Controlling Spam - Definition

Gerard Tromp tromp at
Wed Jul 9 16:17:45 EST 1997

[Mailed and Posted]
Ray Sheldon wrote:
> I am curious as to how one defines "Spam."
> It seems that as long as a drug therapy, or test has been accepted by
> the scientific communinty at large, it can be recommended on any
> newsgroup without any mention of the word "Spam." Yet, is it not true
> that someone, somewhere is going to profit from the use of that
> recommended therapy?
> Is it because the source of the suggested therapy has credentials and is
> not directly paid by the providers of the medicine or the test? Is there
> not an indirect benefit by "promoting" the use of traditional therapies
> and tests? Isn't that why studies have found misconduct by Health Care
> Providers/Institutions who have ordered unnecessary
> tests/procedures/surgeries? But a doctor is not a "Spammer."
> I'm tired of the blanket classification of Doctors/Hospitals as being
> legitimate and all Network Marketers as being liars, snake oil peddlars,
> and charlatains. There are legitimate Companies with accredited
> scientists who are doing the research and developement necessary to
> prove the efficacy of their products.
> No drug has ever had a 100% effectiveness across the board and not had
> any negatives. Why must a Nutraceutical be proven effective without
> exception before it is considered a legitimate therapy. Anyone promoting
> a "miracle in a pill" is doing a great disservice the field of health
> care as a whole.
> The public should be allowed the ability to choose a natural, non-toxic
> alternative over a traditional or surgery, or, in addition to an
> accepted practice. Providing the means to acquire the information to
> make in informed decision should not be illegal but encouraged. I pray
> the legislation now being drafted in congress will address these issues
> and more under the new labeling laws.
> Respectfully,
> Ray Sheldon
> Mannatech, Inc. Independent Associate

Herewith an example that should help define spam:
============ Begin "spam" =============

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