October 10th, 2015

False Advertisement

Finding a letter from the LA county Supreme Court, I felt some urgency and opened the letter.

“ If you have bought or used Fucoidan of Kamerycah Inc. before July 17, 2015, you are entitled to receive benefits through a class action lawsuit settlement.”

The big bold letters jumped into my eyes.

According to the letter, someone filed the lawsuit against the false advertisement, and after the company voluntarily turned advertisement’ details into the court, they came to the agreement to settle.

Fukoidan is a Japanese supplement made from seaweed and advertised that it enhances the immune system, and especially effective for cancer if you take a large amount. The company sites introduced numerous doctor’s positive reviews and testimonies of terminal patients, whose cancer shrank or disappeared.

In 2010, the year of my diagnosis, I, who knew little about cancer tried this supplement desperately. I even went to a seminar, where a Japanese doctor, who was using Fukoidan for his patients, was a guest speaker. I wanted to ask questions, but there was no Q&A session and I remember came home increasing the suspicion.

I stopped using Fukoidan when I had the mastectomy and received the bad pathology report, yet since a bottle of the supplement cost about $300, I wasted a lot.

After reading the letter, I looked at the company’s website. All the pictures of doctors and testimonies are gone, and instead, there was a warning;

“These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. UMI NO SHIZUKU Fucoidan is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

I am so glad that the truth was revealed, but still overwhelming false information and people, who make profits taking advantage of cancer patients, are out there. Though we wish to find a dream medicine to cure,  the patients must discern wisely what is right and folse.