BBB, Medical Experts Poke Holes In Claims Of Pure Life Patch

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is challenging claims made by Pure Life Health Laboratories, makers of the Pure Life Patch. Promotional literature touting the benefits of Pure Life Patches, which are worn on the feet, claim that “98.7% of patients affected with ‘benign’diseases are healed within the first 3 days of Pure Life Patch treatment” and “96% of patients affected by ‘serious’ diseases were healed in less than 30 days after starting the treatment.” The BBB has given the company a rating of F due to their nature of business and the claims they’re making, which are scientifically unproven.

“We were alerted to this company by a concerned citizen, whose mother was about to sign up for a $100 per month subscription for this highly questionable product,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. “We looked into the company’s claims and sought the opinion of an M.D. who specializes in alternative medicine. He reviewed the ingredients in the company’s product and said that none have been proven to be beneficial in the manner claimed.”

The medical professional the BBB consulted, Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, the Medical Director of the Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, noted there is no data to support the company’s claims. He also added that due to the fact the product is manufactured in Japan, there isn’t the same infrastructure in place as there is in the U.S. to test and validate health product claims.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester has also weighed in on detoxification foot pads, such as the Pure Life Patch, in an online article available on their website. The article states that no scientific studies have been published that show these foot pads work or that they’re safe to use. They suggest that, as with anything that sounds too good to be true, people wait for scientific evidence that proves the claim before investing their time or money.

Pure Life Health Laboratories claims an address in Minnesota, a mailbox in a UPS store on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The company is not registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State. A BBB investigation determined Pure Life’s parent company is CJW Holdings (also known as Ultralife Fitness), located in Midvale, Utah. That company has an F rating with the BBB of Utah, and there have been several government actions against them in regard to misrepresentations involving “free” offers and claims involving the products they market.

The BBB has processed three complaints against Pure Life Health Laboratories regarding delivery issues. The company has resolved two of those complaints by providing refunds. A third complaint is currently pending.

If you’re considering ordering an alternative medical product or treatment, the BBB advises that you be wary of those making dubious claims, and keep in mind that nothing is more important than your health. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to ensure you’re dealing with legitimate companies who are selling quality products they will stand behind.

Here are some other things consumers should consider, or do, before ordering alternative medicinal products or treatments:

  •  Is the product you’re looking at approved for use in the United States? The U.S. has some of the strictest safety standards worldwide, and though you may be able to purchase medical products from other countries, they may not be cleared for use here. Ask the manufacturer of the device whether it’s approved or check for yourself at the Food and Drug Administration’s website, www.fda.gov.
  • If the company is offering a free trial, is that offer related to a membership, subscription or extended service contract? Also, is there an action you need to take should you decide not to continue receiving the product?
  • What are the companies return policies? How many days do you have to return the product?
  • Look at the product label. If the label is written in multiple languages or the measures are in units other than those used in the United States, it’s possible the product is approved for use in another country and not approved here in the U.S.
  • Talk to your doctor. They will be familiar with your medical history and also be able to advise you as to which products or treatments are effective and which are not.
  • Know who you’re dealing with. Even if a company’s website seems formal or legitimate, be wary if they don’t provide their address and/or a contact number.
  •  Check the company’s Reliability Report at www.bbb.org.

Additional advice on free trial offers is available at www.bbb.org/us/article/free-trial-offers–are-they-good-deals-425. Consumers who believe they have been misled by a free trial offer can file a complaint online with the BBB at www.bbb.org.

The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to promote, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill public confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, protect and assist the general public. Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the BBB at www.bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll free at 1-800-646-6222.

6 Responses

  1. i have use the patches for about two weeks now. if it dont work how do all that that stuff come out of your feet. it is wet and ugly jut like toxin. but now i am not sure. what is that Stuff?????? betty

    1. Hi, Rick,

      No, I don’t believe so. However, what can be dangerous is when people severely limit their caloric intake, which is what many diets featuring this supplement counsel people to do. We always recommend talking to a doctor before starting a new dietary or exercise regimen.

      Thank you,

      BBB

  2. Pedro Liong

    I have used the patch on my should when I have Bursitis. I was very lucky to have come across the patch. I was in extreme pain for a few days until I put on the patch and the pain subsided in a few days. And within one week or so, I can rotate my arm much to my surprise. I put the patch on at night and by the morning, the patch had drawn out fluid from the joint and re-leaved the pressure.

    The problem with western attitude review of eastern traditional healing is that western medical practitioner are quick to poopoo things that they have no understanding of. If you see a eastern healing product, you as an eastern healer that knows about the product.

    What would a western Dr. prescribe for Bursitis – pain killer? Western treatment treats the symptom while eastern healing treat the cause. Big difference. But should I have a broken leg from an accident, I go to western medicine.

  3. Dave R

    I have not tried the product nor do I intend to. I do not know if it works. However, I would like to reply to this article of questionable integrity by stating that the so-called “science” of the status quo is barely a hundred years old whereas the practice of holistic medicine reaches back thousands of years. It is therefore difficult to give credence to anything stated by a corrupted, biased and greed driven medical infrastructure unwilling to accept any medical “thinking” outside it’s own. In addition, there are some four hundred known documented cures for cancer, most of which are suppressed by modern medicine and the FDA. If “science” were really doing its job it seems to me that it would have embraced at least a few of these. Why then, after more than 50 years, is it still suppressing them and “looking” for a cure for cancer while fraudulently asking for funding, especially through bogus charities?

    As to US safety standards I found this interesting tidbit in an article posted by ANH, May 8, 2012: “More and more countries are banning imports of American food products for safety reasons. Last week, Indonesia became the first country to halt imports of US beef following the discovery of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy…..The ultimate source of mad cow, of course, is the filthy and disease-ridden (not to mention inhumane) conditions in CAFOs, or concentrated animal feedlot operations.”

    Back in 1977-78 the FDA ruled that non-medical antibiotic overuse in farm animals was to be stopped (for health safety reasons). 35 years later a group sued the FDA for not enforcing it’s own rule…and won. And the FDA is still dragging its feet in spite of the court injunction.

    Presently most developed nations including Canada have banned BPA in plastic and other containers (for health safety reasons). The FDA continues to drag it’s feet. And where was the FDA (protecting our safety) when the drug Vioxx was introduced…..and subsequently killed 50,000 people? Merck executives have agreed to pay out nearly $1 billion in civil and criminal fines to finally settle the deadly controversy over Vioxx — the arthritis drug whose name will forever define Big Pharma greed and negligence.

    Jesus Christ said, “Wisdom is proved righteous by its works.” If true then so is the inverse. . . . .the lack of wisdom is also proved corrupted by its works. Government agencies should first clean the inside of the “cup” before giving attention to the outside.

    1. Hi, Dave,

      Thank you for writing. Sorry for the delay in replying back to you. Your comments are appreciated. Indeed, there is more than one way to slice an apple, that’s for sure. And each approach (pharmaceutical/modern vs. holistic) has been shown to have benefits – as well as drawbacks. We could debate the merits of each, but perhaps it’s easier to say that each of us has an opinion and a choice to make. I’ll close by saying we are not a government agency, but rather a non-profit organization devoted to the maintenance of a marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other.

      Thank you.

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