morganator, I find your efforts to do it yourself at lower cost quite sensible. Nonetheless, I am more intrigued by reviewing the specific products that are out there. No question they are full of claims but then so are new prescription medications. Trying. as you are, to put together a workable mix is great but it still depends on the effectiveness of the ingredients. I've been researching this by paying attention to the various products, claims and evidence. Here are some of the products:
1. stemgevity (put out by Dr Steenblock who also has been criticized by some, e.g. Dr Barrett over at quackwatch.com.
However this critic is heavily traditional medicine. I value traditional medicine but know that it does not promote celery for high blood pressure or cinnamon for blood sugar because these items are cheap. So FDA type testing isn't done. Anyway stemgevity is costly too. The website is http://www.stemgevity.com
2. stemplex which has been commented on quite a bit here. All I might add is the dosages may be important so making your own mix could be better or worse. If the product worked I agree to seeing how to reduce the costs.
3. stem enhance which pushes AFA blue green algae. On this I note many questions are addressed by them at this page:
This product is sold MLM but that is just a marketing approach. It is not one I care for because distributors are not always accurate and far to pushy but it does not mean the product is bad. By the way at that page they address the toxic allegations on klamath. The bottom line is most people should use common sense and their own research.
4. stem naturals is another one with its own mix. Apparently the theory is that the klamath algae helps with stem cell production. Or rather a specific concentrate called AFA algae. Their website is here:
All of the above are unknown to me. I have not tried any of them nor am I interested at my age in selling them. My problem is I have a grandchild who sustained oxygen deprivation so is brain damaged at age one year old. I've looked in hyperbarics (a fascinating subject) and the parents may get expensive stem cell treatment outside the country which I seriously question. I agree that Obama needs to unleash the field so American know how can get going but it will likely be years for results. In the meantime I do not blame people for seeing what can be done now. I'd just appreciate someone reporting back when anything works for them.