Many have noted that Dr. Dan Royal's past has been ugly. That ugly past is too long for me to recap there, so I suggest you click on the above link and read it.
Now Dan Royal is looking to pull off a new scam. A scam within a scam. How is he looking to do this? Through a LifeVantage Challenge. Let
Here's how it works. Let's see if you can spot the scam:
- Go to the website: www.royalmedicalclinic.com
- Fill out patient forms (below) and either fax to (702) 938-5844 or scan and email to [email protected]:
a) LFVN Nutritional Assessment;
b) Patient Information; and
c) Patient History.
- Pay Administrative Fee of $100 for Nutritional Assessment or Homeopathic Consultation to Royal Medical Group (“RMG”) by credit card or PayPal, calling (702) 938-5055, faxing (702) 938-5844 or emailing: [email protected]
- Get blood test for MicroNutrient Test:
a) Physician orders test from SpectraCell;
b) Test kit is shipped to participant;
c) Participant has blood drawn and sample shipped to SpectraCell;
a. Insurance patients must include insurance information and/or copy of their insurance card, along with co-pay of $160;
b. Cash patients must pay RMG $320 via credit card, PayPal, or check.
d) Physician receives and reviews test results and provides a copy to participant.
CIGNA, Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield in TX, IL, OK, NM, SC and TN are not billable insurances and cash must be paid.
- Take Protandim as prescribed by physician.
a) Participant should obtain Protandim from LFVN Distributor; but
b) If Participant does not have Distributor, he/she may purchase Protandim at: www.mylifevantage.com/royal.
- Participant repeats blood test in 3-6 months or as recommended by Physician.
Here's the PDF outlining those instructions.
Did you catch it? Dan Royal collects the $100 administrative fee plus whatever commissions he gets from people buying the product in part 5b. That $100 doesn't sound like that much, does it? Well it also looks like those with insurance have to pay a $160 co-pay to Royal Medical Group and those without pay $320. If you read the summary of the his PowerPoint at LifeVantage Elite he's looking to get 1,000 people to take the test. That's $100,000 in his pocket in administrative fees, and around $160,000 in co-pays, plus the product commissions.
Who else wins in this? Well LifeVantage gets distributors to foot the bill for testing its product. If the test comes out good, they will certain trumpet it as a success. If it comes out to do nothing, it will likely never see the light of day and Dan Royal will quietly end the challenge. One thing is for sure, this test by using people who are likely distributors to begin with will be biased and subject to a very significant placebo effect.
Who is the loser in this? It is the poor victim of the scam, the distributors. It's unlikely that health insurance is going to consider one nutritional assessment a good use of their money, much less two in a 3-6 month span. They are much more likely to suggest that you buy a cheap multivitamin and kick you out of their office. So in reality, the distributor is looking at paying $640 for two tests, $100 for an administrative fee, $300 in 6 months - a total of over $1000. Why pay $1000 to prove that someone else's product works? LifeVantage should be footing the bill, not the distributors.
How else does the distributor lose in this? The distributor has to give up any claim to being a patient. Does your doctor make you do that? If so, I would hope you'd get a new doctor right away. Here's the agreement to participating in the program. It states:
"Guarantees: I acknowledge that RMG has not made any promises or guarantees to me regarding my medical condition(s) and that RMG’s assessment does not constitute a physician-patient relationship."
It doesn't end there. The agreement also requires that you go through binding arbitration instead of suing for damages:
"Arbitration: I agree that any claim or dispute arising out of this Agreement shall be subject to binding arbitration pursuant to the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and conducted by a single AAA arbitrator in Henderson, Nevada. In no event shall either party be entitled to punitive damages."
Finally the non-patient (I don't know what else to call the distributor signing this) receives all care through telephone or email.
"ROYAL MEDICAL GROUP...will perform either a telemedicine nutritional assessment or homeopathic consult via email and/or phone."
An email consultation... that seems to be what the $100 administrative fee gets you.
It seems odd to trust Dan Royal's expertise. In both documents he mentions that Protandim is prescribed by a physician. Next time you visit your doctor ask him to write a prescription for a Protandim and see what he says. Or perhaps if you find yourself at a drug store ask the pharmacists how many prescriptions for Protandim they fill each day.
In seriousness, please don't bother your doctor and pharmacists about Protandim. They are busy enough without having to deal with pranks designed to prove Dan Royal's ignorance.
Originally posted 2011-10-11 01:24:46.This post involves: