Vigro – Dr Nye’s substantiation

Below is the substantiation of Dr David Nye in support of the claims for Vigro. As mentioned before, Dr Nye has “substantiated” a number of dubious products previously. Readers are welcome to read Dr Nye’s substantiation and compare with ours. Dr Nye’s substantiation, in our opinion, is typical of a number of “experts” who substantiate products – cherry pick evidence and hide that which does not fit.

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Revoking the license of any health professional?

Posted 13 February 2015

South Africa is not immune to health professionals who “substantiate” or support scam products in spite of no evidence that the product is no more than just that, a scam.

This article, Revoke the license of any doctor who opposes vaccination, published in the Washington Post, written by Arthur L. Caplan, the director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health, makes a strong argument that “Doctors who purvey views based on anecdote, myth, hearsay, rumor, ideology, fraud or some combination of all of these, particularly during an epidemic, should have their medical licenses revoked“.

Although his opinion is directed primarily at health professionals and related to vaccination, we suggest that the same should apply to any health professional whose ‘professional opinion’ is used to substantiate a product that in fact is not supported by good … Read the rest

Vigro – ASA agrees, no evidence it works!

Posted 10 October 2013

Consumers have a right to expect reasonable proof that a product delivers on its claims.

Natura, the maker of “famous” homeopathic remedies, purchased the Vigro product from PSN Brands, and ignoring the previous ASA ruling which found that Vigro was only beneficial for a very specific form of hair loss, started advertising that it was effective for all hair loss (makes one wonder about their ethics). A request that we made to the ASA for arbitration against the initial ruling, arguing that Vigro was completely ineffective, could therefore not proceed. However, it did allow a new complaint to be laid with the ASA arguing again that Vigro is ineffective for all forms of hair loss.

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Crèche Guard Couth, Cold & Allergies Syrup

Posted 03 July 2013

Kenza Health is selling the scam product, Biobust (a product that claims it can increase the size of a woman’s bust!). When the product, Crèche Guard Cough, Cold & Allergies Syrup was brought to my attention and I realised that it was a Kenza Health product, I wondered if this may also be a product that conflicts with scientific evidence, i.e., whether it may be a scam as well. So I evaluated the ingredients and compared it with credible databases of knowledge of “natural medicines”. As you will see below, this product is a mixture of herbs, and nonsense, extrapolating from evidence that don’t even exist.

Kenza Health then asks Dr David Nye, a homeopath who has supported a number of this products for which scientific evidence does not exist, in order to substantiate the product. The ASA summarises: “In most instances, Dr Nye expects Read the rest

Herbex Appetite Control Tablets – No proof!

Posted 09 April 2003

We have argued that most if not all Herbex products cannot substantiate the claims being made for them. Indeed, we have argued that in most cases, the evidence argues AGAINST the claims being made for the products. In fact, is there evidence that some or most Herbex products are simply “scam” products?

We argue that testimonials promoting these products are in fact evidence simply of individuals sticking to diets and not as a result of the Herbex product per se; and attributing the benefit of the diet to the Herbex product. There is not a single study (proof) demonstrating that the great majority of Herbex products have any efficacy at all.

Complaints against Herbex products have been laid with the ASA previously. Herbex convinced the ASA that Dr RC Sandell was a “credible expert”. Based on Dr Sandell’s support that the products work (no more than Read the rest

Slimbetti Active Xtreme – another scam

Posted 05 March 2013

A consumer laid a complaint with the ASA submitting that according to Slimbetti’s website, the two main ingredients are “Irvingia gabonensis” and green tea. There are limited studies for the ingredient Irvingia gabonensis on its own as quoted on the respondent’s website, but the complainant was unable to find a study where these two ingredients were combined, or combined in the same concentrations as is the case in this product.

Dr David Nye substantiated the product for SlimBetti. However the ASA Directorate was not satisfied that the weight loss claims made in the advertisement were appropriately and unequivocally verified as true and applicable to the product as a whole when consumed at the recommended dose and ruled against the claims for the product.

Readers will be aware that the same scam artists responsible for the other SlimBetti products, and previously SlenderMax, namely Jasmine and Chris GrindlayRead the rest

Absurdity of Oscillococcinum: ASA FAC ruling

Posted 19 September 2012

This is a story of money, of failure of appropriate interpretation of evidence, of a legal process trumping facts. This is a story of consumers being screwed.

This is not a story of whether homeopathy works or does not work – it is about whether evidence and proof is less strong than personal opinion, and of whether “experts” can be believed or even trusted.

This is a story of whether a “belief” should be superseded by the accumulation of evidence and facts that contradicts that belief, and how strongly a commercial company will fight back to keep making money even if the product is actually useless.


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Oscillococcinum – ASA ruling

Posted 26 April 2012 

Consumer complaints were lodged against a Boiron laboratories television commercial as promoting the product Occilococcinum. The voice-over states, “When flu symptoms appear, take Oscillococcinum immediately”, “Take Oscillococcinum immediately for the relief of flu symptoms” and “Oscillococcinum, homeopathic medicine from Boiron laboratories”.

In essence the complainants submitted that the implied efficacy of the product is unsubstantiated and misleading. The complainants explained that this product is nothing more than duck liver and heart, which has been processed, and then diluted to a measure of one part liver/heart extract to 100200 parts water (100 to the power of 200). As such, there are literally no heart/liver molecules left in the final product solution. What’s more, there is no evidence to show that consuming duck liver/heart has any effect on the flu.

The ASA ruled in favour of the complainants.

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SlimBetti – same Slender Max scam artists

It is evident from you reading this posting, that you have seen an advert for this product. This suggests that these scamsters are still duping unsuspecting consumers from purchasing these products – in spite of previous ASA rulings.I will very much appreciate it if you could please let me know where you saw an advert for this product – by commenting at the end of this article (will remain anonymous if you so wish).This may help other consumers from being scammed!Sincerely,Dr Harris Steinman


A reader has brought to my attention of the release of a “new product”, SlimBetti.

In fact, the claims being made for SlimBetti Hoodia Gel, SlimBetti Thermo Advance and SlimBetti Fibreslim are very similar to those that were made for Slender Max products , and that the Advertising Standards instituted sanctions against. See the raft of ASA rulings against these Read the rest

A Vogel Alkaline Powder – ASA ruling

Posted 11 March 2012

Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against a print advertisement that was featured in The Star newspaper during 2011. 

The advertisement asks the question, “Feeling acidic?” and states “A body with a constantly raised acidic level can become ill”. It then continues to state, “A. Vogel Multiforce Alkaline Powder contains calcium, magnesium and potassium and includes Vitamin C in its whole form as an antioxidant to help protect the body against the associated damaging effects of oxidative stress caused by a high dietary acid load…” 

The complainant submitted that the advertisement offers no evidence for the claims made. 

The ASA agreed and ruled against Bio-Strath.

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