Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
October 30, 2003

Patented Scams

The following excerpt is from a must read Heart Health Canadian Site . Personally, most patented or proprietary products are over priced and unnatural to our digestion with unknown long term risks. I avoid them like the plague. My motto is to go back to the basics as per my earlier post such as:

Cultured Cabbage Juice - Make the Best Lactobacteria

How to make your own B Vitamins

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..."Multi-level pyramid sales, patented or special formulations are rarely cost effective, think: Coral Calcium. Another example is Ester-C, chemically not an ester but a costly degraded mix of oxidized vitamin C. From their website: All of the ..."studies are considered to be pilot or preliminary, and although the results suggest a positive result, further studies are necessary [but not for sales] to verify these conclusions."

Eleven years after the patent the largest reported trial involved only 54 people during 1 day! Feel like wasting time, here's their patent. Such practices based on deceptive research give the vitamin industry a bad name, yet their very friendly watch dog, the Council for Responsible [sic] Nutrition, refuses to bite this industry-wide profitable scam. This watch dog -with 4 PhDs on staff- knows who buys the dog food. They happily collect 0.1% of any member company's Ester-C sales. So much for "enhancing consumer confidence in dietary supplements". A deceptive name for a common lobby group [-however, they are vital to help keep vitamins legal and available -thank you]."...

How'bout patenting pre-oxidized vitamin E, with real metabolites! Well, personally I like my vitamins cheap, cold and un-oxidized. P.S. Now Ester-C is "fatty acid ester free" ... Bonus! Shame on that industry already famous for price-fixing (and making good multi's hard to find on store shelves) and which refuses to self-police and weed out supplement scams.

See about a third down the Comments page

See: also: Ester-CŪ, Ascorbic Acid, Mineral Ascorbates and Ascorbyl Palmitate


posted by Chris Gupta on Thursday October 30 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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