USN 19-Testo Mass – ASA ruling

Posted 28 July 2014

In USN 19-Testo Mass / H Steinman / 2014-700F (17 April 2014) the Directorate accepted USN’s voluntary undertaking to remove the offending claims from its marketing material, including its website, until the product was approved and registered by the Medicines Control Council. The undertaking was accepted on condition that the claims in question were not used again in future in their current format, or at least not until approved and registered by the MCC. A new complaint was laid arguing that similar claims were still being made.

The ASA concluded that comparing the original material complained of with that currently under scrutiny, it cannot be denied that material changes have been made. In fact, the website advertising complained of by the complainant does not contain offending claims that were dealt with in the original ruling.

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USN “Carb Binder” – scam product, ASA ruling

Posted 28 July 2014

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against advertising appear on USN’s website The relevant page promotes the respondent’s “Carb Binder” product, which is punted as a “STARCH INTAKE INHIBITOR”, and appears under the banner of “RAPID WEIGHT CONTROL” products.  USN have renamed the product Carb Binder after the ASA ruling against “Carb Blocker”! The complainant found the references to rapid weight control, or weight control in general to be unsubstantiated. He briefly outlined the research consulted to reach his conclusion, adding that there was no proof that StarchLite (the ingredient used in this product) is equivalent to the ingredient evaluated in the published studies from which the complainant draws basis for his grounds for complaint.

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Topslim’s Adam Turner – Liar and scam artist

Posted 28 July 2014

We have previously pointed out that there is no evidence that Topslim works, and worse, that Adam Turner, the owner, had lied about the evidence that “experts” support his product. There has also been an ASA ruling against the product and its claims (and the owner ignores this ruling).

A visitor to CamCheck has brought to our attention that The pictures of the testimonials come from a Russian site Tanika Taylor from Kroonstad is actually Inna Volovicheva.

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ASA Ruling: Bio Sil MMS

Posted 26 July 2014

In a previous ASA ruling against this company, (21 May 2012), the ASA ruled, inter alia, that the respondent’s advertising for its “Bio-Sil MMS” contained unsubstantiated claims in contravention of Clause 4.1 of Section II of the Code. It also found that the advertisement was likely to mislead people in a manner that was in contravention of Clause 4.2.1 of Section II of the Code. The respondent was instructed to withdraw the advertising in its current format within the deadlines stipulated in Clause 15.3 of the Procedural Guide, and is not used again in future. An Ad Alert was issued to the ASA members with reference to the advertisement, asking members not to accept any advertising for the respondent’s.

Seems to not have stopped these scam artists (+27 11 6155504) from fleecing consumers.”Yvonne founded Bio-Sil in 1993.” “BIO-SIL is a family owned business . . ”

They also sell a product that they claim is a cancer cure. biosil-graveola


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More Trivortex nonsense!

Posted 26 July 2014

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against a Healthmakers CC’s internet advertisement promoting the Tri-Vortex Flow Water bottle.

This is the nonsense, fruit-loopery that the product claims to do: ” Tri-Vortex is a quantum technology using sound to mimic the rhythms of nature. When products that are treated in special chambers come into contact with water, it assists in adjusting the structure of the molecules in such a way that it returns to the original state as found in nature. It helps to remove the chaos from the water thereby reducing stress in the water and ultimately in humans, animals and plants. It has seen remarkable results around the world. Cells hydrate optimally when presented with structured water.

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Easy Slimming Solutions – ASA ruling

Posted 26 July 2014

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint with the ASA against Easy Slimming Solutions’ Facebook advertisement that was published at The complainant submitted, in essence, that the advertisement is misleading as there are no studies to verify the claim that the advertised product is totally natural.

Seems like the owner of this company, Danie Robberts (Tel: 0745613864), is an unapologetic liar, claiming that the ASA did not object to their claims: “When he questioned the respondent on the evidence, he was informed that the ASA had already considered the respondent’s evidence and that he could contact the ASA for verification.” He and Tracy Robberts are also the scam artists behind Kangmei capsules.

Not only do they sell these scams, but forget getting a refund for your purchase.

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The blood-type diet? Just hype, says new research

Posted 25 July 2014

The blood-type diet? Just hype, says new research

From: The Mosaic: the science of Life
In 1996 a naturopath named Peter D’Adamo published a book called Eat Right 4 Your Type. D’Adamo argued that we must eat according to our blood type, in order to harmonise with mankind’s evolutionary heritage. D’Adamo’s book has sold 7 million copies and has been translated into 60 languages. What does latest science say about this diet?
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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

“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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