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Sunday, June 20, 2004

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Cornelius Jones

I must admit that I am for higher education, And I commend those of us who comitted ourselves to work and earn legitmate degrees.But I do not think that we should exploit, or attempt to ruin other lives simply because they found a different method other than traditional means to get a degree. We are facing some of mankinds most trying times, and hate and discontent only make these times more difficult.

ryan

the guy writing all of this stuff at the top is a wack job that needs to overdose on a handful of barbituates of some sort. isn't there something better to do slander a sucessful man whose worked hard to get where he's at? maybe if you put half as much effort into your vocation (whatever it may be) you would be somewhat sucessful. lame ass

liz

A reporter for the Los Angeles Times had this to say last year:

Also named in the lawsuit is former CortiSlim spokesman Greg Cynaumon of Anaheim Hills and his Yorba Linda company, Infinity Advertising.

Cynaumon, a former Buena Park police officer who was fired in 1987 after being accused of falsifying information in an arrest report, was recently fined by two state boards for falsely claiming to be a psychologist.

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/hypericum/vpost?id=527451&trail=

It all started with an e-mail.

Two summers ago [2003], Cynaumon, a silver-tongued former police officer who recently was fined by the state of California for falsely claiming to be a psychologist, ran across a slim paperback called "The Cortisol Connection."

The book, written by a former nutrition advisor to the Utah Jazz basketball team, outlined the link between stress and obesity. Cynaumon dashed off an e-mail to the author. Is it possible, he asked, to convert the book's message into a pill?

Inside a cluttered, windowless office at the University of Utah, author Shawn Talbott read Cynaumon's note and grabbed a telephone.

"I told him the recipe for such a product could already be found in my book," recalled Talbott, a part-time nutrition professor with a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Rutgers University. "But he wanted me to formulate and endorse a specific product."

A deal was soon hammered out. Cynaumon, whose career path includes stints as a Christian talk radio host, toy inventor and pitchman for the Phonics Game, would be the official spokesman for the new product. And his Yorba Linda company, Infinity Advertising Inc., would book the radio commercials.

Talbott, who previously created an arthritis tablet for a division of Nabisco, signed on as scientific expert and pill designer. A Montana company was hired to make the tablets, a blend of herbs, minerals and chemicals.

Ultimately, though, everything fell under the control of Taiwanese-born entrepreneurs Stephen Cheng and his elder brother, Thomas, whose infomercial companies — Window Rock and Pinnacle Marketing Concepts, respectively — had collaborated with Cynaumon on a previous product.

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http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/hypericum/vpost?id=527451&trail=

It's unclear how the money was divvied up. Talbott, who said he never had a lawyer read his contract, surrendered all rights to his formula in exchange for a "very small royalty" on net profits. "It's not a windfall," he said. "I'm not buying yachts."

Cynaumon apparently fared better. In addition to a royalty, he received commissions for buying radio ads. TNS Media Intelligence, a market research firm, showed CortiSlim's radio budget averaged $1.1 million a month in 2004. If Cynaumon got the standard 15% commission, he would have been earning $165,000 per month.

Cynaumon declined to reveal his income, but says he didn't buy all of CortiSlim's radio ads.

The people involved with CortiSlim have been scrutinized as well. Cynaumon, 49, is the most visible.

In 1987, while working as a decorated vice and narcotics detective in the Buena Park Police Department, he was fired for falsifying information in an arrest report, according to court documents. Cynaumon sued to be reinstated but dropped the case after the city sealed his personnel file and listed resignation as the reason for his departure.

Cynaumon said that if he hadn't altered details in the arrest report, a confidential informant might have been killed.

After leaving the police force, Cynaumon obtained a doctorate in psychology from Sierra University, a correspondence school that was later shut down by the state of California. He parlayed the degree into a talk show gig on local Christian radio station KBRT-AM (740).

Since then, he has devised a slew of products, including a Dr. Laura Schlessinger game sold by Hasbro, a "Left Behind" game based on the popular Armageddon novels and a proposed dream-interpretation phone line patterned after the Psychic Friends Network.

Not everything on his resume appears to check out. In media interviews dating to 1992, Cynaumon has identified himself as a psychologist or therapist, although he was licensed as a psychological assistant. In October, two state boards fined him $1,000 for misrepresenting his credentials.

"I was wrong and I flat out made a mistake about the terminology," Cynaumon said in a telephone interview (he answered other questions by e-mail). Of course, paying fines isn't as serious as serving time in federal prison.

Linda

I dated Greg in the 70s and went to Fullerton College with him. My x-husband and I sponsored him and his wife in amway in the 80's. He also is accomplish singer and piano player. He should have presue that avenue he would have made more money with his singing.

Guy

I was a friend and partner of Greg and we worked together in 4 or 5 companies before the Cortislim controverse. It is true that Greg received his PhD from an online School, but, in fairness to Greg, he did more than just buy a degree. In the first cdompany we worked together, I evidenced Greg completing numerous writing projects and class requiste work. I can't testify to how much effort was exteneded away from work, but I can stand up for Greg in the diploma mill controverse by saving, Greg completed and submitted written assignments.

I can't vouch for the veracity of the work, nor did I overly familiarize myself with his work, but the dude did more than just slap down a stack of 'hunnerds'

RSierra

Heard a convincing radio spot on local Christian radio station (KPRZ). Went to the website UnlockingBibleSecrets.com to check it out. Came across a couple of concerns.

On the order page is a link for Term And Conditions. Following that link is typical legal disclaimers and such. The entry for Privacy Policy states, "Unlocking Bible Secrets use of personal information that you may submit to Unlocking Bible Secrets through this Web site is governed by the Unlocking Bible Secrets Privacy Policy." However, there is no privacy policy to be found anywhere on the site. That to me is particularly suspect.

Also on the order page is a link for HELP. Clicking the HELP link I found this entry, "Please click Contact Us on the menu bar to learn how to reach us regarding any questions or issues you may have. Feel free to contact us, or fill out the Contact Request form and we will contact you." However, there is no CONTACT US on the menu bar! This is not very reassuring, and any phone numbers are conspicuously absent.

Regardless of this guy's personal credentials, Im inclined to think these website omissions are calculated and not simply oversite. This is unfortunate because I'd like to believe this product could be legitimately helpful, but I am apprehensive about the way they conduct internet commerce.

L

Wolf in sheeps clothing seeking to devour the sheep. BEWARE and stay CLEAR

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