|Received:||6/15/2006 8:47:31 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I would like to comment on the Business Opportunity Rule R11993. My personal story is this: About 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, (an autoimmune disease similar to Lupus) with symptoms of extreme fatigue and arthritis-like joint pain. By Feb. 05, my pain was so severe I walked like I was 80 yrs. old, and I had just turned 60. It took me 3 hours to limber up enough to move reasonably in the a.m. My mom's insurance lady in MO heard about my condition and called to tell me about a natural, organic juice fairly new on the market. Others had had good results with pain and it might help me. I could try it risk free by becoming a member, like Sam's Club, for $35, and try it for 30 days. If I found it did not help I could request 100% of my money back and not even have to send the empty bottles back. I ordered it, and within a few weeks I was walking better, and within the month I had very little joint pain, with just 4 oz. a day. In Oct. 05, I became very fatigued again and started having stomach cramps. After tests and other procedures, I was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, all through my body. I started chemo in Nov. but continued drinking Xango. I personally feel I "sailed" through the chemo with no nausea, and the only pain was from having drugs and/or shots during my treatment week to stimulate the bone marrow to produce red/white blood cells. For a few days, I'd have some bone pain, which Tylenol relieved sufficiently. I also had a few days "let down" where I was pretty weak after being on 100mg prednisone for 2-3 days, then I would feel really good till 2 weeks later when I started the chemo regimen over again and the same "blood building" stuff and prednisone with the same effects. Most of the time, I felt great, except for the metallic taste in my mouth. I have finished my chemo treatment now and will be testing in a couple of weeks to see if the cancer is gone. The main thing is, I truly feel I would be in really bad shape right now with arthritis if it were not for this juice, and I feel it helped tremendously during the cancer. I couldn't help but give some information to my friends and family about it. Some have tried it, some have not. I let everyone I talk to decide for themselves without any pressure from me. I let them know they can be a customer only, or if they want to know more, to ask me and I will show them the business. So far, the business is not paying for my own juice, but it's helping. My husband retired to "take care of me" during my cancer treatment, and I was forced to "retire", even though I wasn't old enough. We are on a fixed income now and I am planning to build my xango business to help us keep from losing our home and I have to have the juice for my arthritis. A huge positive: I used to be really shy about talking to people, but in order to develop the business, xango encourages everyone to develop personally; therefore, I have read many books about how to deal with people, sales, etc. and feel I have grown so much the last year that I am a different person. I can talk to anyone and am not afraid because I know what the juice has done for me! I appreciate the fact the FTC is trying to protect the public, but there truly are legitimate business opportunities out there and Xango is one of them. Isn't there a way to protect against fraudulant business opportunities without hurting the legitimate ones? The negative light this would put legitimate business in, the record keeping, the administrative problems and delays would be a nightmare for our business. My husband and I want to go on the road too and talk with people. Having to wait 7 days would be devastating. I meet some people while waiting in lines at the store, strangers in other words. It would be very difficult to get all their personal information in order to give them references, which brings up the privacy issues of giving others names out and the potential for ID theft. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.