Tri-Vortex scam now in India?

Posted 28 January 2013

Has the Tri-Vortex “scam” been “exported” to India?


The Headlines India article (dt. January 25 2013) said that the Tirangaa bangle would not only foster patriotism and oneness among the Indians wearing it, but also cure a long list of ailments. If that was not enough it would also curb excessive radiation that otherwise impacts our being.

The words “Tri-Vortex technology from South Africa” and the name “Anton Ungerer” stood out among the tall claims to “cure ailments like acidity and arthritis, purifies water and even protects people from harmful cellphone radiation”. Of course, this would prove “particularly beneficial for athletes and the elderly”.


Continue reading Nakul Shenoy’s article:

Update 29 January 2013: Here is another excellent read (Shashi Tharoor’s Magic Bangles…) from an Indian news site, IBTL, on this this baloney.

Update 31 January 2013: Two further articles Read the rest

6 comments to Tri-Vortex scam now in India?

  • Dr Rita Pal


    Firstly, a million thanks for writing about Trivortex. If you had not done so, no one would have known about its scam like features. Do you know the results of the consumer complaints in SA.

    Thanks for featuring the IBTL piece. I wrote it at about 3am at night. Should have added more detail to the scam effects really but might do a follow-up.

    Secondly, do you know where Trivortex gets their copper from. Both MPs have now gone into silent mode and are talking about other aspects.

    Be grateful for your assistance and feel free to give me a quote for the next piece. You run a fantastic blog.


    Rita Pal

  • Harris

    Thanks for your comments! I do not know where Trivortex gets their copper from. Our government has not taken action against this company but a complaint was laid with the Advertising Standards Authority which has regulatory power over advertising. If the advertiser can prove the claims being made are true, the ASA will rule in their favour. However in this instance, the company was not able to supply any scientific proof that their claims were justified. Read the ruling here:

  • Dr Rita Pal

    Thank you Harris. I note that there was no sanction on the ASA judgment. Shame really since it now has the potential of causing wider problems and placing patients in India at quite significant risk. I am advised that in that culture, vulnerable people are more likely to believe in claims and then fail to go to their doctor for treatment. It is quite a worry. So far both MPs have refused to respond to this issue.

    Has anyone tried the SA medical fraternity related to this. Secondly, in terms of companies, here in the UK we have Companies House that lists the details of various ltd companies. Is there a similar thing in SA?

    In terms of newspaper coverage, I cannot find much on Trivortex from here. Have you noticed any coverage of them there. Their website is down.

    Apologies for these questions. Not so easy fishing for info in SA.

    Many thanks for all your help


  • Harris

    The ASA does not sanction a company unless they repeatedly ignore the ASA ruling. In this instance, the company removed the claims from their website. Unfortunately the ASA cannot enforce any aspect, i.e., cannot take the company to court. There is no coverage of Trivortex here, probably because there are so many other scams and unsubstantiated products flooding into our market for our Medicines Control Council is in a catatonic frozen state and not regulating nor policing any of these products, hence even “AIDS cures” can be purchased.

  • The regulatory system in South Africa is horrendously bad. The agency making the decision had no scientific background to investigate nevertheless make a decision related to the single complaint nor the thorough rebuttal of the complaint and did not hire a third party to referee the claims made by both sides.

    The decision to ban the claims was based upon guesswork and not an analysis of any scientific data

  • Harris

    Brian David Andersen is a member of Trivortex. He is correct by stating that the South African regulatory system is bad. And although the regulatory agency who made the decision are not scientists, the fact is that TriVortex had simply zero science to back up their claims, hence it was an easy decision.

    No need to hire a third party to referee the claims when the science is sheer fantasy. No guesswork involved, simply zero scientific data (although tons of pseudoscience!)

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