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The $ Scam!
Hoodia Pilifera,
NOT Gordonii
"Collectors can't
tell them apart"
How to identify?
Cross pollinated?
Growing in a
flower pot.
Seed still
costs pennies.
Facts about
the scam.
Hoodia currorii, Hoodia flava, Hoodia lugardii, Hoodia officinale &
Hoodia pilifera are all known appetite suppressing varieties of Hoodia
Hoodia Gordonii — not the only Hoodia!
As a result of the Hoodia frenzy all Hoodia plants and seed (regardless of their true varietal nature) are being sold as “Hoodia Gordonii”—even though all Hoodia types are used by Africans for the same purpose.

Just as there are many varieties of coffee that contain caffeine; regarding appetite suppression in Africa “a Hoodia is a Hoodia.”
• Differences relate to appearances, the color of the flowers, etc.
• If you get hung up that Gordonii (pronounced gore-don-nee-eye) is the “one true Holy Grail” then you have swallowed the Hoodia scam “hook, line and sinker.” What did P.T. Barnum quip about suckers?
For proof; read the enclosed reprint. I obtained that information from the International Asclepiad Society in England. A list of other P57 containing Hoodias includes Hoodia currorii, Hoodia flava, Hoodia lugardii, and Hoodia officinale. In addition to Hoodia pilifera these are also known to be appetite suppressing varieties of Hoodia.

The reprint proves that it was NOT Gordonii but Pilifera that was named as the appetite-suppressing plant. What happened? Truth is one of the first casualties of a scam. Gordonii simply grows more abundantly in southern Africa near centers of trade. So its easy to get and export from the Cape region. Scammers who obtained the seeds and/or plants then declared on a website that Gordonii was the only Hoodia that contained the magical P57 molecule. Liars!



 
Soon other sellers stopped identifying their Hoodia as Macrantha, Ruschii, Pilifera, etc. Remember the problem with VHS versus Betamax? Or the PC versus the Mac? Nothing dilutes sales like choices; a good scam has to have that "one and only" aspect to it to concentrate profits.

Years ago I purchased Hoodia varieties to form a collection of them—from ebay sellers who now claim everything they have is Gordonii. You, the consumer have no way of telling a Macrantha from a Juttae from a Ruschii from a Gordonii. But why worry about that when all the hoodias are used by African natives for the same purpose?

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  I take 1/4 pound and peal off the bitter skin with the sharp spikes.
Why do I harp on this fact? Because it demonstrates how greed distorts people into lying to make money. Let’s calm down and stop that. OK? There is way too much "hype" and way too little "facts" about Hoodias

No one really knows how to care for Hoodia as a houseplant
. It is a desert species that grows in unqualified conditions:
• What are the yearly average daily temperatures?

• What is the PH of the desert soil? Description of soil regarding organic content, minerals, etc.?

• How much annual rainfall do these receive in the wild? How deep are the roots? Do they spread out over large areas to collect moisture during rains or do they burrow down deep to find it?

• Are there beneficial, symbiotic microorganisms present that live on the roots? Many rare plants depend upon these for feeding their roots.
  This amount has no effect upon me. Maybe I have to eat 1/2 pound?
"eBay doesn't allow members to sell any endangered or protected species"
 
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006
eBay Listing Removed: Animals, Plants and Wildlife

Dear zircon6,

Auction #150011934152 - Hoodia Gordonii, live plant, "diet cactus", succulent

Your listing(s) violates eBay's Animals, Plants and Wildlife policy and has been removed. In accordance with our User Agreement, items prohibited by law or by eBay policy are not allowed on eBay. We have credited all associated fees to your account and notified eBay users associated with the transaction that it has been cancelled.

The sale of live animals and wildlife products may be prohibited by law, regulated, or harmful to the Community. For this reason, eBay allows the sale of live animals and wildlife products only under very specific, limited conditions. eBay doesn't allow members to sell any endangered or protected species or any parts of them. For more information on the eBay Animals, Plants and Wildlife policy, please visit: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/wildlife.html

Please note: violation of this or other eBay policies may result in forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings, limits on account privileges and account suspension.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Regards,

eBay Trust & Safety

Your listing was removed from our site as you were
selling a hoodia plant which is not permitted on our site as this plant
is endangered.
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006
From: eBay Customer Support

Dear zircon6,

Thank you for writing eBay in regard to why your listing was removed
from our site.

eBay generally does not allow the listing of an endangered animal
or endangered plant. Your listing was removed from our site as you were
selling a hoodia plant which is not permitted on our site as this plant
is endangered. That being said, we must respectfully ask that you
refrain from listing such items again on our site.

Though you may not list this item on our site, I am sure there are other
items that you may have that you can sell on our site. We thank you in advance
for your cooperation, and wish you luck with your future eBay
transactions Rusty!

Sincerely,

James Vanostrand
eBay Customer Support

Do your own Internet research
Growing in a flower pot? — 
http://www.cacti.co.il/baran.htm

Hoodia Gordonii scams— 
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2002850423_healthhoodia08.html
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9505E3D71231F935A15757C0A9639C8B63

What Hoodia variety do you really have?
http://www.asclepidarium.de/Fotoausstellung Bilder Hoodia.htm

Learn about Hooida from the encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_hoodia_cactus

Hoodia is an asclepiad. Join the International Asclepiad Society and become a member—
http://www.asclepiad-international.org

Consumer Reports "long on the exotic and short on the evidence"
"The February issue of Consumer Reports ...an article on hoodia gordonii, calling it long on the exotic and short on the evidence...."We could find only two studies of hoodia. In one, an unpublished 15-day clinical trial from a manufacturer, Phytopharm, nine volunteers who took pills containing P57, the supposed active ingredient, consumed fewer calories and lost more fat than those who took a placebo."..."Consumers have no way of knowing the type of hoodia or the amount of the plant or its active ingredient in these products, since dietary supplements are virtually unregulated. Given the very scanty evidence that hoodia works, and the even scantier evidence that it’s safe, particularly long-term, we do not recommend taking these supplements."
A Popular Pill's Hidden Danger
Published: April 26, 2005
To the Editor:

Re ''An Appetite Killer for a Killer Appetite? Not Yet''  (April 19): Having spent several years leading the struggle to develop hoodia at Pfizer, I can justly reinforce the cautionary note in the article.

An early clinical trial indeed showed that hoodia could be a potent appetite suppressant. But there were indications of unwanted effects on the liver caused by other components, which could not be easily removed from the supplement.

Clearly, hoodia has a long way to go before it can earn approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Until safer formulations are developed, dieters should be wary of using it.

JASJIT S. BINDRA
Groton, Conn.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9505E3D71231F935A15757C0A9639C8B63

My personal experience with Hoodia
Hoodia Gordonii — “Holy Grail” Scam!
As a result of the Hoodia frenzy all Hoodia plants and seed (regardless of their true varietal nature) are being sold as “Hoodia Gordonii”—even though all Hoodia types are used by Africans for the same purpose.

Just as there are many varieties of coffee that contain caffeine; regarding appetite suppression in Africa “a Hoodia is a Hoodia.”
• Differences relate to appearances, the color of the flowers, etc.
• If you get hung up that Gordonii (pronounced gore-dun-knee-eye) is the “one true Holy Grail” then you have swallowed the Hoodia scam “hook, line and sinker.” What did P.T. Barnum quip about suckers?

Don’t believe me? Then read the enclosed reprint. I actually joined the International Asclepiad Society in England to get that information.

The reprint proves that it was NOT Gordonii but Pilifera that was named as the appetite-suppressing plant. What happened? Truth is one of the first casualties of a scam. Gordonii simply grows more abundantly in southern Africa near centers of trade. So its easy to get and export from the Cape region. Scammers obtained the common Gordonii seeds and/or plants then declared on a website that Gordonii was the only Hoodia that contained the magical P57 molecule. Liars!

Soon other sellers stopped identifying their Hoodia as Macrantha, Ruschii, Pilifera, etc. Remember the problem with VHS versus Betamax? Or the PC versus the Mac? Nothing dilutes sales like choices; a good scam has to have that "one and only" aspect to it to concentrate profits.

Years ago I purchased Hoodia varieties to form a collection of them—from ebay sellers who now claim everything they have is Gordonii. You, the consumer have no way of telling a Macrantha from a Juttae from a Ruschii. But why worry about that when all the hoodias are used by African natives for the same purpose?

Why do I harp on this fact? Because it demonstrates how greed distorts people into lying to make money. Let’s calm down and stop that. OK?

No one really knows how to care for Hoodia as a houseplant. It is a desert species that grows in unqualified conditions:
• What are the yearly average daily temperatures?
• What is the PH of the desert soil? Description of soil regarding organic content, minerals, etc.?
• How much annual rainfall do these receive in the wild? How deep are the roots? Do they spread out over large areas to collect moisture during rains or do they burrow down deep to find it?
• Are there beneficial, symbiotic microorganisms present that live on the roots? Many rare plants depend upon these for feeding their roots.

Soil myths
Anyone who claims to know how to make a “special soil mix” for Hoodia is simply telling you standard advice about well draining soil to prevent root rot. These invariably contain peat moss—a product that I hate for its acidic PH and non-wet ability. I use compost as described on my website.

But how deep must the soil be? Do desert hoodia grow shallow or deep root systems? What PH and minerals do they concentrate?

Hoodia plant care is up to you
It is your responsibility to research the Internet for info about Hoodia plant growing that is useful to you. My plants all grow outdoors in the California Central Valley; this is a “Zone 9” region. Last winter’s sub-freezing nights did not kill my Hoodia. But I would be lying if I tried to tell you how to grow plants inside a house. There are no plants inside my house.

My Hoodia are transplanted into the local soil—the sandy silt of the valley. I use no sprays or chemicals. So that is all I know—I cannot help you care for your plant in your local conditions. You have to become an expert in that and develop the requisite gardening skills. If anyone could grow any plant in their home people would have coffee trees and mangos in their living rooms. Do you see my point?

Fertilizers
I only use fish Emulsion and other organic ingredients listed on the bottom of my website page here: http://www.sacredcactus.com/cow_poop_and_worms.htm

• ThermX (Yucca extract--steroid saponin), Maxicrop (sea weed extract--minerals, growth hormones, cytokinin, auxins, vitamins, and enzymes), Bio-Hume (humic acid), Humax (humic acid), Root Growth Enhancer (humic acid, endomycorrhiza and ectomycorrhiza) and fish emulsion (nitrogen source).

Telling the truth
I hope this information is useful to you. It may not be what you want to hear or believe, but still I am compelled to tell the truth as best I can.

Please respect my time and privacy and do not burden me with email questions. Do your own research and find your own answers.

As I learn more and more about Hoodia from actual experience that knowledge will be posted on my website to benefit everyone.

Verne

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