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Harvard Anti-Aging Researcher On The Hotseat

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:38 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Anti-Aginig, Harvard University, Resveratrol, FDA and Prescription Drugs

Dr. Sinclair of Harvard on the hot seat for his association with Shaklee. 

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IMAGE SOURCE: Charlie Rose interview with David Sinclair, Charlie Rose LLC

 

David Sinclair is a Harvard researcher who works in the area of anti-aging, a hot area for research for Baby Boomers who are fighting it all the way.

He even hosts The Sinclair Lab page,  where it says the Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Pathology (with degrees in biochemistry and molecular genetics) focused on, “finding genes and small molecules that slow the pace of aging and prevent the diseases of old age.”

Slowing the aging process has apparently been very good to Sinclair.

The Wall Street Journal reports that he’s been paid to be on the scientific advisory board of Shaklee, the supplement company that sells Vivix, an anti-aging supplement that reportedly contains resveratrol (WSJ misspells it as resevratrol), found in grapes. In 2006, David Sinclair was interviewed by Charlie Rose about resveratrol.

Sinclair even appeared at a company conference last summer, telling the Shaklee sales force that, “over a year ago, we set out together to do this, to make a product that you could actually activate these genetic pathways that can slow down aging.”

He told the crowd he was part of the Shaklee family.  Now he is not.

Sinclair reportedly resigned from his advisory role at Shaklee last week after the WSJ probed further.

Shaklee declined to say how much he made in his position, other than that he did not receive Vivix royalties.

“This decision was prompted in significant part by my recent realization as to how my association with Shaklee and my research have been used contrary to the intents and purposes of my agreement,”  Sinclair said in a statement.

“To my dismay I have found numerous uses of my name and reputation on the Web and in other media that implies endorsement by me of Shaklee’s Vivix product,” he wrote. “I have engaged counsel to deal with this matter and have demanded that Shaklee cease using my name.”

Shaklee says that Sinclair pre-approved the use of his name.

This isn’t the first association between Sinclair and resveratrol research.

He reportedly received $8 million when Sirtris, a company he co-founded, was sold to GlaxoSMithKlinePLC. He now receives $297,000 a year as a consultant for Sirtris Pharmaceuticals. Sinclair is still listed as a co-chair on the company’s Web site. 

Harvard University does not need any further probes from the office of Sen. Grassley and is reviewing the company’s use of Dr. Sinclair’s name.  

Users of Vivix, which costs $100 for 30 teaspoons of concentrate, make positive comments about the product to the WSJ blog. #


2 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Charles Hopfl
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 5:44 PM EST

Every drug company has been accused of rigging its studies, not showing bad tests, not showing that tests were limited while the company claims wide applications, not showing bad side effects. The persons conducting the tests are all university scientists, paid huge sums of money by the company's, with those with the most prestigious universities and the most published work getting the most monies. The universities all look the other way unless something goes wrong and then they disavow any knowledge. I wouldn't be surprised that all this publicity is being pushed by Glaxo to embarrass Shaklee since Glaxo will sooner or later market a competitive product at twice or more the price. That Sinclair is being thrown to the breeze means nothing to anyone but he has his millions. So much for integrity in the medical and pharmaceutical field. The fact that the Shaklee Vivix is probably a great product seems not to matter. It is all about market share and crushing the competition.

Anonymous User
Posted by Jim Smart
Thursday, January 01, 2009 11:58 AM EST

Resveratrol can help you to lead a long and healthy life so says many
doctors. Red wine alone does not supply enough resveratrol to achieve the
full range of benefits because one glass of red wine has only about
1mg of resveratrol and you need about 250mg/day. You need to take
high potency resveratrol supplements to achieve the results documented
in scientific studies.Resveratrol Supplements can also help you control
your weight naturally by increasing energy, reducing cravings, and limiting
your appetite.According to Wikipedia, Consumer Lab, an independent dietary
supplement and over the counter products evaluation organization,
published a report on 13 November 2007 on the popular resveratrol
supplements. The organization reported that there exists a wide range
in quality, dose, and price among the 13 resveratrol products
evaluated. The actual amount of resveratrol contained in the
different brands range from 2.2mg for Revatrol, which claimed to have
400mg of "Red Wine Grape Complex", to 500mg for Biotivia.com Transmax,
which is consistent with the amount claimed on the product's label.
Prices per 100mg of resveratrol ranged from less than $.30 for
products made by Biotivia.com, jarrow, and country life, to a high of
$45.27 for the Revatrol brand.

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