Pinnaclife Health Evaluation:
Another "Test" to Ignore

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Pinnaclife's Web site promotes its free Health Evaluation as "17 Questions that can save your life." People who click the relevant link get 17 "Yes/No" questions flashed one at a time on their computer screen. After they are answered, a screen appears that asks for the prospective customer's name and e-mail address. After that is submitted, a page appears that lists all of the "Yes" answers with a paragraph related to the subject of the question. This page also states whether the person is at low, medium, or high risk for for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer and offers links to "read how Pinnaclife Supplements might be the health solution you need" to reduce the alleged risks. A few minutes later, an e-mail message arrives with the same information and links. After taking the test several times, I have concluded:

Pinnaclife sells five products that it recommends using in addition to, or as part of, a "Mediterranean diet." Although the diet has some scientific support, I don't believe that Pinnaclife products are needed to follow it; and the products themselves certainly are not "solutions" to the risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or cancer. Moreover, many of the things Pennaclife says about its products are said to to be based on laboratory research that is certainly not equivalent to tests in humans. When time permits, I may evaluate specific claims.

This article was posted on September 24, 2010.

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