Lectroject Herpes "Cure" product analysis

Claimed to be a "cure" for herpes.

A professional analysis of the Lectroject "herpes cure" device.

 

On their web site, Lectroject says, 
"
Total Herpes Cure -- The medically proven therapy that attacks viral DNA present and totally eliminates it from the body. Instead of just treating and suppressing the symptoms."
Whois information for the Lectroject.com web site, click here.

Update 31 May, 2007 Lectroject has another web site at
http://herpes-device-that-works.com
Same old content, new look. Is this supposed to fool anyone?

One of the units, shipped to a customer in the USA 
has been professionally analyzed. 

Below is what is seen when the case was opened:

 

To view instructions supplied with the machine, click here.

Here is a detailed description of what is inside the device.

 The unit tested consists of a transformer to step the 120 volt ac line down to 4 volts ac. The 4 volts ac goes to a bridge rectifier (top right in the picture) and then to a 2200 mFd polarized aluminum electrolytic capacitor (top center). The rectified and filtered 4 volts ac produces 5.63 volts dc with no load attached. This is the voltage that appears at the red and black jacks on the case. This is a very simple line-operated dc power supply. The exact same output voltage could be obtained with 3 fresh AA alkaline batteries connected in series.

Update 2-25-2006Lectroject now has a "new slimline battery powered Lectroject machine" which, coincidentally uses 3AA batteries.  (Did I give them a design hint?) It sells for US $289 and the line operated model as above sells for US $336.

There is a red LED across the same terminals, but it doesn't light because it is burned out. It's burned out because it is missing the required current limiting resistor in series with it. LED's are current operated devices with a diode conduction threshold voltage of about 2.2 volts for a red one. Below the conduction threshold, there is no current flow and no light output. If you apply more voltage than the threshold without limiting the current, the current will be very high and the light will be very bright...for a very little while. Ohm's Law has not yet been amended.

The white object in the lower left of the picture is unmarked, but is nothing more than a wire-nut serving the purpose of connecting two wires together. Measuring between the two wires with a digital ohmmeter indicates zero Ohms, AKA a short circuit. 

The transformer is unmarked and the construction does not use a split-bobbin where the primary and secondary windings are separated by an insulating piece of the bobbin and therefore, from a medical safety code point of view is questionable as to the integrity of the insulation between the 120 volt side and the low voltage secondary. This device clearly does not  meet the U.S. safety code requirements for medical equipment being attached to the human body.

The object dead-center in the photograph is a normal terminal strip providing a means for connecting the various wires together and is screwed to a rough cut piece of fiberboard apparently salvaged from some larger piece. The label on the fiberboard bears no relationship to any other component in the device.

The overall construction, as is seen in the photo, is not up to good commercial practice. The transformer, although glued into the case at some time, was not secured all when the enclosure was opened and, indeed, none of the other components were either. The LED was back inside the case instead of protruding through the bushing provided for it between the two terminals. The two leads supplied with the unit had the small alligator clips at the electrode end attached by having the wire wrapped around the clip rather than being soldered as good electrical practice would require.

There were some additional electrical measurements made in order to determine the current output capabilities of the device. A 6.2 Ohm resistor was connected across the output terminals as a test load. With 120 volts applied to the line cord, the output voltage measured 3.55 volts dc at the resistor. Applying Ohm's Law, this indicates that the unit was supplying 573 milli-Amperes. This contradicts the confusing statement on their website at http://lectroject.com/operation.htm  about there being 225 milli-Amperes available, but "limited by a  series resistor". (Note that the page has since been edited to remove that reference, another hint from me acted upon.) There was no current limiting resistor present in this evaluation unit. It would appear that this unit could source at least a full Ampere for some time, although it was not tested to it's limits. Fortunately, the voltage appearing at the terminals of this device is such that it would not represent much of a shock hazard, unless, of course, the transformer insulation was compromised or if wiring had come lose and allowed connection between the line and output..

On that same web page, Lectroject  also claims that alpha particles are involved in their therapy. In the device analyzed, there was no alpha particle source whatsoever as the photograph above clearly indicates.

Conclusions:  Claims made on the Lectroject.com website are not born out by the device analyzed. There is no cure for herpes. Anyone considering purchase of any medical device or treatment over the Internet is urged to very carefully study available information and medical literature before making any such purchase. Caveat emptor!

These links might be relevant in regard to devices that are imported for sale in the US.

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/manual/ireas.html#7 
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/manual/ireas.html#20 
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/consumer/buyingmeddevonline.html 

This next one makes it sound like the buyers could be at risk of legal problems. 
They do have an address for making complaints about websites.
http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/

"Don't purchase from foreign Websites at this time because generally it will be illegal to import the drugs bought from these sites, the risks are greater, and there is very little the U.S. government can do if you get ripped off."

http://www.healthlink.org.za/pphc/Phila/legis/vol4_no7.htm 
http://www.ul.com/international/africa.html 
 

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 To learn about other "Interesting" herpes treatment devices visit:
http://Imulux.googlepages.com 
Imulux is now defunct after action by the FTC
http://herpes.zapper.googlepages.com
http://coldsoreinhibitor.googlepages.com