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Wondernut: If this diet aid is dangerous, why is it still on the market?

Posted 04 May 2018

By Katharine Child Times Select

Activist puts the blame on SA’s new drugs regulator, which in turn claims it is under-resourced

Desperate to lose weight, a Joburg woman was eager to try a weight-loss pill readily available online – one that promised to be a herbal remedy. But then things took a turn for the worse for her health.

Four days after starting to use Wondernut, she started shaking all over. The woman has severe bipolar disorder but has been stable for years on a range of psychiatric medications.

“We thought she was having a ‘depressive’ episode as she was a wreck and couldn’t talk properly. This was accompanied by gastritis with nausea, vomiting, inability to eat and severe pain. She was in bed for 10 days. She stopped using the product, and is only just getting better now, physically and emotionally,” her daughter explained.

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Wondernut: ‘Weight-loss’ nut product highly toxic – Herald

Posted 13 April 2018

Ingestion of the nuts has been reported to cause vomiting‚ gastrointestinal pain and diarrhoea.

IT is marketed as an all-natural‚ 100% organic‚ certified non-toxic product which results in weight loss‚ detoxifies and lowers cholesterol‚ but the nut has been described as highly toxic to humans.

In November, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council – now the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority – issued a strong warning that the nuts of Aleurites moluccanus (L.) Willd. – also known as Indian Walnut‚ and marketed in South Africa as the Wondernut – had reported toxic effects in humans‚ ranging from severe gastrointestinal irritation to death.

That was because it contains compounds that have irritant properties and are very strong purgatives‚ the regulator said.

“They may also act as potent tumour promoters and be very irritating to the skin and eyes.

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Wondernut: the owners, and accountability?

Posted 03 April 2018

One would think that any person with any moral or ethical standards would think twice before selling a product with false claims of weight-loss. But in our experience, often these people are simply people with no moral fibre, often simply scam artists, and rarely, uninformed. Some may have features associated with being psychopathic, e.g., show no remorse.

What do we make of Piet, Hennie and Maureen Botes who are the Board of Directors & Co-founders of Wondernut? In spite of the Medicines Control Council saying that this product has no proof of causing weight-loss, and is potentially highly toxic, they continue to make false claims on their website (and of their agents), claiming that the product can result in weight-loss, and is safe.

Worse: a blatant “lie”: they state: “This Organic weight loss Seeds has not been evaluated by the MCC. The Organic weight loss Read the rest