Tom Brady’s Personal Guru Is a Glorified Snake-Oil Salesman

According to the FTC, Alex Guerrero faked being a doctor and claimed his products could cure cancer and concussions. These days, Guerrero’s business partner is the greatest quarterback of all time.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Editor’s Note: Three days after this story was published, Tom Brady responded on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan program.

Ongoing Coverage: Tom Brady’s Guru Alex Guerrero Was Twice Sued For Fraud (October 2015). Alex Guerrero’s and Tom Brady’s TB12 Was Investigated By State Agencies (December 2015). 

He said his name was Dr. Alejandro Guerrero, and he had incredible news.

At his California clinic, Dr. Guerrero had been testing a nutritional supplement that—he claimed, according to affidavits filed in federal court—produced miraculous results. He said he’d conducted “clinical studies” of 200 patients who’d been diagnosed as terminally ill. They were suffering from ailments such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. And eight years later, all but eight had survived.

Soon, in partnership with two Massachusetts companies, Dr. Guerrero starred in a late-night infomercial about the supplement, which was called Supreme Greens. A few minutes into the broadcast, according to a transcript, Guerrero said that his father-in-law had lost his right arm, scapula, clavicle, and three ribs before dying of skin cancer. Afterwards, Guerrero said, he “vowed that nobody in my family would ever suffer from that disease again.”

In the infomercial, which aired across the country on networks including Spike TV and Women’s Entertainment, Dr. Guerrero repeated his extraordinary claims about Supreme Greens to his viewers. The commercial was structured like a talk show, with an interviewer named Donald Barrett, from Saugus, asking Dr. Guerrero about his product and the 200 patients in his study.

MR. BARRETT: Were they terminal?

DR. GUERRERO: They were diagnosed as terminal.

MR. BARRETT: Two hundred people. Now, eight years later, how many of them are still alive?

DR. GUERRERO: Out of those 200 people that were terminal we lost eight. Eight passed away.

Those weren’t the only extraordinary claims Dr. Guerrero made. He also “promoted the product as, among other things, an effective treatment, cure, and preventative for cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, and as a means of achieving substantial weight loss of up to 80 pounds in 8 months,” according to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the FTC noted, Guerrero and his associates “claimed that Supreme Greens can be taken safely by pregnant women, children—including children as young as one year old—and any person taking any type of medication.”

If anyone cared to look closely, however, there were a couple of problems with Dr. Alejandro Guerrero’s claims. First, he wasn’t a doctor of any kind—not a medical doctor, as he admitted in the infomercial—or a doctor of Oriental medicine, as he claimed to business associates, according to a sworn affidavit. The FTC would eventually bar Guerrero from ever again referring to himself as a doctor. In truth, Guerrero’s degree was a master’s in Chinese medicine from a college in California that no longer exists.

The other problem, of course, was that Alejandro Guerrero’s Supreme Greens was a sham. Total nonsense. Modern-day snake oil. “This is just out and out quackery,” says Barrie Cassileth, a bona-fide PhD in medical sociology and the founder of the Integrative Medicine Service at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who helped the FTC investigate Supreme Greens.

Turns out, Supreme Greens had never been scientifically tested. The “study”—the one in which Guerrero claimed that 192 terminally ill patients had survived thanks to Supreme Greens—never actually existed, he later admitted. The FTC found not a shred of evidence that Supreme Greens could cure or prevent cancer, AIDS, MS, Parkinson’s, or any of the other ailments Guerrero had mentioned.

Cassileth says “cancer quackery” like Supreme Greens is a $40 billion-per-year industry. Over the years she has investigated dozens of similar products. And while the FTC did not allege that there was anything affirmatively harmful about Supreme Greens, Cassileth says that among the most pernicious effects of products like Supreme Greens is that they can delay cancer patients from seeking proper, evidence-based medical care. “This is fatal for many patients,” she says.

That didn’t stop Supreme Greens from raking in an estimated $16 million in a span of 18 months, according to the FTC. Finally, the feds stepped in. In June 2004, the government sued Guerrero and the production companies responsible for creating and airing the infomercial for making unlawful claims and representing Supreme Greens in a deceptive format. “Consumers throughout the United States have suffered and continue to suffer substantial monetary loss and possible injury to their health,” the FTC wrote in its complaint.

As investigators dug into the financial records behind Supreme Greens, it became evident that Guerrero had seen only a slim portion of the earnings. The “bulk of sales revenues,” the FTC said, went to the commercial’s host, Barrett, and two Beverly-based production companies, ITV Direct and Direct Marketing Concepts. Barrett was president of both companies, according to court records. Multiple attempts to reach Barrett were unsuccessful.

In October 2005, the FTC announced a settlement with Guerrero. Court documents show that Guerrero was ordered to pay a $65,000 fine or hand over the title to his 2004 Cadillac Escalade. More important, the agency barred him from promoting Supreme Greens or “any substantially similar product” as an effective treatment, cure, or preventative for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or any other disease. Multiple attempts to reach Guerrero were unsuccessful. An employee at TB12 said that Guerrero was not available Friday and requested an email, but did not respond to several follow-up attempts for comment. A Utah-based attorney who represented Guerrero was also not immediately available.

The FTC also prohibited Guerrero from passing himself off as a doctor and set strict parameters for what he could and could not say regarding any food or dietary supplements. In some cases, the FTC limits its enforcement to a period of years. In Guerrero’s case, though, it was a lifetime ban: He was forced to promise, in essence, never to do it again.

Spoiler alert: He did it again. Almost a decade later, the FTC discovered, Guerrero was hawking a new miracle product—a drink he claimed could prevent concussions. And this time, Guerrero would have a better pitchman than the “Dr. Guerrero” he’d played on television. He claimed to have Tom Brady—the greatest quarterback who ever lived, who by then was Guerrero’s new best friend.

• • •

At the age of 38, Tom Brady has looked impossibly sharp this season. In his 16th year in the NFL, he is undefeated, with an astonishing 1,112 yards, nine touchdowns, and zero interceptions after only three games. He is legendary for his meticulous preparation for the game—mental and physical, year round, on and off the field. He studies hard; he knows his opponents’ tendencies better than they know themselves. He hasn’t missed a game in six years.

There is universal agreement about who is responsible for Brady’s peak condition: Alex Guerrero, the hands-on architect of Brady’s comprehensive training program. Guerrero is far more than a sports therapist or Brady’s “body coach.” Earlier this year, the New York Times described him as Brady’s “spiritual guide, counselor, pal, nutrition adviser, trainer, massage therapist and family member”—not to mention godfather to Brady’s son, Ben. He controls every calorie that enters Brady’s system—and once joked that he knew Brady’s body better than Gisele. Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman once compared Guerrero to The Karate Kid’s Mr. Miyagi. Often described by his many NFL clients as an almost mystical healer, Guerrero is revered among players for helping them bounce back from injury.

Of course, not everyone shares that adulation: Guerrero himself once admitted that some trainers regard him as “a kook and a charlatan.” But until now, no one has reported on Alex/Alejandro Guerrero’s dark past—or asked how it might affect Brady, the Patriots, or their future.

Brady and Guerrero are not merely inseparable; they are now also business partners in TB12, LLC, which has a sports therapy center headquartered at Patriot Place next door to Gillette Stadium. Over the past year, major profiles in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times magazine have focused on the unique relationship between Brady and Guerrero, without even hinting at Guerrero’s checkered past. As Guerrero continues to be monitored by the FTC under his lifetime ban, TB12 will likely be under a microscope to back up claims about the extraordinary training regimen Guerrero has sold Brady—and which Brady and Guerrero are now selling to the world.

Already, the Brady-Guerrero venture has produced a major misstep—one that brought the FTC storming back into Guerrero’s life. Though Guerrero had promised the FTC never to make outrageous claims about his supplements, by 2011 he had a new company, 6 Degree Nutrition, and a new miracle potion. Introduced at a time when NFL players, in particular, had become hyper-aware of the effects of head injuries, it was called NeuroSafe—a “seatbelt for your brain” that promised to protect users “from the consequences of sports-related traumatic brain injury.” The label boasted that the product was “Powered by TB12.” Guerrero, the snake-oil salesman, was back in business.

• • •

On the website for 6 Degree Nutrition, the company’s founder wasn’t a doctor anymore.

Now just Alex, he boasted that he had a “master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine” from Samra University in Los Angeles, California. (The website for Samra University now redirects to the Samra Clinic for Oriental Medicine, which notes that the school closed in August 2010, and that in 2007 the state of California dissolved the board that provided the school’s accreditation.) By 2011, Guerrero had also insinuated himself into the cloistered world of professional athletes. According to an Internet Archive cache of the 6 Degree Nutrition site, Guerrero had written a book, In Balance for Life, and “developed an incredible reputation throughout professional sports for his ability to help athletes perform better and recover from injury quicker, through his own method of muscle manipulation, nutrition, and supplementation.”

That part, at least, was true: By the time Brady came under Guerrero’s spell, the trainer had become a kind of cause célèbre among NFL players. Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest told 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich that he met Guerrero, who had been working with track athletes. McGinest was immediately sold on Guerrero’s unorthodox approach, and was soon flying him to New England. At first, according to McGinest, the Patriots “wouldn’t let [Guerrero] in the building,” so instead McGinest had Guerrero work with him during private sessions at his house.

Around 2006, word of Guerrero’s ability to heal the afflicted with his hands quickly spread throughout the locker room. Eventually, McGinest told Toucher and Rich, the Patriots “started letting Alex come to the facility and work on me. And Tom, a bunch of the other players, Bill Belichick, experienced what he can do and how he can help players and keep players on the field.” Guerrero’s uncanny skill soon garnered a following: “Nobody can do what this guy can do,” McGinest said. Pats wide receiver Danny Amendola told The Providence Journal that Guerrero “does a great job of getting your muscles right, getting everything where it needs to be.” Brian Hoyer, Brady’s former backup, told Sports Illustrated that he called Guerrero regularly for advice while rehabbing a torn ACL.

At the time, Guerrero was working with more than just the Patriots. According to McGinest, who could not be reached for comment, he was tending to players all over the country —Kansas City, San Diego, Cleveland, and Indianapolis. It appears that he was contracted by individual players, not the teams: Both the Chargers and Colts say they never employed him. But as Guerrero’s value among players grew, the Patriots reportedly saw him as a competitive advantage. They “locked him in full time. They cut all the other teams out. They made him a deal he couldn’t resist,” McGinest told the Sports Hub. “And Tom locked him up as well.” From Brady’s 2008 ACL injury on, according to Sports Illustrated, they were inseparable.

Guerrero’s official role with the Patriots is unclear. There is scant reference to him on the team’s website. One story from this summer on the Patriots’ website about fun recipes for the Fourth of July refers to Guerrero as Brady’s “body coach.” Stacey James, a spokesman for the Patriots, declined at press time to comment and did not reply to an email about the team’s relationship with Guerrero and TB12.

By 2011, though, Guerrero was thoroughly entrenched in Brady’s camp and had treated numerous Patriots players. His cadre of NFL heavyweights was reflected on 6 Degree Nutrition’s website, where a page called “Our Team” claimed “The quality and effectiveness of our products has earned the trust of hundreds of professional athletes. The Six Degree Nutrition team of professional athletes have tested our products at the highest level.” Beneath that statement were photos of Brady, Edelman, Wes Welker, Matt Cassel, LaDainian Tomlinson, and other pros.

Guerrero’s company 6 Degree Nutrition sold several supplements: One, called Prolytes, was a combination of “natural trace minerals from sea water concentrates, purified water, and potassium chloride”; another, Endurance & Recovery, was touted as an all-natural pre- and post-workout supplement. But the one that quickly caught the FTC’s eye was NeuroSafe.

“Besides protective equipment,” NeuroSafe’s website advertised, “NeuroSafe represents the only preventative measure available to athletes to protect their brain. When used consistently, NeuroSafe helps to dramatically improve recovery from head trauma by providing the brain the nutrients it needs to repair itself.”

As with Guerrero’s Supreme Greens product, the claims were overblown and unproven. “It’s total garbage,” said Cassileth, the Sloan Kettering researcher who helped debunk the curative claims around Supreme Greens, when Boston informed her of NeuroSafe’s claims. “It’s just ridiculous. The organizations and people who make these claims and produce these false treatments really are doing something horrific.”

However, for the NFL players who had become Guerrero’s most visible clientele—pro athletes who put themselves at risk of brain injury nearly every week—the allure of a cure-all may have been too strong. 6 Degree Nutrition was shameless in touting the protective properties of NeuroSafe—even listing Welker, who sustained three concussions in less than a year and recently failed to make the Giants team as a free agent, as one of its pitchmen. On the 6 Degree Nutrition site, Welker was quoted as saying, “NeuroSafe is essential. It keeps me safe. I’ve seen what concussions do to people. With NeuroSafe I know it’s protecting what my helmet can’t.”

Brady appears to have been an enthusiastic booster of NeuroSafe as well. On a scrolling banner at the top of the NeuroSafe website in 2011, Brady was pictured hoisting the Lombardi Trophy alongside an effusive endorsement:

NeuroSafe makes me feel comfortable that if I get a concusion [sic] I can recover faster and more fully. There is no other solution on the market today that can do what NeuroSafe does. It’s that extra level of protection that gives me comfort when I’m out on the field.

There’s also the NeuroSafe label itself. Just below the supplement’s required nutritional information appeared the words “Powered by TB12,” with the TB12 done up in Brady’s personalized logo.

The full extent of Brady and Welker’s involvement with these promotions is unclear. Ryan Williams, of Athletes First, the agency that represents Welker, did not respond to several messages. Calls to Don Yee, Brady’s agent, were not returned before press time.

Despite its apparent endorsements from celebrities, NeuroSafe had a very short shelf life. In April 2012, the FTC reappeared and wrote that it had conducted an investigation of Guerrero for possible violations of the consent decree he’d signed in the Supreme Greens case. The investigation centered on NeuroSafe’s marketing: “In particular…on whether [Guerrero] could substantiate claims that NeuroSafe prevents, limits the severity of, and speeds recovery from, sports-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, and that NeuroSafe’s results were scientifically proven and clinically tested.”

The FTC concluded that Guerrero had no scientific evidence to back his “extraordinary” claims. “We have serious concerns,” the FTC wrote. “Among other things, users relying on [Guerrero’s] unsupported claims might forego appropriate medical treatment and return to competition before they have adequately recovered from their injuries.”

The FTC then did something surprising: “Despite our concerns,” the agency wrote in a letter, it declined to bring an enforcement action against Guerrero. The reason, according to the FTC, was because Guerrero had sold an “extremely limited volume” of NeuroSafe, had decided to discontinue marketing the product, and had agreed “to provide full refunds to all consumers who purchased the NeuroSafe product.” In essence, the FTC agreed to back down only after Guerrero promised to stop marketing NeuroSafe. “This action,” the FTC wrote for good measure, “should not be construed as a determination that there was no violation” of Guerrero’s previous consent decree or other FTC regulations.

And yet the FTC’s letter and the shuttering of 6 Degree Nutrition doesn’t seem to have driven a wedge between Brady and Guerrero—if anything, they are closer together than ever.

• • •

In May 2013, barely a year after the FTC issued its letter on NeuroSafe, Brady and Guerrero officially went into business together, registering TB12 as a limited liability company in the state of Delaware. According to a 2015 state filing with the Massachusetts secretary, the principal managers of the company are Guerrero, Brady, and Peter Bernon, an executive of the dairy company Garelick Farms and a friend of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The company’s counsel is Robyn Glaser, who is also general counsel for the Patriots and a VP for the Kraft Group.

Following a sleek, modernist $1.1 million renovation at Patriot Place, TB12 is now open to the public five days a week, and is positioning itself as the future of sports training. A brief description of TB12 on the Patriot Place website reads, “The TB12 Method is a proven approach to help people reach and maintain their peak levels of performance. Developed by Brady and his body coach, Alex Guerrero, their revolutionary approaches to wellness in the areas of nutrition and supplementation, as well as physical and mental fitness training, have helped athletes maximize their potential and maintain peak performance levels for more than a decade.”

Even people who’ve been given an up-close look at TB12 have a difficult time characterizing it. The Times’ Mark Leibovich described it thusly:

[Brady] told me they had started a business together, called TB12, that would institutionalize Guerrero’s technique. The business is in a shopping center behind the Patriots’ home field, Gillette Stadium, but it is hard to describe what exactly TB12 is — not a gym, not a group practice of personal trainers, not a nutrition or massage-therapy center. Whenever I asked Brady and Guerrero to define TB12, they would talk of things like “re-educating muscles” and “prehab” (preventing injuries, rather than dealing with them after they happen). Inevitably, they would come around to the word “lifestyle.”

In key ways, Guerrero’s philosophies haven’t changed over the past 10 years. Back in the Supreme Greens infomercial, he spouted New-Agey ideas about the acid-alkaline theory of disease—an approach that has been criticized as junk science. Brady now mimics the same talking points, telling Sports Illustrated that, in the magazine’s words, he adheres “to the 80-20 theory—but it’s not 80 percent healthy food, 20 percent unhealthy. It’s 80 percent alkaline, 20 percent acidic. The idea, he says, is ‘to maintain balance and harmony through my metabolic system.’”

Guerrero’s plan, according to the Times, still employs custom supplements:

Guerrero dispenses his own line of nutritional supplements through TB12, which he assured me he tested independently to ensure compliance with the league’s drug policies. Brady, too, told me he was “absolutely” sure nothing he was ingesting could get him into trouble.

So far, there’s been no infomercial for TB12—but then again, the company doesn’t need one. Both magazine pieces about their partnership—in Sports Illustrated and the Times—have been fawning in their praise for Guerrero and Brady’s regimen. Those accounts have, in turn, spawned dozens of articles broadcasting the details of the Guerrero/Brady partnership around the world.

Brady, after all, is the ultimate advertisement for Guerrero’s uncanny blend of supplemental nutrition, massage, resistance training, and other hands-on techniques. And the claims that Guerrero and Brady have made about their techniques might seem fanciful, even absurd—if they weren’t backed up by the facts of Brady’s incredible career. He started in 128 consecutive games from 2001 through September 7, 2008, when he tore his ACL in week one. He came back one year later, and hasn’t missed a game since. Calf muscles, sore shoulders, strained groins—Guerrero has successfully mended Brady for nearly a decade.

Part of Guerrero’s plan has been a single-minded devotion and a relentless personal attention to Brady’s injuries. Hoyer, Brady’s former backup, once recalled an incident where Brady broke his finger and Guerrero spent the day beside him, massaging the injured appendage during meetings. Guerrero reportedly crafts his eating habits and employs a relentless fitness schedule. The program is methodically mapped out for years into the future, according to the Times. “We work on staying physically fit, emotionally stable and spiritually sound,” Guerrero said in the article.

Of course, just because it’s worked for Brady—one of the world’s most remarkable athletes—doesn’t mean it’ll work for everyone else. And because of Guerrero’s past and the lifetime consent decree still in place against him, he’ll continue to be under the eye of the FTC’s enforcement division as he blossoms into the NFL’s sage of wellness. It’s strange enough that a player with Brady’s obsessively manicured image is so closely associated with someone who once hawked bogus cancer cures and anti-concussion elixirs. And it’s hard not to wonder, given Guerrero’s track record, whether Brady’s business partnership could expose him to similar questions and investigations.

But in true Patriots form, it doesn’t matter what everyone thinks. The only thing that matters is what works. And as far as Brady appears to be concerned, Guerrero works.

  • Duane Drew

    There could absolutely be something correct with his massages and prepping to avoid injuries. And he could be doing a fantastic in regard with that. But between the cancer fraud the concussion fraud and being a scum bag they need to cut this guy. I hope he ends up in jail.

    • Steve Carnevale

      Hear, hear.

  • RealityBites

    Not one person commented on this article. A lot of assumptions not proven.

    • Steve Carnevale

      Hey reality, the Feds proved plenty, wake up man.

  • William

    The FTC had issues with infomercials Guerrero was involved with in 2004 and a website he was involved with in 2011, nevertheless his methods work for Brady

    • Steve Carnevale

      Bad attitude William, this speaks to Bradys credibility.

      • baybay

        But he’s the best quarterback around so obviously the stuff Mr. Guererro formulates works like a charm. That would make Tom honest. What is he supposed to do… lie to people and tell them it doesn’t work? People don’t want to put in the hard work and dedication of Brady so they try to take him down any other way they can.

        • Steve Carnevale

          O.K. bay, let’s see if I can make sense to you, see if you have any rationale at all? His formulas were disproven by scientists, please read the ARTICLE again. Why would the FTC pick a fight with this guy for no reason???

        • Reality check

          You are the biggest pats fuck boy I’ve ever seen in my life. I made an account just to let you know what a disgrace of a man you in fact are. It’s sickening.

          • Tom Alcott

            Look who’s here… Reality Check!!! The biggest butthurt football fan on the internet. The fact that you signed on to this story is proof that the Pats own you. You are on EVERY Pats story.So sad. Get a life kid. The Pats live in your head just like all the other Brady haters. Please watch the Colts game next week. Make sure a crisis hotline is available. Wouldn’t want you to do anything rash.

      • Tom Alcott

        Give it up Steve. No one cares what you think. Please tell us why you care so much about what Brady does? It’s very plain. He has beaten your football team over and over until you see him in your nightmares.Sad bro. It will be ok. Go hug your Roger Goodell dolly.

  • Tom Alcott

    Just more troll bait. Thanks Boston Magazine!

    • Steve Carnevale

      That story isn’t trolling Tom, it’s reality. Brady needs to look at himself and see what the hell he’s doing with this guy.

      • Sean

        Where did it all go wrong, Tom?

  • Not a honk, so i don’t fit in

    shhhhhhhhh. brady really bad person who associates with and partners with really slimy scumbag. So hard to believe. Don’t tell pats’ fans, they’d take aaron hernandez back tomorrow with open arms and full support if he got out on a technicality.

    • Tom Alcott

      Oh look, someone named Honk, from a place other than Boston, comes onto a local Boston magazine story because they couldn’t wait to troll Tom Brady. Well let’s see, Tom is 38 and blowing away every other QB in the league that’s not named Aaron Rogers. Right now they are about equal, but Tom is MUCH older. Guess that “Bad Person” he’s associating with is doing something right. You on the other hand Honk, need to get a life. We know the Pats have broken your spirit, go home and lick your wounds. PS: Pats cut Hernandez the minute he got charged.

  • Steve Carnevale

    Listen, I love Tom Brady, think he is the best QB who ever stepped on a football field, he has given New England fans countless hours, no years of excitng, incredible football. Having watched them and been a fan of the Pats for their entire existence and living through some pretty bad years Tom has made them the premier team in the NFL. Now, having said all that I’m beginning to seriously question Bradys integrity as a person, I mean dumping Bridgette Monyhan after she became pregnant, deflategate, and now this????? Has he no sense at all, the guy was sanctioned twice by the Federal Government for being a charleton and Brady starts a business with him after that????That’s all I’m gonna say right now.

    • baybay

      You sir OBVIOUSLY are NOT a real Tom Brady fan, or a Patriots fan.

      • Steve Carnevale

        Sure I am, I’m just not blind, or stupid.

        • snoth cambin

          No you arent because if you were you wouldn’t bring up his past relationship as a negative you wouldn’t bring up deflategate and you wouldn’t give a fuck about this. This is as sketchy as it gets but Brady is just being a friend trying to get other people to do what he feels works for him, do I think this is some magical elixir that means he can play into his 50s no but its probably not a scam as people are making it out to be

          • Steve Carnevale

            Not a scam eh, guy claims he’s a Doctor when he isn’t, and scientists prove his formulas are bullshit, if that’s not a scam what do you call it?Oh come on now snoth, Brady is such a humanitarian, is that it? He’s in it for the MONEY, he doesn’t give a schit if you get a concussion or not.

          • snoth cambin

            The same way russell wilson doesnt give a fuck if players get concussions right? Stop it, he is a scam guy i NEVER said he wasnt i said he was sketchy as fuck but that has nothing to do with Brady he’s not hocking supplements at players he’s not even telling people to take this pill and your body will feel better so i have no fucking idea why his name would be mentioned as if he was the one who was in on it? And why wouldnt Brady be a humanitarian? His Wife is why not him? Oh i know why because that doesnt fit your narrative. In the emails with the Canucks he wasnt going to talk to the players until they kept asking him and he agreed.

          • Tom Alcott

            Steve, face it; you are a TROLL. A very transparent TROLL. Go away.

        • Doug1001

          I’d argue you are both.

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    • Doug1001

      You’re so far off on the Bridget thing it’s laughable. Deflate-gate, clearly you didn’t read a word about it or you lack basic reading comprehension skills, and obviously AG sufficiently explained himself to Tom beforehand. The federal government is squeaky clean and trustworthy, right? There is so much nonsense in your post, thank you for cutting yourself off.

  • Smearing Feces

    TB12 is no doubt under this con man’s spell. Nutrition and exercise can be like a religion to lots of people who aren’t a professional athlete like TB. Don’t we all know one of these zealots? This guy’s magic potions and slight of hand techniques are just having a placebo effect on him.

    • baybay

      No. They work. Don’t hate on Tom Brady just because you can’t imagine such successes for yourself.

      • Steve Carnevale

        Ya right, Nuero-Safe and Supreme Greens were both phony bullshit, just like him calling himself a Doctor. Are you doing LSD, did you even read the article???

        • baybay

          The FTC is a shakedown organization. . I drank bottle after bottle of Neuro-Safe and have yet to have a concussion… coincidence?

          • Steve Carnevale

            If you say so. I can see there’s no sense talking to you. Ask Wes Welker about it, didn’t seem to work to well for him.

          • Grymreefer

            dude thats because he was hammered over and over again. MAJOR CONCUSSIONS ARE A DIFF STORY BRO

          • Mark Ruzicka

            I have never drunken Neuro-Safe and have yet to have a concussion. Sounds like you got swindled. The FTC probably backed off because knuckleheads like you deserve to be swindled.

          • baybay

            You don’t know what kind of action my head has seen, Mark. I’m constantly banging it into all manner of things. Sometimes it even springs a leak.

          • Grymreefer

            but meanwhile you all take meds THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IS SAFE HA HA HA HA AH HA I dont trust snake oil salesmen but the FTC puts out tons of bad and fake products all the time

          • dvdoff

            So it’s like a condom for your brain?

        • Tom Alcott

          There you go Steve. Align yourself with a guy named “Smearing Feces”. Birds of a feather and all that. Maybe you should try something to clear your mind or at least your judgement.

    • Steve Carnevale

      Listen Smearing, you’re right, they can be addictive, but after the Feds sanction someone twice then a person in the public eye like Brady who has enough shit falling on him already has to have the sense to separate himself from this guy. This story will go National, no doubt, and Brady will be suspect for his integrity again. Bad move Brady.

  • Jtaza

    Guess what – there is almost no scientific evidence that alot of healthy foods and supplements things do what they say they do. Vitamins are a great example of this. But people spend billions on them. The cancer thing is clearly pretty nutz. Doesn’t necessarily mean the guy is a snakeoil salesman. He might very well believe 100% the stuff can do what he claimed. Do you throw companies who sell other herbal supplements in the same bucket? They have customers who think echicinea cures colds and condroitin helps joints, both of which have no evidence whatsoever to be effective. Either way – clearly the guy has some kind of talent with PT/Diet / Rehab etc etc, otherwise professional athletes would not keep running to him.

    • dvdoff

      That’s right! That’s the same kind of thinking that made Bernie Madoff so popular! Go Pats?

    • Steve Carnevale

      Wes Welker ran to him too. Now he’s lucky he knows his own name after 3 concussions on Nuero-Safe.

    • lfthooker

      Or he is a good salesman. You know, most football players are not very bright. Look at how Tommy spelled “concusion”. Roflmmao.

  • John Bones Malone

    Well, if something called Boston Magazine said it, then it must be true.

    • Steve Carnevale

      Denial, denial, denial.

  • RVM3

    Tom Brady is a vile asshole. He cheated on his pregnant wife and dumped her for a whore. He cheated for years by deflating footballs. He endorsed a racist Donald Trump for President. And Brady is a criminal con artist in promoting Guerrero.

    • John Bones Malone

      And you’re a looney toon liberal. Oh, and a vile asshole as well.

      • Tom Alcott

        Bravo Bones! Any anti Brady sentiments on this site are from Dbag fans from loser teams with zero else to do.

    • dvdoff

      Yeah, but you know, football!

    • Funkadelic

      Roger, don’t you have better things to do than posting your insane ramblings on the internet? Like running the NFL?

    • litprof

      “He cheated on his pregnant wife”
      1) They weren’t married. 2) She announced she was 10 weeks pregnant 8 weeks after newspapers reported they broke up, which means they broke up before either one of them knew she was pregnant. 3) He was in the delivery room when she gave birth and they maintain a good relationship.

      “He cheated for years by deflating footballs.”

      Look up the ideal gas law. This was a bogus story from the beginning.

      “He endorsed a racist Donald Trump for President.”

      He has a hat in his locker and made a glib joke about the White House getting a putting green. But when asked, he specifically said that he hasn’t endorsed anyone for president.

      • Starr

        Just because she announced her pregnancy to the public at a certain time doesn’t mean Tom didn’t know sooner. And yes, he was at the hospital when Bridget gave birth, but not in the delivery room. She was furious at him at the time. She didn’t even put Tom’s last name on their son’s birth certificate. Things between them were frosty for a very long time.

        Believe it or not, I’m a Tom Brady fan. Just on the field, though. Deflate-gate was ridiculous, but this Guerrero stuff is sketchy. And he was a jerk to Bridget.

        • JustinC83

          Get back to me when he sexually assaults a female like Peyton Manning did

          • Starr

            It’s not a contest (their off-field life, at least).

            But….when did Manning sexually assault someone?

          • Jason Carrier

            When he was at Tennessee

          • JPaul

            By that he meant he mooned a trainer when he was in college…

        • Grymreefer

          no he wasn’t dude your a joke. Did you ever think they split because of her. I mean how many men has she been with? and she’s always single for the most part. I am willing to bet its more her then the MEN

          • Starr

            So Brady dumps Bridget as soon as he hears Giselle is single, and you blame Bridget?

        • lfthooker

          If his name is not on the BC, he is not listed as the biological father. Time for a paternity test. He may have to deflate the results…..

    • JustinC83

      Peyton Manning sexually assaulted a female trainer.

    • Jason Carrier

      1) They were not married, it was Bridget that called it off
      2) Deflating Footballs is actually legal as long as they are not below 12.5 PSI, you might want to check the ideal gas law to see what happens
      3) You might want to check the voting and endorsement records of all football players, I am sure Brady is not the only one who might support Trump
      4) He has never promoted him to anyone.

      • guest

        JC point#4 Guerrero is Tom Brady’s business partner in TB12, so in a way he is promoting him. He has promoted him on interviews on WEEI, in fact on this very day!

        • Jason Carrier

          Who Trump? Because that is what I was talking about.

          Doesn’t really bother me about the “health guru” it’s not illegal to have one. If the guy is shady, go after him, not Brady.

    • blorjr

      And Hillary Clinton and President Zero endorse an organization that chops up unborn babies and sells their body parts.

    • Tom Alcott

      RVM3= another broken fan of a team regularly beaten by Brady and the Pats. No other reason to be here. Tell me I’m wrong, I’ll wait.

  • Aaron68

    The beginning says something about the greatest quarterback of all time, but then goes on to talk a lot about Tom Brady.

    Talk about a bait and switch.

    • Jason Carrier

      Who’s better? The only one who might have an argument is Montana and that’s a push.

      • jonrob

        Different era,rules, radios in helmets etc

        • Jason Carrier

          And? Going to make a list for each era because you have to find away to attempt to not have him as the greatest?

        • Mike Relva

          You’re an angry little man.

      • Aaron68

        Tom Brady isn’t even the best quarterback in the league right now, much less of all time. I realize it is easy to count rings and all, but that’s a stupid argument for anyone to make in a team sport. The Patriots, like most other championship winning squads, have been a defense-led team. That’s why when the Patriot defense caused 8 turnovers in those first 3 Super Bowls, they went 3-0 (how many other quarterbacks would have required a game winning field goals after being handed that many gifts?) After that, they only created 2 turnovers in their last 3 Super Bowls, and went 1-2 (notably, the 2nd turnover happened at the most opportune time, making Brady one of the few Super Bowl MVPs to have thrown more interceptions than the losing quarterback).

        The difference between Montana and Brady fans is that Montana fans like to say Montana won 4 Super Bowls because he was the GOAT. Brady fans try to argue Brady’s the GOAT because he won 4 Super Bowls. He’s this generation’s Troy Aikman, but with longevity, and an organization that landed Rob Gronkowski and Derrelle Revis.

        • Jason Carrier

          His Defense has averaged 14th overall in his time in the league.

          Montana won because he was great and had a great team (no salary cap)
          Brady won because he is great, his team has never had the talent of a team in the no cap era.

          • Aaron68

            Brady won because his teams were great. He’s been a reliable cog in the Patriot machine and nothing more. Joe Montana was drafted by a pretty awful 49ers team and had to face the likes of Lawrence Taylor just to get to a Super Bowl. The 49ers of the latter part of the 80s were loaded with talent and coached by the greatest minds in the history of the NFL. But Montana didn’t exactly flop when he went to Kansas City, either. Tom Brady without the Patriots would fare no better than Matt Cassel or Drew Bledsoe did.

          • Jason Carrier

            Cassel went to a Pro Bowl with KC. After that he had some pretty crappy teams. Bledsoe declined due to the style of offenses changing. He has a chance at the HOF (like it or not)

            NE was also awful before they drafted Brady. And had some pretty good teams to get by

          • Aaron68

            New England was not awful before they drafted Brady. He was drafted in 2000, and they went to the playoffs in 96, 97, and 98. They missed the playoffs twice, won a Super Bowl (in which Brady threw his one and only touchdown pass of the entire playoffs), got rid of Bledsoe, and then missed the playoffs again the following year. Montana was drafted by the 49ers, who had 1 winning season in the 10 years prior to their first Super Bowl. The Colts had been to the Playoffs 7 times in the 27 years between Johnny Unitas team winning a Super Bowl in 1971 and drafting Peyton Manning. Nobody should credit either Joe Montana or Peyton Manning for their teams’ dramatic turnarounds, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that they played a more active role in the success than Tom Brady did in New England. (Fun fact: The Patriots are 2-1 in playoff games where Tom Brady has thrown 3 or more interceptions, the Colts are 1-1 when Peyton Manning has done so, and the 49ers are 2-0 when Montana did*)

            *Joe Montana threw 3 TDs to go with those 3 INTs in both games, and Manning’s 4 INT loss was against the Patriots in 2004.

            As for Cassel, the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest, not a measure of real value. Brady gets selected every year, no matter if it’s warranted or not. He finished 2nd in the Pro-Bowl vote in 2013, when he was #21 in the league in completion percentage and Yards/attempt, #11 in touchdowns, and #17 in passer rating. He led the league in red zone interceptions, and threw as many interceptions as Andrew Luck and Nick Foles combined, and they were replacement selections. All-pro status is a better indicator of real individual value.

        • Nodrogscuba

          Man those SOUR GRAPES are really hard to chew aren’t they? hahahahahahah

      • lfthooker

        I would list Marino, Manning, Montana, Young, YA Tittle, and Fouts ahead of Brady. Just for starters.

        • Jason Carrier

          Of those only Montana can be in the conversation and even then that is a hard argument when you look at the numbers, w/l records, # of SBs, SB wins

          • lfthooker

            Lol an rings do not mean you are even a good QB. Ask Trent Differ.

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          • lfthooker

            Every QB I listed is better than Tom. Hell even Jaworski, Haden, Tarkenton, Stabler, and Theissman were better than Tom will ever be. Counting skill via SB wins is idiotic. Bad Defense=No Playoffs. Doesn’t mean you are a bad QB, just bad team dynamics. You obviously are a homer, with Tommys nuts stuffed nicely in your mouth.

          • Jason Carrier

            01 Defense was not great, 07 defense looked better than it was, 11 defense was horrible (yet NE got to the SB). Manning skill? Sure at going one and done in the playoffs (and he had some really good defenses). Brady’s numbers trounce all that you have listed. Have fun thinking whatever you want.

    • Doug1001

      I don’t get your point. Tom is the best of all time, and that’s who they talked about.

      • Aaron68

        You must be a Brady fan. I should have explained the joke so you could understand it, being of slow mind and all.

        • Doug1001

          Your joke makes no sense, that’s why I don’t understand it.


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  • Tom Alcott

    Boston mag is trying desperately to jumpstart circulation by stooping to publishing a story like this. I guess times are hard in print journalism. I didn’t realize they were that hard. Shame on you Boston magazine.

    • guest

      argumentum ad hominem, means responding to arguments by attacking a person’s character, rather than addressing the content of their arguments

    • Mike Cann

      pfft, Brady fan, best boston magazine article in quite some time. Much better than the usual dribble about naming police K-9’s….

    • Caliboy

      Not necessarily. I worked with Alex and there is much much more about him that the media doesn’t even know. He is scum.

      • Jtaza

        Please explain. Don’t be cheap and make veiled accusations without backing it up.

      • Doug1001

        I read an article by a media member who has also worked with him and sent his kids there too… Said the exact opposite. Weird.

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    • Spongy bob

      That’s a lie!

  • guest The interview, concerning Guerrero, starts at the 16:00 minute mark. click on that mark

    Tom is correct in being proactive in caring for your body and health. And, about the promotion of unhealthy food… coca-cola. Guerrero may be a very good massage therapist and nutritional advisor, however to make-up a cancer case study, to promote a supplement, Wow!

    Tom’s statement, around 19:00, “Everything as it relates to that is something that Alex has had to deal with, and he dealt with that. Nutritional supplements and FTC regulation and all those types of things, there are a lot of gray areas.

    Tom, where’s the grey area? From the Boston Magazine article:
    Turns out, Supreme Greens had never been scientifically tested. The “study”—the one in which Guerrero claimed that 192 terminally ill patients had survived thanks to Supreme Greens—never actually existed, he later admitted. The FTC found not a shred of evidence that Supreme Greens could cure or prevent cancer, AIDS, MS, Parkinson’s, or any of the other ailments Guerrero had mentioned.
    Also, at the 36:00 mark

  • Snake Plissken

    Based on Tom Brady’s health in a high rick occupation, I’ll try some of that snake oil!

    • jonrob

      Try some steroids then

      • LT Wong

        How would steroids help someone like Brady? He is not a lineman or a dynamic athlete like a DB or RB, the NFL does test for PEDs, so unless you have something better than a big mouth, you would do us all a favor by keeping your dim intellect to yourself.

      • Mike Relva

        Hey numbnuts,seems like you got a smack down by the editor on BH.

  • LT Wong

    The most important aspect of this story is not so much about Guerrero or Brady. But rather, it is the tension between traditional and non-traditional medicine. A tension that is often needless and counter productive. It is obvious that Brady believes in what he is doing, while Guerrero might have done some unethical things in the past, there appears to be those who do benefit from what he does. This is not quackery, just look at what the Army is doing with the THOR 3 program, and what the Timber Wolves did with their holistic approach to sports performance and see how it is benefiting their soldiers and athletes.

    • Caliboy

      He does help people but if you know how many people he’s severely hurt it may not counter the good. I know a bunch of people that do what he does. A few that even taught him that Alex says don’t know what they’re doing. He’s cut them out the picture so he can benefit from the fame and money.

      • LT Wong

        I am not going to try and decipher who Brady sees as a friend and why. Clearly Brady believes that AG is helping him and sees AG as a friend who he will try to defend. There are many sides to these stories as they are related by others. I agree that AG’s cancer treatment unethical, but this story could have been more balanced in it’s approach to alternative medicine.

    • MaryC3

      I don’t think fake cancer studies are considered the norm in traditional or alternative medicine. I would be very skeptical of his “concussion proofing” ideas. Clearly, he is a good trainer and chiropractor.

  • JPaul

    If TB wants to believe what AG is doing help him recover, let him. Doctors also think the Paleo diet is complete bs, but that doesn’t stop a lot of athletes including whole teams adopting the practices and eating stuff like bone broth soup. This was just an article to get clicks so whatever

  • jonrob

    There isn’t much doubt that TB is on steroids. Cheater

    • Doug1001

      Seek therapy

    • Rule

      I get it, cheater because you think…hehe.

    • Bobby S

      come on, he’s not even that buff.

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    • Mike Relva

      I’d pay good money to see you tell him to his face he’s a cheater. lol

    • Mike Relva

      You’re a moron!

  • Mk Word

    What I read in this article about McGinest and other athletes clamoring to be treated by AG and hearing Brady’s comments about trying to keep his body as inflammation free as possible — makes me suspect that AG’s best skills are probably chiropractic. I don’t know if AG ever had formal chiropractic training/education, but athletes will flock to gifted chiros.

    The best chiros come out of school with solid medical training with a solid understanding physiology and biochemistry. That’s the way it used to be anyway. Today, too many chiros have terrible training and skills. For whatever reasons, modern day chiropractors tend to have minimal chiro skills and usually make their money by selling supplements and even getting into this snake oil business that AG has gotten in trouble for.

    Put all the quackery to the side. What will make pro athletes flock to a health provider, doctor or otherwise? Results. And what football players are looking for in terms of results are fixing/healing injuries. Down time cost money. Maybe even your career. So you need to get your knees, shoulders, backs, etc right and working. And the medical folks who can actually handle that stuff better than surgeons is well-trained chiropractors. (Physical therapists are supposed to be able to do this, but they typically don’t have the full training that chiros do. Unfortunately, there are not that many great old-school chiros left. So when an athlete can find a physical therapist or chiropractor who knows his or her sh*t, they stick with that person like glue.

    • guest

      You can’t put the quackery aside, He put people’s lives at stake or the health with the concussion elixir bullshit!

      • MaryC3

        Agree absolutely!

  • Flagon de Playa

    The fact that TB is doing so well during his relationship with AG does not prove anything. You’d have to conduct a blind scientific experiment to firmly establish any objective truth, and that isn’t a practical option here. Maybe the best that someone could do is get a list of all the players who AG has supposedly aided and determine whether there was any consistent significant statistical difference in their athletic performance before/during/after (as the case may be).

    The high degree of TB’s success could be attributed to many factors besides AG, such as natural ability, excellent coaching, talented teammates, etc. Also, it’s possible that having ANY reasonably-experienced personal trainer devote that much time and attention to one athlete would yield the same results. Maybe it’s as simple as having someone you like (and presumably want to please) watching your every move, preventing you from cheating on your diet or missing exercise/therapy sessions. The TB12 facility may try to replicate this in the real world, but someday soon there’ll be a friendly VR app that’ll do the same thing (pay full-time persuasive attention to your health) for cheap (if not free).

    • lfthooker

      And cheating, don’t forget to list cheating as one of the many factors that could influence his success.

  • Drixx

    So there’s two things going on in this article, and the “journalist” who wrote it seems disinclined to be particularly honest with his craft. Mr. Sweeney needs to draw a clear boundary between what this guy has done that clearly has no basis (and for which both times the government regulators have stepped in), and the rest.

    Firstly, Mr. Sweeney notes that the college is now a clinic because the accreditation group was disbanded, and notes it with sinister implication. A few minutes and google will show that it was routine and given that the school taught Oriental medicine and chiropractic practices, they were unable to obtain traditional accreditation after the original body dissolved.

    This is not in any way indicative of anything at all about the school/clinic. Oriental medicinal practices and Chiropractic practices are frequently dismissed as nonsense by the medical establishment in the United States. I myself was once a huge skeptic concerning chiropractors; until I suffered from two vertebrae in my back and neck rotating out of alignment and was left in excruciating pain.

    Out of desperation I visited a chiropractor recommended by coworkers. I described what hurt and how it hurt, the chiropractor physically felt and probed my bones and muscles in those areas and then predicted what an X-Ray would show and proceeded to take the X-Ray and show me on the X-ray what was out of alignment and why it was causing pain.

    He then adjusted the vertebrae back into alignment (giving immediate relief, without any medication) and over the course of about 18 weeks worked on strengthening the muscles to keep the vertebrae in alignment. That was 14 years ago, and to this day I have never had any sort of relapse.

    The chiropractor didn’t string me along forever trying to milk me for money, nor did he try to peddle unnecessary supplements to me. He treated the problem, helped my body strengthen the correct muscles to stop it happening again, and when he was sure I wouldn’t relapse he told me there was no need to keep coming unless something new developed.

    Traditional Western medical practices have saved countless lives, including my own from various bacterial infections; however, in that case traditional Western medicine would have given me pain pills and never fixed the underlying problem. When it hurts to take more than a half deep breath because one of your vertebrae is rotated far enough that the connected ribs pinch nerves when you take a deep breath, due to being in the wrong place … traditional medicine has little to offer.

    I know nothing about this guy that Mr. Sweeney is skewering in this article; however, as a former skeptic of alternative approaches to staying healthy who has benefited from non-traditional approaches, I can say from personal experience that this guy probably does have the ability to help skeletal and muscular issues resolve more quickly than traditional medicine, or else why in the world would world class athletes have such high regard for him? Results speak, and professional athletes (especially Hockey and Football players) frequently suffer problems with their bones and muscles. If this guy wasn’t helping those players to resolve the problems more quickly than traditional doctors can … then the athletes wouldn’t be using his services or paying him.

    Someone like Tom Brady has way too much on the line and too many people protecting his interests for him to fall prey to a sham. If this guy has spent a decade helping TB keep in top physical form … that might explain why TB hasn’t hit the wall that most older QBs hit. Aside from Pollard blowing up his knee, TB has taken a lot of hits and whatever regimen he keeps to has kept him in peak condition for a very long time. I’m not sure how anyone can just dismiss that since it is staring us in the face once again this year as he is as gifted and dominant as ever.

    The guy should stick to what he can actually do and not wander into making claims that he cannot back up with evidence, but Mr. Sweeney should learn how to write objectively and separate out the good from the bad.

    Of course … Boston journalists aren’t exactly known for integrity so there’s that.

    • guest

      Guerrero admitted to fabricating a case study regarding cancer patients to sell supplements. This not a case of traditional vs nontraditional medicine, but one of integrity. Outright lying, deceiving cancer patients out of their money and time that their could been using to treat their cancer whether it was traditional or nontraditional medicine. This guy will be giving advice to clients of TB12. so, His past of deceptive behavior is what is at the heart of the issue.

      • Katia Jones

        USA has been educated on how to heal deceases and health problems once they are present. However what the true medicine does is to prevent them. But is so obvious how all this major enterprises and “health” institutions are so afraid to loose money that they send people to check all this “charlatans” (which I am sure there are lots of them).
        I don’t like Brady, I don’t like the Pats for many reasons which you might already know, however the way Tom talks about how he has healed himself and prevented future health problems speaks of a new way of thinking that most of northamericans are incapable to note, incapable to change.
        You country will not change on this matter, and even though I really love a lot of beautiful things that have came from the States I have to say that all this major enterprises are fucking you up. just look at your major population, your health care program. sucks like asshole” bomp. Good luck with your “quality” life.

        • guest

          Tom is correct in being proactive in caring for your body and health. And, about the promotion of unhealthy food… coca-cola. Guerrero may be a very good massage therapist and nutritional advisor, however to make-up a cancer case study, to promote a supplement, Wow!

      • Justmom

        That just means he didn’t have enought resources to buy skewed results research convincing the fda that his product works better than placebo like the usual pharma scam.

        How many scienced based research proven fda approved Pharma products have been taken off the market for killing people? So I guess their research methods are flawed? Or outright fiction?

        • MaryC3

          We are talking about Guerrero, not big Pharma. You are not concerned that he admitted that he faked a cancer study and gave it a super-high cure rate to sell his products? It is really wrong to sell fake hope to people with cancer. I feel that as a cancer survivor i have the right to say this, but any sane person will agree.

          • Justmom

            Yes it is concerning but big Pharma’ s cure rates are based on 5 year survival. Is that a cure?

            I am also very concerned when I read of an doctor who was diagnosing cancer in healthy patients so that he could bill for “treatments”. Until a nurse discovered what he was up to and was able to get attention from the appropriate authorities, 50% of his healthy patients died from their cancer “treatments”. That concerns me.

            Let the buyer beware.

    • lfthooker

      The above message bought and paid for by Trolls for Tom, a non-profit group that seeks to dazzle you with bull$hit, all while reaching into your back pocket and relieving you of some of your hard earned cash.

      • James Coyne

        And how much do you pay for healthcare?

  • swidt

    Yeah, with Patriots’
    fans making it perfectly clear that they will believe anything Tom Brady and
    the Patriots say, no matter how ridiculous, OF COURSE Tom Brady is now selling
    bogus snake-oil cure-all straight out of the stadium compounds. When he
    retires, he will likely start a church or investment fund in order to keep
    taking their money, as they have already forfeited their common sense.

  • Steve Clapper

    this “concussion” thing is a bunch of crap, made up and promoted by lawyers and people who hate football.

  • James Coyne

    I’ll take the snake oil and healthy lifestyle over Western medicine, the American diet and recommendations from the FTC on what’s considered healthy.

  • remnant1988

    What trash..

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  • js290

    Cancer quackery? Look no further than chemo.

  • Nodrogscuba

    I find it odd that most people cannot think for themselves, they need to have the media or someone else tell them what to think. Especially with health and living a healthy lifestyle, how can anyone believe the nonsense that passes as health care (sick care), food like substances passing as food, cholesterol is bad for you, sunshine is bad for you and pop, processed food and prescription medication is good for you…..OMG

    In case anyone has not noticed, after 50-60 years of telling people that dietary cholesterol is bad for you, the Health Guidelines in the USA have been amended to state : “Dietary cholesterol is not an ingredient of concern for consumption”

    After millions of deaths, but of course billions of dollars made, on Lipitor, Crestor…etc. all they have to say is “OOPS SORRY ABOUT THAT WE WERE WRONG”……………..Our grandchildren will look back at this period in medical history with disbelief and amazement that so many people could be so stupid and easily led.

    • JAM

      Who really are the snake oil salesmen? I would submit that Big Pharma reps have that title in spades!

  • Caliboy
  • Gary

    I think it’s VERY important to remember the FTC constantly does this for supplement products sold by MANY people. The law says these product DO NOT have to be FDA approved, so the FDA enforcement is mostly centered on the claims made to advertise them.

    Alex is no different than hundreds of other companies and people that get FTC scrutiny every year. There’s been no action here so there’s not concern about an “oversight” style FTC engagement.

    Alex IS VERY EFFECTIVE WITH ATHLETES PRO AND AMATEUR. He treats hundreds of athletes every year including dozens of NFL players who would not be playing EXCEPT for his help and methodology.

    This article hasn’t AT ALL looked at this dimension. Brady is an exceptional example of what happens when someone subscribe to Alex’s programs. Other NFL quarterbacks lack the physical capacity that Brady has, and a lot of them are MUCH younger. The reason is that Guerrero has developed a training and wellness methodology that no one else has. After all, Brady is human, and ages like everyone else. But he is probably the ONLY QB in the NFL that doesn’t lift weights – – one of the key reasons he doesn’t get hurt.

    Boston magazine – you went for the sensational angle on this without looking under the covers. Shame on you.

  • Amy Finsilver

    I am disheartened to read Boston Magazine’s portrayal of Tom Brady’s body coach Alex Guerrero. We all have issues in our past we would like to do over or change. It’s cruel to make accusations and whether what is being talked about is true or unfounded, it shouldn’t matter today. When the medical establishment failed me, Alex Guerrero gave me back my life back and made my body in better shape than when we first met. Alex Guerrero should be revered, for he has helped many
    people improve their lives be it an injury recovery or building strength and resilience, even me.
    Six months ago, I was in a taxicab accident while on business in Phoenix. The two-car collision left my dominant arm broken in three places, I suffered vertebral misalignment, dislocation of the jaw and a severe concussion. However, despite my obvious facial abrasions,
    the ER doctors did not give me a CAT scan and a traumatic brain injury went undiagnosed for some time. In fact, to compound the injury, the ER doctor suggested I fly back home to Boston to see an arm surgeon immediately—less than 24 hours after the accident. Needless to say, I was compliant. Whether it was shock, the unrelenting arm & neck pain or my willingness to believe the physician knew best, I don’t know. Landing in Boston, I was in agony. I envisioned putting my head in a vice and tightening it until my head exploded to relieve the intense pressure and pain. I saw various physicians and specialists for my injuries and thought I was complaining about an excruciating headache but no one seemed to hear me. My TBI wasn’t diagnosed until 10 days after my accident, at which point I was ordered to be on “pure rest” for 2 weeks minimum. No work, email, text, TV, exercise. Just sit in a dark room and meditate. My worst nightmare. This extended into 4 weeks and then 6 weeks. No narcotic or analgesic alleviated my head
    pain. My broken bones, neck issues and jaw were uncomfortable but the head pain was debilitating. I was unable to think clearly, read, or walk down a flight of stairs without holding on for dear life. I’m
    the type of person who thrives working 12-hour days, and celebrates life with friends and family. Under medical “house arrest”, feeling helpless and hopeless, I began to deteriorate emotionally and physically. More importantly, my cognition was not improving and my pain would not relent. At this point, I received a call from two dear friends who work for the Kraft Group and NE Patriots
    organization. They suggested I see Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady’s body coach, who specializes in post-concussion treatment and injury recovery. Though I can talk and play sports, I’m in no way a
    professional athlete and thus was unsure whether he would take me as a patient. My friends offered to contact Alex on my behalf and an hour later, I received a call from Alex himself. After a 20-minute conversation, I was set up for an evaluation at TB12 the very next morning. I don’t remember much about my first visit to TB12 due to the concussion haze I was in, only that my life as I knew it had changed for the better. Not only was I relieved of the intense pressure and excruciating pain, for the first time in 2 months, I had hope. Hope that the pain would stop, hope that my brain would heal and I would feel “normal” again. Alex understood what I was experiencing
    even when my brain was unable articulate the words to describe my ailments and then I would embarrassingly weep in frustration. He calmed my fears, gave me a plan (and homework) and the motivation to succeed. Although I had to (and still do) drive from Beacon Hill to Gillette stadium a few times a week for treatment, every minute continues to be well worth it. Alex has made me familiar to myself again. Not only has Alex’s recommended nutrition plan,
    body and “brain training” exercises helped my recovery without conventional pharmaceuticals, but his proactive treatments have improved residual issues from my TBI; balance, memory, gait, depth perception and strength building. Alex lifts the “fog” that has surrounded me ever since the accident. If not for Alex and his team, I’d be atrophying in a dark room. After nearly 18 weeks working with TB12, I have almost fully recovered from my injuries. I still struggle with some cognitive issues, but I am in better overall health than I have ever been in my life. Alex and his team’s unwavering support (at all hours), concern and insight have helped me get through a very rocky
    period. I had felt doomed earlier this year but now feel like one of the
    luckiest because I have been connected with Alex Guerrero and TB12.

  • Jim Killon

    Apparently not the first medical fraud coming out of Massachusetts. “Dr.” John Wang claims, much like Guerrero, to be a medical doctor, Harvard trained no less, on a mission from “God” and arrived in the Peruvian Andes to “treat 1000 children for parasites”, donate dozens of microscopes to universities, hospitals and clinics.No one has ever seen one donated items from Wang. He was initially embraced by mayors, congresspeople, chief of hospitals and other notable people. Only a Google search of the guy revealed that Wang was revoked as a medical doctor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire more than 25 years ago for gross incompetence, gross negligence, practicing medicine fraudulently and medical misconduct. He went so far as to create the Peruvian Childrens Fund which, by his own admission has garnered over $240,000 from unsuspecting donors including a $52000 Toyota truck from the Wellesley Rotary Club. When he is discovered in one town of Peru as fraud, he simply hops over to the next village and continues without missing a beat. The fact that the FTC opts not to prosecute Guerrero and stop him, prompts such frauds to continue and a message of “looking the other way” is sent to charlatans like him and Wang. While it is a convenient solution for the Federal folks files, thousands of victims suffer at the hands of these frauds.