|What Doesn't Work
|1. Goldenseal. Herbal
Gram #21 debunks the Goldenseal myth. It reports Pharm Chem
labs tested Goldenseal on codeine users and found the herb
didn't interfere with readings. In the racing industry Goldenseal
was tested on horses to mask the pain killer, morphine. It
didn't work. Nor did it work in Byrd Labs tests.
|2. Test Free -
This powder is mixed with water and consumed like Tang. The
product itself, reported to be primarily fruit pectin, did
little without the large consumption of water. Fruit pectin
is available in the Supermarket for making jams and jellies.
In these products Zinc Sulfate is often added. The theory behind
this powder is to divert metabolites into the bowels which
eliminate twice the metabolite level as the bladder.
A careful evaluation by a University laboratory in a blind study failed
to confirm the products effectiveness. California NORML in its Guide to
Urine Drug Testing reports: "It has been suggested that drug use might
be masked by ingesting certain substances so as to alter body chemistry.
Unfortunately, this approach has not been born out by scientific investigations." The
Guide goes on to conclude: "Independent experiments suggest it may be water
dilution, not the screen itself, that has accounted for success. Byrd Labs
conclusion is similar - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
|3. Nature Klean & Other Teas - High
priced name brand teas works as well as diuretic teas listed
above. They're available at Health food Stores, at a tenth
the cost. California NORML's Guide concurs: "...there is no
reason to think this or similar products are any better than
other natural diuretics."
|4. Visine - A current hot rumor.
Byrd Labs has tested Visine in various dosages. Visine DOES
|5. Niacin. will flush your
skin, but in eight tests conducted by Byrd Labs seven proved
|6. Human Blood. Human blood
has been widely reported, even in scientific literature, as
an agent of last resort to create a negative. In six tests
conducted by Byrd Labs ranging from three drops to a small
eye dropper squirt added to urine samples, all tested positive.
Leave those cuts and scabs alone.
|7. Dexatrim. This over the
counter diet pill, will not work - in fact it can produce a
positive for amphetamines.
|Leroy Lord of South Florida was convicted for
possession of cocaine. The only evidence - a cocaine contaminated
dollar bill that was in Mr. Lord's pocket. The Miami Herald
asked prominent citizens, including Jeb Bush, a Catholic archbishop,
and Attorney General Janet Reno for sample bills from their
wallets. All their bills tested positive. Money sorting machines
at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago were also found contaminated
with cocaine. And the Dade county medical examiners office
found 135 bills from 12 banks around the country also contaminated.
Reviewing this evidence Florida's Third District Court of Appeals
threw out Mr. Lord's conviction. (Lord v Florida, No. 91-2147).