How to stay up-to-date on medical scams, quackery, deadly treatments

Posted on 25 February 2019

By Erin Blakemore February 23 2019

Washington Post

A “cure” that seems too good to be true. A doctor who profits from ineffective or dangerous “treatments.” A product that doesn’t do what it says. All three are health-care frauds – and they can cheat you out of more than money.

But how can you arm yourself against these hucksters and scams? The Food and Drug Administrations’s Health Fraud Scams website is a good start.

The site offers information on all sorts of medical scams, from unlawful sales of medication to new products and common consumer boondoggles. It collects news bites and news releases from the agency, including statements on the FDA’s newest product warning letters and updates on criminal investigations.

Conditions such as erectile dysfunction, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity are represented among the FDA’s warnings. A variety of videos can help you boost your Read the rest

Duping saps with ‘quantum’ physic: Quantum EPFX QXCI / SCIO

Posted 07 February 2019

By Ivo Vegter, Daily Maverick

Since the dawn of medicine, quacks have bamboozled victims with sales pitches that sound profound and cutting-edge, but are nothing more than buzzwords designed to deceive. Recently, I found a new one: quantum testing.

The hand-written blackboard outside the naturopath shop lured would-be customers with probiotics, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar (with mother, which is the mix of fungus and bacteria that cause the fermentation). At the top of the list, however, were the words that attracted my attention: “Quantum Testing”.

Presumably, not all passers-by know that there is no particle accelerator hidden in the back of the shop, or that quantum physics has no connection, whatsoever, to medical diagnosis or therapy. The sign was obviously aimed at that less educated and more gullible market.

It turns out that quantum healing is a thing. A completely bogus charlatan kind of thing, invented Read the rest

Status of cannabis-containing products (including oils) and the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use

Posted 06 February 2019

This communication to stakeholders has been placed on the SAHPRA web site and should provide much-needed clarity on the legal status of the many cannabis-containing products that are currently on the South African market, but also on the use of the section 21 process for access to quality-assured medicinal products.

Status of cannabis-containing products (including oils) and the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use


On the 18th September 2018 the Constitutional Court handed down a judgment1, which declared existing legislation, criminalising the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis, unconstitutional. It would, therefore, now not be an offence for an adult person to:

  1. use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption in private; and b. to cultivate cannabis in a private place for his or her personal consumption in private.

The Court also found section 22A(9)(a)(i) of Read the rest

Update on Current Operations at SAHPRA’s Interim Premises

Posted 05 February 2019

To all SAHPRA Stakeholders

Further to our communication of 25 January 2019, this notice serves to provide clarity on current operations at SAHPRA’s interim premises (CSIR), following the recent emergency relocation. As with any physical relocation, it is taking time for SAHPRA’s infrastructure, systems and processes (including internet and remote access to the National Department of Health network) to be re-established. The cellphone contact numbers under Key Contacts on the website should be used. More details with regard to contact information and new landline phone numbers will be communicated shortly.

Whilst Reception in Building 38a will open on Friday 1 February 2019, all stakeholders are advised to please adhere to the following guidelines.

Medicines registrations and variations

As previously advised, SAHPRA is embarking on an ambitious change program to clear its inherited backlog of medicines registration and variation applications. This program involves designing and implementing new Read the rest

Pseudomedicine for dementia and brain health blasted

Posted 30 January 2019

Physicians at the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco have written a viewpoint article critical of:

  • the dietary supplement industry, which sells and estimated $3.2 billion per year of products claimed to improve cognition and brain health
  • licensed medical professionals who offer interventions (such as intravenous nutrition, personalized detoxification, chelation therapy, antibiotics, and stem cell therapy) to address unsubstantiated causes of neurodegenerative disease (e.g., metal toxicity, mold exposure, and Lyme disease)
  • medical professionals who combine supplements and unproven lifestyle changes with known dementia interventions (e.g., cognitive training, exercise, and a heart-healthy diet) and misrepresent that program as a unique holistic and personal approach.

Refernce: Hellmuth J. Rabinovici GD. Miller BL. The rise of pseudomedicine for dementia and brain health. JAMA, Jan 25, 2019

January 25, 2019

The Rise of Pseudomedicine for Dementia and Brain Health

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