Complementary cancer therapies ‘do more harm than good’

Posted 14 November 2019

BBC News 14 November 2019

Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard.

Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads.

Surgeon Prof Maria Joao Cardoso, said there was no evidence that herbal therapies or creams worked.

If in doubt, it was best not to take anything, she said.

“Doctors need to be more proactive about asking their patients what else they are taking when they are being treated for cancer,” Prof Cardoso, head breast surgeon at the Champalimaud Cancer Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, told the BBC.

She said it was particularly important that patients always checked with their doctors first before trying complementary therapies for cancer that had spread to the skin.

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Warning issued about unauthorized soft-shelled hyperbaric chambers. 

Posted 11 November 2019

In March 2019, Natasha Bolognesi wrote an article for GroundUp, making the point: “But practitioners of so-called mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT) are fraudulently cashing in on the science that supports medically-approved HBOT”. She also stated that “The South African company O2xygenate claims mHBOT can be used for a string of indications including cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy amongst others – none of which is approved for treatment with HBOT or mHBOT”.

Now Health Canada is advising Canadians that this treatment needs to be avoided, making the point that “the operators of some private clinics claim it can also be used to treat such conditions as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, cancer, AIDS, stroke and migraine headaches. There is no scientific proof to support these claims”.

Warning issued about unauthorized soft-shelled hyperbaric chambers.

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Big problems with popular turmeric and echinacea supplements

Posted 08 November 2019

Lead? Aerobic bacteria? Misleading labels? Consumer Reports tested popular brands of the widely used supplements; here’s what they found.

TreeHugger.com

In a perfect world, humans would be able to rely on plant-based remedies and in doing so, improve health while reducing reliance on pharmaceuticals. Mother Nature is a brilliant doctor, one whom we’ve relied on for millennia.

Unfortunately, the botanical supplement industry is not so perfect. There is a notable lack of regulation – as in, the FDA has to prove a supplement is not safe before they can remove it from the market – and as such has created an industry rife with shenanigans. That some 23,000 people a year end up in the emergency room after taking a supplement says a lot. (This isn’t to say that all supplement makers are unscrupulous – not at all; but with little oversight, there is room for Read the rest

DNA testing reveals ‘widespread adulteration’ of herbal products

Posted 09 November 2019

https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2019/11/07/DNA-testing-reveals-widespread-adulteration-of-herbal-products

Fresh research utilising DNA testing technology has highlighted ‘widespread’ global adulteration in herbal products, with almost one-third of items tested found to be fake.

The study, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, analysed the authenticity of almost 6,000 herbal products sold across 37 countries using DNA testing. It concluded the content of a ‘substantial proportion’ – 27% – did not contain what was claimed on the label.

The researchers, led by Dr Mihael Cristin Ichim of the Romanian National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, stressed that the adulterated herbal products are distributed ‘across all continents and regions’. In Europe, the percentage of adulterated product stood at 47%, higher than North America at 33% and Asia at 23% but lower than Australia where 79% of products were found to be adulterated.

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South African Whey and Casein protein powders lack important amino acids

Posted 07 November 2019

This South African study found that  the the majority of 100% Whey or Casein protein powders, e.g. made by USN, Nutritech, Evox , do not contain the levels of protein as indicated on the label. But more seriously, these products claim to build muscle – but have been stripped of essential amino acids so they are not “proper proteins” and therefore, cannot do so, but can only be utilised as fuel.

Subject: 12th IFDC 2017 Special Issue – High protein sports supplements: Protein quality and label compliance

ScienceDirect

12th IFDC 2017 Special Issue – High protein sports supplements: Protein quality and label compliance⋆ Hettie C.Schönfeld Nicolette Hall BeulahPretorius Journal of Food Composition and Analysis Volume 83, October 2019, 103293

Highlights

  • International harmonization of food-type supplement regulations is limited.
  • Protein supplements are not distinctly regulated in S. Africa by local food control.
  • Commercial high-protein sport supplement label
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Warning: SAPS warns that dealing in cannabis is still illegal For immediate release

Posted 07 November 2019

SAHPRA MEDIA RELEASE

Warning: SAPS warns that dealing in cannabis is still illegal For immediate release

Joint media statement issued by the South African Police Service and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA)

Pretoria: 4 November 2019 – The South African Police Service is issuing a stern warning that the establishment of illegal dispensaries/outlets, online sites and social media platforms which are marketing and selling cannabis and cannabis-related products to the public remains illegal, except where specifically allowed in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act.

Some of these illegal businesses, purporting to be operating legally in terms of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (No. 22 of 2007), are also being sold to members of the public as franchises authorised to deal in cannabis and cannabis-related products. In terms of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act, the definition of “traditional medicine” means an object Read the rest

Dealing in cannabis remains illegal, police and medicines regulator warn Using cannabis in public remains illegal, and dealing in cannabis remains a serious offence in terms of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act

Posted 07 November 2019

04 NOVEMBER 2019 – 12:23

TAMAR KAHN

BusinessLive

Almost all the businesses in SA cashing in on the growing demand for medical marijuana are breaking the law, despite their newfound confidence in the wake of the Constitutional Court ruling in 2018 which permits the personal use of cannabis in private, SA’s medicines regulator and the police warned on Monday.

The size of the SA medical cannabis market is unknown. However, local businesses are aiming for a slice of the global cannabis market, worth about $150bn (R2.2-trillion), according to the Green Fund. The rapidly growing market could surge to $272bn by 2028, according to Barclays projections.

Products containing cannabidiol (CBD) oil are particularly popular, which its advocates claim has an array of benefits, ranging from pain relief to staving off heart disease.

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Cannabis laboratories and dagga dealers are being targeted by police

Posted 07 November 2019

Wendy Knowler Consumer journalist

05 November 2019 – 06:35

TimesLive

Sell a cannabis product without a licence and you’ll be arrested, SAPS has warned.

“We’ve already arrested quite a few people selling it illegitimately in various forms,” SAPS spokesperson Brig Vishnu Naidoo told TimesLIVE.

“The Hawks have confirmed that they’ve made multiple arrests in connection with hydroponic (soilless) cannabis laboratories and our visible police have also arrested many for dealing in cannabis,” he said.

Naidoo was unable to say exactly how many arrests had been made.

A “stern warning” issued by SAPS and the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has pointed out that while the private use and cultivation of marijuana (cannabis) was decriminalised by SA’s highest court in September 2018, dealing in cannabis remains a serious criminal offence in terms of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act.

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‘Illegal’ and ‘not safe’: Stern warning on illegal trading of cannabis

Posted 07 November 2019 – 06:30

BY KGAUGELO MASWENENG

TimesLive  05 November 2019

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) have issued a warning against the illegal manufacture of cannabis products.

Sahpra spokesperson Yuven Gounden said these illegal businesses, purporting to be operating legally, are being sold to members of the public as franchises authorised to deal in cannabis and cannabis-related products.

“We have a situation where people are growing and producing cannabis products and pushing them into the public. We are warning against this as not only is it illegal, it’s not safe.

“Some are even smoking it in public spaces [smoking shops]. We want to reiterate that this is not legal,” said Gounden.

The two organisations said the sale of cannabis and related products – via retail outlets, online sites and social media platforms – remain illegal, except where specifically allowed Read the rest