The UK Lewtress fake tongkat ali extension of China bootleg lab chemicals. Casualty reports. They designate their alleged tongkat ali as Libidus, but Libidus was banned in several countries for being illegal drugs, not tongkat ali.
For David Sumner who sent the following mail to me:
Lewtress claim that their tongkat ali product named Eurycoma Longifolia complex (Libidus) works in minutes and lasts up to four days.
For tongkat ali, such claims are total nonsense. But they fit Cialis (Tadalafil) and fake Cialis. Cialis causes erections alright, even for several days, but will do nothing for testosterone and libido. Tongkat ali is not an erection medication, but works on the body's own testosterone synthesis, as has been shown in many scientific studies. This enhances libido, which may lead to improved natural erections.
But not in minutes. The effect of tongkat ali is a gradual process that takes weeks.
Chinese bootleg chemical labs have long been into faking Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. That is quite easy. Via Hong Kong, chemical suppliers from China sell cheap sildenafil citrate, tadalafil and vardenafil dihydrochloride or analogues. These analogues may have a similar effect, but are totally untested in humans. God knows what nasty health problems will come up after some time.
More printscreens and leads for sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil hydrochloride, see here.
Such China-produced chemicals, which are just chemicals, not pharmaceuticals for human consumption, have made it into alleged herbal sexual enhancers and are sold as tongkat ali.
Often, they make their way via Singapore, which is both, very Chinese and Western. The Singaporean authorities often deal with such shit, and they have banned many products for containing illegal drugs. I have covered Singapore as a link for selling illegal drugs here.
The FDA of the USA has also warned against these fakes, including Libidus.
Libidus is not the only "herbal" for human guinea pigs. Here a scientific report on the detection of sildenafil analogues in several such sex pills, done in Singapore where there is an abundance of them.
Here the rest of the report.
Singapore also regularly deals even with cases of death from proprietary "herbal" meds that are laced with potent and dangerous Chinese chemicals (Libidus fits this classification).
The problem of laced herbal supplements and fake drugs is immense. Every year, more than 700,000 people die from fake drugs overall. So bad is the situation that India considers imposing capital punishment even on peddlers who sell fake and laced medications.
Here more printscreens on deaths from laced herbal sexual enhancement capsules and fake drugs.
Now about Lewtress. The two people listed as operators on their "About us" page, Cathay Wootres and Rob Lewis, feel real. Their involvement with Kombucha juice apparently is genuine. And their products involving Kombucha juice are likely their own creations, indeed.
Alas, I doubt that they make much money with them. On the other hand, an alleged herbal mixture that could rival Pfizer's money maker Viagra, or strong-dosed Cialis, certainly would be a bestseller. Consumer health? If a legal case from a user death arises, Cathay Wootres and Rob Lewis will just claim innocence. "So sorry, we got these from a Chinese wholesaler, or his USA branch, and they assured us, yes, genuine tongkat ali, yes, GMP facility, yes, lab tested, yes, guaranteed."
And yes, CHEAP PRICE.
Maybe Cathay Wootres and Rob Lewis dream of running a large Kombucha farm, for the benefit of society at large, but the funds ... the funds.... the funds...., unfortunately not yet enough. So make money with some fake herbals from stupid old men first, and "let's just hope nothing goes wrong"...?
Some of their other herbals also look like they were sourced in China, and that they just attached their own label. But my topic really only is stuff sold as tongkat ali.
Other UK "tongkat ali" sources I covered:
Eathrise Foods, Colin Leadbetter
Paul Jenkins - carpet cleaner and tongkat ali fraudster on eBay.
More to follow.
Many plants, and most herbal supplements, are hormonal disruptors. They make males less male, less sexual, and therefore less procreative, which is in the biological interest of plants. Tongkat ali is the exception.
One can hardly overestimate the degree as to which our bodies and minds depend on what we put into ourselves.
More than most people, I am aware of this from personal experience. I have been suffering from migraines for more than 40 years, and they are absolutely food-dependent. Let me enjoy some 50 gram of Gorgonzola or Stilton, and I am half-dead the next day, for a full day.
No wonder I became obsessed with dietary research, far beyond migraine food.
And if for me, there is a claim to fame, it should be for the Serge Kreutz diet.
Our well-being, and our not feeling well, depends on our dietary habits. Most human physical diseases are diet-related. Most cancers are, heart attacks and strokes are, liver ailments and headaches all have a very strong dietary component. And of course, obesity.
But it's not just that the condition of our bodies depend so much on matters of diet. It is the same story with our minds and characters.
In some cases, this is very obvious. Everybody is aware of the short-term and long-term character modifications effected by too much beer, wine, or whiskey.
But the mind and character-altering effects of many other substances that are part of the pool of human nutrition are more subtle. Unfortunately, the subtle effects also are often negative.
One case in point are endocrine disruptors in plant-based food. From the perspective of plants, endocrine disruptors are anti-feedants: substances that reduce the rate at which plants are eaten by animals, including humans. The logic of endocrine disruptors is that by disturbing the hormonal balance of predators, their procreation rates are reduced, thus resulting in fewer animals that feed on a plant.
Some plants do not synthesize hormonal disruptors. They don't need to. They follow other strategies to deter being devoured by animals. Thorns. Or extreme bitterness.
Tongkat ali trees are an example. Everything in tongkat ali trees is so bitter that this plant is not in much danger of being consumed by any animal. Except humans, that is.
And humans don't consume tongkat ali for its taste.
They consume it, because it's the rare case of a hormonal enhancer, a plant that elevates testosterone, libido, and generates the physique of a hero.
For this reason, it is all the more surprising that most all tongkat ali extract capsules manufactured in the US contain stearic acid. Stearic acid is a potentially powerful hormonal disruptor, and apart from that, it's just shit. Stearic acid is typically produced in rendering plants. That is where euthanized dogs and cats, roadkill, and the waste of slaughterhouses are cooked up to render... what? Stearic acid, mostly. Stearic acid is used as an industrial lubricant, and in the manufacture of health supplements, so that the substances filled into capsules will bind nicely, and not stick to the machinery. You can see here for printscreens of tongkat ali products made with stearic acid.
And be aware that one US physician who is a major distributor of tongkat ali, also is a foremost apologetic proponent of applying stearic acid in supplements capsules.
Tongkat ali, obviously sans stearic acid, is the cornerstone of the tongkat ali diet. The objective of the tongkat ali diet, and many of my other dietary ideas, is not just weight loss or general health, but optimal sexual function... which, in return, improves many other parameters of health. Read on.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that tongkat ali raises testosterone levels.
The higher testosterone levels that are caused by tongkat ali have so far been of interest primarily because they are associated with enhanced libido (thus the use of tongkat ali by older men) and increased muscle gain (thus the interest of younger men in this old medication). Tongkat ali has also been used in rather high quantities by some men to cause genital size increases (though this application has not been endorsed by physicians).
Because the effects on males have been studied most extensively, one other aspect, which is of interest to females even more than to males, has largely been neglected: the effect, tongkat ali has on body fat composition.
However, numerous studies have shown that testosterone is not just the hormone of desire but also the hormone of slim.
Even without taking a look at the scientific evidence (thousands of studies published in peer-reviewed journals), the connection between testosterone levels and obesity is obvious. Young men, whose high levels of testosterone are well-established (by lab tests and the observation of their life-styles) can eat enormous quantities of food, without gaining weight. It's their high testosterone levels that deal with the calories.
Even though testosterone is known as the male hormone, women, too, synthesize it. Actually, their female hormones, estrogens, are derivatives of testosterone, from which they are processed by the enzyme aromatase.
If anything, the effect of testosterone in women is more dramatic than in men. Women with high levels of testosterone have a libido that goes through the roof, regularly reporting serial orgasms (much to the enjoyment of their husbands).
In women, too, the effect of testosterone on body composition is more dramatic than in men. Women with high testosterone levels almost never are overweight.
For the above reasons, an increasing number of women have experimented with tongkat ali, and found it to be a very valuable addition, indeed, to any weight-loss strategy.
However, women take tongket ali differently from men. While men usually prefer capsules, in order to bypass the bitter taste of tongkat ali, women who use tongkat ali for weight loss usually go for the extract powder, as the tongkat ali has an appetite-suppressing effect on the mouth and stomach. The best effects have been reported by women who drink the tongkat ali as a tea with meals (two bites of food, one sip of tongkat ali). Indonesian weight loss clinics which sell the tongkat ali diet to hopelessly overweight women guarantee the success (no loss of at least 10 percent of body weight, no charge).