The top Google hit for “Glyconutritional” comes up with the following, eloquent statement from yet another doctor: “Glyconutrition is, I believe, one of the health technologies which is already impacting the health world. It has earned four Nobel Prizes in the last eight offered in the field of medicine, which is a powerful testimony in and of itself.
“However, glyconutrition is already referred to as one of the top ten technologies which will change our world. That is the position of the prestigious M.I.T. referencing this field of “glycomics” (a commonly used scientific name), which is the field of glyconutrition (popularized name among scientists and laity alike).”
Google lists many similar web pages all of which coincidentally are promoting products. However, in stark contrast is the following paper from a website calling itself the Oxford Journals from the Oxford University Press. The abstract reads, “The discipline of glycobiology contributes to our understanding of human health and disease through research, most of which is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Recently, legitimate discoveries in glycobiology have been used as marketing tools to help sell plant extracts termed “glyconutrients.” The glyconutrient industry has a worldwide sales force of over half a million people and sells nearly half a billion dollars (USD) of products annually. Here we address the relationship between glyconutrients and glycobiology, and how glyconutrient claims may impact the public and our discipline.”
The paper is titled, “A Glyconutrient Sham” but it only comes a lowly fourth in the Google ranking which confirms that it’s a less popular viewpoint. It’s difficult to know who to believe.
PC World has requested some of the product and aims to test the claims made by Mannatech in the near future. We hope to either confirm the “science*” behind the claims or dismiss them as homeopathic bullshit summed up by Tim Minchin thusly, “What do you call “alternative medicine” that works? Answer: Medicine.”
We spoke to Tony Trubridge, manager of top Australian pro gaming outfit, Team Immunity. He explained how doping in ESL’s professional gaming tournaments came to the forefront last year when top players openly bragged about using Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, Adderall in tournaments. While the disturbing nature of the claims weren’t directly tested, moves were made by tournament organisers and team managers to include clauses in contracts which proscribed any potentially-performance enhancing drug taking. This wasn’t backed up with stringent testing environments and penalties, however, and only random drug testing has ever subsequently occurred with no high-profile failures being recorded. Whether Ambrotose powder is as potent as Adderall, Pseudoephedrine or even Mountain Dew remains a mystery.
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