April 4, 2011 - I was recently introduced (3/31/11) to the purportedly newest health improvement discovery "ZIJA" by a local distributor team (Greater Washington DC area) who approached me at my health club. After listening to their "sales pitch" of better health and a potential business opportunity, I rejected the business oppty but decided to try a free sample of a cocktail of what they call "smart mix and elixir." This ended up being a nearly fatal decision on my part, to trust untrained people with your health. Here's what happened next:
Minutes after taking this concoction and cocktail, that by the way was suggested and prepared for me by the MLM distributor, I starting feeling a slight spinning buzz. A few hours later, I am having vertigo type symptoms - extreme dizziness, nauseous, unable to stand, and severe headache. For about 30 minutes, I felt as if I was near death. Upon describing my symptoms, my doctor instructed me to come to his office immediately. After a careful medical examination and his review of the ZIJA promotional material, my doctor's assessment in part was that I was given an "overdose of stimulants" by the ZIJA distributor. Some of their products contain known and unknown stimulants that the general public must be made aware of. I was off my feet for three days, recovering from the actions of poorly trained distributors.
To make matters worse, when I contacted the senior member of this father and son distributor team to advise him of my adverse reaction, he offers the following response: "it (ZIJA) found a defect in my system and my body reacted to it." The distributor was more interested in his reputation and harm to his business than my health, so I ended those communications. I contacted the corporate office that informed me a "compliance committee" meets every Wednesday and I should get a call. There has been NO contact from them about my concerns.
I have filed complaints about ZIJA with the following agencies:
- FDA & Med Watch Division
- Maryland Attorney Generals Office case#198877
- Better Business Bureau case# 22112151