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By Anonymous Questions, September 18, 2014

I would like to ask Dr. KSS about an advertised product called Biotrust ic5 for insulin resistance and the role insulin plays in metabolizing and storing fat. Here is the link http://secure2.fixyourbloodsugar.com/?cid=fybsasl1&adid=worstcarb
havenā€™t been able to find (google) anything about the company (in the UK) itself

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September 18, 2014 4:32 pm

I would be cautious or avoidant, as this is a scam. It is a mishmash of a few not-so-secret ingredients, mainly cinnamon and alpha-lipoic acid.

If a patient has diabetes and takes this, (s)he will not be less diabetic or need less medicine.

If a patient is non-diabetic, there is no evidence of or theoretical premise supporting any idea that it makes onset of diabetes less likely.

It is selling for 100x or more the cost of the ingredients. “Alternative” “secret” “doctors don’t want you to know” things are always bogus.

If you have insulin resistance, you need metformin and need it now, and should not wait til diabetes is upon you.. And it is probably cheaper than this decoction. It’s the most heavily prescribed drug in the world.

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September 21, 2014 1:09 pm
Reply to  DrKSSMDPhD

Thanks, I am still wondering if there are any neutraceuticals that are not scams? Personally I take St. Johns Wort for an antidepressant. If I can believe that I am getting a genuine product then is the research I’ve done valid?? Are the research studies that conclude this herb is as good as SSRI’s? and less side effects true? They seem to be for me, and am wary of placebo effect.

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September 21, 2014 1:19 pm
Reply to  gard

Alan: the only compound present in St. John’s Wort that could act as an antidepressant is hypericum, which in vitro is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. However, hypericum does not significantly cross the blood brain barrier, and so cannot legitimately have antidepressant actions. Moreover, if it did have antidepressant actions, it would create a state of danger…malignant hypertension upon exposure to tyramine (cheese, chianti red wines).

Certainly efficacy of the SRI’s and older tricyclics has always been questioned, and there is no good evidence that, if they work, that they are working by, for example, blocking serotonin reuptake. I feel the evidence is quite compelling that venlafaxine, a reuptake inhibitor of norepinephrine and serotonin, has good antidepressant kick, and in some people bupropion, working putatively on dopaminergic pathways, can be effective.

If your wish is to stay away from rx drugs, I would consider use of fish oils, as these have marked anti-depressant efficacy compared with both placebo and SSRI. They are safe and well-tolerated save “fishbreath.”I would consider 5000 IU daily of vitamin D3, as D deficiency may be the molecular basis of seasonal affective disorder. However, I’d not take that if you have a kidney stone history.

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