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Is Sugar toxic?

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Posted 05 August 2013

In Solal’s latest issue of Health Intelligence Magazine (their vehicle for deceptive advertising), an article written by Tamzyn Campbell (a dietitian, and sister of Solal’s head pharmacist, Brent Murphy), reviews the book written by Prof Robert Lustig and claims that this is “probably the best book of our time explaining the obesity epidemic and exploring the link between diet and health”. The article is highlighted on the cover as “Toxic Sugar”, and within the magazine as “Fat Chance”.

We have previously pointed out that Solal uses pseudoscience in order to promote their products. Solal have had ASA rulings against their claims for sugar but this has not have any impact on reigning in their pseudoscientific approach to evidence and science. Solal are great admirers of Prof Robert Lustig and hence promote his views that sugar is toxic with zealousness. We do not argue that Read the rest

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Solal’s Sugar claims – result of an appeal

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Posted 05 August 2013

This ASA appeal ruling, in the favour of the Sugar Association of South Africa’s versus Solal’s claim that ‘For a long time it has been known that a diet high in sugar can cause weight-gain, diabetes and sugar-shock’. It is noteworthy in that the dissenting ASA panel member claimed that “ a diet high in sugar can cause weight-gain and diabetes, any medical doctor will agree that this is the case based on current medical opinion and research“. 

Actually uninformed doctors may believe this; but an educated doctor will evaluate the evidence and conclude differently. For example,  a puzzle includes the fact that sugar consumption has actually been decreasing for the past 14 years, during which time type 2 diabetes has continued its rise. To read how pseudoscientific Solal’s science is, read this posting and this article.

 

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Solal’s Prostrate Protection Formula – Scam?

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Posted 26 July 2013

Breast protectionSolal’s Prostrate Protection Formula claims:

Protects and improves symptoms of enlarged prostate. The only formulation that combines all natural extracts at the correct doses, proven to provide maximum protection for the prostate. I3C, DIM and curcumin extract protect against and may retard the growth of tumour prostate cell mutations“, and,

Beta-sitosterol improves urinary symptoms such as urinary output and bladder emptying. It also inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, thereby preventing the formation of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a known risk factor for prostate cell mutation and growth. Pygeum africanum extract prevents prostate inflammation, cell proliferation and growth. Lycopene and selenium reduce the risk of prostate cell mutations.http://www.solal.co.za/prostate-protection-formula

Note the  statement “Lycopene and selenium reduce the risk of prostate cell mutations.

What is the evidence in support that lycopene and/or selenium will be beneficial for the prostrate? Nil actually.

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Is Solal’s resveratrol dangering your health?

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Posted 26 July 2013

Readers are aware that Solal’s central meme is “anti-aging” (The Anti-Aging Pill (R)), and the primary ingredient is resveratrol. The head pharmacist of Solal, Brent Murphy, argues that anti-aging effects of resveratrol in earthworms and flies can be extrapolated to humans. I have pointed out that there is insufficient evidence to suggest or even allow humans to ingest this ingredient, and in particular, warned that little is know about the safety of resveratrol especially ssince preliminary studies in animals point to a hormetic effect. (http://www.camcheck.co.za/anti-aging-pill/

A study published this week, concludes that “[I]n older men, a natural antioxidant compound found in red grapes and other plants – called resveratrol – blocks many of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise. This is the surprising result from a research project from the University of Copenhagen published today in The Journal of Physiology. The research unusually suggests that Read the rest

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Solal Technologies actively promotes pseudoscience … and here’s how

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Posted 24 July 2013

This article is posted on Groundup.org.za.

Kevin Charleston explains why he stands by the comments a popular vitamin company is suing him for.  Solal Technologies instituted a legal complaint against him for defamation: Solal objected to him calling them “a company that actively promotes pseudoscience”. They also complained about images used in the article – an image which he had no hand in selecting to accompany the article published on the Quackdown website (and also published on CamCheck).

Read further: http://www.groundup.org.za/content/solal-technologies-actively-promotes-pseudoscience-and-here’s-how

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Solal’s SLAPP suit

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Posted 04 June 2013

How a vitamin seller has silenced the Advertising Standards Authority: By Kevin Charleston

Published on Quackdown! on May 29, 2013, 7:26 a.m.

This article discusses Solal / Solal Technologies attempt to shut up critics who point out the lack of proof for many of their products claims, and in particular, their effect on the ASA (Advertising Standards  Authority). A direct result of their actions is that their Anti-Aging Pill, which the ASA ruled against, has not stopped Solal from marketing this product. On CamCheck, I showed how Solal’s evidence to support the claims was nonsense.

Solal’s Board of Directors

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Dr Craige Golding, Brent Murphy, Colin Levin, Jacqueline Moskovitz, David Arthur

Readers may wonder why we are posting pictures of Solal directors. We feel that this is in the public interest considering the public actions that they have taken, which includes, inter alia:

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Compounding Pharmacy of SA – ASA ruling

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Posted 24 April 2013

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against the respondent’s print advertisement regarding bioidentical hormones appearing in Solal’s Health Intelligence Magazine during 2012. Ms Allana Moskovitz of Health Intelligence Magazine claimed that this particular advertisement was published in error. Huh? Really?

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Cavi Brands-Solal – ASA Ruling

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Posted 05 March 2013

A consumer complainant lodged a breach complaint against the CAVI Brands, arguing that it has not complied with the rulings of a previous ASA ruling. He complained of advertising for Solal present on the CAVI Brands website.

The ASA Directorate was satisfied that, while CAVI Brands did technically breach the original rulings by failing to completely remove the information it undertook to, there is no apparent need for sanctions as suggested by the complainant for these links were immediately removed upon being informed.

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Solal HIV/AIDS Protocol – ASA ruling

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Posted 05 March 2013

A consumer laid a complaint with the ASA against this product: “. . . investigated the individual claims made for each individual component, taking issue with the validity of these claims.” 

However the ASA concluded that “the complaint at hand cannot currently be properly considered and ruled on” and  “. . . grounds on which the complaint is based are not currently ‘… clearly stated’ and it would be improper for the Directorate to expect a respondent to answer to a complaint when the complaint does not provide sufficient motivation”.

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Solal Tech Stress Control: ASA ruling II

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Posted 18 January 2013

” . . the complainant  . . . has not advanced any arguments to back up his allegation that the claims are unsubstantiated. As such, the complaint is not complete, and amounts to little more than an allegation. In short, the complainant has not explained WHY he believes that the respondent has contravened the provisions of Clause 4.1 of Section II (which requires independent substantiation), he has simply alleged that the respondent has done so.” “Given the requirements for clear and concise grounds in the Code, and in keeping with the approach followed in the Nature’s Choice ruling referred to above, the Directorate has to decline to rule on the merits of this matter at this point in time, based on the complaint at hand.”

 

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