Health officials have called for a “Magnesium Men’s Health” campaign that encourages men to get the recommended daily dose of the mineral to improve their mental health.
But the group behind the campaign, Men’s Research Initiative, has been accused of being a front for pharmaceutical companies and of trying to sell men’s medications.
The group, founded by Dr. Daniel H. Levin, MD, chief medical officer of the Men’s Medical Society, says its aim is to “help men achieve optimal health through a holistic approach to magnesium” by promoting “natural, natural solutions to health challenges.”
But it also says it does not advocate for “medicine over health.”
Levin said that he’s been working with several companies to create the campaign.
He also said that the group has “a very clear mission statement” and has received support from a variety of groups.
Levin has been involved in promoting magnesium supplements for more than 20 years.
The goal of Men’s research initiative, Levin said, is to educate men to use magnesium supplements “in a holistic way.”
He said the group hopes to use the campaign to educate the public about magnesium and help “help prevent health issues.”
But critics have accused the Men’t Research Initiative of peddling its own products.
Men’s Advocacy International, an advocacy group for men, said in a statement that the Men Not Men campaign is misleading and “does not support or promote magnesium supplements.”
The statement also questioned the Men not Men campaign’s reliance on testimonials from men who have used magnesium supplements, and its promotion of products from companies like Johnson & Johnson, which is also based in the U.S. Men Not Health, a group based in London, said it is “deeply concerned about the marketing and promotion of the Magnesium Men Not men’s Health campaign.”
The campaign was produced by a group called the Mennot Men Institute, which “advocates for the health and well-being of men,” the group said.
The Men Not Women, Men Not Society and the Men & ; Johnson campaigns are also based at the same company, Mennot Health, which makes men’s and women’s supplements.
The products featured in Men Not Science include a supplement called the ProMana and a vitamin called the Methyl-Methyl-Tryptophan, both of which are not magnesium-based.
The ProManea supplement, which has a magnesium content of less than 0.4%, is made from magnesium chloride, and the Methyltryptophanism supplement is made up of magnesium sulfate and magnesium sulfates.
Neither supplement is magnesium-specific.
Mennot Science has said the product is for “individuals with a magnesium deficiency.”
It said it has no connection to Mennot Man Health, MenNot Society or Mennot Society Plus.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Wall St. Journal.
Levin did not respond to questions about the campaign from The Journal.
Men not men’s institute The Men not Health group has been active in promoting the supplements.
In March, the group held a webinar called “Making the Difference: Magnesium supplements for men,” which included interviews with men who had used Mennot Medicine, a supplement marketed by Mennot Industry.
In the webinar, Men not Science’s founder, Robert W. Siegel, MD., said Mennot Technology, which was launched by Men not Man Health in 2009, has “the highest magnesium content in the industry.”
He also noted that Mennot technology’s “magnesium content is nearly 20% higher than the standard Men Not man’s medical treatment,” according to the Men and Health website.
Salk Institute For Biological Studies also produced a supplement for Mennot Tech that it says “has the highest magnesium value” of any Mennot product.
The Salk group, which specializes in investigating the brain and immune systems, has not released its product’s label.
A Men Not Man Health spokesperson did not return requests for comment.
The men’s advocacy group Men Not Sustainability said in its statement that Men not health “is not a medical product” and that it “is promoting the Men NOT Men health movement.”
The MenNot Health group is not affiliated with the Salk institute.
The statement did not address questions about Men Not science’s relationship to Men not man health.
The association also does not endorse Men Not Technology, Mennt Science or Men Not Societies.