Consumer products

Have your say to the FDA on homeopathic products!

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The US FDA will hold a public hearing on homeopathic products. What does this mean? It means the agency is considering adjusting the current enforcement policies to reflect changes in the homeopathic product marketplace over the last approximately 25 years. That sounds like a PLAN and a great opportunity! Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory…

Serious health risks from dietary supplements, action not taken in US

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We keep posting more and more news that provides reasons to NOT use any diet supplements. It’s just getting ridiculous. A “broader problem”? I’ll say so! Sometimes the FDA takes action but often only after another party does the leg work and finds the problem. Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A.…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

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Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

Herbalife declared NOT fraudulent (Edited)

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More disappointing news on the legal front today. Herbalife is in the clear after years of dogged pursuit accusing them of fraud. Herbalife wins dismissal of U.S. ‘pyramid scheme’ lawsuit | Reuters. Herbalife Ltd won the dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed the maker of weight-loss and nutritional products fraudulently portrayed itself as a legitimate…

FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive

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The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its…

Supplement industry is manufacturing controversy over NY action

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Recall earlier in February, the New York state Attorney General took some unprecedented action against retailers selling dietary supplements. Well, the supplement industry folks didn’t like this too much and, as they will, they took up a social media campaign to Twitter-harass the officials. Tim Farley found out that they were less than forthright with…

There’s DNA in food?! That’s disgusting!

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This story is going around: Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that. According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods…

Will TV be less worse from now on? We are skeptically optimistic!

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We’re seeing a trend. First, Cosmos does well. Then, SyFy announces that they will cut development on “reality” paranormal shows. Now there is news that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is getting his OWN TV TALK SHOW and the new Discovery Channel president is saying some very interesting and positive things. This may be something… As we linked…

Proposed legislation aims to put nasty chemical in raw milk for safety

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We have a followup to this story: “Natural” does not mean safe: Child dead in Australia after consuming raw milk. To defeat those who consume the milk (because of the lack of “chemicals” or because they think it is more healthful), the new regulations would require an additive to unpasteurized milk to make it undrinkable. Victoria…

FTC sprinkles refund checks on diet supplement consumers

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As previously covered on Doubtful News, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on Sensa Products for deceptive practices associated with it’s sprinkle-on powder allowing weight loss without diet changes or exercise. This week, consumers are seeing refund checks resulting from the settlement. Bought Sensa? You might soon get a refund check (CBS News):…

Brain train down the drain

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In unsurprising not-so-news, “brain training” doesn’t work. But exercise will. Go for a walk or take up a new hobby. Watch out for anything that promises a quick fix or sounds too good to be true. Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter – Scientific American. [T]here is no solid evidence that commercial brain games improve…

Hello this is *&@^% calling from Microsoft about your computer

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I must have gotten about 5 of these calls from operators with heavy Indian accents telling me they are calling about “my computer”. At FTC’s Request, Court Shuts Down New York-Based Tech Support Scam Business | Federal Trade Commission. Oh no! You mean the many people who had fun with this frauds now have to…

Another Brazilian wandering spider found in produce in the U.K.

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Those crafty little buggers, hitching a ride… Killer spider found in family’s supermarket shopping | UK news | The Guardian. A family has been left “deeply traumatised” after one of the world’s most poisonous and aggressive spiders was set loose in their south London home following an online delivery from Waitrose. A lethal Brazilian wandering…

Ebola roundup – facts, fear, fiction

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There are so many news stories out today about Ebola, we’ve grouped them! They all involve questionable claims and hyped fear. FDA cracks down on Ebola scams. At least three companies have been issued warnings by the Food and Drug Administration in the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola, the deadly virus…

Possibly dangerous stimulant found in workout product

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No surprise: Another questionable ingredient, Amp or Amp Citrate, is found in less regulated dietary supplements. USA Today: Scientists warn about stimulant in workout supplements. Unapproved Synthetic Stimulant “DMBA” Found in Multiple Dietary Supplements – NSF International. Researchers from global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School and the National Institute for Public Health and…

FDA issues warning letters to companies marketing Ebola “cures”

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We love to post stories about the FDA doing its job to product consumers against questionable drug claims. Yesterday, the FDA announced they sent warning letters to three business entities more or less telling them to stop advertising bogus cures for Ebola. Medical Countermeasures Initiative > 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. FDA has issued…

Herbalife as “a force of mass deception in America”

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The North American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, has a very involved and interesting piece on Herbalife corporation and why the multi-level marketing scheme is still going strong today – denialism. People have found it unimaginable that this is a fraudulent business plan. Unthinkable, Unimaginable And Unspeakable: Why Wall Street Clings To The Herbalife Myth – NASDAQ.com.…

UK man fined for selling colloidal silver as cancer cure

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Guy Chapman reports from the U.K. : A West Mersea man was fined £750 and £1,500 costs after pleading guilty to promoting colloidal silver as a cancer cure. He follows Stephen Ferguson and Errol Denton, live blood practitioners and acolytes of Robert O. Young, who is currently on trial for practising medicine without a license. Man…

Kevin Trudeau Appeals Conviction: Says the government messed up the case

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As expected, Kevin Trudeau appealed his conviction on contempt of court charges that sent him to prison for 10 years. This article also give us some insight into why we still see his dubious books for sale and his ridiculous infomercials on TV. Infomercial Scammer Kevin Trudeau Appeals Conviction – Consumerist. The appeal contends that…

Frank Sumption, inventor of the “ghost box” has died

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The inventor of a device that, to some, allows communication with the dead, has now crossed over for us to perhaps better test the device. Paranormal Pop Culture: Ghost Box Creator Frank Sumption Has Died. Frank Sumption, the inventor behind the paranormal investigating device known as “The Frank’s Box” has reportedly died of a heart…

It’s probably not the evil gluten

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More evidence that self-diagnosed gluten sensitivity is bogus. Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn’t Exist. In one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key evidence of (non-celiac disease) gluten sensitivity recently published follow-up papers that show the opposite. The study was…

UK couple convicted in fake bomb detector scam

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Doubtful News has kept up on the ongoing accusations, arrests and convictions of those involved in a scam that garnered millions of dollars from security forces around the world in exchange for a cheap, useless “bomb detector” and device that was claimed to find other things including drugs and missing children. Jim McCormick and Gary…