Colombian Doctor Claims “Clear Relationship” Between Herbalife Products and Liver Damage

On Friday, QTR was given two new nuggets of information about our friends over at Herbalife.

The first was that according to a source close to the matter, the company’s EVP of Finance in China has left the company. This is unconfirmed by QTR so far, though I have had a second source echo that he found out the same. Despite this, I always work to verify on my own and will keep reading informed of new developments on my Twitter.

I am working to confirm this detail over the weekend and, if its true, it will be the second Herbalife executive from China to hit the road in just over a couple of weeks. If you have information on this development, you can always shoot me an e-mail at quoththeravensa@gmail.com.

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You may recall that QTR published a piece last year linking Herbalife to liver damage. You can read that full article here. In that article, I stated:

  • A Journal of Hepatology scholarly article from 2007 concluded from tests in Israel that “an association between intake of Herbalife products and acute hepatitis was identified in Israel”
  • Several additional scholarly journal articles have been written about the potential hepatoxicity of Herbalife’s products
  • Similar reports were echoed out of Mexico last year before being refuted very quickly
  • Herbalife paid Barry Minkow – the last major critic who looked at the lead content in their products – $300,000 for undisclosed reasons in a settlement

The second piece I came across just this week was a news article published in El Espectador, a Colombian online newsmagazine. The article (translated using Google), has the following headline:

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The El Espectador article goes on to say:

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You can read the full article here.