Posted 07 May 2012
What is the responsibility of editors, production managers and owners of magazines with regard to accepting advertising for unsubstantiated or scam products? The majority of magazines are members of representative groups that are co-signatories to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) code and are expected to comply with the ASA code.
Posted 11 April 2014
Make no mistake, the evidence for Antagolin being an effective weight loss / insulin resistance treatment is not robust at all. There is no study published on this product, no evidence that the ingredients are effective, and now, the products is actually an illegal medicine for CAM regulations published will not [...]
Posted 01 April 2014
The claims for Aminoliq has previously been ruled against by the ASA for the company could not prove that the product could really do as claimed. Despite an assurance from the owner, Norman Fells, that he would no longer make the claims, the company has recently produced a number of variants [...]
Posted 25 March 2015
Jasmine and Chris Grindlay of Slimbetti have been promoting their Hoodia Gel scam product in South Africa and simply ignoring ASA rulings. Other countries have had similar problems although in many this scam has disappeared off the market.
I have recently come across this article titled “The Controversial Advertising case: Weight-Loss [...]
Posted 12 February 2010
Here is part of one of the Simply Slim advertisements that have appeared in many media throughout the country. The slogan reads Simplifying Slimming Naturally. Paradoxically however several allegations have been made that it is not a natural product but contains a registered medicine.
Simply Slim epitomises the mess that [...]
Posted 07 March 2014
Dr Goldstein lodged a consumer complaint against a Medical Nutritional Institute’s television commercial promoting Antagolin. The commercial features a very overweight female in underwear, stating “I don’t want to look like this anymore. What is happening to my body? Why can’t I lose weight?” A male voice-over the states “You may [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Posted 21 January 2014
This product is advertised in pharmacies, using large posters, claiming to be effective in effective weight loss – without dieting or exercise being required! It is also advertised on the product’s local and international website.Any product that claims to result in weight-loss without having to control your diet is likely a [...]