“Dr. Google” – TAM 2012

Posted 31 December 2012

In this video of the 2-hour “Dr. Google” workshop from TAM 2012 (published on YouTube on Dec 23, 2012), Steven Novella, David Gorski, Harriet Hall, and Rachael Dunlop tell you how to find reliable health information on-line and skeptically evaluate the information you find.

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Herbalife a “pyramid scheme”?

Posted 31 December 2012

From: Consumer Health Digest #12-46, December 27, 2012

Herbalife attached as “pyramid scheme”  

Billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman has mounted an attack on Herbalife that he apparently hopes will drive it out of business. The attack was launched with a 3-1/2 hour presentation at the Sohn Conference Special Event on December 20th. During his presentation, Ackman noted: 

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Is raspberry ketone effective for weight loss?

Posted 19 December 2012

The use of raspberry ketone for weight loss has produced a lot of talk following an endorsement by television host Dr. Oz as a “fat-burner in a bottle.” [1] The Dr. Oz Show Website recommends raspberry ketones “paired with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet,” but sales of “the number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat” have soared, unlike sales of fruits and vegetables.

But is there evidence that it works or is this another scam? 

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Twenty-six ways to spot quacks and vitamin pushers

Posted 18 December 2012

This useful and interesting article is from Quackwatch (probably the “founder” of websites/blogs that have developed in order to inform consumers), and gives guidance regarding bogus or exaggerated claims for therapeutic products. How would a company like Solal be rated according to Quackwatch’s 26 ways, and if so, how many?

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Simillimum – ASA ruling

Posted 13 December 2012

ASA ruling: “The Directorate believes that such a sanction would provide added safeguards needed to ensure that similar unsubstantiated claims are not again made in a manner that exploits the consumer.  The Directorate therefore imposes a sanction in terms of Clause 14.2 of the Procedural Guide on the respondent.”

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Solal Tech 3-per-day – ASA ruling

Posted 13 December 2012

ASA ruling: “Given the requirements for clear and concise grounds in the Code, and in keeping with the approach followed in the Nature’s Choice ruling referred to above, the Directorate has to decline to rule on the merits of this matter at this time, based on the complaint at hand.”

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Solal “Couch Potato Dead Potato” – ASA ruling

Posted 13 December 2012

ASA ruling: “Given the above, the complaint at hand cannot currently be properly considered and ruled on.”

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Solal Fish Oil & Vitamins D – ASA ruling

Posted 13 December 2012

ASA ruling: “Given the requirements for clear and concise grounds in the Code, and in keeping with the approach followed in the Nature’s Choice ruling referred to above, the Directorate has to decline to rule on the merits of this matter at this time, based on the complaint at hand.”

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Solal Tech 3-per-day – ASA ruling

Posted 13 December 2012

ASA ruling: “Given the requirements for clear and concise grounds in the Code, and in keeping with the approach followed in the Nature’s Choice ruling referred to above, the Directorate has to decline to rule on the merits of this matter at this time, based on the complaint at hand.”

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Solal Tech “3-per-day” – ASA ruling

Posted 13 December 2012

ASA ruling: “Given the requirements for clear and concise grounds in the Code, and in keeping with the approach followed in the Nature’s Choice ruling referred to above, the Directorate has to decline to rule on the merits of this matter at this time, based on the complaint at hand.”

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