|Adrian Wong ||23rd Nov 2010 09:50 PM |
The StemEnhance Scam (StemTech International)
People seem to love sending me all sorts of hoaxes and scams to bust. However, this is the first time someone has tried to involve me in his schemes. It's quite a surreal experience because he knows I know it's a scam.
It started when I replied an acquintance about yet another miracle drink (this time, made out of nothing more than potato, carrot and apple). Out of the blue, one Carl Lang from Singapore injected himself into the mailing list and started asking us to consider StemEnhance instead.
In his own words, with StemEnhance, "conditions such as lupus, cancers, heart problems, diabetes, spinal injuries, liver and kidney problems, brain tumours, and many many more, have been surprisingly dealt with
". Wow... If that's not good enough for you, he adds, "Even those who were once blind, now can see! The hard of hearing are able to hear again! The wheel-chair bound getting up to walk! Amazing!
I almost feel out of my chair, hit my head on my desk and became a cripple when I read that! :haha: :haha: :nuts: I flat out replied to everyone that this was yet another way to get cheated.
I thought that would be the end of it... but guess what -> he started CCing me in his e-mails to people he was trying to sell StemEnhance to!
This e-mail conversation is long, but worth reading. It shows you just how these fellas work. It also includes my replies and rebuttals. I will also highlight key points in red.
To protect the other person's privacy, I changed his name and removed some links. Otherwise, the e-mails are exactly what was sent between us.
This is Carl from Singapore. Remember me?
How have you been? Hope all is well with you.
May God continue to bless you and your family.
How are you? This is Carl again.
Today, I read your testimonial at (link removed). When I first came across this website, your (article name removed) was one of the best. Highly entertaining and hilarous! One which I could not stop laughing!
I noticed of late, you have not been writing much. I hope nothing untowards has happened? I am looking forward to reading more of your stuff. Please take care of your health and hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you for your nice words about me.
Yeah, I have been quiet for a while, because of my health problem.
I have a few series pending for completion; once my health improves I shall start wrting again.
Thanks for your speedy reply this time.
Sorry to hear about your poor health. I believe you must be in your sixties now as you were in university in 1971. This was the time too when I became a freshman.
My dear friend AK, you may not know this... I am into alternative health. If I could be of help, please let me know. Especially if you could tell me the kind of ailments you are suffering from. I could recommend something for you. Btw, I am from Singapore. Where in Australia are you located?
I hope to hear from you again.
To your good health,
Thank you for your concern.
Yeah, your guess is correct. I am about 62.
I am suffering from multiple sicknesses, such as:
[List of diseases removed]
The doctor says only my liver appears to be normal!
I think this is the process of ageing, nothing much i can do---but to delay the deterioration.
I shall resume to pen when I have the mood.
I am sorry to hear of the multiple afflictions you are having. Age should not be the main factor in determining the state of our health. Why do I say this?
Many of today's health problems are created by man himself. Cancers, diabetes, coronary heart disease, parkinson's disease, arthritis, and so forth... are life-stlye diseases. This could be due to their diet, lack of excercise, stress, etc. Sometimes just by not having enough rest, sunshine or water, would trigger the breakdown of our immune system and the start of many illnesses. At times we may be hit by some of life's debilitating diseases eventhough we took all precautions!
Here's where I want to help. No matter what your conditions are, I am going to help you get your own body to heal yourself! There many ways to do this. As you are away in Australia, I am going to use a short cut alternative to help you of the diseases mentioned. Notice I used the word 'cure'.
My dear friend AK, if you believe me... your own body's stem cells will do the healing process. Although I do not know how severe your conditions are, I am very confident that what the Creator has provided - our stem cells - would do the repair and make you well again!
OK I am not going to be too technical but rather very simplistic. Here is the website to explain how your adult stem cells work (link removed). This is an amazing product called StemEnhance. What it does is that, by taking this blue-green algae (AFA), stem cells in your bone marrow will be released to search out the diseased parts of the body and tackle the problem. Leaving the curing to your own repair system, stem cells! Can't be this simple as this!
Just try it AK. You can't go wrong. But be prepared to be amazed by the results!
May you be blessed.
I wouldn’t listen to Carl if I were you. It’s a scam, period.
Carl, please stop messaging me about stem cells. We both know StemEnhance is a scam, so ply your falsehoods elsewhere.
Dr. Adrian Wong
I am not here to convince a skeptic like Dr Adrian Wong. I am here to help people who wants to get well. And you are one of them.
Btw, today I read another of your article, (article name removed). I noticed you are located in Sydney.
I have this friend who migrated to Australia and now lived in Sydney. I shall call her Datin Kiew. This datin is a lady friend who has leg cramps and severe pain in both her legs when she gets up every morning. While still in bed, she would massage her legs till the pain has subsided enough so she can take her first few steps for the day. She has consulted doctors in Malaysia and Australia, but to no avail. In fact those doctors could not diagnose what's ailing her! And she works in a hospital in Sydney (so she gets free medical treatment!). Poor Datin Kiew, she has to endure this painful condition for many years!
Early this year, relief came in the form of StemEnhance. After taking StemEnhance for only three days and to her amazement... all pain were gone! She could finally get up from bed without the same symptoms which had been bothering her for donkey odd years! She was so overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving, she is a great believer in StemEnhance and helping others now. If you need her to speak to you, please let me know.
Stem cells research has been making a breakthrough in medical science in the last decade. Scientists all over the world are only beginning to see the wonders of how stem cell therapy can help in various diseases. I can post you countless videos of research on stem cells for your viewing pleasure. But I shall not overload you except for one...
Dr Adrian Wong is not a medical doctor qualified to comment on stem cells. I did not want to reponse to him but I had nevertheless decided to send him a copy of my reply to you. The facts will speak for itself. Stem cells is as scientific as any medical concept known to mankind. When he started labelling something scientific as scam, he might as well say medical science is a scam!
Well I shall not enter into a debate with him as I am not addressing him in this email. Just need to give him all the evidence on stem cells if that is what he wants. I believe one fine day, he will eat his words and beg to take this product!
There is a Chinese saying: The road to health is the road of knowledge. Knowing ignorance is strength and ignoring knowledge is sickness. Similarly, Socrates once said: There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Read, search and try out new ideas and discoveries. Never discard and condemn things that are new or unfamilar. Science is still evolving. The day we start rejecting knowledge is the day we think we are the all-knowing God.
Doctors too cannot claim to know everything. They are still learning. And stem cell research is a totally new ball game for them. But for a doctor to pooh-pooh the healing power of stem cells in our body is to make a fool of himself. The Creator God has given our body the ability to heal ourselves. Let's use it wisely.
We cannot explain it. But let's be wise to what God has given us. With this let me end with quotes from the Bible...
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth
Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant
on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruits with seeds. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29
... I give every green plant for food. Genesis 1:30
StemEnhance is a botanical extract derived from a plant aquatic, a blue-green algae. Many cures and remedies are from plants and fruits.
Thank you for staying with me up till now. As a parting shot I am going to reward you with this link (link removed)
Let's be humble to accept the things we don't know. Be magnanimous to admit that we don't know all. And be thankful to God the Creator for the things made known.
I have made available some attachments for your perusal. Any queries or for more information, please direct to me and not to Dr Adrian Wong. My wish is for you get well.
Many Blessings to you, Dr Wong and my friend Robert,
Lemme share some links with you :
CBS 60 Minutes did a special segment on stem cell scams - Scam Watch - Stem Cell Therapy
A good, short read-up on why we should query StemEnhance’s claims - StemTech's Dubious Claims
A good discussion on StemEnhance - StemEnhance Question. - Science Forums
Here’s a good analysis of StemEnhance’s research results - Bayblab: Quack of the week: Christian Drapeau/Stem Enhance
Most telling of all, is the disclaimer on the StemEnhance website :
In other words, the company itself states VERY CLEARLY that its products does NOT cure, mitigate, treat or prevent any disease. If it doesn’t do anything useful, why the heck are we paying so much for what is essentially pond scum?
Neither StemTech Health Sciences Inc. nor its distributors make or infer any claims that StemEnhance® can cure, mitigate, treat or prevent any disease. If you believe that you have a health problem, see your doctor or health professional immediately.
Yes, what they are selling is filtered pond scum (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae). That’s not bad in itself, but what’s bad is that they didn’t even have proper QC and allowed their products to ship with high levels of ARSENIC and MICROCYSTIN. You can read about it here - StemEnhance | CAMcheck
BTW, Canada banned StemEnhance, so do you really want to buy something that Canada’s health regulatory body banned for being a “Type II risk to health”?
Dr. Adrian Wong
Hi Dr Adrian,
How nice to hear from you again. I will reply and answer each of your point one at a time. I would appreciate you do the same and not lump them all into one.
We must compare apples with apples. Why bring in Stowe Biotherapy, which btw I agree is a promoting scam. He's into umbilical stem cord. His claims have nothing to do with StemEnhance or adult stem cells. Please don't compare apples to oranges.
I very familiar with this Stephen Barrett of MLM Watch.org . But I wonder if you have read the whole article? This is best answered with another link. Please go to (link removed). Kindly come back after you have read both.
Obviously you do not seem to be very knowledgeable about natural health products. No nutritional products, herbs or healthfood can make any claims to its efficacy or medicinal qualities. Unlike drugs and medicines, they have not undergone any drug testing for any diseases. So no claims are allowed.
You can read the rebuttals here, (link removed). Please stroll down halfway to The Whole Story About Microcystin and AFA.
BTW, I really do not what you are talking about! StemTech HealthSciences has an office in Canada...
Thank you for reading my essay.
I shall consult my doctors and seek their opinuions about the product you have mentioned.
I do visit my doctors regularly. Next Friday I have an appointment with a cardiologist. I will mention this product.
I appreciate your concern for my health.
I do visit the (website name removed) site regularly. And I enjoyed reading your writings. "(Article name removed)" was my favourite. I take every opportunity to tell my friends to read this masterpiece! It's the best ever!
Do please take care of your health. Below are a couple of videos for your viewing.
(Video links removed)
StemEnhance is a much cheaper alternative than an operation. If we could connect on skype, I have an eBook for you. My skype ID: (skype ID removed).
Dear Dr Adrian,
With regards to one of your questions...
BTW, Canada banned StemEnhance, so do you really want to buy something that Canada’s health regulatory body banned for being a “Type II risk to health”?
1. I had provided you the company's Canadian website, (link removed)
A better url is this (link removed), where all countries which has an office, have their flags shown. Canada has been selling StemEnhance for many years now!
2. Your claim that StemEnhance was banned in Canada is suspicious. I wonder where you got this info. Must be unsubstantiated hearsay again from some forum?
Hoping to hear from you.
I’ve been trying to ignore you because this “discussion” is a waste of time. You are either delusional, or simply refuse to accept facts. Therefore, it is an utter waste of my time to explain it to you. However, you persist on e-mailing me about it, so I have no choice but to issue you a FINAL reply.
1. StemEnhance was and still is banned for sale in Canada. Sure, they have an office in Canada, but they CANNOT sell StemEnhance in Canada. Canadians who wish to buy StemEnhance have to order it from their US office.
2. Health Canada, the Canadian regulatory authority said this :
The arsenic test results can be downloaded here - http://www.camcheck.co.za/wp-content...hem%203492.pdf
“"StemEnhance is an unauthorized Natural Health Product in Canada that was the subject of a Health Hazard Evaluation prepared by NHPD at the request of the HPFB Inspectorate in 2006. The conclusion of the HHE was that StemEnhance was a Type II risk to health. Therefore it should no longer be available on the Canadian market.
StemEnhance was reported to contain 0.33 µg microcystin-LR/g but was labelled to be consumed at 4 g of supplement per day. Taking into account that Canadian consumers are also exposed to microcystins from drinking water, the daily intake of microcystins from this dosage would exceed NHPD's current proposed tolerance limit of 0.02 µg/kg bw/day in the adolescent and adult female life stages. Due to lack of a site licence and GMP compliance, there were also concerns raised regarding the potential for fluctuations in microcystin content, presence of saxitoxin-type neurotoxins, and other quality issues. As the product was (and remains) unauthorized, the validity of label claims and potential risks to health from inappropriate health claims were not assessed at that time."
"The presence of arsenic at 11 mg/kg (ppm) may also be a risk to health depending on the quantity consumed. NHPD's tolerance limit for arsenic is <0.14 µg/kg body weight/day, so 0.14 µg/kg bw/day x 57 kg bw for an adult woman = 8 µg/day, thus a dose in excess of 727 mg would exceed the tolerance limit."
Robin J. Marles, Ph.D.
Director, Bureau of Clinical Trials and Health Sciences / Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada ”
3. The algae used in StemEnhance is known to produce toxins. For a good, unbiased write-up on StemEnhance and the algae it uses, read this peer-reviewed report by a doctor - Why Blue Green Algae Makes Me Tired
4. For the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences’ report on the health risks of eating such algae, please download a copy of the report @ Environmental Health Perspectives: Assessing Potential Health Risks from Microcystin Toxins in Blue-Green Algae Dietary Supplements
5. Cell Tech was also successfully sued for falsely advertising that their StemEnhance products help improve health. You can read all about it @ Cell Tech Loses False Advertising Suit. For your convenience, here’s the judge’s opinion :
I hope that answers all of your questions once and for all. If you wish to continue consuming this product, it’s your right. But please stop trying to persuade others to do so.
Based on the testimony of Drs. Lashof and Blonz, their qualifications and their reasons, the court finds that all of the printed and video promotional representations set forth in plaintiff's Post-trial Brief with respect to the nutritional value, character and beneficial uses; of defendant's pond algae product constitute advertising which is deceptive as untrue, unfounded or likely to mislead, although accurate on some level as proscribed in Business and Professions Code Sections 17200 and 17500. . . .
While competent and reliable clinical trials satisfying Food and Drug Administration standards to establish the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs may not be required for nutritional supplements, defendant's advertising as to the need for and benefits from defendant's product imply that there is some reliable scientific basis for the claims such as would be reasonably expected by potential users. There is not. Trials, conducted by individuals with a financial interest in the product and reported in a marginal peer review journal, reporting lowered cholesterol levels in a few rats dosed with the substance and an immune reaction in humans a few hours after ingesting extraordinary doses of substance are not such a reasonably reliable basis for the public claims of cholesterol lowering or immune enhancing properties of the product. There are no clinical trials of any type supporting any of the other numerous claims in defendant's advertising. Further, anecdotal testimonials are not reliable evidence of need for effectiveness of the product.
Claims under the Business and Professions Code for fraudulent and misleading advertising of nutritional supplements are not preempted by either the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C.. Sec. 310 et seq. or California Food , Drug, and Cosmetic Laws, Health and Safety Code Sec. 109875 et seq. . . . Neither of agencies administering these statutes evaluate claimed benefits of nutritional supplements or require any support for off-label claimed benefits.
Plaintiff is entitled to injunctive relief prohibiting defendant from making any of the specified deceptive representations in its advertising or literature disseminated in California, an order requiring defendant to make a full refund of the purchase price paid by California customers for its algae products commencing four years prior to filing of complaint herein to the date of trial, and judgment for attorneys fees and costs .
Thank you Dr Adrian for your 'final' reply. Bcos you started it by claiming StemEnhance is a scam, you are the ONE not accepting the facts!
Maybe you should define the term "scam"? I shall leave it here.
Have you even began to think that you might have wasted our time as you have not proven the "scam" as you have claimed? Anyone can shout the word "scam" for everyone to hear but if it is not proven, then he better scram!
On a more serious note, you are supposed to be a man of some learning as you have a 'doctor' in front of your name. I assume it must be a PhD...? What if I were to shout out loud in front of your friends "it is a fake degree!" or "bought from the mills!"... how and what would your response be?
You realise there is not going to be a finality until you have this "mess" cleared up! Now you create the "scam" and you have not even began to prove it! I expect you to be more responsible. Can you be responsible?
Cannot sell does not mean, cannot consume! In Singapore we have a law that forbids chewing gum to be sold. But we can consume! Yes chewing gum is banned in S'pore, but not the chewing.
The name StemEnhance wasn't spelt out. While I am waiting a reply from StemTech, the company is trying to resolve this matter. This in no way make this a scam!
Here you go again... confusing StemEnhance as the product! Please read thru once again. It is Cell Tech, not StemTech! Not once was StemEnhance mentioned!
Now I am beginning to doubt the letters behind your name! You sure need to read it carefully and clearly. Or is it your eye-sight that is failing you? This I can forgive you. Remember this: it is StemEnhance and nothing else!
It is my responsibilty, care and concern to help people get well. It is not right for you to call StemEnhance a "scam" when you have yet to prove anything close to a "scam". I will stop once it has been proven. Until then "Doctor" Adrian, should you stop calling yourself "doctor" as no one here knows you are really one? Are you not being irresponsible for calling this a "scam"?
Good day to you "Doctor of scams" as you try to disclose a scam where there is none! Except for the 'Canada ban' part, I was fully aware of all the arguments presented. Microcystin, hepatotoxins and neurotoxins, and what nots... AND no one has the nerve to label StemEnhance a scam! Only you... Doctor of SCAMs!
Wowwww... He sure isn't polite any more. I guess no one likes being called a scammer, but hey, I didn't ask you to CC me in your product pitches. But although I was hoping that it would be enough to shut him up, it appears he just sent me another "love letter". :mrgreen:
Don't think Doc Adrian is going to reply to you. Forward to you are our earlier exchanges which started the whole thing.
I did not want response other than my email to Mr AK. As can be seen, everyone has an opinion. I respect his right to reject anything not to his understanding or miraculous. Whatever it is, it is his choice to reject things not to his liking. Maybe we can call this - ignorance or sheer stupidity on his part.
Yes to use his words, I also "don’t know whether to laugh or cry"! Maybe I shouldn't have tried to educate the man. Should have left the doctor to wabble in his own smug self.
But responsible part of me, to show care and concern for people's health or at least to educate them on health, got the better of me. Not least was that "Stem cells in a bottle... LOL!" remark. Was wondering what kind of doctor is this? Who sells stem cells in a bottle? Not me! Yeah I might else well sell the Philosopher’s Stone while I am at it! Indeed!
And then to hear that it was a scam. Now this is too much. For a doctor who do not know anything, better not talk too much! Yes I was very interested as to why it is a scam. Maybe there is something he knows that we do not know?
Well we know now there is nothing much to what was said. The links provided by Doctor Adrian, I don't think he even understood its contents. So easy to google and paste the results and to claim they are there! But where is the scam? I have still not seen any thing close to a scam!
So let's discount his idea of a "scam" when there is none. He has been debunked with whatever he has produced. Until and unless he has anything new, I don't think we will hear from him again.
I really hope this is the last time I ever need to respond to his inanity.
If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is that you should know when to quit. I’ve pointed out time and time again how StemEnhance does not work as you said it would. In fact, it may even be dangerous to consume. Yet you persist in defending it. Even after I offered you a way out by sending you a FINAL reply, you insist on prolonging the issue. Why?
Do you have some kind of financial interest in StemEnhance? Are you a distributor or “an independent business owner” (if you prefer) associated with StemTech International? Otherwise, I really cannot understand why you insist on defending its purported virtues even in the absence of evidence, and despite the numerous contrary reports against it.
If you are genuinely concerned about the health of your friends and relatives, should you not consider the facts that I’ve presented to you? Instead, you brush them off with truly superfluous excuses. Let me address a few for you.
1. Cannot sell does not mean, cannot consume!
It also does not mean you should consume the banned substance. More often than not, a substance is banned for being detrimental to health. This is true in the case of StemEnhance. As far as Canada is concerned, it’s a Type II health risk.
2. The name StemEnhance wasn't spelt out.
Actually, StemEnhance was clearly mentioned. I quote, “StemEnhance is an unauthorized Natural Health Product in Canada that was the subject of a Health Hazard Evaluation prepared by NHPD at the request of the HPFB Inspectorate in 2006. The conclusion of the HHE was that StemEnhance was a Type II risk to health. Therefore it should no longer be available on the Canadian market.”
Sure, StemTech says it’s “temporary”, but the fact of the matter is it’s been 4+ years since it was banned, and it’s still banned in Canada.
3. Here you go again... confusing StemEnhance as the product! Please read thru once again. It is Cell Tech, not StemTech!
Actually, there is no confusion. The report was about Cell Tech’s green-blue algae products, but these are the same products made by StemTech. In fact, StemTech is actually a “child” of Cell Tech. Here’s a little history :
You will also note that both Cell Tech and StemTech are based in Klamath Falls and harvest their algae from the upper Klamath Lake, Oregon. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to?
StemEnhance appears to be the brainchild of Christian Drapeau and Gitte S. Jensen, Ph.D. Drapeau is director of Research and Development for Desert Lake Technologies, of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Desert Lake's Web site says that before that, he spend five years as director for research and development for Cell Tech International, a multilevel company whose primary products are derived from blue-green algae
Desert Lake Technologies was incorporated in 1999. In addition to Drapeau, three of its executives worked for Cell Tech for several years. Robert Longo was Cell Tech's chief financial officer; Michael Jubie was its process engineer; and Peter York was its harvest engineer. In July 2000, Drapeau notified the FDA that Desert Lake intended to claim that its blue-green algae product Summa would be claimed to "help maintain a healthy cholesterol level." The FDA responded that that the claim would be illegal
4. On a more serious note, you are supposed to be a man of some learning as you have a 'doctor' in front of your name. I assume it must be a PhD...? What if I were to shout out loud in front of your friends "it is a fake degree!" or "bought from the mills!"... how and what would your response be?
I couldn’t care less what you think of me, or say about me. You see, I know who I am, and so do people who know me. You can say anything you like but it wouldn’t change the fact that I am who I am. If it makes you feel better to say that my degree is fake, or I bought it from the mills, please enjoy yourself. It doesn’t hurt me one bit. Really. But neither will it change the fact that your claims are false.
You said that with StemEnhance, “conditions such as lupus, cancers, heart problems, diabetes, spinal injuries, liver and kidney problems, brain tumours, and many many more, have been surprisingly dealt with” and that “Even those who were once blind, now can see! The hard of hearing are able to hear again! The wheel-chair bound getting up to walk!” I dare you to show me a peer-reviewed, double-blinded study that shows such a miraculous effect.
Let me save you the effort by pointing you to the official StemTech disclaimer :
It doesn’t sound like even StemTech believes that their product will cure a cold, much less cancer or blindness.
“Neither StemTech Health Sciences Inc. nor its distributors make or infer any claims that StemEnhance® can cure, mitigate, treat or prevent any disease. If you believe that you have a health problem, see your doctor or health professional immediately.”
I’m very sure you will have plenty to say about this. However, before replying, perhaps you would like to check with StemTech International if they endorse your statements that :
a) StemEnhance will treat “conditions such as lupus, cancers, heart problems, diabetes, spinal injuries, liver and kidney problems, brain tumours, and many many more”
b) “Even those who were once blind, now can see! The hard of hearing are able to hear again! The wheel-chair bound getting up to walk!”
I would very much love to know what they think about those claims.