A number of distributors, either current or past, of the MLM company Waiora have made the leap to a new company called NCD Wellness. The distributors that have switched loyalties to NCD Wellness are calling other existing or past distributors of Waiora and asking them to make a move too, and many are doing just that .
The big question is… "will they be any better off?"
NCD Wellness or Waiora- Which MLM company is Better?
That is the question people should really be asking themselves. Not just "which company is better", but how about "Is the product going to be ok?" Most people want to know if either company are worth fighting over.
Let's look at a few factors that I considered when looking at either business.
Waiora vs. NCD Wellness- History Predicts Future
It's been said that if you want to predict the future, you only have to look at the past. In Waiora's past there are exaggerations and outright fabrications regarding products and studies, including a zeolite autism study that was not FDA approved like stated, bottles tested containing significantly less active ingredient than stated, a new formula for NCD that distributors and customers hate while the company insists nothing is different, distributors claiming they were terminated for no just cause, declining sales, and the owner, Stanley Cherelstein, opening a new coffee company and stealing distributors from Waiora to populate it.
If one was to look at Waiora based on history, the prospect of building a stable business looks pretty shaky,but does that make NCD Wellness better? While it is true, NCD Wellness is a new company, that does not mean there isn't history.
Many of the top distributors promoting NCD Wellness came from Waiora. With that they bring a lot of their experiences, good and bad. It is difficult to create a new culture with the same people.
Also, the formulator for the NCD Wellnesceuticals product is James (Jim) Flowers. James Flowers also was the guy who helped Rik Deitsch formulate Waiora's Natural Cellular Defense product. Why is that important information? Well it would be interesting to know if the NCD product that was sold, that was lab verified to have only 27 mg of solids in a bottle that claimed 2400 mg of zeolite, came out of Jim's lab. Since NCD Wellness distributors, and indeed Jim himself, are taking credit for Waiora's product, is he also claiming responsibility for that?
NCD Wellness and Waiora- What About Their Zeolite Product?
Waiora has had a zeolite product for years. In fact it has been the only product they ever had that had staying power with the distributors. It was always claimed that Rik Deitsch BS was the "genius" behind the Natural Cellular Defense (NCD) product. That product generated many testimonials, and I loved the product until I found that I had been promoting something for years that, when tested, turned out to be mostly water.
Now, however, NCD Wellness distributors, and indeed Jim Flowers himself, are claiming that Flowers was the genius behind Waiora's product. They claim that this is the reason Waiora's "new formula" is so different, because in actual fact Rik Deitsch doesn't know how to make Waiora's NCD product. They claim that Jim Flowers has the formula in his filing cabinet, and he was the only one who knew how to make the product.
So is Jim Flowers the zeolite genius? Maybe, but that doesn't necessarily make their product safe, or even legal. The new product by NCD Wellness has 3 different zeolites in it. The FDA has a rule that states that any new ingredient not present in the food supply as a dietary ingredient before 1994 must be claimed with the FDA. Chabazite is exactly such an ingredient. Chabazite has not been marketed as an ingredient in a supplement in the past. In fact, it hasn't even been tested for safety in animals, let alone humans.
The Material Safety Data Sheet for Chabazite says it could cause skin irritation on contact (rash) and is hazardous if exposed to dust. The hazard safety data sheet also says that you should wear plastic, cotton or rubber gloves. I am not sure I want to eat something that I am not supposed to handle with my bare hands.
Yet James Flowers claims he has been selling this supplement for 2 years already. Did you claim the ingredient with the FDA and get to proper approvals? If so, I would want to see the documentation before I bought this product and gave it to granny. If not, then I would be concerned about the product being pulled due to FDA scrutiny.
Aside from any regulatory scrutiny that may come, James Flowers claims that his product gets into the blood stream. Is anyone concerned about introducing a rock, that could be dangerous, and has never been tested, into the bloodstream?? (YIKES!)
Waiora vs. NCD Wellness- Other Concerns
Well then there is the NCD name of course. The acronym for Natural Cellular Defense has always been NCD. In fact, the product is more well known as NCD than it is by Natural Cellular Defense. Yes we know NCD stands for nano compound delinquent (or something like that). Everyone knows that the goal is to skim traffic from Waiora by taking over the NCD acronym. Even if that is not apparent to onlookers, it has certainly become apparent to all of the Waiora distributors who have received a bombardment of emails and phone calls from NCD Wellness people. Of course, Waiora has said they are going to sue over the whole mess. It just seems like bad business to start something that is going to generate a lawsuit right out of the gate.
Aside from those more obvious points, one ought to consider the long term viability of a company if you are looking for stability. All signs point to Waiora's days being numbered. Distributors are leaving, sales have slumped, there are all kinds of in-fighting and accusations. Waiora has been in 'defensive' mode for the past many months as one revelation after another becomes public.
On the other hand, NCD Wellness owner James Flowers has zero experience running an MLM company. I don't even think he has experience running any kind of business. He is a scientist. In this economy, MLM companies are out before they even become a name. This one has fizzle written all over it.
Does Anyone Care About The Customer?
At this point, neither company seems to be focused on what the customer wants. Let us not forget the reason why zeolite is even a viable product. Sick people use zeolite. Very few of the internet marketers and MLM marketers mention that. Mostly they are in a word tug-o-war throwing out phrases like "this is going to be HUGE" and "get in at the top" and … ugh
This all reminds me why people hate Multi-Level Marketing so much.