Quackery exploiting autism families

Posted 31 October 2016

An article by Jane McCredie, published in the Medical Journal Australia

A FEW years ago, I attended a scientific conference on autism. In the foyer, among the drug company stands and the stalls selling learning aids, was a promotional display for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Commercial providers of this service claim it offers huge benefits for everything from infectious diseases to cancer. For children with autism, it’s alleged to improve cognitive and general function as well as social and language skills.

Weirdly, providers often describe it as a “natural” treatment, offering it alongside homeopathy and various dietary programs. How being put into a metal chamber to breathe pressurised oxygen can be considered natural beats me.

There’s no evidence to support the use of this or many of the other alternative treatments promoted for autism, as Dr Andrew Whitehouse of Perth’s Telethon Institute has written, but … Read the rest

Healthy Nursing Tea

Posted 30 October 2016

A consumer laid a complaint against the claims for Healthy Nursing Tea, which claims among other, “Enhance the quality and quantity of your breast milk production while nursing …”, that it delivers “… a nutrient rich blend of vitamins and minerals through you and your milk …”, that it is “… infused with calming ingredients …” and that “This ancient formula has been used for centuries to boost the lactation and to sooth the digestive system in both mother and child”.

The ASA declined to make a ruling pointing out that “The objection, which is based on an incorrect assumption that advertising is required to list (cite) specific scientific reference material, therefore does not accord with the provisions of the Code”.

The product contains: Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel); Anise Seeds and Nettle Leaf Tea, “all of which are categorised as “Galactagogues”, known to promote lactation Read the rest

Some medical treatments are pointless. But will patients want to know?

Posted 25 October 2016

[quote]Imagine going to a doctor with a broken foot, say, or a bad back, or in a worst-case scenario, cancer, and being told that doing nothing would be the best course of action? Naught, zero, forget about it, go home – it hardly sounds like heartening advice.

But that could be the case. Senior doctors say that many procedures routinely carried out are in fact pointless. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents 22 colleges, has published a list of 40 tests or treatments that they say have little to no effect on the patient, including x-rays for back pain and plaster casts for some small fractures.[/quote]

From The Guardian, by Fay Schopen  24 October 2016

[note note_color=”#f4ffb0″]Senior doctors have published a list of 40 procedures that have little to no effect. In the age of health and lifestyle bloggers, it could shatter our… Read the rest

Homemark Fat Freezer

Posted 24 October 2016

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Homemark sells a product called Homemark Igia Fat Freezer.

Homemark makes the following claims for the product:

“A non-invasive alternative to convectional liposuction, cryolipolysis uses cold to break down fat cells without damage to other tissues. Fat cells are cooled into the negative temperatures, causing them to break up and be disposed of though the body’s own lymphatic system, resulting in a more toned and sleek appearance. Sculpt your body by freezing your fat cells. Lose an average 20% of your fat cells in the treated area with just one application a month”. http://www.homemark.co.za/product/igia-fatfreezer

The claims for this product is simply nonsense. A complaint (see below) was laid against the claims for this product with the ASA in February 2014. Saul Shoot of Fluxmans, acting on behalf of Homemark, has prevented the ASA assessing this … Read the rest

Revivo Capsules – ASA ruling

Posted 20 October 2016

This ruling points out that the advertiser has yet again made unsubstantiated health claims about its Revivo product.

[quote]It seems that they dont [sic] really want people to be cured from immune weakness, from HIV, from rapid aging, from chronic fatigue. Maybe they prefer that people remain sick for life.

Well, thats [sic] not what we wanted, we persevered and persisted and today Revivo is still available, and its [sic] still the worlds [sic] number 1 immune supplement.[/quote]

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Calcium supplements could increase risk of heart disease

Posted 19 October 2016

Calcium supplements could increase risk of heart disease, new study finds

By Andrea K. McDaniels October 17 2016

Washington Post

Calcium supplements that many women take to boost bone health increase their risk for heart disease, a new study has found.

The results show that calcium supplements make people more prone to plaque buildup in arteries, which contributes to the risk of a heart attack. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, is the latest salvo in a nearly decade-long debate about whether the supplements do more harm than good.

The researchers said their findings give patients reason to use caution when taking the supplements. It is better to get calcium from food such as dairy products, leafy green vegetables and fortified cereal and juices, they said.

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Cautionary tale of 4-year-old autistic boy rushed to ER after treatment with supplements

Posted 13 October 2016

[quote]We probably underestimate the use of CAM, but studies suggest that it is particularly prevalent in cases such as autism where there are limited conventional medical treatment options and advice regarding complementary therapies is not regulated. Boyd et al. BMJ Case Reports[/quote]

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

Washington Post

If you search for the words “autism” and “treatment” online, you’ll find all kinds of suggestions outside of accepted medical practice for how to try to minimize or even cure the symptoms. Some of those ideas can be dangerous.

Doctors recently described what happened to a 4-year-old boy who showed up in the emergency room after having been sick for three weeks. He was throwing up, had lost his appetite, was constipated and extremely thirsty, and had lost more than 6.5 pounds in two weeks.

The mother confessed a few days after his admission to the … Read the rest