Quack claims about oxygen treatment are dangerous

Posted 28 March 2019

Charlatans exploit patients for financial gain, say doctors

15 March 2019  GroundUp

By Natasha Bolognesi

If you go scuba-diving and come up to the surface too fast, you might need Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. But, experts warn, it can’t treat cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, or arthritis, as some quack outfits are claiming.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is generally known as the treatment to cure “the bends” (decompression sickness) in underwater divers.

The therapy uses high concentrations of oxygen at high pressure, and has been approved for use in 14 conditions including decompression sickness, gas gangrene (caused by a bacterial infection and accompanied by an odorous gas), necrotising soft tissue wounds (as with diabetic foot wounds caused by severe bacterial infection) and thermal burns amongst others.

But practitioners of so-called mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT) are fraudulently cashing in on the science that supports medically-approved HBOT.

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Homemark product might cause instead of fight eczema

Posted 27 March 2019

19 March 2019 – by Nico Gous

Times Live

A Homemark product which claims to fight nail fungus and eczema might in fact cause eczema.

Dr Harris Steinman complained to the ad watchdog Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) about Homemark’s Aragan Secret Nail Treatment which claims: “With a low PH level, the formula does not only keep your nails smooth and attractive but also helps fight fungus and eczema.”

Steinman submitted research which showed there is no proof it fights eczema or nail fungus.

“The complainant (Steinman) conducted a literature review of articles relating to the product and could find no evidence of this benefit. Indeed, one article indicated that the active ingredient in the product causes eczema,” ARB said.

“The advertiser (Homemark) has chosen not to respond to the complaint. This places the directorate (ARB) in a position that it is forced to accept the

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Homemark Aragon Oil – ARB Ruling

Posted 13 March 2019

Homemark received numerous ASA rulings against the claims being made for this product, but continues to dupe consumers by running adverts making claims that are not true. An advert was seen on DSTV where false claims were being made, as before the previous ASA rulings, and a complaint was laid with the ARB which has superseded the ASA.

Homemark did not bother to response. The National Consumer Commission, being a toothless watchdog, will not get involved. You the consumer, are screwed if you already purchased this product.

Complainant                  Dr Harris Steinman
Advertiser                     Homemark (Pty) Ltd
Consumer/Competitor    Consumer
File reference                Homemark Aragon Oil – Dr Harris Steinman

Outcome                       Upheld
Date                              13 March 2019

The Directorate of the Advertising Regulatory Board has been called upon to consider a complaint lodged by Dr Steinman against the website advertising for Homemark’s Aragan Secret Nail Read the rest

CBD Is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don’t Know Much About It

Posted 07 March 2019

It’s worth reflecting on these statements: “It is a kind of a new snake oil in the sense that there are a lot of claims and not so much evidence”, and “People are making it out to be a nirvana kind of drug, and that’s a problem. One compound cannot cure everything.”

CBD Is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don’t Know Much About It

“It is a kind of a new snake oil in the sense that there are a lot of claims and not so much evidence,” said one expert.

By Roni Caryn Rabin Feb. 25, 2019

New York Times

Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonintoxicating component of the marijuana plant, is touted as a magic bullet that eases pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Salves, sprays, tinctures and oils containing CBD are marketed as aphrodisiacs that boost desire; as balms for eczema, pimples and hot flashes; and Read the rest