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A Vogel Neuroforce loses ASA appeal

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Posted 11 November 2011

A Vogel Neuroforce makes the claims of being an excellent central nervous system tonic, for among other, when you are depressed, tearful, irritable, and so forth.A consumer laid a complaint with the ASA arguing that the claims are not substantiable. The ASA agreed and on 09 Feb 2011 ruled against the product's claims.

The company, SA Natural Products, appealed against the ruling arguing that the ASA were wrong to regard their "expert" as not adequate to substantiate the claims for the product. In this ruling, the ASA finds that even if they did accept  SA Natural Products' "expert" as acceptable, that his substantiation does not unequivocally support the claims for the product!

How is that for shooting yourself in the foot!

He stated: "In the absence of clinical trials on this specific combination of homeopathic medicines one can only hypothesize that a combination of such medicines Read the rest

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ASA Ruling: Echinaforce

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A complainant, lodged a complaint regarding a newsprint advertisement for Echinaforce which appeared in the Sunday Times on 27 February 2011, and also about a similar advertisement for the same product on the website, www.sanatural.co.za, which, according to the complainant, repeated and expanded on these claims.

In essence, It was submitted, inter alia, that the website still claims, “Dr Alfred Vogel’s Echinaforce inhibits bird flu (H5N1), swine flu (H1N1), seasonal flu more effective than oseltamivir!” and “In the first round, effective against 97,85% of the viruses”.

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ASA Ruling: A Vogel Prostasan

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Consumer complaints were lodged against SA Natural Products’ print advertisement appearing in, inter alia, the Weekend Argus and Sunday Times, as well as an internet advertisement that was published on the website www.sanatural.co.za during 2010.

The advertisement promotes the respondent’s Prostasan capsules contains the following claims: “A. Vogel Prostasan may relieve your: Frequent urinating during the day and night Incomplete emptying of the bladder Urinary urgency Pushing and straining while urinating”. It also contains a lengthy discussion on the product and its claimed benefits as well as references to trials done and recommended usage.

In essence, the complainants submitted that the advertisement is misleading as it there is no proof that the respondent’s product can alleviate the symptoms stated in the advertisement. 

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ASA Ruling: Multiforce Alkaline Powder

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A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against SA Natural Products’ print advertisement for its Multiforce Alkaline Powder product.

The advertisement states, among other, “Acidity may contribute to, or aggravate the following conditions:  Pain in the body joints; Inflammatory conditions; Poor quality skin, hair and nails; Reduced immune response; Kidney and gall stones;  Weight fluctuations; Low vitality and energy; Indigestion, constipation and flatulence; Water retention; Lower back ache; Gout;  Osteoporosis; Promoting cancer”.

How did the ASA rule?

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Vogel’s Echinaforce

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A consumer laid a complaint with the ASA against Vogel’s Echinaforce advert. The advertorial was headed, “A. Vogel Echinaforce proven in-vitro to inhibit Swine Flu, Bird Flu and Seasonal Flu”. The advertorial contained, inter alia, the claim “in the first round Echinaforce was effective against 97.85% of the viruses”. Reference is also made to Echinaforce’s prophylactic and antibacterial qualities.

In essence, the complainant submitted that the advertorial is misleading as the product is not registered with the authorities in any way. She also contested the validity of the claim that the product is able to protect against, inter alia, Swine Flu, arguing that this study has not been subjected to any form of peer review. 

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Top 10 (+5) pseudoscience health sites in SA

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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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