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Most Prostate Formulas use Beta-sitosterol from un-fermented Soy. Fermentation of Soy is a 6 to 9 month process due to the level of phytates. More »
Do supplements work? Does it really do what it says? I heard it on TV. If you have ever searched for a supplement on the internet then it is likely you have been exposed to some form of false advertising. One area that is truly bad is prostate supplements or prostate formulas. Beware sights that offer comparison reviews and then selectively claim that this product is # 1. Almost all of these sites receive compensation from the makers of the products recommended. The staff and/or website owners have no credentials or qualifications to review or perform any form of quantitative analysis. If you like the freedom to purchase supplements, without a prescription, then it’s time to step up and actually help the organizations in this article to do a better job at protecting all consumers from false advertising, false treatment claims, and misleading representations and information. If we fail then legislators will have no choice but to restrict everyone’s access to all supplements as a group.
This article applies to all supplements that consumers’ freely access in the market place. This article is brought to you by IMS Supplements, Inc. the manufacturer of the Best Prostate ® Formula. Due to this, prostate supplements will be used in our examples. For anyone who has ever purchased a prostate supplement from an advertisement or has performed a search on the internet it is most likely you were exposed to misinformation.
Every day people all across the North American continent are exposed to celebrities claiming this or that supplement will change your life. We witness actors in lab coats whom appear to be doctors. We are enticed to call now and as a result promised a free bottle of this miracle prostate product. Often the free product promised is not free because consumers are signed up to be automatically billed and shipped product. In order to do this, businesses store the consumer’s credit card information. Before you buy any supplement over the internet or on the television it is best to check if other consumers have complained about the product or the company. Most of us are familiar with the non-profit organization the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It is important to look at the number of complaints that have been filed against a specific business. Often businesses can have an “A” rating yet have hundreds of consumer complaints. An extremely popular website ComplaintsBoard.com allows users to search on a product name and users can read the complaints that have been filed.
In the background there are multiple organizations that do their best to protect consumers. One of these organizations is the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and another is the National Advertising Division® (NAD®) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Recently the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, the Council for Responsible Nutrition was notably active in the activities of a famous celebrity television physician and the United States Congress. Another organization, National Advertising Division® or NAD® reviews national advertising for truthfulness and accuracy. Their policies are established by the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC). This organization reviews national advertising on broadcast or cable television, in radio, magazines and newspapers, on the Internet (websites) or commercial on-line services, or advertising provided direct to the home or office. This organization focuses on product performance claims, superiority claims against competitive products and all kinds of scientific and technical claims. In March of 2009, the manufacturer of the product Best Prostate was contacted to participate in a voluntary review of its website www.bestprostate.com . Every sentence on the website was examined for product claims, superiority claims, scientific claims and or technical claims. This review process was a 6 to 9 month process. We are thankful to have participated in this process and feel that all manufacturers’ product websites should go through this process in the interest of consumer safety and truth in advertising. If this was the case then consumer freedom to access dietary supplements would not be in jeopardy.
The National Products Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is also actively involved in consumer safety and truth in advertising. The organization also promotes research and education related to natural products. In 2013, this organization reviewed 275 advertising cases, mailed 150 warning letters, and referred 40 cases to the FTC and the FDA.
In severe cases supplement manufacturers make actual treatment claims for a disease state. This is illegal. When the claim can actually cause harm the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will actually send a warning letter or enforcement action to the manufacturer. These are readily available to consumers by doing a simple search on the internet. If you are ingesting or swallowing a tablet, capsule, or any fluid, it is important to know who you are buying from, and if they have a history of, or have received enforcement actions from the FDA. There are two very easy ways to check this. The first way is to do a search and enter “product name” and then “FDA” on the same line. Then perform the search. You can also substitute the “product name” and use the “Company Name” and then “FDA” and perform the search. If the search shows an entry from “www.fda.gov” then you really have to consider the integrity and honesty of the manufacturer. When it comes to consumer safety manufacturers have a responsibility to be straightforward and honest.
In 2008 it was estimated that approximately 30 percent of men in North America diagnosed with a prostate disease used some complementary or alternative therapy primarily herbal agents, vitamins, supplements, and/or dietary intervention. It is now six years later and that number has increased significantly. This is partially due to the FDA warning issued in 2011 which found that in two large clinical trials with (5-alpha reductase inhibitors) prescription prostate medications that actually showed an increased incidence of high-grade prostate cancer. In addition every night our televisions tell us of yet another prescription medication with a dangerous side effect and that if you or a loved one experienced this or died you need to please contact the law firm. Who wouldn’t be a bit distrustful? Then the next commercial promotes the next latest and greatest prescription medication only to have a laundry list of side effects that is quickly read to us and then we are encouraged to ask our physician to prescribe it. It is no wonder why more and more consumers are embracing complementary or alternative therapies.
North American urologists and physicians in general have been slower than their European colleagues to use or even understand these complementary or alternative therapies. In Italy, 50% of the medications used by physicians for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are (plant-based) phyto therapies. While in Germany and other European countries, phyto therapies are first-line treatment for mild-to-moderate enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia/lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS).1
Despite the positive benefits of using the phytosterols (ex. Beta-sitosterol ) and/or other complementary or alternative therapies, the use of some nutraceuticals in prostate disease have had less desirable consequences, showing lack of efficacy, adulteration, and/or severe side effects or drug interactions. The AUA (American Urological Association) has encouraged studies of the supplements being used by consumers. Despite this some physicians simply dismiss complementary and alternative therapies. In addition studies of phytosterols, with respect to an enlarged prostate, have been published in the same medical journals as their prescription counterparts. Examples: Lancet, British Journal of Urology, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This can be confirmed by visiting NIH.GOV and simply entering the “ingredient” (beta-sitosterol) followed by “problem or disease state” (example: BPH). Respectfully with prescription medications the FDA requires adequate safety data for marketing, yet the number of estimated deaths for all adverse drug reactions and medication errors make these the 5th leading cause of death here in the United States. 2
Although many in the medical community here in North America level charges against complementary and alternative therapies and allege that they are unsafe. Statistics actually support that traditional prescription medications are guilty of being unsafe despite the submission of safety data to the FDA. With respect to prostate problems urologists do not necessarily treat BPH or prostatitis pharmaceutically based only on objective parameters. In fact, it is acknowledged that typically they treat these conditions by observation. For physicians to truly understand the benefits derived from nutraceuticals or alternative therapies in terms of enlarged prostate symptom improvements (or other medical condition) they must be aware and familiar with the published literature.
As we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of Congress passing the DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. With this, Congress definitively stated that dietary supplements are a category of food, and not subject to FDA pre-approval thereby allowing your freedom to access complementary and alternative therapies. What is important is that consumers not assume that all supplement manufacturers practice truth in advertising. It is important to verify and look at the product’s reputation and the manufacturer’s reputation through the use of objective sources. Always consult and inform your health care provider when you initiate any complementary or alternative therapy. The information contained this article is designed to provide accurate information in regard to the subject matter presented. It is provided with the understanding that IMS Supplements, Inc. is not engaged in rendering medical advice. If expert assistance is required, the services of a competent medical professional should be sought. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed or mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author wishes to acknowledge the following resources used in writing this article.
1 Dreikorn K. Complementary and alternative medicine in urology. BJU Int. 2005;96:1177–1184.
2 CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System 2007, authors. Deaths, percent of total deaths, and death rates for the 15 leading causes of death: United States and each state, 1999–2003. [Accessed January 25, 2007].
Nickel JC, Shoskes D, Roehrborn CG, Moyad M. Nutraceuticals in Prostate Disease: The Urologist’s Role. Rev Urol. 2008;10(3):192–206.
This article was adapted from an original article published at ezine articles by the author.
In 1996 the first GMO (genetically modified) seed crop was invented and that was the soybean. This GMO soybean allowed the spraying of the toxic herbicide “Roundup”. In prostate health we first want the best ingredients and above all else “to do no harm”.
Ingredients that are free of phyto-estrogens (estrogen – feminizing hormone). Some plants produce estrogen and hence these are called phyto-estrogens (‘phyto’ meaning plant). One study in humans documented a 76% reduction in testosterone production in men.  Another study by Nagata C, et al. “Inverse association of soy product intake with serum androgen and estrogen concentrations in Japanese men.” Nutr Cancer 2000; 36(1):14-8. This study in Japanese men showed that increased soy intake was related to decreased testosterone levels. In an additional study in healthy adult males compared a diet containing soy to one using meat as a source of protein. Testosterone levels were significantly lower in the group with a soy diet. In addition the amount of “free” testosterone was reduced by 7% in the soy diet group. 
Now more data has come forth with respect to the genetically modified origin of beta-sitosterol from soy sources (2014). The chances that the soy used in sourcing beta-sitosterol is genetically modified is approximately 93% (2014). The worst part of this information is that this soy is being sprayed with glyphosate or Roundup. Why is this bad? Well they are now detecting glyphosate in urine samples. Please see the attached video below. This was despite individual’s best attempts to choose organic produce and live a clean life. I guess all we can do is try our best to do what’s best and make informed choices.
Soy-free non-GMO beta-sitosterol can be found here: http://www.bestprostate.com
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 Zhong, et al. “Effects of dietary supplement of soy protein isolate and low fat diet on prostate cancer.” FASEB J 2000;14(4):a531.11
 Habito RC, et al. “Effects of replacing meat with soyabean in the diet on sex hormone concentrations in healthy adult males.” Br J Nutr 2000 Oct;84(4):557-63
It’s so confusing so let’s prioritize what is important.
1. Saw Palmetto or Beta-sitosterol.
Answer: Beta-sitosterol – Why? Because beta-sitosterol has been studied in double-blind placebo controlled clinical studies in peer-reviewed medical publications like Lancet, British Journal of Urology, and the Cochrane Reviews Database. Information regarding “Beta-sitosterol in BPH” can be found at the National Institutes of Heath website www.nih.gov. In addition clinical data regarding Saw Palmetto has shown that it is no more effective than a placebo in the New England Journal of Medicine.
2. Is beta-sitosterol all the same from one product to another?
Answer: Not at all. Most prostate formulas use a plant sterol mix and generally they label it as so. Other products use actual beta-sitosterol in a concentrated form that exceeds the 50-55% commonly found in a plant or phyto-sterol complex or mixture.
Most manufacturers use beta-sitosterol from soy as it is common and allows for a increased profit margin. Soy in North America is 93% Monsanto “Round-Up Ready Soybeans” or genetically modified to allow for the spraying of the pesticide “Round-Up”. Round-Up® is familiar to most men as it is known as a common pesticide purchased at large chain home improvement stores or small independent hardware stores.
In addition soybeans are high in phyto-estrogen. Estrogen is a female hormone and studies have shown that in the male body testosterone levels are reduced. Which can lead to erectile dysfunction and a loss of sex drive.
A few manufacturers claim that they use sugar cane. However no wholesale source of sugar cane derived beta-sitosterol is available that is sourced in the United States or Canada. Sources are #1 Brazil, #2 India, #3 China.
Then there is non-GMO, non-Soy beta-sitosterol Best Prostate ® sourced from pine.
3. But many prostate formulas have so many other ingredients like: Stinging Nettles, Pumpkin Seed extract , and/or saw palmetto are these important?
Beta-sitosterol is the miraculous common denominator in all of these other ingredients. If a more pure form of beta-sitosterol was used in manufacturing instead of a phytosterol complex these other ingredients would not be necessary that is why I refer to them as unproven fillers. For literally 3 to 4 decades (30 to 40 years) it is beta-sitosterol that physicians in Europe have relied upon for the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and not the other ingredients. The shotgun approach appears impressive but why not just rely on the ingredients that have been studied and published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals.
Is lycopene important for my prostate?
The Mayo Clinic feels that at this point the data is not sufficient to make this claim. See the link: Mayo Clinic.
It is our intention to make this simple and understandable as it should be. Do not be misled by false claims and hype or inflated prices.
The concept of integrative medicine is guided by the principle to use therapies that have some high-quality evidence to support them. This would be inclusive of combining conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques.
Advocates of integrative care say that it’s crucial to hold alternative therapies up to scientific scrutiny, rather than dismissing them outright, because doctors and patients alike need answers.
It is just as important to find out what doesn’t work as it does to find out what does. A great example is where the researchers affiliated with UCSF completed a study that showed that saw palmetto did not improve benign prostate hyperplasia, a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This was and is important as more than 2 million men in the U.S. take saw palmetto as an alternative to prescriptions.
Despite these findings many physicians in North America know very little about beta-sitosterol, a therapy that has shown benefit, and its use by physicians for over three decades throughout the rest of the world for the symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. A majority of physicians in North America rely almost exclusively on pharmacologic intervention as promoted by large pharmaceutical companies. It’s easy for practitioners of western medicine to completely dismiss alternatives due to the sheer fact that training in the use of natural products is virtually almost non-existent in their training. Afterall the big money and pressure is on from the giants in the pharmaceutical industry.
Even I have to admit when I first heard about beta-sitosterol I dismissed it. The primary reason was is that despite physicians receiving eight to ten medical journals per month delivered to their medical office or homes they rarely if ever read them cover to cover. What they do read is often the result of the pharmaceutical industry drawing their attention to the latest study on this or that new pharmaceutical drug. This can occur via peer to peer discusions again often influenced by pharmaceutical industry promotion.
As western medicine has progressed the time for treating individual patients has decreased. Physicians on average see twice as many patients due to managed care and benefit resource reimbursement management. This has decreased the time medical professionals have to actually learn about natural products that are published in the same medical journals that they are receiving. A good example as in the case of ” beta-sitosterol “ British Journal of Urology, Lancet, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. In addition to data made available through the NIH.GOV web site.
The good news is that there are some organizations like the non-profit the International College of Integrative Medicine that actually exist and offer comprehensive education of physicians about the effectiveness of advanced medical care through advanced level trainings and conferences. The web site for this organization is http://www.icimed.com/. On this site you can search for a practitioner that is trained in integrative medicine.
Effective January 2013 we have been able to successfully reach an agreement with Amazon.com and have found an effective remedy to deal with fraudulent reviews from customers who have never used or purchased our Best Prostate Formula.
Best Prostate Formula is now available for purchase once again at Amazon.com
In the past you may have purchased Best Prostate at Amazon.com. Some customers have contacted us and have asked why we stopped selling on Amazon.com.
Unfortunately we have an issue with the product review process at Amazon. Anyone is able to leave a review for a product at Amazon even when they have never purchased or even tried the product.
When someone purchases Best Prostate either via our websites www.bestprostate.com and www.imsnaturally.com or through www.amazon.com we have a record of the purchase and the ability to contact the purchaser in the event of any unforeseen issues. An example would be a recall in the event that it was necessary. This is in compliance with the FDA “Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act” .
When we noticed reviews that were obviously fraudulent we contacted Amazon.com to have them removed and despite this Amazon refused. Hence we felt that consumers were obviously being mis-led by these reviews. Due to some companies that practice un-ethical marketing practices in the North American and annual litigation costs to address these fraudulent actions we felt it necessary to discontinue our product from sales at Amazon.com.
We are reconsidering our position and are attempting to work with Amazon once again, however, we will not compromise honesty or integrity when it comes to any product we sell.
Thank you for understanding our position on this matter. In addition we feel that reviews provided by parties who have not actually purchased or used a product violate Federal Trade Commission laws.
Who owns and operates www.prostatepillreport.com. This is what we found:
About the Stigwood Research Institute.
We attempted to look for accreditation as all institutes are accredited. We suggest you know who owns the website and that you contact them before you make a purchase. We could not find a contact number with directory assistance or via any telephone number search databases.
We suggest consumers look for a professional website for the Stigwood Research Institute or any other auhtority website. Be sure to check the links on the website . All links on a website should be functional.
The publication “The Men’s Guide to Prostate Supplements” by Dr. Pierre Swaab and Bruce Ogintz. Public record shows that it was a Single Issue Magazine – 2009. It was available for sale at Amazon.com but it is no longer available.
Both men and women purchase prostate supplements. Rather than talk about this prostate product and that prostate product and create phony rankings or allege that one product is better than another the customer is given the tools on the right to actively compare and seek out the truth about a company or a product. These tools can be used for any supplement product you wish to know more about not just a prostate supplement. The site is owned and operated by the maker of Best Prostate® Formula (www.bestprostate.com). The tools provided are owned by the respective agencies (FDA, BBB, Consumer Complaints Board, Whois, Natural Products Foundation, FTC)
Since fraud and miss-leading the consumer seems rampant on the internet the maker of Best Prostate®, IMS Supplements, Inc. has joined the Natural Products Foundation™ in the goal of “Truth in Advertising”. Numerous companies have joined in this pledge to consumers.
Dietary Supplement Truth in Advertising Pledge
We pledge to ensure that consumers get accurate information about legally marketed dietary supplements so that they can make informed decisions in promoting and maintaining their health. In that regard we pledge that any advertisement or marketing materials that we create, publish, or otherwise provide or disseminate will, to the best of our knowledge, be truthful, not misleading and substantiated under the requirements of both the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) as amended by Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and the Federal Trade Commission Act:
- Not making claims, either expressly or implied, that are not accurate and fail to adequately disclose qualifying information.
- Verifying that there is adequate substantiation for claims being made, including the level of support, type and quality of evidence presented, and relevance of the evidence to the claim.
- Not making claims through testimonials or expert endorsements that cannot be substantiated.
- Ensuring that claims based on traditional use have the appropriate substantiation or clearly communicate that the sole basis for the claim is its history of use for a particular purpose.
- Ensuring that claims are appropriate for dietary supplements and do not cause the product advertised to be a “drug” under the FDCA.
- Using the two-part disclaimer as stipulated by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 when appropriate.
- Strictly adhering to the use of “third party literature” as defined by DSHEA.
Consumers should look for the Natural Products Foundation™ program logo to ensure that the site they are purchasing from agrees to abide to “Truth in Advertising” Look for this logo: