The local South African magazine Health Intelligence Edition 12 proclaims on its cover: "Passion promotes health – sex for a longer life".
(Note: The highlighting box has been added.) On page 20 the article has the title: "Sex, so necessary for positive health: sex is a buzzword that defies trendsetting and social mores, staying [...]
Posted 01 February 2012
A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against an Ozmed print advertisement promoting its “Ozone Health Spa”. The advertisement was published in the 10 December 2011 edition of the Cape Argus. The advert posed the question “Do You Suffer From?” and lists “Stress”; “Hypertension”; “Diabetes”; “Asthma”; “Arthritis”; “HIV/Aids”; “Low Sex Drive”; [...]
Posted 23 October 2011
Law in Practice: Complementary and Alternative Medicines Regulations: Are All Medicines Now Equal?
By Elsabe Klink: Medical Chronicle
October 10, 2011
In July 2011, the Minister of Health published, on the advice of the Medicines Control Council (MCC), draft regulations on complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs). Unlike [...]
Posted 09 September 2011
Marcus Low has written an analysis of the new CAMS regulations on Quackdown – with the intention of generating useful discussion.
Posted 29 August 2011
A very interesting article by Dr Ben Goldacre, published in The Guardian.
"Trials show that people who think they've done something healthy, even if they haven't, smoke more and believe they are invulnerable to diseases"
This excellent article written by Marcus Low has been posted at Quack down!.
He writes, among other:
" It is often argued that complementary or alternative medicines should not be judged or regulated according to the same criteria as pharmaceutical medicines. The argument is logically flawed and it also puts the interests of health [...]
One of the cardinal sins of any researcher is to tamper with their data to make them ‘fit’ the results they were wanting. A recent international example is that of Dr Andrew Wakefield, who published articles in the reputable Journal ‘The Lancet’, which apparently showed a causal link between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine [...]
The popular dietary components may not do any good, and may actually harm.
To anyone who feels guilty for not gorging on antioxidants—actually, make that “antioxidants!,” which seems to be how grocery manufacturers think of them—redemption is nigh. For years the media, food labels, dietitians, and even scientists who should know better have bombarded us [...]
In an open letter to the CEO of Dis-chem, Ivan Saltzman, published on March 25 2011, the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society and the TAC (Treatment Action Campaign) challenged Dis-Chem for their support of the self-styled “Nutrition Expert” Patrick Holford. Holford has made a career out of making unsubstantiated and false claims about the benefits [...]
CamCheck highlights various issues related to complementary medicine, pseudoscience, and what constitutes good evidence before a therapeutic product can be regarded as safe or to have efficacy.
In fact, we take the approach: would I give this product to my partner or child? In other words, is there enough evidence to support the claims that [...]