Herbex Fat Burn – Rip off?

Posted 29 March 2018

Herbex Fat BurnHerbex is extensively advertising Herbex Fat Burn on DSTV channels, particularly on MNET,  and specifically on Carte Blanche.

Viewers who consider Carte Blanche to be a credible program, may therefore think that Herbex Fat Burn’s claims of being beneficial for weight-loss, to be valid.


There is NO evidence to support the claims that this product can result in weight loss.

There is not a single study showing that Herbex Fat Burn can result in weight-loss.


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How Facebook helps shady advertisers pollute the Internet

Posted 28 March 2018

“They go out and find the morons for me.”

It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers.

They’d come to mingle with thousands of affiliate marketers—middlemen who buy online ad space in bulk, run their campaigns, and earn commissions for each sale they generate. 

Granted anonymity, affiliates were happy to detail their tricks. They told me that Facebook had revolutionized scamming. 

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Prevagen memory study falls short

Posted 25 March 2018

We have previously pointed out in 2015 that Prevagen’s claims of being able to improve memory are untrue. (Class-action suit filed against “memory supplement” marketers). We pointed out in 2017 that the product is imported by Zenith Biomedical and also sold through www.wantitall.co.za. It is baffling that the company would continue to sell the product to South Africans. Zenith Biochemical also imports TA65, another dubious ‘anti-aging’ product that the USA Federal Trade Commission has acted against.

TruthinAdvertising.org (Tina.org) posted the following:

In 2011, four years after launching Prevagen, Wisconsin-based Quincy Bioscience embarked on a study to prove that the active ingredient in the supplement — apoaequorin — improves memory. It did not yield the results Quincy was hoping for. In fact, the Madison Memory Study failed to show a statistically significant improvement in the treatment group over the placebo group — scientist speak Read the rest

Protein World’s Carb Blocker versus USN Carb Block

Posted 22 March 2018

Protein World’s Carb Blocker contains White kidney bean extract, Garcinia cambogia and Chromium picolinate.

USN’s Carb Block contained White kidney bean extract. 

USN/Albe Geldenhuys are suing Dr Harris Steinman for R2 million alleging defamation, precipitated by Steinman stating that USN/Geldenhuys was scamming consumers by making false claims for USN Carb Blocker. Following the ASA ruling against the claims as well as the product name, USN simply changed the name of the product to USN Carb Binder and continued making essentially the same claims. USN no longer sells this product – but is still suing Steinman.

Protein World’s Carb Blocker made essentially the same claims as USN did. Now the UK ASA has ruled against these claims as well as the name of the product.


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Wondernut -ASA ruling

Posted 21 March 2018

In spite of CamCheck highlighting the false claims being made for this product, as well as the MCC statement, Wondernut continued to make false claims for this product. It is evident from the ‘comments’ section that Wondernut agents have read CamCheck postings, but continue to sell this product. That alone makes their actions disgusting.

A complaint was laid with the ASA regarding the false claims being made for this product.

The ASA have ruled against the product’s claims, including the absolute rubbish claim that the product is homeopathic!

ASA: “Given this, all the claims listed by the Complainant, in so far as they appear anywhere on the Facebook page, including but not limited to the ”about” section, are unsubstantiated at this time.”

If the company starts with a lie, how can one believe anything else they say?

ASA Ruling

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Essential Oils are linked to development of ‘Man Boobs’, scientists warn

Posted 21 March 2018

Peter Dockrill 19 March 2018

Science Alert

Young boys receiving regular exposure to essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil could be at risk of a rare condition that makes their breast tissue swell abnormally, a new study suggests. 

The findings, being presented this week, add further evidence that certain plant-derived oils contain chemicals capable of disrupting human hormones – a stark reminder that just because these extracts come from nature, they aren’t necessarily good for us.

“Our society deems essential oils as safe,” says developmental biologist J. Tyler Ramsey from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

“However, they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.”

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Weight loss at how heavy a cost? 

Posted 20 March 2018

Weight loss at how heavy a cost? by Wendy Knowler

Times Live

A fat burner (Secret Fat Burner) has been revealed to contain a banned substance that has led to some consumers experiencing heart and thyroid complications

“Anyone who knows me would be amazed that I took that product.”

Durban-based insurance broker consultant Chantel Gaillard, 47,  is one of the many who’ve had serious adverse reactions to the “wonder” weight-loss product Secret Fat Burner.

“I’m usually very sceptical about those ‘Lose 3kg in a week without dieting or going to the gym’ type products, believing in the eat less, exercise more approach, but this time my resistance crumbled and I thought I’d give it a try.”

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The Secret is out: that big fat diet menace is back

Posted 20 March 2018

The Secret is out: that big fat diet menace is back by Katharine Child

Times Live

Authorities go after the makers of a weight-loss product (Secret Fat Burner) containing a banned substance, in a case that echoes a 2010 scandal

The distributors of a new “miracle” diet product, which contains  very similar ingredients to the Simply Slim products that were banned eight years ago, have been forced to cease sales pending a meeting with the Health Department’s law enforcement officials on Monday.

All distributors of the weight-loss product, the Secret Fat Burner, have been instructed to stop selling it – but its promotional articles insist the real culprits are those behind a rip-off of the original product, which bears close resemblances to what Simply Slim distributors said when their product was pulled off the shelves in 2010. 

It is still not known who is manufacturing the

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Regulating the South African sport supplement industry: ‘Whey’ overdue

Posted 19 March 2018

This article by K Naidoo, R Naidoo, and V Bangalee from the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences, published in the South African Medical Journal, addresses the sorely needed regulation of the sports supplements industry.

[quote]Many sport supplements currently on the market are likely to be little more than placebos, containing either grossly under-dosed products or ingredients with no proven benefit. In a largely unregulated industry, consumers who complement their diet with supposedly safe and effective supplements, may be doing so to their own detriment, particularly when these are used in high doses or without medical supervision.[/quote]

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The Secret Fat Burner – Bad press

Posted 19 March 2018

Two articles published in the Sunday Times / Times live, lifts the lid on the background to The Secret Fat Burner. Written by two credible and highly reputable consumer journalists, it elaborates on the product’s high health risk, how the Medicines Control Council / SAHPRA is responding to the product, and possible links to a previous weight-loss scam, Simply Slim.

Weight loss at how heavy a cost? by Wendy Knowler

The Secret is out: that big fat diet menace is back by Katharine Child

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