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Blackwater and Autism — The Lauritas Use Autism as a Platform to Promote Blk; Jacqueline Admits She’s In It for the Money!

November 26, 2012

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Wearing their blk shirts, the Lauritas give Nicholas blk to drink (blatant product placement in the scene) and say:

Chris: He’s come a long way. I’m 100% sure we’ll recover him.

Jacqueline: If you look back six months, he’s really accomplished a lot.

On November 27, 2012, Jacqueline told Radar Online exclusively why she struggled with coming back for another round of fights on reality TV:

Signing up for more yelling, name calling and spats with Teresa Giudice was a yes for Jacqueline for a simple reason: money. “Several things make me stay,” she exclusively told RadarOnline.com friend Tom Murro. “Contracts and the money of course.” As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Housewives contracts can be lucrative, earning six figures a season and for NeNe Leakes up to $1 million a season! Jacqueline has another motive that she says is why she’s opening up for more drama – being able to bring attention to Autism, a cause near to her heart because of her son Nicholas’ diagnosis. “I know my son will get so much help and support from others. And as much as much as it helps us, we can help others in a big way. We can use the platform to raise awareness and do so much good. 

On November 21, 2012, according to Tom Murro’s source (he is a friend to the Manzo/Laurita camp, so Jacqueline is the source):

“Jax is struggling with starting to film and keeps putting it off. A part of her is afraid to take the time away from her children. Especially Nicholas who really needs her focus. As much as she wants to share her journey with others, she doesn’t want it to distract her from her kids.”

According to Wetpaint, Jacqueline shared the following with Parenting Magazine in November 2012:

Since her son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism about a year ago, she has been tracking his progress, often tweeting updates to fans whenever her little one learns how to say another word. And although Jac is holding out for the day when Nick will say, “I love you” again, she’s proud of every bit of progress he makes — no matter how small it may seem. Last week, Nick said “mommy” and Jacqueline couldn’t help but share her excitement. On November 18 Jacqueline tweeted, “Tonight Nicholas said, ‘Mommy, come! Mommy come on, Mommy …lollipop.’ (He knows how 2 get what he wants) Lollipops & cookies r his reinforcers.” What’s more is that Jacqueline always remains confident in her son’s abilities, and she’s aware patience is important. “Nicholas can say some words now! No real functional language yet but he’ll get there! We look 4ward 2 his accomplishments daily,” she shared on November 18. Starting in February, Jacqueline will be sharing Nick’s progress in articles for Parenting Magazine.

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Cast members of Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey hosted a blk. water tasting event on at Stacks Pancake House in Paramus on Saturday. Caroline Manzo and her sons, Albie and Chris Manzo, along with Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Chris, appeared at the event and are partners in Blk. Beverages. Visitors enjoyed taste-testings, photos and autographs with the Housewives and their families. A portion of the proceeds from this event are being donated to Autism Speaks. – NorthJersey.com and WycoffPatch.com, November 19, 2012

FameWhorgas received an e-mail (the source requested to remain anonymous) which supports the suspicion that the Lauritas are using Nicholas’ autism diagnosis to sell blk, and that the timing of Jacqueline’s announcement in People magazine (about Nicholas’ diagnosis) was coordinated with a fulvic acid study using the blk product to test for “beneficial changes” in children with autism.

Here was the original e-mail sent to FameWhorgas about the alleged blk scam on parents with autistic children:

I realize this is a little late in relation to your article on the suspicious timing of Jac’s announcement of her son’s diagnosis but I have some FACTS about her manipulation and using her son to pimp out BLK water. My son has Autism. We are always willing to try new things to see if they helped alleviate his symptoms. Earlier this year (April, May or June) an autism organization that we are affiliated with asked for volunteers for a “fulvic acid” study. Of course we were willing to volunteer. We received a case of BLK water. Then after giving my son the suggested “dosage amounts” I was to document any behavioral differences.

This was the e-mail sent at the end of the “study”:

As we have reached the end of the fulvic acid study using the blk product, I needed a few things from you to wrap up the findings.

Please complete a post study ATEC so that we can compare any changes during the timeframe using the product. I have attached the link to the survey below. Please share any comments or feedback about the product used during the study.

We truly appreciate your time and cooperation during this study. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me directly.

During the study;

1. Did you see any beneficial changes in the health in your child?

2. Did you see any beneficial changes in the behaviors in your child?

3. Did you experience any problems in your child taking the blk beverage?

4. Overall, what are your comments regarding the blk beverage product?

5. Would you recommend this product to another family? If yes, why? If no, why?

The above was sent at the beginning of July. The Lauritas wanted the results of their study in time for the People magazine article. This is all one big scam to get people to buy BLK water, and Jacqueline is using her son’s autism diagnosis [and unsuspecting, vulnerable parents of children with autism] to do it!!!!!!!!!

I can provide emails as proof….unlike Jac, I am not afraid to BE HONEST!

Here are the rest of the e-mails that were forwarded by the source to FameWhorgas:

The Fulvic Acid Case Study
March 26, 2012

We appreciate your patience as we finalized the details for our fulvic acid study. I needed to follow up with you to find out if you are interesting in participating. If you still would like to participate, please respond to be considered as a part of the study. Again, thank you for your patience.

Please send me your address that you would like product sent to.

April 24, 2012 5:02 PM
Subject: product shipped- dosage recommendations, please read carefully

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your patience. I just found out that the blk product is shipping out today. You should receive your supply as early as this Thursday. Please let me know when you receive your product. I do want everyone to start administering on the same start date. We should be able to start this Saturday, April 28th, if everyone receives their product in time.

Here is the recommended dosage, you can give in small increments throughout the day, with or without food.

Kids 30 – 40 lbs. = 8 ounces daily
Kids who weigh 40 to 50 lbs. = 10 ounces daily
Kids who weigh 50 – 70 lbs. = 12 ounces daily
Kids who weigh 70+ lbs. = 16.9 ounces daily

Again, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to your feedback.

May 02, 2012 12:55 PM
Subject: product delivery

Hello,

Everyone should have received your blk (fulvic acid) product by now. You may go ahead and start using the dosage recommendations.

Again, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to your feedback.

May 30, 2012 1:37 PM
Subject: end of fulvic acid study

Hello Everyone,

As we have reached the end of the fulvic acid study using the blk product, I needed a few things from you to wrap up the findings.

Please complete a post study ATEC so that we can compare any changes during the timeframe using the product. I have attached the link to the survey below;

http://www.autism.com/index.php/ind_atec_survey

Please send me the results directly as the cc’ option does not always work. Also I need you to please complete the short questionnaire below. Please share any comments or feedback about the product used during the study.

We truly appreciate your time and cooperation during this study. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me directly.

During the study;

1. Did you see any beneficial changes in the health in your child?
2. Did you see any beneficial changes in the behaviors in your child?
3. Did you experience any problems in your child taking the blk beverage?
4. Overall, what are your comments regarding the blk beverage product?
5. Would you recommend this product to another family? If yes, why? If no, why?

June 18, 2012 6:58 PM
Subject: fulvic acid study close

Hello,

I needed to follow up to find out where you are with the blk product. If you have completed the 21 days, I need you to please complete a post ATEC and the post questions. I am attaching the questions as well as the link to the survey.

http://www.autism.com/index.php/ind_atec_survey

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any other information.

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The People Magazine article titled Jacqueline Laurita: My Son Has Autism was in the September 3, 2012 issue (with the online article dated August 22, 2012). The other article in the same issue (Vol. 78 No. 10) was titled Jacqueline Laurita: Fighting for My Autistic Son.

The following is an August 2011 article from Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Patch which makes you wonder about the Manzo’s and Laurita’s true intentions for announcing that Nicholas has autism — it appears they are positioning themselves to use autism as a platform to promote blk.

Manzo-Laurita Family Strikes Black Gold With Blk.

Franklin Lakes men leverage RHONJ fame to launch a new calorie- and caffeine-free, all natural health and energy drink. Blk. — an energy (and everything) drink that is the new business venture of the Manzo brothers — gets its color from a chemical reaction between fulvic acid and spring water.

By Rebecca K. Abma
August 9, 2011

When Ramapo High School alum Albie Manzo’s law school dreams fell apart during last season’s Real Housewives of New Jersey the Franklin Lakes resident admits he didn’t know what to do next.

Naturally, he applied to other law schools, and was dismayed that he wasn’t accepted. After one particularly good interview he found out why: The RHONJ limelight cast an unfavorable hue on his applications.

“Schools were afraid to take a chance on me coming back because of the high visibility of the show,” Manzo told Patch. “I was very discouraged and didn’t know what I would do.”

This apparent “black” listing may prove to be his lucky color: it matches his new venture, the health beverage blk., which has been flying off shelves across the country since its launch this spring.

blk., or black water as it was called when Albie and his uncle Chris Laurita discovered it last year at the food show in New York, is Canadian spring water infused with fulvic acid, a natural nutrient-rich compound that has been used in alternative healing circles for centuries.

The beverage’s black color comes from a chemical reaction between the water and fulvic acid, and is part of the drink’s allure.

“The color is what gets people listening in the first place,” Albie said.

The health and energy boosting benefits, however, is what keeps people drinking it. He said it leaves him feeling refreshed, like he’d gotten a solid eight-hours night’s sleep.

In typical Manzo-Laurita style, the entire family supports the business. Both Chris and Albie Manzo work on the business end of the company, along with their Uncle Chris Laurita, who is a partner in the venture. Manzo mom Caroline and aunt Jacqueline have helped out on the promotion end with public appearances (just this weekend, they gave samples at Corrado’s in Wayne).

But it was a Canadian family who “invented” blk., both accidentally and out out of necessity. About four years ago, the mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and was sick and weak from chemotherapy. In search of something to make her feel better, her children took to the internet seeking alternative treatments and holistic remedies when they discovered the free-radical scavenger known as fulvic acid.

They mixed it with spring water, and it turned black. They gave this black water to their mom. She drank it and felt better. So she kept drinking it. Four years later, she is not only alive but thriving. And while they wouldn’t go so far as to say the water cured her, they believe it restored her strength and increased her stamina to keep fighting.

The family thought the black water was a pretty cool product, so they decided to package it and sell it, which lead them to the food show, where the Manzo-Laurita family found them.

Albie and Chris attended the show on a mission to find something new and different to market using their RHONJ celebrity. They left with several leads, but after researching fulvic acid and meeting with the family in Vancouver, they narrowed the field down to black water, changed its name to blk. and created its sleek, eye-catching packaging.

“They were the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Manzo said. “Then we started drinking the water every day and I felt completely different, physically. I was sold.”

Considering what is at the core of the beverage and its effects, its commercial appeal isn’t surprising. Fulvic acid is mined from prehistoric sediment and been dubbed a “miracle molecule.” The list of ailments it is said to cure is endless and its medicinal history is timeless. Ayervedic medicine calls it shilajit (or salajeet), a rejuvenating agent believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-aging properties.

In western medicine, fulvic acid is being investigated as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, thyroid conditions, diabetes, eye problems, ulcers, AIDS, cancer and a host of other conditions.

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that in the laboratory fulvic acid not only inhibits intracelluar Tau protein tangles formation but also may reverse existing tangles. (Simply put, these tangles are a measurement of the neuro-cognitive-degenarative process and a key stage in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.)

“Fulvic acid is likely to provide new insights in the development of potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease using natural products,” the study authors concluded.

Manzo admits he was skeptical of the claims at first and he doesn’t quite understand the science, but the more he drinks it — he downs a bottle a day — and the more he hears from satisfied customers, the more he believes in blk.

One case in particular, he told Patch, has really assured him of the product’s potential: A mother gave her autistic son blk. to drink, thinking its unique color might get him drinking more water. The boy not only drank it, he loved it, but the amazing part, he started behaving. The mother reached out to Albie, shocked, who sent her two more cases to try. Her son is stimming less and listening and following directions more. The difference, she told Manzo, is unbelievable.

As is the product’s commercial success, Manzo said.

“It is blowing off the shelves across the country,” he said, noting Wegman’s picked up distribution of it early on. “We literally couldn’t believe that people grasped on to it as quickly as they did.”

In the Franklin Lakes area, you can find it on the shelves at Food Town in North Haledon and Corrado’s in Wayne, and it will soon be available in ShopRite, A&P and King’s.

A 15-oz. bottle of blk. retails for $2.49, which Manzo noted is priced matched to the popular coconut water health drinks, blk.’s biggest competitor. Since blk. is only water and fulvic acid, it has zero carbs or calories and no caffeine.

For more on blk. and its history, visit blkbeverages.com.

Here are some comments on the article from that website:

gesu said on Monday, August 13, 2012

Unfortunately, the body does not require fulvic acid and simply excretes as it would any other dirt in your water. This is disgusting to give people false hope that it will cure their various ailments. Think about it. If it were so good, why do Chris, Caroline, Jacqueline and Greg look like crap? They are bloated and full of acne. Please check that any supplement has been approved by the F.D.A. This Blk water has not.

denise in austin said on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There have always been snake oil salesmen and there always will be snake oil salesmen. And as PT Barnum famously said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Save your money, people.

denise in austin said on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here’s an article where a doctor debunks blk’s heath claims:

http://www.self.com/health/blogs/healthyself/2011/09/black-water-dont-believe-the-h.html

PP said on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I’ve tasted the blk. and I don’t like it. It tastes like bad tap water. So, if you can get it down, then the health benenfits might pay off. Good luck. Interesting article to follow up on:

http://www.examiner.com/article/blk-water-lawsuit-plus-jacqueline-laurita-claims-blk-water-will-help-colds

denise in austin said on Friday, July 20, 2012

It’s not a matter of being negative nor is it a matter of slander as we’re all just giving our opinions on a message board. It is just that the health claims of blk black water have already been disproved by medical doctors. If you want to waste your hard-earned money on snake oil to make the Manzos rich, that’s your business, but it’s hardly “slander” to call it snake oil when medical doctors have already debunked it. Here’s the article if you want proof:

http://www.self.com/health/blogs/healthyself/2011/09/black-water-dont-believe-the-h.html

Ike said on Monday, July 30, 2012

This water is a sham. Not only is it not beneficial, its proven to be toxic if a lot of levels. If anything get vitamin water…thats a gimmick too but vitamin A and C and E are vital nutrients. This stuff these frauds are selling is useless and people backing them is laughable. And when they go bankrupt at another venture, hope u realize your NJ taxes will pay their debts.

Ultraworld said on Sunday, August 5, 2012

I also think this is a sham, an expensive sham. They charge $2.49 for 15oz. The water is free & the small amount of Fulmic acid costs very little. The bottle is the most expensive component. A bottle of BLK can’t cost more than $0.25 to manufacture, and they have the nerve to charge $2.49. 500% profit? Suckers.

Tina said on Thursday, September 27, 2012

You don’t have to wait until it comes to you. Go to a health food store or search out on the internet on where you can buy the fulvic acid then mix it with water. They are making too much money on something everyone can do themselves. Why not keep your money in your pocket. They put it in a plastic bottle. I wonder what kind of plastic they are using and is that toxic. They haven’t mentioned that yet. We can do it our selves.

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The following is an article debunking the health benefit claims made by blk.

Black(water) Market: Digging Up the Dirt about Slick Designer Beverages
By The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
April 2, 2012

The organic aisle in my supermarket is wide and full of products with spiffy packaging. I visit this section to browse all the varieties of fancy water, with new ones appearing every week.

On my regular stop to see the newest beverages one day, I noticed a slick, thin black bottle. The label read “Spring water enriched with Fulvic Acid.” Intrigued, I bought the 16.9 ounce bottle for $1.89.

Time for a Taste Test

After giving the water a day to chill, I poured. I was shocked to see that it was not the bottle that was black: it was the water that looked like flat cola. Because I knew the product was water, not coffee or cola, the color of the liquid was slightly off-putting. Most people associate the color black with dirt or being “dirty,” while the clearness of water has an aesthetic appeal, indicating purity. By coloring the water black, this manufacturer encourages consumers to visit “the dark side.”

I tasted. I had been expecting an earthy or metallic flavor, but the water had no noticeable taste. Had I been blindfolded, I would have said that it was plain old water. After some research, I have concluded that this product is no more than fancy colored mineral water.

Designer bottled water seems like a huge waste of money. Yet it has been around for years, marketed with a bucketful of hype and sold at a premium price.

I prefer my water run through a charcoal filter (for purity), direct from my tap. Municipal water suppliers undergo regular standard testing to ensure quality at all times. Laws enacted by individual states are decent insurance that the states’ water sources and processing systems prevent unhealthy levels of contaminants in their drinking water.

But the regulation of bottled water is not as straightforward. In the U.S., the Federal Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water as a food product, not as a water supply. Under federal law, manufacturers of bottled water are responsible for creating a safe product for consumption.

The “Blackground”: Fulvic and Humic Acids

Black water was placed on shelves in 2011 by two manufacturers, Blackwater and, shortly thereafter, the blk. brand. (A lawsuit alleging that blk. stole the idea for black bottled water from Blackwater followed the release of the blk. product.) A third brand, ECLIPSE, is slated to debut its black water this year in some trendy Vegas nightclubs. All three brands market essentially the same thing: natural spring water with added fulvic and humic acids. It is this proprietary mineral mixture that gives the water its black color.

But what are these fulvic and humic acids, and why would manufacturers add them to their water?

Humic substances result from the partial decomposition of plant materials under low oxygen conditions, such as those found in peat bogs and swamps. The composition of these substances varies, since the substances themselves are complex mixtures of different acids. Fulvic acids have lower molecular weights and higher oxygen contents than humic acids, and are unique in that they are able to travel across cell membranes.

Humic substances are the primary organic component of soil; they are used to make poor soil more nutrient-rich. Humic acids can also capture heavy metals such as copper, iron, lead, mercury, and zinc in their structure. [Reference] Currently, fulvic acid cannot be synthesized, but must be derived from material taken from humate mines.

By all accounts, fulvic and humic acids in water do not apparently pose health hazards—unless they are a sign of some other form of contamination. The FDA notes, however, bottled water in general has a good record of safety.

Yet why do manufacturers enrich their water with these substances? Well, that is where all the sciencey bits come in … and where we find some seriously sciencey—and not-so-sciencey—claims.

What’s in It and What’s Not

Black water manufacturers claim on their websites that black water contains about seventy minerals and trace elements. Each manufacturer has its own proprietary blend of minerals, so we don’t know exactly which minerals and trace elements are present in the water. Supposedly this mineral content creates a superior electrolyte with antioxidant properties that makes black water better for hydration than regular water. Since hydrate means “to add water,” I’m not sure how black water can be more hydrating than any other kind.

I assume the idea is that the added minerals give black water its superior ability to hydrate, yet we need so little of trace elements and minerals that we have no trouble obtaining them through our normal eating habits. In fact, overconsumption of these minerals and elements can be toxic to our systems.

According to the Blackwater website, current foods are not nutritious enough because crops are grown in nutrient-deficient soils with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides; the extra minerals from their beverage enhance all sorts of bodily functions. Such claims appeal not only to the naturalistic fallacy that organic products are somehow better for the body but also to what might be called the fallacy of the “good old days,” a time when food was better.

That’s bogus. Carrots today are no less nutritious than they were years ago. I could argue that our diet today is far more nutrient-rich than it was in the “good old days,” since we now have year-long access to food that was once seasonal or strictly tropical. What’s more, many foods are already enriched with extra vitamins and minerals.

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Black water sites repeatedly use the words “perfect” and “balanced” to refer to the mineral content of their products. But what is “perfect,” and how do the manufacturers know? According to the label from ECLIPSE, its water contains 0 percent of the vitamins and minerals listed on the food label (iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, etc.). If the company’s special proprietary blend does not include these standard minerals, then what substances does it contain? There was no additional quality information on the bottle or on the company’s website regarding the minerals, metals, and other materials present in its water. Perfect and balanced seem arbitrary and meaningless: I need more than just this water to stay alive, so it is far from perfect!

I wondered, too, if the mineral content includes high levels of unwanted metals like mercury or arsenic. So, I contacted the companies to see how much information they would share about the content of their proprietary blends.

I requested water sample results from blk. and ECLIPSE to compare to drinking water standards established by the EPA for municipal water supplies. An email and Facebook wall post to blk. Beverages garnered no response from that manufacturer. ECLIPSE did reply to my email to say that they were in the process of obtaining water samples. That seemed odd since they have apparently bottled and marketed the stuff already: they don’t know what’s in it yet? Interestingly, ECLIPSE wanted to know with whom I was affiliated. (Perhaps a rival company?) When I said I was “independent,” I received no follow-up response.

On the other hand, the label on my favorite clear flavored water notes that water quality information is available by contacting the beverage company and even provides a phone number and website. Quite a black and white contrast!

Claims for Health Benefits

The Blackwater website has pages of hype about the benefits of its black water. It is worth reading through for all the examples of “sciencey-ness.”

Yet manufacturers of black water admit that research to support the supposed health benefits of black water is scant; what research has been conducted has focused on the benefits to plant and livestock growth in China and Europe, not to people, and not here in the United States. My Pub Med search confirmed this. Research papers on “fulvic acid supplement” returned 5 results; “humic acid supplement,” 11 results; and, in combination, the two items returned 3 results. By comparison, similar searches for calcium, vitamin D, or iron supplements returned 2,000–4,000 results each. The manufacturers of black water seem to have extrapolated from a few studies and gone beyond them into the land of anecdotes, testimonials, and imaginative tales of the benefits of their products.

Another “fact” used to market black water products: Black water has a naturally high pH level of 9. Its low acidity, the black water people say, “balances natural bodily pH levels.” ECLIPSE water coined a new verb out of its water’s pH-balancing abilities, saying that its water “alkalines the blood faster than any other natural product on earth.” Whatever their meaning, drinking water will not affect your blood pH. This pH puffery is associated with alkaline diet claims that promote an alkaline body pH as a cure for cancer. None of these claims is supported by medical consensus.

Blk. does not provide an extensive list of health claims on its website (smart move), nor does the company claim that its product has cancer-curing properties; but it draws a definite connection between the product and cancer treatment. The Manzo-Laurita family obtained the idea for blk. water from a family who claimed it helped their mother beat breast cancer.

Miracles and Magic

A good indicator to stick a skeptical red flag on any product is that it is credited with treating a wide array of conditions. I found fulvic acid noted for all of the following: a potential treatment for benign (and some cancerous) tumors; a chelation agent for removing toxic metals; a metabolism booster; “a donor and acceptor free radical scavenger and antioxidant”; a corrector of cell imbalances and an aid in cellular regeneration; an antiviral; a destroyer of the HIV virus; a blood coagulant; a treatment for eye diseases, thyroid tumors, colds and asthma, diabetes, and tuberculosis; and a key to longevity and health. [Reference – PDF] No one product has yet been found that can realistically do all this.

Calling fulvic acid “the miracle molecule,” ECLIPSE water claims detoxifying properties due to fulvic acid’s ability to bind to metals. It also lists the typical claims that supplements make about sustaining the immune system and aiding the body in nutrient absorption. This places their water on a growing list of nutraceuticals, products with lower profits than pharmaceuticals but also far less clinical research to back them up.

The site Supreme Fulvic, which promotes fulvic acid as a dietary supplement, was especially effusive in its hype, stating that “fulvic acid has been discovered to be one of the most important miracles of life itself.” Of course, they add, doctors don’t want you to know about this “miracle of unparalleled proportions” because it would threaten the future profits of pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and health professionals.

This claim is a silly but common and faulty ploy of marketers. Doctors are not in business, however, to keep you sick regardless of the claims of conspiracy theorists.

Finally, Shilajit, a product that contains fulvic acid, is said to be associated with “magical” properties and part of the ancient yogis’ secrets of longevity and health.

So, black water marketers have taken the sciencey angle to target the new age and organic folks and the alternative medicine subscribers. All bases covered! But wait, they also appeal to real housewives. Laurita on Real Housewives of New Jersey says, “Scientists called it [fulvic acid] the miracle molecule because it’s so small.” She added that drinking blk. water would make your hair, nails, and skin glow and could also help with hangovers. Wow! I bet it cleans my car too. What doesn’t it do?

Black water has a dark side, for sure. It’s a gimmick. Once you learn the sales pitch used to market useless dietary supplements or overpriced, overhyped food stuffs, you can begin to understand sciencey market-speak pretty easily. There is much of it in the organic aisle of the supermarket.

I can’t conclude that any of us needs fulvic/humic acid supplements, and there currently is no evidence I have found to support that the “miracle” fulvic acid does anything to benefit your health. I would predict that the oddness of the black water products and the price, combined with no observable benefits to the consumer, will likely result in this fad fading away. But give them a prize for their stylish, sciencey black marketing.

Sharon Hill specializes in issues of science and the public and runs the Doubtful News website. Sharon can be reached at shill@centerforinquiry.net.

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The following is an article that explains the blk lawsuit.

‘BLK’ water Lawsuit, plus Jacqueline Laurita claims ‘BLK’ water will help colds

By Robyn Gormish
December 20, 2011

According to reports a lawsuit has been filed against ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ cast members Jacqueline Laurita her husband Chris Laurita, Albie Manzo, Chris Manzo, and as well as Louise Wilkie. The suit, filed by Canadian design and marketing company Creative Thinkers, Inc, alleges the Manzo’s, Wilkie’s and the Laurita’s entered into an agreement with Creative Thinkers to bottle BLACKWATER(TM).

Ivan Solomon, the owner of Creative Thinkers, Inc (CTI) and his business partner, Gordon Jung, filed the lawsuit in December accusing Langley entrepreneurs Jacqueline Laurita her husband Chris Laurita, Albie Manzo,Chris Manzo, and as well as Louise Wilkie for stealing the ‘Blackwater’ concept and marketing it as ‘BLK.’

Reportedly the court documents allege the Manzo-Laurita-Wilkie families inappropriately used their reality TV fame to sell a false story about how the idea for the ‘Blackwater’ drink originated. Creative Thinkers insists that the family stole the idea after attending a food industry trade show. At the trade show, the Manzo-Laurita-Wilkie families reportedly saw the BLACKWATER(TM) product and conspired to steal the product, marketing and re-distribute as ‘BLK.’

BLK or ‘Blackwater’ is specialty health water infused with a proprietary blend of fulvic and humic acid. The water contains fulvic and humic acids, nutritional supplements derived from 80-million-year-old organic matter, and anti-oxidants that provide numerous health benefits such as detoxification and vitamin absorption, according to Solomon’s ‘Blackwater’ Innovations website, which claims to be “the original.”

Reportedly Jacqueline Laurita transferred ‘Blackwater’s’ Canadian patent and trademark registration to Solomon and Jung this summer, but did not transfer U.S. rights despite agreeing to do so.

The Manzo-Laurita-Wilkie families, applied to transfer ‘Blackwater’s’ U.S. patent to a new company named blk. Beverages.

“Solomon and Jung first learned that a competing product had hit the market earlier this year,” stated one of their lawyers, Bobby Ghajar.

“[Solomon and Jung] came up with this unique design and marketing concept and product, along with the ‘Blackwater’ name and it was stolen from them,” Ghajar went onto state.

The reality TV show became a platform for blk., he also stated.

“A number of characters on the show used the show to promote the product that did not belong to them… There were some episodes about it, and they continue to use the TV show to get the word out about the product.”

While Solomon and Jung have continued to bottle and sell their product in Canada and the U.S., Ghajar said his clients are losing profits due to the rival brand which should have never reached store shelves.

“It’s creating a lot of confusion in the market place,” he said, adding that the blk. team refer to their product as “Blackwater,” despite having a separate trademark.

The purpose of the lawsuit, Ghajar said, is to get ‘BLK’ and the company’s associates to stop selling the product, as well as recoup losses for Solomon and Jung.

“It’s too early to tell the scope of damages,” their lawyer stated. “I couldn’t put a dollar figure on it.” Solomon and Jung rightfully “own the product, the product idea, and the product name,” Ghajar said.

In other news about ‘BLK’ water Jacqueline Laurita Tweeted over the weekend,

I feel a sickness coming on. Better double up on BLK. Wipes it out. Thank God for BLK success!! Impressed with how fast it’s growing. Proud! XOXO.”

According to Wikipedia, “Humic and fulvic acids (fulvic acids are humic acids of lower molecular weight and higher oxygen content than other humic acids)are commonly used as a soil supplement in agriculture, and less commonly as a human nutritional supplement. As a nutrition supplement, free form (unreacted) fulvic acid is found in a liquid form along with mineral colloids. Fulvic acids are poly-electrolytes and are unique colloids that diffuse easily through membranes whereas all other colloids do not. Fulvic acid supplements consisting of a neutral pH are very weak fulvic compounds and do not deliver the benefits of free form fulvic acid (fulvic acid that remains unreacted with other substances or unbound to minerals) that exhibits a much higher concentration and lower pH. Fulvic acid branded as “ionic” is not free form fulvic acid, more accurately they are fulvic compounds or fulvate salts. According to the International Humic Substances Society all fulvic acids are colloids.”

Jacqueline Laurita tweeted on July 5, 2012: “BLK lawsuit settled. It’s over. All is good!!”

The case has been dismissed… with prejudice. A protective order was issued by the judge in this case in May… meaning that all information pertaining to the case will not be private and NOT available to the public.

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  1. November 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    OMG! FIRST! And I just had a random comment before I read the article… just finished RHONY… did anyone else find Aviva a bit Single White Female? And they call Teresa out?

    • November 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      i donot believe jaco caro or kato has been asked back

  2. November 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Great read as per usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. PHW
    November 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    MY HUSBAND IS A CHEMIST WHO HAS WORKED AT TESTING CITY WATER FOR 35 YEARS AND COUNTING AND HE ALWAYS SAYS TAP WATER IS THE SAFEST WATER YOU CAN DRINK, THEY TEST THE WATER EVERY SINGLE DAY, WELL WATER IS NOT AS GOOD
    HE ALWAYS SAYS PEOPLE WITH WELL WATER MIGHT WANT TO DRINK BOTTLED WATER, BUT BOTTLED WATER IS ONLY AS GOOD AS WHERE THEY GET THE WATER FROM, WHO TESTS THE SPRING WATER EVERY DAY???? WHO TESTS THE BOTTLED WATER BEFORE YOU DRINK IT????? THEY CITY WHERE WE LIVE SENDS OUT REPORTS YEARLY ON EXACTLY WHAT AND HOW MUCH IS IN THE WATER, THINGS ARE ADDED TO OUT WATER TO BE SURE IT IS SAFE, NOTHING BAD LEAKING INTO THE CITY WATER SUPPLY………THE MANZO/LAURITA FAMILY WANT TO GET RICH OFF FOOLS WHO BUY IT, YES YOU CAN FEEL BETTER DRINKING BLK, IT IS CALL MIND OVER MATTER, THE PLACIBO EFFECT, NOTHING MORE…..

    • LifeIsGood
      November 27, 2012 at 6:40 AM

      PHW,

      I’ve been rambling on about this scam for months! I would love to know what your husband’s opinion of the health benefits of adding humic/fulvic acids to drinking water. My guess is that your husband works hard to get these substances OUT of our water! Unless I am mistaken, this stuff works by creating an environment in which your cells can better absorb the “trace minerals”. Problem is, too much of anything can be toxic. I can’t believe people trust their health to these people!

      Fame should interview your hubby about this stuff!

      • Joanna
        November 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        Yes, Fame should interview your husband!

      • Monique
        December 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        HAHAHA!!!! Well said. 🙂

  4. JerseyGirl
    November 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    This group of people are so corrupt that I can’t even take it. I will not watch the show if they are still on. It’s almost amazing how low they will stoop for money and fame.

    • PHW
      November 27, 2012 at 1:59 AM

      A FEW MONTHS AGO I HEARD PEOPLE ASKING IF THE THOUGHT THE AUTISM STORYLINE WAS TRUE OR JUST TO MAKE BRAAVO WANT NUTTY JACKI BACK TO
      BE MRS DO GOOD, IF HER SON IN FACT HAS AUTISM SHE NEEDS TO BE HOME WITH HIM AND NOT ON SHOW PICKING FIGHTS WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND OUT SIGNING BOTTLES OF BLACK WATER….WHO IS CARING FOR NICKOLAUS WHILE SHE IS OUT AND ABOUT EVERY DAY…..????? AND WITH THE DRINKING SHE DOES, EVEN EARLY IN THE MORNING WE SEE HER DRINKING, OH I AM SURE THAT IS GOOD FOR THE CHILD WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS…..STAY AT HOME LADY WHERE YOU BELONG!!

      • Monique
        December 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        In all honesty I really don’t believe her son has autism. Look at Jenny MaCarthy she brought much awareness on her sons autism and she was very much involved. Signing bottles for BLK and taking photos at some event where you’re wine tasting when it’s a known fact this crazy bitch is unstable and is an alcoholic and shouldn’t be around alcohol! Her priorities are jacqued (jacked)! LOL! I apologize if I’m wrong but I truly don’t believe her son has autism.

  5. November 27, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    I should NOT have read this right before I’m going to bed. I’m absolutely LIVID & couldn’t even finish reading the entire article. It’s really making it look like something was planned for Jac to stay on the show…a platform…and now for them to appear as though they’re charitable (Susan G. Komen??) but in reality- profiting from people that believe their scam of a product will help their autistic children.
    UGH! Regardless of how I feel about these people I certainly hope Bravo doesn’t give them the platform to do this, but I already know they will. Good thing I no longer watch RHONJ- the off-tv stuff is hard enough to swallow, can’t imagine the edited angelic version.
    Thanks, Fame, for sharing this.

    • November 27, 2012 at 5:11 AM

      1 more thing – anybody know when their trial is set to start? I asked BravoAndy on Twitter why he didn’t ask Lauritas, Gorgas or Wakiles about their legal issues, yet just put the Giudices front & center. Reply? *crickets*

      • Anonymous
        November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        It’s always been my opinion that Bravo is well aware of the Manzo’s mafia connections. Al’s father, Tiny, was found dead in the trunk of a car after it was discovered that he’d been skimming profits from a Staten Island casino. No doubt the Laurita’s are enmeshed in this. So it makes sense that Bravo is afraid to poke a stick at them.

        • Hate Mafia Wanna Be's
          November 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

          Excuse me but the Manzo’s DO NOT have mafia connections, I repeat DO NOT have any connections to the mafia. The old man Tiny was a Mafia want to be who did skim and found the fascination to be around these people nothing more and well…no need to elaborate. Please don’t let the fake act of that family lead anyone to believe they are in fact in with any organized crime family. THEY ARE NOT!!

          • Hate Mafia Wanna Be's
            November 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

            I am not some poster here passing the time of day either with a reply that I believe to be true, I am telling you they have no connections. None of them at all and that is the truth.

            • britches&hose
              November 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

              Doesn’t surprise me that they have no connections…wannabes through-and-through.

              • Hate Mafia Wanna Be's
                November 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

                It bothers me as much as Kim D flapping her nasty trout lips with her comment about how she plays with the big boys to that twurp Joe. Implying indirectly that she has tight connections…..yeah she plays alright with herself.

                • November 28, 2012 at 1:41 AM

                  HMWB, it sounds like you know the Manzos? Am I wrong to assume this? I’m just curious. I have never believed that the Manzos have Mafia ties so thank you for reiterating that point. And it wasn’t because of Caroline’s violin strings and rosary clutching performance at the Season 1 reunion, either. It was because of the look of pure sadness on Dina’s face when the subject was brought up. She sat there completely silent with tears running down her face and just this look of total disappointment that this is what people thought of the memory of her father-in-law whom she never even knew.
                  Caroline’s protestations meant nothing yet Dina’s silence said it all.

      • Jeannie5233
        November 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        Depositions from the accused parties as well as experts; the fact finding Discovery; and the expert opinion/conclusions Discovery phases for their case have been postponed and/or will not be completed until early to mid 2013. Only until all these phases are completed, will it then be decided whether there is enough evidence to move forward with charges brought against the individuals involved and bring them to trial. From the little I can glean from what I have read, the Trustee and the courts seem to feel there will be more than enough found to bring these people to trial for fraud and embezzlement.

        The Lauritas have been doing their best to drag this out for as long as possible by rescheduling depositions, being accused of possibly tampering with evidence, and were lucky(?) that Superstorm Sandy hit when it did. This case could continue on indefinitely.

  6. Isolde
    November 27, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Fame, great job as usual, but it is actually sad to think that these people would use this product (that they stole to begin with) to give what could potentially be bad advice to parents with children with autism. I honestly cannot believe that Andy Cohen and Bravo would get mixed up in all of this drama and potential legal ramifications for allowing these people to promote their product on the show, especially when they want to make claims that may not be true. Their scheming has reached new levels (low). I still cannot believe that they didn’t fire her for breaching her contract by revealing details of filming long before the season aired. Then she did it again with her tweet about the animals in the jungle, alluding to the first letter of each person in the Season 5 cast. Jacqueline is a loose cannon, and I hope that all of their legal troubles are exposed on the show. When you think of all the Housewives franchises, and the caliber of people on the shows, none of these people in New Jersey should be on the show. They belong on a Jerry Springer type show, or a show that exposes the truth about ruthless, con artist type people.

    I would really like Andy Cohen to be interviewed by someone legitimate and questioned about this show and his relationship and feelings about all the cast members. Although, I doubt we would get honest answers. I truly cannot stomach the thoughts of watching these people any longer, unless the truth is shown about all of their dishonesty and treachery. Bravo is not listening to their viewers, if they have made no cast changes in New Jersey. I wonder if the sponsors will, and perhaps that is who we should reach out to. At this point, I don’t believe anything these people say, and question (sadly) if their son has truly been diagnosed with autism. The whole situation is pathetic, and I am glad you continue to blog about the behind the scenes machinations, as everyone needs to be aware of what these people are capable of, and what they are really doing. Keep up the good work.

    • Cee_See
      November 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      My dad has Alzheimer’s and when I first read about the ‘great’ benefits BLK supposedly has I had one moment of happiness! For one second I thought of my dad waking up knowing my name and my kids’ names. For one instant my life as a daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient was no more. My dad could be cured for $2.49/day! Then reality hit and I looked at who was promoting this miracle cure! A law student flunkie, his lazy lil’ brother, their scam artist of an Uncle, and his mentally unstable wife who has a drinking problem. I don’t know Louie Wikile (?). This is just like all the diet pills out there, you buy them and have a vision that your mid-section will now be flat as a pancake. Then when you take them and, nothing….absolutely nothing happens.

  7. LifeIsGood
    November 27, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    This is disgusting!!!!!

    Fame, I hope that your source will authorize you to release the name of this organization. They need to be called out in a big way. They are using these children as guinea pigs!

    Fulvic acids can be potentially carcinogenic. If a child is on any other medications, or undergoing treatment for any other medical conditions, these parents need to tell their doctors if they adminstered this to their child. For example, a person taking fulvic acids will experience an initial drop in their iron levels (documented). So what if a child being treated for a blood disorder takes this stuff and fails to tell the doctor? The doctor could make a diagnosis or change in treatment on the basis of these results. This stuff is nothing to play with!!

    I hope the parents of the children who participated in this “study” research this stuff and then sue the pants off of the organization that allowed this to happen.

    • LifeIsGood
      November 27, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      Oops! I just now saw the link to the organization. I can’t believe they authorized this! They will be receiving a lot of information about fulvic acids from me.

    • RahRah
      November 27, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      In order to make such claims about a food product or drink, don’t you have to have the Food and Drug Administration test the item?

      • Jeannie5233
        November 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        The dietary supplement industry is not held to the standards of the FDA and therefore are not tested and approved through them.

        Drugs going through the FDA are researched and go through clinical trials for years unless it has a special need aka “an orphan drug”, which can be put on fast track but that also can take a very long time before it hits the market.

        • November 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

          This is very true.

  8. Honnie Badger
    November 27, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    I do a lot of my work in the raw materials side of the dietary supplement industry and can tell you, for sure, that a true clinical study design costs a lot of money and take a lot of time — even a small, pilot study (which is typically a small cohort or group, to alight upon potential benefit upon which to build further, longer-term and larger-cohort studies). Mailing the product and giving a questionnaire only finds out opinionated anecdotes and this cannot be considered a real study.

    Proving benefit of something like fulvic acid takes years of university research, and building up to human clinicals. And no matter the outcome, you are still not allowed to promote your product as a cure or treatment for any type of disease.

    Unfortunately, for any other company that wants to create and market a fulvic acid-containing product, these scoundrels are really undermining any future efforts. Further, they are preying upon desperate families who want to do anything at all to help their autistic child. Disgusting.

    • November 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      Amen sister! It’s exploiting a child for fraudulent financial gain, IMO! Absolutely disgusting!

    • Jeannie5233
      November 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Honnie Badger – you are spot on!! I find these people disgusting as well to use this product as a means to capitalize on the all too human response to do whatever it takes to make a loved one better. These people are morally corrupt – plain and simple.

    • Maru the Cat
      November 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Spot on Honnie Badger! Clearly the study was not an impartial/well written one either based on the way the questions were asked. They used leading verbiage, such as ‘did you see any beneficial changes in health or behavior’. No, that was all wrong, the questions should have simply asked ‘did you notice any changes in the health or behavior’. I took 1 college level course in health case studies and even I know this one was skewed. Was it peer reviewed? Doesn’t sound like it. That is most telling.

    • Confused RHNJ viewer
      November 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      I work in the pharmaceutical industry (management, not sales) as well as coming from a family of PhD clinical researchers in the pharmaceutical industry. I can tell you all that this “study” is nothing more than a marketing ploy and would hold absolutely no merit in the field of research. As Honnie Badger so eloquently pointed out, a study takes time, money and also a “control” group (which handing out a free supply of product and asking for opinions is as far away from a control group as you can get — actually it’s a focus group). I am also a little curious as to why this Autism group would allow this, that is suspect to me.

      Jacqueline only posts a few of the events that she attends, if you look at Caroline’s, Chris’ and Christopher and Albie’s twitter accounts you can see that she is away from her family traveling to these marketing events more than she lets on. Per her twitter posting recently, in addition to her babysitter/nanny she also has an in home therapist.

      • elemcee
        November 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        Honnie, Jeannie, and Confused, Please back me up on this! It is extremely important that anyone on chemotherapy not drink BLK, unless your doctor says it is okay. If there is really chelation involved with fulvic acid (and I have read there supposedly is) it could very much effect your chemo and you could possibly not remit or severely prolong your therapy. Please, please do not drink this if you have cancer unless you specifically ask your doctor.

        • Jeannie5233
          November 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

          elemcee – I’m sure you and everyone else would agree that NO ONE should ingest ANYTHING while on chemo without the consent of their doctor.

          How many people know that if you are on a statin drug you should not eat grapefruit as it can cause liver damage and even death? Just today more evidence has been released about the dangers of grapefruit/drug interactions being expanded to include more drugs besides just statins. Also, in the very near future, Vicodin will no longer be available as is because of potential acetominophen overdosing. These are just a few examples of the general public needing to be educated on what they are putting in their bodies – just because it is labeled “natural”, “healthy”, or “safe” does not make it necessarily so. We all need to be our own advocates for our health and well-being.

          So people should heed your advice elemcee – eating or drinking ANYTHING while on any type of medicinal protocol should ALWAYS be done under the guidance/approval of a doctor/nutritionist.

          Thank you for bring attention to this.

          • Jeannie5233
            November 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

            P.S. Jac’s tweet: “I feel a sickness coming on. Better double up on Blk. Wipes it out.” is absolutely ridiculous let alone an OBVIOUS plug for this stuff.

            As I said in another comment here, it is very IRRESPONSIBLE of her and the otherws to even HINT at this water being effective in the treatment of ANYTHING.

            To coin one of Caroline’s favorite phrases – “You are a DISGRACE!” For this and this alone – all of them are.

            • November 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM

              Were this swill to become a widespread phenomenon as they already claim it to be, they had better have their lawyers on standby. Thank goodness that people have some common sense and it is an epic failure as a product. They are absolutely playing with fire. I have a world-reknown geneticist from Ethiopia who is staying at my house while he is having reconstructive facial surgeries after the removal of much of his face due to cancer, and I have come to adore him. I am friends with his surgeon, and if he had to stay in a hotel for six months the cost would be prohibitive. He is extremely smart, brave, delightful and explains things in a way we laymen can understand. His work entails trying to grow virus resistant shrimp and sell them to countries all over the world. In addition, he works trying to hlp the Ethiopian people irrigate their crops, which has been a long and sometimes fruitless exercise in ignorance and political chicanery. So, he knows ALOT about water. He explained this to me in two ways. Just a drop of the wrong chemical or organic agent in the water of 20 million growing shrimp can kill the entire pool. And vice-versa. He was familiar with fulvic acid and he told me that the body does not require it or need it, therefore it excretes it through the liver and kidneys. Drinking it in large quantities could be dangerous. When he is in the United States he drinks tap water because it has quality controls. As a cancer patient and just as an educated individual he would never drink BLK water, and he thinks that giving it to autistic children is akin to experimenting on children with out their true legal consent. He is appalled by this experiment, and says it should not be taking place. I pray nobody has an adverse reaction to this snake oil. Most likely, the levels of fulvic acid in the bottles is so low that it is harmless much in the same way that you would have to drink a case of vitamin water to get the equivalent amount of vitamins that you would if you were to take a daily vitamin supplement. He believes that it is just a scam for the gullible and probably won’t hurt anybody, but that nobody should willingly take the risk. This guy works for the U,N. and the World Bank, people. and he says this is bullshit and potentially dangerous. I am appalled by the manzo-Laurita clan. They are people of such low morals and integrity that it boggles the mind. My heart bleeds for this poor kid Nicholas. The last thing an autistic child needs is cameras and strangers in the house and being force-fed black water. Jacqueline Laurita is as irresponsible a mother as the Octomom.

              • Jeannie5233
                November 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

                Hey gessie – this was soo interesting – a great read!

                But not only that, it is great to hear another great opinion from someone with REAL credentials affirming pretty much what most of us already know – I love reading everyone’s contributions and there have been so many on here also affirming that BLK is nothing but another “health scam”! Thanks so much for sharing – I enjoyed reading this.

                How lucky you are – blessed really – to be able to reap the benefits of the knowledge and stories this man must share with you. And how very kind of you to open up your home to him as well. What an awesome life experience you share with each other.

                • November 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM

                  What a lovely thing for you to say, Jeannie!

              • toxicprince
                November 29, 2012 at 2:10 AM

                right, also about vitamin water… at least vitamin water has flavor & tastes good! lol. i’ve read plenty of blk. reviews on amazon & most people say it tastes like they put a penny in their mouth or something, real metallic. also, there are A LOT of reviews on amazon on blk from people who have ONLY reviewed blk & they make it sound fantastic. but people who have reviewed tons of items on there review blk terribly. i would not be surprised if the manzo’s were on there reviewing their own product so it actually gets SOME good reviews & doesn’t get 1 star. currently, i think blk only has 3 stars (which is because of the fake reviews).

          • elemcee
            November 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

            Thanks, for the backup. I worry about this BLK effecting people’s cancer treatments a lot. So many foods interact with meds and people do not seem to realize. I police my parents and children’s habits, and it makes them crazy, but I have to do it. In my opinion, it is criminal for them to make these claims. They could really hurt someone.

            • LifeIsGood
              November 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

              I’m with you – this goes way beyond the “Team Teresa” or Team Jac” crap. I do know that you can experience a drop in Iron levels when you begin taking fulvic acid. For someone on chemo, a very low iron level can mean no chemo for that day. It’s not good to disrupt the treatment schedule.

              Also, they package this stuff in a plastic bottle! So all of the wonderful chemicals that find their way from the plastic and into the water, are given the express route (thanks to the FA) into your cells. If that weren’t bad enough, they changed bottlers and no claim they use “spring water.” So chances are the water is purified municipal water and many municipal water sources add chlorine and fluoride – which are known carcinogens. Normally, your body would not be able to absorb enough of these substances to be toxic. However, the FA could help your cells to better absorb the chlorine and fluoride.

              This is wrong on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin. Fame, I really hope that you keep digging on this one.

              • November 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM

                Great post!

          • Kay
            November 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM

            I agree. I’m an epileptic and a million things interfere with my meds as anti epileptics are very temperamental. Along with grapefruit I cant take cold pills for example or even the contraceptive pill. People should always be aware of what they’re putting in their bodies.

            On the plus side I’m in England so don’t have to tolerate blk on my supermarket shelves.

        • Confused RHNJ viewer
          November 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

          I can back you up only to the extent that taking any supplement with ANY medication should be discussed with your physician AND your pharmacist. (I’m not a chemist, just an operations/accounting person),

        • November 28, 2012 at 2:03 AM

          elemcee, backed up 100% and I want to add something also (I was going to make a separate post but it fits perfectly in this discussion). One of the health claims of fulvic acid is that it “aids in cellular regeneration” which should be a HUGE caution for cancer patients. Yes, proliferation of healthy cells is a good thing. But because metastasis is the cornerstone of cancer, that is a two-way street for people afflicted with the disease. It also means it can cause UNHEALTHY cells to proliferate.
          Good god, what are these crooks DOING? Talk about preying on people’s vulnerabilities. I have to wonder if they are aware that painting with such broad strokes can cause harm like this. Caroline herself said in Season 1 that street smarts will get you further in life than book smarts (I disagree, you need both). Maybe it’s time they all crack open a book and LEARN about what they are trying to sell to people. They could literally kill people by pushing this product.

          • LifeIsGood
            November 28, 2012 at 6:20 AM

            Unfortunately, Caroline has a very narrow definition of “getting along in life.” She looks no further than her bank account to gauge her growth as a human being.

            • Buttercream
              November 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

              LOL – that’s the best description I have ever read in Years for this woman! Awesome! Thank you for typing the truth! 🙂

              • elemcee
                November 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

                The commenters here are the best! You are all so kind with your concern and caring for others.

                • November 29, 2012 at 11:55 PM

                  I love how intelligent, thoughtful, well-written, insightful, compassionate, well-rounded, and most of the time hilarious the commenters on this site are! At the risk of sounding snobbish, it is a breath of fresh air to have this place where we can engage in intelligent discussions with one another. I can’t think of another HW blog that has such a high concentration of intellectuals. Something about FW seems to attract it and I really appreciate all of you! More often than not I come away from this site having learned something new and interesting from the content of the comments section. The commenters here are an absolute treasure XO 🙂 🙂 XO

  9. Jeannie5233
    November 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    This harkens back to the days in the late 1800’s when Charlatans hawked “CocaCola” syrup, which contained traces of cocaine, as a tonic medicine. Back then, it was believed that “carbonated water” had many health benefits and that is how “soda fountain” stores began. By combining the syrup with the carbonated water, claims were made it cured headache, impotence, morphine addiction, as well as other diseases and conditions. Today,COCA COLA has evolved into one of the most successful, mainstream drinks – obviously without any health benefit.

    I find it interesting that BLK water contains “trace” amounts of fulvic acid – how much of this stuff would you have to consume in order to benefit from it?

    Just the claims of this product making you feel like you have had 8 hours of sleep and is energy boosting, let alone that it helps with cancer patients and children with autism is completely IRRESPONSIBLE!!!!

    The Lauritas/Manzos are present day charlatans schilling what I believe to be a bogus product. These people have no shame whatsoever – but it comes with no surprise.

    • new kid
      November 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      I just love that u said charlatans! LOL

    • Lara.m
      November 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      I love your educated responses. I am a fan of western and eastern medicine, but would never try anything without the concurrence of my MD and researched studies. Thank you for your posts!

      • Lara.m
        November 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        And, if they didn’t eat fried meatballs and “Olive Garden” food, but fresh food, minerals after their hangovers–maybe would experience their physical highs. Just saying.

    • Kay
      November 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      It’s worse than irresponsible, it’s cruel. They are taking advantage of vulnerable, desperate people who will try anything.

      My 9 day old daughter was born at 22 weeks… And despite being a natural born cynic (hey, they put it in the water over here!) I am at the point where I am willing to believe and try anything. It makes someone hugely vulnerable to people like the Manzo’s and Laurita’s and false hope is one of the most cruel things you can ever do to someone.

  10. RahRah
    November 27, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    When Dr. Oz confirms her son is autistic and where he is on the autistic spectrum I will believe her son is autistic.

    When Dr. Oz or Sanjay Gupta tout the benefits of black water I’ll believe it because right now it is only water that seems to be to dirty to drink. If faced with a bottle, free albeit, I would have have to pass.

    • Honnie Badger
      November 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Those esteemed doctors never will tout black water. In fact, they may actually do the opposite should this come on their radar, with the express purpose of telling audiences that this particular supplement beverage is UNPROVEN for children who are autistic — ie, no sound clinical science — and that it is especially egregious (beware!) of those fulvic acid-containing beverages are being marketed (illegally) for this purpose.

      So, in short, it could backfire so badly, the Manzos/Lauritas will suffer third degree burns!

      PS: This “study” is so flawed, it’s not funny. All it can hope to do is obtain anecdotes, which are not evidence. A chief flaw is existing bias. Women who are rabid fans will want to see improvements and will therefore “see improvements” and record as such. What a crock of BS. I hope they are reading this page!

      • Confused RHNJ viewer
        November 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        You are correct, this is an opinion driven study. Even double bind studies where a placebo is given, gains and positive effects are seen in the control group given the placebo.

      • Ex Fan
        December 29, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        It isn’t a study at all. it is market research trying to confirm scientific claims. Dishonest and dangerous and this sort of thing needs to be regulated, especially when it involves children.

  11. 0805me
    November 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    I don’t recall seeing them drink blk during the season. They may have held bottles to promote it, but has anyone ever seen the manzos/lauritas actually drink it? That would interesting to find out….

    • Kimmers
      November 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Nope I have also only seen them hold it. They don’t want to drink that crap either. It’s just so gross and nasty looking.

    • britches&hose
      November 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      I don’t think they drink it. I’ve always seen them just drinking clear bottled water… lol!

    • ThatOtherChick
      November 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      You know, you make a good point! I’ve seen them having the bottles around and wearing the blk t-shirts, but the only time I think I’ve seen anyone drink it was that one episode where Greg made Patti LuPone drink it… and there’s no possible way that editing’s to blame; they don’t drink it because they prefer REAL water.

  12. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Great job as usual, compiling SO MUCH research and documentation. Funny how all the little things start to add up. I remember reading on Twitter how one of the Manzos was claiming blk was “good” for autism or something to that effect–later I read he deleted the tweet when ppl started reacting to it & calling him out.

    The one thing I do want to point out about blk, is this: Even tho the lawsuit was quietly & privately settled (how much money do these ppl have anyway? It’s like they have a bottomless pit of money!!! to pay off anyone they need to AND foot the bill for lavish lifestyles)….the original Canada-blk was NOT developed by a family to cure their mother’s ailments. That is a misleading lie put out there to market the product.

    The woman who was in cahoots w/the Lauritas and her sister–first worked for the Canadian company who conceptualized & marketed “blackwater drink”, now known as “blk”. The two women came up with the story after hooking up with Lauritas and convincing them to market blk as their own, after allegedly stealing the recipe & design from the Canadian company.

    So it’s all nonsense to begin with that there was ever ANY medical or health benefits from drinking blk….it was just a story they made up.

    • britches&hose
      November 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Easy to pay off your competitors when you stole your company’s $! 😉 They are so scummy.

      • britches&hose
        November 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        *previous company (the Signature Apparel one)

  13. AutumnLeaves61
    November 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I also wanted to point out that Kim Granatell is very close to Jac. If you remember, Jac ran to Kim’s house the night of last year’s reunion-taping—when Bravo excused Jac from being there. Kim says Jac was at her house all night, getting drunk on her ass, and spilling her guts to Kim, who still hangs out with that idiot Tom Murro.

    She’s definitely had more than her 15 mins of fame, but still managing to keep her name in the game thanks to being able to buy ppl off.

  14. Mel
    November 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    These e-mails need to be sent to the FDA because what they are doing violates Federal US Laws

  15. Tulip
    November 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Fame, I hope you forward this info to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office and to the FTC. It is illegal to make health claims on this! I can’t believe they are getting away with this! There are very strict guidelines for companies who make false health claims in relation to their products. They need to be shut down ASAP!

  16. elemcee
    November 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    We love you so much, Fame! This article is excellent. Once again, please thank your friends and family for sharing you with us. I know these articles take an exponential amount of research and am so grateful to you for taking the time.

  17. November 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I think any doctor would suggest anyone to just drink plain water especially during a serious illness, drs seem to favor more towards natural & less ingredients in products. To suggest it to young children, I highly doubt it! They barely like the fact kids drink juice! The more you add to water the natural health benefits goes down. Wouldn’t it stain your teeth just like soda? IMO, austism and helping through cancer is a marketing scheme, but if they claim BLK does this why arent doctors grabbing ahold of it? Also, why sell it for 2-3 dollars if its this miracle drink?

  18. November 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/11/jacqueline-laurita-real-housewives-new-jersey-money

    So this woman is happy to profit off her child? I just feel that a reality show on Bravo is not the proper place for this subject.

    • November 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Great find Sackem. I added it to the article:

      Jacqueline told RadarOnline.com exclusively why she struggled with coming back for another round of fights on reality TV. Signing up for more yelling, name calling and spats with Teresa Giudice was a yes for Jacqueline for a simple reason: money. “Several things make me stay,” she exclusively told RadarOnline.com friend Tom Murro. “Contracts and the money of course.” As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Housewives contracts can be lucrative, earning six figures a season and for NeNe Leakes up to $1 million a season! Jacqueline has another motive that she says is why she’s opening up for more drama – being able to bring attention to Autism, a cause near to her heart because of her son Nicholas’ diagnosis. “I know my son will get so much help and support from others. And as much as much as it helps us, we can help others in a big way. We can use the platform to raise awareness and do so much good.” – I Do It For The Money! Jacqueline Laurita’s Candid Reason For Filming Real Housewives!, November 27, 2012, Radar Online

      RadarOnline article is dated today, and Jacqueline says: “We can use the platform to raise awareness and do so much good.”

      Fame-Whorgas article is dated yesterday, and it says: “The Lauritas use autism as a platform to promote blk.”

      What an interesting choice of words from Jacqueline.

      • November 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        She’s finally saying it out loud! I still find it hilarious that she thinks Teresa was evil for “selling” her story to magazines. She’s selling her child to TV! Absolutely no difference.

        • britches&hose
          November 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

          You’re so right. Jax could not be more hypocritical if she tried. It’s shameful, selling her Autistic child’s “story” to TV is far more repugnant than ANY mag story T did.

        • Jeannie5233
          November 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

          Ah, but Sackem, there is a difference and I know you will agree wholeheartedly!

          It is far worse to exploit your child – let alone a child who has a condition and/or disability for either financial gain, popularity, or celebrity. Jacqueline Laurita, in my opinion, is a terrible mother because I cannot, for the life of me, understand how she feels that this exposure of Nicholas could do HIM any good. Really?!?!

          Autism is on the rise – it is becoming epidemic. I grant that. Jacs has gone public with the media; has made appearances at fundraisers; continues to tweet obsessively about Nick and autism; and continues to do everything to keep the cause for finding a cure for autism in the forefront. Fine – I will give her that. However, to expose your precious little son who is struggling and has absolutely NO SAY in the matter to all the world on a television show with obtrusive cameras filming him because of “contracts and the money is good” – Well, I see it as she is using her son and his situation to get back on TV and make money that must be sorely needed for her to make a statement like that. I do not believe for one second she is returning to RHONJ out of the goodness of her heart to “raise awareness and do so much good.”

          To put a price on your child’s condition – well, that speaks volumes to me as to what kind of parents BOTH Jacqueline and Chris Laurita really are.

          I truly hope, in my heart of hearts, Nicholas finds his way out of the darkness. When he becomes an adult and realizes his parents put him on television as the poster child for autism, I hope he does not resent them – and he very well could, even if the exposure was done for the purest of reasons. Jacs and Chris have no way of knowing how Nicholas will feel – as his parents, shouldn’t those feelings he could have in the future be taken into consideration as well? Is that really a risk they are willing to take and in the end, will it be worth it all for their “15 minutes of Fame”? Time will tell.

          • November 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

            Oh I agree whole heartedly and totally get what you are saying!! Teresa posing with a few puppies (one of Jac’s quips) is nothing in comparison.

            I just find it spectacularly abhorrent what her morals deem to be appropriate. She tends to bounce through the world in an ignorant, judgemental bubble. One of the biggest issues the Teresa nay sayers had on the blogs this year was her using her children. Isn’t it one of the Gorga gripes? That Teresa is a bad mother for pushing Gia out there? I know Meddling Manzo sure had a lot to say about Gia’s song, saying she was too young to be exposed. Didn’t Lauren weigh in on Teresa’s parenting skills at the reunion – I am trying to block those 3 hours out!

            Wonder how Jac’s use of Nick is being taken. I mean she’s pretty good at profiting from her children’s issues. Look no further than Ashley.

            All the ladies used Teresa’s media attention as a reason to attack and yet here she is blatantly stating she’s doing it for the money. I mean of course she is, they all are but the format makes no difference. Magazine, TV, radio it’s all media, it’s all a “platform” to get them more exposure and hence more money. If Jac’s that serious about helping Autism and hoping to look saintly – donate your pay check! BLK’s doing “well”, she has no financial troubles right, her legal issues are nothing like the Giudices’, they can continue the lifestyle they built before Bravo.These ladies really need to get a clue.

            The “Gorgas selling their house to get away from Teresa” story is doing the rounds again today. Who put that out into the media? Melissa! How many quotes and stories do these ladies have to do before they realise that they’re doing the exact same thing. I honestly think they mustn’t have much going on upstairs to be so late in understanding the media game if we’re to believe that talking to the press is justifiable grounds to end friendships and destroy families. Where did Melissa get that Bentley from? What was the Wakilie clothing scandal about??? Profiting in one way or another from their publicity!!!

            As far as I’m aware, and I most definitely can be wrong because I’m not affiliated with the medical/science profession, hence my limited comments on the article I’m in media/TV: therefore my rants about that stuff, but if they haven’t pinpointed a cause of Autism, how the hell can some restauranteurs/ T-shirt manufacturers from New Jeresey claim to have the cure? Blind Freddy could tell you it’s a gimmick! A stolen one at that! Boy I just realised that it may be time to step away from the TV. In the words of Caroline Manzo “I can feel myself getting dumber” by just watching these women.

            • November 28, 2012 at 2:24 AM

              Sackem, ah-mazing post! (btw, I haven’t been here in like a week and a half and I missed you! How are you feeling?)
              Speaking of feeling myself getting dumber…that quote from Jacqueline where she says “they call it the Miracle Molecule because it’s so small”…I swear I sat at my laptop for a few minutes, reading it over and over again, blinking as I lost some of my precious intellect. Yes, Jacqueline. They call it a miracle because it’s so tiny. If it were named for its smallness it would be called the “Miniscule Molecule”. Or perhaps “Tarzan’s Molecule”.
              She’s such a freakin idiot. I can’t understand how she has not died of her own stupidity in some spectacular Darwinian accident at this point. I just can’t with this one…

              • November 28, 2012 at 4:43 AM

                Ola Cher!! I missed seeing your posts to!!!!! I’m good, getting bigger and bashed up from the inside! How you doin’ (in my best Joey Tribiani voice)? Just over 2 months left!!! I’m with you… I have no idea how that lady can walk and talk at the same time!

                • November 28, 2012 at 6:10 AM

                  I am doing fan-freakin-tastic, thank you! Just been a little wrapped up with post-hurricane/Thanksgiving business for the past two weeks or so. Life on Long Island is good! Sending you hugs (but not squeezing too hard!) 🙂

                  • November 28, 2012 at 4:17 PM

                    Right back at ya!

              • elemcee
                November 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

                Omg Cher, I was laughing so hard when I read this post, I woke the dog. When I read the Miracle Molecule I just sat here blinking. I cannot believe she allowed that to print. She really ought to do a little research into what she is promoting. Cuz she is so good at autism research and all! I was dying when I read “Miracle Molecule” and again at your comment, thank you.

      • Aint Pittypat
        November 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Thank you so much Fame for an informative article. It disgusts me that Jax would even contemplate the ugliness that has become the RHONJ as a positive atmosphere to raise awareness about anything but the dangers of becoming addicted to fame. JMO the trashy, poorly educated, ill-spoken , vulgar antics of Jax and family should not be associated in any way shape or form with autism. It is disrespectful and wrong on so many levels to try and “raise awareness” around men who flash their dingalings and women who flash their boobies.
        Jax is really stupid if she thinks she can get away with this. After all her snot slinging, screeching cursingpsycho routine at the reunion she would do well to check into re-hab not another season of RHONJ. The BLK scam is despicable beyond words. Autism is diagnosis that can paralyze and overwhelm a family. Who would take advantage of desperate , vulnerable parents? Criminals!

      • November 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM

        Jacqueline admits she’s in it for the money. That about sums it up!

        • November 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

          Thank you for exposing this, fame. It needs to be done. You are doing a great public service.

  19. JennyS
    November 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Not a surprise at all.

  20. IamNobodysHW
    November 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    I bought 3 bottles (3 for $1.00) and tried things on my own. First I froze it, it separates when frozen. Then I poured it thru a coffee filter, YUCK, it leaves a dark greyish film on the filter. Then I put some on a small plate and left it in the sun, when it dried it was like black chalk. There was still 1/2 bottle left so I decided to try it (stupid decision), a couple of hours after drinking this stuff I did find out what it cures…………..CONSTIPATION!!!! I spent hours running back and forth to the restroom. It also leaves a aftertaste, kinda like a metal taste. I still have 2 bottles left and I don’t plan on ever drinking it again. I also told my doctor (M.S. specialist) about this stuff and he said “your kidneys have enough to do and doesn’t need added pressure of filtering this black water” he also said it is the stupidest thing he ever heard of. I doubt the Manzo’s can get rich selling it 3 for $1.00. I live in western NY and I guess nobody wants it down here.

    • Jeannie5233
      November 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      LOLOLOL!!!

      I’m sorry I don’t mean to laugh at your misfortune for having the trots but you are too funny!! Thank you for sharing that tidbit – it is hilarious!

      I have heard from several people who have tasted blk say the same – a metallic aftertaste.

      Besides your encounter after drinking this stuff, I also hope you are feeling okay overall! 😉

    • November 28, 2012 at 2:28 AM

      I think it’s hilarious that you did experiments with it! I probably would have done the same thing. Freeze it, filter it, boil it, mix it with other crap, see if I could clean my grout with it…

      • IamNobodysHW
        November 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM

        Love your sn, my real name is Cher. I thought about washing my van with it but was afraid it would eat the paint off of it BLK is in white and when the bottle is empty you can see (written in black) is “enjoy the dark side”. It also says, in small print on back bottom “This product is not intended to diagnose,treat,cure or prevent any disease” and “these statements has not been evaluated by the FDA”. Not a misprint it actually says “these statements has not”. and the label is not put on properly, crooked and full of air bubbles. Maybe Jac was the one putting all the labels on and proof reading the labels. LOL

        • November 30, 2012 at 12:46 AM

          Stop my life. Your REAL name is Cher? Holy mother of crap you are so cool!

          I’m glad to know the label at least has the necessary disclaimer on it that supplements are required to have. I suppose the existence of the disclaimer technically covers their asses against any false claims lawsuits. But it is very problematic that it can only be seen AFTER the product has been consumed. That’s counterproductive to putting the disclaimer on it in the first place. Printed in black on a clear bottle containing a black product? That’s like eating a bowl of soup and at the bottom finding a message in the bowl that says “Hope you enjoyed the minestrone. I peed in it. -Chef Paolo”

    • elemcee
      November 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Nobody’s HW, too funny! I hope you are okay now. My daughter bought a bottle (wench) and tried it. I would not speak for her for two days. I had to text her if I needed something. She is moving out today and poured out the rest of the BLK, which no one drink after tasting it (tasted just like swamp water, ewwww!). She said there was no way she have that *ish in her house… but she brought it to mine!!!! Children, I swear.

      • IamNobodysHW
        November 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        When I showed it to my son he said “what the hell is that S**t”, ” You better not drink that”. He is 35 and worries about me. Then he said “can I have one”. DUH No I didn’t let him drink it but told him of my fun filled day at the races. Then he said (while laughing loudly) “well that’s what you get for drinking it”. LOL

        • elemcee
          November 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

          My daughter did not want to take reflux medication the other day ‘cuz it tastes bad, and I told her she lived through the BLK, she will live through the medication. She took the medication. She also wrote a will leaving her food stock pile to the dog in case she died after she tasted the BLK…

  21. November 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Fame, such an amazing job! Ur ability to tell this story without biting, mean statements speaks volume about ur true intention. I for one (of many) thank you, because I had no idea the troika had anything to do w an autism study.

    (sigh) I know I’m supposed to be the funny one. But, this brings tears to my eyes. As a few know my husband works w autistic children in the area of musical therapy. This kind and loving man is rarely as frustrated with his clients as he is with me when the topic of RHONJ comes up. Lol.. Ok, maybe I’m still the funny one. But with a very heavy heart right now.

    I did get him to read the article and look at the survey questions from the email. After telling me he loved me and that we would get through RHONJ withdrawal together (snicker, silly boy) he said “this isn’t a sound medical protocol”. He was on his way out to see a client so he just handed me the file of another client I’ll call Jason (not his real name). He then reminded me of my own studies (re the benefits of stretching for specificity – basketball, when I became a massage therapist years ago). I hadn’t even remembered. Hey, some husbands remember their wives leopard bikinis some for their MT thesis. LOL.

    OK, the instructions on how to use fulvic acid in water for the purposes of a study are typically so much more detailed. They don’t just say “…can be given throughout the day….” with a weight-dose (in ozs of dilute). A true study would 1) provide the potency of fulvic acid and provide a few publicly available products (such as…) and list the fulvic acid potency for each available product. 2) detail the information necessary (in excruciating exactitude) that the parent is to place in their journal. The detail would include 3-6 hours post dosage updates, etc. those are just two points.

    Ok, “Jason”. He’s the little boy who changed my heathen rock n roll husband into a musical therapist with chords as light as a whisper taking the place of Zep/Hendrix style riffs. “jason” showed up at a public outing for the children involved in a charity with which he and I worked as fundraisers. Hubby was playing that day and noticed a kid literally covered in padding from head to toe. It was to protect both Jason and people he might lash out at. He stood listening to my husband play songs and make jokes. (I know BIG surprise that I would marry a funny guy, right?). Slowly he noticed the kid get calmer and his aide taking the padding off. He walked up closer to the stage and started to ..kinda play air guitar (for lack of a better descriptor).

    After the set was done, my husband was sitting on the edge of the stage and he noticed the little boy no longer had his padding on and was walking toward him. The little boys aide (who was 6’4″ about 320 btw) quickly caught up w his charge and tried to direct him way from my husband and the stage. My husband said “it’s ok, come on over”. The aide said something about the kid being violent, etc. my husband said “eh, it won’t be the first beating I’ve taken”. LOL.

    The sweet little face looked at the guitar saying nothing. But he kept making that gesture with his hand like he was picking (not strumming). So joe began to pick at the strings – and the boy started to follow is fingers. After a few moments my husband handed the boy the guitar. The aide stepped in and said “I’m sorry, I can’t let you do that”. So he held out the guitar and the little boy plucked the strings himself. In our house music matters. Was it possible music mattered to this child too but he had no way to express it?

    Well, 12 years later my husband is halfway to adulthood. He no longer swings his guitar around “who style” or play it with his teeth (like is long dead idol jimi Hendrix). Jason has progressed a whole lot more. But even more spectacular than Jason is his mother. This tiny little woman looked so drawn and scared when we met her that day at the event so long ago. In her mid 20s, she looked 50. She was weary of “new treatments” and the whole doctor to doctor to doctor routine. Today, she’s the proud mother of a young man with a bright future. Her smile has returned and her eyes sparkle with life. Life isn’t beating her, she’s handling life.

    My husband didn’t do this for this child or his mother (I know, I’m not gonna say the joke cos its disrespectful to my baby and her). They did it. All my Husband did (his words, not mine) was to “stop the cacophony of input in Jason’s head long enough to find another thought”. Maybe Leonard Cohen was right…. I heard there was a secret chord … Well maybe Jason heard it too? Is anyone surprised he plays piano?

    • Honnie Badger
      November 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Indeed, we know it’s not a sound medical protocol, plus a true study would be medically supervised and evaluated for unbiased conclusion.

      • November 27, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Right. And double blind sample (subjects), etc. also wouldn’t there have been an initial thesis? Like : we think fulvic water has x,y,z, benefits. As opposed to general “it works”.

    • Jeannie5233
      November 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      I LOVED this so much – I am brought to tears; it is so poignant. You bring so much to this blog rhocomix – thank you for sharing this with us.

      • November 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Jeannie. So nice to see you!! Thanks lady, and back atchya. I hope i dont sound like the “well my husband is… So I’m an expert” type person. Cos I’m far from it. But I feel sorry for people who may get hoodwinked and not see results (or minimal short term results – not behavioral changes) and end up tired and frustrated like Jason’s mother. Hub was the first in a long line of positive influences for her and her son in their fight for him to live a “normal” life. Nowadays his mom reminds me of the mother I’m the movie Mask (Cher played the role).

        Also, did anyone else notice Temple Grandins letter on the autism site? It has a lot of details of what she xperienced as a child. I would sure hate for someone to use that information wrongly. Just sayin’

        • Confused RHNJ viewer
          November 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM

          For anyone interested, the movie “Temple Grandin” is a great way to spend an evening.

          • November 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

            LOVE Claire Danes in that role. She really played the role well – meaning I was able to grasp what temple was going through (and what she wasn’t). Also, with respect to my above post how differently autism can present in one person to another. Thanks for the reminder. Imma watch that right now!

    • November 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Wonderful story!!!!!!

      • November 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        Hey sack-attack!!!! Hope ur feeling well, nice to c you!

        • November 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

          All good in the hood! Good to see you here to!!!

    • Confused RHNJ viewer
      November 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      Wow!! Thank you for sharing, what a wonderful, heartwarming story.

  22. IamNobodysHW
    November 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I’m good. It was funny trying to get up stairs fast enough. I have M.S. and don’t travel well or fast LOL

    • November 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Iam… On lord thank you for that laugh. My joyous prayers are with you. But I’ve no doubt u excel on your own steam. Keep laughing.

    • Jeannie5233
      November 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      I remembered and that’s why I asked – glad to hear you’re good – hope you stay that way too! It’s also nice to see you have a sense of humor about trying to get where you needed to go – me, I would have been crazed!

  23. November 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Aside from not like this family one bit & the BS they spew, the hypocritical lives they lead, and the karma that will come their way very soon…

    Has anyone besides me ever noticed how very unfortunate looking these people are? ( the ones sitting at the table) Damn!! Albie is “ok”, but the rest? *shudders* Crittifur has got to be the worst one. Then throw in their sparkling personalities and you have a recipe for FUGLY inside & out! Just need to add LapBand Lauren to the table.

    • Mrs Kim
      November 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      I’m 7 months pregnant, so I almost peec on myself when I read “crittifur!!!” Still smiling!!!

  24. November 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Ref to Leonard Conens oft covered song “Hallelujah” – this is my fave version of leonard singing it
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q

    • Jeannie5233
      November 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Hi rhocomix!! It’s good to see you here again! One of my favorites as well – thanks so much for sharing! 😉

  25. lajflka@yahoo.com
    November 27, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    TRULY A VERY SICK BITCH! IF THEY’RE PROMOTING BLK FOR AUTISM, THEN THEY DESERVE EVEN MORE LAWSUITS THAT WILL BE THROWN THEIR IDIOTIC WAY! USING THEIR MENTALLY CHALLENGED SON TO PROMOTE THIER BS DIRTY WATER…. AND WHO ON EARTH SAID THAT THE LAURITA’S ARE SCIENTIST, TO SAY THAT THEIR DIRTY WATER IS PROVEN TO REVERSE AUTISM! PACK OF STUPID ASSHOLES! THEY’RE SO DESPERATE FOR CASH, THAT THEY ARE LYING AND RISKING MORE LAWSUITS IN ORDER TO GET IT! NOW I DEFINITELY BELIEVE THAT THEY STOLE MONEY FROM THE FASHION COMPANY!!! PACK OF CROOKS!!! HOW CAN YOU TRUST ANYONE LIKE THEM?!!

  26. daisymay
    November 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    hmmmm – didn’t the Laurita’s involvement with BLK come out about the same time as their son’s autisim was “diagnosed?” (am I the only one who doubts that “diagnosis”?)

    Perhaps the BLK actually CAUSED little Nick’s “disease!” – just kidding – but is it any more ridiculous than their assertions?

    • elemcee
      November 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      I do not want to make any accusations BUT, I think it is exceptionally interesting that the article in which Albie mentions BLK affecting autism positively was published in August 2011. Conveniently a year prior to the revelation of Nick’s diagnosis. And someone said that Jac tweeted recently that Nick is saying whole sentences now. I am not going to look up her twitter, but that would be a remarkable turn around in Nick’s condition. How convenient. Just sayin’.

      • November 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM

        August of 2011 was also the month that Nick was allegedly diagnosed. Remember how they were all talking about “planting seeds” in their blogs a few months back? That is one HELL of a big seed, Albie!

        • elemcee
          November 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

          Oh boy, I did not realize he was allegedly diagnosed that same month. They are definitely not as smart as they think they are.

  27. November 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Thank God for the Lauirta;s and Manzo there is a cure for Autism.

  28. weirddd
    November 28, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Why is this autism group allowing random products to use their community in a marketing ploy? Shady. Does BLK pay them for this? what is the name of the organization conducting this email study?

    • Confused RHNJ viewer
      November 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      I agree with you weirddd. They should NEVER have allowed this fake study. That should be investigated immediately.

  29. Jeannie5233
    November 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Here is a shout out to LilyM –

    I believe either today or tomorrow is THE day she and her husband will be meeting, for the first time, their little one! Such an exciting, exhilarating time!

    So LilyM – if that is the case, I know you are not here but I want to wish you the best of luck, best wishes, and much happiness to all of you and your entire family! What a blessing!

    • November 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      I was thinking the same thing!! Any day now!!!! Hope all is well!

  30. November 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Something strange is happening with my blog today. First, embedded images disappeared and were continuing to disappear (I send a message to my readers about it but retracted it when, shortly after publishing the message, the images suddenly reappeared) and now comments from regulars are showing up in the spam folder… I just found them there and approved them, so if you didn’t see your comment earlier, you should be able to find it now.

    • November 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      I got your message in an email, then when I clicked on it to read the post it said it was taken down.

    • Dubbalicious
      November 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Fame, I feel like something similar happened at SH. Actually I thought I was going crazy the other morning!! I saw a message to the readers, came back to comment….Poof..Gone.lol

  31. Victoria Veney
    November 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    This woman is unbeliveable how can this mother of a special needs child with Autisim justify picking this show over her special needs child? FOR THE MONEY?!! REALLY?!! SERIOUSLY?!! This story PISSES ME OFF so bad I cant hardly type this post!!! This is the biggest hipocrite known to man all these women have came out to the press to say Teresa Giudice should step down from her job at Bravo to try and repair her FAMILY that the only reason Teresa keeps her reality show is for the FAME and the MONEY!!! Now this woman the hipocrite that she is tells Radar On-Line that the only reason she signed up for one more season of RHONJ is for the MONEY!!! Are you freakin kidding me this woman who has a special needs child that needs her more than he has ever needed anything eles in his lil life needs his MOTHER but his MOTHER picked the MONEY over her CHILD WITH AUTISIM!!! And dont give me this crap that she is doing this to be a spokesman for the Autistic community bullshit!! I wanna know how her drinking like a fish on this show and stirring up drama and being on twitter attacking people 24\7 giving all her attention to this show while she is filming is helping this percious lil child!!! This is sick sick sick to me that she could even go back on this show knowing how much attention this lil boy needs and knowing he not getting it and useing her son as a storyline and to say this will help Nick is so unbeliveable to me!! Jacqueline if you want to help your son and do all you can do for him try BEING HIS MOTHER and putting him 1st. They say it took 18 months just to be able to take him to the Doctors cause they were waiting on their HEALTH INSURANCE are you SERIOUS what mother who claims to have all this MONEY wait for their HEALTH INSURANCE to kick in that is MIND BLOWING to me!! Am I the only mother and woman who feels this way am I being to hard am I the one who thinking wrong here? Someone plz help me understand this plz!

    • November 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      I’m with you!

    • November 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      Victoria, you are not alone. We are all equally as angry and have been asking these very same questions. Vent all you want, girl!

    • elemcee
      November 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Victoria when my son was in the third grade the teacher had them write their Christmas wishes and mail them to Santa. My son wished that I did not work so much and had more time to spend with him. His teacher called me and told me this and guess what? He got that wish. He was not special needs, and I was very lucky to be making more money than I needed to pay the bills. My baby wanted more of my time and he got it. I cannot imagine it being NECESSARY for my child’s health and not doing whatever it takes to make that happen. I think Jac needs to get her priorities straight and very quickly.

      • Jeannie5233
        November 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        elemcee – Priorities – isn’t that what being a parent is all about! Good for you – what you did for your son I am sure has and will continue to come back to you tenfold!

  32. Confused RHNJ viewer
    November 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I know that there is a lot of comments questioning the diagnosis of precious little Nick. Personally I don’t think that subject should even be brought up for his sake. However, out of curiosity I checked Jaq’s twitter (only because our area in Louisiana is doing another fund raiser for the folks affected by Sandy and wanted to see if she was still actively using her platform to help — of course she isn’t as I predicted).

    Curiously she tweeted about a music therapist that she uses and forwarded a link to her website. Interesting everything on that website is over a year old. hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    http://www.jamminjenn.com/JJMTC/Welcome.html

    I haven’t yet researched this place to see if it’s still in existence.

  33. CaliGirl
    November 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    OMG give it up already Laurita’s and Manzo’s. No one, and I mean NO ONE, is believing that BLK water cures anything or is beneficial to ones health in any way. It is just sad and pathetic at this point listening to them try to sell their product. They just get shadier and shadier with each attempt they make. What Jac doesn’t realize is that by accepting the money now for her appearance on the RHNJ, she is chipping away at her reputation and in the long term will ruin any chance of future employment for herself and her husband. They will be known as such con artists, no one will want to associate with them. Get out while you are ahead.

    • Anonymous
      November 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      I wonder if Jenny Macarthy (who’s son has autisum )has gotten wind of this blk water cure ??She is so open and passionate about her sons autisum and works very hard to help others with the same,making people aware of any treatments ,therapy and so called cures out there !Im sure she would tear this claim apart ! She is a true celebrity with a big following when it comes to autisum awareness !! Someone should forward these claims to her , it would be interesting to hear her opinion on all this!!

      • Anonymous
        November 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Also drop a line to Dr Oz,Im sure he’d find all of these claims very interesting ,plus he would give us all a heads up on true effects this stuff really has!!

    • LifeIsGood
      November 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      What makes this so disgusting is that people will believe it, When you are very sick, you are scared and prone to suspend your normal reasoning to believe in a cure. When your kid is suffering, multiply that by 1000.

  34. HoustonHousewife37
    November 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    If this is all true the Laurita’s and the Manzo’s should be ashamed of themselves…but of course you know they are not. It all really makes sense. Why Albie didn’t continue on in law school, he looks a bit resentful at times too, Chris leaving the Brownstone to work with Chris L and his brother. It really is sad…and I bet you this has something to do with Jacqueline turning on Teresa too. Who knows, maybe she wouldn’t agree to keep this secret or maybe they thought she would expose them for her own gain. It’s a lot to take in.

  35. liz
    November 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I just can’t get out of my head when at the reunion when Bravo started up on Nicholas and his diagnosis Carolyn hanging her head wiping fake tears away and telling Jac, ” We’ll find a miracle cure for him. ” Sounds to me like ALL of IT is a scam and I mean all of it. There are renowned specialists researching Autism and I highly doubt the Manderthals have the intellect to have “DISCOVERED” the cure for Autism by happenstance because a family member has this disorder and they just happened to have stumbled upon their product being a MIRACLE CURE for Autism. Just too Fricking SHADY.

    • elemcee
      November 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Caroline is not a good actress. If the family wants us to believe her, she had better get some acting lessons. Jacqueline did a little better, but I would guess that is because she is deluded and forgot she was acting. Scary, scary manipulative people.

  36. brittany
    January 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    That is just Nasty.Something was telling me that they where doing this for money.Poor Nick,he has a real prob and there basically getting him help for there own well-being.
    Why is Jacqueline looking at Audriana that way?

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