Colloidal silver suits settled

Posted 30 January 2019

Reno, Nevada-based Beneficial Solutions LLC and its owner Russell B. Altman have been successfully sued by two women who consumed the company’s colloidal silver product (NutraSilver) and then developed argyria, a condition in which silver salts deposit in the skin, eyes, and internal organs, and the skin turns ashen-gray. One of the women also developed peripheral neuropathy, a painful condition that her doctors thought was due to silver particles they could see in nerve biopsy specimens. The other woman underwent painful laser Picosure treatments to attempt to return her skin to a normal color.

Both women charged that the company had falsely advertised that NutraSilver was effective treatment for a multitude of diseases and that colloidal silver particles are too small to cause argyria. Both suits were settled out of court with undisclosed payment. In 2018, the company posted a notice to its Web site Read the rest

Death toll fears amid claims patients choose ‘natural remedies’ over conventional medicine

Posted 28 January 2019

By Linda Hall -22 January 2019 @ 14:301


THOUSANDS of people could be dying each year in Spain because they trust alternative medicine.

Between 1,210 and 1,460 deaths can be attributed to complementary and “natural remedies” according to Spain’s Association for Protection against Pseudo-Scientific Therapies (APETP).

Homeopathic products are available in most Spanish pharmacies and although universities are gradually withdrawing tuition, many still offer alternative medicine courses.

The situation is particularly serious in Madrid and Valencia, non-profitmaking APETP maintains, where at least 60 members of the Official Colleges of Physicians offer “dangerous pseudo-therapies,”

APETP members include patients affected by the effects of pseudo-medicine as well as doctors and medical researchers who welcomed the national government’s “war” on alternative therapies.

Last November Health and Science ministries presented ambitious plans which, if approved, will prevent both public and private health centres from offering treatments not backed by Read the rest

Prof Roy Jobson, who fought against quackery, dies at 63

Posted 23 January 2019

Roy Jobson was my friend, my colleague, my sounding board, and a tower in the fight against pseudoscience, quackery and scams. I often asked him to check the reasoning and facts of my posts to CamCheck and he contributed a number of articles himself. His death is a loss to South Africa, the medical community, and in particular to his family. I have lost a true comrade, and ‘brother’. Dr Harris Steinman (Editor, CamCheck)

Prof Helen Rees, the Chairperson of SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Agency), had this to say:

On behalf of SAHPRA,  I would like to echo the sadness that has been expressed by so many colleagues at the passing of Roy Jobson who was a truly unique man. His passion for medicines and for public health was underpinned by his belief in equity and honesty. He made a great contribution to medicines Read the rest

Marketing Code Authority (MCA) Code of Marketing for Health products

Posted 21 January 2019

With respect to the advertising and promotion of health products in South Africa, the Marketing Code Authority (MCA) Code of Marketing for Health products is very specific with respect to such “natural” claims. These requirements were implemented with the 2018 Code update:

“         Natural Ingredients        ‘Natural’ used in the context of ‘Natural Ingredient’  means essentially ingredients provided by nature, not the work of man or interfered with by man.        It shall be misleading to use the term ‘natural’ to describe ingredients that employ chemicals to change their composition or comprise the products of new technologies, including additives and flavourings that are the product of the chemical industry or extracted by chemical processes.        Advertising and/or promotional material shall not suggest that the safety, quality or efficacy of a Health Product is due to the fact that it is natural.        Advertising and/or Read the rest

Vitamin D: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

Posted 17 January 2019

By Rowan Jacobsen – Published Jan 10, 2019 in

Current guidelines for sun exposure are unhealthy and unscientific, controversial new research suggests-and quite possibly even racist. How did we get it so wrong?

These are dark days for supplements. Although they are a $30-plus billion market in the United States alone, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene, glucosamine, chondroitin, and fish oil have now flopped in study after study.

If there was one supplement that seemed sure to survive the rigorous tests, it was vitamin D. People with low levels of vitamin D in their blood have significantly higher rates of virtually every disease and disorder you can think of: cancer, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, heart attack, stroke, depression, cognitive impairment, autoimmune conditions, and more. The vitamin is required for calcium absorption and is thus essential for bone health, but as evidence mounted that Read the rest

Detoxing debunked

Posted 14 January 2019

Vox has published a brief article accompanied by an informative four-minute YouTube video explaining that unless you are a heroin addict or are at risk of alcohol poisoning, you probably don’t need a ‘detox.’

Belluz J, Haubursin C. Products that promise “detox” are a sham. Yes, all of them. Vox. Jan 2, 2019

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‘Natural’ does not mean best, better or even good

Ivo Vegter • 7 January 2019

Daily Maverick

A pervasive myth has arisen around the word ‘natural’. When applied to food, medicine, cosmetics or cleaning products by marketing experts, it invariably implies not just a derivation from nature but also that it is better than manufactured alternatives. In fact, it often is significantly worse.

Marketers know very well that the label “natural” is a winner. “Natural goodness,” they’ll declare on an item of food. “Pure and natural,” they’ll gush, on face cream or body scrub. “100% natural, chemical-free,” they state on a hair conditioner. Millions of products and tens of thousands of books extol the virtues of everything from natural foods to natural remedies to natural health for dogs and cats.

Marketers, of course, have only one job. They get paid to make you buy more stuff. If their slogans, labels and taglines do not make a company more profitable, they are replaced. … Read the rest

We do not need nearly as much protein as we consume

Posted 03 January 2019

USN, Evox, Nutritech and others claim that sportsmen and those wishing to tone their body, or lose weight, require 100% whey or supplementation with additional protein. BBC News reviewed these claims.

Many of us consciously eat a high-protein diet, with protein-rich products readily available, but how much protein do we really need? And does it actually help us lose weight? 

23 May 2018

This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2018” collection. Discover more of our picks.  

In the early 20th Century, Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson spent a collective five years eating just meat. This meant that his diet consisted of around 80% fat and 20% protein. Twenty years later, he did the same as part of a year-long experiment at the New York City’s Bellevue Hospital in 1928.

Stefansson wanted to disprove those who argued that humans cannot … Read the rest