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DENVER (CBS4) – A device offering claims of amazing results is spreading in popularity across the country and is now here in Colorado. But is it giving false hope to the hopeless with serious illnesses?

Some people say the wood box has saved their lives. It’s simply called the Life Vessel. It may look like a tanning bed, but it’s really quite different. It operates with sound, light, frequency and vibration. Its operators claim it puts the brain in a state so the body can heal itself.

CBS4 On Your Side Investigator Rick Sallinger asked Gail Lynn, the owner of Life Vessel of the Rockies in Westminster if she has told people the Life Vessel can cure serious diseases like cancer or diabetes.

Lynn replied, “No, we don’t make any claims or guarantees for a cure.”

But that’s not what CBS4 News had heard, so we sent a producer in with a hidden camera and Lynn provided us with a number of testimonials of miraculous recoveries.

Lynn: “I had a lady, who was 80-years-old and given a week and half to live. She flew up to our Arizona Life Vessel center. This was six-years-ago and she’s still dancing and carrying on with no cancer problems.”

CBS4: “Do you think it cured her cancer?”

Lynn: “Yeah, she knows it does.”

And not just cancer, but apparently cures diabetes, too.

CBS4: “So you’ve been pretty successful at helping to lower people’s diabetes?”

Lynn: “Yup we had.. I’ve got blood work from different clients that show their glucose is coming down after using the life vessel.”

That’s not all, testimonials on the Life Vessel website claim to help people with migraine headaches, back pain, sleep problems, hepatitis and even autism.

Sallinger asked Lynn about these claims.

Lynn: “Do you want to get me in trouble?”

Sallinger: “I just want to know if this can do what you claim it does. What about Autism?”

Lynn: “The body doesn’t know disease by name so we have had success with Autism.”

Also, on the Life Vessel website a video of a disabled boy getting into the device, his mother claims great improvement.

(Watch Part 2 of Sallinger’s report in the video below):

“I finally have the little boy I wanted, I finally have my hope back that we are going to be able to talk and the doctors really don’t know what to say.”

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says such marketing could be a violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

Suthers said, “In the case you describe it would not take a rational human being to understand the device doesn’t cure cancer, doesn’t cure migraine headaches, that sort of thing.”

But we met a group of people who insist the Life Vessel has helped them. Kitty Roxanna Connell had a glandular problem and couldn’t eat.

“I wouldn’t say that the life vessel ‘cured’ me,” says Connell. “I would say the life vessel helped the body heal itself.”

Dr. Terry Grossman, a medical doctor added his experience, “I went to the Life Vessel with no expectations that it would do anything for back pain and now I have no back pain for the first time in eight years.”

There is also a Life Vessel location in Boulder at Sound Health and again our undercover producer was told similar testimonials about patients beating great odds.

“She had 4th stage liver cancer with two months to live and tried the life vessel in Santa Fe.” CBS4 was told, “She went 18 months and was completely cancer free after 18 months.”

There are 16 of these $100,000 machines around the country. A session costs $125 an hour. Sallinger was offered a free trial and spent 53 minutes inside. He described it as one of the most relaxing experiences he can remember.

“There were colored lights above me and soft music around me,” said Sallinger.

But does it cure disease?

The FDA has cleared the Life Vessel as an infrared lamp, for muscle relaxation, blood circulation, and arthritis stiffness, not as a treatment for cancer or any other disease. A point not lost on the Life Vessel practitioner in Boulder who told our undercover producer, “I mean, this is FDA approved but if you put it on your website ‘we have cured cancer’. They will shut you down.”

At both Life Vessel locations we visited, the operators insisted they do not make medical claims. At Sound Health one manager told CBS4 they have seen, “truly amazing transformations” and they believe in miracles.

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  • Tracy Brennan

    The word “cure” is bounced around quite a bit in this piece. It’s ridiculous. The only thing that can cure a body is the body itself. Let me give an example: if you get a scratch on your finger, you typically wash it and leave it alone, right? Does the water and soap “cure” the wound? Of course not! But it removes dirt and germs that can get in the way of the body’s efforts to heal it.
    A body goes wrong when it gets impacted with stress, trauma, and toxicity. The research here was incomplete; if a person does not understand the Autonomic Nervous System and doesn’t understand how stress and trauma keep the body in hyperdrive ( the healing mechanisms of the body cannot engage properly when stress and traumatic ‘freeze’ occur), then they would not understand why intense relaxation, like soap and water on a cut, can clear away blockages that interfere with the body’s natural processes.
    I have used the Life Vessel several times. Are my illnesses healed? Nope, not even close. But I have experienced a lot of trauma in my life, and the Life Vessel is moving me through the emotional baggage which may turn out to be the key in my healing process. This is a wonderful technology that really was not done justice in this piece at all.

    • jim

      I am a “healer” and a caregiver 80 hours a week. any healer knows that they don’t heal. we heal ourselves when we are ready to heal. that is why nothing heals everyone. that is why placebos work. the body is the miracle worker when it has what it needs. most of us need something like a healer, placebo pill, or life vessel to inspire us to heal. the life vessel works if you are ready to work with it. It is far better than drugs which force your body to do something that might be bad for it. listen to all the side effects for any drug ad. the life vessel works with your body

  • ky stanley

    i dont comment much on the internet but reading this artical i have to say you are very one sided news organization , do you have a problem with finding a cure . no matter what the problem one would have . if this or anything else helps someone get past an illness then why do you wish to write such negitivity about what seems to have help some.
    it seems to me that a this report is what should be looked at closer, it seems you could have taken the same information and made a positive report and show people one more possibilties for hope .
    but no yourt not looking to help poeple are you
    what is it that you owed by the elites also . try helping the people not tearing down possibities.

    i suggest if you have negitive reporting to do do what we were all taught
    if you have nothing nice to say …….

    • Dean

      Completely agree! Well said. This is not news. This is an attempt just to discredit a company that is offering an alternative.

  • Dr. D

    Thanks for writing this piece. These charlatans with the coffin with speakers are ready to gouge the hopeful out of their dying dollars.

    • Baron Wasteland

      What’s your track record “Doc”? Your industry seems pretty comfortable gouging the dying out of their savings. You have a big house?How did that happen? What’s the track record on the success rate of cancer treatment via the FDA? That’s an industry with lots of heart. LOOK IN THE MIRROR BOY BEFORE YOU THROW STONES!

  • BeKah

    Tracy Brennan is correct. The body (via the mind) can heal itself if given a chance. Inner peace can be achieved through relaxation techniques, yoga, etc., and a proper diet. Likewise, the Life Vessel is merely a medium that triggers the body’s natural healing process. But the Life Vessel can’t do it alone. One must also learn to block out emotional “noise” in life so anger, fear, etc., don’t overwhelm the senses. Inner peace and love will heal, while anger and fear destroy.

    • Tracy Brennan

      Exactly! BeKah, thank you so much for your comment!

      We find that the Life Vessel can bring the body to a place where emotional trauma (which creates our worldview and how we see ourselves in that world) to the surface. We’ve seen anger, grief, and fear come to a place where the client can express it, but it’s up to the client to choose to do that. We either choose to have inner peace, to let go of our demons, addictions and destructive patterns, or we don’t. I think that the Life Vessel is more about empowerment; you can choose to make a life change or you can choose to stay where you are…it’s a matter of personal choice, and there is no right or wrong answer. We can choose to heal or decide that we’re more comfortable where we’re at. Both choices are okay.
      At least we offer a place where people can have a relaxing experience and be given that choice to make. That’s the beauty of empowerment. How can we make claims when the decision is out of our hands? It’s all about the client…they can have whatever experience they wish for.

      • Khusi

        Warrior Ben October 26, 2011 Thanks Cory! Keep reading and I’ll keep wtriing On a serious note, I’m glad I can be of help. Please remember that no matter how bad things can feel (and believe me I know they can feel absolutely horrible) that things really do get better. I know it sounds cliche, but that’s the reason I wrote this post. The feeling of depression can seem like a one way tunnel to nothing, but life really does turn itself around and the things I outlined in this post can help facilitate that turnaround.

  • BeKah

    Thank you, Tracy. But, for the uninitiated, one doesn’t have to spend $125 per session to achieve the inner peace that promotes physical and emotional healing. There are alternatives — and I don’t mean drugs.

    • Tracy Brennan

      Agreed. Meditation, yoga, spiritual contemplation…there are many other ways to achieve “inner peace”. As someone who has tried other methods, I can say that they all have their good points. What I like about the Life Vessel is that the music is based on hemisync technology; while you are awake, it brings the brainwaves down to a delta/theta state and quiets the “monkey mind” most people experience. We have been fortunate enough to have trauma specialists and meditation initiates come to experience the Life Vessel first hand, and the general consensus seems to be that one can reach these states a little quicker and easier. So, while I agree with you that for thousands of years the mystics have known about bringing their own brainwaves down to a state of wellness and bliss, for most of us stuck in chronic fight-or-flight or trauma (most people don’t understand how to even begin to achieve these states on their own, and have you looked into the cost of finding a TM specialist to assist you?), the Life Vessel is a way to get to the same place easier. It’s an option, that’s all.

    • Julie

      BeKah, most people don’t know how to achieve inner peace without some help. You are rare if you can and good for you.

  • I'm a believer

    There is another alternative, that can be had at a wellness center in estes park…It is light and sound therapy, just not in a box….It does the same as what Tracy has so well explained above. I would never knock anything that makes people feel better….especially without the use of drugs…and fyi, you can purchase your own light and sound machines to use at home for just a few hundred dollars….not as high tech, but still very relaxing and still does the re-training of the brain….

  • Kitty Roxanna Connell

    Objectivity, which should be the standard for journalism, seemed completely absent from the interviews, and that’s a shame. What the Life Vessel is and does cannot be conveyed by out-of-context sound bites, especially when the goal is sensationalism, rather than useful information.

    I am also mystified by the statement that, “testimonials on the Life Vessel website claim to help people with migraine headaches, back pain, sleep problems, hepatitis and even autism.” These are testimonials written by sincere people who benefitted from the Life Vessel—people who wanted to share their experiences. Yet “On Your Side” calls their veracity into question.

    That, to me, begs the question, “On Whose Side?” Certainly not on mine. The Life Vessel has helped me reclaim my life from despair, and losing this resource would severely diminish my health choices. Certainly not on the side of the people who wrote those testimonials either. Or the countless people who also find help in the Life Vessel but don’t write about it. Finally, this report does not serve people with health issues who want to explore and consider all of their options before making informed decisions.

    With all due respect, if you’re really on our side, please give us objective information and save the bias for the tabloids.

  • Vessel Fan

    My situation is a rare one. After 14 years and 15 or so western medical doctors who couldn’t figure out why I am sick, I now have HOPE. Thanks to this technology I’ve been able to move forward… to progress toward what everyone else takes for granted every day. My other health practitioners have been sincerely shocked by the results and are anxious to see what happens next. :) At this time I’m still a work in progress, but what I can say for sure is that the Life Vessel is playing a major role in removing chemical, emotional and sometimes physical, barriers that were preventing my body from balancing out and healing on its own. I’ve tried many other western, and alternative, therapies known for producing similar results, but for me none of them were successful. So far, this one has been.

    My only question is… what is the motivation behind this story? The “gotcha” journalism and deceptive editing techniques used by this reporter along with his tone came across not only as biased but extremely insinuative. If under investigation, why was neither company given the opportunity to face their accuser or defend the accusation? If not under investigation, why was the AG involved? To make matters worse the particular placement of certain hidden camera footage leads viewers to believe that both vessel centers make the same claims and have the same policies, which is a complete and total falsehood (I’ve been to both). My journalism teacher insisted that straight news be based on the unbiased presentation of the facts. If that still rings true, then why weren’t the facts presented in an unbiased manner giving the viewer the opportunity to decide for themselves?

    It worries me that our news media has put themselves in a position to be judge and jury when it comes to local Colorado businesses. How scary is it that our local media can subtly (or not so subtly) attack the character of a local business without being held accountable?

  • jim

    the reporter even said after his time in the box, I have never been so relaxed in my life. doesn’t he know that stress has been proved to cause disease. deep relaxation like even a negative person felt helps the body to heal.

    • Julie

      Right you are Jim. Has anyone seen the medical articles saying STRESS is the NUMBER ONE health problem in AMERICA!!!???? Stress is probably the number 1 KILLER too, but we are not being told that…yet! Stress causes disease…de-stressing can’t be a bad thing, yes?

  • Carol

    I don’t think that the people posting here actually watched the spot…
    The people being interviewed while on camera would not say that the Life Vessel would cure anything. They even made the standard claims against it. But when there did not know that they were on camera the answers changed.
    To me this is a willful deception and proof that they are claiming things that medically cannot be possible.
    It is sad to see people fleeced out of money because they are desperate for a cure.
    It seems that the people promoting this business and the supporters are all of the anti-medicine crowd that would rather not take real medicine and try some sort of miracle cure that has never been proven.

    • Julie

      Carol, when are you going to realize the news NEVER tells the right story? Maybe if people don’t know about this technology they should learn about it. Don’t knock it ’til you try it. Best of luck to you!

    • GK

      How many “real medicines” are you currently taking, how long have you been taking them and how much do they cost each time (including the doc visit)? How are they working out for you? How many side effects do you experience from all the synthetic chemicals you’re polluting your body with? Have they ever “cured” you or do they just “fleece” the problem?
      Not only did I watch the spot, but have also been on both sides of the spectrum. I turned to natural healing after many years of being a guinea pig to several doctors and taking “real medicine” that created more problems than the one problem I was trying to “cure”. And guess how they “fleece” the problem of side effects of “real medicine”………………with yet another type of “real medicine” with another long list of ridiculous side effects.
      Good luck with your “real medicine” Carol. :(

  • Tracy Brennan

    Well, I just saw Part Two and I am again disappointed.

    I am disappointed that a story that “claims” (how’s that word?) to report facts can’t even seem to understand that there IS NO “infrared heat lamp” in the vessel. That was mentioned twice. The light is full spectrum lighting, but there is no heat from it, no infrared. We DO have an infrared heat panel in the vessel, but that is only if the client wants it on to prevent them from feeling chilly. To not get something this simple correct in a report is just poor journalism.

    I am disappointed that no one bothered to get the “facts” about how the body works. There was no education on the ANS, no stats on how stress creates disease, no links to trauma and toxicity and how it affects the nervous system, NOTHING. We were just labeled as “quacks”. There was no attempt to even try to understand why the body works like it does; healing is complex, and it includes many different factors that range from emotional causes to toxic exposures to genetics. No one attempted to even try to understand the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System, chronic “fight or flight” or “freeze” with trauma, not one question. I guess the real reason to report on anything is to play into the idea that people are stupid and that all they want is sensationalism.

    I am disappointed that the testimonies of those who have never experienced the Life Vessel were given equal, or superior, standing to those that have experienced the Life Vessel. If a person has not experienced something themselves, do they have a right to judge it? Apparently, they do in this report.

    I am disappointed that all questions only focused on “curing cancer”. There were stories told of past clients who had successful results. “Life Vessel cures everything, even cancer,” was never said.

    And on that note, I am disappointed that all this story wanted to focus on was “curing cancer”. No one researched the real statistics behind what is considered a “success rate”. A success rate can be an extension of life for two more months, that’s it. If Channel 4 is going to have such a “hard on” over cancer and claims, then let’s open this subject wide open and study the facts behind the stats. Now, that’s a program that I would like to watch.

    We have seen people in the center who have come in as a last resort. Did we cure anyone? No. Some bodies healed, others didn’t, some felt nothing, and still others found a way to manage their pain. Claims are not made because we have no idea what an individual body is capable of. The “claims” on the website are NOT claims, but experiences from real life people who wanted to share those experiences with others. Apparently, they thought it beneficial to give others a sense of hope to show what was possible. I am disappointed that anyone would deny people with no hope from the medical community a chance to try something different.

    • Gail

      The information we gave Ch. 4 about how it works never made it into the story. Even the doctor that was interviewed explained in some detail why he believed it worked, but it did not get used. :(

    • Tracy Brennan

      Sorry, guys…my bad on this one. I have just been corrected on the lighting aspect…it does offer infrared benefits, after all. I had no idea! My apologies for giving false information.

    • Julie

      I looked on the website and there are statements all over the place that say they don’t make claims. Why is Ch. 4 saying they are making claims? I am confused. They clearly didn’t do their homework! That makes me throw anything they said in the trash…

      • Carol

        Did you watch the report?
        They claimed (on hidden camera) that this device cures all kinds of diseases. They just won’t say it in the public eye, because these claims are illegal.

  • Gail

    I own the center. First, I feel violated by the hidden camera…there are 13 states that deem hidden cameras illegal. Colorado is NOT one of them! Maybe all 50 states should have this law? If a hidden camera is used the “whole” story should have to be revealed. It should be illegal to just use a word or two of a 15 minute conversation that was recorded without your knowledge. Am I wrong??? My words were taken out of context. I have gone out of my way to be careful not to make claims and I have disclaimers from an attorney on all pages of the website. I have not even marketed the company for fear of something in the ad being misconstrued as a claim. There are stories of client successes that I tell, but that’s not a claim if it’s a fact? In one fell swoop Ch. 4 can report claims are being made and defame me. It’s not fair, but I guess LIFE is not fair. :(

    • Carol

      Did you not claim that you have had patients that were cured of Cancer, Diabetes and other medical conditions? That is what I saw on the story and I have looked at your site as well. On your site the claims are from patients, they are not from you but they claim that the Life Vessel can cure these diseases. Just because you are not stating it but you put the “reports” on the site it suggests that you agree and want to inform the public of it. I mean who would promote something about a product that they have with untruthful information? That would be false advertising.

      • Kitty Roxanna Connell

        I am a very satisfied Life Vessel client. Why can I not share my positive experience of healing without jeopardizing the Life Vessel and Gail Lynn? She has NEVER asked me to promote the Life Vessel. Nor has she ever suggested that I exaggerate my experience in any way. In fact, when I offered to be interviewed for this story, I told Gail that I was nervous about being on camera, and she EXPLICITLY said, “Just tell the truth, Kitty.”

        For the record, the benefits I have received from the Life Vessel continue to exceed MY OWN expectations, and I am happy to share my story with my friends who are looking for alternative healing modalities. Besides, I think that people have the right to make their own informed healthcare decisions. Too bad that “news” spots like this one insult their viewers with ambush “journalism” and biased information.

  • Gail

    We don’t make claims or guarantees. We have information and data to show how the Life Vessel works and why. Testimonials are put on there and are not my words. There is a disclaimer stating that on the site.

  • Wendy Miller

    How dare Channel News 4 try to diminish the business and particularly the lady associate featured in the article and on the “undercover” coverage! C’mon! She simply reverberated what has been told to her or shown to her. If clients had success for whatever physical/mental reasons, GREAT!!! If it was me, I too would tell the business of such success. News 4, in this viewers opinion, failed at reporting this story first by labeling it under “INVESTIGATION” Oooo…. what the heck is there to investigate? The fact that the owner/associate told the stories of success as they were told to her….?!?! She did not say, “Yes, indeed this is proven” no she stated that clients have expressed proven improvement, maybe simultaneously a particular client also started exercising, or engaged in a new relationship, both of which can improve quality of life. Channel 4, have respect for those you report on, just as viewer like myself have respect for you.

  • jim

    I have asked cbs for the email address of the mgr of the reporter. they have not responded. the mgr should investigate the reporter’s work and the comments. I know that the people monitoring the comments have rejected some of the critical comments.

  • Disheartened

    I think this is just another story of the Denver media pandering to a populist belief (western medicine is good, alternative medicine is hocus pocus). There are just a couple of things I know well (the good and the bad of the topic) and I have never witnessed the Denver media protray all aspects of a story when it comes to these topics. They make a decision on what will generate the biggest sensationalist headlines, the most viewers and sell the greatest amount of advertising and then run the story to fullfill those objectives. They don’t protray the whole story, just the facts that support their case and leave out those that don’t.

    I have witnessed and communicated with the life vessel. Never, not once did they claim to cure or guarantee a cure for anything. It saddens me how powerless we are against a biased media with an agenda ($$$).

  • jim

    Now I understand why cbs did this. they are “working” with a group of doctors that seem to be anti-alternative care – “acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy and homeopathy”. this is clear from their web site. they are hardly an unbiased group. alternative care has been proven with scientific studies to help people to heal without drugs and surgery. this group recently opposed a vaccine information group from providing complete information about vaccines.

  • Carol

    I have been reading the comments and the majority of people are saying that there we never a claim of cancer curing. This is wrong, the claim was made but only when on hidden camera. And the people who have had sessions with the Life Vessel. If there is research that proves that this device can cure these diseases why is it not licensed with the FDA or patented with this proof?

    The reason that this appears to be anti-alternative care is obvious, Things like homeopathy, naturopathy, etc.. are not medical facts but pseudo-science. The Vaccine claims are not pseudo-science but claims based on falsified results that have been blown way out of proportion.

    Before you accuse me, no I am not in the pocket of “Big Pharma”… lol

    • Julie

      Carol, If you read the site it does say it’s patented and I do know it has an FDA clearance so you need to do more homework to educate yourself outside of Channel 4’s false information. I didn’t see anything on the TV where anyone said the Life Vessel “cured” anything. Client stories were told, but not claims were actually made.

      If you research the Internet there are medical journal articles out there as well as magazine articles and Life Vessel was also mentioned in a Dr. Mercola interview with Dr. Horner a few weeks ago.

      • Carol

        “I do know it has an FDA clearance so you need to do more homework to educate yourself outside of Channel 4′s false information.” This information was correct, I have looked into it and the FDA Clearance is only for theraputic heating nothing else. “I didn’t see anything on the TV where anyone said the Life Vessel “cured” anything. Client stories were told, but not claims were actually made.” The claims were made by clients, and by the people at the office (of course while they were on hidden camera) Mentioning something in an interview is not the testing that something with this type of claim needs to go through. There are people (Dr.s) who claim all sorts of pseudo-science things that does not make them real.

  • jim

    Carol, you are wrong. there are many double blind placebo studies by respected institutions of alternative therapies. I use a nutritional source that was studied by CU as well as other institutions. athletes doubled their performance.

    • Carol

      I am always open to facts… Where are the double blind placebo studies of the Life Vessel? and if the studies have been done and it has been proven to work, why do they not use these claims in the patent, FDA approval or the advertising of the device?

      • Gail

        Carol, I did not hear from you today. Please call me for a consultation at the center so I can explain it to you. (303) 630-9218.

      • Gail

        Carol, did you figure out a time you can come by?

  • Gail

    Carol, why don’t you come in to the center and let me show you? Let me know what time will work for you this week. Please call me (303) 630-9218. At no time can claims be made or guarantees given. If you send me your email address I will send you medical journal articles and magazine articles that are published.

  • Gail

    Two dates set for informational Life Vessel presentations

    In light of the media we have been getting, more questions are arising in the heads of the public about what Life Vessel is and does…we will be holding 2 presentations to discuss how and why Life Vessel works.

    The 2 dates will be:
    March 13th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am


  • Carol Too

    If you go to the Life Vessel of the Rockies website, you will read:
    -You must be ready to make changes in your life. If you are drinking 6 cups of coffee a day, eating fast food, smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and other unhealthy lifestyle choices we will ask that you change those habits. If you are unwilling than The Life Vessel is NOT for you.
    Really? That is a cop-out. Anyone who engages in those habits is absolutely going to get better just from stopping the habits. It appears that Life Vessel is more than willing to take credit for the work of the individual though…
    Devices that ONLY have anecdotal evidence (an ANSAR test is NOT evidence!) always seem to have nothing else to offer. Sit in any relaxing environment with gentle sounds and see if you don’t feel nice and relaxed. Now, have someone convince you that it is best to leave real medical attention behind and risk a cure based in warm and fuzzy intentions. Grow up.
    Gail, you could so easily avoid much of this by marketing this as complimentary therapy rather than alternative medicine.

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