Posted 05 March 2014
This article, published in GroundUp, is on a presentation by the con artist, Eddie Bisset – CEO of Herbex, where he admits ”with a grin, ‘Customers are foolish enough to believe what you put on your label.‘ Bisset first claimed his products are CAMS (by labeling them such (“Schedule C0″)), but with the new CAM regulations that were published in November 2013 having dramatic consequences on Herbex, “Bisset wants to get around the regulations by claiming his products are food, not medicines“.
- Fact – there is no proof that these products work – whether called a CAM or a foodstuff.
- Fact – is it illegal to call them foodstuffs. In fact, Herbex Slimmers Cereal is an illegal foodstuff.
- Fact – these are scams.
- Fact – Eddie Bisset acts and speaks like a scam artist.
- Fact – Bisset earns a fortune from these scams ( loss of sales and due to retail credits to be approximately R8 473 308 over a 3 month period (for one product?)).
- Fact – Opinion - Bisset shows a callous disregard for the feelings of other people, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law.*
*These attributes was a central theme of the documentary called The Corporation, a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, where the author/director “attempted to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy.” “The film’s assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert D. Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath (however, Hare has objected to the manner in which his views were portrayed in the film)”. “Hare emphatically stated: ‘To refer to the corporation as psychopathic because of the behaviors of a carefully selected group of companies is like using the traits and behaviors of the most serious high-risk criminals to conclude that the criminal (that is, all criminals) is a psychopath. If [common diagnostic criteria] were applied to a random set of corporations, some might apply for the diagnosis of psychopathy, but most would not.‘”
March 5, 2014 No Comments
Posted 04 March 2014
Dr de Lange lodged a consumer complaint against an Internet and print advertisement (Sunday Times) for GarciniaSlim. The advertisements claim” “The Newest fastest Fat Buster is Garcinia Cambogia Extract…” “No diet”, “No excercise” etc. Repeated reference is also made to the fact that this product is “Recommended By Doctors”. Images of televisions “Dr Oz” and white-coat wearing models also feature prominently. The complainant submitted that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that the advertised product is effective in causing permanent weight loss over a long period as is claimed.
All reasonable steps were taken by the ASA Directorate to elicit a response from the advertiser, but none was received, and the ASA ruled against the claims.
March 3, 2014 No Comments
Posted 25 February 2014
|On the no!no! website, this product is advertised as effective for removing unwanted hair. The claim is: “With no!no! there’s no pulling, tearing or scraping, just a slow, smooth glide that gently and easily removes hair“.Well how effective is this product?Consumerreports.org tested this product and found it worthless!|
“Six female staffers who normally shave their legs at least three times a week let hair grow for a week. We took pictures (no, you won’t find them on Instagram), then asked panelists to shave one leg as usual and use No No and its buffer on the other leg at least three times a week for six weeks. We compared before and after photos.
What we found: Panelists used words such as “prickly” and “hairy” to describe how their legs felt after No No. All six said the treated leg was never hair- or stubble-free during the six weeks of testing. Something else that panelists noticed: the smell of burned hair. The final straw? Using No No took far longer than shaving—up to 25 minutes per leg. None of the panelists said they’d want to buy the device, though some described it as ‘cute.’”
Are we surprised?
No, not at all. The distributor/seller of this product is MERVYN DAITZ, notorious for his selling of the RAYMA Balance Bracelet and BodyTrim scams. Mervyn Daitz ignores ASA rulings and continues to hoodwink consumers into purchasing a bracelet which claims to “relieve the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure, poor circulation, rheumatism, headaches, migraines, gout, fibrositis, shoulder stiffness and backache” – but physiologically highly unlikely – and no proof that it does.
February 24, 2014 3 Comments
Posted 24 February 2014
René Doms is a registered pharmacist and also holds a law degree. He has been closely observing regulations pertaining to complementary medicine.
In this article, first posted to the email discussion group, DrugInfo, he shares his interpretation of the new regulations governing CAMS published in November 2013.
February 24, 2014 5 Comments
Posted 20 February 2014
A complaint was laid against the weight-loss claims of TopSlim. TopSlim also claimed to be supported, endorsed, or was based on the research of three professors. The advert claimed, among other:
- Fast Weight Loss!
- Scientifically proven
- Based on the research of the most respected scientist in the world!
- Fully tested in multiple double blind clinical studies over decades.
The complainant added that he has contacted the three experts identified in the advertising. Professor Stohs has come back to deny any knowledge of this product or the implication that he in some way endorses it.
The owner of TopSlim appears to be Adam Turner, 76 Marley Rd., Rosebank, 7720.
TopSlim did not respond to the ASA and the ASA ruled against the advertising. The original complaint is posted at the end of the ASA ruling.
February 20, 2014 No Comments
Posted 18 February 2014
Regulations regulating Complementary Medicines in South Africa were published in November 2013. The regulations came into operation on 16 February 2014.
The MCC presented a workshop with members from the industry and other interested parties and the presentations have been made available on the MCC’s website.
February 18, 2014 No Comments
Posted 05 February 2014
A consumer laid a breach compliant with the ASA against the Arcadia’s print advertisement entitled “Believe it! Flab disappears without expensive surgery”. The advertisement appeared in the Sunday Times on 1 December 2013. In essence, the complainant submitted that the advertisement is virtually the same as the one he originally complained about. All the original efficacy claims have remained and the only modification is that it explicitly identifies the product as Chitosan.
February 4, 2014 No Comments
Posted 2 February 2014
This article written by Drs Stephen Barrett and Victor Herbert and published on Quackwatch in 2007 has great relevance for South African consumers and therefore we post it below.
“Alternative” promoters are reaching people emotionally. What sells is not the quality of their products, but the ability to influence their audience. Their basic strategies are to promise the moon and knock the “competition.” To one and all, they promise better health and a longer life. They offer solutions for virtually every health problem, including some they have invented. To those in pain, they promise relief. To the incurable, they offer hope. To the nutrition-conscious, they say, “Make sure you have enough.” To a public worried about pollution, they say, “Buy natural.” For ailments amenable to scientific health care, they offer “safer nontoxic alternatives.” And they have an arsenal of ploys for defending themselves against criticism. To gain your allegiance it is not necessary to persuade you that all of the statements below are true. Just one may be enough to hook you.
February 1, 2014 No Comments
Posted 31 January 2014
A consumer complaint was laid against a Homemark advert which promoted the Homemark’s “Aragan Secret Nail Treatment”, making claims such as: “Cure your nail fungus” and “Homemark’s tried and tested Aragan Secret Nail Treatment with Moroccan oil is guaranteed to clear discoloured nails, treats ingrown nails and gets rid of nail fungus once and for all …”. The complainant submitted that he has searched available literature on the benefits of Aragan oil, and there is nothing to suggest that it has any effect on fungus, or nails in general.
Homemark was not able to supply any evidence that the product does treat or cure nail fungus. No surprise, it is a Homemark product!
January 31, 2014 No Comments
Posted 31 January 2014
This ASA ruling is in response to a breach complaint arguing that AllergoStop continues to make unsubstantiated claims for its product – contrary to the previous ruling. The complainant makes the point that the claims are contrary to known science and knowledge of allergy.
January 31, 2014 1 Comment