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Tongkat ali or cheap shit

Mark Fisher

Genuine tongkat ali extract is a wonderful enrichment to anybody’s health and life.

In a previous version of this article, I listed several benefits. That’s no longer necessary. Just do a Google search for tongkat ali, and many scientific articles come up. The key effect of tongkat ali is to raise testosterone, and all other effects are really offshoots. Off course, the positive effects come only from tongkat ali, not from fakes writing tongkat ali on the label of a bottle. Anyway, just do a Google search for tongkat ali cheats or tongkat ali scams. Most fakes come from Singapore, and are distributed through Amazon. With all these pluses, practically everybody has a good reason to add tongkat ali extract to one’s daily diet. And actually, in Malaysia, the country that once had forests full of tongkat ali trees (all eaten up), most people indeed use tongkat ali every day. If one checks at a Carrefour or Tesco in Malaysia, one will notice that there are more brands of coffee on sale that do contain tongkat ali than there are coffees without. In Malaysia, even Nestle sells Nescafe with tongkat ali.

But tongkat ali has now become scarce. In Malaysia it’s meanwhile a protected plant, specifically guarded by forest rangers. In Thailand, tongkat ali root powder, gram by gram, is more expensive than Pfizer’s Blue and weighted on gold scales. The only country where there still is some stock in the wild is Indonesia.

It is therefore not surprising (but nevertheless disappointing) that in order to reduce product costs, many non-Indonesian distributors stretch their alleged tongkat ali extracts with all kinds of cellulose fillers. And to make sure their cheap raw materials have an effect at all, they may add some Pfizer’s Blue that can be bought at low prices from dealers of chemical raw products. You’re a fool if you consume such junk that isn’t even licensed as safe in pets. You won’t know whether in three years time, you get a brain tumor or liver cancer (more likely) from it. But even if you could know, it would not be much use because your sources will not take any responsibility anyway.

There are two rules that you have to observe when buying tongkat ali:

Rule ONE is to buy something that is a licensed product. A product that has been registered with the health department of a country. It’s your health, and ultimately your life, that you are gambling with.

Rule TWO is to buy something from a proper source. From a company that herbal supplements from an Internet spam site. It doesn’t mean that you should not order over the Internet. But look at the website from where you order. Spam sites make unsound promises such as a full-money back guarantee. Spam sites also typically make outlandish claims. And look at the credentials on their site. Are they genuine? Do the photos on their site prove that the company really exists, or are the photos just stolen on the Internet? Everybody nowadays can do a Google Image search for some impressive laboratory photos, and some glossy pictures of happy elderly couples or muscle-packed athletes. Such photos prove nothing.

And don’t fall for lower prices. You may get what you pay for: cheap shit instead of genuine tongkat ali extract.


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2 Gyongyi, Zoltan and Garcia-Molina, Hector, Web Spam Taxonomy, Stanford InfoLab Publication Server, May 10-14, 2005, Chiba, Japan.