Update: June 15, 2018
Today, we noticed that Super Prostate Formula is advertising on Google using Prostate Miracle as a search term.
To their credit . . . they are NOT promoted themselves with a "fake review site", which would have automatically landed them on our "ugly" page.
However, we have included them on our "bad" page, because in addition to their history of false advertsing (see previous post), they are now making some absurd claims, which we consider false, misleading and obviously intended to disparage Prostate Miracle.
On their website they say:
"In the process of researching and developing Super Prostate Formula, we noticed a pattern of mistakes consumers were making when purchasing their prostate supplements."
"Quite simply, the more complete your prostate formula, the greater your chances of success."
Don't assume that a more expensive product is better, it could be . . . but in many cases it is NOT and is just more expensive.
Update: May 27, 2017
Super Prostate Formula is produced by Physician's Choice, Inc. and was promoted on TV infomercials during the early 2000's, until it was abruptly taken off the air in 2005, when Super Prostate Formula became the subject of an FDA warning letter, and Physician's Choice, Inc. was sued by the FTC for false advertising.
During this period, Physician's Choice, Inc. also ran a string of other, very successful, slickly produced TV infomercials, all made to look like real TV shows, featuring scripted "fake" interviews between owner Stephan D. Karian and his business partner Michael Teplisky, M.D. (aka Michael Teplitsky).
Like, all of their other TV infomercials, the Super Prostate Formula "show" also featured "fake" testimonials, using professional actors, which I guess is where the false advertising charges stemmed from. Interestingly enough, the Super Prostate Formula website still features photos and testimonials from those same actors who starred in the TV infomercial.
The FTC false advertising case against them, was settled in 2008 with Physician's Choice, Inc. agreeing to pay up to $20 million in consumer redress, which at the time, was the largest monetary judgment ever obtained in an FTC health fraud case.
The fact that Physician's Choice, Inc. also received an FDA warning for making drug claims is not a red flag in itself. The FDA does not allow nutritional supplements to be promoted by citing scientific studies or using testimonials, which imply a cure or treatment for disease. They don't provide much guidance on this, so its an easy line to inadvertently cross, particularly at the time, when the Physician's Choice, Inc. infomercials were runnng.
Many companies receive FDA warning letters, but typically, they go to the trouble and expense of seeking the highly coveted FDA closeout letter, which states that all cited issues have been brought into full compliance. It appears however, that Physician's Choice,Inc never received an FDA close out letter, which does beg the question . . . why not?
Perhaps it was because, responding to FDA citations for all of their following products would have been a daunting and costly ordeal:
Super Prostate Formula, Super Cholesterol Formula, Super Cardio Program Healthy Heart and Healthy Arteries, Super Liver Formula, Super Arthritis Formula, Super Glucose Formula, Super Eye, Liver Super Cold & Flu, Super CaIMag, Super Arthritis Cream, Super Slim Anti-Cellulite Cream, FemPro Breast Enhancement Gel, Super Female Formula Breast Enhancement Gel, FemPro Lip Volumizer Serum, Super Female Formula Lip Volumizer, Super Female Formula Cream, Super Thyroid Cream, FemPro, Super Cell Protector Anti-Wrinkle Serum, Super Cell Protector Age Spot Defying Cream, Super Hair Solutions, Super Cell Protector Daily Enzymatic Toner & Enzymatic Resurfacing Mask, Super Cell Protector Daily Enzymatic Cleanser, Super Cell Protector Rejuvenating Enzymatic Toner, Super Cell Protector 7-Day Enzymatic Resurfacing Mask, Super Cell Protector Rejuvenating Enzymatic Cleanser, Super Cell Protector Acne Clear, Super Carbo Blocker, Super Carbo Blocker 2, Super Lipo Blocker and Super Slim
In 2008, a further FTC action was filed against Physician's Choice, Inc., for running new TV infomercials that violated some terms of the 2005 Court Order.
Dr. Teplisky has also had many problems of his own. New York State's medical licensing authorities disciplined him in 1995 for sexual misconduct (regarding an incident in which he allegedly grabbed a patient's breasts without her permission), and in 2003 for negligence, incompetence, ordering unwarranted treatments and failure to maintain adequate medical records.
I guess that is why Michael Teplisky, M.D.'s name or likeness is nowhere to be found on any Physician's Choice, Inc. websites or product labels anymore.
Super Prostate Formula has evolved several times over the years. Their latest Formula consists of a 4 capsule serving, which provides 500 mg beta sitosterol (better than most, but still less than Prostate Miracle®) + a proprietary blend of all the other "usual suspects" (which are of no therapeutic value). I personally hate (and can't understand how the FDA allows) the use of proprietary blends on product labels. I "get" that the producer is protecting (hiding) his "secret" blend, but what about the consumer who knows not what he is getting?
It's worth noting that a daily serving of Super Prostate Formula also provides 30 mg of zinc which we feel is WAY too much, bordering on the edge of toxic (depending on if the consumer is getting more zinc in his diet or from other supplements he may be taking).
They offer a free bottle (but you have to pay about $10 s&h) and you have to agree to the terms of their $79.90 (plus s&h) automatic credit card re-billing.
They offer another package (with automatic credit card billing too) that includes 2 free bottles of their Super Libido. I'm surprised, that with all Physician's Choice, Inc has been through, they still sell Super Libido which we beleve is no more likely to increase libido than snake oil is. Perhaps with their history of brazen cavalier actions, I should NOT be surprised.Bottom line:
Update: May 23, 2016
Prostate Revive is a relatively new product being sold by MedixSelect, for which Dr. David Brownstein is the spokesperson.
The good news about this product is, that it is NOT being promoted on a fake review site (at least not that we know of so far). And that MedixSelect does NOT hide their identity.
The bad news is, that Prostate Revive is just another ineffective product. Like so many others out there, they try to impress with a long list of ingredients. This "window dressing" approach often fools many, who think that more ingredients must be better, but as we have exposed before, a tiny amount of unneeded ingredients is basically worthless.
Although, we've got nothing bad to say about Dr Brownstein, who appears to be a legitimate holistic health practitioner. . . Others are not so convinced, as evidenced by the following negative online review:
Con Artists, Liars and Thieves By Deborah Lancaster on August 21, 2015, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I called the company to cancel the "trial" and any future shipments and was assured it would be taken care of. When I got something I never ordered within the next week, I called once again and was once again assured everything would be cancelled. I even decided to not fight about a refund considering it "my stupid tax" for the year.
60 days go by and I think all is fine and the next thing I know I'm getting 2 or 3 bottles of something I've never heard of, much less ordered. During the next several months I made several phone calls to try to stop this mess. Then my credit card expiration date changed and I figured that would be the end of it, since the card was no longer valid. Wrong, they charged their over-priced, ineffective crap to an expired card. Again, phone calls and emails and letters, one from my lawyer's office. I have an email sitting here assuring me I would not be charged for anything else and my subscription or whatever you want to call it is cancelled. Just logged into my checking account and guess who's there trying to rob me again? Well, I consider using an out of date credit card fraud and since they used the U.S. Mail to accomplish this transaction, it then becomes mail fraud. I will be filing my complaints with the U.S. Postal Service on Monday, but in the meantime, I will be filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission along with every other federal, state, and local agency I can think of. I will stop this racket. If we don't stand up and stop people like this, they'll do it to someone else or more likely, they'll show up on our doorsteps once again.
News Max and this Medix Select will make you absolutely nuts. They can fill your inbox with more crap than ought to be legal by anybody's standards. I'm out to give them a black eye everywhere I can and will use any and all legal means I have to, to stop them. This is no threat, it is a promise. After messing with them for over a year, I think I've been more than patient and, thus far, they have not honored any of their commitments to me.
STAY AWAY FROM THESE BLOOD SUCKING CRIMINALS."
The bottom line is that although this product is NOT promoted unethically as so many others are, we do not consider it to be a good product, and it is WAY overpriced at $39.95/bottle.Read Less
Advanced Bionutritionals is company that distributes Advanced Prostate Formula as well as a number of other health products including Pectasol which have been developed by Dr Isaac Eliaz. These products are also sold through EcoNugenics.LLC.
Before discussing their product Advanced Prostate Formula, I want to first talk about their company and the history that NHS Global Distributors, Inc® has with EcoNugenics.
First of all, I think it only fair to say that both Advanced Bionutritionals and EcoNugenics have a very well qualified and impressively credentialed team of professionals, who all write very well about their products.
Now for an account of the history we have had with them.
In 2005, NHS Global Distributors, Inc® approached EcoNugenics with a proposal to feature Dr Eliaz in a TV infomercial, promoting our new (at the time) healthy detox support formula called Pectin Plus®, which uniquely combines Citrus Pectin with the extracts of both garlic and cilantro. At that time, EcoNugenics expressed some interest in the project and we had some dialog discussing the details of how this prospective project might work. We never did reach any agreement however and the next thing we knew, Dr Eliaz had introduced his own combination detox product. I am not suggesting that anything improper or unethical occurred, I am just stating what happened.
We were somewhat disappointed in this development and when we expressed our thoughts to EcoNugenics, they suggested that perhaps NHS Global Distributors, Inc.® could promote their new product on TV instead of ours and in return they would give us a very favorable distributor price break making it a win-win venture. It took some time before they provided us their special price list, but when we finally received it, we was shocked at how "way over priced" their product was. Even worse, the "special" distributor price list they had promised was an insult to our intelligence. Where as, we were expecting discounts based on the purchase of 1000's of bottles at a time, they were only offering a marginal discount off their very high retail price, based on purchases of 24 bottles at a time. What a joke!
Obviously we could never benefit from that kind of relationship, so we went on to launch Pectin Plus® ourselves without any association with Dr Eliaz or EcoNugenics at all. Shortly thereafter, we received a letter from a law firm representing EcoNugenics demanding that we cease and desist from citing any of Dr Eliaz's citrus pectin research on our website and also from using the ingredient Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) in our product, unless of course we bought it from them (at their ridiculously high price of course).
The raw material we had been using was in fact modified citrus pectin and even though we figured we had every right to use this raw material in our product, ultimately we decided that It was just not worth fighting over in court, particularly because, we had never seen any studies demonstrating that modified citrus pectin was any more supportive of healthy detoxification than generic citrus pectin. Additionally, we found a source of citrus pectin which unlike that used in Pectasol, is derived from grapefruits, which were grown pesticide free. (wild crafted). We feel (and so do our customers) that this a great advantage over products like Pectasol (and others) which could very well contain pesticides. Exposure to pesticides in not exactly what one wants, when one want to support health detoxification.
Over all, I must say that I am pretty unimpressed with Advanced Prostate Formula.
It DOES provide a proper amount of D.I.M (which is good), but it does NOT contain ANY concentrated, high potency beta sitosterol (which is very bad).
Advanced Prostate Formula does contain the typical USELESS herbs that are frequently included in many prostate formulas, and it also contains a small amount of Swedish flower pollen extract, for which as far as I know, there exists NO clinical studies proving it's effectiveness for prostate support.
In our opinion, just as with all of the EcoNugenics products, the Advanced-Bionutritional line of products are very much "over priced".
As an example, they sell their Vitamin D3 product for $9.95 per bottle, which sounds cheap until you discover that the bottle only contains 60 capsules. NHS Global Distributors, Inc® was one of the first companies out there selling a 5,000 iu capsule of Vitamin D3. A bottle of our Vitamin D3 product (Dmax) contains 250 capsule for only $22.95 . . . obviously a much better deal than theirs particularly when you consider that we offer even deeper discounts on orders larger than 1 bottle. Of course, there is nothing unethical about charging a high price . . . a company has every right to charge what ever they want for their products. But that does not mean that customers should be willing to pay such high prices. Naturally quality comes at a cost, but sometimes a higher price fools some people into believing it is better quality, when it is not . . . just more expensive. (the single bottle price of Advanced Prostate Formula is $39.95 per bottle, while the single bottle price of Prostate Miracle® Advanced Formula is $29.95. The price difference is even more pronounced with larger orders)Read Less
Update: May 23, 2016
Healthy Choice Naturals (aka Mens Health Tech and Wellmates) produces "Prostate Care", which they have deceptively promoted as a "new and improved Prostate Miracle®". . . . an obvious ploy to trick people who are searching for Prostate Miracle® Advanced Formula, by NHS Global Distributors, Inc.
Their price is significantly higher than Prostate Miracle® and so some people have been fooled into thinking . . . hmmm . . . "new and improved" Prostate Miracle® . . . it costs more . . . it must be better.
This deception couldn't be further from the truth and has propagated lots of confusion in the marketplace . . . So let's set the record straight . . .
Healthy Choice Naturals and their product Prostate Care are not related in any way, shape or form to NHS Global Distributors. Inc and Prostate Miracle® Advanced Formula
In fact our legal department has served them papers demanding that they cease and desist from infringing on our registered Prostate Miracle® trademark. After many phone calls to their corporate office, and after many unfulfilled promises, finally they did comply . . . but just for a short while . . . and then commenced again (perhaps thinking that they could "get away with it" again using a different company identity). Ultimately, Google stepped in and forced them to stop their deceptive online advertising. Amazingly enough, even today, they continue to advertise using our registered trademark (Prostate Miracle) as a search term and also use the deceptive name (Miracle Prostate) in the headline of their online ad. We understand that when you are "number one" everyone one wants to ride on your "coattails" . . . but don't you think this is going too far?
Beware of this company . . .
But enough about their company . . . Let's look at their formula . . . It has 300 mg of beta sitosterol . . . that's good . . . it has zinc citrate . . . that's good too . . . but why do they provide 30 mg per serving? . . . that amount of zinc is WAY too much . . . and could even be potentially dangerous.
Their product also contains some DIM . . . (diindolymethane) . . . that's a nice idea . . . DIM truly is a great supplement to take for supporting prostate health . . . the problem is that you need to take 200 mg /day to get any support from it . . . their product only provides 40 mg per caplet . . . which is not nearly enough . . . Taking DIM in such a small amount is basically worthless . . . it does not make their formula any more effective . . . just more expensive.
If there was a way to add 200 mg of DIM to Prostate Miracle® we would have . . . but it just didn't make sense to make Prostate Miracle® into a much larger capsule or alternatively, to provide a product (as they did) which doesn't provide enough DIM to be supportive.
That is why Nature's Health Supply, Inc. formulated Estrogen Balance®, a companion product to Prostate Miracle®, which provides 200 mg of DIM as well as Quercetin and Flaxseed.
"Prostate Care" is now being promoted as "advanced formula" and contains Bioperine® for which they claim is "proven to increase absorption by up to 60% ". I do not know what their basis is for making this claim . . . but in our research, we were unable to find any proof to this claim . . . leading me to the conclusion that any company, who would make such a claim relies on hype over substance.
It is also interesting to note that although HealthyChoiceNaturals sells Roger Mason's book "The Natural Prostate Cure" They must not have read it . . . as Roger clearly states that . . . Lycopene is a total fraud and has no place in a prostate formula.
The company Wellmates is yet another new alias for Healthy Choice Naturals (the same company that produces Prostate Care). As far as I can tell, their new product brand Prostexanol is nearly identical to Prostate Care with just a different name and label. One wonders why a reputable company would create a new brand and identity for their product and company name as many times as the makers of these products have!
Though their brand and company names are new, their claims are NOT . . . They are making the same exact claims for this new brand as they do for their older brand: "96% effective" and "Relief in 5-7 days" which are both drug claims.
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Update: May 23, 2016
Vixova is a relatively new prostate formula on the market today, produced by New Generation Labs aka Biogenica, LLC. Neither of these company names could be found on the Vixova website, but were found by searching various whois record databases.
Vixova is touted by it's producers as a Swedish Prostate formula containing Pollexia which they say is a naturally-derived standardized pharmaceutical-grade botanical extract whose efficacy, has been scientifically proven with over 40 years of clinical studies.
The Vixova website also goes on to say that Pollexia is arguably the most studied natural extract in the field of prostate maintenance; and that in many cases, it improves men's sexual ability, specifically increasing semen production and climax.
WOW . . . On the surface this sounds very impressive. But let's look a bit deeper into these claims.
First of all a search in the database of the U.S. patent and trademark office (uspto.gov) does not return any results for Pollexia. Neither does a search in the database of Swedish trademarks (prv.se).
So what exactly is Pollexia?
From what I was able to gather, it appears to be a made up unregistered TM trademark for a pollen extract of 8 pollens. But it does beg the questions: What pollens ? From what plants? How can something so nonspecific be considered standardized and pharmaceutical-grade?
Secondly, though, it is true that for many years there have been claims about pollen extracts such as Cernilton and now Pollexia, these claims are so VAGUE . . . it is virtually impossible to make any sense of them. Furthermore, beta sitosterol has been studied for at least as long as pollen extract has and certainly has much more compelling research.
Even if one could prove pollen extract had any value in treating BPH (overdosed rats hardly count as proof), pollen extract is exogenous (not found naturally in our bodies) and would at best only help some people temporarily. In contrast beta sitosterol, is endogenous (naturally found in our bodies) and for most people provides continued long term prostate support.
In other words, pollen is essentially useless in the long term treatment of BPH. And the claim of "increasing semen production and climax" is completely unfounded.
The Vixova website does cite some studies And it is worth noting that it is very common now-a-days to pay a clinic about $250,000 to do a double blind study on your product and then pay some third rate journal to publish it. The small print by law must admit this, but almost no one on earth gets full text studies, so they never see the fine print stating "cost have been paid by producer, etc.". Also these "studies" ALWAYS use a name brand and not generic supplements.
I am not saying that I know for a fact these cited studies are tainted, but am just saying the whole thing smells very fishy to me!
The botom line is that even if their claims were true (doubtful) they are drug claims and are thus ilegal.Read Less
Update: May 23, 2016
Dr. Larry May promotes a prostate product on TV called Prosvent, which contains Pygeum Africanum, Lycopene, Nettle Root Extract, Saw Palmetto Extract, Pumpkin Seed Oil along with Vitamin E and D, Zinc and Selenium. Prosvent is rather expensive ($79.95 for a 60 day supply) and is a proprietary formula blend . . . meaning they don't disclose how much of each ingredient is contained in their product.
The breakdown of their proprietary formula does not really matter, however because the most important thing to know about Prosvent is that it contains absolutely NO Beta Sitosterol what-so ever. That is right . . . Prosvent is one of the most expensive prostate products on the market, yet it does NOT even contain ANY of the single most important ingredient for supporting prostate health - Beta Sitosterol.
Warning: We have heard from MANY very angry EX-Prosvent customers, who have innocently taken advantage of Prosvent's "FREE Trial Offer", that not only were they very dissatisfied with the product, but even worse, every month they received 2 more additional bottles, which were charged to their credit card.
Update: May 23, 2016
Advance Physician Formulas, Inc distributes a prostate supplement formulated by Dr Ray Sahelian, M.D. called Prostate Power Rx It contains SOME Beta Sitosterol, but ONLY 40 mg/2 capsule serving. (not nearly enough) It is worth noting that Prostate Power Rx also provides Quercetin . . . but only 80 mg /2 capsule serving (again . . . not nearly enough).
The truth is that quercetin is a great supplement to take for supporting prostate health but the supportive amount is at least 250 mg/day . . .
The 80 mg/ 2 capsule serving that Prostate Power Rx provides is unlikely to provide any support.
If there was a way to add 250 mg of quercetin to Prostate Miracle® we would have . . . but it just didn't make sense to make Prostate Miracle® into a much larger capsule or alternatively, to provide a product (as they did) which doesn't provide enough quercetin to be effective. That is why NHS Global Distributors, Inc formulated Estrogen Balance® . . . a companion product to Prostate Miracle® which provides 250 mg of Quercetin as well as DIM and Flaxseed.
One last point about Prostate Power Rx . . . their product name is somewhat misleading . . .
it seems to imply that Prostate Power RX is a prescription drug or is of "prescription strength", which of course is NOT true.Read Less
Update: May 23, 2016
Urinozinc is a prostate product made by Vitanergy. Like many companies, who capitalize on the popularity of Prostate Miracle®, their site can be found by doing a google search for "prostate miracle". They make the claim to be "the only PATENTED dietary supplement for alleviating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate".
This is a rather absurd claim . . .
First of all can nutritional supplements even be patented? And . . . even if they could . . . is that supposed to mean that a patented formula is somehow better than one that is not? It is worth noting that Vitanergy does not refer to their patent number anywhere on their site (that I could find). Furthermore, I have searched for their patent on the USPTO website, but was unable find it.
A look at their supplement facts listed on their website reveals that their product contains some herbs, vitamins and minerals but NO Beta Sitosterol Complex what-so-ever.Read Less
Update: May 23, 2016
Prostate Health Essentials is a relatively new product made by Senior Life Health. They promote their product online with some rather absurd claims:
Let's examine these claims closer.
The bottom line is that this product is promoted using absurd, unfounded, self serving ilegal claims. The credibility of a new company using such tactics certainly raises a red fag of concern about their product.Read Less
Update: May 23, 2016
ProstateMagic is made by Golden Dog Incorporated. Wow . . . talk about a confusing website. On the one hand, they seem to praise the merits of beta sitosterol and even make a point about their product containing a super-charged combination of beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol and brassicasterol, but on the other hand, they seem to suggest that beta sitosterol doesn't work and that ProstateMagic, not having it, works so much better.
Since their website was so unclear, I checked the supplement facts specified on their label to ascertain how much beta sitosterol ProstateMagic actually contains. As far as I was able to see, it contains none. At best there could be some beta sitosterol in the Chinese herbs their product contains, but just as the case with saw palmetto, pygeum africanum, stinging nettles, pumpkinseed and other herbs . . . the concentration of beta sitosterol in these herbs is too small to have any supportive value.
Their website says that ProstateMagic is made in the USA, but that does not equate to meaning all of its ingredients come from the USA. As far as I know, Chinese herbs come from China. Furthermore who in their right mind would consume any ingestible originating from China which has such an awful track record for purity, contamination and quality control standards in general.
ProstateMagic is advertised for $49.95, which is very expensive for a product containing no beta sitosterol.Read Less