BioLogic Stem Cell Therapy by Lewis Feder: Is It a Scam?
"Stem Cell Therapy" Claims
BioLogic Solutions manufactures a "Stem Cell Therapy" anti-aging cream, with advertisements plastered on the web and frequently shown on T.V. The cream has many claims stating it will halt the aging process, including:
- Increased production of skin cells by 57%
- Reactivate skin stem cells
- Increase area of new skin growth by 680%
- Increase natural collagen production by 80%
- Decrease wrinkle appearance by 56% in the first 30 days
- Increase collagen synthesis by up to 84%
The main, novel claim of this cream is the reactivation of stem cells in the skin, and the product charges a high price for this approach: the first shipment is $49.99 with $5 shipping, and individuals are automatically enrolled into a program for future shipments. A professional by the name of Dr. Lewis M. Feder backs the product with claims that it will turn back the aging clock.
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Dissecting Biologic Stem Cell Therapy's Claims
Skin cells are constantly produced in the basal skin layer, and move up through the skin's layer. Once they reach the layer we are able to see, they die: the epidermis (outer skin layer) is a layer of dead skin cells acting as a mechanical barrier to the outside world. All skin (even in elderly adults) has a base layer which contains adult stem cells.
Claim 1: Increased Growth/Production of Skin Cells
Generally, skin care companies add "functional keratin" to products to achieve this claim. Unfortunately, they also hydrolyze the keratin, which makes it unusable to the skin cells. BioLogic has a rather mysterious ingredient list (see below), but it is likely the company adds a form of this ingredient to achieve this claim.
Claim 2: Reactivate Stem Cells
This seems to be the main selling point of the cream, which would be an amazing revolution: if it weren't so laughable. All adults have skin stem cells in the basal layer of the skin - there is no need to "reactivate" something that is already active.While stem cell activity does reduce somewhat with age, these cells are always active.
If the stem cells in the basal layer were inactive, an individual would have no skin as the dead, outer layer sloughed off. In fact, scientists have discovered a way to use adult skin stem cells as an alternative to embryonic stem cells. Don't fall for this one: you already have skin stem cells, and they are already active.
Claim 3: Increased collagen production
Many skin care creams have this claim, and include materials to temporarily improve the texture and perceived elasticity of skin. Obviously, no miracle "cure" has been found for aging skin, and this effect can be achieved from other products for a much lower price.
Claim 4: Decrease Wrinkle Appearance by 56% in the First 30 Days
By adding in a moisturizer, the product helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, the addition of tocopherols (a form of vitamin E, obtained from brown algae) will help reduce wrinkle appearance. Lotions with vitamin E can be obtained for a fraction of the Stem Cell Therapy price.
Brown Algae is a Main Ingredient in Stem Cell Therapy Cream
Biologic Stem Cell Therapy: The Ingredient List
Only three "active" ingredients are listed on Biologic's "Stem Cell Therapy" product, and the company uses confusing terminology to prevent the user from identifying the true nature of the ingredients.
- Phyko-AI-PF: This ingredient sounds very scientific. In fact, it is a carbohydrate: a long chain of sugar molecules. The prefix "phyco" comes from Greek, meaning "from seaweed." This is rather economical of the BioLogic Solutions company, since it is likely a by-product of the next ingredient.
- Mitostime: Brown algae is a form of seaweed, and mitostime is an extract of the algae. Brown algae is listed as a "cure" for many ailments in alternative medicine: beware of any ingredient listed as a panacea.
- Seractin: Billed as a "youth compound," this component has no listing in any chemical index or on Material Safety and Data Sheet indexes. For people looking for the fountain of youth, it is likely not found in the mysterious "seractin" ingredient.
The "Professional" Backer
Read the fine print: Dr. Lewis M. Feder is "remunerated" for commenting on the skin cell data. In other words, he is paid by the company to give a positive review: impartiality is not likely to occur. In fact, Dr. Feder has backed many face creams, including the StaTight cream, A retinoid therapy, and a product called Genesphere. This man makes his living by creating and hawking skin lotions: he is not an impartial scientific reviewer.
Better Wrinkle Solutions
Users of the cream are certainly not happy with the results, or with the automatic enrollment into a program where more cream is shipped (and billed to your account) prior to the first 30 day supply running out.
One user states she used the product for three months and saw no improvement. Another commented the product was ordered (and paid for), but never arrived: calls to customer service have been fruitless. Yet another customer called to cancel an order, but was told she had to wait a full 72 hours before canceling, as the database would take that long to be "updated."
The TV Claims
Biologic Stem Cell Therapy: The Better Business Bureau Report
The Better Business Bureau gives Biologic Solutions a "C" rating on an A-F scale. There are currently 11 complaints filed against the company, and has insufficient background information on the business. Customer complaints indicate they were defrauded by charges for additional product they never ordered, and that free trial bottles were completely empty of product. In addition, contacting the company is extremely difficult.
Biologic Solutions Stem Cell Therapy is a scam. The claims are not backed by peer-reviewed data, the ingredient list is vague, and the company has a history of sending empty bottles to customers. The automatic enrollment into an auto-refill program empties the pockets of unwitting customers, who cannot contact customer service to stop the shipment of the product. Waiting 72 hours for entry into the "database" further inhibits order cancellations.
The lowdown? Save a lot of money and go to a local drugstore: find a lotion with some vitamin E - it is cheaper and as effective as the Biologic Solutions "Stem Cell" therapy.
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