What kind of (Gluten Free) Society are we living in??
I’ve been meaning to blog about this site for awhile. The time is now ripe.
The site I’m referring to is GlutenFreeSociety.org. The person running that atrocity is Dr. (and I use that term lightly) Peter Osborne. The site claims to be “The Ultimate Resource on True Gluten Free Diets, Recipes, blah, blah, blah.”
To me it’s the ultimate example of how to take advantage of people in need.
Why do I hate the site so much besides the fact that it is filled with misleading information? Because all it wants is your money.
And what is it selling? Fear.
Look at this ridiculous video, which is on their home page (with ads on it of course):
Ummm…ok. Certainly makes me want to join his cult; I’m sorry…his “society”.
What else is on the home page?
Let’s see, you can BUY “The Glutenology Health Matrix System” for $69.
You can BUY “The Gluten Free Society 2010 Year in Review” for $23.95 (that’s right…2010).
You can BUY “The Glutenology Cookbook” for $24.95.
Do you notice a pattern here?
You can also sign up for Free Updates from Gluten Free Society, which I did. Guess what the first email I received was? Crappy information with links to purchase the three above-mentioned items.
Now let’s take a scroll through more of the site, shall we?
Naturally, the first link in their main navigation is a DONATE link. They have five donation levels, ranging from $25 to $1,000. What are you actually donating to? Well, it says to “help fund gluten sensitivity research”. What effing BS. Oh, but you do get a free T-shirt out of it…which promotes the website of course.
Next in our journey through hell are “Gluten Free Certification Courses”, which naturally is, and I quote, “by popular demand”. They offer two levels. Level One is a 2-hour online course. It’s totally free. I’m just kidding. It’s $200. Level Two is an 8-hour online course. It’s practically a steal for $800. And when I say it’s a steal, I’m referring to the fact that Dr. Osborne is stealing your money.
Up next is the Forum, where Dr. Osborne answers all of your questions…incorrectly. Examples? He says gin has gluten in it. And rice has gluten in it. And corn has gluten in it. And it goes on and on and on. Where’s the science behind all of this? That’s funny.
Moving along, you can order a Genetic Testing Kit. Before I clicked the Order button, I guessed that it would be in the $150 range. I mean, he couldn’t rip people off more than that. Well…I underestimated my friend. $410. Sigh.
Isn’t this fun??
Next up we have Gluten Free Products. And wouldn’t you know it. They are all affiliate links so if you click on them and BUY something, that’s money in Mr. Osborne’s pocket…all going to “research” I’m sure.
Then we have “Gluten Free Recipes”. I’m thinking finally something that he’ll offer for free. The man does have a heart. Nope…just a link to BUY his cookbook.
Much of the rest of the content on his crappy site, from what I could tell, you need to be a Gluten Free Society member in order to read it. And yes…just because…he charges you $69.
Look…I have no problem with people making money online in the gluten free industry. It’s a free world and I’m all for capitalism. I’ve even thought about doing something on this site to help cover my time and resources in keeping this wonderful community going at full-steam.
But when your audience is people desperate to find their health, when your only product is BS and when you’re charging a shitload of money for it, that’s pretty much as low as you can go.
If you agree with me, please share this post so we can get the word out.
If not, and you believe in what Dr. Osborne is doing, I hope you have your credit card handy.