Updated August 6 2016
A. Debunking Dr. Ed Friedlander
B. Debunking StemFit
C. Debunking Dr. Bill Sukala
D. Customer complaints on Laminine
Dr. Ed Friedlander is a pathologist. He answers a question posted on a website asking if Laminine is safe. His answers were – “pricey, couldn’t find its exact composition, typical fraudulent & misleading, and testimonials are due to wishful thinking”.
HealthTap is a website where you can chat or get answers from doctors. They make money through micro-blogging and by encouraging readers to subscribe to their services.
Being pricey depends on the perspective, achieving homeostasis for US$140 for 120 capsules is not pricey. No supplements comes close to Laminine’s core ingredient FibroBlast Growth Factor (FGF) from a Fertilized Avian Egg Extract.
The other known source of FGF is through injectable vial. When a person undergoes Stem Cell Therapy in the hope for a safe & successful treatment and cure, FGF is injected to the body prior to the stem cell. FGF is known to work well in stimulating stem cells. A vial of FGF is priced around US$1,000. A bottle of Laminine Food Supplement is priced at US$36.95-48.16 for 30 capsules.
The doctor obviously has no knowledge or even saw the product. Otherwise, he will see the exact composition printed on the box. The ingredients and composition are also widely circulated in the internet. Laminine was featured on the American Health Journal (PBS). A clinical abstract (summary) is also available at Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) website and 2015 publication.
What is misleading are his invalidated answers. He did not present any clear evidence to counter the claims of Laminine. To say that Laminine is fraudulent can land him in hot seat. LifePharm Global Network, makers of Laminine Food Supplement has been in the food supplement industry for more than 10 years.
Laminine is sold through Multi-Level Marketing. It’s selling technique is similar to Amway, OrganoGold, Herbalife to name a few. This means that Laminine is sold through retail or membership. Individual Laminine sellers (on-line) are 99% users. Most of these Independent Business Owners or IBO (sellers) post their personal testimonies on the website.
Laminine Testimonies are available in YouTube, among them would that be of Kevin Sorbo, a Hollywood actor known for his role as Mr. Hercules (1995) & God’s not Dead (2014). Kevin had severe and unexplained pain. He went to the doctor hoping for an immediate cure. Drugs or medicine didn’t work for him until he stumbled on Laminine. Kevin testified how Laminine worked to help him recover from unexplained body pains. Afterwards, he saw the positive effects of this supplement unto himself and if he is to take it as his lifetime health maintenance, might as well join and sell it. This way, he practically gets his supply for free. Kevin Sorbo sells it on-line as his on the side income. Kevin is also known for his faith, being a Christian. Either he together with hundreds that testified it works are liars, or they’re saying the truth about Laminine.
Fertilized Avian Egg Extract Research was a featured documentary, independently produced by CTV Toronto in the 1990s. Click here to know more about the History of Laminine.
Laminine and StemFit are not related or does it share the same ingredient. The product StemFit claims it has similar if not a better ingredient compared to Laminine. This is not possible because the ingredient of Laminine is patented.
StemFit’s advertising hinges on what Laminine can do. They claim that their product works the same way as Laminine does. They also claim it’s safe and can cure types of illness because its ingredients are similar to Laminine. According to their website, their ingredients comes from Norway but is vague when it comes to documentation of their sources which include basic informations such as manufacturer’s address and medical references to their scientific claims.
Sellers of StemFit randomly add comments to several Laminine websites. Their comment include saying that their product is better than Laminine at the same time claiming they have the same exact ingredients, which does not make sense when you say one is better than the other.
Searching Google does not give any legitimate reference to the claims of StemFit or can you find out who the owner, source, or location of its manufacturer is. LifePharm Network Global USA is not related in any way with StemFit.
When StemFit first came out sometime between 2013 to 2014, they claimed they used YTE® on their product. However by early 2016, they introduced a new brand – StemActive which they now say uses YTE® which is the proprietary extract that comes from Med-eq Norway. StemFit is differentiated by admitting it uses a “generic egg extract” (not YTE). The good – they were honest to establish the difference between the 2 products. The bad – they initially said that StemFit uses YTE®, which it does not.
Laminine OPT9 uses 2 other ingredients which are Yellow Pea and Shark Cartilage. StemActive claims the same thing in their website. It therefore appears that their product and Laminine has the same ingredients. The catch? This blend together with FAEE is a patented ingredient called OPT9, which only LPGN can claim. Laminine’s ingredients is clearly specified and supported by clinical studies in the Physician’s Desk Reference or PDR. It is reviewed, and cited by medical doctors and organizations. StemActive does not have of these references or citations in their website.
Anyone can claim anything in the internet. Any company or product can quote medical references as well, however if the company or manufacturer cannot be located, verified, or cited with proper reference or even registration, you should wonder if they are telling the truth on any of their cited references or are they just riding on a known brand?
* This article is likewise being debunked by Dr. Sukala. You can access his review/defense here.
Dr. Bill Sukala is a Sydney-based clinical exercise physiologist and self proclaimed “media health expert” in Australia. He writes reviews on common health issues and popular health products. In December 2013, he wrote a well structured and interesting blog discrediting the claims of LifePharm Global Network about Laminine Food Supplement.
The article is lengthy and appears to be based on scientific research. However, with all the medical quotes, jargon, and well planned article, for us, its just a verbose blog stuffed with terminologies to make the article rank in google and invite more readership. We will just focus on the summary that he makes on the article, he said –
“Overall, I find Laminine to be nothing more than a simple amino acid, vitamin, and mineral supplement, all of which are readily available in a standard diet. The carefully orchestrated mix of invented jargon and scientific facts stops short of making overtly false claims, but may lead consumers to make faulty extrapolations of efficacy which are not substantiated by independent scientific evidence. In conclusion, I would discourage consumers from purchasing Laminine or recommending it to others.”
With great opportunities to earn a living through social media, blogging has become an important tool to earn a living. The quickest way to become an internet sensation is to publish controversial articles.
Dr. Sukala writes intriguing articles and as a result gets a lot of attention and reader response. His blog now ranks high in Google search, thanks to hundreds of people that comments on his page. His website also features other food supplements that he criticizes.
He debunks the merit of a product that seems scholarly, spot on but do not give credit to other sources that obviously will negate his observation. His objective is aimed to discredit a product.
It should make you wonder why someone will spend time writing these kinds of articles and taking time to respond to each comments a reader makes in his site. Either Dr. Bill is fighting a cause, or he simply wants to be famous by creating an issue and riding on the popularity of a product, in this case – Laminine Food Supplement.
He marks Laminine’s claims point by point and systematically refutes it by stating that there is no clear evidence to prove Laminine’s claims. While there are clinical studies to prove the claims of Laminine, he points out that these are old and implies it can no longer be trusted.
Just because a clinical study is old does not mean it is no longer relevant or has become false. Conducting a trial is very expensive which is the reason not all companies can afford it. Repeating or spending again for proven results does not make sense. If Laminine has been proven to promote rapid cell healing, these facts remains true.
Contrary to the doctor’s independent and personal review, Laminine have circumstantial evidences to prove it works. Consider the following:
1. Registered and approved by FDA with documented clinical studies on YTE and FGF as early as the 1980, 1998, and 2005.
2. Documented clinical studies on cell wound recovery and reduction of cortisol level.
3. FGF is now being explored by other pharmaceutical companies as a safe ingredient to promote healing.
4. Medical Doctors in the USA, Europe, and Asia have testified on the unique health benefit of Laminine.
5. Testimonials on Laminine that it works are present even at Dr. Sukala’s anti-Laminine blog.
6. Laminine was featured on American Health Journal (AHJ), Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR.net), American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Yes, Laminine’s feature on the AHJ and PDR.net are paid
Laminine was featured (advertorial) in the American Health Journal at PBS and the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR 2014, 2016).*
* The American Health Journal is an award-winning 30-minute health care TV series which has aired continuously for over 25 years. (IMDb)
* PDR provides physicians with the full legally mandated information relevant to writing prescriptions. (Wikipedia)
For both AHJ and PDR, Laminine was featured and accredited for a fee. Laminine underwent scrutiny and was approved by its medical board in order to be featured in their organization. Any entity or group in order to survive need funding and this is how they do it, through paid advertorials or listing. Likewise, Dr. Sukala asks for a fee when patients come to his office for consultation.
Just because a company or a professional asks for a fee does not discount their ability to perform. What would be wrong is when a product or a person claims something which does not work, is not safe to use, and cannot be proven by physical evidence or first hand testimonials. Thus, any article that is based on an individual’s personal view should equally be scrutinized as to its intention.
Any article that is based on an individual’s personal view should equally be scrutinized as to its intention.
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c. Joseph-Silverstein, Jacquelyn, et al (June 1989) Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor in the Chick Embryo: Immunolocalization to Striated Muscle Cells and Their Precursors. The Journal of Cell Biology, 108: 2459-2466.
d. Hatten, M. E., et al (1988) In Vitro Neurite Extension by Granule Neurons is Dependent upon Astroglial-Derived Fibroblast Growth Factor. Developmental Biology, 125:280-289.
e. Seed, Jennifer, et al (1988) Fibroblast Growth Factor Levels in the Whole Embryo and Limb Bud during Chick Development. Developmental Biology, 128:50-57.
f. Gospodarowicz, D, et al (1986) Molecular and Biological Characterization of Fibroblast Growth Factor, an Angiogenic Factor Which Also Controls the Proliferation and Differentiation of 7. Mesoderm and Neuroectoderm Derived Cells. Cell Differentiation, 19: 1-17.
g. Seed, Jennifer, et al (1988) Fibroblast Growth Factor Levels in the Whole Embryo and Limb Bud during Chick Development. Developmental Biology, 128:50-57.
FibroBlast Growth Factor (FGF2) in the Fertilized Avian Egg Extract (FAEE) of Laminine plays an important role in the regulation of cell survival, cell division, angiogenesis, cell differentiation and cell migration. Functions as potent mitogen in vitro.*
Hirohashi S.Jpn. J. Cancer Res. 82:1263-1270(1991) [PubMed] [Europe PMC] [Abstract] Cited for: PROTEIN SEQUENCE OF 94-107 AND 162-173, FUNCTION, BIOPHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES, TISSUE SPECIFICITY.
“Receptor specificity of the fibroblast growth factor family.”
Ornitz D.M., Xu J., Colvin J.S., McEwen D.G., MacArthur C.A., Coulier F., Gao G., Goldfarb M.
J. Biol. Chem. 271:15292-15297(1996) [PubMed] [Europe PMC] [Abstract] Cited for: INTERACTION WITH FGFR1; FGFR2; FGFR3 AND FGFR4, FUNCTION IN CELL PROLIFERATION.
FGFs are key players in the processes of proliferation and differentiation of wide variety of cells and tissues.*
* Reference: Wikipedia on FGF2 on humans
It is true that you can get Amino Acids from food. However in order to get the right amount, you need a supplement. A supplement will give you the finest quality of Amino Acids and you don’t need to eat in bulk or take red meat into your body.
Only Laminine to date contains Fertilized Avian Egg Extract (FAEE), a proprietary formula. This means that LifePharm Global Network has exclusive rights to the unique blend of ingredients that are combined to become Laminine (OPT-9 formula). You cannot find elsewhere a supplement that contains FibroBlast Growth Factor (FGF) or FAEE.
In one of the comments on the article page of Dr. Sukala, readers asks if he has tried Laminine, his answer was a resounding no. We wanted to screenshot the post but when we came back to the site, the comment was removed. You can still see traces of readers asking if he has tried Laminine, but you will no longer see a categorical ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer from Dr. Sukala.
Dr. Sukala stated “I am currently investigating labs which can do a full chemical analysis on the product to see what its specific constituents are, if it is pure egg protein, or if it is, perhaps, adulterated with something else.” Why would a blogger spend thousands of dollars just to disprove something. Either someone will finance this investigation or he’s just bluffing.
For our part, we are writing this article in defense of Laminine because of two things: We know it works and we are selling the product to earn. We need to make a statement.
Dr. Bill insist that Laminine testimonies cannot be trusted, well he has to deal with hundreds if not thousands of testimonies. When asked by one reader if Dr. Bill have tried Laminine, his answer was “No”.
Dr. Sukala states “I won’t say that Laminine is an MLM scam, but I do think you should do your homework before investing in any MLM “business opportunity.” For more information on whether joining a multi-level marketing company is right for you, visit: http://www.mlmwatch.org”
If Dr. Sukala says that Laminine is not an MLM scam, what is the point of further saying “you should do your homework before investing in any MLM business opportunity”, unless you want to create an issue about Laminine being sold as MLM.
Laminine is not an advocacy, it is a business and just because it’s sold though MLM does not make it any less effective. Any forward thinking company would want to market their product well and hype it – does this mean that the product is less effective? It’s a strategy that makes a product become popular in a short period of time.
Laminine is sold through MLM, and it’s an inconvenient truth for Dr. Sukala which is likely the reason he wrote the article, among his other hidden agenda. MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing, also known as Networking. It is a marketing strategy similar to other MLM companies such as Amway.
MLM is a great marketing tool to make a product popular. Laminine was launched in 2011 and by the end of 2014, it nearly has 9 Million users around the world.
1. More expensive in Asia compared to USA & Canada.
2. Cannot buy 1 bottle on initial order (except USA, Canada, UK).
3. Has a renewal membership fee of US$20.
4. Delivery delays.
5. Does not work as immune booster as some website claims.
6. Healing effect stops if you quit taking the product.
7. Does not seem to have a long term effect.
8. Has side effect.
7. Has addictive effects, becomes weak if you stop taking it.
8. Instead of being sleepy as it claims, I was awake the whole night.
9. Effect too slow for me, forced to spend more for faster results.
10. Some clinical studies are not published and old.
11. Ordering is difficult and confusing.
12. Membership required for Australia, Canada, NZ, France, Germany, Italy, Spain & other European countries.
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