Consumer Watch: Advertising board takes issue with Weighted Blanket claims

Posted 20 January 2021

By Georgina Crouth  Jan 18, 2021

Johannesburg – Stress and anxiety wearing you down? Then a weighted or gravity blanket is all you need to count sheep in no time. Because let’s be honest: Who sleeps well during a pandemic?

If you believe the marketing hype around them, weighted blankets are the newest, bestest thing in home treatments for anxiety, PTSD, colic, and even autism. Said to improve the mood as well as calm a restless body and mind, the blankets – weighted with a filling of micro beads – have been selling like hotcakes for years, at a starting price of around R799 each.

Punted as being medically approved, the health care claims suggest deep pressure stimulation helps relax and soothe the body. But the jury’s still out on their efficacy.

Nothing though escapes the sharp eye of consumer activist, Dr Harris Steinman. He

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Can supplements help boost your immune system (immune-booster) ?

Posted 13 January 2021

South Africa is flooded with adverts for “immune-boosting” products, in particular claiming to be useful for Covid-19, e.g. –  Galela Oil.

(Galela Oil is a scam – there is no robust evidence at all that supports their claims, and no proof that this product even contains the ingredients they claim to have present (and at an appropriate dose).

The immune system is a very complex system.

As mentioned in a recent peer-reviewed published study: “The concept that one can “boost” immunity is a popular one. Although the only evidence-based approach to this is vaccination, the lay public is exposed to a wide range of information on how to boost immunity”. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6673706/

Harvard University’s Women’s Health Watch has recently published an article on “immune boosters”.

They conclude:

Your money might be better spent on something else.

Harvard University’s Women’s Health Watch

Published: January, 2020

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