Photos of the flyers that were sent out to B.C. mailboxes. Twitter photo.

Local realtor’s naturopathy company sending out ads for phony COVID-19 treatment

Abbotsford’s James Rutherford listed as co-founder of alternative medicine company

A naturopathy company, co-founded by an Abbotsford real-estate agent, has been sending out misleading flyers claiming their products can treat and prevent COVID-19.

Several people have posted pictures of these advertisements to social media, which claim humic and fulvic acids can, “reduce virus impact and build your immune system.”

The flyers, sent out by a company called NRP Organics, were reportedly found in mailboxes in Richmond earlier this week. James Rutherford, a local real-estate agent is named as the co-founder on NRP Organics’ website. He is also registered as the owner of the website’s domain, along with another local real-estate agent, Walter Browne, who works at the same firm.

The website claims their product can treat many illnesses, by restoring “gut function in addition to its regular immune boosting properties. Humic/Fulvic have been studied and found to be effective with many types of viruses.”

The “expert” testimonials the website uses to back these claims come from dubious medical sources.

In small print at the bottom of NRP Organics’ website, it states the treatments have, “not been evaluated by the Health Canada or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” and are, “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

The flyers sent out to people’s mailboxes do not have this information listed.

NRP Organics’ website was taken down yesterday after several other news outlets reported on the flyers.

RELATED: Surrey councillor under fire for allegedly advertising naturopathic COVID-19 treatments

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