Illegal skin lighteners on sale in SA, study shows

Posted 27 August 2015
BY TAMAR KAHN, 26 AUGUST 2015, 06:59

IMPORTED skin-lightening creams laced with dangerous and illegal ingredients are readily available among informal traders in Cape Town, says a new study that raises tough questions about the government’s capacity to protect consumers from dodgy cosmetics.

Among the ingredients the study found in the skin lighteners were mercury, hydroquinone and topical steroids.

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USN/Evox Protein supplements: what you need to know

Posted 26 August 2015

Prof Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University, wrote this piece for The Conversation. Titled, Health Check: here’s what you need to know about protein supplements,  it makes the point as we have pointed out on CamCheck before, that very few individuals, even sportsmen and women, need protein supplements.

But the decision to use them is based more on slick marketing claims than anything else; protein supplements offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.

Continue reading at The Conversation.

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5-Hour Energy Drink – Does it work? ASA ruling

Posted 13 August 2015

A complaint was laid with the ASA arguing that this product makes a number of misleading claims, inter alia: that the product supplies “hours of energy”, “fixes tired fast” and that the name itself,  5-Hour Energy, is misleading for it does not supply 5 hours of energy.

The complainant pointed out that a peer-reviewed study did not confirm the claims, and that the product carried risks (not pointed out in the advertising, and that 3 United States states – Oregon, Vermont, Washington – have filed lawsuits accusing 5-Hour Energy’s makers of deceptive marketing. (See ASA complaint beneath ASA ruling below)

The respondent claimed, among other, that two more recent studies found the claims to be justified.

The ASA ruled in favour of the complainant.

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Labels Like ‘Alternative Medicine’ Don’t Matter. The Science Does.

Posted 11 August 2015

This opinion piece was published on the New York Times website.

The author,  Aaron E. Carroll, makes a number of interesting points:

“People often think of Eastern or alternative medicine as more “natural.” Many feel that Western medicine is built around technology and products produced in a lab. They’re not entirely wrong. Many of the gains that have been made in traditional medicine have been the result of innovation in laboratories.”

“I would argue that all the therapies I mention here aren’t considered complementary therapies — they’re often just considered therapies. That’s because they’ve been studied, and they’ve proved to work. Too often, though, those who consider themselves supporters of alternative medicine disdain the idea that any of their treatments need to be studied.”

Read the article at the NYTimes

However,  Aaron E. Carroll, makes some serious errors. Orac has posted to Respectful Insolence a counterpoint … Read the rest

Controversial and unproven treatments for menopause

Posted 03 August 2015

500,000 Australian women use alternative menopause therapy – study

The Guardian
Melissa Davey Sunday 2 August 2015 15.01

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/03/500000-australian-women-use-alternative-menopause-therapy-study

Study published in Medical Journal of Australia finds women still shun hormone replacement therapy and turn to herbal and complementary treatments

Controversial and unproven treatments for menopause are being used by almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65, and are often recommended by their doctors, a study published on Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia has found.

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