Friday, December 29, 2017

An Open Letter to James Cawley & Vic Mignogna

Dear James and Vic,

I felt that I owe both of you and all the people who have worked with you over the years an apology.

First, a little background:

Like both of you, I have been a fan of Star Trek from my childhood. I was a fan of all the Star Trek series and I’ve seen all he films featuring the original cast. I even had a collection of Star Trek books when I was growing-up, because I always wanted more Star Trek.

One evening, I discovered Star Trek: New Voyages and I was instantly in love! Sure, it wasn’t the same as the TV series and movies, but it was like a glass of cold water after a long walk in the desert. I watched every episode several times and eagerly awaited the next.

Then, Star Trek Continues arrived and though it took some adjusting because of having James Kirk portrayed by two different people, it was more Star Trek, which is what I wanted.

Then, I did what I am apologizing for: I became a donor for Star Trek Axanar.

I was introduced to Axanar via a Facebook post by James Heltzer, who was advocating that people should support it and become backers. Further encouraged by the advocacy of George Takei, I contributed $65 to help fund what I hoped to be an awesome Star Trek fan film. I didn’t have the opportunity to back either of your projects, so I wanted to be one of those who supported a professionally-made fan film whose trailer and Prelude to Axanar inspired me to part with some of my own money. I hoped to watch this film and see my name listed as one of the people who helped it become a reality.

I made my contribution and eagerly awaited the airing of the film and the arrival of my perks, both promised by December 2014, only a few months after I had sent in my money. I Liked the Axanar page on Facebook and joined the Fan Group, in order to keep up with the progress of the film.

It was shortly after I joined the fan group that I began to suspect that I had made a mistake. Alec Peters seemed to have an extremely thin skin when it came to criticism, even from people who had made contributions far larger than my own. Rather than simply start making the film, Peters was talking about renting a warehouse and setting-up his own for-profit studio, even though that plan hadn't been previously mentioned on the Kickstarter page. I had erroneously assumed that Axanar would be filmed using the Star Trek Phase 2 sets, since he had appeared in the Going Boldly short and someone from New Voyages had posted positive comments on an Axanar video. I had wrongly assumed that the two were somehow connected. After all, why reinvent the wheel? Why build your own studio when a studio and experienced staff were already available and supporting your work?

Taking a fresh look at the Kickstarter page, I realized that my earlier assumptions were incorrect. There were announced plans to rent a warehouse - for one year, not the three years Peters ended-up paying the rent on - and build a studio from scratch. Over the eighteen months from the end of the Axanar Kickstarter campaign until the lawsuit, there was more than enough time to get the whole thing accomplished. Axanar had met both its $275,000 and $400,00 stretch goals, but very little was done of what they said they were going to do once those stretch goals were met. Like many others, I began to wonder what was being done with our money, but asking those types of questions often elicited a hostile response from Peters and resulted in people getting kicked-out of the Donor Group.

I also noticed a post on Mr Cawley’s Facebook page that mentioned that someone he had helped in the past had betrayed him, somehow. James didn’t mention any names, but I suspected that the alleged betrayer was none other than Alec Peters.

My discomfiture grew as Peters’ behavior in the fan group became often hostile to even the slightest hint of impatience from donors or supporters. Things were being pushed back and the date for the expected arrival of Axanar and my perks, December 2014, came and went without the slightest hint of when the project would be completed. It was always “Back to making Axanar!”, without mentioning exactly how much progress, if any, had been made. An online store was opened and pictures of patches were posted in the fan group, but none were ever shipped. It was like they kept dangling a carrot for us, expecting donors to giggle with glee at all the cool stuff that would soon be ours.

In December 2015, about eighteen months after I had made my contribution and a year after my perk were supposed to have already arrived at my door, Axanar got sued. As a result of the discovery phase of the trial, I learned about how Peters had used donor funds, including mine, to pay for lavish meals, new tires for his car, his insurance, phone bills, travel expenses and much more. The biggest expense was for the much-vaunted studio in which not a single inch of film had been shot for Axanar or anything else.

All that money was gone forever and Axanar was no closer to completion than it had been on the day I had first heard about it.

I felt like a fool. But, the worst was still to come.

When Paramount released its fan film guidelines, I instantly realized that not only was Axanar doomed to either be a short film under thirty minutes, which was not what we had been promised and the reason we had all given Peters our money, or that Axanar would never be released and our money had simply been wasted.

But, worse than that was the fact that Star Trek Phase 2 and Star Trek Continues weren’t going be able to keep producing films anymore. So, the two fan film productions that I had enjoyed were about to fade away…

and I was partly responsible.

Certainly, others had contributed more than I did, some in the thousands of dollars. My $65 was a drop in the ocean of the over one million dollars raised to support Axanar. But, however small my part had been, I did have a part in helping it along. By supporting Axanar, I had contributed to the outright demise of Star Trek: Phase 2 and the early conclusion of Star Trek Continues, both projects for which many people had contributed their time, hard work and money to produce labors of love that I was lucky enough to have discovered and enjoyed for many hours of repeatedly watching episodes back-to-back.

I wish that I could take it back. I wish that I could take back my $65 and delete every post I made that supported Axanar and feel like my hands were clean of this awful trainwreck. But, I did what I did and it came back to bite me. Worse than my own sense of being suckered by Peters is the fact that I had inadvertently contributed to destroying two fan film productions that I loved as much as the TV series that I’ve watched over the years.

Alec Peters recently sent out another email announcing the establishment of his new studio in Georgia. As if the donors hadn’t been exploited enough, he stated that another $150,000 would be needed to finally make Axanar and to send out the three-years-late perks.

Don’t worry, gentlemen. I won’t be repeating my earlier mistake and send him any more money. I’ve learned my lesson.

I just wish that the lesson I learned hadn’t come at your expense and the expense of your teams.

Again, I sincerely apologize for the part, however small, I played in all this. I wish there was a way I could help undo the damage I helped cause.

Live long and prosper.

Duane Browning

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Silence Complete

What's old is new, again.

At least, that's how it seems with companies selling "cures" or "treatments" for tinnitus.

I swear, these guys seem to be deliberately trying to get me to click on their ads so that I can write about them here and they're not even coming up with a new way of doing it, just rehashing old methods. I guess if it worked before, why not do it again, right?

Here We Go

I recently discovered a new product called "The Silence Complete", which is a rather odd-sounding name. Whatever.

They have three websites: and and Going to any site lands you on a page where a video begins playing automatically. A man's voice begins telling you his Tale of Woe where he was about to kill himself because tinnitus was making Life unbearable. I immediately recognized this tactic from researching my blog post for NoiseAway. In the NoiseAway recording, the man was going to shoot himself while he was alone in his basement; in the Silence Complete story, he was about to kill himself in front of his family.

Okay, I've heard of people driven to extremes because of the stress of living with tinnitus, but what are the odds of two such people developing a treatment for tinnitus? Amazing, isn't it?

Like every other tinnitus "cure", they claim that their product is natural and inexpensive, which would make it more appealing to people who are short of cash and also don't want to put what they fear to be harmful chemicals into their bodies. This is an old tactic that is based on the false belief that Big Pharma is making big bucks from selling ineffective drugs to people living with tinnitus and doctors are financing their next mansion by performing expensive and risky surgeries. I must mention again that no drugs or surgeries are prescribed to treat or cure tinnitus, though there are some therapies and medications used to help people handle the stress. For some people, like myself, it isn't too bad and they can get accustomed to it. For others, it can be debilitating and these are the people being targeted by these snake oil salesmen.

Who Are These People?

On the Silence Complete website, at the very bottom, it says:
The website is property of Guerra Capital, Inc
11504 County Road 71 Lexington, AL 35648, USA
A Google search of that address reveals nothing but an empty field. So, I Googled the name "Guerra Capital" and also found nothing. Finally, I tried "Guerra Lexington Alabama" and discovered that Silence Complete had put the wrong address on their site (it's 11054 County Road 71 Lexington, Alabama) and the company listed at that address is Guerra Holdings, of which Guerra Capital is a subsidiary. Guerra Capital describes itself thusly:
Guerra Capital Asset Management is a boutique wealth management firm that crafts customized investment solutions for high net worth individuals, families, and institutions. Beyond stewardship, Guerra Capital’s aim is to grow wealth by selecting the right balance of asset classes tailored to reflect each of our clients’ investment aspirations.
So, why would an investment company have anything to do with a tinnitus treatment? I don't know. But, other things I've discovered make me doubt if Guerra Capital has anything to do with Silence Complete. Keep reading.

Doing a WhoIs search on the website reveals that it is registered to Functional and Restorative Medicine LLC, the same people who brought us Silencis Pro.

However, both and are registered to John Curly of Guerra Global Management Services. I noticed that the WhoIs listings give the correct address, unlike the website, though they spelled "management" wrong, and the organization is "Guerra Global Management Services", not "Guerra Capital, Inc", which is on the website. These are rather minor differences, but you'd think that a professional would do a better job of it when they registered a website.
Registrant Name: John Curly
Registrant Organization: Guerra Global Managment Services
Registrant Street: Inc 11054 Country Road 71 
Registrant City: Lexington
Registrant State/Province: AL
Registrant Postal Code: 35648
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.0000000000
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.0000000000
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email:

"But, wait!" you say, "Who or what is". I'm glad you asked, dear reader. is an e-commerce site that's behind HealthPlusLabs, a naturopathic supplement company that also sells Silencis Pro. What an amazing coincidence!

Lion Publishing claims to have offices in Gibraltar and Bucharest, both of which are far outside the jurisdiction of the United States. It's hard to verify anything about these people, especially since their website is registered anonymously and while the registrant's email address is given as,'s website gives it as and we're left to wonder if John Curly is really the person who registered those two sites for Silence Complete.

If you're wondering if Lion Publishing is also the registrant for any other Guerra websites, they're not. Both (WhoIs) and (WhoIs) are registered to Francisco Guerra, through GoDaddy. His companies, his websites.

Why does it look like the same people behind Silencis Pro are now marketing Silence Complete, but seem to be trying to give themselves legitimacy by claiming to be affiliated with Guerra Capital, a company that doesn't have any obvious links to naturopathic supplement companies?

Wow. This smells so fake!

Update for 7 February 2018

Two of the above websites have changed the address listed at the bottom of their respective pages and a third has corrected the erroneous address that had been posted.

Both and now have this address posted at the bottom of their homepages:
Functional and Restorative Medicine LIMITED
7/10 Chandos Street, 4th Floor
Cavendish Square W1G 9DQ
London, England

That address is apparently shared with other companies, so I'm assuming that it could just be a mail drop.

There has been a slight revision of the address posted at the bottom of the homepage of which makes me wonder if someone had forwarded to them a link to this blog post. The address mentioned above has been changed to

The website is property of Guerra Global Management Services, Inc

11054 Country Road 71 Lexington, AL 35648, USA

The Pwnage Continues

Just like Silencis Pro using a stock photo and passing it off as one of their staff, Silence Complete does the same thing with this picture.
This is supposed to be Lloyd Greenfield, the man speaking in the video and who is supposed to be
A skilled academic profesional with over 10 years of in-depth expertise in the field of breakthrough medical and alternative tinnitus research.
Funny, how they can't correctly spell "professional". It's actually a stock photo that has been used many times by others. You can find it on ShutterStock and it's called "Portrait of confident senior man with mug".

But, the use of such photos doesn't end with "Lloyd", it even includes all three pictures The Silence Complete claims to be of satisfied customers:
The picture of "Catherine M from New York" turned-out to actually come from a Polish website related to cosmetics and is probably itself lifted from Shutterstock.
This photo supposedly of "David R from North Dakota" is widely used across many sites under various names across the Internet including a guy named Tom who works at a mortgage company in Florida. This picture was also used for a supposed "review" on another site under the name Tim Pollard-Smith of Camberley, Surrey. I didn't have the time to track it down to its original source, but that doesn't matter anyway.
Like David above, the picture of "Melinda V from San Francisco" is also commonly found being used across various sites, including a YouTube channel under the name Ansel Grady.  This picture was also used for a supposed "review" on another site under the name Claudia Treforde of Marlow, Berkshire.

It Keeps Getting Better

The address where you are directed to send unused product for a refund is the same as Silencis Pro: 37 Inverness Drive East, Suite 100, Englewood, Colorado, 80112 and the people on the receiving end is ShipOffers, just like Silencis Pro.

Ordering a bottle of snake oil Silence Complete comes with a disclaimer that is repeated several times across the website
The products and claims made about specific products on or through this Site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
This Site is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Products, services, information and other content provided on this Site, including information that may be provided on this Site directly or by linking to third-party websites are provided for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.
So, they demonize doctors and the pharmaceutical industry out of one side of their mouths, yet admit out of the other side that doctors are the only real authorities for diagnosing or treating disease.

Oh, and the statements made on the site are for "information purposes only". Way to stick to your guns, boys!

Their "Money Back Guarantee"

Some people may be thinking about ordering this product, despite everything I've stated in this post. After all, they promise to refund your money if you're not satisfied, right?

Don't be too sure about that. I found this "review", which is more like an advertisement and scrolled down to the Comments section, in which several people who ordered the product and still had no relief tried to get their money back. Some did, while others weren't so lucky. You can read them for yourself.

A Final Word or Two

I'm going to contact Guerra Capital to see if they know anything about Silence Complete claiming that Guerra owns the website. It would be interesting to see how they react if don't and I'm the first person to inform them.

UPDATE: I contacted them via email and have not received a response.

I'm not sure how sales of Silencis Pro have been doing, but I find it interesting how the people behind this felt the need to also market a second product. It's almost like Silencis Pro wasn't selling well enough, so they're trying something else.

Either way, you can ignore these fakes.

Duane Browning

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Empower Network Went Down In Flames

Back in 2012, I posted a blog entry titled Are Empower Network Members Hiding Something? and it got hundreds of views. In fact, for awhile, it was in the top of Google search results for Empower Network. Because of this, it attracted the attention of Mr Mike Moffitt, a then-member of EN who posted a rather lengthy reply/rebuttal of my blog.

Aside from Mr Moffitt, no other EN members posted any comments to that entry. Due to the lack of activity, I moved on to other topics, aside from an update that I posted in 2014.

I had almost completely forgotten about that post by 2017 because Empower Network wasn't as widely-advertised among the multi level marketing crowd by then and EN members weren't as prolific with their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube activities.

In August 2017, it was reported that Empower Network had shut down and declared bankruptcy. Their leader, David Wood, even posted this rather odd video where he explains what happened

Empower Network's Facebook and Twitter pages haven't seen any new postings since January 2017, months before the shutdown actually occurred. I have seen replies posted on the Facebook page where members had tried to contact EN before the shutdown and received no reply. Other comments came from former members who had asked for refunds and never got them.

When a ship is sinking like the Titanic, it shouldn't surprise anyone if the captain is unavailable.

About two months before the shutdown actually happened, another video was posted by Demetris D-Papa where he voiced his concerns about what had been going-on at EN, including David Wood reportedly behaving very strangely.
I visited David Wood's Facebook page to see how he's doing since Empower Network died a grisly death and he seems to be back to his old games. He's posting about what he calls the "Billion Dollar Come Back" and telling people how to make money. I guess we should take him seriously, considering how he was so good at driving Empower Network into the ground. At least he was Man enough to admit his own shortcomings.

When I tried to see if my earlier blog post still showed-up in Internet searches, I discovered that it did not. In fact, even entering the complete title with my name into a Google search revealed nothing. I even tried doing a Google search for the URL and again found nothing. So, unless someone actually visited my blog and scrolled through every entry until they got to 2012, no one would ever find it.

It's almost as if someone decided to knock my blog entry off the Internet so that no one else would be able to read it. There are companies out there who will work to remove negative content for their customers. I've dealt with some of them in the past while blogging about, but I never thought I'd be on the receiving end of such a treatment. On their now-defunct website, under Terms and Conditions, Empower Network members were required to prevent anyone from speaking negatively about EN (see below) and it's possible that one of them decided that I needed to be silenced.

Out of sheer spite, I am reposting the original blog entry below, in its entirety. The original post is still up, though.

Original Blog Post

(originally posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012)

While looking for Work From Home scams being advertised on Hawaii Craigslist, I answered an ad that was posted through one of my throwaway accounts and received a reply a couple of days later that told me about the "Empower Network".

As far as I can tell, the Empower Network is another multilevel marketing operation where people buy memberships of different levels and price-ranges and then recruit more people to buy memberships. They aren't selling anything, aside from memberships. Your "opportunity" is the chance to make money by selling memberships to other people so that they can go out and sell memberships to other people, who will then do the same and so on. Aside from membership, there is nothing else being bought or sold, aside from training courses on how to sell more memberships.

Doing any kind of impartial research on Empower Network is hard, mostly due to the flood of websites and blogs set-up by members trying to recruit more people into their network. All these sites tell readers how great Empower Network is and I have to admit that it was very difficult trying to find any sort of review posted about it from a neutral or critical standpoint.

I cannot fully explain how the system works, because it gets rather complicated and that's not the purpose of this post.

What does concern me is the near impossibility of finding reviews of the Empower Network from either a neutral or critical standpoint. No business can have 100% satisfaction from its customers. There will always be someone with something negative to say about it, no matter how good the service or product might be.

It may be possible that Empower Network has not have been around long enough to attract the attention of impartial reviewers. But, given its current Internet presence - including blogs, websites and YouTube videos - an impartial review will be needed. Current websites that claim to offer reviews of Empower Network have every appearance of advertising it and trying to get more people to sign-up.

What really made me think that something was not quite right was how certain websearch terms appear to have been hijacked by people attempting to recruit members. Search terms like "Empower Network scam", "Empower Network review", "Empower Network fraud" and "Empower Network ripoff" have been included in websites that advertise for Empower Network, most likely by recruiters looking to sign-up more people. I have to admit that this is a good way - though I believe it to be more than a little underhanded - to get people to find your site. After all, a prospective member will use those search terms in an attempt to do their own research before they sign-up. I must have run across over a dozen members' sites that, at first glance, seemed to be offering some sort of critique of Empower Network only to discover that it was really someone looking to sign-up new members.

If people can't find anything bad being said about Empower Network, they're more likely to sign-up. If they find a critic that gives them second thoughts, they'll either take longer to sign on the dotted line or they may decide that it's not for them and try to find something else. For every monthly membership payment delayed or denied, there's somebody who's unhappy about not getting their commission.

Remember that anyone who is trying to recruit you into a multilevel marketing system isn't doing it for your benefit, they are doing it for the sake of making a commission from your signing-up under them. They'll tell you about how great it is, how you can make a lot of money, take care of your family and live the life of your dreams. But, ultimately it's really all about how much money they can make off of you and the people you sign-up.

So, my question is: why are so many Empower Network members co-opting the above-mentioned search terms? Are they trying, even inadvertently, to prevent potential recruits from learning anything negative about it?

While doing further research, I discovered the Terms and Conditions (inactive link) members agree to when they sign-up. Under the agreement, not only are members forbidden from criticizing the Empower Network themselves, they must actively prevent others from doing so. Under the legal protection of the Fair Use Doctrine, I will quote directly from section C, paragraph g:

You agree that you will not make any derogatory statements, either oral or written, or otherwise disparage us, our products, employees, services, work or employment, and will take all reasonable steps to prevent others from making derogatory or disparaging statements. You agree that it would be impossible, impractical, or extremely difficult to fix the actual damages suffered by reason of a breach of this paragraph, and accordingly hereby agree that Company may determine recover five thousand dollars ($5,000) as the amount of damages sustained by reason of each such breach, without prejudice to Company's right to also seek injunctive or other equitable relief. 
It is perfectly legal to prohibit members from criticizing the product. However, telling them that they must actively try to prevent others from doing so makes me think that Empower Network does, in fact, have something to hide. The use of the word "others" can be taken in different ways. It can mean that you try to prevent current or former members from disparaging Empower Network, or (more dangerously) to prevent people who have never been members, like myself, from criticizing it.

This could explain why members have been co-opting the search terms I cited above: flood the Internet with positive reviews and try to drown-out the naysayers.

Noteworthy is the coincidental similarity that Empower Network's Terms and Conditions are almost word-for-word similar to the members' agreement from another get rich quick offer, called Simple Make Money Formula and you can read it here. Look at section 5g.

I found three videos posted on YouTube by mikewellwood that offered a decidedly negative opinion of Empower Network. Sadly, his videos were all removed from Youtube when his channel was closed-down and his blog is also gone. I have no idea what caused his channel to close.

However, NoMoreBSReviews posted this video and I think he gives a very detailed explanation regarding his problems with Empower Network.

If you prefer to read, here are some websites that give reviews of Empower Network. I had listed some others, but they have been removed since this blog was last edited:
I remember when people were out there trying to sell the latest fad in health food products. There were hundreds of websites advertising Noni juice, Alaskan blueberry products, colloidal silver, etc and all these websites extolled the virtues of their respective product and they all reacted with great hostility to anyone who said anything negative about the products they were selling. But, those people never tried to co-opt search terms to either actively or inadvertently prevent people from reading that the products weren't as healthy or beneficial as advertised. It seems that some Empower Network members were blazing a new trail with this tactic, which is one reason why I personally had no interest in becoming a member myself.

For the sake of honesty on my part:
 the Better Business Bureau, even though EN is not a BBB-accredited company, had given Empower Network LLC a B rating at the time this post was first written, but is now labelled as NR, which I assume means "no rating". You can read the complaints at this link.

It is possible that Empower Network is everything its websites claim and that it is an exceptional way for people to work from home to make a lot of money for themselves. But, as with every multilevel marketing system, there comes a saturation point where the influx of new members slows to a trickle, either by disaffected former members speaking-out, a new system coming out and becoming popular or when so many people have heard about it that sales pitches become white noise and fade into the background. If/when these things happen, the people who got in early will have made their money while the newer members will feel ripped-off because the fad has run its course and there is no real money to be had for them.

I think that Empower Network has been around since 2011 and - judging by how previous multilevel marketing systems have fared over the years - I give them another couple of years before Empower Network reaches its own saturation point and fades into history.

2014 Edit: Apparently, that day has come right on time. I haven't seen a new pro-EN YouTube video in a long time from the once-enthusiastic evangelists for this company. In the Comments section below, I received a very polite detailed rebuttal from Mike Moffitt, who was at the time an active member of Empower Network. He included a link to a webpage where he had to write his complete response, due to lack of space in the Comment box. I allowed the link to be posted because he wasn't selling anything and - as I said - he was very polite. I checked the link today and it is no longer active. Neither is the URL on Mike's name in his comment and his EN website hasn't been updated in almost two years.

Furthermore, I checked on Facebook to see if any of the Empower Network groups were still active. I didn't see any recent posts for EN, but I did notice numerous posts for other MLM schemes in their news feeds. So, it looks like Empower Network is no longer the Big Guy on The Block anymore.

So, if anyone wants to comment on this post, feel free. However, I will not allow anyone to advertise themselves in comments. Empower Network members get their own blogs with their memberships and I will not allow you to extend your reach into my blog. This extends to anyone who is engaged in any sort of multi level marketing system, not just Empower Network's members.

Duane Browning

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tinnitus 911 and PhytAge Labs

Yet another All Natural Cure for Tinnitus. This one is called "Tinnitus 911".

Before I go any further, I absolutely must admit that another blogger has beaten me to the punch on this one by about three weeks. So, you're The Man, Obinna Ossai!

In the Beginning

Today, I found an email sitting in my spam folder titled 

"Ringing Ears? Eat THIS for Breakfast & Destroy Tinnitus Fast?"

Unable to resist temptation, I opened the message and began reading. Clicking on a link sent me to a  page with a video that started immediately. The video is embedded in the website and doesn't appear to be linked to a YouTube account. 

A man who was not shown speaking on camera, but a picture supposedly of him was displayed, identified himself as "Charlie Gaines" and he rehashed the same old "tinnitus ruined my life" speech that I've heard from so many others before. Blah, blah, blah.

The appearance of the supposed picture of Charlie and of all the other people on the sites look like stock photos, though I didn't feel inclined to hunt them all down to their sources. After all this time blogging about fake tinnitus cures and treatments, I know a stock photo when I see one.

In a nutshell, Tinnitus 911 makes the claim that tinnitus has nothing to do with your ears, but is an alarm going-off in your head warning you of very serious health problems that your brain is dealing with, a claim that Silencis Pro and Tinnitus Miracle had also previously made without evidence. Tinnitus 911 also makes the claim that Big Pharma is getting rich off of drugs used to treat tinnitus - even though there are no drugs prescribed to treat it - and so have no reason to provide an outright cure.

Yes, the pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar juggernaut that it often seems cares more about money than health. But, the "Big Supplement" industry is no less concerned about enriching themselves at your expense. They fight tooth and nail to prevent government oversight and they've often made claims that are not backed by hard medical research. If you seriously think that the Supplement Industry really cares about you, you're pitifully naive.

So, Tinnitus 911 is pretty much doing everything others have done before them. However, he did make an improvement on his own by mentioning a mysterious Dr Edmond Healy, who Charlie claims to have worked on a secret government project that not only cured tinnitus in astronauts, but also increased their intelligence! 

Of course, I couldn't find anything about a Dr Edmond Healy having anything to do with tinnitus, though I did find a person by that name (his name is Edmund, not Edmond) and that Dr Edmund "Ed" G Healy works in the wireless industry.

Charlie's description of his initial meeting with Dr Edmond Healy reads like something out of a cheap spy novel and not a very good one.

Still, I give them credit for originality. Not much credit, but it's there.

The Web Presence

The people behind this scheme have set-up several websites to sell their product in the same way that Tinnitus Terminator did. The sites I have identified, so far:
  • WhoIs
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If you've checked on the WhoIs links above, you'll notice that all of their sites are registered anonymously.

I have found only one YouTube video posted about Tinnitus 911, titled "Tinnitus 911 Review - MUST WATCH THIS BEFORE BUYING!" it includes a link in the video description providing a "discount" for people purchasing the product. I checked the price of the product versus the regular listed price on the sites and they are exactly the same. So, it's a discount of $0. Thanks, literally, for nothing!

There have been several Twitter posts advertising Tinnitus 911 since late November 2017, but they all appear to simply be advertisements for it.

Who Is Selling This Crap?

PhytAge Labs is the company actually selling Tinnitus 911, not "Charlie Gaines". On their homepage, their main focus is on an anti-aging supplement. I need to mention that PhytAge Labs is not associated with the product "Phyt-Age", which is made by Phytogenics. They all seem to use that truly original play on words: PhytAge. Phyt-Age. Fight Age

Pretty crafty, huh? Okay, not really. 

Moving on.

PhytAge Labs not only sells Tinnitus 911 and their anti-aging supplement, but also supplements to fight fungushelp with your prostate, increase bowel movements and many other thing you didn't know you needed. So, from one end of your body to the other, they've got you covered.

At the time this post was first written, PhytAge Labs had an F rating from the Better Business Bureau, but that has since been upgraded to a B- rating. The name of the business manger is Mr John Paul and the given mailing address is 1732 1st Avenue #28568, New York, NY 10128 which a simple Google search reveals it to be a UPS Store mail drop

Their former return address, which was curiously in Colorado, is 7308 S. Alton Way. #2A, Centennial, CO 80112 and that address is associated with a company called Supplement Support, which has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau and is also not accredited by the BBB. Supplement Support has 
Terry Crolius listed as their Business Management on their BBB profile. A quick search reveals a Terry Crolius associated with a company called ShipOffers, out of Englewood, CO and they are in
the business of shipping products for supplement companies. As ShipOffers says on their Facebook page
BE FULFILLED : ShipOffers is the most trusted source for elite marketers of health and beauty products. We offer product sourcing, label design and printing, customized fulfillment, return processing, marketing, upsells and more. We are the #1 vital partner for direct response marketers.
PhytAge promises a money back guarantee, provided that you use the product faithfully for 90 days. But, I wouldn't be too quick to trust them with my money, considering the layers of secrecy they've put up between themselves and the public. Doing a bit more of a background check revealed that PhytAge Labs is actually registered as a corporation. But, it's not registered as such in either New York or in Colorado, but in Florida.

Yes, dear reader, it's registered in Florida and the registrant is a man named George Rivera. But, George doesn't provide a Florida address on his business registration because that would make too much sense. No, the address he provides is at 1108 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, which looks like a UPS Store.

So, we've gone from New York, then to Colorado, on to Florida and finally to Texas. It seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through if your product is legitimate, doesn't it?

UPDATE: On their website, PhytAge Labs has a new return address and it's also apparently the address for ShipOffers:
PhytAge Laboratories
37 Inverness Drive East, Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80112

The former return address at 7308 S. Alton Way was in Centennial, CO and the 37 Inverness Drive East in Englewood are about 10 miles apart, which made me wonder why the change was necessary.

They Won't Let You Go

I've noticed two specific complaints about PhytAge Labs regarding their apparent unwillingness or inability to cancel an order. One complaint I found is found on the BBB listing for the company, posted by David M. R. on January 5, 2018:
"I have been taking this product since October. I didn't realize they had put me on auto ship and received another shipment. I continued taking the the so called Urgent Fungus Destroyer capsules as directed but called to cancel auto ship. In December, i got another shipment and called to cancel again. I have had no success with the product. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY! It is a SHAM! They say they're in CO, but the contact person is FOREIGN."
The second such complaint was found in the Comments section of this post, written by Bob Lang:
"I have an order from these people and when I tried to return it the Post Office returned it stating wrong address, yet is was one that you mentioned, When I looked it up on the internet and sent it to the second address as you mentioned ,it was sent back again. I have sent it to the third address but I doubt it will ever reach the real company. Today I received a box with a whole new order, that I did not order and with a different return address. Got any ideas on what I should do now?? I am  retired Marine and I would go to CO if I thought they would be there and explain MY WAY why I should get my money back but if they were there and said no I would probably go to jail. But thanks for your research and ANY info you can give me."
Since ShipOffers is the fulfillment company for companies like PhytAge, it is only natural for people to try to post complaints on their review page. However, ShipOffers rightly points-out that they aren't actually the company billing you for the product and only handle the shipping. They suggest contacting the product's company directly or contacting your bank or credit card company through which you are being charged. I think ShipOffers goes a bit overboard when they ask people to delete the negative review and in one case, threatened legal action against the reviewer.

Financial transactions for PhytAge Labs are handled through Trust Guard. If contacting PhytAge, your bank or credit card company doesn't work out, you can try to go through Trust Guard via their website's Live Chat, by calling them at 877-848-2731 or through their Facebook page.

But, does Tinnitus 911 work, Duane?

For the answer to that, you only need to read what PhytAge Labs says on their own website about Tinnitus 911
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.
I don't think I need to say any more about it.

What You Should Do Next

If you haven't already, sign-up on the Tinnitus Talk forums. It's free and you can ask your questions about living with tinnitus, as well as keeping up with the latest research toward finding treatments and an eventual cure.

Duane Browning 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Kangen Water: Why the Secrecy?

When I see a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper or online, I want to know the name and type of company whose ad I am reading. I really don't think it's too much to ask, do you? Apparently, some companies don't want you to know who they really are and what their company is about until they feel they've got you hooked.

One group like this are the people selling Kangen Water ionizers, made by Enagic.

Enagic jumped on the "ionized water" fad that actually got started in Japan and spread over to the United States some years ago. For whatever reason, some people simply don't believe that ordinary water is enough and they want that glass with a little something extra. In this case, they want their body to be more alkaline than acidic, in the erroneous belief that they will prevent or cure numerous illnesses - including cancer - by keeping their body's PH on a more alkaline side.

For one thing, your body has its own internal mechanism for maintaining a healthy balance between acidic and alkaline in your bloodstream and tissues. Furthermore, none of the claims made by the people and companies advocating an alkaline diet or the consumption of alkaline water have been substantiated by science. In fact, this pseudoscience - sometimes referred to as the "Acid-Ash Hypothesis"- has its roots in the works of French physiologist, Claude Bernard, who lived almost 200 years ago. I'm no doctor, but I think it's a safe bet that medical science has improved quite a bit since Doctor Bernard's day.

I'm not going to dig into exactly why this whole thing is bullshit, since others have already taken care of that far better than I could. When the only people advocating drinking ionized water are the people selling you water ionizers, a wise person should be able to connect the dots for themselves.

No, what this blog is about are the extraordinary lengths people are going through in order to lure others into joining in on a multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme to sell Kangen water ionizers. Enagic itself touts the benefits of becoming a distributor very openly on their website. But, there's somebody or a few sombodies out there making it rather difficult for you to figure our who they are and what they're about until you've given them a chance to make their sales pitch.

Here's how these people are working this:
1) start with an ad on Craigslist that makes gigantic promises regarding how much money you can make without mentioning either the name of the company or what kind of product it sells;
2) the ad provides readers with a phone number to call;
3) you call the number and listen to a recorded message which, again, doesn't mention either the name of the company or the type of product. Instead, the company is referred to as "our firm" or "the firm";
4) the recording directs you to a website on which a YouTube-linked video plays in which, after several minutes, you finally learn the name of the company and product.

I found several ads posted on Craigslist in Honolulu in an attempt to recruit Kangen distributors, each with a different script, a different phone number and each of their recordings pointing you to a different website. This is an awful lot of trouble to go through, unless you have something to hide.

Seriously, Craigslist ads looking for Herbalife distributors are pretty upfront about it. Not so much with Kangen distributors.

The ads are posted on Craigslist sites all across the United States, with such headlines as:
Here is a partial list of the phone numbers given in the ads posted that I have seen. You may notice that there are almost as many websites listed as there are phone numbers. That isn't quite true, since there are a few that repeat. But, an exhaustive list of phone numbers and websites would take a great deal of time to compile and make this list very long. I present this list of what I have found to date, the phone numbers posted in the Craigslist ads and the websites which the recorded messages tell callers to visit:

(202) 540-1918
(215) 234-1001
(215) 240-7494
(215) 305-8909
(303) 351-0567
(312) 436-1463
(313) 243-1121
(321) 203-1833
(360) 215-7340
(602) 734-4424
(615) 212-6911
(617) 209-4897
(617) 245-0655
(626) 200-1845
(646) 217-4249
(720) 263-5770
(727) 288-2427
(800) 470-4876
(800) 691-3977
(800) 844-3290
(800) 995-0785
(913) 232-2608
(916) 209-4326
(919) 241-3132
(949) 202-5606
(972) 338-9736

I have reason to believe that there are over 300 separate phone numbers, with over 300 separate websites. That reason is explained next.

All of the above-mentioned websites serve as redirects to a YouTube video on this channel: A Lucrative Income & Real Long Term Security, which does not show-up in a search of the site. The majority of the videos are simply copies of this one, though another video also has a few copies of itself on the channel.

It doesn't say much for the channel's confidence in his product that he disabled comments on any of his videos. Typically, people who do this have a rather thin skin when it comes to criticism. By comparison, I allow most comments to post on this blog, with the exception of posts in which someone is either advertising a product or posting racist commentary.

I believe that each of these phone numbers and their accompanying website are the work of one person: Donald Gillete. Mr Gillette owns Innovative Marketing Systems, Inc which is based in New Jersey. Mr Gillette has been quite the busy beaver, setting-up all these phone numbers and websites, as well as posting over 300 videos on a YouTube channel. In addition to posting Craigslist ads in just about every US city I can even think about, Donald has posted ads in just about every other forum he could get his greedy, little hands into. Mr Gillette actually does this sort of thing for a living and if he isn't doing this for himself, he's likely doing it on someone else's behalf.

Don't get me wrong: Donald Gillette hasn't done anything wrong or illegal. It's not against the law to litter the Internet with crap. If it were, the Internet wouldn't be the swinging place we all know and love. My only problem is that, aside from the non-existent scientific backup for water ionizers in general and Kangen Water in particular, I just find it rather dishonest not to come right out and say it plainly. After all, if Kangen were the cat's pajamas, like their hordes of loyal devotees claim it is, why would you need over 300 phone numbers and websites in order to sell it?

If someone is telling you that the best way for you to avoid dying of cancer is to use a product that they are selling, understand that they aren't doing it to help you, they are doing it to line their pockets with your money.

Duane Browning

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hope In the Fight Against Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have plagued the human race since the days of prehistory. Originally, feeding on the blood of cave-dwelling bats, humans became prey for them when some of our ancestors began using caves as dwelling places and bed bugs found a new source of blood to feed on.

In the West, we almost had bed bugs eliminated through the use of powerful insecticides, such as DDT, until the environmentally-negative effects of DDT became known to us and its use was discontinued. These days, it is a constant struggle to find new weapons to use in what seems to be a never-ending battle against bed bugs, as the insects evolve resistance to pesticides fairly quickly. Despite enormous advances in the creation of new pesticides, bed bugs have again become epidemic in the United States. The only comfort we can take is that they aren't known vectors for any diseases.

For now, certain things remain effective, like heat treatments and enzyme-based insecticides. However, the cost of such treatments puts them out of reach for a lot of people who can't afford the thousands of dollars these treatments cost and there's nothing stopping the bugs from eventually coming back to bite you again in the future. So, repeatedly needing such treatments could become a serious financial drain for people who can't afford it, in addition to the cost of replacing infested furniture and clothes that had been discarded after bed bugs had been found on them.

Low-cost alternatives are often held out to people without high incomes. I felt so proud of myself when I discovered that 91% isopropyl alcohol kills them on contact, but my self-satisfaction was short-lived when I learned that it only kills the adults, while leaving their eggs unscathed. So, I was killing one generation while another was soon to hatch and plague me again. I poured boiling water over the eggs in an attempt to stop the next generation in its tracks, but this was impractical to use in various parts of my home. and I couldn't wash my clothes in water that hot because it would destroy them.

Buying cans of Hot Shots Bed Bug and Flea insect spray proved useless when the bed bugs proved completely immune to it. Raid Ant and Roach was a more effective killer, but I would have clouds of the spray all over my apartment, which was something I wasn't desperate enough to live with for a long time. I found numerous websites offering "guaranteed" methods for winning the fight against bed bugs, but with so many to choose from, I had no way to know which ones really work without trying them all and I didn't want to set myself up for more disappointments.

I finally found the answers I needed in a Facebook group run by a Canadian woman, Septina Samantha Smith. Like me, she tried everything to finally beat her bed bug infestation and met disappointment after disappointment. In the Bed Bug Support & Education Group, Septina provides a forum where people in circumstance similar to her's can ask questions and relate their own struggles against infestations. Members are free to ask questions, offer advice and relate their own experiences in fighting bed bugs. Sometimes, a new member will ask if a particular product works against bed bugs and it's almost guaranteed that someone in the group has already tried it and will say that it doesn't work.

Septina has taken a very scientific approach to the fight, trying various products and methods before finding one that 1) kills bed bugs and their eggs, 2) can be done by anyone and 3) doesn't cost too much. Members have stated that they had paid good money for a professional treatment, only for the infestation to return at a later time, so whatever method was developed would need to be inexpensive and easily done by a layperson.

Septina finally developed what she has called "The Persil Method©". She tried it herself and then asked members of the group to give it a try. Once the method itself was put into its final form, she posted the instructions in the group and you can see her accompanying video here:
If properly done, the Persil Method© will provide a cessation of bed bugs in your home. However, there are no guarantees that they won't return. But, the Method is low-cost and the components are easily obtained. The most important ingredient is Persil detergent, which you can buy at Walmart. If you can't find Persil, Septina recommends you use Tide Pro Clean.

Products like Eco Raider and Nature's Eradicator have received Septina's nod of approval, but they cost more ounce-for-ounce than the detergents I mentioned above. If you've got the cash, get Eco Raider and/or Nature's Eradicator. If you don't, the Persil Method© is the way to go.

So, here's what you should be doing next:

  1. subscribe to Septina's YouTube channel
  2. send a membership request to Bed Bug Support & Education Group 
If you don't have a YouTube account, just watch the videos. But, if you don't have a Facebook account, you'll need to set one up to join the group. If you'd rather not set-up a Facebook account just to join one group, post your questions in my comments section below and I'll pass your questions to her when I get the chance, but it's better if you ask her yourself.

Septina developed The Persil Method©  through trial and error, trying various products, finding what works and discarding what doesn't. She's put a lot of thought and hard work into it.

Duane Browning

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wayne Josephson and TinniStop

After learning about this product in the Tinnitus Talk forums, I did some research on TinniStop and what I found didn't inspire me.
The Inventor

Wayne Josephson is the person claiming to have created TinniStop. To his credit, he actually joined the forums at Tinnitus Talk and responded to criticisms of his product. In my opinion, this puts him a step above other people marketing supposed "cures" for tinnitus because he actually put his own neck on the line with his critics and naysayers. But, he only posted twice in the forum and has been inactive since March 2017.

Like others who claim to have discovered a miraculous cure or treatment for tinnitus, Wayne states that he suffered with tinnitus for years before stumbling upon a treatment he created and is now offering it to others. It would truly be "miraculous" if he didn't make the exact same claim as all the others and say that he came up with TinniStop to help a friend of loved one, but I guess using the same script as everyone else saved him a lot of time trying to invent something new.

Like every other "discoverer of a tinnitus cure" before him, Wayne Josephson has no medical background whatsoever. His actual professions are as an inventor and an author.

Looking through titles with his name credited as an author shows that most of his work consists of updating classic works by other authors with modern language to make them easier for modern readers to comprehend. He also produced two "mashup" works where he combined two books by two separate authors into one book, which puts them on the same level as fanfiction, in my opinion. Books that he wrote entirely by himself didn't impress me with their subject matter.

According to Amazon, Wayne Josephson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Wharton. He subsequently worked on Wall Street for twenty years before trying to make his living as an author and successful screenwriter, although I can find no information on exactly what movie scripts he has either written or in which he contributed.

As far as activities outside of writing, I found two LinkedIn profiles of a Wayne Josephson in the Charlottesville, VA area, one of an inventor and the other of an author. On the inventor's profile, it only mentions something called the EZ Scramble, which allows you to make scrambled eggs in your microwave. Wayne Josephson has been involved in three Kickstarter campaigns, attempting to raise money to help get his inventions on the market. However, only two of the three campaigns were successful. The author's profile is pretty blank. Neither LinkedIn profile mentions anything about having worked on Wall Street or about inventing TinniStop. Wayne also has a Facebook page, which hasn't seen new posts since January 2010, with the exception of having posted TinniStop product pictures in December 2016. I'm not friended with him on Facebook, so there might be more content there than I can see. But, it seems really weird that, from what's able to be seen, his profile sat unused for nearly seven years before he embarked on his career with TinniStop.

But, I do have to give credit to Wayne for putting himself out there, making him a better person than just about everyone else who I've blogged about in the past.

Moving on.

Internet Presence

TinniStop is available through its website, which seems well put-together. It's easy to navigate and there are no annoying voice or video recordings to endure.

Curiously, despite Wayne Josephson not being too shy to put himself out there, is registered anonymously with the registrant being listed as Domains By Proxy and the IP address is out of Canada. The site itself was created in October 2016, which was less than a year before I discovered this product. is actually a Shopify site, Shopify being an online marketplace for all kinds of products. This makes sense since it leaves the responsibility of selling the product in the hands of experienced people.

They do have a Facebook page, but it hasn't seen activity since March 2017. Speaking of March 2017, that's also when a number of Twitter posts appeared to hawk the product. I noticed that there wasn't much variation in the text of the posts, almost like the same people were posting about it from various accounts. So, both Facebook and Twitter have been virtually silent about this product since March 2017, which is also when Wayne defended his product in the forums at Tinnitus Talk.

Looking through their Facebook page, I noticed that several of the posts had comments, but most of the comments had been deleted. This makes me think that the comments were either of a negative nature or had asked questions TinniStop didn't want to answer and the comments were removed. This makes TinniStop look like it has something to hide and should give anyone second thoughts of trusting them. If you can't take criticism or probing questions about your product, maybe you shouldn't be selling that product in the first place.

Let's compare TinniStop to a company with whom I've dealings: Hot Shot Insecticides. I posted a decidedly negative review of one of their products, going so far as to state that I would never buy it again. Did they delete my comment? No, they left it up and they courteously responded to me, keeping their replies professional at all times. They behave the same way with everyone who posts negative comments about their products. Do you know why? It's because they're a professional company, run by professional people and they aren't afraid to take questions and criticism.

I'll never buy a Hot Shot Insecticide product again, but I have much more respect for them than whoever is running TinniStop.

The Product

The site likes to mention how TinniStop is registered with the Food and Drug Administration, but a search for its FDA number resulted in finding its listing at the National Institutes of Health, which states:
This homeopathic product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration for safety or efficacy. FDA is not aware of scientific evidence to support homeopathy as effective.
So, even though TinniStop has an FDA registration, the product itself hasn't been evaluated by the FDA to determine if it works or even if it's safe. This doesn't fill me with confidence toward Wayne Josephson.
Furthermore, TinniStop claims this
TinniStop is manufactured in an FDA registered facility, one of the few authorized homeopathic manufacturing facilities in the United States. Our laboratory follows all current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) as set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.
 Did you notice how they don't tell you exactly where the product is manufactured? Where is this "laboratory" you speak of, Wayne?

Wayne Josephson claims that he discovered the ingredients which would later be incorporated into TinniStop by doing the research himself and using them to treat his own tinnitus. I suppose we'll have to trust him on that. The active ingredients are listed:
  • Causticum 6X: also known as Potassium Hydrate, this is prepared prepared blending slaked lime and sulfate of potash and is a very popular ingredient used in homeopathic remedies, though I couldn't find how anyone but TinniStop relates it to treating tinnitus. It seems that, if you're going to make a homeopathic product, you're going to include this by default. Aside from homeopathy, causticum has no medical uses, as it is caustic;
  • Cocculus Indicus 6X: this site mentions it being used by homeopaths to treat motion sickness. I haven't seen anyone mentioning how it is used to treat tinnitus. It is also known as the Levant berry and does have some serious side effects;
  • Conium Maculatum 6X: also known as poison hemlock. Despite its very poisonous nature, homeopaths sometimes incorporate it into their products. Poison fucking hemlock! Jeez!
Here's something that leaped out at me from the site
Tinnitus Relief Guaranteed

Breakthrough Natural Remedy Proven to Relieve Symptoms

On the back label, this statement is made:
Active ingredients are prepared in accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and are non-toxic with no known side effects.

Proven by whom? Prepared by whom? Who formulated TinniStop and decided how much of what to put into it? Who did the research to lend any truth to their claim that the product has no side effects? None of that is mentioned.

I could go on all night about how unreliable the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States is, but I'll leave that up to an actual medical doctor. Looking back at the list of the three active ingredients, I'd say that they all have some serious side effects on their own. Of course, it would really depend on how much you ingested, but I'd give some serious thought before I'd use anything with poison hemlock in it.

If there was any doubt that the actual safety and/or efficacy of TiiniStop hasn't actually been established, here is the mandatory disclaimer that they put on their website to escape the wrath of the Food and Drug Administration:

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
That says it all, right there.
The Company

According to the NIH link for TinniStop I mentioned above, the actual company selling it is Peerless Homeopathic and their mailing address is PO Box 5083, Charlottesville, VA. Okey-dokey, let's look them up.


As I thought, nothing comes up for Peerless Homeopathic or Peerless Labs as a company registered in Virginia. Neither does TinniStop, for that matter.

So, what about that address? As it turns out, that address is registered to the West Point Society of Monticello. I found that same address in the Society's 2017 report and in their business registration.

It's possible - even, likely - that the information given for TinniStop on the NIH link was a misprint. Another product sold by them is called DriNites (supposedly to cure bed wetting) and the link for that product gives its address as PO Box 5038, as it also does for their homeopathic weight loss product 29Again. so, either TinniStop provided the wrong PO Box number or the NIH webmaster made an error. Whatever.


In my opinion, TinniStop is just another one of those schemes that claim to "cure" or "treat" tinnitus using "natural" products, even though none of their claims have been validated by scientific testing. These people mix-up some homeopathic ingredients and we're supposed to take their word for it that the ingredients are effective, in the right proportions and that they were prepared in a hygienic facility by professionals.

What do they offer as proof of efficacy? Testimonials posted on their website, which can't be independently verified. Anecdotal evidence is completely useless to definitively verify whether a pharmaceutical product is either safe or effective. It needs to be subjected to rigorous scientific testing in a laboratory under controlled conditions.

To appropriate the Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #109 for the purposes of this review:
"Anecdotal evidence and an empty sack is worth the sack."
If you want to take a chance and buy TinniStop, I can't stop you. After all, it's only about $20 and you get free shipping, with a money back guarantee. It's entirely your business if you want to buy the product, discover it didn't meet your expectations and then try to get your money back. Personally, I don't want to go through all that trouble.

But, understand that this company is extremely opaque in its dealings and isn't even a registered business in Virginia, so there's no corporate accountability. Aside from what looks like the wrong address posted on the NIH site, the only way they provide to contact them is via the contact page on their website or through a toll-free number. We don't yet know who's really behind it. Even if they provided us with a valid PO Box number, no physical address is given, which gives them a pretty good level of protection in the event that someone would try to initiate legal proceedings against them if using the product actually causes someone physical harm or if TinniStop didn't refund their money.

In my opinion, their spokesman/inventor, Wayne Josephson, looks like a person whose career as an author and inventor hasn't turned-out the way he probably hoped and has apparently embarked on TinniStop in order to actually amount to something.

There's nothing new here with TinniStop. It's just another scheme where they try to convince people with tinnitus that they can cure or treat their tinnitus naturally. People like this hold out the hope that your suffering can end and your life can go back to normal, but their claims are based on nothing more than their say-so and that's just not good enough for me.

Duane Browning