Dubious Claims for Uriflow

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Uriflow™ is an herbal blend marketed by BioNeutrix Healthcare of Brooklyn, New York. Among other things, the company claims:

Uriflow is the first scientifically supported product that precisely targets kidney stones at a microscopic level. By quickly reversing the chemical environment in the kidneys, Uriflow causes stone-bonded minerals to re-dissolve back into urine and flush out safely [1].

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Uriflow™ has all the necessary components to support the big 4 of kidney stone support:

Ingredients

Uriflow is said to contain the following ingredients:

Credibility

The company also claims that "Besides being beneficial by themselves, the true breakthrough of Uriflow™ ingredients lie in the proprietary blend perfected through years of trial." [2] It also claims that there have been "over 80,000 successful cases." I don't believe either of these claims. First, the amount of research implied by these claims would be enormous and would be of such importance that it would have made headlines by now. Second, how could the marketer of an unproven herbal product locate so many kidney stone patients and collect reliable data on what happened to them?

BioNeutrix's Web sites contain other suspicious content. The current site contains a box with an endorsement from "Dr. Saini Malta, board certified urologist, Hope Medical Clinic." In January 2005, the site carried a similar endorsement from "Dr. Darain Mittal, board certified urologist, Meridian Medical Clinic." However, I could find no evidence that they are actual people.

  • Using Google, I was unable to locate any independent information about either one.
  • The American Board of Medical Specialties database does not list anyone with either name who is board-certified.
  • Both boxes contain the same photograph.

The BioNeutrix home page contains the logo of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program. Yet there is no listing in the BBB Online database. The page also appears to be using an unauthorized copy of the TRUSTe logo.

In November 2006, the FDA ordered BioNeutrix to stop making illegal claims for Uriflow [3]. However, as of April 4th, the claims mentioned in the FDA letter are still online.

References

This article was posted on April 4, 2007.

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