Hoodia has many side effects

Posted 31 October 2011

Publis hed in Health24

A new Unilever report reveals why the consumer goods giant chose to pull the plug on the alleged fat-fighting supplement Hoodia after spending a reported R192 million developing it.

In a clinical trial, Hoodia extract had no impact on appetite or food intake, but it did have a lot of side effects, like vomiting, weird skin sensations and elevated blood pressure and heart rate.

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NAET allergy testing

Posted 30 October 2011

Allergy Treatments Cape Town / NAET allergy testing claims: "Allergy Treatments Cape Town will help you effectively eliminate Food Allergies, Hay Fever, Rashes, Asthma, headaches, dog and cat allergies, nasal congestion, eye irritation, eczema, ADD, ADHD and too many ailments to mention." This "product" is also advertised at www.harmonic-touch.com.

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Tri-Vortex Technology – Big scam?

Posted 30 October 2011

Tri-Vortex™ claims that by treating water with a hi-end computer, professional audio software & hardware, amplifiers and a set of domed cylindrical chambers, that they can change the molecular structure of water and give it additional properties.Tri-Vortex is a quantum technology using sound to mimic the rhythms of nature. When

The claims are made that drinking the treated water will have the following effects:

  • Natural pain relief – with no chemicals.
  • Complete hydration – water is structured and offers better cellular hydration.
  • Improved vitality and balance – in both humans and animals.
  • Reduction of negative effects from radiation in cell phones and electronic devices


Frankly, this is baloney and reeks of scam.

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Clicks Slim Drops Herbal Tincture: ASA ruling

Posted 27 October 2011

This ruling is interesting for it brings up the issue of "scientific substantiation", "conflict of interest*", "recusal", and "a pharmacist's ethics" very clearly. 

I find it unfathomable and unconscionable that Ms Allison Vienings has yet again attempted to substantiate a highly dubious product (albeit unsuccessfully) on an ingredients basis and not "whole product" basis. 

Allison Vienings is a paid-up registered pharmacist with the SA Pharmacy Council and the Executive Director of the SMASA (Self Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa). 

Although Clicks is not a member of SMASA, other companies selling similar unsubstantiated medicines, e.g., Dischem, are. Therefore this can be seen as a conflict  of interest. Should she not, ethically, have recused herself and not have accepted the "assignment" from Clicks to substantiate the product? Should she not at least have notified the ASA of a possible conflict of interest? Read the rest

Clicks Apple Cider With Green Tea: ASA ruling

Posted 27 October 2011

A consumer laid a complaint against packaging for Clicks’ Apple Cider with Green Tea. The packaging seen from the front promotes the product as “Weight Loss Support” and claims that it: “Helps to: • Promote energy levels to assist fat break down • Increase antioxidant levels”. In essence, the complainant submitted that the claims made on its packaging are misleading as there is no evidence in terms of the Code that the claims are true or possible. The complainant also searched the Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database (a source often used by practitioners of complementary medicine) but found nothing to show that the ingredients in the combination used have the claimed effects.

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Are All Medicines Now Equal?

Posted 23 October 2011

Law in Practice: Complementary and Alternative Medicines Regulations: Are All Medicines Now Equal?

By Elsabe Klink: Medical Chronicle

October 10, 2011

In July 2011, the Minister of Health published, on the advice of the Medicines Control Council (MCC), draft regulations on complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs). Unlike previous versions of drafts aiming to regulate CAMs, this draft version is an amendment to the 2003 General Regulations on Medicines, thereby bringing complementary medicine into the realm of the general definition of ‘medicines’. Amendments other than those relating to complementary medicines are also proposed in the draft.

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Why Unilever canned €20m hoodia project (or why hoodia is a scam)

Posted 21 October 2011

Readers may remember that I recently voiced my disbelief that Alison Viennings had tried to substantiate a Clicks Hoodia product. In previous postings I have pointed out that Unilever had cancelled a 20 Million Euro project after finding that hoodia made no contribution to appetite suppression, weight-loss and that side effects were unacceptably high. Now the research that made Unilever decide to can the project has been published. 

Note, all hoodia products on the South African market use between 250 to 500mg once, twice or three times a day. Most that I tested had very low to absent levels of P57 in contrast with the research where the P57 was assured.  

The randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial was conducted with about 25 healthy, 18-50 year old women in each of the hoodia and placebo groups.  During the 15-day trial period they were given either two Read the rest

Solal “Medicine Making You Sick”: ASA ruling

Posted 21 October 2011

Mr Low lodged a consumer complaint against Solal’s Internet advertisement promoting its range of products. The complainant submitted that the advertisement was published in the Woman and Home magazine, but that he was unsure of the date. However, the advertisement was accessed on the respondent’s website at www.solathech.com/adverts.html. The advertisement is headed “Is your medicine making you sick?”, and states, , inter alia, as follows: “Whilst pharmaceutical medicines have life-saving benefits, many of them have serious side effects, ranging from insomnia (caused by most antidepressants) to heart failure (caused by cholesterol-lowering medicines). A large number of these side effects are a result of nutrient deficiencies that these medicines cause. In other words, a pharmaceutical medicine can rob you of nutrients, resulting in health problems. These medicines act as anti-vitamin pills, taking away the substances you need for good health. The only solution to averting pharmaceutically-induced nutritional … Read the rest

ASA Breach Ruling: Aminoliq

Posted 21 October 2011

In Aminoliq / H A Steinman / 16595 (24 February 2011) the Directorate accepted the respondent’s voluntary undertaking to withdraw or amend its advertising in a manner that addresses the concerns raised by the complainant. The undertaking was accepted for the respondent’s advertising on its website www.prohealth.co.za, which stated, inter alia, the following: “Aminoliq contains the specialised ingredients, Choline and Inositol. Together they are effective in metabolising fat. Inositol is also an active factor of the B-Complex vitamins. Amino acids are included in this formula to improve muscle definition, i.e. body shape. Aminoliq promotes the utilization of fats & carbohydrates in the body. The net result is that excess fat is more readily burned resulting in a leaner & more defined body. Amino acids are utilised to rebuild muscle & body tissue. Vitamin B complex aids in the digestive process. Vitamin C aids in the formation … Read the rest

ASA Ruling: Revivo Tea

Posted: 21 October 2011

In Revivo Tea / M Low / 18020 (8 September 2011) the Directorate accepted the respondent’s voluntary undertaking to withdraw or amend its advertising in a manner that addresses the concerns raised by the complainant. The undertaking was accepted for the respondent’s advertising on its website www.revivotea.com which promoted the Revivo Herbal Tea. The issue related to certain testimonials used by the respondent, which made reference to the products effect on the user’s HIV status, their CD4 count and their viral load.

The complainant specifically identified the following examples, which the respondent undertook to remove: “I started using Revivo capsules after I found out I was HIV positive in October last year. In November I bought a bottle. After 3 bottles of one month supply I did a second test for cd4s and viral loads. In October my cd4 was 185 and viral loads was Read the rest