AllergoStop – no proof it works

Posted 08 November 2013

AllergoStop is a product that claims to be an effective replacement for corticosteroids, anti-histamines and antibiotics, in that it is effective treatment “with immunoglobulins that play a dominant role at the time of the allergic reaction”. If you are going to claim that your product will reduce your need for among other, steroids, you better have good proof of this.

AllergoStop did not have. Dr Liezl Voshol-Botha of The Tygerberg Multicare Centre argued that this product is homeopathic and “the principles and practice followed at this practice are based on homeopathy, which is why one would not find any articles on conventional searches such as PubMed.” In other words, because Dr Voshol-Botha claims the product is “homeopathic”, that one does not need any proof that it works. The ASA agreed with the complainant’s argument that proof is required, (and in particular if you are Read the rest

Miracle Magnesium – ‘Dit laat net jou maag werk’

Posted 01 November 2013

This article on Body Detox / Marcelle du Plessis / Miracle Magnesium, and published in Beeld on 31 October 2013, is titled “It only makes your stomach work”.

Interestingly, according to the article, Marcelle du Plessis says that it does not matter whether she has proof for her products or whether the ASA rules against her claims, that she will continue to advertise her products and the claims! Does this suggest that Body Detox has “psychopathic” tendencies?

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Biogen Tribulus – ASA Breach ruling – 8 November 2013

In a previous ruling of 11 September 2013, the ASA accepted Biogen/USN’s voluntary undertaking to amend its packaging in a manner that would address the specific concerns raised. The complainant specifically objected to the following claims: • “Testosterone Booster” • “Increases Energy & Stamina” • “Libido Enhancer”.

On 28 October 2013, a complainant lodged a breach complaint against the Biogen’s website advertisement which continued to make the same claims. The complainant further argued that, as Biogen is a product of USN and Dis-Chem, both having had previous rulings against their claims, and considering that sanctions have previously been recommended against USN, this is a flagrant breach by a serial offender. Sanctions should be issued against both companies.

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Breast thermography – Warning, playing with your health!

Posted 05 November 2013

At TopHealth, Breast Thermography is advertised as [quote]Breast thermography is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure that images the breasts to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.  It is both non-invasive and comfortable, using no radiation or compression.[/quote]

allergostop2TopHealth is the website of Dr. J Ford, Lynnwood Corporate Park, cnr. Sanlam & Alkantrant streets, Lynnwood, Pretoria.The ASA has also ruled that there is no evidence to support the product, AllergoStop which is prominently advertised on 

TopHealth, and in my opinion as someone working in allergy, is nothing more than a scam.

The claim continues: “By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, signs of possible cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth may be detected up to 10 years prior to being discovered using any other procedure”.

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Herbal supplements are often not what they seem

Posted 04 November 2013

This article published in the New York Times is in relation to a study which examined herbal supplements, and found that many did not even contain the original herb it claimed to contain! 

“Canadian researchers tested 44 bottles of popular supplements sold by 12 companies. They found that many were not what they claimed to be, and that pills labeled as popular herbs were often diluted – or replaced entirely – by cheap fillers like soybean, wheat and rice.”

In the event that the article is not available from the above link, it is reproduced below.

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OxyElite Pro – Potentially dangerous!

Posted 01 November 2013

Consumers kept in dark about risky supplement

Sunday Times 27 October 2013

Local pharmacies pull product off shelves after Sunday Times investigation, writes Megan Power

OxyElitePro A POTENTIALLY life-threatening sports supplement was still being sold to unsuspecting South African consumers this week despite a safety alert issued in the US two weeks ago.It was only after the Sunday Times raised the alarm that the imported weight-loss and preworkout supplement OxyElite Pro was withdrawn from shelves late on Friday.
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