Monday, October 23, 2017

Looking At Silencis Pro

Around the same time that Tinnitus Terminator was biting the dust, a new "treatment" for tinnitus became known to me: Silencis Pro.

Like other supposed "treatments" and "cures", these people claim to have found the answers that had eluded some very well-educated and dedicated people researching the causes of tinnitus.

My first exposure to Silencis Pro occurred when I clicked on a link at the bottom of a news article that I had thought may have been for Tinnitus Terminator. But, it turned-out to be an entirely new product.

The link led to a website where an audio recording played with their sales pitch. Fortunately, they also have a page where you can read their speech, rather than have to listen to it. I'd rather be able to read the speech, rather than have to endure the speaker's prattling.

Here's a quote:
Something (i.e. tinnitus) so dangerous that recent medical studies now pin it as an early indicator of disorders like memory loss, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's...
This statement is simply untrue and is apparently intended to induce panic in people who have a particularly hard time living with tinnitus. Notice how they don't tell you which studies make that claim, they simply state it as fact and expect you to accept it. Yes, tinnitus can be a symptom of another ailment, but not Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Go to this page to get some facts.

Silencis Pro's claim that tinnitus is more like a warning alarm going-off, telling you that there is some serious underlying illness affecting your body isn't even a new claim made by people selling these products. Back in March 2015, I blogged about "Tinnitus Miracle" who pretty much said the same thing.

The people behind Silencis Pro seem to have no problem being deceptive, as the above quote shows. But, it doesn't stop there.

This picture is from their website. the bearded man in the picture is supposed to be Charles W. Brighton, the head of research at the Institute for Hearing Performance.
However, this picture is actually clip art, as you can see for yourself at this link. Outside of anything to do with Silencis Pro, I could find no reference anywhere to a medical researcher named Charles W Brighton. Given that they used clip art, rather than an actual picture of him, I think we can safely assume that he doesn't exist.

As far as the Institute for Hearing Performance, their website looks like a blog where articles related to their claimed expertise are posted. No information is provided regarding any of the other researchers who supposedly work there. The only person for whom you have a full name is Charles W Brighton, who might not even be a real person.

So, who are the people selling Silencis Pro? At the bottom of the Silencis Pro website is this statement:
This website is property of:
Functional and Restorative Medicine LLC
8 The Green Suite #6549
Dover, DE 199901
United States
Okay, so, who or what is Functional and Restorative Medicine LLC? Finding their website was easy enough. They describe themselves thus:
Functional and Restorative Medicine LLC is a health company that whole-heartedly invests in people and natural innovations. We discover and promote powerful alternative solutions, constantly challenging the medical fields where the traditional way of thinking left no room for trust.
A "health company", not a medical research company.

As far as their position on the use of pharmaceutical drugs, here's their statement:
Not one of our solutions is drug-based. Yet, they all have one thing in common: they’re the result of in-depth medical research. Since the human body craves for organic healing, we focus on the essential connection between our organism and nature. We thoroughly test each ingredient and pair it with efficient health protocols.
So, they don't use the standard drugs for medical conditions for which they claim to have treatments. In short, they aim to treat medical conditions with so-called "natural remedies", as you can see from the list of ingredients contained in Silencis Pro. They also don't mention exactly who did the "medical research", though I suppose that we're to assume that it was done in the laboratories of  the Institute for Hearing Performance. This product isn't even labelled as a drug, but as a supplement, which allows them to skirt any sort of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. In fact, they even include this legally-required disclaimer on their site:
All statements and results presented on this website are for informational purposes only. They are not specific medical advice for any individual. Neither the website, nor product should substitute medical advice given by a certified health professional. If you have a health problem, or you have sensible allergies, are pregnant or diagnosed with chronic conditions, it is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor immediately and before taking any pills or supplements.

The statements presented here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The content of this website and the product should not substitute medical advice from a health professional. If you have a health problem, speak to your doctor or a health professional immediately about your condition. Individual results may vary depending on the case. Read more here.
It is worth noting that the actual bottles of the Silencis Pro supplement aren't sold directly by the people behind the website. A copy of a sales receipt was found here and the company that actual bills people who make a purchase is LiveLong Solutions which is a Delaware company that sells numerous other health supplements, in addition to Silencis Pro. Any returns from dissatisfied customers are to be sent to 37 Inverness Drive East, Suite 100, Englewood, Colorado, 80112 and the company at the receiving end is ShipOffers, another company that ships health supplements.

Notice that both companies responsible for sending/receiving Silencis Pro are health supplement companies, not pharmaceutical companies, which again allows Silencis Pro to skip around FDA regulations.

The Websites

Doing a WHOIS check on their assorted websites yields some interesting results
https://functionalandrestorativemedicine.com/
Registrant Name: Patrick Schwartzman
Registrant Organization: Functional and Restorative Medicine LLC
Registrant Street: 8 The Green Suite #6540
Registrant City: Dover
Registrant State/Province: DE
Registrant Postal Code: 19901
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.30227244816

https://thesilencispro.net/
Registrant Name: Oliver Williams
Registrant Organization: Functional and Restorative Medicine LTD
Registrant Street: 4th Floor 7/10 Chandos Street Cavendish Square
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: Greater London
Registrant Postal Code: W1G 9DQ
Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: +1.30227244816

https://instituteforhearingperformance.com/
Registrant Name: Oliver Williams
Registrant Organization: Functional and Restorative Medicine LTD
Registrant Street: 4th Floor 7/10 Chandos Street Cavendish Square
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: Greater London
Registrant Postal Code: W1G 9DQ
Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: +1.30227244816

https://silencispro.net/
Registrant Name: Oliver Williams
Registrant Organization: Functional and Restorative Medicine LTD
Registrant Street: 4th Floor 7/10 Chandos Street Cavendish Square
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: Greater London
Registrant Postal Code: W1G 9DQ
Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: +1.30227244816
So, of the four websites I could find associated with Silencis Pro, only one is registered in the United States.

Where Are They, Really?

The listing for the London Company, Functional and Restorative Medicine LTD, can be seen here and its three company officers aren't even British citizens. Two are Romanian and one is Singaporean. So, it's possible, even likely, that "Oliver Williams" may not even be a real person either. I'm wondering if the Brexit vote and the impending departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union may have had something to do with the Romanian citizens deciding to get out of Dodge City by sunset. I wouldn't be surprised if all website registrations will be switched over to American registrants pretty soon.

The Delaware company, Functional and Restorative Medicine LLC, was easily found via its business registration in that state. The registered agent is an anonymous company that uses the same address on the WHOIS for functionalandrestorativemedicine.com and was only incorporated there in June 2017. A company with the exact same name (not an uncommon occurrence) was also incorporated in Florida back in February 2015.
Legal Stuff

I realize that Silencis Pro stated on their Disclaimer page that copying any portion of their site constitutes copyright infringement. However, this blog entry claims protection under Federal Fair Use guidelines and you can also read this for more information.

In short, for the purposes of commentary or criticism of a copyrighted work, I am allowed to copy certain portions of said work without the permission of the copyright holder.

So, there!

A Final Word

I've seen a lot of these supposed "cures" and "treatments" being sold for tinnitus ever since I started blogging about these people. Having tinnitus myself, I have a vested interest in a real cure being found and I get really annoyed at all the bullshit out there.

But, I have to admit that Silencis Pro certainly has done a better job of establishing an Internet Presence than any of the other products I've looked at, so far. The sheer amount of time it must have taken to set all this up and keep it updated must have been substantial. The websites look well-done and the supply chain is well-established. They even a Facebook page, though they don't have very many Likes on it and they haven't posted anything on it since August 2017. Unlike other products, these guys haven't flooded Twitter with spam tweets yet and I am grateful for that. I guess they won't be using multi-level marketing to sell this stuff, like Tinnitus Terminator did.

There is a single video posted on YouTube which uses a very annoying computer voice, which I found so God damned annoying that I had to click away. Thankfully, there don't appear to be any others.

So, Silencis Pro isn't repeating the mistakes of the other products I've blogged about in the past, which reminds me of the saying, "A wise man learns from his mistakes. But, a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.".

While I honestly believe that using Silencis Pro would do me as much good as drinking my own urine, I have to give the Devil his due and take my hat off to the hardworking people at Silencis Pro.


Duane Browning
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