Where am I?:--, Healthy Skeptics-Scam Alert: ACTIVE STEM


Who is Active Stem?

Another marketing company blanketing social media with hype and webaloney.

LCR Health operating as scienceasasolution combines a handful of anti-aging compounds in a “proprietary blend” (in order to hide the actual amounts) and sells it for $46.99. This is a quote from their site, accessed on 04/13/17 at:

“What makes Active Stem different from other anti-aging supplements?

Active Stem works on a cellular level by boosting the proliferation of adult stem cells – or “master cells” – in your body. This repairs damage to your muscles, organs, skin, and brain.”

Now, healthy skeptics, repeat after me: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

What evidence does LCR Health provide to demonstrate that taking their product will increase stem cells and brain repair? NONE. ZERO. ZIP.

Yeah, it’s that bad. And getting worse. Someone oughta do something about that.


By |2017-04-13T18:03:13+00:00April 13th, 2017|Categories: Health Scam Alert, Healthy Skeptics|Tags: |43 Comments

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Stephen Cherniske and Dr. Natalie Kather Most people have become frustrated with the hype and nonsense that pervades the natural health arena. The Healthy Skeptics Show contains accurate and compelling information, backed by rigorous scientific scrutiny and impeccably referenced with more than 200 citations from peer-reviewed biomedical journals.


  1. James Finnegan December 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I usually agree with you guys but in this particular case, calling it a “scam” might be a bit harsh unless you consider the entire “anti aging” and vitamin supplement industry a scam all together. I have done a bit of research on this subject purely for my own personal use and although there is no “actual” proof that it increases stem cells, the fact is that all of the ingredients are known to help repair the body on a “cellular” level and have found that buying these ingredients separately would cost approximately the same or more. As far as the term “proprietary blend”, its just too easy to imitate a product especially if it shows strong interest, so I really can’t blame any company from trying to delay the eventual “generic” version. Everyone is different and results will always vary from person to person. There are too many products to mention that the scientific community claimed have no actual “evidence” of improving health or lifestyle but still have avid believers based on their own personal experience. The bottom line should always be to be skeptical of extreme claims but the results may be significant enough in any particular person to show overall improvement. I intend to purchase this product and try it for 30 days. I will provide another comment after use with my own personal results and experience. Thank you.

    • Jws December 14, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

      What have been your results. Will u continue?

      • Dan December 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        I have been on for 3 weeks, partly. Very bad taste and working on mix of juices that can tune down the bad taste. Naked smoothies seem the best. Results were immediate. Skin better, psorasis, better, back aches better. I was a skeptic, but this makes the claim only to enhance the bodies output of stem cells to solve it’s own problems. Seems to be moving me in proper direction. More as we go.


        • Karen December 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

          Dan please keep us posted

        • Andy January 6, 2018 at 3:17 am - Reply

          Any update Dan? Super curious it’s been over a month now right?

          • Dan Rexroad July 8, 2018 at 11:05 pm

            Yes have been using constantly for a several months and have added other products available from them. I can claim partial success in the skin department and in joint, arthritis issues. All better, long term will continue as long as now relapses. Have been able to loose more than 25 lbs with simple changes and use of LCR products. BP is much better. Lower cholesterol as well. It works for me. I celebrated my 71st early with a week in Costa Rica, and 40 miles of horseback riding. Figuring out what to do for 72nd.

    • Terry January 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply


      How is your trial going?

    • CarolD February 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      So how did your 30 day experiment fair?

    • Juanita Christman June 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      I got.ine in a bottle & it lists the mg of 3 products:
      Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf extract. 400mg
      (1.2% damulin A)(ActiveAMP8)

      Quercety dihydrate. 100mg

      Berberine HCI

      However when I finished taking the 2 bottles I had the phone number sent me to a sweepstakes line that just kept saying I had won “such & such” an opportunity. After pushing the # button, it gave me a new phone number to call for more offers!
      Needless to say, I won’t be taking this again.

  2. Cesar Vicente December 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I just wants to make a question: all the studies mentioned in this video are False, as well the results that they said the studies has produce?
    This is the video:

    • stephen cherniske March 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Cesar, The studies mentioned in the video are not false, but the use of these references to support the product is misleading for two reasons. 1. the manufacturer of the product does not disclose the AMOUT of the listed ingredient. In the nutritional supplement industry, it is common for companies to provide 100 mg of a key nutrient, and support that with a reference to a published study. But when you read the published study, you find that they used 500 mg. In the case of LCR Health, you have to wonder why they do not disclose the amount of each ingredient. They will say that it is to protect the “secret” formula. I say, “webaloney.”
      2. The bait and switch is clearly evident, in that their repeated claim is for an increase in adult stem cells. NONE of the cited references demonstrate a measurable increase in stem cells in a human being. I agree that all the ingredients are valuable, but NONE have been shown to increase stem cell production; not individually or in any combination.

      • highriskexposure May 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        Stephen, it’s not clear to me whether you find that the claims from LCR Health are webaloney or whether you find that any product related to stem cell increases would be webaloney.

  3. Rodolfo serna January 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I’m 50 years old is safe for me to take active stem?

  4. Royce January 12, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I just received it and tried it last night. the taste was so bad , I am not sure if I should trust this product. They said that the taste was not bad?

  5. Anonymous February 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I bought this product about 3 week ago, I seem to have more energy. and i have had to take less of my pain pills. I am going to try this for about 3 months. and if i keep feeling better i am going to use it all of the time.

  6. Mary Lou February 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    My nephew just told me about this stuff & said it’s helping his inflammation, back & losing weight.

  7. DAN February 14, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply


  8. Greg R February 15, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

    The taste isn’t bad. I usually mix a scoop with hot water to dissolve it then I pour in some pomegranate juice. When I have taken it with only water, it’s okay tasting.

  9. DAVE PECHAR February 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    ALL U PEOPLE ARE “FAKE” OR NUTS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. TAK February 25, 2018 at 5:21 am - Reply

    I just ordered 90 days worth and I will let you know

  11. Niecee February 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I just took my 1st dose today….skeptical but hopeful 😉

  12. Anonymous February 28, 2018 at 3:33 am - Reply

    I do not care about the weight loss…. I care about the telemoraes and how these dna strands are repaired…. need more evidence…

  13. Gerry March 9, 2018 at 3:40 am - Reply

    I’m still waiting for a 90-day review from someone.

    • R March 30, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Me Too.

  14. Kelly Waite March 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    My husband and I both take Active Stem and we have been taking it for over 6 months. It works. Less fatigue, blood pressure is down, and has improved my husband inflammation. It works and I’m not being paid to write this review for all you nay sayers.

  15. K Boynton March 22, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Recently purchased 90 days worth. I will try to keep you posted. So far so good! Only like the early morning to take this. It does better and I do eat about 4 saltines with this as I am only mixing with water. I have been taking for about a week and I do feel a difference. I am sure as with most things, I will know more as more time is past.

    • jeremy March 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Would you please update after 30-60-90 days? I really want to believe in this. Thanks

      • R March 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        I agree.

  16. Cal March 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    If Stephen Cherniske and Dr. Natalie Kather are going to criticize this or any product they first should try it for 90 days, then please give us a full critique. Thanks.

  17. Ronald Wacik March 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I agree.

  18. Ronald Wacik March 30, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I have tried so many of these things and never had good results. I SUSPECT THIS IS MORE OF THE SAME FALSE ADVERTISING WE USUALLY SEE!

  19. ken March 30, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    i have tried it for 10 days and only 3 time per week
    my skin has amazingly healed my usual dry cracked and bleeding around tips of my fingers – no more newskin!
    It does taste bad in only water because of the berry flavoring. I bought it for use to help heal a torn miniscus but the positive skin side effect is enormous.

  20. Angelo April 21, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Bought 90 days worth. Been taking it for 30 days. Slight pain improvement but that is all. I get no energy yet. I purchased it to see if it could help with IBS. So far no. It taste similar to KOOL AID flavor from years ago. Hoping it woirks better in the next 30 days. I did notice when I am taking it my teeth become VERY VERY sensitive. Not sure if others notice this.

  21. jeff atwater April 22, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Has there been any claim by anyone who has used the product that they feel worse, or suffered any negative effects? If not, maybe trying it is a good idea. How else do you determine if it does or does not do what the manufacturers say?

  22. James Summers May 4, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I have been on Active Stem for about a year and a half. My palsy was 90% gone in about three days. A few weeks later I could get out of a chair without assistance and only rarely used a cane. The only side effects are in nail and hair growth and I have seen a change in skin texture. My late wife was dying from cancer when I started taking Active Stem, so she tried it. The masking of her face by chemo and radiation was reversed and when she passed she no longer had the sunken hollowed out appearance of someone being eaten away with cancer. I have several friends who are physicians and one of them who was at my home yesterday calls the reversal of my palsy as miraculous. There are other things that have happened but you folks would have trouble dealing with those improvements. I am a patient at the Local VA hospital. my primary care giver, Neurologist, Pharmacy and Physical therapy personnel tell me to keep taking it. For forty dollars a month the cost versus the benefits cannot be challenged. I spent my entire working career in medical marketing with a number of years at the Pharmaceutical end of the business. I have also appeared before Senator Frank Moss’s Committee on Aging many years ago and was one of the originators of the Unit Dose Medication controll system..

  23. B. Jones May 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I am always looking for a product that keeps me from seeing doctors all the time. I willing to try the product

  24. AA Terry May 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve been taking it for about 1 week. The taste is bad, so I’ve added it to a green drink called PERFECT FOOD, first thing in the morning. I haven’t noticed anything at all yet, BUT, also no adverse affects — it’s basically vitamins. When I saw the blend I did think “oh, this is crap” it’s just a bunch of stuff already on the market. The doctor himself has good yelp reviews for his practice in Santa Monica, so I thought — meh, I’ll try it.

    I’ll let you know if I get any profound results.

  25. highriskexposure May 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’m surprised that this audience doesn’t distinguish anacdotal evidence from well designed research as evidence.

  26. Angelo June 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I have tried it for 80 days. I just called them to return it. It does nothing! Well I do take vitamins and that may be why. If you do not take vitamins I am SURE THIS will help you. However! If you regular take vitamins this will not help you as it did not help me. I am 62 years old I work every day and thought this would give me more energy added to my vitamins. I was wrong. I have looked into the evidence and alas there really is no quantifiable proof that your stem cells are multiplying from this drink. I’ll stick to my vitamins.

  27. Carolyn June 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I have tried this product for 3 weeks my skin is less dry, I have extremely dry skin. I have had a little bit more energy. I was hoping that it would help me with my diabetes, but sugar remained the same. I will keep using it for my dry skin, all the creams I have tried do not work.

  28. ONeal Cobb June 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I have purchased the product 3 weeks ago and have taken the mix every morning and the results are small
    but there are results. My skin show some changes to the good. My knee seems to be less painful along with the
    back problems. I will not bore you with my problems but I’m not easy on my body, and this product seems to
    be assisting me to work and play though pains. BUT I know when you start a new product , you want it to work,
    and you may fool yourself but I know I hurt less and doing more. I will try to up date this post, but I’m 61 and forget
    to follow up some times.

  29. Juanita Christman June 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I saw NO energy improvement!
    No weight loss!
    I was willing to give it another month, buy when the phone number was fake I decided not to waste anymore money by trying to order online!

    Phone number on my bottles was as follows:

  30. Sig Stuka July 25, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

    If this product is a scam, then the next question is simply this, has Dr. Rand McClain and LCR been reported to the AMA and/or the FDA as being a charlatan selling snake oil?

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