I’ll try to keep this one short…. if people want to ask me a question, please leave a comment.
Let’s look at the info on the Taopatch website, and then look at the evidence that Taopatch provides.
If you are a Multiple-Sclerosis patient looking at Taopatch for MS treatment, please tread carefully. Don’t be persuaded by testimonials or the offer of a money-back guarantee as sufficient evidence, regardless of how desperate you are, talk to your doctor, and make sure you look for concrete evidence that this is not a placebo product. The product is NOT FDA approved.
What is Taopatch made of?
Taopatch® claims to be a “nanotechnological medical device”. It is a Mylar disc, that they claim has had “nanotechnology elements” added inside, such as “upconverting nanocrystals”, “quantum dots”, and carbon nanotubes.
“Taopatch contains ultra-thin layers of nanocrystals called Quantum Dots, 10.000 times smaller than a human hair, with a similar width of our own Human DNA”
Who created Taopatch?
Taopatch was supposedly created by Italian bioengineer Fabio Fontana (photo right). From his linkedin, he started working on Taopatch in 2013. For someone who supposedly spend a decade researching EMF, it is interesting that he has zero publication history … and his linkedin shows no years or details of his past research or work history in this field. Roberto Ricci is listed as a co-creator of Taopatch too.
How does Taopatch work?
It appears to be pseudo-science. Taopatch claim it works by emitting ‘biophotons‘. While biophotons are a known phenomena, there is no evidence that these play a role in intracellular communication, or that by simply adding more similar photons that any healing effect can be achieved. This is a classic example of Pathological science. Biophoton treatment appears very similar to homeopathy in terms of claims of incredibly weak signals offering immense healing power.
Taopatch claims to achieve the same results with unspecified Quantum Dots. Yes, Quantum Dots are a real thing too, but they do not create free energy out of anywhere… they certainly can’t create more energy than they receive! Yes, low-level laser therapy is also a real thing too, but there’s a big difference between low-levels they use (typically ~5W/cm2) and, well, zero!
As you can see, Taopatch mixes current scientific research, scientific buzzwords, and complete fabrications, to present as a technology that seems ‘miraculous’ but yet almost plausibly believable. I am certain in my own mind that there are several inconsistencies in their work that give away their deception.
What proof is there that Taopatch works?
There is no proof available showing that Taopatch contains functioning Quantum Dots, or any proof that it emits anything at all! — it appears to be a sham, or placebo device.
Only a few very poorly written studies that claim to show how improvements were found when people wear Taopatch, but when searching for information about the researchers, you end up discovering that many of the supposed authors do not appear to exist. Taopatch publishes a list of “research” on their website. Of the five links they offer publicly, lets quickly evaluate them:
|1||Nano-technological devices in degenerative cerebral pathologies. Prospective study on 28 patients with multiple sclerosis.||Read Study|
|2||Nanotechnology and Posture, from research to practical applications. Study with placebo comparison, control group on subjects with multiple sclerosis.||Read Study|
|3||Improvement of Postural Reprogramming by a Nanotechnology Device.||Read Study|
|4||Effects of nanotechnologies-based devices on postural control in healthy subjects. Double-blind randomized study.||Read Study|
|5||Use of Taopatch nanotechnology for dental care in HCP subjects.||Read Study|
- Paper 1 was published in 2019, in a “complementary therapies” “scientific journal” for “training, information and professional news“, covering all healthcare professionals, including ” veterinarians”. Only 28 participants were involved in this laughable study. As for the authors? The study was supposedly conducted at Cannizzaro Hospital, but if you search their site, none of authors are recorded as working there (Alberto Lomeo, Giuseppe Cacciaguerra, Domenico Garsia, nor the venerable vascular surgeon Antonio Scolaro). Zero citations….
- Paper 2 is a 2015 “masters thesis” by three supposed doctors, but I could find no evidence that they are real people with a real research career. One of the authors, a Dr Gaetano Caldarera, even lists a paper from 1894 (“Potenza di una serie particolare”) as something they have self-authored! Zero citations since it was written five years ago. This paper is also FULL of plagiarism. For example:
- From the fake document:
- Plagiarised from this online article…
- Paper 3 was published in 2018, this time by some real authors, including dental expert Aurea Maria Immacolata Lumbau, and Russian biochemist Anna Shevchenko. This paper has results which are weak, and on the border of statistical significance. Regardless of the results, the paper is poorly written, and provides insufficient details to be reproduced. It is unclear whether a placebo was correctly used in this trial. Finally, Taopatch is not even mentioned in this article once!
- Paper 4
is behind a 45 Euro pay-wall, and so a detailed evaluation was not possible, but at least this one seems to have been written by real authors! Only 30 participants were involved in the study, but at least it sounds like the study was a randomised controlled trial. If someone can provide me a copy of this paper I will be happy to review it.Edit: I have been supplied this paper, and it is indeed a low quality study. No discussion of research ethics, no disclosures of conflicts of interest are just some of the obvious signs that this is a sham paper. The conclusions describe the results tentatively as “preliminary findings”. They even admit that “future investigations might provide further insight in the underlying mechanism”. Translation: we have no idea how this effect works.
- Paper 5 is not a paper at all, it is merely a poster. In their study, it does not appear a placebo was used.
EDIT: Since writing my article, TaoPatch has added new articles. Quick summary of the ones with links:
Paper 6: New paper behind paywall. From reading abstract, they compare TaoPatch to wearing a Mouth Guard, with similar results obtained for both. Interesting that this paper claims results were “immediate” when wearing TaoPatch or Mouth Guard.
Paper 7: A duplicate of paper 4.
Paper 8: A duplicate of paper 2.
Paper 9: Completely bogus article studying patches on plants. Does not disclose relationships with patch suppliers, and insufficient data provided to replicate claims. No details provided about specific types of nanoparticles used. Extremely weak conclusions – “results reported in this research suggest the possibility of […]”.
Review of Taopatch Literature
I am left unsatisfied by the literature offered by Taopatch, and the very low quality of some of these works indicates that Taopatch does not understand scientific rigour. Any company that offers a medical device needs to show that the product is not “snake oil”, and demonstrate that the product is better than a placebo effect. We know that the placebo effect is a real thing, and I fully believe that most of the positive reports about Taopatch are from genuine users. However, it my strong belief that this product appears to be a fake placebo product. The use of terms like “nanotechnology” and “quantum dots” without clarification are a big red flag, and I have seen these terms abused as a way to persuade non-scientific people that a product is ‘complicated’.
To those with MS looking at TaoPatch, please don’t be blinded by desperation! As much as you want a cure or solution, you need to stay sceptical if you don’t want to be fooled by products just like this.
I hope this post helps some people, and I am sorry I don’t have better hope to offer for those with MS.
P.S Still have doubts that this is a scam? Search for “Multiple Sclerosis Advanced Energy Patch”. These things (magic placebo patch treatments) are all over the place, this has just been supercharged with marketing energy from the team at Enventys Partners, just like they did for the Kailo scam…