|03-11-2010, 08:00 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Why I don?t write about company sponsored studies
Some of the more expensive products often list various esoteric ingredients on the label. Most frequently, the precise amount of these exotic ingredients aren’t listed, but rather are bunched together as a “proprietary formula.” Ostensibly, this is done to protect against copycat companies that would attempt to duplicate the product. In reality, the actual primary purpose of so-called proprietary formulas is to justify the often inflated cost of the product. Many such products have tremendous markups between the cost of production and the retail price. This is so because only minuscule levels of proprietary ingredients are present in the product. The placebo effect also enters the picture, since if you have enough faith in the efficacy of any particular product, it will probably promote some degree of muscle and fat gain. A more insidious effect is in adding active substances to products that aren’t shown on the label. This can produce effects ranging from being busted during drug tests to serious health consequences.
Some companies have reacted to the criticism of lack of proof of efficacy for their products by sponsoring studies. While this would appear to be a good trend, the problem is that such sponsored studies usually don’t compare the sponsored product to similar products. In addition, such studies can easily be manipulated to produce desired results. What makes more sense are independent studies of products, where no one in particular stands to gain financially. Unfortunately, such studies are rare. I don’t write about company sponsored studies because of the previously mentioned reasons. In short, I don’t trust most of them. And neither should you.
Last edited by BendtheBar; 03-11-2010 at 08:36 AM.
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