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Loganville firm warned that supposed cancer-cure products could be seized

A Loganville company seems to be in the miracle business. For $300, it has been selling a cancer treatment kit with a product said to be "an effective tool in shrinking tumor size and mass, reversing illness and increasing health and vitality of patients."

The same product, used in cats and dogs, "has had many amazing results in clinical trials by dramatically reducing tumors by 80% in just three weeks!" an affiliated site advises.

Now, the company, Northern Health Products Inc., has drawn the attention of the federal Food and Drug Administration. It warned CEO Kevin J. Jessup late last year that the claims on the company's website show that it is violating federal law with the claims and by peddling unapproved and unproven drugs.

Unless the violations are promptly corrected, FDA warned that it could seize the products.

Northern Health's website describes itself as a "small but reliable company." Small is accurate. The company, incorporated in 2012, is based in a three-bedroom house on Winchester Way in Loganville, public records show. Jessup is listed not only as the company's CEO and agent, but also as its CFO and secretary.

But the company has numerous websites, the FDA says in its letter. Among them: petdca.com, Iivercancerindogs.com, lymphomaincats.com, wheretobuydca.com, .osteosarcomaindogs.net, lumpsondogs.net, skincancerindogs.net, catcancer.org, and thedcastore.com.

And the company has been working a big corner of the supplement industry.

One of the main products it has been selling -- DCA, or dichloroacetate -- has been the subject of speculation and internet rumors for years. Believers say that it is a proven and simple cancer cure being dismissed by big pharmaceutical companies because they can't patent it and make money. That claim still is promoted on numerous websites. But Snopes.com fact-checked the claim and labeled it mostly false.

A person who returned the AJC's call to Northern Health's Loganville office said that it was "just a call center" and knew nothing about the FDA letter. She advised that inquiries should go to the Canadian company that offers the products. Asked for a phone number, she said to Google it and hung up.

The FDA's letter doesn't cite any Canadian company. You can read the warning letter here: https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2016/ucm536985.htm


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Lois Norder is Senior Editor for Investigations in the newsroom at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.