Crèche Guard Couth, Cold & Allergies Syrup

Posted 03 July 2013

Kenza Health is selling the scam product, Biobust (a product that claims it can increase the size of a woman’s bust!). When the product, Crèche Guard Cough, Cold & Allergies Syrup was brought to my attention and I realised that it was a Kenza Health product, I wondered if this may also be a product that conflicts with scientific evidence, i.e., whether it may be a scam as well. So I evaluated the ingredients and compared it with credible databases of knowledge of “natural medicines”. As you will see below, this product is a mixture of herbs, and nonsense, extrapolating from evidence that don’t even exist.

Kenza Health then asks Dr David Nye, a homeopath who has supported a number of this products for which scientific evidence does not exist, in order to substantiate the product. The ASA summarises: “In most instances, Dr Nye expects Read the rest

Créche Guard Cough – ASA ruling

18 January 2013

A complaint was laid against Créche Guard Cough arguing that there is no evidence that this product has any effect on ill children.

However the complaint was badly composed and therefore “. . . the Directorate has to decline to rule on the question of the efficacy of the respondent’s product at this time.”

Following the text of the ASA ruling, the scientific argument pointing out why this product is unlikely to have any benefit on ill children, has been added (and a new complaint laid with the ASA)

3 July 2013: Update: Results of the ASA ruling which confirms my contention that there is no proof that the ingredients, or this product, has ANY benefit.

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ASA Ruling – Biobust

Posted 15 September 2010

1. What is the different level of evidence required to make the claim “BioBust is a natural formula that provides nutritional support to the body to increase fullness and firmness to the bust” in contrast to “Biobust is a natural formula that provides nutritional support that may assist the body to increase fullness and firmness of the bust”? Surely one still needs a high level of credible evidence to make a claim of “may result”?

2. Is there a substantial difference between “may cause breasts to enlarge” from “makes breasts enlarge” from a consumer’s perspective? (From a semantics point of view, the difference is clear)

3. Should the ACA Advisory Service be tasked with advising on scientific evidence when they appear to not have the required expertise? Who should be doing this?

The ASA argues that they are different claims.

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Top 10 (+5) pseudoscience health sites in SA

Posted 21 July 2010

CAMcheck takes no pleasure in listing the following pseudoscience health sites in SA (in no particular order). Unfortunately there is very little that the appointed protectors of our health and wellbeing (Department of Health, Medicines Control Council, SA Pharmacy Council) are doing about protecting us from them. 

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Créche Guard Immune Multivitamin Syrup

Posted 11 May 2010

Should one believe every product popping up in stores or on websites, or based on popularity of consumer surveys? 

The first question should be: “how reputable is the consumer survey?”

A second question could be, “do I trust this company?” (In this instance, Creche Guard is brought to you by Kenza Health, a company that also brought you Biobust claiming that taking these pills would result in one’s breasts enlarging! Yes, really!

Prof Roy Jobson, a professor of pharmacology at Rhodes University, deconstructed this product on the Mail & Guardian ThoughtLeader website. And what did he think?

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