Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer

Posted 22 April 2015

This is a second perspective on a study that concluded that muscle-building supplements are linked to testicular cancer. The first was posted to CamCheck on 14 April 2015.

Men who use muscle-building supplements (MBSs) that contain creatine or androstenedione may have up to 65% increased risk of developing testicular cancer, according to a case-control study published online March 31 in the British Journal of Cancer.

This risk increased even more among men who began using MBSs before age 25, who used various kinds of MBSs, or who used them for a long duration.

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Tri-Vortex – “Most comprehensive fruitloop”?

Posted 18 April 2015

One of my experiences dealing with some quacks and scam artists, is their own belief in their claims or even craziness – to the extent that one starts questioning your own rational thoughts! Brian David Andersen of Tri-Vortex is one of these, someone so committed to his beliefs that he has ‘re-invented’ physics and chemistry to fit his arguments. Is he a fraudster (someone who knows the claims are ‘invented’) – or someone who really believes this fruitloopery?

* fruitlooperyThe use of scientific language inappropriately and without comprehension in order to increase believability of a concept.

Tri-Vortex claims, among other, to have developed a trinket that has certain healing properties, can make fruit and vegetables not go off for much longer, and that by treating water with a computer, audio software, amplifiers and a set of domed cylindrical chambers, that they can change … Read the rest

Despite a landmark retraction, the Dr. Oz-promoted Green coffee bean extract still on Canadian shelves

Posted 17 April 2015

This article not only points out that the claims for, and the scam product Green coffee bean extract is still available in Canada, in spite of a landmark retraction, but how deficient the Canadian regulatory authority in controlling these products are. Health Canada’s regulation of CAMS is often given as an example of how well CAMS can be regulated when in fact their approach is shown to have little protection for consumers.

“At issue is a tiered approval process that Health Canada calls a “risk-based approach to safety and efficacy.” Under this system, the level of evidence required to approve a product can vary depending on the specific health claims and the perceived level of risk. So low-risk products require little hard evidence to be approved.”

“Williams calls this “risk-based” approach ridiculous. “We have a regulatory framework, but the tendency is toward rubber-stamping, toward bending over Read the rest

Reporting on quacks and pseudoscience

Posted 17 April 2015

This interesting article, Reporting on quacks and pseudoscience: The problem for journalists, written by Michael Hiltzik and published in the LA Times, highlights the problem that journalists face: do they give coverage to obvious quacks?

Recently, we raised the question of how political journalists should deal with candidates for president who mouth the quackery of climate change denial. But the problem of how to write about pseudoscience goes much broader.

In part that’s because quack science has penetrated so deeply into public discourse — witness the huge audience tuning in to the egregious Dr. Oz. There’s also the impulse of journalists at major news organizations to give all sides of a question equal play, regardless of their credibility.

But last week Keith Kloor of Discover Magazine and Julia Belluz of Vox, in similar articles, examined yet another ethical issue: How to report on popular

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Study finds troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer

Posted 14 April 2015

This article was published in the Washington Post, and reports on a “a troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer” concluded in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Scientists consider observational data relevant but the conclusions are always open to question: is the product associated with or the cause of the findings. In this study, the presence of a dose-response relationship adds weight to any identified association, but still does not prove causality. However the findings are of great concern. How does this apply to you? If you are using USN, Evox, Biogen or any other product, can you be sure that you are safe?

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Retailers to stop sales of controversial supplements

Posted 12 April 2015

From the New York Times:

Retailers to Stop Sales of Controversial Supplements
By Anahad O’Connor
April 9, 2015 5:27 pm

Some leading vitamin stores have announced that they were pulling from their shelves a group of supplements that may contain a dangerous stimulant.

Vitamin Shoppe, one of the country’s largest specialty retailers of dietary supplements, said that it planned to stop selling all supplements that list on their labels a plant known as acacia rigidula after a study published on Tuesday reported that many of these products contained an amphetamine-like stimulant called BMPEA.

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Acacia rigidula supplements still containing stimulant found on market

Posted 09 April 2015

WASHINGTON | By Toni Clarke

(Reuters) – More than two years after U.S. health regulators discovered an amphetamine-like stimulant in dietary supplements containing Acacia rigidula, products containing the substance remain on the market, a study has found.

The study, published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis and made public on Tuesday, found the stimulant beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA, in more than half of 21 brands of Acacia rigidula supplements purchased a year after the discovery by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study and preparation of the report took another year.

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SmartSlim – another scam

Posted 08 April 2015



SmartSlim is another scam brought to you by Adam Turner of TopSlim. The website looks the same, the images are almost identical, as are the claims and ingredients.

Beware, big scam. See more on TopSlim.

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Regulatory Discussion Group

Posted 06 April 2015 

Rene Doms, a member of the RDG, has supplied me this document for posting to CamCheck. This is the RDG submission to the Medicines Control Council. The RDG represents role players involved in advising companies selling CAMS, or the actual manufacturers or distributors of these products (see a list of members below).

It is pertinent to point out that the RDG has vested interests in the survival of this industry – the members all, directly or indirectly, earn a living from it. Some may argue that they do wish to protect the consumer but their financial survival derives from the survival of the industry, of which many products have little evidence, scientific or otherwise, to support their claims.

It is therefore vital that RDG create a sufficient ‘loophole’, or alternative method of appraising evidence for these products, one that has a threshold set far below that Read the rest