Imulux - Interesting Facts.

Read this before you buy. 


 There is no opinion expressed here regarding this product, its effectiveness or safety.
Following are simply facts gleaned from other various web pages with pertinent links.
Readers are encouraged to do their own research and draw their own conclusions.

I do strongly recommend you visit http://quackwatch.com

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October 16, 2009

Visiting the site below returns the message:
NOTICE: This domain name expired on 09/23/2009

January 28, 2009

Their new site is http://controlherpesnow.com/ Same stuff, same people, different site name. Also claiming it works for HPV.


The http://Imulux.com web site is now not resolving.

In Related news, http://www.phototherapyforherpes.com/  which was selling the product that the FDA warned Dr. Stoneburner about is now not resolving either. Perhaps the FDA noticed it, too.

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NEWS FLASH!!! March 6, 2008  FDA Warning letter to Imulux

FDA Warns Companies Importing and Marketing Drugs Over the Internet that Fraudulently Claim to Prevent and Treat STDs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued Warning Letters to six U.S. companies and one foreign individual for marketing unapproved and misbranded drugs over the Internet to U.S. consumers for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Press release from the FDA

Letter to Imulux and Dr. Stoneburner

Original Herpes Home Page discussion about this development.

 

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1-12-2007 Imulux Ltd Announces International Clinical Trial For Herpes

(PRWEB) - Friday, Jan 12 2007, 6:44am
Imulux announces to the community its International clinical trial to test its herpes treatment remission rates. Imulux is seeking participants and clinicians.

 Wow! A study!! Ok, let's read their press release. Hmmmm, It appears that this is a study where they send out the Imulux light and three "Med paks" to the participants and see what responses they get. Wait a minute! This isn't really an independent double-blind study where there is a control group that receives a placebo so that their results can be compared impartially with the group that received the actual treatment. The participants post their results via email. It's hardly scientific, just anecdotal stories. Sigh.. More of the same old stuff.

On their web page, it says that one treatment does the job, so why are they sending out three of their "Med Pak"s? As we've mentioned before, too, herpes tends to get better on its own with time, even without any treatment. This effect tends to make people think that remedies work, even when it's the normal course of the infection.  Discussion at http://racoon.com/dcforum/news/1209.html .

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10-30-2006 A response to the Imulux Open Letter that appeared multiple places on the Internet has been posted in the forums at the Original Herpes Home Page, here.
There's also a new discussion of the value of testimonials not specific to Imulux,
here.

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10-26-2006 The Original Herpes Home Page

It has been learned that four "testimonials" posted on the forums under different guest user names there were actually posted from the same cable modem IP address that "Imulux President" posts from. Details here.

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The Imulux site provides some interesting reading.  Their site claims:
"Treat Once For Life Today
Imulux Treatment Kills all Herpes Viruses WITHOUT
having to use conventional drugs or medications." 

As someone pointed out on one of the discussion forums, if that's true,
why do they offer free additional "medpack"s?

There is considerable discussion about  Imulux in the "Alternative Treatments" forum 
Original Herpes Home Page and on Yoshi2me's discussion forum.

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To begin, let's take a look at their product disclaimer page at http://www.imulux.com/consent.html One sentence that I thought was quite interesting was the statement, "No party involved in the manufacture or sale of the IMULUX device is licensed to practice medicine. Please read the entire disclaimer. It's fascinating reading.

Next, let's take a look at the endorsements page at http://www.imulux.com/endorsements.html There is a list of Doctors and one RN with some wonderful comments about the Imulux product. It's interesting that googling all the names on that page only resulted in hits on pages that were Imulux promotions.  As a test, I googled my own general practitioner's name and got 43 hits.

Now, about the Biographies information at http://www.imulux.com/biographies.html " Dr. Stoneburner obtained his B.S. and OD in 1968.  He is currently a professor of energy medicine with the Instituite [sic] Of Progressive Medicine in Rosemead California". An OD degree is a degree in Optometry. Please see the information below about the institute where he's a "professor of energy medicine". 

 

Dr. W. John Martin's biographical information
is much more extensive medically and he does 
have an MD degree as well as a PhD, both from 
Australian universities. He left the University of
California 10 years ago.

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 Imulux has been busy putting out some press releases recently. 
See the press release at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/08/prweb420811.htm August 7, 2006 (with Guarantee misspelled in the headline!) It's  about the famous million dollar challenge "administered" by the "Institute of Progressive Medicine".  See also this google search.  for other mentions of the "Institute".

Let's discuss the Million Dollar Challenge a bit, shall we? Are there maybe some problems with it?

1. The challenge seems to be administered by the "Institute of Progressive Medicine" where Dr. Stoneburner OD is a "Professor of Energy Medicine". See the Sept 7 press release below.

2. Is the million dollars in an escrow account somewhere so it will be available to pay a winner?

3. One must realize that to achieve even a statistical proof, double-blind reviewed studies must be completed... at a cost of, say, conservatively, a million dollars? So let me get this straight... I'd have to put up a lot of money up-front to do my studies and then hope that the "impartial" IPM would agree with me and give me the million dollars?  Seems like a pretty safe bet on their part.

4. Keep in mind, too, from a logical standpoint, that it's hard to prove a negative anyway. Think about it. Can you prove that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist?

In my opinion, the challenge is a clever PR ploy to sell more of their product and nothing more. If they have a million dollars to spend on a challenge, why don't they spend it more constructively and have independent, peer-reviewed, double blind-studies done that prove that it does work? What do you think?

Here are some other of their Press Releases via a free PR outlet site.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/09/prweb433606.htm September 7, 2006 about the "Institute"
http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20060925/bs_prweb/prweb441277_1 September 25, 2006
http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20061010/bs_prweb/prweb448491_2 October 10, 2006
http://www.prweb.com/releases/imulux/herpes_treatment/prweb448491.htm October 10, 2006
Here's a blog entry

Another "Institute of Progressive Medicine" press release Aug. 20, 2006 Not about Imulux. Note that they claim to be a non-profit charity.

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The "Institute of Progressive Medicine" doesn't have its own web site so far as I can see so far, but, is part of the site at http://www.s3support.com/ (see the domain name  whois information below) By the way, the s3support site offers some features you don't often see on a medical institute web site, such as "Fun Stuff" and "Your Daily Horoscope". WOW!

According to the press release above, "The Institute of Progressive Medicine is a component of the Progressive University".  http://progressiveuniversity.org  Take a look around the "university" site. Click on the links. A number of the links are to internal pages on the site that are lacking content.  It looks like there are some interconnected web sites that might be interesting. Why don't they have a .edu domain name? Could it be that they're not a real university?

The whois information for the Progressive University domain name is:
Created On:19-Aug-2005 23:16:07 UTC
Last Updated On:07-May-2006 00:27:21 UTC
Expiration Date:19-Aug-2007 23:16:07 UTC
Registrant Name: W. John Martin
Registrant Organization: Progressive University
Registrant Street1:1634 Spruce Street  <--- residential address, see below
Registrant City: South Pasadena
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code:91030
Registrant Phone:+1.6266162868  <---cell phone number
Registrant Email: wjohnmartin@hotmail.com  

A University with a hotmail account?? See notes below about the phone number, too.
According to the map and satellite picture at maps.google.com the registered address seems to be a residence. You can switch to the satellite view and zoom in pretty close.

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Googling W. John Martin's email address, we find a hit on this page..  http://www.mitochondrial.net/authorindex.php?subset=mTOn 
"Dr. WJ Martin - Center for Complex Infectious Diseases, Rosemead, CA 91770, USA. wjohnmartin@hotmail.com

Now let's take a look at CCID. On the page at http://www.ccid.org/about.htm, their "about" page, please note the contact phone number, 626-616-2868. Look familiar? It should, it's up higher on this page as the phone number for the registration of Progressive University.  (626) 616-2868 is a cell phone based in Pasadena, CA.  Do a google search on the phone number for other references.

Here's the info on CCID's domain name:

Created On:29-Apr-1996 04:00:00 UTC
Expiration Date:30-Apr-2010 04:00:00 UTC
Registrant Name: CenterforComplex Infectious Diseases
Registrant Organization: CenterforComplex Infectious Diseases
Registrant Street1: 3328 Stevens Avenue
Registrant City: Rosemead
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code:91770
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone:+1.81857148  <--- non-valid incomplete phone number
Registrant Email: wjmartin@mizar.usc.edu  <--- Searching the staff directory doesn't find him there now.

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Here's the domain information for s3support.com

Registrant:
  biophysicsinstitute inc
  3328 Stevens Ave
  Rosemead, California 91770
  United States

  Domain Name: S3SUPPORT.COM
   Created on: 01-Jun-03
   Expires on: 01-Jun-08
 
  Administrative Contact:
   Martin, John biophysicsinstitute@hotmail.com 
   biophysicsinstitute inc
   3328 Stevens Ave  <--- This is the CCID address.
   Rosemead, California 91770
   United States
   626-572-7288 <--- This is the CCID phone number from their site.

  Technical Contact:
   Martin, John biophysicsinstitute@hotmail.com 
   biophysicsinstitute inc
   3328 Stevens Ave
   Rosemead, California 91770
   United States
   626-572-7288

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 Here's another related site for the same folks: 
http://Phototherapyforherpes.com This site touts the treatment as homeopathic.

As noted above that this site is now defunct as of January 2009

When questioned recently about the reason for having two different named sites selling the same treatment, the Doctor's answer that was reported was that Imulux treatments were shipped from China and the Phototherapyforherpes treatment was shipped from in the USA. Does that make any sense to you? Me neither.

I notice that on this site at the top it says,  "The Institute for Progressive Medicine wishes to announce." That's someone else. It's OF, not for. I feel like I should send a bill for copy editing..

It's interesting how all these sites are inter-related.

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Bits and Pieces of information:
This is my notepad for info that may become better organized later as time allows.

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On the front page of the http://Imulux.com site, has anyone looked carefully at the cost comparison table? It seems to be indicating that Zovirax is the same as valacyclovir and that Valtrex is equivalent to acyclovir. That looks like a transcription error, but I think, too, it 's a bit deceptive to use the high cost of name brand Zovirax when generic acyclovir is an FDA approved equivalent that is MUCH less expensive. More copy editing...

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In following up on the October 10, 2006 press release above and doing some research on Dr. Dao
(Johnathon Dao D.Sci (Acupuncture), MD (Medicina Alternativa)), it was discovered that he has his own web site.

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