ATLANTA — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning urging people not to use supplements from a popular company due to dangerous amounts of heavy metals.
The FDA released the advisory three days ago after Channel 2 Investigates reported dozens of people expressing concerns about the product from Canadian-based company Black Oxygen Organics.
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What some people call the “miracle molecule” actually consists of mud from a bog that is rich with fulvic acid. It’s sold in pills and powders and touted as being a cure-all for all kinds of health issues. Black Oxygen Organics, or BOO as some consumers call it, is sold for $110 a package, but is now selling for as much as eight times that amount online.
Still, the FDA is urging people to throw it away.
Channel 2′s Michael Seiden talked to Michelle Queen, a cancer survivor from Villa Rica, who said she was suffering from several health issues this summer when she came across BOO on social media. A Facebook user claimed she had lost weight, not by changing her habits, but by using products from Black Oxygen Organics.
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“I have arthritis . I have some issues with my gut. I have a lot of different things that she said would help,” Queen said.
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Queen drank, at and bathed in BOO, but said she never saw any of the benefits. In fact, in recent weeks, she’s been experiencing new health issues.
“About three weeks ago, I started getting headaches every single day,” Queen said. “And now, my doctor is concerned that it’s because of the levels of the heavy metals. "
The FDA is warning that the company’s Fulvic Care powder and tablets contain elevated levels of lead and arsenic.
Atlanta-based attorney Matt Wetherington filed a federal lawsuit last month that led the company to shut down its operation, but despite the urgent warning from the FDA, there are still people selling the products on secondary markets.
“Even after the FDA alert, people are still claiming that this is a miracle cure for COVID, quadriplegia, for brain injuries,” Wetherington said. “It’s obscene!”
Supporters of BOO claim that they’re selling a product that can improve overall health , heal pain and cleanse the body. But former customers like Queen said the FDA warning has her entire family feeling uneasy and concerned.
“I cried on the phone with my father, because I thought I was doing something good, and I may have poisoned his body,” Queen said.
Aside from the health risks, several people who worked for the company said they are owed thousands of dollars in commissions.
Channel 2 Action News tried for weeks to get in touch with the company, but they’ve taken down their website and haven’t answered social media messages.
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