TA-65 Anti-aging claims nonsense

Posted 28 February 2018

TA-65 is being sold in South Africa with claims that “a double-blind, placebo controlled study of TA-65® showed improvements in immune system,vision,male sexual performance,skin appearance and more”. The website claims: “A Breakthrough in Cell Rejuvenation”. 

According to WhoIs, the domain name is registered to Dr Ahmed Haffejie, “an Anti Aging Specialist”, of Midrand City, Halfway House. The product is imported by Zenith Biomedical who also imports another dubious product, Prevagen.

Are the claims true, and the product of any use?

Not according to the USA Federal Trade Commission which has barred the CEO of the company in the USA, Telomerase Activation Sciences, from making false and unsupported health claims for their products which includes TA-65 and TA-65MD.

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DNA Diet does not work!

Posted 22 February 2018

On February the 8th we published the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in which they stated “the use of nutrigenetic testing to provide dietary advice is not ready for routine dietetics practice”.

We commented: As far back as 2011, we pointed out that the evidence in support to the DNA diet, marketed, promoted and sold by Dr. Daniel Meyersfeld, Yael Joffe, (DNAnalysis) was inadequate, i.e., there is no proof that their diet would benefit or work.

A study has just been published in which a low-fat diet was compared with a low-carb diet. The researchers assessed whether DNA diets were able to predict a beneficial diet.

People in both groups did lose weight over the course of a year: an average of 11.7 pounds for the low-fat group, and 13.2 for the low-carb set. But the difference between how Read the rest

US police arrested a mother for treating her daughter’s autism with MMS

Posted 18 February 2018

Marwa Eltagouri, The Washington Post

16 Feb 2018

A father in Indianapolis last week accused his wife of feeding their child bleach to help cure her autism – something his wife had read about in a Facebook group.

Police arrested the 28-year-old mother on Saturday after she allegedly put drops of hydrochloric acid and water-purifying solution in her young daughter’s drinks.

The potentially dangerous chemical combination, which becomes an industrial bleach, is marketed as Miracle Mineral Solution or Master Mineral Solution, which its advocates claim will cure a number of diseases, including autism, cancer, AIDS and hepatitis.

Continue reading at The Washington Post

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Nutraceuticals and skin appearance: Is there any evidence to support the claims?

Posted 15 February 2018

“The rise of the nutraceutical market, specifically oral nutrition supplements claiming to improve skin appearance, is striking. This paper aims to examine the published scientific evidence for beneficial effects of nutraceuticals on skin appearance. An overview of skin physiology and intrinsic and extrinsic ageing is provided which underlies the potential physiological processes nutraceuticals purport to counter”.

“Current evidence for those without existing authorised claims (e.g. green tea extract, pomegranate extract, carotenoids, evening primrose oil, borage oil, fish oil, collagen and co-enzyme Q10) is reviewed, focussing primarily on evidence from randomised controlled trials where available, in relation to skin parameters including wrinkles and hydration”. 

“To date, the evidence for many ingredients in relation to skin appearance is limited, not sufficiently robust and/or inconsistent. Although there are a small number of human studies suggesting a potential benefit and some plausible biological mechanisms, much of the evidence Read the rest

DNA Diet – Does it work? Update

Posted 8 February 2018

As far back as 2011, we pointed out that the evidence in support to the DNA diet, marketed, promoted and sold by Dr. Daniel Meyersfeld, Yael Joffe, (DNAnalysis) was inadequate, i.e., there is no proof that their diet would benefit or work.

Now, 7 years later, the following position statement has been issued by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that nutritional genomics provides insight into how diet and genotype interactions affect phenotype. The practical application of nutritional genomics for complex chronic disease is an emerging science and the use of nutrigenetic testing to provide dietary advice is not ready for routine dietetics practice.

If you have had testing done by this group, I would suggest you ask for your money back.

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Vitamin and Mineral Supplements What Doctors Need to Know

Posted 8 February 2018

From JAMA

Dietary supplementation is approximately a $30 billion industry in the United States, with more than 90 000 products on the market. In recent national surveys, 52% of US adults reported use of at least 1 supplement product, and 10% reported use of at least 4 such products.1 Vitamins and minerals are among the most popular supplements and are taken by 48% and 39% of adults, respectively, typically to maintain health and prevent disease.

Despite this enthusiasm, most randomized clinical trials of vitamin and mineral supplements have not demonstrated clear benefits for primary or secondary prevention of chronic diseases not related to nutritional deficiency. Indeed, some trials suggest that micronutrient supplementation in amounts that exceed the recommended dietary allowance (RDA)—eg, high doses of beta carotene, folic acid, vitamin E, or selenium—may have harmful effects, including increased mortality, cancer, and hemorrhagic stroke.2

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“Health freedom” arguments criticised

Posted 5 February 2018

Professor William M. London’s May 2017 ‘health freedom’ movement versus consumer protection” webinar is now available online.

It includes:

(a) a brief history of health-related consumer protection,
(b) how the “health freedom” movement undermines consumer protection and pubic health initiatives, and
(c) why quackery should be considered a pervasive societal scandal.

The webinar was part of the “Talking Public Health Series” sponsored by the Southern California Public Health Association, California Baptist University’s Department of Health Science, and CBU Online.

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