Hoodia Slender Gel – ASA ruling

BACKGROUND In a ruling dated 21 June 2010, the Directorate ruled that the respondent was in breach of its earlier ruling dated 9 September 2009, as the respondent’s packaging still used the name “Hoodia” despite the respondent’s original undertaking to remove all references to Hoodia from its packaging. The complainant and the respondent were afforded an opportunity to comment on whether or not sanctions in terms of Clause 14 of the Procedural Guide were appropriate.

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Top 10 (+5) pseudoscience health sites in SA

Posted 21 July 2010

CAMcheck takes no pleasure in listing the following pseudoscience health sites in SA (in no particular order). Unfortunately there is very little that the appointed protectors of our health and wellbeing (Department of Health, Medicines Control Council, SA Pharmacy Council) are doing about protecting us from them. 

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ImuPro – ASA ruling 15 July 2010

In Imupro / H A Steinman / 14955 (11 February 2010), the Directorate accepted the respondent’s voluntary undertaking that an advertisement that contained the claim that the “the internationally respected ImuPro Food IgG Intolerance Test can pinpoint food intolerances” was a once off advertisement and will not be used again. The undertaking was accepted on condition that the claim was not used again in future.

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Stemenhance, legal in the USA?

In response to my query to the USA Federal Trade Commission and FDA regarding the legality of StemEnhance (and whether they were aware that the product had high levels of arsenic and microcystins, the following response was received:

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New research finds no evidence that popular slimming supplements facilitate weight loss

New research evaluating the effectiveness of a broad selection of popular slimming supplements sold in pharmacies and health food shops has found no evidence that any of them facilitate weight loss beyond the placebo effect.

Two studies presented today (Monday) at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, Sweden, have found they were no more effective than the fake supplements they were compared with.

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Fish oil and other supplements

In his column in The Guardian, Dr Ben Goldacre writes:

“This week the food and nutrition pills industries are complaining. They like to make health claims about their products, which often turn out to be unsupported by the evidence. Regulating that mess would be tedious, the kind of project enjoyed by the EU. Enter Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation in 2006.Since then member states have submitted thousands of health claims for manufacturers about cranberries, fish oil and every magical ingredient you can think of. This week it turned out that 900 have been examined so far, of which 80% have been rejected.”

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StemEnhance II

Posted 02 July 2010

 StemEnhance is a product made from “pond scum” (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) harvested from Lake Klamath and sold as “concentrated” powder in capsule form. This American product was released into the South African market during 2008. It claims to “release the power of your body’s adult stem cells to promote wellness” and it “‘wakes’ up your body’s stem cells and puts them to work”.


As with any other product, I would ask:

  • Is there any proof that this product has any therapeutic effect?
  • Is this product safe?

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Questions to StemEnhance

Posted 2 July 2010 

For Attention:

Mr Ray Carter:

CEO: StemEnhance

23 August 2009

I am writing in response to your letter dated 31st July 2009. Apparently, it was sent in response to my letter to Ms. Livingston where I asked for information regarding the claims made in relation to your product Stem Enhance. It is unfortunate that in response I am threatened with a lawsuit even though I am fully entitled under South African law to request the information regarding your product. Ms Livingston acknowledged that there is not a single trial to confirm the efficacy for the claims being made for StemSport, for the dosage recommended, etc.

I became aware of your product because you approached the media to promote your products without having addressed the concerns of any of the professional medical community in South Africa actively working in this area. I am entitled as part of Read the rest