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Rayma Balance Bracelet – ASA breach ruling

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Posted 16 July 2012

Rayma Balance Bracelet placed an advert in a newspaper making the same unsubstantiated claims previously ruled against by the ASA. Rayma appears to be deliberately ignoring the ASA’s previous rulings – not surprising considering that the claims being made for this bracelet makes no physiological sense at all. The ASA agreed with a consumer complaint that this was a breach of previous ASA rulings, and ruled against the company with the institution of sanctions but suspended for a period.

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Tri-Vortex Technology – Yep, no proof

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Posted 28 May 2012

In October 2011 I highlighted this product, Tri-Vortex™ which claims that by treating water with a hi-end computer, professional audio software & hardware, amplifiers and a set of domed cylindrical chambers, that they can change the molecular structure of water and give it additional properties.

The claims are made that drinking the treated water will have the following effects:

  • Natural pain relief – with no chemicals.
  • Complete hydration – water is structured and offers better cellular hydration.
  • Improved vitality and balance – in both humans and animals.
  • Reduction of negative effects from radiation in cell phones and electronic devices

I wrote: “Frankly, this is baloney and reeks of scam.”

So a complaint was laid with the ASA asking the company to supply proof that these claims are possible. Yep, they could not prove anything. 

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Rayma Balance Bracelet scam – ASA breach ruling

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Posted 10 May 2012

In a ruling dated 8 June 2007, the Directorate ruled that the respondent’s advertising for Rayma Balance Bracelet created a misleading impression that the bracelet will relieve pain when used by anybody, which was not proven and therefore unsubstantiated.

However this appears to have made no impression on Mr Mervyn Daitz of Topline Innovations who continued to make these nonsense claims, and deceive, cheat and steal from consumers by selling this simple scam. More than that, read the ruling carefully – the ASA appear to call Mr Daitz a liar, but not in so many words. If you are a consumer who purchased this product, I urge you to ask for your money back. If you do not get it, ask the small claims court for redress, or the CPA, or even lay a charge of fraud against the company.

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DiaScan Scam

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Posted 17 April 2011

At http://www.diascan-sa.com/ the product, DiaScan is being promoted claiming:

“DiaScan is a Body and Health Wellness and Information Center falling into the category of Alternative medicine and not a Medical Center. All centers being run by non medical practitioners will work closely with medical practitioners and cases requiring medical attention will be referred, with all necessary color pictures of affected or damaged organs, graphics and explanations to assist the medical practitioners in the treatment of a patient.”
“The DiaScan Process will

  • Scan all organs and body systems in patients with 98% accuracy
  • Give a patient complete information on the state of health of their bodies
  • List diseases that are at a developmental risk stage
  • List initial disorders that are present but no acute functional disorders as of yet
  • List diseases that will progress in time if no treatment is applied
  • List existing causative agents in all
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Topline Innovations – Mervyn Daitz

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Posted 13 March 2012

Who is Mervyn Daitz, and who is Topline Innovations? 

“Topline Innovations, a company founded by Mervyn Daitz 27 years ago. Mervyn, an expert in the health and beauty industry, is always on the lookout for high quality products to help improve people's health and beauty.”

Sounds marvellous, except this company is responsible for the marketing of a number of unsubstantiated products, including one ruled twice against in previous ASA ruling: the RAYMA Balance Bracelet.

Mervyn proudly writes: “The business started in 1984 when Mervyn was introduced to the TDK Bio-Magnetic necklace, a pain relief accessory. Many years later while on a visit to Spain he saw the enormous success and extraordinary results of the Rayma balance bracelet. After seeing the fantastic results for people suffering from pain, these two products became the foundations on which Topline Innovations was based. Both products are still available Read the rest

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Whole-body vibration devices

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Posted: 23 November 2011

AHRQ reviews whole-body vibration devices. 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published a sceptical report on the use of whole-body vibration devices for preventing and treating osteoporosis. The vibrations are generated by motors under the device’s platform and transmitted to the person standing on the platform. The FDA has not approved whole-body vibration platforms for medical purposes; therefore, no FDA standards regulate their manufacture and designs vary widely.

But the AHRQ report concluded:
(a) little research has been done,
(b) studies have not addressed potential harms, and
(c) beneficial claims should not be made without further research.

[Wysocki A and others. Whole body vibration therapy for osteoporosis. AHRQ Technical Brief Number 10, Nov 2011] http://www.devicewatch.org/reports/vibration.pdf 

Some proponents claim that using a whole-body vibration device for as little as three minutes a day will increase bone density and muscle strength and improve balance. The AHRQ Read the rest

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Tri-Vortex Technology – Big scam?

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Posted 30 October 2011

Tri-Vortex™ claims that by treating water with a hi-end computer, professional audio software & hardware, amplifiers and a set of domed cylindrical chambers, that they can change the molecular structure of water and give it additional properties.Tri-Vortex is a quantum technology using sound to mimic the rhythms of nature. When

The claims are made that drinking the treated water will have the following effects:

  • Natural pain relief – with no chemicals.
  • Complete hydration – water is structured and offers better cellular hydration.
  • Improved vitality and balance – in both humans and animals.
  • Reduction of negative effects from radiation in cell phones and electronic devices

http://www.wellnessdeals.co.za/deals/tri-vortex-technology-seminar/

Frankly, this is baloney and reeks of scam.

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ASA Ruling: Rayma Balance Bracelet

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“PAIN? Guaranteed relief or your money back!”

“Do you suffer from arthritis, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure, poor circulation, rheumatism, headaches, migraine, gout, fibrositis, shoulder stiffness or backache?” 

“Amazing Results” 

“Rayma Balance bracelet Natural Pain relief: It’s not Copper; nor is it magnetised”

Actually, all nonsense!

Here is how the ASA ruled against these claims:

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BEMER/BEAMER Therapy

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Posted 11 September 2010

“BEMER” (or “BEAMER”)  is an acronym for Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation: “A device which, she claimed, has magical healing abilities and has cured everything from her sore back to her horses spider bites.”

Angela Meadon has written a beautiful deconstruction (which I agree with) of this apparatus in her blog, The Skeptic Detective.

There is also a nice article published in the Guardian on this device.

Extracts: “. . .  Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, is wary of some of the Bemer promotional claims . . . .  having looked at some of the claims made for the Bemer, he is not convinced about the plug-in kind either”.

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