Marion Witte

December 9, 2018

$170 Bottle of Body Cream?

Filed under: MLM Blogs — Marion Witte @ 9:05 pm

I became familiar with human growth hormone (HGH) in the early 2000s.  Many athletes and bodybuilders were injecting this product to produce additional muscle mass (and many still are today). It was also gaining favor as a tool in the arsenal of the burgeoning “anti-aging” business.  Injections of bio-identical HGH were (are still are) expensive, so it was used mostly by affluent baby boomers. In addition, you must obtain and use this drug under medical supervision.

Then about 10 years ago, companies started to sell “homeopathic” HGH in both capsule and gel form.  Although the exact nature of the formulation of this product is hard to find in their sales material, it appears that some form of synthetic HGH is diluted in purified water.  The dilution ratio listed on the label of these products is 30x, which means there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts water to one part HGH.

That is equivalent to taking a small bottle of pure HGH and mixing it with more than the total amount of all the water on Earth. Therefore, mathematically and scientifically speaking, “Homeopathically Produced HGH” is pure water. There is an extremely high likelihood that there is a not a single molecule of HGH found in a bottle of these homeopathic products.

Bio-identical, manufactured HGH is a controlled substance, and it can be obtained and administered only by a physician, since it is prohibited from being sold directly to the public. HGH must be injected into the bloodstream by needle, as it will not permeate the dermis layers of the skin.

On the other hand, the mixture these marketing companies are selling is promoted as an HGH product, although there is actually no discernible HGH in it. Additionally, these products are being sold for application directly on the skin, in spite of the scientific evidence the HGH can not penetrate any of the skin’s layers.  In reality though, that is not a problem, as there appears to be no HGH in the product that needs to be absorbed!

Does this seem outrageous to anyone else besides me?

Companies first began marketing homeopathic “HGH” to consumers via several online sites and in certain retail outlets, such as health food stores. 

Then, in the last few years, the world of internet multi-level marketing met the world of homeopathic HGH.  Enter NewULife Corporation, with its miraculous cure-all, Somaderm Homeopathic HGH Gel.

The developer of this product is Alex Goldstein, who apparently has no medical or scientific credentials.  He is an iridologist (exams the colored part of the eye to determine if you have a disease) and also a herbalist (deals in medicinal herbs).  My intent is not to discount the value of either of these endeavors, yet I am not sure they provide the qualifications required to be developing a product making claim to such a wide range of health benefits. 

For $169.99 a month, you can purchase this miracle product. And better yet, if you become a distributor and talk your friends into buying it also, you can purchase it for only $149.99 a month. The company and its sales representative have a laundry list of health benefits derived from using their HGH product.  Interestingly, if you do not see results within the first 30 days, the salesperson will state that you have to purchase and use the product for at least three months before you “start to see any real benefits.” 

Below is a list of the “expected benefits” (as outlined in the sales literature) of the Somaderm HGH Gel product being sold through the multi-marketing company, NewULifeCorporation. 

Keep in mind, as you read the list of the benefits to be gained from using HGH, that there is no discernible level of HGH in the gel product:

  • improved stamina
  • increased energy
  • improved sleep
  • vivid dreams
  • improved muscle definition
  • heightened libido
  • increased strength
  • significant weight loss
  • improved vision
  • enhanced focus
  • enhanced muscle mass
  • hair growth
  • PMS symptoms reduced
  • greater flexibility
  • healthier nails
  • improved joint mobility
  • increase in sexual desire
  • alleviation in some menopausal symptoms
  • greater improvements in skin texture and appearance
  • skin has greater elasticity
  • reduction of the appearance of wrinkles
  • hair becomes even healthier and thicker
  • cellulite greatly diminishes
  • improved immune system
  • pain & general soreness diminishes
  • wounds heal quicker
  • greater metabolic output
  • grayed hair returns to natural color
  • reduction in LDL cholesterol
  • blood pressure normalizes
  • heart rate improves

Something equally as concerning as the dubious quality of this product is the marketing ploy being used by the company to imply that the FDA has put its seal of approval on the gel.  This product did indeed get a license number from the FDA to market as an “Unapproved Homeopathic” gel.

To obtain FDA approval, verifiable science and human clinical trials or studies would be required.  None of this has been done, of course.  Hence, this product does NOT have FDA approval, in spite of many of the sales representatives replacing the phase FDA license with FDA approval.

It would appear that many of positive health benefits reported by its consumers (many of whom are themselves sales representatives) from using this product are due to the placebo effect – which in and of itself can be a positive factor. In addition, there are some botanical plant products included in the formula that may be of benefit to some people.  That said, buyers should be aware that any benefits experienced are not due to the HGH in the product – since there appears to be NONE, according to their own labeling.

I filed a complaint with the FDA and the FTC, asking that they look into this company and this product.

As my grandmother said, “If it is too good to be true.”  You know the rest.

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  1. Wow. With all of those claims, I’m sure my Rheumatologist, Oncologist and Internist MUST not only be aware of this product, but must be using it on not only their patients, but themselves as well. I wonder why none of them has ever mentioned it to me. Hmmmmmmm.

    My favorite claim is that “grayed hair returns to natural color.” Wow. Just think of the money I could save on going to the salon every three months or so. Oh wait. I’d be giving MUCH more than the money I spend on a professional colorist, to this company, and much more frequently. Three months equals at least $450. Considering I spend about $120 every time I get a professional color job, the colorist is the bigger bargain. Amazing how quickly they spend your/my money? See how they did that?

    I’ve tried them all, including more MLM vitamins than I care to admit to. I’ve wanted to believe all the claims. All I’ve ever gotten is a lighter wallet and a cadre of lock-step “uplines” who have tried to convince me that the reasons I didn’t make loads of money were because 1) I wasn’t predatory enough (not in so many words), or 2) I needed to buy in at a higher level – read as: give the person who got me into it in the first place MORE MONEY to fund the upline.

    I’m not opposed to going outside of the box to look for different health support possibilities – I’m currently working with a Functional Doctor to dig more deeply into some of my current health challenges, and that is considered outside the box to most physicians. However, if it involves taking ever increasing increments of money and preying on my friends and family, I’m out…..and I don’t think I’m out of line saying that my health care providers and colorist are out too.

    My favorite part of these MLM “Moonies” is the wide eyed expression on their faces as they list all the AMAZING benefits of their products. This facial expression goes back to the days of the traveling snake oil salesmen.

    I have one word of advice when approached by those too good to be true claims from anyone: R U N ! ! !

    Good work, Marion. With you all the way on this one!

    Comment by Kaila Kaden — December 10, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

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