Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) safety alert

FDA Warns Consumers of Serious Harm from Drinking Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)
Product contains industrial strength bleach

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid also known as “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or “MMS.” The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health.

The FDA has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using this product, including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration.

Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away.

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Placebo effect works even if patients know they’re getting a sham drug

Patients can benefit from being treated with sham drugs even if they are told they contain no active ingredient, scientists have found. The finding suggests that the placebo effect could work without the need for any deception on the part of the doctor, as had been previously thought.

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Denialism

Reading between the Lines – How the growth of denialism undermines public health 

Espousing unproved myths and legends is widespread during the festive season, but some groups hold views contrary to the available evidence throughout the year. This phenomenon, known as denialism, is becoming more elaborate and widespread, and poses a danger to public health.

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Long-time quackery promoters convicted.

In separate and unrelated cases, two long-time quackery promoters have pleaded guilty to violating federal drug laws: Kurt W. Donsbach and Robert W. Bradford

From: Consumer Health Digest #10-50 (Quackwatch) December 16, 2010

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Melanotan

New Chinese tanning agent scare
2010-12-12 23:21

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/New-Chinese-tanning-agent-dangerous-20101212

Antoinette Pienaar, Beeld

Pretoria – A new chemical tanning agent available over the internet is causing quite a scare amongst the medical fraternity. The Dermatology Society of South Africa is concerned about the unregistered experimental substance which people are injecting in order to get a tan.

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Simply Slim – ASA ruling

Simply Slim claims to be effective for weight-loss, is registered with the MCC, is natural, and a host of other claims. A complaint was laid with the ASA against these claims. The ASA has ruled in favour of the complainant.

What is significant about this ruling is that for the first time, the ASA is specifying that Clause 4.25 of Section 1 of the Code is part of the issue: 

"Other than Dr Pretorius’ unqualified opinion, there is nothing before the Directorate to show that the levels of ingredients contained in the product are sufficient to deliver the claimed benefits, or that the ingredients would not contra-indicate one another. In addition, there is nothing to show that the product as is currently available on the market has ever been subjected to trials for efficacy or that any such results have verified the claims made." 

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UK ASA Ruling: Biomedical Laboratories – Lipo Contour garment

A complaint was laid with the UK ASA for a leaflet that promoted the Lipo Contour garment. Text stated “The non surgical option to Cellulite reduction! Lipo Contour, helps remodel your figure safely and effectively, with long lasting results, without the stress of dieting. Clinically proven, Lipo Contour has been developed from more than 20 years clinical practice and experience in the field of liposuction and liposculpture."

How did the UK ASA rule?

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