Detoxifier, my foot! No proof that pads remove toxins, says advertising regulator

Posted 13 April 2023

Homemark continues to scam consumers selling unproven products, and products known to be scams. Like their Remedy Health Detox Foot Pads.

A complaint was laid with the Advertising Regulatory Board, and here is an article, behind a paywall, on this.

TV stations ordered to discontinue ‘misleading’ adverts for foot pads claimed to detoxify the body while user is asleep

03 April 2023 – 20:27 BY GILL GIFFORD
A Homemark television advert promoting Remedy Health Detox Foot Pads has been found to be in breach of the Advertising Code by the Advertising Regulatory Board, which has advised broadcasters to stop flighting it. .. TimesLive
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Homemark Remedy Health Detox Foot Pads – ARB Ruling

Posted 04 April 2023

The Directorate of the Advertising Regulatory Board has been called upon to consider a consumer complaint against a Homemark television commercial promoting the Remedy Health Detox Foot Pads.

In fact, Homemark has been marketing this scam product for years, and keep on re-advertising the same product using the same TV advert. Shame on Homemark, shame on DSTV Multichoice for accepting the advert in spite of previous ASA and ARB rulings.


Complainant: Bernhardt Meyer
Advertiser: Homemark (Pty) Ltd
Consumer/Competitor: Consumer
File reference: 2513 – Homemark Remedy Health Detox Pads –Meyer
Outcome: Upheld

Date: 24 March 2023

The Directorate of the Advertising Regulatory Board has been called upon to consider a consumer complaint against a Homemark television commercial promoting the Remedy Health Detox Foot Pads. The commercial was flighted on the Kynet Channel 144 on Dstv on the 2nd of February 2023.… Read the rest

Detoxification nonsense spotlighted

Posted 21 March 2023

Two recent articles expose the false notion that popular detoxification regimens are health-enhancing:

  • Jonathan Jarry notes: “Binders are just the latest products to be added to the detox economy. Its end users, already choked by consumerism and trained to see evil lurking in their modern surroundings, are again told they’re not spending enough money keeping themselves healthy.” [Jarry J. You don’t need a binder in your detox kit, and you don’t need a detox kit. McGill Office for Science and Society, Jan 13, 2023]

Source: Consumer Health Digest #23-03, January 15, 2023

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Ruling against ads for Homemark products – including detox tea and nail treatment – following complaints

Posted 07 December 2020

Dec 06, 2020, 10:04 AM
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Homemark Remedy Health Detox Foot Patches: ARB Ruling

Posted 30 November 2020

A complaint was laid with the Advertising Regulatory Board against the claims being made for this product.

Complainant: Dr Harris Steinman
Advertiser: Homemark (Pty) Ltd
Consumer/Competitor: Consumer
File reference: 1085 – Homemark Remedy Health Detox Foot Patches – Dr Harris Steinman
Outcome: Upheld
Date: 24 November 2020

The Directorate of the Advertising Regulatory Board has been called on to consider a complaint by Dr Harris Steinman against Homemark’s website advertising promoting its “Remedy Health Detox Foot Patches”. The relevant advertising is accessible via

Description of the Advertising

The advertising notes, inter alia, that “The Remedy Health Detox Pads are used on the feet according to the Chinese tradition of foot reflexology. Detox patches are said to stimulate nerve endings on the bottom of your feet and improving energy flow and resolve circulation to problem areas of the body, clearing toxins build-up and Read the rest

Detoxing debunked

Posted 14 January 2019

Vox has published a brief article accompanied by an informative four-minute YouTube video explaining that unless you are a heroin addict or are at risk of alcohol poisoning, you probably don’t need a ‘detox.’

Belluz J, Haubursin C. Products that promise “detox” are a sham. Yes, all of them. Vox. Jan 2, 2019

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Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness

Posted 22 October 2018

Charcoal, “toxins” and other forms of nonsense are the backbone of the wellness-industrial complex.

By Jen Gunter New York Times 

Before we go further, I’d like to clear something up: Wellness is not the same as medicine.

Medicine is the science of reducing death and disease, and increasing long and healthy lives.

Wellness used to mean a blend of health and happiness. Something that made you feel good or brought joy and was not medically harmful — perhaps a massage or a walk along the beach. But it has become a false antidote to the fear of modern life and death.

The wellness industry takes medical terminology, such as “inflammation” or “free radicals,” and levigates itto the point of incomprehension. The resulting product is a D.I.Y. medicine for longevity that comes with a confidence that science can only aspire to achieve.

Let’s take

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

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

Top ten signs your detox may be a scam

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

The anatomy of a detox scam

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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