Does Greg Haitz’s furtive editing of his “Immune Support Pack” page indicate consciousness of guilt?

Chiropractor Greg Haitz previously ran for Grand Junction City Council and lost. His wife, Andrea, is now on D51 School Board.

Last month we noticed that Grand Junction chiropractor Greg Haitz of the Rimrock Wellness Center at 12th and Patterson, was marketing his own proprietary “Rimrock Wellness Center” brand of dietary supplement, “Immune Support Pack,” with a description that inferred the product could help mitigate or protect against Covid-19, or “C19”:

Rimrock Wellness Center’s “Immune Support Pack” description as it appeared on December 25, 2021, linking the product to protection against and mitigation of Covid-19

The National Institutes of Health currently warns Americans that

Data are insufficient to support recommendations for or against the use of any vitamin, mineral, herb or other botanical, fatty acid, or other dietary supplement ingredient to prevent or treat COVID-19.”

At the same time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively monitoring for firms that are marketing products using fraudulent claims that they can prevent, mitigate or treat COVID-19.

After the blog about this product was published, we noticed Haitz edited his “Immune Support Pack” web page to remove the descriptive paragraph previously seen above, and instead he had substituted a list of five published studies:

Haitz’s “Immune Pack” description as it appeared around December 31, edited to remove the product narrative seen above, and instead listing only five published studies.

If you actually read the studies Haitz listed, though, none of them found any conclusive correlation (pdf), or asserted that any clear cause and effect existed between the vitamins and minerals in his “Immune Support Pack” and the prevention, mitigation or treatment of Covid-19. In fact, several of them warned that the existing data was insufficient to prove cause and effect, that vitamins in the study were administered only intravenously and not orally, that the study groups were small, and gave other caveats that kept the studies from reaching any conclusions about the effects of these substances.

Haitz made no mention of these caveats on his website.

By January 6, Haitz had edited the “Immune Support Pack” page yet again.

This time he scrubbed any narrative description of the product from the page entirely, removed all the studies  and instead only listed what the supplement contains, so it looked like this:

Rimrock Wellness Center’s web page about its “Immune Support Pack” as it appeared on January 5, with all narrative about the product scrubbed, no studies cited, and only a list of the vitamins and minerals in the product itself, with their quantities.

So, does this recent flurry of frantic edits done after the publication of the Dec. 25th blog about his product indicate Greg Haitz knew he was marketing this product using fraudulent inferences?

We think so.

But it might be too late for his changes to make much difference.

On January 1, 2022, I sent an inquiry about the way Rimrock Wellness Center was marketing this supplement to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs’ Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), which regulates chiropractors, asking for their guidance about about whether it was legal and if it would merit filing a complaint.

DPO responded with lightening speed for a government agency. On January 3 they sent back an email saying they had  received the information, and already opened a case on it themselves. They sent me the case number.

It’s Case No. 2022-38.

 

  9 comments for “Does Greg Haitz’s furtive editing of his “Immune Support Pack” page indicate consciousness of guilt?

  1. Commenting on 7th Street Deli. Discovered the problem. #1. No mask requirements. We won’t eat there for that reason alone. Don’t care to pick up a case of COVID with my sandwich. #2 any successful restauranteur knows you need to keep the doors open on every day that you are paying rent. The current owner is closed Saturdays and Sundays (approximately 8 1/2 days a month or 103 days a year) so she has a 14 week vacation (days off) at the expense of the landlord, which seems hardly fair. She is evidently thousands of dollars in arrears. Is it any wonder the landlord wants to get paid? So now she’s asking the general public to finance her 14 week vacation. Wouldn’t we all love to have the general public finance our 14 week vacation. And, if she says that there is not sufficient business in that location to warrant opening on the weekends that simply means that she failed to perform due diligence before buying the place. Location,location, location.

  2. Yes, thank you for keeping up with this garbage locally. Otherwise this town seems like a completely free for all.

  3. Definition of charlatan
    1 : QUACK entry 4 sense 2
    charlatans harming their patients with dubious procedures

  4. Thank you for keeping eyes on “Dr.” Haitz, and for making a complaint to DORA. Unfortunately, a crisis, such as the Covid-45 pandemic, arouses the appetites of the few healthcare providers who are predators.

  5. This Trump Tribe (seems obvious) thrives on deceptive and fraudulent inferences? Just one more lie..who can count them all!

  6. Thank you for your attention to this false information. This kind of marketing is risky for people who are looking for magic bullets instead of science to protect them against Covid19.

  7. Wow! That was fast! This will be interesting to follow. How is it that you came to be aware of this page in the first place? (Note: I am a retired RPH who has always had an interest in nutrition.)

    • Haitz ran for City Council last spring. That’s when I started paying attention to him. I just kept paying attention, especially after several people let me know that chiropractors are big source of anti-vaxx agitation in town.

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