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Is alkaline water a miracle cure – or BS?

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Posted 01 November 2018

This article from The Guardian addresses the claims of alkaline water, but one could also include those of Vogel Multiforce Alkaline Powder, a product that claims your body is too acidic.

“While people have been touting the benefits of upping your alkaline levels for decades, Fenton says the belief is not supported by any scientific evidence. Fenton, who analyzed studies looking at the association of alkaline water with cancer treatment, notes that while “there are a few very poorly designed studies” that suggest alkaline water confers health benefits, there is no rigorous evidence this is the case.”

“What’s more, Fenton stresses, you simply can’t change the pH of your body by drinking alkaline water. “Your body regulates its [blood] pH in a very narrow range because all our enzymes are designed to work at pH 7.4. If our pH varied too much we wouldn’t survive.””

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Alkaline diet: Separating pHacts from pHiction

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Posted 3 September 2018

Dr Harriet Hall explains why the alkaline diet, and other claims of pH imbalance requiring intervention in individuals without chronic disease, is mostly nonsense. For example, does Vogel’s Multiforce Alkaline Powder claims have any merit, or are they simply marketing rubbish?

She writes:

The internet is a cornucopia of facts, some true and some “alternative” (in other words, lies). One topic that is particularly plagued by misinformation is pH. People are restricting their diet, buying alkaline water, testing their urine with pH test strips, and buying into bogus cancer cures, all on the basis of false pseudoscientific claims. Going back to basics will help us distinguish pHacts from pHiction.

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Vogel Multiforce Alkaline Powder

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Posted 31 August 2018

Vogel Multiforce Alkaline powder claims in adverts to, among other:

  • A multimineral supplement that helps support the body’s pH regulating mechanisms.
  • Proven to increase urinary pH which means there is less acidity in the body
  • Potassium Bicarbonate has blood alkalinising properties and acts on metabolic acidosis
  • Many foods and drinks, especially meat, dairy products, sugar, coffee and alcohol are acid forming. Without adequate alkaline minerals, which are necessary to offset increases in acidity, your body struggles to maintain its internal acid/alkaline levels. 

But does it work?

There have been multiple ASA rulings against the claims for this product.

Yet the company continues to make these false claims.

Scott Gavura has posted an article on detox scams to Science Based Medicine. He summarises beautifully how the pH regulating system of the body functions:

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pH Miracle author to face new trial

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Posted 28 March 2016

Robert_O_YoungThe author of the popular “pH Miracle” book series, convicted last month on two counts of practicing medicine without a license, will be retried on six other charges, including theft by fraud, a prosecutor said Monday.

Robert O. Young already convicted of practicing medicine without license

The 64-year-old Young, whose books include the best-selling “The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health,” espouses practices that he said can neutralize alkaline and acidity in the bloodstream.

During a two-month trial, Darvas argued that Young — who is not licensed as a medical or a naturopathic doctor — defrauded patients who came to his Valley Center ranch, the pH Miracle Living Center, for $2,000 a day treatments. She dubbed him “the Wizard of pHraud.”

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Vogel’s Multiforce Alkaline Powder – still no proof that it works

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Posted 13 September 2012

The ASA previously ruled that this product’s claims made in an advertisement headed “Feeling acidic?” and stating, inter alia, “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…”  was not substantiated and in breach of the ASA regulations, and therefore unproven and could not be made. The company supplied new substantiation from Dr Davie van Velden.

However the complainant argued that the substantiation was still insufficient and the claims for the product therefore still unproven. The ASA agreed.

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A Vogel Molkosan – ASA ruling

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Posted 22 July 2012

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against a print advertisement promoting “Molkosan” as “The centuries old ‘whey’ to good health”. The advertisement appeared in the Sunday Times, and contains, inter alia, a testimonial. In essence the complainant submitted that the testimonial is effectively making a “before and after” claim which requires suitable substantiation. In addition, it makes an efficacy claim insofar as weight loss is concerned, and therefore also requires evidence.

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A Vogel Alkaline Powder – ASA ruling

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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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ASA Ruling: A Vogel Neuroforce breach

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Posted 12 January 2012 

In an email dated 17 November 2011, a third party, Prof Roy Jobson, submitted that the respondent’s product is currently still being promoted on several website pages belonging to the respondent. Prof Jobson specifically supplied the relevant URL’s to support his contention that the respondent is in breach of the previous rulings.

He submitted, inter alia, that the respondent is a repeat offender and should have ensured that all these promotions of Neuroforce were removed from its website many months ago. The complainant further requested that the most severe sanctions possible be imposed on the respondent. 

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A Vogel Neuroforce loses ASA appeal

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Posted 11 November 2011

A Vogel Neuroforce makes the claims of being an excellent central nervous system tonic, for among other, when you are depressed, tearful, irritable, and so forth.A consumer laid a complaint with the ASA arguing that the claims are not substantiable. The ASA agreed and on 09 Feb 2011 ruled against the product's claims.

The company, SA Natural Products, appealed against the ruling arguing that the ASA were wrong to regard their "expert" as not adequate to substantiate the claims for the product. In this ruling, the ASA finds that even if they did accept  SA Natural Products' "expert" as acceptable, that his substantiation does not unequivocally support the claims for the product!

How is that for shooting yourself in the foot!

He stated: "In the absence of clinical trials on this specific combination of homeopathic medicines one can only hypothesize that a combination of such medicines Read the rest

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ASA Ruling: Echinaforce

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A complainant, lodged a complaint regarding a newsprint advertisement for Echinaforce which appeared in the Sunday Times on 27 February 2011, and also about a similar advertisement for the same product on the website, www.sanatural.co.za, which, according to the complainant, repeated and expanded on these claims.

In essence, It was submitted, inter alia, that the website still claims, “Dr Alfred Vogel’s Echinaforce inhibits bird flu (H5N1), swine flu (H1N1), seasonal flu more effective than oseltamivir!” and “In the first round, effective against 97,85% of the viruses”.

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