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Herbal remedies for arthritis mostly ineffective, says study

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Tuesday 10 February 2009

This article, from the Guardian, writes that many herbal medicines and other complementary therapies do nothing to help people with rheumatoid arthritis, referring  to a report published today. A review of published data on natural remedies found the majority were completely ineffective at relieving patients' symptoms, or had only tentative evidence to suggest they worked. Read more at the Guardian

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Neu-U – Austell Laboratories

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Posted 05 February 2009

A consumer complaint was laid against a print advertisement for “Neu-U” in Modern Medicine magazine (and also advertised on a website).

The advertisement is headed “THE LATEST WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SOLUTION” and states, inter alia, that “In-vitro tests conducted on a gastrointestinal model have shown that NeOptunina reduces fat absorption by 28,3%”.

It also contains a pack shot featuring the words “clinically proven fat binder”.  In essence, the complainant submitted that the in-vitro study referred to was a computer assisted model and no testing was done on animals or humans to determine whether the claims apply when used by humans. In addition, no other studies have been done on this product.

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Hoodia Slender Gel / Slender Max

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Posted 5 February 2009

A consumer complaint against a Hoodia Slender Gel internet advertisement that appeared on http://www.planethoodia.co.za and on promotional pamphlets was laid with the ASA. The advertisements claims that the product, inter alia, “SUPPRESSES APPETITE”, or “will assist with: SUPRESSING YOUR APPETITE & CRAVINGS” “REDUCES CRAVINGS” INCREASES ENERGY LEVELS “ENHANCES SKIN TONE”, OR “will assist with: … IMPROVING YOUR SKIN TONE” “will assist with: … REDUCING THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE” “will assist with: … INCREASING BODY DETOXIFICATION”.

We said: Nonsense – no robust evidence to support this claim!

What did the ASA rule?

NB: This product has changed its name from Hoodia Slender Gel to Slender Max

 

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USN Cellu-Firm – ASA Sanctions – 16 October 2008

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In a ruling dated 8 April 2008, the ASA found the USN in breach of its earlier ruling dated 28 November 2006 in that USN did not submit adequate substantiation in terms of the Code for its “anti-cellulite” claims, but still continued making these claims on its website. The consumer and USN were afforded an opportunity to comment on whether or not sanctions were appropriate.

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USN Cellu-Firm – ASA Breach ruling – 8 April 2008

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In a ruling dated 28 November 2006, the ASA ruled against the USN’s print advertisement for its “Cellu-Firm” product. In a letter dated 26 February 2008, a consumer argued that USN is in breach of the original ruling as it continues making misleading statements about the product on its website.

The ASA ruled in favour of the complainant.

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USN Cellu-Firm – ASA breach ruling – 02 April 2007

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This Clicks advert promoting this USN product continued to infer that this product could reduce cellulite in spite of the previous ASA ruling. A breach complaint was laid with the ASA. USN responded with “The current advertisement displays certain products available at Clicks, and only shows the packaging of the product in question. No claims are made about this particular product. The respondent submitted that it did not supply Clicks with the image used on its broadsheet advertisement. Clicks designed and published its own advertisement with an old image. In addition, the respondent has changed its own advertisements, images and labels, and informed Clicks about the implications of the previous ruling”.

The ASA concluded that: “The breach allegation is accordingly dismissed. The respondent is, however, cautioned that third party retailers should be alerted to the import of the ASA ruling. Should further, similar, breaches occur, the contents of this Read the rest

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USN Cellu-Firm – ASA ruling November 2006

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Posted 05 October 2015

This ASA ruling was made in November 2006. USN claimed that Cellu-firm “to be effective for cellulite”. The complainant pointed out that the active ingredient is Centella asiatica, a synonym for gotu kola, and that Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, the “Scientific Gold Standard for Evidence-Based, Clinical Information on Natural Medicines” had NO indication that this ingredient has ANY efficacy against cellulite.

 

Cellu-firmThe ruling is posted, followed by the complaint.

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