“Restore for Gut Health” – DANGER Will Robinson!!!

This product is strongly being marketed via FACEBOOK advertisements to any one showing interest in IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome etc. Be warned and pass the warning on to others!

An update: DNA damage and increased Cancer risk are possible.

A reader sent this to me and looking at the contents caused me to ask two questions:

  • What is this about a coal extract and the gut?
  • Is there any possibility that there may be something behind it?

The later question means that I am willing to consider edge cases for treatment — I just need to find evidence to support it.

Why do I say coal extract? The label reads:

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I am an ex Science Teacher and I know what Lignite is… It is brown coal,the lowest rank of coal and is a soft brown combustible sedimentary rock formed from naturally compressed peat. So we may actually be looking at a peat extract. The ingredient list read like a fine laboratory analysis of just that! Coal!

On the negative size, this type of extract is linked to endemic nephropathy [2013]. Further more, “Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) [from raw coal] are considered to be a group of compounds that pose potential health hazards since some PAHs are known carcinogens.” [2000].

I emailed the company because they claimed to be FDA regulare

  • “With supplements not requiring research by the FDA, most supplements lack scientific evidence to back up any claims…Look through the testimonial page for people”[site] i.e. No studies, just testimonials which could easily be 100% fake.
  • “In compliance with the FDA/FTC regulations of the supplement industry, Restore has not been evaluated or approved to diagnose, treat, or change the course of a disease.”[site] – talk about spin doctoring! “In compliance with the FDA/FTC regulations” causes most people to believe that it is FDA/FTC approved. It is not.

I have yet to receive any response except an acknowledgement of receipt:

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Bottom Line

This appears to be a dangerous supplement. Avoid!!!!! Their advertisements, YouTube etc. are often correct is describing problems — however their solution lack any clinical studies,  and is potentially seriously dangerous.

This product is a rebranding of “New Earth Dynamics” done in early 2015 [Press Release]. The company behind it registered in Delaware in October 2014. Delaware is famous for being used by scam artists, “”When you’re an officer or a director, many other states impose liability on you for making bad decisions, whereas in Delaware you’re protected by the Delaware Business Judgment Rule,” [source] – is it not odd for a group of people living in Virginia to form a LLC in a different state???? (why are they seeking such protection by forming a LLC in THAT state instead of Virginia).

Their chief scientific advisor, John Gildea PhD,  appear to have written no papers in this area and is focused on cancer [his publications].