Before I begin the Melt RX Ultra review, I’d like to share with you the “Cease And Desist” letter I received earlier today…
It has come to our attention that you have made an unauthorized use of our Registered Trademark “MeltRx” located on our website at http://www.weightlossguide.com/meltrx24ultra.html.
We have reserved all rights in this copyrighted Trademark. As such, your unauthorized use of our Registered Trademark seen on your website URL http://www.ultimatefatburner.com/melt-rx-review.html is a in violation of our Trademark copyright.
You neither asked for nor received permission to use our Trademark. As such, you have willfully infringed our rights under 17 USC Section 101, et seq. which makes you liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.
I demand that you immediately remove the above-described infringement from your website. I further demand that you cease from the use of all infringing Works derived from our website, and that you desist from this or any other infringement of our rights in the future.
If I have not received an affirmative response from you within 48 hours indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, I shall take swift legal action against you and/or your cohorts to rectify the situation without further warning.
Very truly yours,
Dr. N. Gornakova
Copyright and trademark infringement are two things that companies like to use to threaten folks who make “less than complimentary comments” about their products. If it was a legitimate claim, there is no way in the world any consumer advocate, journalist, or publication could say anything negative about any product without getting sued to high heaven (you’ll notice for example, that they haven’t disputed anything that I’ve said about their product?).
The fact is, what we have on UltimateFatBurner.com falls well within the realms of both “Fair Use” and “Fair Comment.” This allows consumer advocates like ourselves to draw attention to products in the public realm—even those that may be trademarked—that make claims that have no basis in fact. And we don’t need anyone’s permission to do so.
What makes this claim so preposterous is that Dr. Gornakova and the folks over at WeightLossGuide.com are well aware of both “Fair Use” and “Fair Comment”—either that, or they are in violation of the same trademark and copyright infringements themselves. After all, their own web site is chock-full of “less than complimentary” reviews of products they are not affiliated with. It would be interesting to see how they would argue this apparent contradiction in a courtroom, wouldn’t it?
Your move, Dr. Gornakova.
With that said, here’s the review that ruffled the feathers over at WeightLossGuide.com…
When I settled down to review Melt Rx, “the world’s strongest ephedra-free fat burner, appetite suppressant and stress reliever”, I knew right off that I was in for an entertaining time. After all, the “sales” pages were chock-full of unsubstantiated claims like this one…
“The key ingredients in MeltRx Ultra are backed by over 30 published clinical studies which clearly demonstrated significant weight loss.”
Unfortunately, none of these studies are actually presented to us.
Here’s another beauty…
“…you liberate yourself from obsessing over food and lose weight without dieting or counting calories while supercharging and prolonging your body’s natural fat burning capabilities.”
“… if you use MeltRx 24 Ultra™ fat-melting pills and do not experience the same fast, significant, effortless weight loss experienced by thousands of delighted users, just return the empty bottle within 30 days.”
Claims of fast, effortless weight loss is one of the things the FTC warns consumers about in this press release about their Big Fat Lie campaign. Unfortunately, losing weight is never fast or effortless. Any company claiming that it is, simply does not have your best interests at heart.
Ready for one more?…
“You won’t find galangal rhizome and Coleus forskohlii in other nationally sold weight loss products because MeltRx Ultra is the first to recognize the value of these clinically proven ingredients.”
Actually you will. Coleus forskohlii is common in many fat burners. And while the effects of coleus forskohlii and a corresponding positive effect on weight loss have been established in one study (Journal of Obesity Research August 2005, “Body Composition and Hormonal Adaptations Associated With Forskolin Consumption In Overweight and Obese Men”), the results were not overwhelming.
As far as galangal rhizome (Chinese ginger) goes, early evidence indicates it may inhibit fatty-acid synthase, but there’s no real evidence it’s helpful for weight loss at this time.
So what’s in Melt RX?
Melt Rx contains a vitamin blend and three complexes — the “Galangal Proprietary Blend,” the “Meltpro™ Proprietary blend” and the “Maespro™ Proprietary blend.”
To be honest, there are some worthwhile ingredients in this compilation—green tea, alpha lipoic acid, vanadium, banaba leaf extract, and gymnema sylvestre all can provide benefits to any fat burning formula (green tea, for example, has been shown to be especially helpful for weight loss).
However, because these are “lumped together” in a proprietary blend it’s hard to determine whether there is enough of any one ingredient to elicit any sort of effect. Additionally, we don’t know whether green tea is standardized for EGCG, and whether enough of it is present in the formula.
See what I mean?
Melt Rx also contains ingredients useful for mental focus and mood—gingko, velvet bean extract, 5-HTP and Rhodiola rosea root, to be exact. Once again though, the “proprietary blend” makes it hard to tell whether these ingredients are “window dressing” or there’s actually enough there to elicit a response.
In the end, I’m a little skeptical about Melt-Rx. Although some elements of the formula aren’t too bad (even though we can’t really assess their value effectively), the claims they make on their web site are “over the top” and not based on any peer-reviewed clinical data. And there certainly haven’t been any published studies performed on Melt-Rx.
If I were a potential consumer, I’d be extremely wary… why not sell the product on the basis of its own merits?