Grabbing the bull by the horns


Grabbing the bull by the horns

An anti-quackery campaigner is back in the ring in his tireless battle against 'pseudo-scientific nonense' and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) clearly doesn't enjoy hearing from Harris Steinman.

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Submitted by : Pete Swanepoel of MONTCLAIR on 2009-05-06 14:12:29
Judge Mervyn King! (snort!). Basic honesty would place the onus on the advertisers to prove their products BEFORE advertising them. And a basic bias in favour of everyman, rather than big business would see better laws in place. But no, we are lobbied and we acquiesce.
We'll choose Matthias the Snake Oil salesman's side before the common man's every time a coconut (or more correctly: every time a euro). I mean thieves have RIGHTS, after all!
 
Submitted by : David Claase of Johannesburg on 2009-05-05 10:47:19
This is not an ASA problem, but one of legislation which does not sufficiently legislate non-pharmaceutical products. A study of properly designed and reviewed evidence-based clinical trials as conducted by the independent UK-based Cochrane Collaboration shows that virtually every "natural", homoeopathic or alternative medicine (including accupuncture) has no measurable health benefits beyond the well documented placebo effect. Yet there is no effective legislation restricting the marketing and sales of what is basically modern snake oil.

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