Archive for the ‘Supplements’ Category

Fools and Money

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

I get email. I get lots of email. Most of it is spam, of course. Some of it is “You forgot my 2003 8th place finish in the something-or-other Championships.” Much of it is “I think our websites are a good match. I’ve placed a link to your site on my links page, along with a couple thousand other links. Will you list a link to my teeth-whitening or penis-extending site? If not, I’ll remove your site from mine.”

Then today, I get an email offering me to be a distributor for this new and exciting product, endorsed by Ronnie Coleman.

I go to the site, and the product is a set of patches that you place on your skin. Oh, I think, another homeopathic concentration of growth hormone, or something like that. But, no, not even that. From their website:

  • Convenient Non-Transdermal patch; nothing enters the body
  • Constructed from water, Oxygen and amino acids sealed inside a plastic shell

So it’s not a transdermal patch. Its a NON-transdermal patch. Nothing enters the body. You wear two pieces of plastic with water and amino acids inside.

Then they go on to talk about “passively interact with the human body for the purpose of inducing electron flow and thermomagnetic frequency modulation.”

Now I took quite a bit of [physics] in college, and I don’t remember any mention of thermomagnetic frequency modulation. So I googled it. Thermomagnetic is the conversion of heat directly to electricity. The term is usually used regarding superconductors, ceramics at very cold temperatures, -200 degrees and below, where electricity flows without resistance. Frequency Modulation is a method to place information in a signal, by modulating the frequency. You know, like FM radio. No where is the term “thermomagnetic frequency modulation” used anywhere on the web other than with regards to this product. There are no examples of frequency modulation, thermomagnetic or not, in biological systems. I know of no examples of the thermomagnetic conversion of heat to electricity in the human body. (Please let me know of any.)

And how does one passively interact with anything? I think that qualifies as an oxymoron.

As part of their news items, they state the product is once again proven to be non-transdermal! Yeah, well, hard plastic will do that.

If pieces of plastic filled with water, oxygen and amino acids have an effect on the human body, what has my soft contact lenses been doing to me all these years? How much of an effect would a bottle of Gatorade stuck down your pants have?

We are truly an illiterate society.

Snake Oil Revisted: Creatine Serum

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

In an Auckland New Zealand district court, Muscle Marketing USA has been fined $70,000 NZD (about $45,000 USD) for false claims about their Creatine Serum. Muscle Marketing claims that each 5 ml serving contains “the equivalent of” 2500 mg of creatine monohydrate. Analysis showed the product only contained 11.5 mg per dose.

NO2 and ZMA

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Do you love sports nutrition research? Here is a summary of the poster presentations (pdf) at the recent International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference in Las Vegas. (At scientific conferences, the major presentations are given as lectures. The smaller research projects are presented as posters in boothes in a convention hall. The researcher, often a grad-student, gets to sit in the booth all day and answer any questions of people walking by. I did one poster session in graduate school, although I don’t remember what exactly was the topic of the poster.)

Poster # 13, 14, 15 and 18 conclude that NO2 supplements are worthless. Poster 19 concludes that ZMA is worthless.

Thanks to Will Brink for posting this in the Mayhem forum.

UPDATE: Here is another link on how NO2 supplemnets are a scam.

On-line Supplements

Friday, June 4th, 2004

Purchasing supplements on-line can save you lots of money vs nationwide supplement store chains or even your local mom and pop shop. But what web stores have the best value? I did some comparison shopping.


Smart Consumer – part 3

Friday, April 16th, 2004

One last rant about how all HGH supplements are scams: Know your metric units

Smart Consumer – part 2

Monday, April 12th, 2004

How can you tell if a supplement is worthwhile, or just a scam? For starters, read the label.

Be a smart consumer

Sunday, April 11th, 2004

The supplement industry is big business, with multi-billion dollars of sales per year in the US. Most supplements are crap. How do you prevent yourself from being ripped off? Here are some hints.