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The Truth About Hoodia, 60 Minutes, and the BBC Reports

May 25, 2008
After researching and writing on hoodia gordonii and hoodia supplements for years, I felt it was important to write an article about the hoodia 60 Minutes and BBC reports that are supposedly endorsing specific hoodia diet pills. The BBC and 60 Minutes never endorsed a specific hoodia diet pill. Any website that claims they did is lying.

It is all too common to see the words, "Endorsed by" or "As featured on" and then see the CBS 60 Minutes logo and the BBC logo on websites that are promoting or selling hoodia supplements. This makes people who are shopping for hoodia supplements believe that the products on these websites have been endorsed by 60 Minutes and the BBC. The truth is these two media companies never mentioned a specific hoodia diet pill, tested or endorsed one.

60 minutes reporter, Leslie Stahl, did do a story on the hoodia gordonii plant on November 21, 2004. She traveled to South Africa's Kalahari Desert to see the native plant growing in the wild. She ate a small piece of it. She later reported that she wasn't hungry all day and that the hoodia gordonii plan did work in suppressing her appetite.

Leslie Stahl said nothing else about hoodia. She, and 60 Minutes, did not mention any specific brands of hoodia supplements, let alone endorse one. However, unless you read the show's transcripts or watched it yourself when it aired on CBS, you wouldn't know this. Hoodia sellers have taken the 60 Minutes show and twisted the facts around in an attempt to sell more of their hoodia supplements.

Another example of how shady marketers are trying to get you to believe a lie is they have used the same tactics with the hoodia BBC report. Tom Mangold, BBC correspondent, did a show on hoodia in 2003. He, too, went to the Kalahari Desert to see for himself if the hoodia gordonii plant would affect his appetite. Not only did Mangold eat a small piece of the plant, but his camera man also ate a small piece of the hoodia gordonii plant. Afterwards they said they, "did not even think about food" that day. They went on to say they weren't hungry for breakfast the following morning and their appetites for lunch were almost nonexistent.

Again, you'll notice the BBC story did not even test a specific hoodia supplement, let alone endorse one. Just as Leslie Stahl had done in her 60 Minutes story, Tom Mangold of the BBC actually ate the plant itself. Neither reporter tried a specific hoodia product. And they certainly didn't endorse a specific brand.

Any website that is trying to sell their hoodia product by claiming it was seen on 60 Minutes or the BBC is lying. As you can see, the hoodia 60 minutes and BBC reports have been misrepresented. Any company that has to be dishonest to sell their products shouldn't be trusted. It makes me wonder what else they are exaggerating or out right lying about to make a sell?
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Now you know the truth about hoodia, 60 Minutes, and the BBC reports. You may also be shocked to learn that most hoodia diet pills are fake! Learn the facts before you spend your money!
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