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!
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:
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 . 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.” .
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:
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].