I don't wish to get into explaining much about Protandim as that would be freely promoting the product on this blog and I have no desire to do that. However, I don't want you to merely take my word for anything but do your own research so I provide links both from the company and the skeptics for you to do your own research. Please check ALL links as none are repeated so even the two Protandim links above are not the same but one is the Wikipedia link and one is the product link.
Please consult the links above to get some background information and then check out these rather fascinating and insightful, not to mention damning sources below:
For starters is is worth noting that the very first scene one sees on one of the Protandim
Dr. Joe McCord did not invent this product as the
However, Dr.McCord is a part owner of the company and yet there are no notices in any of the product
Not only is Dr. McCord part-owner of the company but he is involved with distributor training. This strikes me as odd that a research scientist is spending time training salespeople. I smell a stinky rat!
Not only are all the people interviewed in the
If one has a real-deal product one can afford to be smug and not have to frantically over-hype and over-reach to convince others the product is good as LifeVantage does. Think Apple products like the iPod and iPhone for which there are no Apple barkers selling them in "network" marketing fashion.
Why does LifeVantange refer to their marketing plan as "network" marketing and not just call a spade a spade and admit to the obvious fact it is a MLM?
The online defenders of Protandim claim all skeptics are hacks for Big Pharma and its proxy the FDA. That is a straw man argument and diversionary in the extreme. Most of the critics are actually finance experts who can smell a financial rat, er racket, when well, they smell one. On the other hand a typical LifeVantage/Protandim hack is somebody like J.J. Bernsdorff who in his blog not only defends the product while toothlessly attacking its detractors but also promotes the damned product in ads on the same page. This classifies as a mother-of-all-conflicts-of-interest in my book.
Of course the AMA doctors are against Protandim even if they are pushers of legal drugs. The drugs they use and prescribe have to pass muster with the FDA and usually do work while the herbal products have not been thus proven and do not have to prove ANYTHING. At least the FDA-approved stuff has gone through one more layer and level of scientific scrutiny and inquiry than the herbal remedy stuff like Protandim which needs not prove anything.
Of course I have yet to even touch on the scammy nature of MLM's in general here (of which LifeVantage is one) but won't get into here in any depth but welcome you to do your own research on it via the links I have provided as well as other sources you find.
I have reached the obvious conclusion that Protandim as currently marketed is a scam (even if it actually works as preventative medicine) and consequently I have decided to not get involved with this product and the ethically-challenged company that markets it.
Update: It has been suggested to me that Protandim is essentially glutathione but with a lot of smoke and mirrors and one heck of a dog and pony show - and with a lot of additional cost. I cannot confirm this but I encourage our more biochemistry-backgrounded readers to offer some insights in the comments below.
LisaRob updates taken from her comments to this article in mid-April, 2016:
A few things have happened that I'm not sure have been covered here. I briefly scanned through the comments, but didn't see them, so here goes.
1. McCord retired from the company a few years ago and collected a hefty paycheck after signing a nondisclosure agreement.
2. Lifevantage has been through several other Chief Science Officers since then (one only lasted a few months). Another, Shaun Talbott, had a very sketchy history and judgement against him for making false claims about another product before being hired by LV. Talbott didn't last very long and was unceremoniously kicked out after he had a disagreement with the higher ups.
3. Lifevantage sued Lazyman and he had to remove his blog because he couldn't afford to fight the lawsuit in the long run. (Your link to his site will only bring up his statement about that lawsuit, and none of the great information that used to be there). I believe the Budgets are Sexy site has also removed its Protandim discussion.
4. Paul Myhill (the "inventor" of Protandim) admitted on his Facebook page that he no longer takes Protandim and has moved on to other things. He ended up taking the statement down, but I have a screenshot of it. I heard LV was going to sue him, or perhaps they still are. Not sure either way.
5. There is growing evidence that flooding your body with antioxidants is bad for people who have cancer. This is concerning because you have to wonder how long a person has cancer before it is actually detected. Maybe it's not such a great idea for anyone to be boosting their antioxidant levels.
Here is the press release for the new product:
McCord's retirement package. He was an "at will" employee, so one can only guess why they felt it reasonable or necessary to gift him with 1.7 million dollars:
"The Agreement contains provisions relating to, among other things, confidentiality, non-disparagement, return of company property, and a general release of claims in favor of our company. The Agreement requires that we make twelve (12) equal monthly payments to Dr. McCord in the aggregate amount of $1,700,000. Dr. McCord has agreed to consult with us on matters relating to his previous work for our company for a period of nine (9) months after the effective date of the Agreement."
Regarding Shawn Talbott and the judgement against him for making illegal claims about CortiSlim before LifeVantage hired him :
Here is a link where Talbott discusses being unceremoniously dumped from LV. It was rumored that Talbott wanted to move the company away from the MLM format, but I have no proof of that:
LV now has a Sr. VP of Research and Development (not sure why the there isn't a Chief Science Officer) named Nathalie Chevreau, PhD. She has run afoul or the FTC in the past, also:
One thing I forgot to mention was the stock price of LifeVantage. In the past, LV has taken great pride in being traded on NASDAQ, and has even used it as a marketing tool. Last year, their stock had fallen below $1.00 a share for 6 months and was in imminent danger of being delisted. To avoid that, they did a 7:1 reverse stock split to bring the price per share up to avoid delisting.