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Lindsey Duncan claims to be a naturopathic doctor when promoting his nutritional supplements on TV shows like “The View” and “Dr. Oz.”
But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says Duncan, an Austin resident, is a fraud. The attorney general is charging Duncan with unlawfully referring to himself as a naturopathic doctor, a field not recognized by Texas law.
In the video below, you can watch Duncan, along with celebrity members of the media, crow about his expertise. Note how many times you hear the word “doctor” and how many programs Duncan has been on.
According to court documents, “Mr. Duncan’s acts and practices mislead the public into believing that he is disseminating health advice or knowledge, but such advice or knowledge is based on educational background and training which he does not have and when his underlying motivation is to sell products in which he has a financial interest.”
Duncan claims to have a doctorate degree in naturopathy from the now-defunct Clayton College of Natural Health, the lawsuit said. The unaccredited college is included on a list of institutions whose degrees are illegal to use in Texas, making Duncan’s continued references to himself as a “doctor” false, misleading and deceptive, the suit says.
Duncan is CEO and chairman of Genesis Pure, a natural products company that sells a variety of dietary supplements, including green coffee bean weight loss pills.
Duncan faces penalties of up to $20,000 for each violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Education Code. Total penalties and restitution to any deceived consumers could exceed $1 million, the lawsuit said.
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