Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?

Posted 29 April 2014

Of the many arguments regarding alternative medicine, is whether it should be taught to medical students.

In these two opposing points of view, published in the British Medical Journal, this point is aired. Of course two short articles cannot sufficiently put flesh on the debate but still, these are worth reading.

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Toxic hair scare: Brazilian hair treatment products

Posted 24 April 2014

Top South African hairstylists and consumer groups have called for researchers to name and shame six popular Brazilian hair treatment products containing almost five times the legal limit of the carcinogenic chemical formaldehyde.  On Tuesday Nonhlanhla Khumalo, the UCT dermatology department associate professor who led the study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatologists in February

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Glomail Celltone – ASA Ruling 2

Posted 21 April 2014

A consumer laid a complaint against Celltone’s advert stating inter alia, the wording “Celltone has been on the market for over 10 years and has thousands of loyal customers.”  The ASA concluded that the complaint at hand cannot currently be properly considered and ruled on. “The Directorate is therefore not in a position to determine whether or not the removal of the claim would be an adequate resolution.”

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Antagolin – ASA ruling

Posted 11 April 2014

Make no mistake, the evidence for Antagolin being an effective weight loss / insulin resistance treatment is not robust at all. There is no study published on this product, no evidence that the ingredients are effective, and now, the products is actually an illegal medicine for CAM regulations published will not permit it as a CAM, and it is not registered as a medicine.

Read this ASA ruling with our deconstruction to see why we call this product a scam.

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Rayma Balance Bracelet removed from SA

Posted 11 April 2014

According to  the company, the Rayma Balance Bracelet will not longer be sold in South Africa! However, can we believe Mr Mervyn Daitz of Topline Innovations? This is not the only scam he has been responsible for.

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Aminoliq – still no evidence it works

Posted 01 April 2014

The claims for Aminoliq has previously been ruled against by the ASA for the company could not prove that the product could really do as claimed. Despite an assurance from the owner, Norman Fells, that he would no longer make the claims, the company has recently produced a number of variants and started making unsubstantiated claims again. Can one not trust Norman Fells? Worse, Norman is treasurer of the HPA (Health Products Association of South Africa). Oops!!

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