Homemark Aragan Oil – no proof

Posted 31 January 2014

A consumer complaint was laid against a Homemark advert which promoted the Homemark’s “Aragan Secret Nail Treatment”, making claims such as: “Cure your nail fungus” and “Homemark’s tried and tested Aragan Secret Nail Treatment with Moroccan oil is guaranteed to clear discoloured nails, treats ingrown nails and gets rid of nail fungus once and for all …”. The complainant submitted that he has searched available literature on the benefits of Aragan oil, and there is nothing to suggest that it has any effect on fungus, or nails in general. 

Homemark was not able to supply any evidence that the product does treat or cure nail fungus. No surprise, it is a Homemark product!

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Allergostop – breach ruling

Posted 31 January 2014

This ASA ruling is in response to a breach complaint arguing that AllergoStop continues to make unsubstantiated claims for its product – contrary to the previous ruling. The complainant makes the point that the claims are contrary to known science and knowledge of allergy.

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Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime

Posted 31 January 2014

CAMCheck is against all forms of health product fraud, but focuses particularly on those related to “complimentary/alternative” medicines – for reasons previously explained. However, every now an then, an article pertaining to Big Pharma needs to be shared with readers.

This is a review in the Lancet of the book, Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare. It makes for depressing reading.

[quote]After heart disease and cancer, drugs are the third leading cause of deaths in Europe and the USA, states Peter Gøtzsche in Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare. He estimates that in the USA, every year, about 100 000 deaths are due to drugs, despite people taking the drugs correctly, and another 100 000 people die because of errors. According to Gøtzsche, “we now suffer from two man-made epidemics, tobacco and prescription drugs, both Read the rest

Biogen Tribulus – ASA Santions – 31 January 2014

On 11 September 2013 the ASA ruled against the claims being made for this product. On 8 November 2013, the ASA ruled in favour of a breach complaint which pointed out that the same claims were still being made, and that sanctions were suggested. In this ruling, the ASA considered what sanctions were applicable.

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Does D’Adamo’s blood type diet work?

Posted 27 January 2014

A Canadian research team has conducted a study that fails to support the “blood type diet” theories of naturopath Peter D’Adamo. The Canadian study involved 1,455 people whose dietary intake was assessed to determine how well they had adhered to each of D’Adamo’s “blood-type” diets. Some participants improved their cardiovascular risk factors, which is not surprising because some of D’Adamo’s dietary strategies coincide with standard science-based recommendations. However, the study found no relationship between the improvements and the subject’s ABO blood types, which negates D’Adamo’s basic assertions. [Wang J and others. ABO genotype, ‘blood-type’ diet and cardiometabolic risk factors. PLoS ONE 9(1): e84749, 2014]

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Vitamin D not effective for colds and respiratory tract infections

Posted 27 January 2014

Readers will be aware that some while ago, Solal made claims in adverts that Vitamin D is effective for colds/influenza. We pointed out that the claims were false, and the data from the study they used (Japanese schoolgirls), misconstrued.

Two studies published, one at the end of 2013, where Vitamin D/D3 was tested to see if it would work in preventing influenza/colds, found that they did not. Will Solal change their claims? Unlikely, selling Vitamin D and making money is more important.

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Thyroid Supplements With a Kick

Posted 21 January 2014

Researchers who tested 10 popular thyroid-boosting products sold online found that nine contained the hormones thyroxine (T4) or triiodothyronine (T3), sometimes both. The amounts varied, but in some cases the recommended daily dose contained amounts of thyroid hormone as high or higher than delivered by prescription medications, according to the report, published in November in Thyroid, a scientific journal.

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Leptin Green Coffee 800

Posted 21 January 2014

Green Coffee_sThis product is advertised in pharmacies, using large posters, claiming to be effective in effective weight loss – without dieting or exercise being required! It is also advertised on the product’s local and international website.Any product that claims to result in weight-loss without having to control your diet is likely a scam.

Conclusion after examining the evidence for this product’s claims:
There is zip proof that this product as a whole, or that the individual ingredients can with absolute certainty result in weight loss. It appears to be very likely another scam.

It also contains heartleaf – a source of ephedrinea banned and dangerous ingredient

And why is the product called Leptin Green Coffee when there is no green coffee in the product?

Stay away from this product!

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Herbex Appetite Control: more Herbex nonsense?

Posted 21 January 2014

The website (http://herbexhealth.com/shop/appetite_control_chewies/) claims that “Herbex Appetite Control Chewies are formulated to manage the appetite safely and naturally.” Really? The evidence does not really support this claim.

The claims for this product are:
* Manages Appetite
* Reduces Hunger Pangs And Cravings

Conclusion of examination of the evidence:
There is NO evidence that this product has EVER been tested in humans: you, the user, are the guinea pig. For the product as a whole, there is zero evidence that this mix of ingredients can fulfill the claims being made.

There is NO evidence for all but one ingredient to support the the claims “manages appetite and reduces hunger pangs and cravings” being made, and/or the ingredients are being used at minute dosages compared to those used in studies; for the one ingredient, the proof for the claims are inconclusive. There is NO evidence how Read the rest

Herbex Attack the Fat – Scam?

Posted 20 January 2013

The purpose of CAMCheck is to point out the scientific irrational basis for CAM products and the ethical and moral failures of those manufacturing, selling and regulating them.

As previously mentioned on CAMCheck, we do not usually identify owners of companies selling products with little to no proof of efficacy unless they give clear evidence of showing an unwillingness to take heed, i.e., by not withdrawing the product when exposed, and/or by rolling out further new products with little to no proof that they really work. (If there is no proof that a product works, it can be suspected of being no more than a scam – and many of Herbex’s products fit this description – see example below)

Eddie Bisset (CEO) and Diane Bisset (Financial Director) of Herbex have made a fortune from the misfortunes of consumers. Is this comment unfair? Compare our assessment of Read the rest