Posted 02 December 2013
The Biofield Viewer claims to “. . allow[s] the holistic practitioner to view the human aura (scientifically known as the biofield), the Chakras and energetic issues live. It is a state of the art software system based on the principle that photons of light interact with energy fields“. This is fruitloopery, or shall we say, baloney! In fact, the existence of such fields has not yet been scientifically proven.
However, here we focus on whether “Dr” Thornton Streeter simply a fraud? We think so.
December 2, 2013 No Comments
Posted 27 November 2013
An article (opinion) written by Kevin Charleston in relation to the new complementary medicine regulations recently published, has been published on the GroundUp website. The CAMS Regulations were published on the 15th November and can be downloaded from here or from the Government website. They need to be read in context with the document, Complementary medicines – Quality, safety, and efficacy, which can be downloaded here. It should be read in conjunction with those of Andy Gray and published here.
Kevin Charleston has written an excellent overview/opinion of the new CAM regulations and is best read on the GroundUp website, but we are posting the article below.
November 27, 2013 No Comments
Posted 26 November 2013
|ImuPro has been featured numerous times on CamCheck for making unsubstantiated claims for this test -and have been ruled against by the ASA. Originally only making tests for the benefit of ImuPro for allergies and intolerances, these have eventually been removed following a protracted course.|
A complaint has been laid against the owner, Dr York, with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (no result yet).
Now we have been informed that Dr York/ ImuPro, are making other not so well supported claims.
On the Well-Pro – ImuPro website (http://www.wellpro.co.za/tests-imupro/), the following claim is made: “Data suggests that eliminating foods that are identified to have an IgG antibody response results in significant improvement in a variety of conditions like migraine (1), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (2), Crohns disease (3) and juvenile obesity (4).”
November 26, 2013 No Comments
Posted 22 November 2013
These are the faces of scam artists, Jasmine Grindlay and Chris Grindlay, the owners of Slimbetti. The ASA has repeatedly ruled against the claims for their products and issued Ad Alerts, which tells magazines and newspapers to not accept their adverts: in order to protect you, the consumer. The Grindlays show no remorse – they contact magazines and convince them that the ASA has allowed them to advertise again (personal communication with Vrouekeur), and adverts are accepted until a consumer lays a complaint again, and the ASA intervene again. Read more about these individuals and their web of deceit.
November 21, 2013 1 Comment
Posted 21 November 2013
The CAMS Regulations were published on the 15th November and can be downloaded from here or from the Government website. They need to be read in context with the document, Complementary medicines – Quality, safety, and efficacy, which can be downloaded here.
Andy Gray (BPharm MSc(Pharm) FPS FFIP), a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Pharmacology, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (and Consultant Pharmacist, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)), has written a commentary on his view of the published regulations, and how they may be implemented.
His commentary, first published on an email discussion group, DrugInfo, is reproduced with his permission.
November 21, 2013 No Comments
Posted 20 November 2013
We have been asked to comment on the product, Meladerm lightening cream, which claims to, among other, “diminishes the appearance of dark spots, scars and skin discolorations“. The product is made by Civant Advanced Skin Care Solutions.
But does it work?
November 20, 2013 No Comments
Posted 19 November 2013
We recently posted an exposition of breast thermography, a product claiming to be effective for determining breast cancer. Now another device has popped up on the South African market – the SureTouch breast examination device.
Does it work? Are you placing your life in the hands of a scoundrel who has no remorse or concern whether this device is accurate in determining breast cancer or not? Based on an article by Amy Green and Ina Skosana on the Mail & Guardian website, they appear to conclude that this device is simply not effective enough.
November 19, 2013 No Comments
Posted 11 November 2013
The ASA has previously ruled against a number of claims being made for this product. In this breach complaint, the complainant specifically referred to the claims “SLOW DOWN AGEING” and on “Anti-Age Total Beaute” [sic] and “Anti-Aging Total Beauty”. The ASA evaluated Homemark’s response and concluded that “Given the alteration in context, and given the noticeable amendment to the claims at issue, the Directorate is of the view that the current e-mail advertisement cannot be said to have breach the original ruling”.
November 11, 2013 No Comments
Posted 11 November 2013
The Medicines Control Council of the South African Department of Health has made available three documents as part of “Draft Administrative Guideline: Complementary Medicines – Quality, Safety, And Efficacy”.
Although the documents do not have a specific publication date, they are simply indicated as “November 2013″. Some indicate a very short comment period (22 November 2013)..
Interestingly, one of the documents indicate that this is not “new” draft, but had been first published for comment as far back as August 2011.
November 11, 2013 No Comments
Posted 08 November 2013
AllergoStop is a product that claims to be an effective replacement for corticosteroids, anti-histamines and antibiotics, in that it is effective treatment “with immunoglobulins that play a dominant role at the time of the allergic reaction”. If you are going to claim that your product will reduce your need for among other, steroids, you better have good proof of this.
AllergoStop did not have. Dr Liezl Voshol-Botha of The Tygerberg Multicare Centre argued that this product is homeopathic and “the principles and practice followed at this practice are based on homeopathy, which is why one would not find any articles on conventional searches such as PubMed.” In other words, because Dr Voshol-Botha claims the product is “homeopathic”, that one does not need any proof that it works. The ASA agreed with the complainant’s argument that proof is required, (and in particular if you are going to compare yourself against a proven treatment). Furthermore, one does not become allergic to lactose as Dr Voshol-Botha claims! She also utilises “thermography (infrared imaging) for the early detection of signs of breast cancer” which is a dangerous and fairly useless form of detecting breast cancer – read more about this here.
November 8, 2013 3 Comments