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Thursday, September 28, 2017

HOW DEPENDABLE ARE THOSE FULL PAGE HEALTH CURE ADS?

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WHOOPS, SORRY.  I THOUGHT I PROCESSED THIS BLOG THIS MORNING, BUT SEVERAL PEOPLE AT DINNER WERE WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.  ANYWAY, I'M ALIVE AND WELL AND STILL INVESTIGATING.

There are full-page newspaper advertisements regarding your health that appear almost daily:
  • promising satisfaction to neuropathy  (numbness, tingling, etc.) sufferers
  • providing a much cheaper sex pill for impotence
  • pills to
    • supercharge your brain
    • control bathroom urgency
  • cream to reduce arthritis pain
  • non-drug alternative for fatigue, inflammation and pain
  • natural way to reduce high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure
These ads sometimes try to look like real medical articles, but editors have found ways to get paid, yet, not compromise the integrity of their publication.  Sometimes these ads push forward Hawaiian-sounding terms (and similar local terms elsewhere), many times with quotes and photos of famous individuals to gain maximum credibility.  Chances are that medical plans won't cover much, if anything.  Seniors, who are sicker and more prone to believe fringe treatments, are special targets of these ads.  Mind you, this is not to say that these therapies don't work.  Perhaps, part of the success comes from some placebo effect or a self-fulfilling prophesy.  Plus, someday, some of them could, indeed, become mainstream.  The medical research mostly hasn't yet confirmed the validity of these emerging options.

Take Hawaii's Only Hako-Med-Laser Healing System is Giving Hope to Local Residents.  Ford Konno, Olympic Gold Medalist, thanks Dr. Alosa and staff.  Jeremy Alosa has written a book.  Alosa says he can cure numbness, tingling, burning feet, muscle cramps, balance problems, limb weakness and sleepless nights.  To some degree, that's me.

On the ad there is a logo showing this service as #1 for special, whatever that means, from Hawaii's Best 2017, an annual poll of the Star Advertiser.  The laser therapy is non-invasive with no after effects, and, only $47 for two treatments.  That's a typical expensive lunch for me.  You can't find a hotel room that low today.

So what's the word on low intensity lasers to eliminate neuropathy or nerve damage?  The medical profession has a problem with these ailments.  They usually are related to diabetes.  They really don't know what to do...yet.  A laser attempts to repair damaged tissue by increasing blood flow to impaired nerves and the effort does release some nitric oxide, which does reduce pain.  However, insurance companies cite conflicting results, and generally avoids payment.  Will it be worth your $47 to take a chance?  Not for me.

There is a wide range of those all-natural sex pills market as safe herbal alternatives to Viagra.  These are considered to be dietary supplements, and thus are not regulated.  Many of these pills actually contain sildenafil citrate, the main ingredient in Viagra, which costs around $70/tablet.  According to this ad, for $2 you can get a sex pill from China proven in 13 clinical trials conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  However, couldn't find any confirmation of this statement.

Viotren pills, and, I quote, "trigger harder, long lasting erections and give men mind blowing orgasms."  Further, it has no side effects associated with Viagra, Levitra and Cialis.  Viotren contains ingredients that trigger a massive release of testosterone.  They are so confident that you can double your money back if dissatisfied.  How do you get Viotren?  Call, but they warn that recent media exposure means you will probably get a busy line.

MaleResearch, a web site provides the Good, the Bad and the Ugly about these enhancement pills, and went on to recommend the top five.  Viotren did not make the cut.

NBC News indicted these pills pose hidden dangers.  First, if you take nitrates, absolutely avoid them.  Second, if you have heart or blood pressure problems, be very careful.  Third, emergency rooms and poison control hot lines are logging more incidents.  Last year sales rose to $400 million.  Not that this matters, but health plans can't be used.  Some get desperate, but I wouldn't take a chance on them.


A third ad is:  Bathroom Urgency is Under Control With Newly Released Pill.  Urinary incontinence affects 26 million Americans, mostly women, while bladder control up to 84% of elderly.  Sixty-one million Americans suffer from these problems.

A dietary herbal supplement (meaning it was quickly put on the market) called UriVarx contains Cratevox stem bark, Horsetail herb and Lindera strychnifolia root.  Combined, these ingredients both strengthen the connective tissue that supports the bladder and relax the muscles in the bladder, thus allowing it to hold more urine.  This ad looks suspicious, but there have been rigorous clinical trials, and my preliminary assessment is that it could well work.  I'm thinking about it.  I can't get a full 8-hours of sleep, so $67 for 60 Veggie Capsules might well be worth a try.

On the other hand, if I'm reading these results properly, you might need to take these pills for 8 weeks before seeing an effect, and, at best, you will still be peeing twice per night.  Nah, I'm not that desperate.

I can go on and on, but I'll stop here and add a few more later.

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