Bloated Claims

Bloated Claims

Noseweek has had many a go at snake oil salesmen who distribute products that miraculously enable you to shed pounds, stop smoking or lengthen a penis. But, so far, Dis-Chem refuses to stop selling useless "slimming" muti.

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Submitted by : Ian Juul on 2011-10-28 16:37:30
I currently use Hoodia and I have used it in the past. It does suppress appetite and food cravings. It is even for sale on and appears to sell well. My impression of 'BS' products are that they don't last and Hoodia has been around for quite a while and it's not becuase of a a 'flash in the pan' marketing effort.
Submitted by : David Claase of Johannesburg on 2011-07-29 07:28:03
This highlights a fundamental gap in our legislation governing drugs - there are no relevant regulations dealing with so-called 'natural' remedies (including homeopathic remedies) . As such, Dr Steinman is forced to go the ASA route to try and get some official sanction against these products. I am not, by any stretch, pro-pharmaceutical companies, but I find it bizarre that, for example, a pain drug is subject to an extremely onerous approval process, whilst a 'natural' remedy for pain is not subject to the same checks, balances and proof of efficacy.


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