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Immune Boosters – Scam?

Posted 05 July 2022

A number of products claim to be immune boosters.

These reputable articles argue that these claims are invalid and not physiologically possible – unless you are undernourished or malnourished.

BBC: Covid-19: Can ‘boosting’ your immune system protect you?

“Unfortunately, the idea that pills, trendy superfoods or wellness habits can provide a shortcut to a healthy immune system is a myth. In fact, the concept of “boosting” your immune system doesn’t hold any scientific meaning whatsoever.”

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Cedars Sinai Hospital: Can You Really Boost Your Immune System?

“Dr. Cassel says most of the things people take to boost their immune system, such as vitamins or supplements, don’t have any effect on your immune response.”

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Science Based Medicine: Boost Your Immune System?

“The immune system is not a muscle, not a rocket, not a pump, not a balloon, nor anything else that can be inflated, expanded, or … Read the rest

Can you actually boost your immune system? Here’s the truth

Posted 26 June 2021

Take vitamin C supplements when you feel a cold coming on? The problem is, you can’t actually “strengthen” your immune system, says Dr. Jen Gunter. Diving into the elegant network of cells, tissues and organs that protect us every day, she introduces two kinds of immunity that specialize in recognizing and fighting off bad bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins — and shares what you can do to keep your immune system healthy.

 

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Can supplements help boost your immune system (immune-booster) ?

Posted 13 January 2021

South Africa is flooded with adverts for “immune-boosting” products, in particular claiming to be useful for Covid-19, e.g. –  Galela Oil.

(Galela Oil is a scam – there is no robust evidence at all that supports their claims, and no proof that this product even contains the ingredients they claim to have present (and at an appropriate dose).

The immune system is a very complex system.

As mentioned in a recent peer-reviewed published study: “The concept that one can “boost” immunity is a popular one. Although the only evidence-based approach to this is vaccination, the lay public is exposed to a wide range of information on how to boost immunity”. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6673706/

Harvard University’s Women’s Health Watch has recently published an article on “immune boosters”.

They conclude:

Your money might be better spent on something else.

Harvard University’s Women’s Health Watch

Published: January, 2020

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Covid-19: Can ‘boosting’ your immune system protect you?

Posted 11 April 2020

Forget kombucha and trendy vitamin supplements – they are nothing more than magic potions for the modern age.

“Spanish Influenza – what it is and how it should be treated,” read the reassuringly factual headline to an advert for Vick’s VapoRub back in 1918. The text beneath included nuggets of wisdom such as “stay quiet” and “take a laxative”. Oh, and to apply their ointment liberally, of course.

The 1918 flu pandemic was the most lethal in recorded history, infecting up to 500 million people (a quarter of the world’s population at the time) and killing tens of millions worldwide.

But with crisis comes opportunity, and the – sometimes literal – snake oil salesmen were out in force. Vick’s VapoRub had stiff competition from a panoply of crackpot remedies, including Miller’s Antiseptic Snake Oil, Dr

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Don’t waste your money on immune boosters

An article by Nathan Geffen, Published: July 20, 2011 and posted at Quackdown!

"The most prolific claim of alternative medicine products must surely be that they boost the immune system. I have a collection of products purchased from Discom making this claim. You'll find immune boosters in almost any pharmacy including, or perhaps especially, the large retail chains. Even big pharmaceutical companies like Boehringer Ingelheim and Cipla sell immune boosters. But what is an immune booster? And do these products really improve your immunity against disease?"

The article continues at: http://www.quackdown.info/article/dont-waste-your-money-immune-boosters/

 

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