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“Detox” tea buyers to receive refunds

Posted 02 March 2022

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending checks totaling more than $930,000 to more than 20,000 consumers who bought deceptively marketed Teami teas. The FTC sued Teami, LLC and its owners in March 2020, alleging that the company made bogus health claims and paid for endorsements from well-known social media influencers who did not adequately disclose that they were being paid to promote the products.

The company claimed without reliable scientific evidence that the Teami 30-Day Detox Pack would help consumers lose weight, and that its other teas would fight cancer, clear clogged arteries, decrease migraines, treat and prevent flus, and treat colds.
Reference: FTC returns more than $930,000 to consumers who bought Teami’s deceptively advertised teas. FTC press release, Feb 22, 2022

In March 2020, the FTC also sent letters warning the ten influencers of the need to make proper disclosures.

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

Posted 07 December 2020

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Homemark Detox Tea: 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: 1048 – Homemark Detox Tea – 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 television commercial promoting its Remedy Health “Detox Tea”. According to the Complainant, this commercial flighted on M-Net at 22:11 on 23 September 2020, and an extended version thereof is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPGnERvZ2Ho.

Description of the Advertising

The television commercial opens with a grey colour tone, showing several people looking tired, irritable, struggling to fit in their pants, rubbing their stomachs and appearing generally lethargic. During these scenes, the voice-over states “Not interested in life anymore? We’re just not full Read the rest

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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Dishing the dirt on detox

Posted 02 February 2017

A self-confessed glutton, Jay Rayner has always been wary of the ‘January detox’. But after talking to experts and sampling some of the products, he’s discovered the truth is even worse than he imagined

An article in The Guardian

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Why that detox just won’t work

Posted 14 January 2016

This excellent article was published in The Conversation. Written by , it shows exactly why and how we know that ‘detox’ products are scams.

Will this article influence you, or will you continue to fall for the nonsense claims of scams, e.g., Homemark Detox Footpads, Herbex Detox tea, etc.?

[quote]The crux of the story is that the human body is a comprehensive, self-mending, self-detoxing apparatus. It will perform its detoxification tasks regardless of whether you’re undertaking a rigid detox cure, or a gourmet food and wine tasting marathon. But providing the right ingredients for optimal function daily, rather than opting for a quick-fix detox, is the key.[/quote]
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The one thing you need to know before you detox

Posted 05 January 2016

Homemark, Herbex and others regularly promote detox products, whether a juice bar, detox foot pads or detox tea, and particularly at the beginning of each year. What does Science-based Medicine have to say about “detox”, considering that the physiology of detoxification has been well studied?

A few selected extracts from this excellent article written by Scott Gavura:

“With 2016 upon us, it’s finally time get serious about your health. You’re resolving to eat better and exercise more. But first, you need to reset your body – and purge yourself of all of your lifestyle and dietary overindulgences. But how? The options seem limitless, and everyone has advice: There’s Dr. Oz, Gwyneth, and even your favourite Kardashian has advice: They’re all telling you how it’s essential to “detox”, “cleanse” and “flush” away all of your toxins”.

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