Seller of “Miracle Mineral Solution” Sentenced to Prison for Marketing Toxic Chemical as a Miracle Cure

Posted 31 October 2015

CamCheck has a number of posts on MMS. We have pointed out that Biosil (owned by Yvonne,“a family owned business”) sells this product, and continues to do so in spite of an ASA ruling.

The USA Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, has released a press statement stating that:

A Spokane, Washington, man was sentenced last night to more than four years in federal prison for selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure for numerous diseases and illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, Lyme disease, asthma and the common cold, the Department of Justice announced today. 

Louis Daniel Smith, 45, was sentenced by Chief Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of the Eastern District of Washington to serve 51 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. 

Austism Western Cape has issued a statement warning about chlorine dioxide/miracle mineral … Read the rest

USA: Oregon Attorney General suing GNC

Posted 30 October 2015

From Consumer Health Digest #15-42, October 25, 2015:

The Oregon Attorney General is suing General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) for selling dietary supplements that contain picamilon and BMPEA (beta-methylphenylethylamine). Picamilon is a synthetic chemical that is not approved in the United States, but is used as a prescription drug in some countries to treat neurological conditions. BMPEA is a powerful stimulant and amphetamine-like substance that is sometimes sold as a weight-loss or performance-enhancing supplement. The complaint alleges that GNC violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) by misrepresenting the products as lawful when they are not legal to sell as dietary supplements in the United States. The complaint also charged that some products labeled as containing botanical acacia rigidula had been spiked with unlabeled BMPEA. In a response to the suit, GNC is claiming that (a) consistent with “retail standard practice,” it “appropriately” relied on … Read the rest

British regulators restrict live blood analysis claims

Posted 28 October 2015

From Consumer Health Digest #15-42, October 25, 2015:

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which provide the UK Advertising Codes administered by the Advertising Standards Authority, has issued a guidance statement on live blood analysis. The document states that advertisers of should not:

  • Make claims that live blood analysis can detect current or future health risks
  • Make claims for treatment of conditions or diseases detected with the test
  • Make any reference to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer
  • Use the title “Dr” unless you hold a general medical qualification
  • Discourage essential treatment for conditions for which medical supervision should be sought
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Homemark / Aragan Secret Eyelash Growth Enhancer – ASA ruling

Posted 23 October 2015

A consumer complaint was laid against claims being made for Aragan Secret Eyelash Growth enhancer with an argument that there is no evidence that this product can enhance eyelash growth.

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USN’s defamation action: Commentary on RSG

Posted 21 October 2015

As mentioned elsewhere on CamCheck, USN is suing Dr Harris Steinman alleging defamation. Dr Steinman will be opposing the action.

Prof George Claassen is a science journalist, science communication lecturer and teaches in the Department of Journalism at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also the author of the book Kwakke, kwinte en kwale, a book on pseudoscience and scams. He was interviewed on RSG (Radio Sonder Grense) regarding USN’s action. The interview in Afrikaans is available in this podcast.

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Supplements blamed for 23,000 emergency visits each year

Posted 17 October 2015

Supplements blamed for 23,000 emergency visits each year

FP Relaxnews | 16 October, 2015 10:39

Over the counter supplements, including vitamins, sexual enhancements and weight loss aids, are being blamed for 23,000 visits to US emergency rooms each year, according to a decade-long study this week.

The study raised new concerns among experts over the safety of an industry that critics say is largely unregulated and yet highly popular among consumers – bringing in $14.8 billion in 2007, or one third of the out-of-pocket expenditures for prescription drugs, according to background information in the article.

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Moringa claims – ASA ruling

Posted 15 October 2015

Moringa is a food supplement making a number of claims:

“Moringa is used for ‘tired blood’ (anemia) [sic]; arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea [sic]; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections as well as muscle recovery”.

“Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), boost the immune system, increase breast milk production and reduce inflammation. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or tonic that assists with mental alertness and improves attention deficit”.

A consumer laid a complaint with the ASA arguing that there is no proof that these claims are valid. The ASA requested that the company supply proof, received a large pile of documents, but according to the ASA assessment, the … Read the rest

Supplement use might be a sign of disordered eating in men

Posted 08 October 2015

A recent study suggests that the growing use of dietary supplements in men, driven by the need to attain an ideal body image, might signal a new kind of disordered eating. Researchers found that of 195 men who had admitted to taking legal dietary supplements, such as whey protein, creatine, or L-carnitine, over 40% had increased supplement use over time, and 22% had replaced regular meals with dietary supplements that were not meant to be used that way. Furthermore, 29% of the men actually expressed concern about their increased supplement use, 8% had been advised by their physician to cut back on supplement use, and 3% had been admitted to the hospital for kidney or liver damage associated with dietary supplements.

From Natural Medicines Integrative Medicine Newsletter

Achiro R. Excessive Workout Supplement Use: An Emerging Eating Disorder in Men. Aug. 8, … Read the rest

Die Burger: Aktivis gedagvaar oor aanvullers

Posted 07 October 2015

This article on USN’s defamation suite against the consumer activist, Dr Harris Steinman, was published on the 29th September 2015 in the Afrikaans newspaper, Die Burger. Dr Steinman is defending the action. More than 40 complaints have been laid by consumers with the ASA against claims being made for USN products.

The English translation follows (thank you Google Translate!)

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USN, Herbex, Antagolin, Solal and Vigro (Nativa) go to court to block ASA

Posted 06 October 2015

This article, below, published in Times Live, draws attention to Vigro (a Natura product) trying to prevent arbitration on whether the claims that the product can regrow hair was supported by adequate evidence. The ASA ruled against the claims, and following an appeal by Natura, was referred for arbitration to Prof Nonhlanhla Khumalo, head of the Department of Dermatology, University of Cape Town.

The article also highlights USN’s High Court Action against Dr Harris Steinman. USN alleges that Steinman had defamed them. Steinman is defending the action. More than 40 complaints have been laid against USN with the ASA.

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