Health Food Scams: Alaskan Blueberries

A friend asked me what I know about Alaskan Blueberries (Vaccinium alaskensis), which some company is marketing as yet another “superfruit”. I had to admit that I hadn’t heard anything about it and decided to do some research on the topic.

Okay, first of all, it is called the “Alaskan blueberry” but it doesn’t only grow in Alaska. Its known range extends as far south as Oregon. So, be wary of people that tell you that it only grows in one place in the Whole Wide World. It’s that kind of “very rare plant” angle that some multi-level marketing (MLM) companies try to exploit, in the hopes that some one might either not own a computer or a library card, be literate or even willing to checkout a product’s background before they spend their hard-earned money on the latest Superfad.

Now, blueberries, in general, are very good for you. They have been shown in clinical trials to reduce the risks of certain cancers, reduce stroke damage in test animals and have a high level of antioxidants, among other things. So, yes, adding blueberries to your daily diet – say one cup of blueberries everyday – can help you be healthier.

This particular species of blueberry is known to grow well in forest openings, like clearcuts and areas that had been hit by forest fires. It will grow until the forest begins to overgrow the area and then the blueberries will appear less and less. They had been used as food by Native American tribes in the area, as well as by a number of animals, such as deer, bears, rabbits and mice.

But, are Alaskan Blueberries some sort of miracle food? To be completely Truthful, I haven’t seen any evidence that blueberries from Alaska are any better for you than blueberries from anywhere else.

One angle in-use is that Native Americans ate them. Well, so what? Native American tribes,  for the most part, tended to be hunter-gatherers and ate whatever they could find or kill. Hence, the term “hunter-gatherer”. They ate them because 1) they weren’t poisonous; and 2) they were available. Some animals used parts of the Alaskan blueberry plant to make their nests. Does that mean we should build our houses out of Alaskan blueberry bushes?

Currently, the MLM that is marketing Alaskan blueberry products is some bunch called Kiyani Inc. Here’s their website if you’re interested.

On their website, they claim that the antioxidant value of their product was rated higher than two other products out on the market. Who did the rating? A company called Brunswick Laboratories.

So, who is Brunswick Lab? I have no idea, except that they seem to do an awful lot of work for MLMs out to market their superfoods. Coincidence? Maybe. Kiyani says that Brunswick is a “nationally-respected testing facility”, but, I have to ask: respected by whom? There is nothing about them on Wikipedia or on any website unrelated to a multi-level marketing company that I can find.

You see a pattern here? Have you noticed it, yet? If you have, you’re one of the few that has caught-on to the multi-level marketers’ main angle. Here’s what’s going-on for those who haven’t noticed:

All these superfoods seem to come from faraway places that most people have never been or even seen. I mean, if you’re in Alaska, Alaska blueberries are nothing special. Heck, they’re just blueberries to Alaskans, right? They grow close-by so, they’re not very expensive at the neighborhood stores. They grow wild, so you could pick your own, if you want and if you’re very careful to avoid bears. But, if you live in another part of the USA, Alaska is this faraway land of ice and snow. A mysterious place that you have only seen in movies or the occasional Discovery Channel show. It’s also where Sarah Palin, the super-hottie and intelligence-challenged Governor comes from. So, when some multi-level marketer tells you that there’s a miracle food growing in Alaska that will help you be healthy and happy, you might be more willing to shell-out some bucks for a jar of Alaskan blueberry jam. I guarantee you that you’ll be paying more for that jar than John Q. Citizen in Eskimoland is going to pay for it at his local supermarket.

Just like Goji comes from faraway Tibet or Mongolia and Noni comes from the exotic South Pacific, Alaska blueberries have the benefit – for the multi-level marketers, anyway -  of coming from a place that is a distant locale to the suckers that are going to be buying it from the MLMs. Yeah, I said “suckers”. because only a sucker would forego all the available healthy foods that they can easily get at any supermarket to buy something from some MLM that’s going to cost you more than the thing is worth. Hey, you can buy blueberries from the store you normally shop at and you want to buy some marked-up bottle of blueberry juice from somebody who only cares about lining their pockets and couldn’t care less if you really got healthier? Come on, people! Read their websites, sometime. They talk about the “golden opportunity” for you to make money selling their product. It’s all about the money and nothing else.

I’m going to do you a favor, right now. I’m going to list some real superfoods that, if added to your daily diet can really help you be healthier and I’m going to do it for FREE. Here goes:

Sweet potatoes were a staple food of the Maori people of New Zealand. (Hey! That’s a faraway place that most people have never been to, right?) These things are chock-full of vitamins and dietary fiber. They are one of the best things you can add to your diet, in fact. But don’t confuse them with yams, because they are two different plants. But, speaking of yams…

Yams are another food that is high in nutritional value. Not as good as sweet potatoes. But, if you can’t find real sweet potatoes at the store, get yams instead. Yams are one of the staple foods of Western Africa, where they make it into something called “fu fu”. If you don’t know what fu fu is, Google it. I’m not going to post a recipe for fu fu right now. All you’ll need is yams, a food processor and some other things I can’t remember off the top of my head. Just Google it, okay?

But, wait! (insert sound effect here) There’s more!

Natto can be found at any Asian grocery that caters to Japanese. It looks like beans suspended in snot, it smells like rotten cheese and tastes kind of funky. But, the good news is that you can get used to it. Natto is very good for you and some of the older generation in Japan eat it every morning. Consumption of natto can help prevent strokes. Just mix it with wasabe and shoyu and it will taste better. Put it over a bowl of steaming rice and dig in!

But, wait! There’s more!

Tea, the second most consumed beverage in the world, right behind water. It’s Number Two after plain water! How many studies detailing the health benefits of tea do you need to see before you drink a few cups of tea everyday? Fresh-brewed iced tea, made with ordinary Lipton bag tea is way better for you that Coke or Pepsi. For hot tea, I suggest PG Tips, the most popular brand of tea sold in England, which is now available at in the USA, by the way, and you can even find people selling cases of it on eBay.

Oh, what else? Let’s mention: nuts of all kinds, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, citrus fruits.

That’s all I’m going to list for now. There are more examples I could give, but I think the point has been made. There a lots of foods available at your local grocery store that you can add to your daily diet and be healthier. That doesn’t give all you people an excuse to not exercise, though. You don’t just sit down at the dinner table, eat all these healthy foods I’ve just mentioned and then go sit on the couch to get fat. Get into a habit of some kind of daily exercise program, even if it’s only going for a walk.

I’m not making any money off this blog. I’m not going to make a cent steering you away from multi-level marketers trying to sell you a product that you could live quite well without.

My only obligation is to the Truth and that’s what I just gave you.

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13 Responses to “Health Food Scams: Alaskan Blueberries”

  1. JekReitte Says:

    I think you are thinking like sukrat, but I think you should cover the other side of the topic in the post too…

  2. Alonzo Kaupfmann Says:

    Who/what is sukrat???

  3. rocky Says:

    it’s true, kyani is overpriced shit

  4. Canada Says:

    agreed! my girl just signed up to this Kyani crap and she thinks shes gonna make millions but doesnt see that its a complete scam … its painful and I hope more people recognize this becuase sure you can make some internediary cash in the beginning, but in the end the marketing companies always collapse and fail – waste of time and money and i wish others would see through this crap

    miracle blueberries my a$$

  5. smartexwife Says:

    you are so right with what you say! my x husband and his girlfriend sell this crap and swear by it. they tried to get me to get me to take my autistic son off his meds and drink the miracle juice. I dont think so. Funny thing is, His girlfriend was in quit her job because she has high cholesterol (tells you how stupid she is). When I asked her why she didnt drink the miracle juice for that or her diabetes or for her uti that she stayed in the hospital with at california tax payers expense by the way, He just said that she was starting to. People out there are just so stupid and lazy to want to get a fast buck it is sickening. I bet I could do well selling a rare chocolate from a chocolate bean in Denmark and just bottle goat shit and do well.

  6. anon Says:

    Quick note about Brunswick Laboratories, they do not seem to have any real credentials, but the fact that they are called Brunswick Labs when there is actually a respected governmental testing facility called “New Brunswick Labs” screams scam. They are obviously trying the piggy back off the reputation of New Brunswick Labs. The fact the New Brunswick is a government operation is probably the only reason they haven’t sued the pants off Brunswick.

  7. Bronxbishop Says:

    For sale: The reality bean. It grows in exotic common of senseville. Just one bite of this miraculous berry and you become berry aware that you just spent a fortune on something that won’t cure stupidity. If you don’t believe me, just ask the famous lab Fictitious Laboratories Inc. located in suckersville.

  8. Sven Says:

    I don’t know who you are, I don’t know Kyani, but how dare you steal my internet time and tell me whats right or wrong from the livingroom you sit in. I’ll bet you got in your car, drove to Alaska, found the berries, visited the production facility and interviewed the staff as well didn’t you. You negative people are so full of shit that you dont know where to put it, so you use the internet to canalize the shit to me, the internet user. I was hoping to find this article interesting, but in the end, there were no background research done whatsoever to back the crap up.

  9. KonaGal Says:

    Nothing is more delightful and healthy compared to TRUTH,
    it’s sooooo simple and costs nothing but common sense !
    Mahalo Nui Loa

  10. Fred Says:

    So, I went to Brunswick labs and AVG came up telling me a threat was blocked. That rarely happens with my computer.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    No background research done on the Kyani products and yet another self proclaimed logical thinker who is producing the ‘truth’ with no facts. What people need to realize is there is no miracle juice that is going to end all of your health issues but there are vitamins, nutrients, foods and supplements that can drastically improve your health if taken consistently and and properly. Do some research and you may find that alot of those are actually in the Kyani products.. So what if its a MLM company selling it? Its a company founded by people who already made their millions in the Potato farming, Petrolium, and chain franchising industries who would be rich with or without the company. It would be the same product if it was sold on informercials or over the counter. Whether its cost effective for you is your decision to make. As a society we are too quick to jump on the bandwagon of negativity because its easy to say no and talk shit. Do your research, stop listening to those who claim to know the truth and become someone who can hold an intelligent conversation about why a product is or is not resonable.

  12. Peter H. Says:

    people have searched for the fountain of youth since the beginning of time but only to die trying to find it. but there are things out in the world that are worth searching for that is good for your health. I’m not saying kiyani will work for everyone, but it may work for some. It did something for me after I took Kiyani Sunrise for 2 weeks now. I have more energy and less aches and pains. Sleep better and wake up refreshed.

  13. Paul Says:

    I agree with Sven. This article is just another cup of “I know it all” story. Yes blueberries and many other berries do grow allmost evrywhere, but for instance the Alaskan blueberries grow in very uneasy growing conditions and most of the fruits and berries that grow there, have to struggle a great deal to survive these conditions. So yes they all are blueberries, granberries and so on, but the enviroment will condition their chemical and biological contents. I did research the Alaskan blueberries antioxidant level and most of the articles, i had a chance to read, agreed that Alaskan Blueberry have way higher level of antoxidants. More complex research is given here http://www.reeis.usda.gov/web/crisprojectpages/208348.html.
    So i dont know what kind of common sense you people are reffering here, but its deffinately doesnt make any sense. Have a wonderful day and dont forget to enjoy it :-)

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