A TV show claimed a recipe of basil leaves and peppers could prevent cancer. Where did that claim come from?
A digital TV channel has been fined £25,000 after viewers of its Yoga for You show were told basil leaves and black pepper could prevent cancer.
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said the show, on Asia TV’s Lamhe channel, carried “an appreciable risk of harm to viewers” due to the “unsubstantiated and unqualified medical advice”.
Dr Pankaj Naram claimed “11 holy basil leaves and three black peppers” could prevent cancer.
Ofcom’s report said Dr Naram’s claims, made in June 2014, could mean some patients “might not seek, forego, or delay conventional medical treatment on the basis of what they had seen”.
After investigating, Ofcom found that the programme had breached its broadcasting code by including material with the “potential for serious harm”.
Imposing the £25,000 fine, the watchdog noted concerns about the “potential toxicity of certain ayurvedic products” and said there was “no evidence” they can prevent, treat or cure cancer.
Naram was negative about chemotherapy and radiotherapy, treatments for cancer that are known to actually work. He also claimed that he had thousands of patients that recovered from their cancer using his “ancient secrets”. Not surprisingly, Dr. Naram was selling this wonder cure, which is in no way suspicious, nor a conflict of interest at all. His herbal store contains the quack Miranda warning but I guess the TV program did not.
Sadly, it takes you two google pages of searching for “Siddha Veda Ancient Secrets” before you get anything skeptical – that’s this news story.[£25,000 is approximately $39,000]. Let’s hope continued fines turns out to be a deterrent for such programming.