The usual suspect snake oil salesmen at Lifevantage Protandim like to quote supposedly peer reviewed medical research to tout their product.
Here's one of the most often quoted sources used by Lifevantage:
American Heart Association Journal, Circulation Study Involving Protandim
Looks good, doesn't it ???
what happens when we take a closer look at the actual document at the American Heart Association site HERE
Let's ignore the fact that the document doesn't reveal the fact that the good "Dr Joe McCord", "He has been a member of the board of directors of the LifeVantage Corporation (makers of the dietary supplement Protandim) since 2006" Joe M. McCord - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Let's also ignore the tiny little fact the research in question was NOT carried out on humans, but, instead was carried out "RV function was determined in male Sprague-Dawley rats 6 weeks after surgical PAB" Yep, on RATS.What I find REALLY interesting is that the researchers didn't even use the supplement "Protandim" to carry out their testing.In fact, you'd have to read a third of the way down the document to find out:
"An alcohol-based extract of the dietary supplement Protandim (LifeVantage Corp, Littleton, Colo) was administered intraperitoneally every other day to an additional group of SuHx rats starting on the day before SU5416 injection"
That's right, folks.
Not only was it an "alcohol based extract" and NOT the powder which is available to Lifevantage customer, it was also "administered intraperitoneally"
What's"interperitoneally"I hear you ask ????Wikipedia knows what it is:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intraperitoneal_injection"Intraperitoneal injection or IP injection is the injection of a substance into the peritoneum (body cavity). IP injection is more often applied to animals than humans. It is generally preferred when large amounts of blood replacement fluids are needed, or when low blood pressure or other problems prevent the use of a suitable blood vessel for intravenous injection. In animals, IP injection is predominantly used in veterinary medicine and animal testing for the administration of systemic drugs and fluids due to the ease of administration compared with other parenteral methods.
In humans, the method is widely used to administer chemotherapy drugs to treat some cancers, particularly ovarian cancer. This specific use has been recommended, controversially, as a standard of care.
a) Tested on rats
b) Not the same substance
c) Not the same delivery method
d) One of the testers has an undisclosed financial interest in the product
e) Carries this warning on the website and the product: * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Take THAT ONE at your own risk