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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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Detoxing is the health ‘resolution’ you should avoid this year

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Posted 08 January 2018

  • Detoxing by drinking  juices, going on cleanses, or using other formulas is unnecessary and may be dangerous.
  • Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables also strips them of some of their most beneficial ingredients.

Ever wished there was an easy, quick way to cleanse your body of all those 2017 toxins?

Turns out you’re already equipped with everything you need. They’re called your liver and kidneys.

Together, these two toxin-bashing organs act as a super-efficient system for filtering out the vast majority of the harmful substances we eat and drink.

In other words, you never need to detox. Not for New Year’s Day. Not after too much Thanksgiving turkey. Not even because you spent most of last year subsisting on greasy take-out from the C-rated “restaurant” next door.

Here’s how it works: While our kidneys filter our blood and remove any waste from our diet, our liver processes Read the rest

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Top ten signs your detox may be a scam

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Posted 29 December 2017

From Science Based Medicine

As we prepare to welcome 2018, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. And what better way to start fresh in 2018 than by literally purging yourself of 2017, inside and out? You may already been seeing advertisements for all forms of detox products and services: Your local pharmacy likely has a shelf of supplements and kits that promise a svelte, glowing you within a few days. A Facebook post is promoting lemon juice, cayenne and maple syrup as a cure-all. Or there’s your local naturopathic clinic promoting IV vitamin infusions – not only will a detox make you feel better, you’ll look better too.

Unfortunately, most of the hype around detox is useless at best, and expensive and potentially harmful, at worst. Most detoxes are only successful at cleaning you of your savings, not your toxins. Here are Read the rest

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The anatomy of a detox scam

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Posted 02 October 2017

It is surprisingly easy to sell snake-oil. I know, because I’ve done it. In 2014, I helped create and sell The Right Detox. This was a bogus detoxification program that purported to improve anyone’s well-being and perhaps, cure disease. I was the face of the scam. I launched The Right Detox at a spring-time women’s health expo in Tucson, Arizona.

This article, written by Britt Hermes, a Naturopath, argues that all forms of detox are scams. We agree.

Read the complete article at Naturopathic Diaries

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Will a juice cleanse will ‘detox’ you after an unhealthy eating binge?

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Posted 26 May 2017

The myth of the juice cleanse is a stubborn one – and one frequently promoted by celebrities – but it’s both wrong and unhealthy.

First of all, your body naturally removes harmful chemicals through the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract – there’s nothing about juice that will hurry that process along.

Secondly, juicing is mostly a way of removing helpful fibre from fruits and vegetables – many sugary fruit juices are as bad for you as sodas. You’re making the fruit less healthy by ‘juicing’ it.

Source: Science Alert

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Do these natural products work?

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Posted 15 April 2016

Remedy or Ripoff?, originally broadcast October 31, 2014, is a documentary produced by CBC Marketplace (“Canada’s consumer watchdog reveals what Canadians need to know to protect themselves, their families and money from slick scams and misleading marketing claims. A team of experienced investigative journalists put the products and services Canadians use every day to the test and hold companies and government to account”)

This episode check out four natural products to see if the science lives up to the hype. It also examines ‘detoxing’.

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Why that detox just won’t work

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Posted 14 January 2016

This excellent article was published in The Conversation. Written by , it shows exactly why and how we know that ‘detox’ products are scams.

Will this article influence you, or will you continue to fall for the nonsense claims of scams, e.g., Homemark Detox Footpads, Herbex Detox tea, etc.?

The crux of the story is that the human body is a comprehensive, self-mending, self-detoxing apparatus. It will perform its detoxification tasks regardless of whether you’re undertaking a rigid detox cure, or a gourmet food and wine tasting marathon. But providing the right ingredients for optimal function daily, rather than opting for a quick-fix detox, is the key.
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Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know

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Posted 3 January 2015

“Detox” is a legitimate medical term that has been turned into a marketing strategy – all designed to treat a nonexistent condition. Real detoxification isn’t ordered from a menu of alternative health treatments, or assembled from ingredients in your pantry. Actual detoxification is provided in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances – usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or other poisons in the body. These are not products you can purchase in a pharmacy for personal use. What you’re seeing promoted as “detox” is using medical terminology, but only to give the perception of scientific legitimacy to medically-useless products and services. Fake detox is built around a number of easily-debunked premises. Once you can spot the flaws, it’s easy to tell fact from fiction.

An article by Scott Gavura and published on Science Based Medicine, explaining how scam artists lure you to … Read the rest

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Misled by chemical myths

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23 July 2014

This article, posted to Sense About Science, states “People are still being misled by chemical myths. This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals. The presence of a chemical isn’t a reason for alarm. The effect of a chemical depends on the dose“.

They have created a number of posters to illustrate this point, pointing out that a number of foods that contain natural chemicals that could be toxic to humans, but depend on the dose, e.g., apricot seed contain cyanide, apple contains amygdalin (in seeds), pears contain formaldehyde, potatoes contain solanin, etc.

They make the point that our diets are never chemical free, for fruit and vegetables are full of chemicals, which they illustrate.

Read more here!

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Florence Niemann – Fountainhead

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Posted 19 January 2013

As mentioned previously on CAMCheck, we do not usually identify the individual(s) responsible for the marketing/selling of unsubstantiated products. However once a company continues to ignore ASA rulings or displays clear evidence that the trust of consumers is being abused, by inter alia, continuing to promote these or similar products, then in our view it is fair that these individuals should be identified and exposed.

 Florence_Niemann Florence Niemann is the owner of Fountainhead. In spite of a number of rulings against her company’s Detox Patch products, Fountainhead continues to make nonsensical and scientific implausible claims for these products. 

In other words, a company that has at its mission statement, “Quality – Integrity – Effectiveness“, is clearly lacking integrity.

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