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ALCAT – Response to Dr Pridgeon’s letter

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A letter written by Dr John Pridgeon dated February 18th, 2010, was circulated to his email list of clients and placed on the ALCAT South Africa website (www.alcatsa.co.za [no longer active]), where a number of allegations were made regarding the circumstances surrounding the closure of ALCAT South Africa. It is reproduced here, in the event that it was removed.

Many of the claims are either misleading, distortions or simply untruthful. Is Dr Pridgeon guilty of libel and defamation? (libel: a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person) (defamation: To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel.)

Here are the facts written in style where the reader can decide for themselves. 

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ASA Ruling: ImuPro

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ImuPro is a blood test which claims to be able predict which foods make you sick, i.e., cause allergy or intolerances. The test is supported by Patrick Holford – which should already make the consumer concerned about the validity of this test!  The company claims: “…the internationally respected ImuPro Food IgG Intolerance Test that can pinpoint food intolerances”.

The facts are:
IgG is a valid blood test, but NOT for intolerances or predicting foods are responsible for allergy.

All major allergy societies throughout the world, and allergy experts, have published position statements warning against IgG tests for this purpose.

See the Allergy Society of South Africa’s position statement on this test (and see the references which indicate links to all of the other societies statements).  (We have brought this to the attention of the company but they continued to make these claims – makes one wonder of their ethics!)

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