Vogel Multiforce Alkaline Powder

Posted 31 August 2018

Vogel Multiforce Alkaline powder claims in adverts to, among other:

  • A multimineral supplement that helps support the body’s pH regulating mechanisms.
  • Proven to increase urinary pH which means there is less acidity in the body
  • Potassium Bicarbonate has blood alkalinising properties and acts on metabolic acidosis
  • Many foods and drinks, especially meat, dairy products, sugar, coffee and alcohol are acid forming. Without adequate alkaline minerals, which are necessary to offset increases in acidity, your body struggles to maintain its internal acid/alkaline levels. 

But does it work?

There have been multiple ASA rulings against the claims for this product.

Yet the company continues to make these false claims.

Scott Gavura has posted an article on detox scams to Science Based Medicine. He summarises beautifully how the pH regulating system of the body functions:

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Eating Collagen Is Becoming a Health Fad, And We Can Only Sit Back And Sigh

Posted 30 August 2018

From ScienceAlert written by Mike McRae 16 May 2018

No longer satisfied with injecting it into tired-looking, wrinkled skin, an increasing number of people are buying collagen in a powdered form to chow down as the newest fad in superfoods. 

For a while it’s been popular in the form of a ‘paleo diet’ meal, bone broth. But now we’re starting to see desiccated connective tissue as an ingredient in snacks and drinks.

This isn’t small beans either. There are roughly 300 products on the market advertising collagen additives, with sales estimated to have reached US$60 million over the past year.

What gives?

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Hydrogen peroxide hucksterism exposed

Posted 30 August 2018

According to a new investigative report: 

  • “35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide” is widely available in health food stores and promoted with numerous testimonials on Web sites to treat Lyme disease, skin problems, leukemia, brain tumors, and other ailments.
  • Health benefits are often promised from drinking a few drops of hydrogen peroxide diluted in a glass of water.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no official definition for “food-grade.”
  • Following reports of injuries and death, FDA issued warnings about internal use of hydrogen peroxide in 1989 and 2006.
  • No scientific evidence supports the use of hydrogen peroxide as a remedy.
  • Two individuals ended up at Detroit Receiving Hospital with gas blockages in the bloodstream caused by hydrogen peroxide and would have died or likely been permanently disabled without emergency intervention with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Nearly 300 cases of poisoning caused by the
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Exposed! Muscle-building products are whey too low in the good stuff

Posted 29 August 2018

Far too many protein supplements don’t live up to the claims on their labels and may be ineffective

Times Select – Wendy Knowler 27 August 2018

Most of SA’s bestselling whey protein products don’t live up to the protein content claims on their labels, or meet the amino acid levels stipulated the by health department.

The products (in powder form) are widely consumed by the sports and fitness community to help gain muscle and lose fat, and studies have shown they can be effective – but only if properly formulated.

As part of his Masters research in the field of pharmacy, Durban pharmacist Kiolan Naidoo, along with Varsha Bangalee and Rowena Naidoo, had an accredited lab in Pretoria analyse 15 of SA’s top selling whey protein products. They wanted to find out if they matched the protein analysis on their labels and whether they complied with Read the rest

Health Coach Academy – Intolerance testing

Posted 28 August 2018

The Health Coach Academy is advertising “Intolerance, Deficiency and Toxicity Testing” claiming to be effective in solving “undetected food or environmental sensitivity and intolerance, a vitamin or mineral deficiency or metal toxicity”.

The website claims that that identification of these are via “intolerance, deficiency & toxicity tests performed via hair analysis using bio-resonance technology“. 

Only one big problem – there is no evidence that these tests are useful at all. In fact, there is evidence that they are useless. 

Read more on the quackery of bioresonance here

Beware, avoid.

Mary Comerce is the Founder/Director/Health Coach of the company and I am not able to find evidence of medical related training.

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Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: Myths Versus Facts

Posted 27 August 2018

Bioidentical hormones has remained controversial for many years.

For example, Solal a manufacturer of these products, claims on their website: “Saliva testing of steroid hormones, which is the truest reflection of your tissue levels of steroid hormones” [1] whereas the recent article (below) from the Medical Journal Australia states In fact, saliva tests are not considered a reliable method for establishing hormone levels”.

1. http://solal.co.za/integrative-medical-centre/

The article continues with: “Overall the scientific studies are positive regarding women with menopausal symptoms taking HRT. The same cannot be said for bioidentical hormones because they have not been widely or appropriately researched”.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: Myths Versus Facts

Medical Journal Australia MJA Issue 33 / 27 August 2018 

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Vigilance urged over seaweed supplement linked to excess iodine intake

Posted 24 August 2018

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has warned at-risk populations of taking seaweed-based food supplements that could lead to excess iodine intake.

In an assessment carried out on iodine-containing seaweed consumption in France the Agency found iodine levels in seaweed-based products varied according to how the seaweed is produced and processed.

Iodine levels were also dependent on the type of seaweed-based preparation (powder, extract) used in food supplements.

“Regular excessive intake of iodine can cause thyroid dysfunctions as well as certain adverse effects, particularly cardiac or renal effects,“ANSES said.

“The Agency therefore advises against the consumption of food and food supplements containing seaweed by people with thyroid dysfunction, heart disease or kidney failure, those taking medication containing iodine or lithium and pregnant or breastfeeding women, without seeking medical advice.”

Continue reading at NutraIngredients.com

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Prontuit: Kwalsalvers

Posted 09 August 2018

The Afrikaans program on KykNet, ProntUit, led a panel discussion on pseudoscience, complementary medicine and alternative medicine. The 30 minute broadcast has been uploaded to YouTube.

Prontuit 6 Augustus: Segment 1 – Kwaksalwers

In Suid-Afrika word daar na raming ongeveer 155 000 ongeregistreede alternatiewe medisyne en produkte aan verbruikers verkoop wat van kitsgewigsverlies tot die genising van MIV/Vigs belowe. Baie van hierdie produkte word nie getoets nie en kan vrylik by apteke en sogenaamde gesondheidswinkels oor die toonbank gekoop word, met verbruikers wat onwetend hulself blootstel aan soms lewensgevaarlike konkoksies of bloot kwaksalwery. Hou hierdie middels enigsins gesondheidvoordele vir verbruikers in? Moet homeopatiese medisyne oor dieselfde kam geskeer word? Dr. Gary Gabriels, ’n chemiese farmakoloog van WITS, Mia Malan, redakteur van Bhekisisa – ’n Mail & Guardian-inisiatief  en dr. Harris Steinman ’n mediese dokter en verbruikersaktivis oor kwaksalwery het hieroor gesels.

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Why so many people fall for scams

Posted 05 August 2018

Why are there so many suckers? A neuropsychologist explains

The Conversation

Stacey Wood – Professor of Psychology, Scripps College

If you have a mailbox, you probably get junk mail. If you have an email account, you probably get spam. If you have a phone, you probably get robocalls.

Unwanted messages and solicitations bombard us on a regular basis. Most of us hit ignore or delete or toss junk mail in the trash knowing that these messages and solicitations are most likely so-called mass-market scams. Others aren’t so lucky.

Scams cost individuals, organizations and governments trillions of dollars each year in estimated losses, and many victims endure depression and ill health. There is no other crime, in fact, that affects so many people from almost all ages, backgrounds and geographical locations.

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Consumers face health risks buying erectile dysfunction medicines online

Posted 06 August 2018

Although this is specifically applicable to Australia, South African consumers are similarly at risk.

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is asking consumers to consult with their doctor prior to purchasing medicines for erectile dysfunction from overseas websites. There are no safety, quality or efficacy guarantees for the medicines you purchase from overseas.

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