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This Video Proves Ben Carson Lied Right To America’s Face In GOP Debate

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 12:31 PM
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This Video Proves Ben Carson Lied Right To America’s Face In GOP Debate

OCTOBER 28, 2015 10:30 PM

During the Republican presidential debate on CNBC, Dr. Ben Carson was asked about his involvement with Mannatech, a medical supplement company. He was specifically asked about how endorsing their product would reflect on his judgement, since they had been subject to a government probe for wrongdoing.

Carson denied he was connected to the company in any way other than as a fan of their products.

That was a lie. Carson promoted the company in speeches, and in a video presentation:

In the video, Carson hailed the company:

“The wonderful thing about a company like Mannatech is that they recognize that when God made us, He gave us the right fuel. And that fuel was the right kind of healthy food.”

He also spoke on their behalf:

Carson’s interactions with Mannatech, a nutritional-supplement company based in suburban Dallas, date back to 2004, when he was a speaker at the company’s annual conferences, MannaFest and MannaQuest. He also spoke at Mannatech conferences in 2011 and 2013, and spoke about “glyconutrients” in a PBS special as recently as last year.

Mannatech has also had brushes with the law. In 2004 a woman sued Mannatech while alleging that a company salesman had shared nude photos of her son who had Tay-Sachs disease and had taken their supplements, claiming that it had helped him gain weight. The same salesman was also accused of writing in a medical journal that the supplements had helped the child while he had already passed away. In the lawsuit it was also alleged that the company used photos of the child on its website to promote its products, “with the clear inference that [the boy] was alive and doing well some seven years after his actual death.”

The company was also sued by Texas’ attorney general who accused Mannatech of marketing that exaggerated the health benefits of its supplements. Mannatech paid a $4 million settlement without admitting wrongdoing.

That’s the company that Carson got in bed with, and that history probably explains why he lied in the CNBC debate about his poor decision making.

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Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 1:35 PM



False

Carson

Says he "didn’t have an involvement with" nutritional supplement company Mannatech.

— Ben Carson on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 in a Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colo.

At debate, Ben Carson says he has no connection to Mannatech

Presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ben Carson said it’s "total propaganda" to suggest he had any connection to Mannatech, a maligned nutritional supplement company.

At the Oct. 28 Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNBC in Boulder, Colo., moderator Carl Quintanilla asked Carson about his involvement with the company.

"This is a company called Mannatech, a maker of nutritional supplements, with which you had a 10-year relationship," Quintanilla said. "They offered claims they could cure autism, cancer. They paid $7 million to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit in Texas, and yet your involvement continues. Why?"

"Well, that’s easy to answer: I didn’t have an involvement with them," replied Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon. "That is total propaganda. And this is what happens in our society -- total propaganda. I did a couple speeches for them. I did speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of relationship with them. Do I take the product? Yes. I think it’s a good product."

Mannatech sells nutritional supplement pills made from larch tree bark and aloe, ingredients with disputed health benefits. The company in 2009 settled the lawsuit, which stemmed from claims that the company was deceptively pitching cures and treatments for illnesses such as cancer and even Down Syndrome.

For Carson to say he "didn’t have an involvement with" Mannatech is a stretch. While he was not any sort of employee for the company as far as we can tell, it’s hard to see the speeches he’s delivered, as well as other promotional work, as anything but a full-throated endorsement of the product. Further, Mannatech appears to view Carson as a product promoter.

First, the speeches. Carson has delivered four to Mannatech, according to the Wall Street Journal. Carson has written these paid remarks off as just several of many diverse speeches the Washington Speakers Bureau have booked for him. But in the speeches, he talks about his personal fondness for the product, which he started taking in conjunction with cancer treatment years ago.

For example, Carson delivered remarks to Mannatech sales associates in 2004. In the speech, he talked about his introduction to Mannatech’s supplements and a personal conversation he had with the company’s lead doctor.

"I started taking the product, and within about three weeks, my symptoms went away," adding that he toyed with the idea of using only the supplements, rather than undergoing cancer surgery. He said in the remarks that it would be inappropriate for him to be an official spokesman or sales associate, but he does refer people to Mannatech.

Since then, he has appeared in Mannatech-produced videos that appear to be promotional materials. In 2011, he answered questionsin an interview with Mannatech’s co-CEO and chief science officer.In a 2013 Mannatech video, Carson described his experience with nutritional supplements.

"The wonderful thing about a company like Mannatech is that they recognize that when God made us, he gave us the right fuel. And that fuel was the right kind of healthy food," Carson said in the 2013 video. "Basically what the company is doing is trying to find a way to restore natural diet as a medicine or as a mechanism for maintaining health."

Carson also talked about his use of nutritional supplements on PBS in 2014, and Mannatech promoted the interview on its homepage. While it’s no longer accessible, the Mannatech website had a specific tag for all articles about Carson.

Carson’s campaign requested that Mannatech remove some videos and articles featuring Carson from its website. And since media outlets have started poking around this question, Mannatech has taken down even more, according to reporters at the Wall Street Journal.

Our ruling

Carson said, "I didn’t have an involvement with" the nutritional supplement company Mannatech.

As far as we can tell, Carson was not a paid employee or official endorser of the product. However, his claim suggests he has no ties to Mannatech whatsoever. In reality, he got paid to deliver speeches to Mannatech and appeared in promotional videos, and he consistently delivered glowing reviews of the nutritional supplements. As a world-renowned surgeon, Carson’s opinion on health issues carries weight, and Mannatech has used Carson’s endorsement to its advantage.

We rate Carson’s claim False.


ashellbell
by shellbark on Oct. 29, 2015 at 1:37 PM
3 moms liked this
But BENGHAZI!!!!



There I beat the others to it.
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM
Ben just forgot that he was just plagiarizing an answer that he didn't think of by himself; much, like his books and other works he takes credit for but others actually do the work for him.
ashellbell
by shellbark on Oct. 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM
3 moms liked this

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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Oh boo hoo he lied so what?

Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Is that what you said when Hillary supposedly "lied" to the American people?

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Oh boo hoo he lied so what?


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