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”:
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:
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:
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.