Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results

Posted 30 April 2018

Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.

by Laurie McGinley and William Wan

Washington Post  April 29 

Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink.

“Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post.

Hidden in that fat were stem cells with the amazing power to heal, the Stem Cell Center of Georgia had told Tyler. The clinic is one of hundreds that have popped up across the country, many offering treatments for conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism to multiple sclerosis.

Federal regulators have not approved any of their treatments, and critics call Read the rest

Ondamed devices

Posted 26 April 2018

On the Ondamed website, the following claims are made:

ONDAMED; Focused Tissue Stimulation And Biofeedback
A Breakthrough Technology for you and your patients

After more than 20 years of research and clinical use in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia , these advanced Class II-a medical technologies are approved in many countries for use by medical healthcare professionals as:
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapeutic Medical Devices for Tissue Stimulation with Intended Use for Pain Relief, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Wound Healing.

Does Ondamed devices work? Are they a scam?

I could not find a single study evaluating this device in PubMed (PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites). So their claim, “more than 20 years of research and clinical use”Read the rest

Wondernut, Zemiente, Nuez de la India, Indian Walnut – all the same and toxic

Posted 25 April 2018

We have pointed out a toxic nut being sold as a weight-loss product. Most of our postings are about Wondernut. However, the same nut is being sold on other websites and Facebook under different names: Zemiente (zemiente.com); Nuez de la India (nuezdelaindia.co.za); Indian Walnuts (indianwalnutsa.co.za); Leynate (indianwalnutsa.co.za); Magic Nut (magicnut.co.za); and others.

They are all the same ingredient: the nut from Aleurites Moluccanus, or closely related. They all have the same degree of toxicity.

Almost all make the same argument:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). On the official website of the USDA there is a page specially made for Nuez de la India (Indian Walnut), This page contains information that indicates more than 50 physical and morphological characteristics of this seed, the most important being the one that indicates that:
A) Nuez de la India is NOT TOXIC
B) Nuez de la India Read the rest

Creator of Herbex products shares his thinking

Posted 25 April 2018

GroundUp recently published the article “How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job” pertaining to the journalist Natasha Bolognesi who “refused to edit a bogus article” on the WAVEEX product for Daleen Totten, owner, publisher and editor of Natural Medicine. 

This resulted in many comments, including one from Dr Frank Muller (“a medical doctor and a pharmacologist”) who writes “as the formulator of most of the Herbex range of products“. His letter drew a response from Annika Larsson, to which he responded.

Dr Muller’s letter is very informative on his thinking about Herbex products. When challenged, his response is interesting, and how he evades an adequate answer. I post these 3 letters as they are reveal how little science or “proof” went into developing these products.

Dr Jacques Rousseau who teaches critical thinking & ethics at the University of Read the rest

5S Slimming Capsules

Posted 19 April 2018

5S Slimming Capsules claims to be “one of the most effective slimming products in SA.

The website makes these claims:

  • Burn Fat Faster And Smarter
  • 100% Herbal Fat Burning Ingredients.
  • Assists With Fat Burning and Fat Trapping. Enhances Liquid Intake and Metabolic Performance.
  • Appetite Suppressor and Metabolism Booster.
  • It’s The Slimming Product With The Best Quality Herbs Used For The Maximum Effect.

How true are these claims? What are the ingredients? What are the dosages of the individual ingredients? Can you trust the manufacturers/sellers of this product? Are they out to make a fast buck, and either sell you a scam product with banned products? Is the product safe? 

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Older Americans Are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins

Posted 18 April 2018

By Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News April 3, 2018

When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease.

She urged her father to pop the pills as well: “Dad, you should be on these vitamins, because every cardiologist is taking them or putting their patients on [them],” recalled Dr. Gulati, now chief of cardiology for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

But just a few years later, she found herself reversing course, after rigorous clinical trials found neither vitamin E nor folic acid supplements did anything to protect the heart. Even worse, studies linked high-dose vitamin E to a higher risk of heart failure, prostate cancer and death from any cause.

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Posted 14 April 2018

WAVEEX is a small plastic chip, which its manufacturers and peddlers claim can be attached to cell phones and other mobile devices to reduce harmful radiation.

We recently highlighted an article, published in GroundUp, titled How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job, about how the journalist Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article for Natural Medicine Magazine, and the subsequent repercussions.  

The article by Professor George Claassen, a highly credible journalist, resulted in a posting of a comment to the article by Wolfgang Vogl, the CEO of WAVEEX, defending the claims of the product and “[I]n parallel our lawyers together with the Austrian Embassy in South Africa is preparing law suits against Classen [sic], Bolognesi and the GroundUp”.

We think that the science supporting these claims is useless, for many reasons. In addition, we agree with the USA Federal Read the rest

Herbalife parody

Posted 16 April 2018

“South African actor has us in stitches with this Herbalife parody”

“The comic mind behind the video pokes fun at the pushy sales reps, their “get rich quick” beliefs and the sheer volume of problems the product claims it can solve”.

“Director Matt Keeson and actors Vere and Emma Tinsdale also deserve props for their role in this clip, filmed entirely in a Newlands flat. There’s singing, dancing and even some partial nudity”. 

The Erbalife Song

Phillip Black, the man who created this shared the one piece of advice he would give the Herbalife distributors: “Please stop pretending to be my friend and selling me shit I don’t need.”

Source: The South African

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Wondernut: ‘Weight-loss’ nut product highly toxic – Herald

Posted 13 April 2018

Ingestion of the nuts has been reported to cause vomiting‚ gastrointestinal pain and diarrhoea.

IT is marketed as an all-natural‚ 100% organic‚ certified non-toxic product which results in weight loss‚ detoxifies and lowers cholesterol‚ but the nut has been described as highly toxic to humans.

In November, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council – now the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority – issued a strong warning that the nuts of Aleurites moluccanus (L.) Willd. – also known as Indian Walnut‚ and marketed in South Africa as the Wondernut – had reported toxic effects in humans‚ ranging from severe gastrointestinal irritation to death.

That was because it contains compounds that have irritant properties and are very strong purgatives‚ the regulator said.

“They may also act as potent tumour promoters and be very irritating to the skin and eyes.

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Herbex made unproven claims about weight loss products

Posted 11 April 2018

Advertising Standards Authority uses its fangs again after years of litigation

By Annie Cebulski and Eryn Scannell 

Published on 10 April 2018 in GroundUp

The Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has ruled against an advertisement run by Herbex for its Attack the Fat product. The association will instruct its members not to run the advertisement. This comes after medical doctor and consumer activist Dr Harris Steinman laid a complaint against Herbex for its lack of evidence of efficacy. Herbex chose not to participate in the ASA investigation.

On 29 March, the ASA found Herbex to be in violation of its standards code for using testimonials claiming efficacy which were not justified.

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