Solal “Burnout” – Adrenal fatigue

Posted 27 September 2010

Solal advertises on it’s website, a product called “Burnout“.

The website claims: “Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands, situated above the kidneys, become overworked or damaged, usually from long-term exposure to stress. As a result of being over-worked, they secrete reduced amounts of the adrenal hormones, the main ones being cortisol, aldosterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and adrenaline. The most important of these is cortisol, since when this is lowered, the body will no longer be able to deal with stress, a situation which can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.”

The ingredients of the product are: 
Adrenal Chromium Complex™ (a proprietary complex of chromium polynicotinate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5) Inactive ingredients: Hypromellose (cellulose) vegetarian capsule shell (gelatine free), microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetarian – flow agent), magnesium silicate, silicon dioxide and colloidal silicon dioxide.

Here is a different point of view:

Hormone Foundation attacks Read the rest

O2 Gold

 "The O2 Gold is a magnetic breathing device – when air is breathed in throught (sic) the device, it passes through a magnetic field and the oxygen (being paramagnetic) develops a magnetic charge. This magnetized oxygen is then drawn into the lungs and onto the iron binding sites of the haemoglobin where its magnetic

charge is imparted on a number of different molecular and biological systems." 

Read at http://www.ammhealth.co.za/therahaler/index.htm

The explanation and the rest of the web page goes completely against science and physiological principles! It may have a real patent, but having a patent is no proof that the product works!

As I have previously stated, when consumers health, money and safety is concerned, we can only argue for proof for the product, for without proof, we have to argue that it is no more than a scam.

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Water of Life: Colloidal Silver

This website, http://www.ammhealth.co.za/col.htm, states for this product: "The following is a comprehensive listing of all ailments or disease-conditions that have been successfully treated by solutions of Colloidal Silver:
Acne, AIDS, Allergies, Angina (Vincent's), Anthrax, Appendicitis (Suppurative — post-operative), Arthritis, Athlete's Foot, Axillae and Blind Boils of the Neck, Bladder Irritation or Inflammation, Blepharitis, Blood Poisoning, Boils, Bromidrosis (in Axilla or Feet), Burns and Wounds (Corneal), Cancer, Candida Albicans, Catarrh (Nasal & Nasopharyngeal)," and the list goes on and on.

Sorry, not a shred of proof that this product has any effect at all! 

When consumers health, money and safety is concerned, we can only argue for proof for the product, for without proof, we have to argue that it is no more than a scam.

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Glucosamine and/or chondroitin: No help

Another assessment of studies, i.e., a meta-analysis, finds no benefit of glucosamine and/or chondroitin, on joint pain or narrowing of joint space: "Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space. Health authorities and health insurers should not cover the costs of these preparations, and new prescriptions to patients who have not received treatment should be discouraged." 

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Medical ghostwriters who build a brand

An column by Dr Ben Goldacre  in The Guardian, Saturday 18 September 2010, about medical ghostwriting and potential corruption of science that can occur.

"The PLoS documents show DesignWrite sold Wyeth more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles for HRT, and a similar number of conference posters, slide kits, symposia, and journal supplements. Adriane Fugh-Berman, associate professor in the department of physiology at Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington DC, who analysed the documents (who appeared against Wyeth in the class action) found that these publications variously promoted unproven and unlicensed benefits of Wyeth's HRT drug, undermined its competitors, and downplayed its harms."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/18/bad-science-medical-ghostwriters

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Faith drops – in response

Colleen (from Faith drops) added a comment to the posting of the ASA ruling against the claims of Faith drops. As the comment is far too long, I have added it as a posting.

Colleen (from Faith drops) writes:

To Harris / Geffen / Roy Jobson…. And anyone else

It would appear that everyone is on a mission – I guess we are keeping this site active by swallowing the bait – as before I am even able to respond to one thing they are on to the next……    Allow me to have my say – then by all means, everyone – have at it!!!   
Put the truth on your blog – not an extraction of something that is taken totally out of context –  at the very least the reading … Read the rest

ASA Ruling – Biobust

Posted 15 September 2010

1. What is the different level of evidence required to make the claim “BioBust is a natural formula that provides nutritional support to the body to increase fullness and firmness to the bust” in contrast to “Biobust is a natural formula that provides nutritional support that may assist the body to increase fullness and firmness of the bust”? Surely one still needs a high level of credible evidence to make a claim of “may result”?

2. Is there a substantial difference between “may cause breasts to enlarge” from “makes breasts enlarge” from a consumer’s perspective? (From a semantics point of view, the difference is clear)

3. Should the ACA Advisory Service be tasked with advising on scientific evidence when they appear to not have the required expertise? Who should be doing this?

The ASA argues that they are different claims.

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20 Common Logical Fallacies

What is a logical fallacy?

All arguments have the same basic structure: A therefore B. They begin with one or more premises (A), which is a fact or assumption upon which the argument is based. They then apply a logical principle (therefore) to arrive at a conclusion (B). An example of a logical principle is that of equivalence. For example, if you begin with the premises that A=B and B=C, you can apply the logical principle of equivalence to conclude that A=C. A logical fallacy is a false or incorrect logical principle. An argument that is based upon a logical fallacy is therefore not valid. It is important to note that if the logic of an argument is valid then the conclusion must also be valid, which means that if the premises are all true then the conclusion must also be true. Valid logic applied to one or more false … Read the rest

Evidence for claims

Grading and quality of clinical scientific evidence

Thanks to Andy Gray for bringing this to my attention.

The WHO Handbook for Guideline Development explains the process: 

"Quality is defined as the ʹextent to which one can be confident that an estimate of effect or association is correctʹ. It is a continuum, as any discrete categorization involves some degree of arbitrariness. It is based on the following criteria:

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BEMER/BEAMER Therapy

Posted 11 September 2010

“BEMER” (or “BEAMER”)  is an acronym for Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation: “A device which, she claimed, has magical healing abilities and has cured everything from her sore back to her horses spider bites.”

Angela Meadon has written a beautiful deconstruction (which I agree with) of this apparatus in her blog, The Skeptic Detective.

There is also a nice article published in the Guardian on this device.

Extracts: “. . .  Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, is wary of some of the Bemer promotional claims . . . .  having looked at some of the claims made for the Bemer, he is not convinced about the plug-in kind either”.

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