parade of pitchpeople: Just in case you want to get on bandwagon yourself, just take a look at who else is parade along with Michael. Among them is a medical doctor who no longer has a license to practice, but insists that an herbal remedy will cure snoring.

    • Pitches CalMax on Radio - Yes, the snake-oil salesman are still alive "Most Americans Do Not Get Enough Vitamins and Minerals in Their Diets

      Calmax is a break-through formula that's packed with the powerful nutrients calcium, magnesium and vitamin C.

      Calmax has been proven to relieve stress, muscle tension, pain in the body, and the symptoms of PMS. Calmax also helps those that suffer from insomnia, arthritis and chronic illness."

      On his radio broadcast he also said it would help ADHD in children. Wow, what a product.

    • When the pressure's on - call MediaPower - If you want to do it yourself, just send them money: "Wouldn't it be great if you could relieve stress just like chiropractors and massage therapists do? One little adjustment and you feel 100% better! Think of all the money you would save by doing it yourself.

      Our Pledge To You:

      The Pressure Point Therapy system will teach you how to reduce pressure blocking the nerves of your body. Try it risk-free and if you are not completely satisfied, return it within 30 days for a full product refund."

    • Wild claims on this promoter's site My guest today is Dr. Michael Pinkus, chiropractor to Hollywood stars, Olympic doctor and developer of Pressure Point Therapy, the latest self help treatment for everything from back pain to PMS!

      Dr. Michael Pinkus is recognized as the nation's foremost authority on Alternative Health Care. He served as team medical consultant for the Minnesota Vikings, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves and as pain therapist for the US Olympic athletes at the 1996 games in Atlanta. In medical practice for over 10 years, Dr. Pinkus has studied many Alternative Health Care methods including chiropractic, nutrition, acupressure and reflexology. (How much of this it true we don't know for sure. But we don't trust these claims.)

    • Michael R. Pinkus had his license put on probation in Minnesota in 1990 and 1994 - The Minnesota Board of Chiropractors assistant I spoke to didn't even have a Minnesota address on their computer when I called on May 1, 2000. They thought he was living in a condo on Gulf Blvd. in Clearwater, Florida.

    • Pitchman Pinkus on B-1 Bomber for children's ADHD - Here he is again on the Touch of Health. He was very busy this weekend. He also was on CHML in Hamilton on early Sunday morning.

    • Is the Calmag used by Scientologists the root of Pinkus' CalMax? - I don't know, but this revealing look at CalMag by Tampa Bay Scientology group made headlines across the country in 1999.

    If you have a story to tell about a quack doctor or therapist in your area, please let us know. When you see a "natural" product that guarantees that it will make you "healthy", or perhaps cure cancer, let us know.

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