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”.

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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Immunadue – Unhealthy claims exposed

Posted 08 September 2020


3 Feb 2020 +1 more Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni simnikiweh©citizen.

Complaint to advertising regulator says Immunadue’s ad claims are false, unscientific.

Despite the strides made in legislation protecting consumers against bogus herbal miracle cures and other quackery, one can still find any number of products claiming to treat life- threatening illnesses.

Freely available online and lining the shelves of big-name pharmaceutical retailers, some of these health brands claim their products cure diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

What irks Dr Harris Steinman, a long-time public opponent of health supplement scams, is that this industry is only getting bigger and the actions of its operators more nefarious.

Steinman, who edits quackery debunking website CAMCheck, raised the alarm on a brand which has repeatedly been on his website, its supplements supposedly being the key to warding off such ailments as arthritis.

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Covid-19: Can ‘boosting’ your immune system protect you?

Posted 11 April 2020

Forget kombucha and trendy vitamin supplements – they are nothing more than magic potions for the modern age.

“Spanish Influenza – what it is and how it should be treated,” read the reassuringly factual headline to an advert for Vick’s VapoRub back in 1918. The text beneath included nuggets of wisdom such as “stay quiet” and “take a laxative”. Oh, and to apply their ointment liberally, of course.

The 1918 flu pandemic was the most lethal in recorded history, infecting up to 500 million people (a quarter of the world’s population at the time) and killing tens of millions worldwide.

But with crisis comes opportunity, and the – sometimes literal – snake oil salesmen were out in force. Vick’s VapoRub had stiff competition from a panoply of crackpot remedies, including Miller’s Antiseptic Snake Oil, Dr

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Immunadue – ASA ruling, again.

Posted 07 September 2016

ImmunadueDr Eyal lodged a consumer complaint with the ASA against a radio commercial that was broadcast on Jacaranda FM during July.

The commercial states as follows:

“7.2; the most important number in your life, because 7.2 is the ideal pH balance for your body. Drop below 7.2 through stress and poor diet and you’re vulnerable to certain cancers, diabetes, cholesterol, arthritis. But by taking Immunadue each day you can restore your pH balance. Get back to 7.2 with Immunadue. The only natural, non chemical multivitamin to help balance your pH levels each day. Immunadue the meaning of life”.

The complainant submitted that the commercial makes numerous false claims, in particular that the product will normalise the body’s pH levels. It also incorrectly quotes the optimal pH level and mentions that the product is clinically proven, all of which are untrue and contradicted by prestigious medical journals.… Read the rest

Immunadue – ASA ruling

Posted 08 July 2016

A consumer lodged a complaint against the Immunadue’s print advertisement appearing on the front page of the Beeld Newspaper on 28 March 2016.

The advertisement is headed “Kry ‘n perfekte pH balans met Immunadue” (obtain a perfect pH balance with Immunadue). It features a photograph of a family, with a chart depicting the following illnesses on an inverted bell-curve:

  • “Artritis” (Arthritis)
  • “Stres” (Stress)
  • “Sommige Kankers” (Certain Cancers)
  • “Inflamasie” (Inflammation)
  • “Diabetes”
  • “Jig” (Gout)
  • “Osteoporose” (Osteoporosis)

The complainant submitted that “There is no scientific proof that this type of ‘medication’ can alter blood or tissue pH level to the extent that it can be beneficial in treating the conditions listed in the advertisement. This is fraudulent information, it misleads the public and can lead to serious complications and even death in patients that might discontinue their own medication to switch to this product”.

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