The agency announced Monday in Chicago it has filed a lawsuit against Phoenix-based Central Coast Nutraceuticals.
The FTC says the products don't work for weight loss or to prevent cancer as claimed in online advertising.
Rhonda Wooten is a 48-year-old preschool teacher from Paxton in east-central Illinois. She says she received shipments she didn't want and lost at least $150 trying to get a refund.
According to the FTC, millions of consumers who are anxious to lose weight or prevent cancer have seen the ads: "...USE WITH CAUTION! Major weight loss in short periods of time may occur," or "detoxify your organs," and break down and remove "toxic waste matter which may have been stuck in the folds and wrinkles of your digestive system for years and years."
Today, the FTC is hoping to stop the marketers from what they call deceptive practices.
So called "free" trials of these products have cost consumers bundles.
The FTC claims credit cards have been charged for exorbitant shipping charges and recurring monthly charges that were not approved by the consumer who wanted to try the product.