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Solal – Too much sugar claim No. 2

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 Solal Technologies placed in the Durban Mercury of 03 March 2011, in which the claim is made that “[T]oo much sugar may accumulate fat and make learning difficult”. 

 

The advert continues: “[S]tudies have shown that excessive sugar consumption can boost the body’s production of cortisol, a hormone that causes fat accumulation. Sugar excess is not good for the brain either. 

A study published in the medical journal Neuroscience showed that sugar suppresses the brain’s neurotrophic factor, responsible for learning, memory and plasticity (the ability of the brain to learn new things” 

Solal supports this advertisement with two references:

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A question of evidence!

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CamCheck highlights various issues related to complementary medicine, pseudoscience, and what constitutes good evidence before a therapeutic product can be regarded as safe or to have efficacy.

In fact, we take the approach: would I give this product to my partner or child? In other words, is there enough evidence to support the claims that the product is safe or works. Surely we do not want to take a chance on someone we love dearly?

By way of example, one of South Africa's leading suppliers of complementary medicines, Solal, sells a product for one's eyes called Lutein & Zeaxanthin (Eye Formula) and makes the following claims:

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ASA ruling: Solal Tech – Krill Oil

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“The MCC confirmed that it had not evaluated the advertiser’s application (as appears to be the case here) and had not registered the advertiser’s medicine (as appears to be the case here). By virtue of this, the MCC concluded that none of the disputed efficacy claim made by that advertiser “have been approved by the council”. As a result, the Directorate upheld the complaint, and the claims had to be removed.”

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Solal “Burnout” – Adrenal fatigue

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Posted 27 September 2010

Solal advertises on it’s website, a product called “Burnout“.

The website claims: “Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands, situated above the kidneys, become overworked or damaged, usually from long-term exposure to stress. As a result of being over-worked, they secrete reduced amounts of the adrenal hormones, the main ones being cortisol, aldosterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and adrenaline. The most important of these is cortisol, since when this is lowered, the body will no longer be able to deal with stress, a situation which can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.”

The ingredients of the product are: 
Adrenal Chromium Complex™ (a proprietary complex of chromium polynicotinate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5) Inactive ingredients: Hypromellose (cellulose) vegetarian capsule shell (gelatine free), microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetarian – flow agent), magnesium silicate, silicon dioxide and colloidal silicon dioxide.

Here is a different point of view:

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ASA ruling: Solal Naturally Sweet

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The South African Sugar Association (“SASA”) lodged a complaint with the ASA against a print advertisement for Solal's Naturally Sweet product, which appeared, inter alia, in The Star of 28 September 2009. The advertisement was headed, “Too much sugar or artificial sweeteners can cause cancer.”

On 01 Dec 2009, the ASA ruled against Solal effectively not allowing them to make these claims any longer.

Solal appealed and on the 17 May 2010, the ASA accepting the substantiation of the claims by Mr Rael Koping (a dietitian), found in favour of Solal allowing the claims to be used. I am informed that SASA will be requesting arbitration. 

 See also:
  1. First ruling
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ASA Ruling: Solal – Supplement for vision loss

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Dr Laithwaithe lodged a consumer complaint with the ASA against a print advertisement that appeared in the May edition of Fair Lady magazine. The advertisement is headed “Interesting facts about your health” and states, inter alia,“FACT 1: The eye damage that causes vision loss in old age, actually starts in early adulthood, or even younger”.

In essence, the complainant submitted that the advertiser makes claims for this product for which there is no medical evidence. How did the ASA rule?

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ASA Ruling: Solal: “Vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine”

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Solal placed an advert in newspapers claiming that “Vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine.” 
 It further lists the facts of Vitamin D as, inter alia,:
• “Vitamin D is extremely safe. There are virtually no negative side effects from people taking vitamin D supplements, even at seemingly high doses, such as 2000 IU per day (five times the current South African RDA).”

A consumer complained to the ASA, which found that the claims were not substantiated. However, the ruling is more fascinating for a number of reasons: Read on!

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Top 10 (+5) pseudoscience health sites in SA

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Posted 21 July 2010

CAMcheck takes no pleasure in listing the following pseudoscience health sites in SA (in no particular order). Unfortunately there is very little that the appointed protectors of our health and wellbeing (Department of Health, Medicines Control Council, SA Pharmacy Council) are doing about protecting us from them. 

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Solal – You Pulse Summer edition 2008 advert

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In the recent You Pulse magazine, Summer Edition 2008, an advertisement was published by Solal making a number of unsubstantiated claims, and furthermore, run contrary to a number of the ASA regulations. 

The advert stated, among other:

 

Why your diet doesn’t supply enough micronutrients for health, disease prevention and long life.

 "Over the years the world's growing population, combined with a reduction in available arable land, has resulted in overuse of soils, in order to grow enough fruits and vegetables to feed the planet's population. As a result, fruit and vegetable quality has declined. Studies performed by the United States government USDA ARS Nutrient Data Laboratory show a sharp decline of up to 50% in many minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables over the past 100 years (Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 13). This applies

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