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Misled by chemical myths

23 July 2014

This article, posted to Sense About Science, states “People are still being misled by chemical myths. This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals. The presence of a chemical isn’t a reason for alarm. The effect of a chemical depends on the dose“.

They have created a number of posters to illustrate this point, pointing out that a number of foods that contain natural chemicals that could be toxic to humans, but depend on the dose, e.g., apricot seed contain cyanide, apple contains amygdalin (in seeds), pears contain formaldehyde, potatoes contain solanin, etc.

They make the point that our diets are never chemical free, for fruit and vegetables are full of chemicals, which they illustrate.

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4 of the Biggest Quacks Plaguing America with False Claims About Science

Posted 23 July 2014

This article, from AlterNet, argues that from the Food Babe to Dr. Oz, these four are the media’s biggest fear-mongers and snake-oil peddlers.

It may be easy to draw a caricature of a “quack” as a cross between the ShamWow pitchman and an alchemist, but they’re really not so easy to spot. Modern-day quacks often cherry-pick science and use what suits them as semantic backdrop to fool unsuspecting consumers. Quacks may dazzle people with fanciful research studies or scare them with intimidating warnings before trying to peddle products that make unreasonable promises. And those who use these alternative, unproven products may forego treatments that would be more likely to help them. In short, quackery is dangerous. It promotes fear, devalues legitimate science and can destroy lives. Here are the four biggest quacks giving dubious health advice in the media and some samples of their detrimental advice.

Those that AlterNet writes on, includes

1. Dr. (of Osteopathy) Joseph Mercola.

2. The “Health Ranger,” Mike Adams (Natural News)

3. The “Food Babe,” Vani Hari.

4. Dr. Mehmet Oz. (“Dr Oz”)

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What the Dietary Supplement Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Posted 14 July 2014

This interesting article, was published on July 3, 2014 on www.alternet.org

“The nutritional supplement industry is big. Real big. Like $32 billion a year big, according to Forbes Magazine. And that amount, says Forbes, is expected to double by 2021. That’s a lot of vitamins. In fact, almost half of the U.S. population takes vitamins. Must be good for what ails you, right? Well, maybe not. Those billions of dollars go very far to enrich the supplement industry, but according to numerous scientific studies, virtually nowhere to enrich your health. In fact, because your body excretes out many of the vitamins it can’t use, you might say you are literally flushing that money right down the toilet.”

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Dr Oz admits no proof Garcinia works

Posted 08 July 2014

“Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor who frequently extols weight-loss products on his syndicated television show, got a harsh scolding from several senators on Tuesday at a hearing about bogus diet product ads.”  “‘I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.’”

An article and video of Dr Oz being interviewed by the USA Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, where he admits that ““I recognize that oftentimes they don’t have the scientific muster to pass as fact.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/diet-fitness/dr-oz-effect-senators-scold-mehmet-oz-diet-scams-n133226

John Oliver, an English comedian and political satirist has a hilarious take on Dr Oz’s interview – and broadcast on Sunday night on MNet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA0wKeokWUU

Miracle Mineral Solution – scam continues

Posted 26 June 2014

Ms LL Steele lodged a complaint against  Bio Sil MMS website, specifically the page on http://www.biosil.co.za/products/bio-sil-mms-miracle-mineral-solution, which promotes the Miracle Mineral Solution product. The complainant submitted that the advertisement is highly misleading and causes a potential danger to members of the public who might be seeking a cure for various health problems. People are consuming this product (which is effectively a bleach or disinfectant), and in instances giving it to their children without realising the severe health consequences this could have (which includes poisoning, kidney failure and harming red blood cells).

Initially, the  Bio Sil MMS submitted that she had done extensive research, and has not found any evidence of chlorine dioxide harming anybody. A request was made for the new complainant to provide proof of such harm. (Here is proof from the FDA) Following correspondence with the ASA,  Bio Sil MMS refused further communication.

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Kwakke, kwinte en kwale

Posted 24 June 2014

George_Claasen George Claasen, a journalist and a Professor of Journalism at Stellenbosch University, has written a book on scams and pseudoscience. Titled, Kwakke, kwinte en kwale, the book has become a best seller. In this video, he is interviewed for the television program, Kwela on KykNet, by Coenie de Villiers, on the book.

Medicines rules are insulting to consumers

Posted 19 June 2014

This article, written by Leon Louw,  the executive director of the Free Market Foundation, was published online on Business Day BDLive. Some commentators have stated that this is “simply an ill-informed rant“, “sheer nonsense and ill-informed“.

Leon Louw writes: “Antagonists, such as CAMcheck, should be as free to denounce Cams as Cams folk are free to denounce both CAMcheck and aspects of mainstream medicine.”

We were going to write a succinct response, only to find that Prof David Gorski, writing as Orac, could respond far better than we could.
Quote: “However, it’s depressing in that it tells me that the bovine excrement reasons people use to defend CAM, including free market fundamentalist “health freedom” religion, are the same the world over.

Jacques Rousseau also weighed in.
Quote: “Far from reducing customer choice, the regulations enhance those choices. For how can you call something a choice if you don’t know what you’re choosing?

Both these articles make Leon Louw look like a mampara!

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Are Diet Pills an Aggressively Marketed Scam?

Posted 19 June 2014

This article, from the The Huffington Post, written by Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D., examines the evidence for diet pills and asks whether they are only but scams?

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Blood analysis – Sevenpointfive – No proof

Posted 14 June 2014

SevenPointFive advertises that “live blood analysis” can be diagnostic of a range of conditions. We say that this is a scam and has no physiological basis. A complaint was laid with the ASA and SevenPointFive requested to prove their claims. They could not. The ASA ruled against their claims.

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Green coffee bean weight-loss scam

Posted 26 May 2014

A number of companies in South Africa are marketing Green Coffee Beans as a great product for weight-loss. Well, there is no evidence that this is true. Big scam. Now the USA Federal Trade Commission has acted against companies in the USA making weight-loss claims for green coffee beans. If only the same would happen here!

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