XANGO NOT WORRIED ABOUT ITALIAN SPEED BUMP
BAD RUMOR THEY WERE SHUT DOWN

Press Release                                                                   Milan, January 3 2011

XANGO Italy Srl Strongly Disagrees with the Antitrust Authority Ruling and is Confident its Appeal to the TAR Will Prevail
Company sees ruling as opposition to the direct sales industry and is prepared to defend the rights of tens of thousands of Italian consumers and numerous entrepreneurs

Today, parent company XANGO LLC President and CEO Robert S. Conlee issued the following statement:

“In the past year, XANGO Italy Srl, leader in its market, has thrived as the fastest-growing company in the Italian direct sales industry. The growth in Italy has attracted the attention of consumer advocacy groups and government agencies anxious to understand our success. XANGO is committed to consumer protection and has welcomed this opportunity to work together with these groups in Italy to develop additional safeguards beyond its already responsible business practices.

“Unfortunately, in the midst of this collaboration, the Antitrust Authority has surprised XANGO with an unwarranted ruling to restrict the entrepreneurial activity of tens of thousands of Italians. This ruling has the potential of being replicated to all direct sales companies in Italy—an industry whose 400,000 representatives contribute retail sales of more than 1 billion euros annually to the local economy. As a global industry leader supported by other industry partners, XANGO is challenging the ruling in Italy with a strong legal appeal before the TAR. XANGO is confident it will prevail and that this ruling will soon be overturned. In the interim, the company complied with the Antitrust Authority’s ruling in Italy.

“For more than eight years, XANGO has shared the benefits of goodness of the mangosteen and other natural botanicals, in particular through its global flagship product, XANGO® Juice. In Italy and more than 30 other markets around the world, millions of consumers have safely enjoyed our products as part of an overall natural lifestyle. XANGO also gives back to communities globally by donating portions of its profits to worthy children’s charities through its XANGO Goodness program. In Italy, XANGO supports cleft-lip and cleft palate corrective surgeries through Operation Smile and the Smile House in Milan, Italy.

“This ruling and its temporary impact will not deter XANGO from its mission to improve the wellness and economic status of many thousands of Italian consumers and entrepreneurs who benefit from our business. We are committed to our mission and to Italy.”

For more information Italy website  www.xango.it
Press Office: CBO Milano, Italy,  Tel 02 85458311 xango@cbopr.com

Editor's Note: There are no MLM laws in Italy, so no definitions.  This decision could shut down all MLM companies in Italy if not challenged.  Xango is going about it the right way. Thanks Xango!

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From the Magazine | Time Bonus Section November 2006: Inside Business

WHY TIME MAGAZINE GETS SMALLER EACH YEAR!
TIME MAGAZINE ATTACKS RELIGION, MLM AND NUTRITION
State of Reliefs
MLM WATCHDOG EDITORIAL - ANYBODY FACT CHECK AT TIME?

Subject: Why Time Magazine gets smaller – It presents editorial pieces as factual!  This seems to be a disease at Time Magazine. I guess what's most damning about the “State Of Reliefs” article is:

  This article is anti-Utah, anti-Nutritional,  anti-MLM and anti-Mormon.  Why would Time run it?  Count the number of big pharmaceutical companies that advertise in Time.   Also in this Web Version with CNN, we see big drug companies advertise on CNN.   We know that the FDA is run by the big pharmaceutical companies.  This Time – CNN article is just evidence big pharmaceutical companies are buying off what were respected news media.

This is an editorial piece by Rod Cook, the MLM WatchDog. Rod Cook is not a Mormon, he grew up a Methodist and is now a religious Universalist. Quote marks are used below to show Time - CNN material used in their flaky journalism.  In no way is this intended to be a copyright infringement. The only time sections used are for editorial comment!

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HOW THE CONTROVERSIAL YET POPULAR SUPPLEMENT BUSINESS EMERGED IN UTAH
By BY JEFFREY RESSNER / SALT LAKE CITY   (and no "Fact Checkers at Time Magazine)


Posted Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006

"Looking for a great business opportunity? Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and join the XanGo team. Pronounced zang-go, this powerful elixir comes from the mangosteen, a fruit grown in the jungles of Thailand. The juice is anti-inflammatory! Antidepressant! Antitumor!"  See the MLMWatchdog article 5 October 2006, Xango never made these claims.  The FDA screwed up and sent a warning letter to the wrong people.  Obviously Ressner did not fact check this.

“More than 100 supplement companies dot the terrain alongside I-15 snaking through Salt Lake City, Utah, generating $4 billion in annual sales--four times the revenue of the state's more famous ski trade. The herbal health business is so prevalent in this area that it has been nicknamed Cellulose Valley, after the primary component of green plants.” Quote included for background.

"Why Utah? For one thing, the dry air is ideal for storing precious powders.". The leading sentence is a flaky  statement – the rest of the United States doesn’t have dehumidifiers and air conditioners????   For another, politicians like Senator Orrin Hatch have helped create a fertile regulatory climate. Then there's the long-standing environment of support for the products. Many Utah supplement companies are owned or operated by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). In the 1800s, LDS founder Joseph Smith blamed traditional medicine for his brother's death and his own traumatic leg surgery. (Is there a true historical publication that say’s this?  Mormon Church Elders, those who should know,  told your editor they hadn't heard this)  "Early Mormon writings praised the "plants and roots, which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases." In the 1940s, Mormon herbalist John Christopher preached about natural healing. A few decades later, three Utah companies--Nature's Herbs, Nature's Way and Nature's Sunshine--began selling his formulas."  Apparently in this Ressner’s fervor (keep reading) to bash or slight the Mormon Church he never got around to reading the old testament of the Bible (like most Christian and Jews) where the old Testament speaks about plants given to mankind for health.......... sigh!

"But it's Utah's entrepreneurial attitude that perhaps accounts most of all for the boom. A large portion of supplements is sold through multilevel marketing, commonly known as MLM--or person-to-person sales. The trade publication Nutrition Business Journal estimates that $7.7 billion in supplements was sold in U.S. vitamin stores last year, $6 billion by food markets and big-box outlets and $4.2 billion via MLM distribution. "It's a substantial figure," says journal editor Grant Ferrier. "Roughly 20% of all sales come from MLM, and Utah is the stronghold."  Fact checkers at Time must have been out for coffee on this.  If you look at the MLM WatchDog list of MLM Companies at www.mlmwatchdog.com/mlm_company_list_directory.html, you will see that the only billion dollar MLM in Utah is Nuskin.   Actually, California is the MLM strong hold,  if any state, followed by Texas, Florida and Utah.  I know  Ferrier's work at the Nutrition Business Journal and I am sure he said, “Utah is a stronghold, not "THE" stronghold.

The paragraph below makes it sound like Mormons invented MLM...  Mormons didn’t.  MLM in the  started in 1937 with Wacthers (still in existence) in South San Francisco.  Dr. Wacther had a German heritage, so it could be said Lutherans started MLM.    MLM had been well established in the U.S. by 1975, the starting date given in this misleading article.  In fact  the early successful legends in MLM (the 1950’ and 60’s) did NOT come from Utah.  Once again, Time senior editors and fact checkers seem not to exist in this story and were incapable of finding Tupperware (1949), Amway (1958), and Shaklee (1954).

"One reason for Utah's MLM success seems again to stem from the church. Nature's Sunshine (Ken Brailsford, founder of Nature’s Sunshine, was actually the first Nutritional Encapsulator doing away with the hard tablets for gelatin capsules [easier to dissolve] that caused the nutrition explosion more than MLM.  This was a technology leap more than an MLM leap)  became the first to go that route back in 1975, and Mormons--trained in door-to-door evangelism through compulsory missions--proved natural salespeople. "The church provides a network--a real plus factor for MLM companies," says Rory Mahony, general manager of Nature's Way, which sells through health-food and vitamin shops. Does one quote  from a company that does not sell through MLM make it fact for the industry? They are, in fact, a competitor to MLM.   Trashy journalism – read the truth below. Under direct-sales plans, independent reps earn commissions for items they sell but also receive payouts by recruiting others to become distributors.  The bigger one's network"................................"

Mormons are successful because, on their youthful, VOLUNTARY (not compulsory as said above),  missionary trips they go out and face rejection when selling the Mormon religion. Missionary  Kids in Germany that I used to feed hamburgers to had great stories about being hit with brooms, chamber pots and umbrellas.  Selling religion to a bunch Lutherans in Germany was hard!  They learned about rejection!  Also, their working groups provided a stable background and motivation to train folks.  This is repeated worldwide in 100’s of countries. 

Great things Mormon Missionaries often learn are: (1) A second language (2) How to sell through sharing a difficult product (religion) (3) This carries over to a society being successful businessmen and entrepreneurs

From the Magazine | Time Bonus Section November 2006: Inside Business

State of Reliefs   = Why Time Magazine Gets Smaller
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.........."evangelists like Francine Blain, a single mother and former contract attorney from Santa Monica, Calif. Blain signed on two years ago as a XanGo distributor. When not tending to her 5-year-old son, she's immersed in all things XanGo--tinkering with her eponymous Website, talking to the "upline" sponsor who signed her, recruiting more "downline" distributors, listening to motivational training sessions and using an automated dialing system to cold-call strangers who have expressed interest in supplements or owning a home business."

Your Editor is of the opinion that the lady should sue Ressner, Time, and CNN for defamation of character.  This article was written as a FACTUAL  news article and NOT an editorial..... yet there is very little fact in the article, so the lady should be able to sue!  Read this disgusting personal attack:

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"Blain is a manic, mouthy merchant of mangosteen. "No commute. No dress code. I never have to leave the house. I've found my dream job," she says. She envisions XanGo paying for her son's education, homes in Manhattan and Paris and "the freedom to pursue my artistic side." As for XanGo's health benefits, Blain is a believer. "My friend's father had pancreatic cancer," she says. "After XanGo, he had much more energy."

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Though wildly successful, the MLM business model has opened supplement companies to a persistent complaint: the stuff doesn't work as claimed. Ed. Note: Where are these complaints logged so we can see them, who filed them, etc..  This Ressner and Time Senior Editors are good at allegations but light on proof. Where is the proof?  FTC documents made public indicate that Franchises generate the most complaints.  Virtually none on MLM  Where was the research on this statement?  This is a wild allegation with no substantiation.

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"Because independent marketers are not scrutinized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the business has long been criticized for pushing unwarranted claims through its network of sellers." The writer and Time fact checkers should have researched this lie with the FDA and FTC, individual distributors have been named in Federal actions, but Time Magazine fact checkers that work for senior editors were too lazy to pick up the phone and call these two federal agencies. "While you have the FDA breathing down your neck about what your company can legally say, distributors like Bob and Mary can tell their friends whatever they want," says Dan Hurley, author of the forthcoming exposé Natural Causes". Here we have proof in writing, Time senior editors failed to fact check, and this writer Dan Hurley is so far out in left field he needs a reality check! "He writes that aside from fish oil, vitamin D and a handful of other vitamins and minerals, "the vast majority of supplements taken by Americans have been proven to be unsafe, ineffective or both."
Of course Hurley fails to note that claims for Fish Oil, and minerals such as life saving Selenium, were filed BY MLM COMPANIES at a cost of over $1,000,000! Guess what!  Once those claims were approved, ANY COMPANY CAN USE THEM......  not just the MLM company.  Ask Youngevity, they put out the million bucks and years to get the claims about fish oil and Selenium through the #$$%%&^&*FDA.  No Drug company ever does anything like this.

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"In the case of XanGo, "no published clinical trials [show] evidence that either the fruit or its juice is an effective treatment for arthritis, cancer or any other disorder in humans," writes Dr. Brent Bauer, the Mayo Clinic's alternative-medicine specialist. Mangosteens contain antioxidants called xanthones that have been shown to stop certain bacteria and fungi in lab tests." Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic was either misquoted or he is misguided –  any real alternative medicine specialist would have gone ahead and said,  “however, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has over 100 pages listing  scientific research on Xanthones which is a new field.” So once again, Ressner in his anxiety to bash Mormons, and keep the drug company masters happy at Time Magazine + CNN, seems to have left out factual information, or maybe he  was too weak in journalism to go to the National Institutes of Health and put in the word  Xanthones:  
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi

Editors Special Note:  The MLM Distributor Rights Association is supporting House Bill H.R. 4282 to Force the FDA to allow scientific research, such as is on Pub Med,  to be shown to consumers so they can make up their own mind... NOT BIG BROTHER FDA, Time Magazine and CNN THAT WORK FOR THE DRUG COMPANIES! 

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"Yet independent-distributor sites claim the juice helps everything from Alzheimer's disease to kidney stones. XanGo's Morton concedes that wild claims are being made. "With 600,000 distributors, some stuff gets past our compliance [measures]," he says. "Overpromising and underdelivering is a problem in any company, from painting houses to selling cars."
Obviously Ressner or a senior editor at Time really failed to do any due diligence and just depended on a report by some amateur web searcher.  Your Editor  had web savvy folks put in Xango plus Alzheimer's and kidney stones in Google and after wading through a 100+ pages gave up on finding any basis for Ressner’s claim.  This was simple fact checking.  Time Magazine not connected to the Internet?

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"In 1997, Utah-based NuSkin paid $1.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission, which monitors advertising claims, for five products it said could reduce fat and build muscle. Before that, the company was accused of making unsubstantiated claims about a baldness treatment and a wrinkle lotion. Packaging for many Nu Skin products (and those from sister company Pharmanex) now carries an array of disclaimer asterisks." "
But, if you go to the FTC's (who took this action) Website and study actions due to misadvertising, one thing would be clear:  The Nu Skin “hit” would be one out of 1,000’s for product claim's. The biggest offenders, Infomercials! MLM companies are in a minority (not an excuse, just fact), which points out once again this writer's lack of research and fact finding at Time proves they are biased because of the big drug companies that advertise in Time. All it would have taken was a 30 minute search of the Federal Trade Commission Website.

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"Not even Hatch could halt the industry's dose of bad press, though, over ephedra. The FDA received more than 800 reports of adverse effects from the Chinese weight-loss herb before it proposed limiting doses in 1997. A subsequent study tied 155 deaths to various ephedra products, but uncontrolled sales weren't banned until 2004. Utah company Neutraceutical Corp. is still arguing that lower doses are safe, but in August the firm was overruled by an appeals court." Bad information,  Federal Court case, in trial,  found the 800 reports of adverse effects that the FDA presented “flawed” and the subsequent study was also classified as “flawed.”  These are in Federal Court papers of the referenced law suit that Ressner and the Time senior editor did not fact check.

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"Another concern: supplement companies may soon have to rethink their MLM models in order to go global. In July, Nu Skin received word that China's Ministry of Commerce has approved the company's proposal to begin direct sales in that country early next year. (So far, Avon is the only other such U.S. company allowed there.) Nu Skin has poured $100 million into manufacturing plants and opened 150 retail shops in China. But it won't be business as usual. Under the license, Chinese distributors earn commissions on products sold outside stores but won't be paid to recruit other sellers. "The government was not inclined to allow multilevel or tiered compensation," says CEO Truman Hunt."   Why?  The Communist Regime in China is the only country in Asia to have a single level direct sales restriction.  The Chinese Government has also said they are open to future change.   There are no, I repeat no, countries with Democratically elected governments that don't have MLM companies operating in them!  So this negativity paragraph is total conjecture, and belongs in an editorial piece.  Yes, MLM entrepreneurship is alive and well worldwide.


Ed. Note:  So while allegations being thrown around here are mine for this article – is this Ressner a distributor for the MLM company Freelife?  At the end of the article (NOT QUOTED) he praises Gojii berry and Gojii juice.  If Ressener is the whole article makes sense.  Tounge dragging MLM Distributors at lower levels do anything to bash competitors and this was written like a first grade MLM recruiter (with poor taste).  


ROD COOK: YOUR EDITOR'S SUMMARY
Time Magazine used to be one of my favorite magazines. I subscribe while in the military in foreign countries to get the news..   It was an Icon of Journalistic truth and research.  After reading this article you now know why I don't subscribe any more and consider people that do morons.  You also know why it is getting smaller!

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History:  Time Magazine used to be an icon of truth in America.  They had Senior Editors like Whitaker Chambers who blew the whistle on Ivy league Communist Spies in the highest levels of our government. Time Magazine has gone from highest levels of research and integrity to publishing shaky unrehearsed trash. The size of Time Magazine has been shrinking over the last 8 years and pieces of trash like this article are the reason why.

READ SOME HISTORY WHEN,  TIME WAS A GREAT MAGAZINE HELPING SAVE AMERICA
http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/hiss-chambers-nyt.html

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