Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is getting a care package this week and it's not bags of tea (Limbaugh offers his own brand and is a long-time advocate of tea drinking) but rather tiny capsules containing extracts of a red wine molecule - resveratrol - which has been acclaimed for its health benefits. The package is a gift from Bill Sardi, founder of one of the nations leading red wine pills, Longevinex, who has decided that the best way to fight back against Limbaugh was to "turn the other cheek," and send the talker a package that includes a one year supply of his product, a package of Godiva chocolates and chocolate versions of two Limbaugh favorites: cigars and golf balls.
It was Limbaugh who fired the first shot when he declared on his nationally syndicated radio show, that the researchers "made up" all the science behind resveratrol, the key ingredient in products like Longevinex.
"They made it all up, dillup dillup, they made it all up," Limbaugh said in his finger-wagging radio style language.
In Limbaugh's now infamous statement he referred to alleged scientific fraud involving a university researcher who had produced research that a red wine molecule turns mortal heart attacks in animals into non-moral events. What Limbaugh failed to mention is that the science has been duplicated by others and has been documented for over a decade.
No telling if Limbaugh is about to switch from tea to wine pills, but Sardi believes that the science says there are some remarkable things about resveratrol that tea cannot duplicate. And some resveratrol advocates think the nerve-sparing properties it contains could even have helped to prevent Limbaugh's well publicized loss of hearing and could even result in regaining a few decibels of his lost audio sensitivity. The big question; "is he listening?"
Thousands of Americans die from a sudden heart attack without warning every year and Sardi concurs with a leading cardiology researcher who laments that there hasn't been one human clinical trial involving resveratrol and heart health in the past decade since these pills became more widely available and their science hailed in scientific reports.
For his part, Sardi is giving Limbaugh a call to action "try the red wine pills and let your audience know how they make you feel, and before you speak in the future please check all your facts."
Mr. Sardi responds to Rush Limbaugh:
Mr. Sardi speaks about the benefits of Longevinex:
A Longevinex user comments on his experience with the product: