[ic] leptoprin scam zantrex scam strivectin scam anorex scam
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Wed Nov 12 15:44:56 EST 2003
Klein Becker's 100 million dollar Strivectin and Supplement fraud
(The below companies are the same or affiliated.)
Basic Reasearch basicreasearch.org (.org should be a non-profit)
Klein Becker kleinbecker.com ( there is no Klein or Becker)
Tree House Marketing (relationship ended badly)
Sovage Dermalogic Laboratories
XM International LLC
Evanstown Research Labs
Western Holdings, LLC
My Free Diet myfreediet.com
Turley-Thompson (relationship ended badly)
American phytothearopy research labs
Body Innoventions bodyinnoventions.com
Ag Waterhouse leptoprin.com (Waterhouse?? Hmmm)
2. The deception. (To make the companies and products sound like a
Pharmaceutical company or product and then make wild, un-proven and
illegal claims about the products abilities and affects. Then back the
claims with fake, false, stolen, biased or non-existent studies)
Three owners Dennis Gay, Evan Bybee, and Dr Dan Mowrey (Medical
"Cashing in on Anorex leptin leptoprin (or leptospirosis, I can't decide which).
Caught a glimpse of an infomercial the other day for a weight loss product that is trying to associate itself with leptin research the same way other quack products try to associate themselves with growth hormone: by using a cute sounding name. In this case, the name is Leptoprin. I suppose they might also be trying to associate themselves withleptospirosis (anybody into leptospirosis? Any vets in the group? Does it cause weight loss?).
They have a web site at http://leptoprin.com/.
I was somewhat amused at how they claimed in the infomercial that this product might be too powerful for the casual dieter (I guess if you're not a HYOOUUGE fat xxxx, you risk dissapearing in a puff of self-sustaining Malignant lipolysis). Even though it mentions the ingredients nowhere (a good hint is in the warnings section), how many here would like to wager that this is probably nothing more than a very plain (and rather overpriced) E.C.A. stack?"
"The only ingredient in Leptoprin that might assist in weight loss is
calcium. If you do not get enough calcium in your diet, you can buy
cheap supplements at any drugstore. You need to consume vitamin D at the
same time, and magnesium is also recommended. The RDA for calcium is
1000 to 1300 mg per day. Leptoprin, when taking the maximum dosage of 6
capsules daily, provides 792mg of calcium, but no magnesium or vitamin D,
and comes at a cost of $153.00 per month. You can purchase a calcium,
magnesium, and vitamin D supplement from Vitacost. Two tablets contain
1000 mg calcium, 200IU Vitamin D, and 250mg magnesium. A 90 day supply
would cost around $5.95. The remaining ingredients would be useless for
weight loss or could be dangerous."
Paula Begoun´s take on StriVectin-SD (from latest newsletter) >>> ( )
StriVectin-SD: Better than Botox?
Quite a few of you have written asking about the rather prominent
newspaper ads for the product StriVectin-SD ($135 for 6 ounces). With a
headline that reads "Better than Botox," along with the increasing number
of topical products hitting the market claiming they can mimic the
effects of Botox without "painful injections," I certainly understand the
I wrote about StriVectin-SD in a previous newsletter, when a reader
asked about its ability to repair stretch marks. That was StriVectin's
original marketing claim to fame, though the fame was all self-promoted,
as there is not a single independent, peer-reviewed study to prove that
StriVectin is an effective option for repairing stretch marks. The
studies that do exist about StriVectin's benefits for stretch marks were
paid for by Klein-Becker, the company that distributes StriVectin.
According to the company's latest ads, they were surprised to find that
not only was StriVectin-SD getting rid of women's stretch marks, but
also that somehow their facial wrinkles were going away, too. For that
reason, we now have the astounding "anti-wrinkle breakthrough of the
decade." Regrettably, no supportive research needs to be available to sell
this kind of hyperbole. All it takes is to promise women that a product
will get rid of their wrinkles and they will buy it in droves, no
matter how many other product lines, infomercials, advertisements, or
cosmetics salespeople pledge the exact same thing.
StriVectin's ad continues with "The active formula in StriVectin-SD has
recently been shown in clinical trials to significantly reduce that
category of fine lines and facial wrinkles that can add 1015 years to
your appearance...and even reduce the dark circles under your
eyes...without irritation, painful injections, or surgery." One more flourish is
the statement that "in fact, [StriVectin-SD] is the only topical
formulation clinically proven to effectively confront every aspect of wrinkle
reduction." It is easy to debunk all of this overblown nonsense by
pointing out the product's lack of sunscreen; perhaps StriVectin overlooked
the research about sun exposure's deleterious, wrinkling, and
discoloring effects on skin.
Klein-Becker has parlayed these claims into what appears to be little
more than an effort to spin off the popularity of Botox to its own
benefit. StriVectin-SD is supposedly preferred because its long-term results
versus the short-term results (and repeated treatments) of Botox. A Dr.
Nathalie Chevreau is quoted in the ad, saying "the cumulative effects
of using a product like StriVectin become more noticeable every day, and
ultimately last longer than Botox." Chevreau is hardly an impartial
source, as she works for Klein-Becker. Further, Dr. Chevreau is a licensed
dietician in Utah, a fact that is conveniently left out of StriVectin's
ad because it would conflict with her credibility as a medical doctor
speaking about the legitimate benefits of an antiwrinkle cream.
The final Botox comparison comes from the ad's statement that
StriVectin not only addresses the _expression lines Botox treats, but also the
lines Botox doesn't affect. However, the only lines Botox wouldn't
affect are the ones not injected.
Needless to say, Klein-Becker's statements comparing StriVectin-SD to
Botox have not gone unnoticed by Allergan, the company that manufactures
the drug. According to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune, Allergan
has threatened to sue Klein-Becker for false advertising and unfair
business practices. After the tension continued to mount on both sides,
Klein-Becker actually went ahead and took the case to court, asking a
federal judge to approve its advertising for StriVectin-SD. As this
newsletter goes to press, Klein-Becker has not taken their lawsuit any further.
In the meantime, the "Better than Botox" ads remain in wide circulation
and are sent via spam emails, and StriVectin-SD is now available at
Nordstrom department stores.
So is StriVectin better than Botox? The short answer is no--and that
means no way, and nohow. It isn't even better than the daily use of an
effective sunscreen! StriVectin is merely a moisturizer with some good
emollients and antioxidants, though the addition of peppermint oil is
extremely suspect--the tingle is probably meant to lead women to believe
that the product is doing something to their skin. Botox prevents the
use of facial muscles, and that instantaneously smoothes out the skin.
StriVectin-SD won't alter the wrinkling on any part of your face, not in
the long term, and not in the short term.
Incidentally, the two studies quoted in StriVectin's ads for "Better
than Botox" were supposedly from information presented at the 20th World
Congress of Dermatology, held in July 2002. These examined the effects
of palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 (trade name: Matrixyl, but also known as
Pal-KTTKS, which is the term used in StriVectin's ads) and compared it to
vitamin C and retinol. However, there is no published research
substantiating the results, and StriVectin declined to send us any
Zantrex 3 side effects are identical to those associated with excessive
caffeine consumption (Zantrex is primarily marketed as a "proprietary
xanthine-based stimulant", but xanthine is simply caffeine). You may be
interested to know that one serving of Zantrex 3 will provide you with
more caffeine than you'd obtain from 3 cups of coffee -- so
caffeine-related side effects may be quite prominent in some people.
It's also important to note that caffeine has many of the side-effects
associated with ephedra (nervousness, increased blood pressure, heart
palpitations, and so on) and although common in many foods (coffee,
chocolate, various soft drinks, etc., etc.) may not be for everyone. It's
also possible that because of its high caffeine content, you may
experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Zantrex 3.
3. The Fraud.
They hire a slick marketing team (Mitchell k. Friedlander and Micheal
Meade) Both already found guilty in two other states of the same type of
4. The Owners.
Dennis Gay, Evan Bybee, and Dr Dan Mowrey have been so mean and nasty
in their growth and greed it was not hard to find employees and
ex-employees that were willing to talk. I have talked to at least ten and have
a list of 30 more to follow up on in my next report.. So far it is all
the same story,. The owners are "scumbags" and threaten to file suit
against any employee or entity that comes near them. They have filed tons
of lawsuits so they now have some teeth. Money will do that.
Below is a small list of what employees and ex employees have said
about the companies.
1b. Routine for them to change labels on a product instead of changing
the product for sale or export. Thailand was the example..
2b. Not paying employees agreed upon pay or bonuses. (Several have
taken company to labor board.)
3b. Constant threats to employees for talking about the companys shady
4b.Many allegations of tax evasion and hidden pay packages to
management. Apparently also paying Mitch Friedlander in may "exotic" ways like
paying his friends, Dog, Mother and paying for his unreported living
expenses, Lexus ,penthouse apartment through APRL and paying him as a
consultant even after more than four years.
5b. Selling products under false or with misleading representations and
wild and false marketing practices. (Example is Strivectin stretch mark
cream the is now a miracle wrinkle cream.
6b. Firing anyone who knows too much or ask questions about finance
7b. Firing employees after the employee discover illegal workers in the
company and then keeping the illegal workers.
6b. Dennis Gay Family members working at the company are out of control
and unbearable to work with.
7b.Company owners talking about how devious they are and what they can
do to screw with people in front of employees.
8b. Using other companies names like Nordstroms to lend themselves
credibility in the market place and example is placing the Nordstroms name
9b. Systematic effort to hide their identities through holding
companies or secret domain registrars. (Domains by Proxy
http://www.domainsbyproxy.com/ ) and others.
10b. False or broken promises of company stock to employees and
potential partners and even cousins of Dennis Gay.
11b. Un-paid vendors or terms stretched to the point of settlement.
12b. Price fixing, Threats and actions against any distributors who do
not sell products at the set price. best example is Strivectin at 135
13b. Employees leaving the company solely for ethical reasons
14b. Accusations of Evan Bybee entering into the offices of Tree house
marketing group after hours and after they ended their marketing
15b. Boiler room sales tactics. about 100 of the employees at the
family of fraud companies are telemarketers.
16b. Current investigations by the FDA FTC IRS and The Committee on
Energy and Commerce and the Attorney Generals office.
Below is an exact statement from a former employee.
"There are countless companies who have worked with Basic Research
that have NEVER been paid.
I cannot say enough about this company. Basic Research has been
ripping people off for over 10 years. As a former employee, I know!!! The are
wiley and sue everyone they come in contact with. I will never do
business with them again. they claim to have a good reputation in the
industry. Like Hell. The people who know, know these guys are scum.
Especially the owners Dennis Gay, Evan Bybee and Dr. Morey. There are very few
manufacturers and individuals they have not ripped off. No matter what
you hear about this company if it is good, DO NOT BELIeVE IT. Maybe you
could ask them to tell you how they pay Mitch. He is their director of
marketing and just happens to be a convicted felon. No wonder they pay
his dog and his wife to hide from the IRS. There are hundreds if not
thousands of individuals who would like to see this company go down by
the throat. I hear they are in Bankruptcy anyway and will probably go to
Jail for Tax Evasion. There are countless companies who have worked
with Basic Research that have NEVER been paid, and we are talking about
100's of thousands of dollars here. They rip you off and then say "go
ahead and sue us" well I hope someone does. Get this, In GNC there is a
sign in the back room from Basic Research that says "if anyone returns
one of their products to get their name address copy of the drivers
license and social security number and so Basic Research can sue you." Yes
they sue customers who return their products. What a joke of a company.
Class act these guys are. If I were you I would run like hell if you
see their name on a product. Because they do not work and if you return
it, they will sue you. And they act under many different names because
they hide what they do. Please research this company and take them down!
You will make 10,000 people happier than you could ever imagine."
http://www.usps.com/judicial/1985deci/19-104dd.htm Postal Fraud
http://www.usps.com/judicial/1985deci/19-103.htm Postal Fraud
MITCHELL K. FRIEDLANDER
http://www.usps.com/judicial/1985deci/19-104dd.htm Postal Fraud
http://www.usps.com/judicial/1985deci/19-103.htm Postal Fraud
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Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
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6. The End of chapter 2
P.S Please post and publish this report on as many web pages, message
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