Category: Mental Energy
If you watch TV you cannot avoid ads for patent medicines like Prevagen. I would love to improve my memory, so I read up on it.
IMO there is NO reason to think that Prevagen works. There are no studies of Prevagen or its effects. However, the main ingredient has been studied. Here is the opinion of an expert (who posted it on consumerlabs.com) about that:
“Aequorin is a protein and will be hydrolyzed in the stomach. So negligible amount of intact protein will be absorbed into the body from the GI tract. Even if the protein was administered by injection it is unlikely that it could cross the blood-brain-barrier. If by any remote chance the protein does make it into brain cells, it could be neurotoxic by virtue of chelating calcium ions which are essential to cell function.
Robert C. Speth, Ph.D.”
“Neurotoxic” means “poisonous to your nerve cells”. I always joke that that nail polish is a “brain poison” because I dislike the smell. But here is a real one, in a patent medicine.
The US government policy in recent years has been to allow these lies to be broadcast unless the products are actually illegal for other reasons, such as known poisons or controlled substances. This is imo bad government, which is imo typical for “free-market” thinkers. They live in their ivory towers, where they think everyone has full information about everything. IMO we should be protected from these products and their sellers, just like the law protects us from physical assault.
In fact, the FDA has issued a “Sanction Letter” about this product – In 2012!!! Finally this year (2017) the NY Attorney General and the FTC (NOT the FDA) filed suit to end this hoax. Meanwhile they keep it tied up in the courts, and keep making millions of dollars. The FDA has become a joke. That’s what “de-regulation” really means – wealthy businessmen paying lobbyists, paying lawyers, paying off regulators, “contributing” to “election campaigns”, and swindling the public. Caveat emptor, and caveat voter too!