UPDATE: The Digestrol product was a scam and the conmen responsible have been jailed. Read the whole story here.
I’ve had a few queries lately about a product called Digestrol, so I thought I’d write an explanation about why I wouldn’t recommend it, and why in fact it’s a good example of the kind of product you probably shouldn’t touch with a barge pole.
Let’s start with what the manufacturers, Techmedica, say about the product on their own website.
Digestrol™ contains all-natural ingredients that are essential in making it gentle and effective. It contains no chemically generated compounds
There’s a very odd school of thought that says anything “natural” is automatically safe and gentle, and anything “chemically-generated” is harsh and nasty and a Very Bad Thing. Well, deadly nightshade is natural, gentle and safe, right up to the point where you’re dead.
“All natural” means nothing by itself – lots of natural flora and fauna are harsh if you swallow them, as anyone who has ever taken the laxative senna will know.
Digestrol, requiring years of research and clinical studies
Where can I read details of the research? Where were the clinical studies published? Were they independently-funded and double-blind, placebo-controlled trials? Because if they weren’t, they won’t prove anything.
Our scientists have discovered at the molecular level, how to maximize potency and absorption, utilizing our patent-pending 12 step pharmaceutical-grade blending and extraction process
Wow, that sounds AMAZING! Wait a minute though…how is that actually gonna make me feel better? Or is it just an impressive-sounding “science bit”?
I know that Digestrol works. I see it every day in customer re-orders and testimonials
What percentage of your customers re-order? Do they re-order because it works or because they are just desperate for help?
And never, ever rely on testimonials. Testimonials are the easiest thing in the world to get – find me the most despicable, pathetic, money-grubbing product on the internet and I’ll guarantee that they’ve got some testimonials.
Before you rush out to buy 100 bottles of Digestrol, let’s have even more fun and take a look at the website of MicroNutra Health, who seem to sell exactly the same products as Techmedica, and so I presume are either the same company in disguise or at least are connected in some way.
The first few paragraphs are actually fine – they say lots of people have IBS, describe the symptoms a bit, say that doctors don’t have all the answers. Fair enough. But then it gets interesting…
8 out of 10 of the patients who have IBS report it as a progressive condition that can disable them within only a few increasingly painful years from the point of experiencing the first symptom
Umm…you what? IBS is NOT a progressive condition in any shape or form. Of course some people get worse, but others stay the same, and lots more get better. This sentence makes it sound like if you don’t treat your IBS right this MINUTE you’re gonna descend into a kind of nightmare downward spiral. Complete hogwash.
But Digestrol is the ONLY solution that addresses the root cause of the actual problem at a cellular level
Wow, how lucky am I to stumble upon the ONLY product that does that! And you mean you’re actually offering to sell it to me too! I cannot believe the immensity of my good fortune.
Digestrol gives you back the balance, increases overall energy, reduces your waist size
And I’m gonna lose weight while I’m at it! I’m bouncing off the ceiling with glee!
Digestrol is the FINAL IBS and colitis answer
Wait, all of a sudden it cures colitis as well? Isn’t that a totally different illness? With a totally different cause? No, must be my mistake.
Digestrol contains synergistically blended ingredients that soothe the brain to replenish stomach nerve endings that create the painful attacks of swelling, cramping, and constipation
So soothing the brain replenishes my stomach nerve endings, yes, I see. Hang on a minute…
We even took it one step further and commissioned a clinical study on 22 Digestrol users
First, 22 patients is not enough to prove diddly squat. Second, it sounds like there was no control group, which invalidates the study. If I told 22 people with IBS to play netball with the Pope for three months they’d probably report improvements in their IBS. That’s how placebos work.
Over 50,000 people add Digestrol to their meals as least once a day
How can you possibly know that? You can’t. Fifty thousand people might have bought Digestrol, but 49,999 people might have used it once and thrown it in the garbage.
Digestrol has a 99% success rate
OK, I’m getting a bit tired of this now. Measured by what? The amount of people who don’t ask for a refund? Or did you survey 50,000 people, using an unbiased questionnaire and an independent survey company?
What’s the final word? Well over 90 out of every 100 women who use Digestrol are absolutely satisfied and healthier for doing so!
My maths is a bit shoddy – does 90 out of 100 equal 99%? And why are we suddenly talking about women – you realize that men get IBS too, right? (Maybe they don’t.)
And finally, just to round off this little marathon, my absolute favourite quote from the site, and a warning to shoppers everywhere to for goodness’ sake BEWARE…
A Few Bottles of Digestrol Now Or Surgery Later?
This is so true – if I could only count the number of IBS sufferers who have to resort to surgery. Oh, wait a minute, I can count them – zero. There is no surgery for IBS. We don’t have surgery. You are trying to scare us into buying your product, you slimy little grizzly wart-bound toads.
I feel so much better now. In fact, I think I’m cured.