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 Seed is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.

In fact, although the MCC has not “evaluated“* this product, they had this to say:

“The product is advertised and sold online as a natural weight loss solution, with extraordinary claims made about its effect in stimulating weight loss. The Medicines Control Council has not evaluated any products containing this ingredient for safety, effectiveness or quality, and has therefore not evaluated any of the evidence for their use. The Medicines Control Council is not aware of any human clinical trials evaluating the oral use of this nut for such purposes”.

“It is, however, known that the seeds (nuts) and other parts of the plant may potentially be toxic due to the presence of phorbol esters, saponins, toxalbumin and hydrogen cyanide. These compounds have irritant properties and are, therefore, very strong purgatives. They may also act as potent tumour promoters (co-carcinogens). Phorbol esters can also be very irritating to the skin and eyes and ingestion of the seeds (nuts) has been reported to cause vomiting, gastrointestinal pain, and diarrhoea. The toxic effects in humans are reported to range from severe gastrointestinal irritation to death”.

Comments we have received have shown just how toxic this product can be.

The ASA have ruled against the claims being made for this product. Seems to have made no impression on the owners.

We can only but express our utter disgust at individuals continuing to sell a product that causes major side effects in their users. There is simply no excuse.

* evaluate = assess (to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of; assess): the MCC have indeed assessed the claims and safety of this product, and expressed a strong opinion. This is therefore indeed an evaluation.


2 comments to Wondernut: the owners, and accountability?

  • Fuzzz

    So they are poisoning people and still not being held accountable. Seems scamming stealing and murdering is the new norm in this world. But the guy stealing a loaf of bread because he has no job and need to feed a family ends up in jail.

  • Sharon

    Hahaha you think scamming, stealing and murdering is new??? There have been diet tablets and skin care products and other so-called health products on the market for years which make all the same claims and yet do nothing but take people’s money! Liars and deceivers abound all over the world. And all of a sudden you feel outrage???? Me thinks you doth protest too much…..

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