a Different Master?
It's a Miracle they are still in business
The Verbal Assassin
Several editions ago I wrote
an article on a company called Master's Miracle, founded and run by
a man named Mike Schlegel. The US~Observer had been contacted by many
present and past Master's Miracle distributors and product purchasers,
all of whom had issue with the company's current (at that time) formulation
of products. Many said that it was making them sick, and there were
even rumors that some had died, and all of these people wanted what
was happening exposed.
Finding that it fit with
an article idea I was considering on the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), I looked into the allegations.
I found that Master's
Miracle had issued an alert through the FDA, a behemoth-bully of a bureaucracy
which I feel is more interested in taking money than actually protecting
the citizens from harmful products that remain unregulated because they
do not contain medical claims (but that is for my story on the FDA).
Miracle alert admitted that some of their products contained the harmful
bacteria pseudomonas aeruginosa and that all marketing material
which stated it could be used in the eyes should be destroyed as it
could cause blindness.
Also in my research
I found that their products had been labeled by Health Canada as hazardous
and the importation of them was blocked.
While there were many claims
of ill health related to the use of Master’s Miracle products,
there has been to this point no real scientific and, or medical documentation
to back the allegations.
But, the fact remains that
the company admitted the existence of the bacteria. It was also independently
verified by Health Canada and the FDA.
to Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology:
aeruginosa infection is a serious problem in patients hospitalized with
cancer, cystic fibrosis, and burns. The case fatality rate in these
patients is 50 percent.”
the story, "Blindness
and Death with Impunity? Master's Miracle New Formula," I was
contacted by many individuals in support of the Master's Miracle line
of products as well as by those who felt they became ill using them.
There were even some who
claimed they would provide me with their medical records proving Master's
Miracle was behind their ailments, but to-date none of them have.
But, those that called in
favor of Master's Miracle all told a similar story. They said the products
worked for them. But then they would continue on, spinning some tale
about a "master" plotter who was out to ruin Master's Miracle
through any means necessary. From what they told me he had a vendetta
for being kicked out of his Master's Miracle distributorship.
Some went so far as to call
this man evil for trying to shut down something brought to them by God.
Now, that made me wonder
... Just what IS Master's Miracle putting in their products?! I mean
Soon the calls died off
and the issue waned.
Then, on one of the few
days I was actually in the office and not out pounding the street, a
call came in for me.
A man who's voice gave away
his calculated approach asked me if he could hire the US~Observer to
look into a company that had wronged him in some way, but he couldn’t
really tell me how they did it. I told him that we sometimes do go after
such cases but that the final judgement of the investigations we pursue
is up to our board.
This man went on with a
story about how this company had cheated him, but that the company had
won a legal battle against him. Again, I told him I thought we could
help as long as there was indeed evidence to support his claims.
Continuing he asked if we
would just shut them down, even if there was no evidence.
I had to wonder if this
guy thought I was stupid, and more so, unethical.
If we took on guilty clients
to satisfy their own personnel smear campaigns we wouldn't be effective.
It would destroy our reputation and I told him something similar.
At this point another man
spoke up on the line - he obviously had been listening the whole time
- and suddenly their story changed. Now they were a couple of guys looking
at starting a Master's Miracle distributorship.
I chuckled to myself ...
My response went something
like this, "As with any home-based business you should do as much
due-diligence as possible."
"Can I have your names?"
"This is Mike Schlegel
and Russ Smith," they replied.
"How are you
today Mr. Schlegel?" I asked with a smile on my face and the conversation
My previous article
must have really hit them hard for the Master's Miracle CEO, Mike Schlegel,
to call, misrepresent himself, and try to trick me into saying anything
other than reality. But, then again, he might be used to misrepresenting
himself and can't cope with a direct form of conversation.
Wow ... It really
is a miracle they are still in business with leadership that hides behind
About the Author:
Ron Lee has been a freelance and published writer since 1985. He attended
Richmond University in London where he focused on theatre arts, and
the University of Nevada Reno where he dual majored in criminal justice
and psychology. He currently spends his time helping the US~Observer's
clients with his no nonsense investigative reporting style. Ron may
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32