September 9, 2009 |
With its sparkling headquarters building in Torrance and global network of 300,000 distributors, Sunrider International seems to be a picture of entrepreneurial success -- right down to the gleaming red Rolls Royce in its lobby. The picture is all the more remarkable because the herbal-products company was put on the ropes by criminal charges against its owners and remains a target of critics who say many of its health products are of dubious value to consumers. "If the entire industry were to disappear overnight, it would have little impact on public health," said Dr. Stephen Barrett, who runs Quackwatch.
February 28, 2006 |
China is welcoming back the Avon ladies after seven years in the cold. Avon Products Inc. has won approval to return to its favored direct-selling model in China, a senior government official said Monday. The government rescinded a controversial 1998 ban just days before a visit to Beijing by U.S. trade officials. Avon is the world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, using legions of representatives to sell to customers at home rather than moving its products through stores.
March 4, 2008 |
On stage at a sales convention, XanGo founder Joe Morton said that when he first stumbled across mangosteen, a tropical fruit with purported curative powers, "I didn't have to have it confirmed in the New England medical journal before I would listen." The multilevel-marketing company has built a huge business around its mangosteen-based juice, which it promotes as an immunity booster. The company still hasn't proved its health benefits -- which it says could include a stronger immune system and improved joint function -- to skeptical experts.