Re Herbalife discloses investigation in Illinois (Business, April 17): News that the New York and Illinois Attorney Generals are both launching separate investigations into Herbalife is encouraging, especially now that the FBI, Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are too. As a victim of Herbalife’s get-rich-quick promises, I’ve wondered who is going to protect people from the company.
I applaud the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the New York and Illinois Attorney General, for not just hearing the concerns of thousandS of Herbalife victims, but for acting on them.
But while it’S comforting to know that four powerful agencies and offices are now taking those claims seriously (the Federal Trade Commission announced an investigation last month), I can’t help but wonder what we can do on a local level to alleviate Herbalife’s predatory practices.
Controversy over LA Galaxy sponsor Herbalife has become a recurring theme, but has reached new heights in recent weeks with government agencies seemingly stumbling over each other to investigate the company’s questionable business practices.
I joined Herbalife as a distributor in 2003 because I wanted to lose weight. Instead, I lost $10,000 and continue to manage a host of health problems from Herbalife supplements.
After taking Herbalife’s weight loss supplements, I became very sick. I have since found out that one of the pills I took contained Fen-Phen. I lost considerable weight but Herbalife’s pills wreaked havoc on my health and caused me to develop issues such as a hyperactive thyroid.
I was a Herbalife distributor for three years, from 2005-2008. At the time, I also worked full-time at a fast food restaurant and had two small daughters at home. Those three years at Herbalife were dark years for me because I never saw my children and instead was constantly trying prove myself to my Herbalife family.
I joined Herbalife for health reasons as well as to earn an additional income in order to save to send my five kids to college. Also, I always had a dream of having my own house. At the time, I worked at a fast-food restaurant and believed I could make additional money selling Herbalife.
En Mis Palabras: Griselda Romero vendió Herbalife durante años y nunca vio un centavo, vea su historia aquí.
Our coalition met with Hon. Raul Ruiz M.D., 36th District (center) to discuss the Herbalife issue in the Palm Springs area. L to R: Raciel Garcia, Union Sin Fronteras; Ventura Gutierrez, Community Organizer; Congressman Raul Ruiz; Juan Jose Gutierrez, Vamos Unidos USA & Laura Eneida Padilla, Club Bahia Acapulco Maria Madgalena.
Over 80 Coalition Members and Elected Representatives have called for an investigation into Herbalife. See what they have to say Here.
I joined Herbalife in 2007 following my arrival to the United States from El Salvador. I left my country to escape the guerrillas and gangs that infested my homeland and found myself working in construction earning a wage of $16 per hour.
Meet Luis, Age 61, South Gate, Los Angeles, CA
I became a Herbalife distributor in 2009 after Herbalife tea helped me with health issues and weight loss. My friend Mariano brought me in as a distributor and I began to sell Herbalife products to friends and recruit people to sell under Mariano.
My misadventure with Herbalife began in 2003, when I began using the Herbalife products. I was approached by a woman dressed in a suit at a Walmart parking lot looking for people to buy and sell Herbalife’s products. After giving the lady my information, Herbalife would not stop calling me.
Rita Medina, CHIRLA, speaks at LULAC press conference as a part of the announcement that LULAC has joined the coalition against Herbalife.
Coalition members in Washington, D.C. met with Representatives from California to discuss their concerns about Herbalife.