In a lawsuit filed in New York on April 26, Gary Null alleges that he became severely ill after eating a dietary supplement that caused him to develop a number of painful symptoms. In fact, Gary Null alleges, "Gary Null's Ultimate Power Meal" almost killed Gary Null.
Gary Null is a "nutrition guru" who has been highly critical of the medical establishment and is an advocate of "alternative medicine and natural healing." He is skeptical about things like vaccines and has consistently argued that HIV does not cause AIDS. He has a Ph.D., which he got through a correspondence course. Also, he writes many books and sells lots and lots of other interesting things, including dietary supplements. One of which almost killed him.
To be fair, he is not suing himself, which unfortunately means I can't add him to my small but growing list of people who have actually done that. He claims a contractor that mixes the powdered supplement for him did not follow the right recipe. Still, although the product itself may not be deadly, the fact that a batch of it almost killed its inventor does not speak volumes for Gary Null's ultimate quality control.
Or for his alternative-medicine ideas. Apparently, he did not go to an actual medical doctor for as long as a month after he began to have symptoms (it's not clear how long he had been eating the stuff). These symptoms included "excruciating fatigue along with bodily pain" -- which I think should really be "excruciating pain and bodily fatigue," but I'll let that slide; he's been through a lot -- as well as cracked and bleeding feet. "[Gary] Null had to be in bed with his feet elevated," the complaint alleges, "because it was so painful he did not have the strength to walk," but rather than try to get to a doctor he kept eating Gary Null's Ultimate Power Meal, evidently thinking that it would cure him. It did not.
When he finally did seek professional help, he learned that his batch of Gary Null's Ultimate Power Meal contained way more Vitamin D than it was supposed to, and so did Gary Null. Instead of taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D per day (the recommended upper limit), he had been wolfing down about two million. It is actually very difficult to overdose on Vitamin D, but two million IU a day is a good start.
The complaint alleges that when Gary Null found out what the problem was, he then "sequestered himself and fasted, only consuming massive amounts of water, as he was told that there was no medical treatment to lower the amount of Vitamin D in his system." That sounds a little like Gary Null is trying to take credit for saving his own life with his new program, Gary Null's Staying Home and Drinking a Huge Amount of Water Plan, rather than just following sensible medical advice to eat no more of his tainted product and let Gary Null's kidneys get rid of the stuff.
The bad batch of Gary Null's Ultimate Power Meal has apparently been recalled, but please do some checking if you are eating any of this and your feet begin to bleed. A number of consumers have reported similar problems, and so there might be more lawsuits in Gary Null's future.
Say, here's something else to not use -- Gary Null's Magnetic Chi-Belt:
Qi (energy) belt is designed to facilitate the use of magnets in the area of the prostate, colon, ovaries, uterus and reproductive organs (groin). Remove magnets before washing.
One size fits all.
I guess that doesn't technically claim that the magnets will actually do anything for your reproductive organs (which, in case you've been wondering about this, are located in the groin area). But if you decide you want to magnetize them, then Gary Null is ready to sell you the magnetic underpants to do it.