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D-day for complementary weight loss medicines?

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On 15 November 2013 the Minister of Health finally published Regulations to the Medicines Act (Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act 101 of 1965), not for comment, but for implementation. They defined complementary medicines for the first time in South Africa. In addition the Regulations incrementally “called up” various complementary medicines over the following six years.

If a product that has been called up, and has not been registered, or an application for registration has not been received by the MCC, then according to the Medicines Act (Section 14(1)) it may no longer be sold.

The Regulations also created a new category of medicines – category D – which are complementary medicines “subdivided into such disciplines as may be determined by the Council after consultation with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa.”

This left “dietary supplements” out in the cold and the Health Products Association … Read the rest

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Supreme Slim’s original claims look just like Simply Slim’s

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Compare the claims made for Supreme Slim and Simply Slim.

Claims for each product
Simply SlimSupreme Slim
NO COMPULSORY EXERCISEGet results without exercise
NO DRASTIC CHANGES TO DIETARY ROUTINENo Special Diet Required
APPETITE SUPPRESSANTAppetite Suppressant
100% NATURAL
NO CHEMICALSNo Chemicals
NON ADDICTIVENon Addictive
BODY DETOXIFICATIONBody Detoxification
ACCELERATES METABOLISMAccelerates Metabolism
INCREASES ENERGY LEVELSIncreases energy levels
 ENHANCES WATER INTAKE 
 FAT BURNERFat Burner
 NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS 
 SUITABLE FOR MEN AND WOMENSuitable for men & women

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Procydin

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This post refers to a claim made by Procydin in 2009, but only posted now for posterity.

This product claimed on its label: “Helps prevent your body from rusting away”

This is extremely misleading as there is no part of your body that can “rust”. When a metal is exposed to water and oxygen, a chemical reaction called  oxidation takes place which causes corrosion. When this takes place with iron, it results in a reddish-brown discolouration which may flake off and is known as rust.

Oxidation can also occur when a fruit such as apples or bananas are exposed to air, and they develop a brownish discolouration.

Inside the body “oxidation” is said to take place when a transfer of “free radicals” occurs. This is not the same thing as “rusting”. Normally the free radicals (another name for unstable electrons) attach themselves to any molecule nearby which is able to … Read the rest

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