noseweek article: EYEWASH


Critics who question the product's safety are threatened with defamation charges 

Posted with kind permission from noseweek

WHO'S GOT TIME for R&D these days? Certainly not Solal Technologies, a company that distributes, inter alia, a complementary medicine called Lutein & Zeaxanthin (Eye Formula). The blurb says that it's for "lutein and zeaxanthin deficiency" and that it's also "highly protective of the eye and assists with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract". On top of that, "lutein and zeaxanthin also have cardiovascular and anti-carcinogenic effects". Good stuff then – but does it work?

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A question of evidence!

CamCheck highlights various issues related to complementary medicine, pseudoscience, and what constitutes good evidence before a therapeutic product can be regarded as safe or to have efficacy.

In fact, we take the approach: would I give this product to my partner or child? In other words, is there enough evidence to support the claims that the product is safe or works. Surely we do not want to take a chance on someone we love dearly?

By way of example, one of South Africa's leading suppliers of complementary medicines, Solal, sells a product for one's eyes called Lutein & Zeaxanthin (Eye Formula) and makes the following claims:

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