ImuPro / IgG testing, UK equivalent

The South African ASA has previously ruled against the claims being made for IgG/ImuPro testing. Here is the UK ASA ruling against the same/similar product being marketed in the UK.

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Clicks Hoodia Appetite Regulator

Posted 29 August 2011

Although this ruling is in my favour, it raises a few very pertinent aspects. 

The substantiator is "Ms Allison Vienings from MRA Regulatory Consultants, an independent regulatory consultancy". "It added that Ms Vienings is a credible expert in the field of complementary medicine." "She added that sufficient documented evidence exists for the acceptance of the traditional use of hoodia as an appetite suppressor to claim that the product will suppress the appetite, thus resulting in a feeling of satiety which will prevent over eating and food cravings. Emphasis was placed on the fact that these claims should be (and in this instance are) made along with the statement 'Only effective when used in conjunction with a restricted or kilojoule controlled balanced diet'."  

I have 6 major points to raise regarding this substantiation:

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Solal Solal – Sugar Association, again

Posted 29 August 2011

The arguments by Solal Technologies in this ASA ruling are somewhat bizarre. Solal argues, among other, that because they paid for accessing the articles or for researching the articles required to substantiate their claims, that this information is therefore confidential and cannot be divulged.

Imagine if a large pharmaceutical company claimed that the evidence in support of their drug cannot be released because it is confidential, or because as they had paid for articles supporting the claims, that consumers are not allowed to see the evidence to support their claims. I am sure there will be outrage, in particular from the CAM industry!

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Vitamin pills can lead you to take health risks

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” ug/26/bad-science-vitamin-pills-lead-you-to-take-risks

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Ken Harvey: Surviving the SensaSlim saga

Posted 29 August 2011

"IN March this year my first complaint to authorities about the promotion of diet product SensaSlim set in train a series of extraordinary events that are still being played out. 

My complaint was made to three authorities — the Complaint Resolution Panel (CRP), which hears complaints about alleged breaches of the Therapeutic goods advertising code; the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). 

This complaint, and at least seven further complaints from other people, alleged that the promotion of SensaSlim on the internet, TV and in shops breached numerous sections of the advertising code. 

In April, SensaSlim issued a claim against me in the NSW Supreme Court alleging my complaint was defamatory and claiming “general and punitive damages for libel in the sum of $800 000”, plus costs".

Continues in the Medical Journal of Australia

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Oscillococcinum, Boiron: class-action certified

Posted 28 August 2011

An USA federal judge has certified a class, which enables the class-action suit filed by the Newport Trial Group against Boiron USA to proceed. i ron/coldcalm/class_certification.pdf

The suit claims that Boiron made misleading claims that Children’s ColdCalm, a homeopathic product it manufactures, would relieve sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus pain, headaches, and sore throat. ron/coldcalm/complaint.pdf

In July, the judge denied a motion to dismiss the case on jurisdictional grounds. /dismissal_order_ruling.pdf

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Dis-Chem refuses to stop selling useless “slimming” muti

Posted 24 August 2011

This article appeared in noseweek August 2011. Permission to reproduce this article here was kindly provided by the editor.

Bloated Claims
Dis-Chem refuses to stop selling useless “slimming” muti

NOSEWEEK has had many a go at snake oil salesmen who distribute products that miraculously enable you to shed pounds, stop smoking or lengthen a penis. But, so far, the supposedly reputable stores that are quite happy to sell this stuff to a gullible public have escaped scrutiny.

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‘Sad facts about happy pills’ – not so many facts!

Posted 23 August 2011; updated 17 December 2011

Edition 10 of a local magazine ‘Health Intelligence’ has on its cover a headline: ‘Antidepressant dangers exposed – The sad facts about happy pills’ – an article written by Morné Malan who has a PhD in English.

(The original article being deconstructed can be read here:
Sad Facts About Happy Pills – Health Intelligence Edition 10 page14)

UPDATE (17 December 2011)

Comment 8 of the comments section below contains the following statement by Brent Murphy the editor of Health Intelligence magazine: “Therefore we will be publishing the following statement in edition 12 (edition 11 is already in circulation so it can’t appear in that)”. (emphasis added) This is followed by the promised  “CLARIFICATION” which reads:

In an article Sad Facts about Happy Pills featured in Health Intelligence 10,  it was reported as “FACTS” that antidepressants cause death, Read the rest

ASA Ruling, Be-Trim, again.

Posted 22 August 2011

This is a company that sells there scam products under a number of names. The owner, (Johan Brittz)   who we have previously written about, lives the high life in Lladudno, off the proceeds of products that have no proof of working. 

This is the result of a breach complaint made to the ASA.

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Oscillococcinum, Boiron

Posted 21 August 2011

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic alternative medicine marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms. It is one of the most popular homeopathic preparations, particularly in France. Oscillococcinum is manufactured by a French company, Boiron, its sole manufacturer.[1]

It is being extensively advertised in South Africa, in particularly in television advertisements.

The burning questions are:

  1. Does it work?
  2. Does the way it works make scientific sense?
  3. What would happen if one publicly states that this product’s claims are baloney?
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