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Antagolin – ASA breach ruling June 2015

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Posted 22 July 2015

In the first ASA ruling against Antagolin, the claims “Antagolin combats insulin resistance and will help you to lose weight effectively” was ruled against and had to be withdrawn. It should be said that even Big Pharma, with millions at their disposal, have been unable to develop a great weight-loss product. Yet Dr Conrad Smith and the pharmacist, Mariaan Du Plessis, claim that they have.

A subsequent appeal was dismissed. It should be noted that no studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals, to date, supporting the claims for this product. Indeed, although the MNI website gives the spin that the evidence for the ingredients are sound, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, finds little support for the claims for the individual ingredients.

This did not stop the company for repeating these claims on an advert flighted on MNET. Bizarrely  Willem de Klerk Attorneys, on behalf of … Read the rest

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Antagolin – Still no robust evidence II

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Posted 07 August 2014

The ASA has previously ruled against the claims for Antagolin. The company submitted new evidence in support of their claims. The ASA requested the two previous complainants to comment on the submission. Based on the ASA’s assessment of the complaint, and the comments, they ruled against the claims for Antagolin.

Importantly, Dr Conrad Smith and pharmacist, Mariaan du Plessis, may have opened themselves to being struck of the professional register for conducting a study without ethical approval or informed consent.

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Antagolin – Still no robust evidence I

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Posted 07 August 2014

The ASA has previously ruled against the claims for Antagolin. The company submitted new evidence in support of their claims. The ASA requested the two previous complainants to comment on the submission. Based on the ASA’s assessment of the complaint, and the comments, they ruled against the claims for Antagolin.

Importantly, Dr Conrad Smith and pharmacist, Mariaan du Plessis, may have opened themselves to being struck of the professional register for conducting a study without ethical approval or informed consent.

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Antagolin – does it work? Unlikely.

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Posted 29 October 2013

antagolin We are being bombarded on television for an advert that claims, among other, that the product can combat insulin resistance and thereby result in effective weight loss.

On the Antagolin website, a product designed by the “Medical Nutritional Institute”, the following claims are made:

  • AntaGolin™ may help to alleviate insulin resistance and assist you gain better control over your weight.
  • AntaGolin™ consists of a compilation of natural agents that have been recognised for their ability to alleviate insulin resistance. Its mechanism of action comprises the simultaneous targeting of multiple metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in glucose and fat metabolism, as well as the optimal functioning of insulin.

Notice the word, “may help”. Well it either does, or it does not. Is it fair to sell you a product that “may” help if it only works for 10% of people.

What is the truth?

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