Posted 15 May 2015
It is one thing to sell a product that has no proof of benefit, another to claim it is more effective than one that has.
Lebron, the local agents for Oscillococcinum – a homeopathic product that claims to be effective for the symptoms of flu and colds (but is not), have made the repugnant suggestion in a press-release that “flu vaccines may not work”, and that Oscillococcinum should be used instead. The press release misleadingly does not point out that flu vaccines DO work – but not for a specific strain of flu that may emerge, and infers that therefore one should consider not using a flu vaccine and instead use Oscillococcinum.
The press release claims: “A reputable medicine such as Oscillococcinum . . ” Let us be clear: Oscillococcinum is a scam: there is zero proof that it is effective. In 2012, Boiron, the manufacturers settled a class action suite in the USA for claiming that it was effective.
In 2009 the USA Federal Trade Commission sent a warning letter to companies making a similar claim but for the H1N1 Flu Virus.
Furthermore, Oscillococcinum flouts the current South African regulations in that they are claiming prevention and treatment of a disease with no regard for the associated labeling disclaimer.
The practitioner involved, Dr Erika Coertzen, can be charged with unprofessional conduct and the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) will be notified. Dr Coertzen has also disregarded the regulations of the AHP Act.[note note_color=”#e1faed”]
Flu vaccines may not work, consider alternatives — medical expert
Global health authorities have cautioned that current flu vaccines may not prevent a severe new strain of influenza, highlighting the need to seek alternative ways to protect against falling ill this winter.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health warning to doctors during the northern hemisphere winter about the severity of the 2015 flu season. It said the current flu vaccination protects against three or four strains but is not a match for the dangerous H3N2 strain which has mutated and has contributed to more deaths and hospitalisations of children and the elderly. (See here: http://www.health24.com/Medical/Flu/Preventing-flu/Flu-vaccine-missing-its-mark-20150112)
Nearly 30 children died in one of the worst flu outbreaks in the US over their winter. In SA, a new modified vaccine is now available to match two of three new strains, including H3N2. However flu can still be contracted if other strains are not covered by the vaccine (See: http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Winter-Wellness/South-Africans-warned-of-severe-flu-strains-20150420).
SA doctor and homeopath, Dr Erika Coertzen, suggests boosting the immune system naturally by following a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, regular exercise and taking preventative natural or homeopathic medicines to counter the onset of flu symptoms.
“A reputable medicine such as Oscillococcinum, the most popular homeopathic product for flu symptoms in France, has shown to help alleviate flu symptoms such as body aches, pains, chills and fever without drowsiness or the worry of negative interaction with other medication. Oscillococcinum works with the body to help rebalance and heal, and is suitable for all ages. Oscillococcinum’s efficacy in reducing the severity and duration of flu-like symptoms is well-known. A majority of patients who take Oscillococcinum at the onset of flu-like symptoms show improvement or resolution of symptoms after reduced time” she said.
- For media info and for interviews with Dr Coertzen, contact Hudah Levendall or Craig Doonan on 021-785-3683.
- For product info, see: http://www.lebron.co.za or Visit www.oscillo.com or call 021-403-6390. Find us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/oscilloza
Issued on behalf of LeBron Health by Leap Communications:
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- Oscillococcinum – revisited 28 May, 2018
- Osillococcinum – its origons, i.e., how is it made and its ‘science’ 22 January, 2016
- Why an ineffective flu remedy (Oscillococcinum) is still being advertised in South Africa 21 January, 2016
- Flu vaccines might be ineffective, so try… water 15 May, 2015
- Oscillococcinum / LeBron: abominable behaviour 15 May, 2015
- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, on homeopathy (and Oscillococcinum) 4 February, 2013
- Oscillococcinum – ASA complaint 11 December, 2012
- Absurdity of Oscillococcinum: ASA FAC ruling 19 September, 2012
- Oscillococcinum – ASA ruling 26 April, 2012
- Oscillococcinum, Boiron: class-action certified 28 August, 2011
- Oscillococcinum, Boiron 21 August, 2011