Monday, December 21, 2015

More Quackery (FRAUD) to AVOID!

I will be adding to this post.

"Health Fraud products are articles of unproven effectiveness"

Quacks use fake: stats, comments, reviews, subscribers, views and more - ALL bs!

If a remedy is UNPROVEN but sold/marketed as being effective - that's FRAUD - and that's quackery (health terrorism) every day - in every way!

"Oil of Oregano", 2011, color and bolding added by me, @ScienceBasedMed
"There is no published evidence to demonstrate ... oil of oregano is effective for any medical condition or illness." There are other articles since then - all using research predating 2011 - bottom line - UNPROVEN as a remedy for ANYTHING!

"Oregano: Health Benefits, Side Effects", 2015, color and bolding added by me, @mnt
"important to note that further high quality study results are necessary to confirm these claims" = UNPROVEN

From the MNT link above

"Anti-Metastatic and Anti-Tumor Growth Effects of Origanummajorana on Highly Metastatic Human Breast Cancer Cells: Inhibition of NFκB Signaling and Reduction of Nitric Oxide Production", 2013, bolding added by me
"our current study along with our previous findings, identify Origanum majorana as a promising chemopreventive and therapeutic candidate ... inhibits breast cancer growth and metastasis" Promising is still - UNPROVEN!

Oil Pulling? UNPROVEN with a SERIOUS and dangerous RISK!

"To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate ... oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being ... articles in the media recommending oil pulling ... have not described potential adverse health effects ... case reports of lipoid pneumonia ... diarrhea or upset stomach have been reported."

Email Reply: colloidal silver? 

"My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?", 2014, color and bolding added by me, @MayoClinic

"Colloidal silver isn't ... safe or effective for any ... health claims manufacturers make ... Rarely ... colloidal silver ... can cause possibly irreversible serious health problems ... kidney damage ... neurological problems such as seizures" That is on top of medication interactions! AVOID! The only ones I know of recommending colloidal silver are - who else - quacks!

Email Reply: quack immune system 
LOL!! TRUE! If quacks had the "immunity" they shill from products/diet they'd never get sick - cold/flu/other!

"Colloidal Silver: What You Need To Know", 2016, color and bolding added by me, @NIH_NCCIH 

"Colloidal silver can cause serious side effects ... isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease or condition. ... Topical silver (used on the skin) has some appropriate medical uses, such as in bandages and dressings to treat burns, skin wounds, or skin infections. ... also in medicines to prevent conjunctivitis (an eye condition) in newborns. ... there are no legally marketed prescription or over-the-counter drugs containing colloidal silver that are taken by mouth."

"Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) in Newborns" , 2015, bolding added by me, @CDCgov
"In the past, silver nitrate was used; it has been mostly replaced with antibiotic eye drops, such as erythromycin."

"Neonatal Conjunctivitis", 2015, color and bolding added by me, @Medscape 
"Aseptic neonatal conjunctivitis most often is a chemical conjunctivitis that is induced by silver nitrate solution ... used for ... infectious conjunctivitis. Chemical conjunctivitis is becoming less common owing to the use of erythromycin ointment or povidone iodide in place of silver nitrate solution for the prophylaxis of infectious conjunctivitis." 

"May 5, 2015: Skin Care Business Convicted of Selling Misbranded, Unauthorized Medical Products", color and bolding added by me, @US_FDA

"The FDA has not approved drugs containing colloidal silver due to concerns over lack of effectiveness and side effects ... discoloration of the skin resulting from an accumulation of silver or silver sulfide ... corporation faces a fine of up to $250,000.00 ...sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant."

"Consumer Advisory: Dietary Supplements Containing Silver May Cause Permanent Discoloration of Skin and Mucous Membranes (Argyria)", updated 2014, color and bolding added by me, @US_FDA 
"Silver ingredients may be identified on the label of a dietary supplement as "colloidal silver" (a liquid suspension of tiny silver particles), "colloidal silver protein," "ionic silver," "native silver," "silver," "silver alginate," "silver protein," "mild silver protein," and "true colloidal silver." ... silver is a nonessential mineral that has no known physiological functions or benefits when taken orally. ... It is unlawful for a manufacturer to represent a dietary supplement containing silver as able to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat, or cure any disease." 

"Myoclonic status epilepticus following repeated oral ingestion of colloidal silver", 2003, color and bolding added by me 
"71-year-old man ... developed myoclonic status epilepticus and coma after daily ingestion of colloidal silver for 4 months ... he remained in a persistent vegetative state until his death 5.5 months later. Silver products can cause irreversible neurologic toxicity"

Silver Products for Medical Indications: Risk-Benefit Assessment", 1996, with photos, color and bolding added by me
"silver has no known physiologic function and should not be promoted as an essential mineral supplement. Recent promotional assertions made about the effectiveness of these products in numerous diseases remain unsubstantiated. ... indiscriminate use of silver can lead to irreversible toxicity ... risk exceeds the unsubstantiated benefit for OTC silver-containing products. Consequently, there are no FDA approved CSP products available OTC." 

Colloidal silver for conjunctivitis? NO! Silver nitrate was used in the PAST - replaced with better medications because of the problem it caused! 

Quacks ONLY research what other quacks say - and that is ALL bs! 

I'm completely unimpressed by any quack presenting themselves in mostly heavily edited bs PR (public relations) as "warm"/"silly"/friendly. Some of the "remedies" quacks shill are not only unproven to have any health benefits but are also well known to be toxic and avoided. All of them are dangerous! Taking/using any of even the seemingly benign ones - unproven and fraudulent - can delay needed real medication(s), medical intervention for serious illnesses, and the result can be, and has been - harm/death.

Quackery remains firmly rooted in the past - in denial of failures, unproven effectiveness, rebranding old quackery, lying, misinforming - all to make money from FRAUD!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

DIY Alternative cold/flu remedies? NONE PROVEN to decongest you, shorten duration/cure - ALL bogus marketing!

I will be adding to this post.

Quack "remedies" - 0 reputable evidence they work plus 0 cautions about them. The result can and has been harm/death - that's health terrorism!

"Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt", 2015, color and bolding added by me, @MayoClinic
"Combat stuffiness. Over-the-counter saline nasal drops and sprays can help relieve stuffiness and congestion ... Antibiotics. These attack bacteria, but they're no help against cold viruses"

human "liver injury..garlic supplementation" 2017
"Limited data ... metabolism and safety of garlic supplements ... first description ... liver injury ... garlic supplementation"
rat study 2006"Information ... effect of garlic on the liver and optimal dose of garlic to avoid liver damage is not known"

0 natural DIY (do-it-yourself) remedies proven to cure a cold/flu/shorten duration. Staying hydrated makes sense - overdoing any additives can cause side effects, drug interactions!
"Garlic", 2016, bolding added by me, @medlineplus
Garlic used to medicate can be a serious problem! 
"garlic may increase the risk of bleeding. If you take an anticoagulant (blood thinner) such as warfarin (Coumadin) or if you need surgery, tell your health care provider if you’re taking or planning to take garlic dietary supplements. ... Garlic ... found to interfere with ...effectiveness of some drugs, including saquinavir ...used to treat HIV infection"

Quacks and natural cold/flu "remedies" they've "read" online? Quacks read and use other quacks as sources NOT reputable information! AVOID health terrorists!

Hot peppers/hot sauce for sinus congestion research is intranasal NOT ingestion! Quacks have turned the STILL PRELIMINARY research into shilling recipes, ingredients for drinking bogus remedies (e.g. "tomato tea") with hot sauce, or hot peppers added - pure bs, and FRAUD!
"Capsaicin for non-allergic rhinitis", 2015, color and bolding added by me 
"side effects of using capsaicin in the nose include irritation, burning, sneezing and coughing ... studies did not have sufficient information to allow us to draw a conclusion about side effects ... capsaicin ... option to try under physician supervision ... Well-conducted randomised controlled trials are required to further advance our understanding of the effectiveness of capsaicin " = UNPROVEN

"The Flu, the Common Cold, and Complementary Health Approaches", 2016, color and bolding added by me, @NIH_NCCIH
"No complementary health approach has been shown to be helpful for the flu. ... Examples of approaches that have been studied for the flu include: Chinese herbal medicines ... Echinacea  Elderberry ... Vitamin C  Vitamin D" - All UNPROVEN  "The following complementary health approaches have been studied for colds: ... American Ginseng  Echinacea  Garlic  Honey ... Probiotics ... Vitamin C  Zinc ... In addition to the complementary approaches described ... several other approaches have been studied for colds. In all instances, there is insufficient evidence to show whether these approaches help to prevent colds or relieve cold symptoms. ... Chinese herbal medicines  Green tea ... Vitamin D  Vitamin E" - UNPROVEN

"2016-2017 Flu Season"@CDCgov

"What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season", 2015, color and some bolding added by me, @CDCgov

"What should I do if I get sick with the flu?
Antiviral drugs are prescription drugs that can be used to treat flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications (such as children younger than 2 years, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions) and people who are very sick with flu (such as those hospitalized because of flu) should get antiviral drugs. Some other people can be treated with antivirals at their health care professional’s discretion. Treating high risk people or people who are very sick with flu with antiviral drugs is very important. ... Prompt treatment can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay. ... Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. Antiviral drugs are effective across all age-and risk groups. Studies show that antiviral drugs are under-prescribed for people who are at high risk of complications who get flu.

Flu complications some VERY serious, require PROMPT MEDICAL attention!

"What Are Flu Complications? What About Pneumonia? continued...", 2015, color and bolding added by me, @WebMD
"When you get a bacterial infection with the flu, your symptoms may get better at first. Then they get worse ... Call your doctor if you have a cough that won’t stop, a bad fever, or if you get shortness of breath or chest pains. The doctor can do tests to find out if you have pneumonia. Antibiotics can treat bacterial pneumonia, but these meds can't treat viral pneumonia.

"Norovirus | Treatment | CDC", 2013, text below is from the "Overview" and "Treatment" pages, color and bolding added by me, @CDCgov
"Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. ...There is no specific medicine to treat people with norovirus illness. ... Oral rehydration fluids that you can get over the counter are most helpful for mild dehydration."

"Gastroenteritis: First aid", 2015, color and some bolding added by me, @MayoClinic
"If you suspect gastroenteritis in yourself: Stop eating for a few hours to let your stomach settle. Drink plenty of liquids ... a sports drink or water, to prevent dehydration. ... Ease back into eating. Gradually begin to eat bland, easy-to-digest foods ... soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas, rice ... chicken. Stop eating if your nausea returns. Avoid milk and dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty ... highly seasoned foods for a few days. ... If you suspect gastroenteritis in your child: ... When your child's vomiting stops, begin to offer small amounts of an oral rehydration solution (CeraLyte, Enfalyte, Pedialyte). Don't use only water or only apple juice."

"Oral Rehydration Solutions", Government of Canada, 2015, color and bolding added by me

"Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) are used to treat dehydration ... Unlike other fluids, the ratio of the ingredients in an ORS matches what the body needs to recover ... An ORS contains three ingredients: 1. Clean water that has been boiled or disinfected or from a commercially sealed bottle. 2. Electrolytes (also called “salts”), which are chemicals that your body needs to function properly. 3. Carbohydrates, usually in the form of sugar. ... Use commercially-available oral rehydration salts. Homemade versions of ORS are not recommended to treat dehydration. These should only be used to help prevent or delay the onset of dehydration on the way to seeking medical attention when commercial oral rehydration salts are not available. ... Packets of oral rehydration salts are available in pharmacies in most countries

"Hydration and chemical ingredients in sport drinks: food safety in the European context", 2015, color an bolding added by me 

"Currently in the European context, the legal framework for the development of products, substances and health claims concerning to sport products is incomplete and scarce. Under these conditions, there are many products with different ingredients out of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) control where claims are wrong due to no robust scientific evidence and it can be dangerous for the health. Further scientific evidence should be constructed by new clinical trials in order to assist to the Experts Commitees at EFSA for obtaining robust scientific opinions concerning to the functional foods and the individual ingredients for sport population."

Some coconut waters on the market boast low sodium and sugar, and "misrepresented" (in link) health benefits yielded a class action law suit - settled for - millions of dollars! 

"Vita Coco coconut water settles class action lawsuit", 2012 

The potassium content of coconut water can be a very serious risk if the drink is overused for hydration! Quacks, manufacturers, marketers, most media leave out the most serious cautions. Reputable doctors however, present well documented information that could save lives, as they did here!
"Images and Case Reports in Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Death by Coconut
", 2013, color and bolding added by me   
"consumed in excess, coconut water has been shown in case reports to cause severe hyperkalemia." (higher than normal potassium) "He was playing tennis outdoors all day in temperatures in excess of 90° Fahrenheit. He reported drinking a total of eight 11-ounce bottles of coconut water throughout the day. ... acute kidney injury and rhabdomyolysis, his potassium level was life-threatening. ... Our case demonstrates the potential dangers associated with excessive consumption of potassium-rich coconut water."

"Soft Cheese and Food Safety Risk During Pregnancy", 2014, color and some bolding added by me, @Healthyfamilybc
"Food borne illness can result from eating soft cheese, even when it's pasteurized ... because there's a possibility that soft cheese has been contaminated by Listeria after pasteurization. ... soft cheese's high moisture content makes it a good breeding ground for Listeria to multiply. Listeria is a bacterium that can lead to serious illness (listeriosis). When you're pregnant, this illness can cause miscarriage or stillbirth, or for your baby to be very sick when he/she is born. According to the BC Center for Disease Control, pregnant women are about ten times more likely to get listeriosis than the general population. ... there have been cases in BC where eating soft pasteurized cheese has led to illness for mother and baby. ... What's the recommendation? To avoid this risk, it's recommended that pregnant women avoid eating all uncooked soft cheese, even if it's pasteurized. ... includes products like brie, camembert, feta, Mexican-style soft cheeses and mould-ripened cheese like gorgonzola. Foods containing these cheeses need to be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74C (measured with a food thermometer) before they're eaten. ... also the case for other foods that are at high risk for Listeria contamination. And of course, following safe food handling practices is also an important step in preventing food borne illness. ... What kinds of cheese are safe to eat during pregnancy? ... lots of delicious cheeses that are considered safe to eat during pregnancy. ... a few: Pasteurized hard or firm cheese such as cheddar, swiss, gouda, parmesan, brick, emmental, and provolone ... Most pasteurized semi-soft cheese like mozzarella, havarti and monterey jack (not mould-ripened cheese like blue cheese)"

Quack "Enzyme Deficiency" - 2003, bolding added by me, with FACTS! The SAME bs CLAIMS are on quack social media/websites in 2015.
"Fact ... "Food enzymes" are not needed by the body, either for digestion or for any other purpose."

Quacks say so - Hippocrates did NOT - “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” - more health terrorism, lies!

"Tomato extract's heart effects exaggerated" - Health News - NHS Choices, 2014, @NHSChoices
"larger studies are required to determine whether the effects shown here will have real health benefits" - UNPROVEN There are NO superfoods except in marketing!

"Controlling Cholesterol with Statins", 2017, @US_FDA
"Statins have a well-established track record for reducing the risk for heart attacks and strokes"

Quacks try to scare people off drugs onto their bogus remedies - more health terrorism - many natural "remedies" have side effects plus interactions. 

What do quacks try to use as "evidence"? Anecdotes, questionable to say the LEAST "testimonials" and the ravings of - other quacks - UNPROVEN!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rose Water and Rose Products

I will be adding to this post.

A problem in identifying a reaction to a product or ingredient can be labeling, which can have different names for identical ingredients. A significant problem is company, quack use of preliminary, and older animal, and questionable human studies to make false or misleading claims, with no cautions. 

With the "jury still out" on health benefits, safety, and dosage, there is NO reason to ingest a rose water drink at all, and cautions are warranted with other products!


"International Fragrance Association"
Click on "Methyl eugenol"
then scroll down here,
to "Note Box" under it highlighted for current restrictions.
"Critical effect ... CARCINOGENICITY"
& "frequently asked questions"

"METHYL EUGENOL" "(d) Other leave-on products and oral products ..."Maximum concentration in ready for use preparation ... (d) 0.0002% ... v.3"

"EF Cosmetics Safety Problem and unsafe ingredients" EU "Methyl eugenol is a suspect carcinogen ... Rose oil or absolute is the most common culprit ... "Products containing mostly rose water can also fall foul of the regulations"


"Rosa damascena as holy ancient herb with novel applications", color and bolding added by me
"Rose essential oil may cause sensitization in sensitive persons. ... R. damascena infusion ... may have hepatotoxic effects at extraordinary high doses. ... Although, many studies demonstrate the medicinal applications of rose in vitro and in animal models ... other large preclinical and clinical studies are needed for evaluating its potencies on different patients." = UNPROVEN therapeutic benefits in people! 


"Assessment report on Rosa gallica L., Rosa centifolia L., Rosa damascena Mill., flos", color and bolding added by me
"In conclusion, traditional herbal medicinal products containing Rose flower ... can be registered in the following indications: 1) Traditional herbal medicinal product ... mild inflammations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa ... 2) relief of minor skin inflammation ... in the absence of sufficient data ... use is intended only in adolescents, adults and elderly ... not recommended during pregnancy and lactation ... no available data on genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity on Rose flower" See also "The indications adopted by HMPC" "The use in children under 12 years of age is not recommended."


"Essential Oil Chemical Diversity of Forty-Four Rosa damascena Accessions from Iran" 
"Results showed that the essential oils of these accessions had considerable variabilities for major and minor components."

"A preliminary study on some potential toxic effects of Rosa damascena Mill", a study on dogs, bolding added by me
"Recent studies suggest a wide variety of therapeutic effects for R. damascena ... little is known regarding potential toxic effects of this herbal medicine ... results suggest minimal nephrotoxic or hepatotoxic effects for the infusion of R. damascena ... however, the medication may be hepatotoxic at extraordinary high doses ... Further research is needed to identify the potentially toxic ingredients
Interesting and honest


"Contact dermatitis from geraniol in Bulgarian rose oil", color added by me
"at approximately 20% in Bulgarian rose oil" 

"In human patch test gerianol ... 32% concn was severely irritating ... 1979"


"Allergic contact dermatitis following exposure to essential oils.", full text, color and bolding added by me
"Keywords: Bulgarian rose oil; hand dermatitis; lavender oil; natural therapist; occupational skin disease; ylang ylang oil ... Allergic contact dermatitis from the topical use of essential oils is not widely recognized as an occupational hazard. Four cases of allergic contact dermatitis to essential oils occurring in three aromatherapists and one chemist with a particular interest in aromatherapy are described ... Case 2 exhibited
sensitivity to geraniol" And from "Table 1 Results of patch tests" all 4 Cases tested positive (sensitivity) to Bulgarian rose oil. 

"Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Cosmetics", color and bolding added by me
"In our series, we found 55 positive patch test results to perfumes ... 33 fragrances that caused sensitization from the specific series were geraniol (7 cases), hydroxycitronellal (4 cases) ... oak moss absolute (2 cases), eugenol (2 cases), Bulgarian rose oil (2 cases)

"Your patch testing results indicate that you have a contact allergy to ROSA DAMASCENA EXTRACT ... important that you familiarize yourself with this chemical and take steps to avoid coming in contact with it ... can be identified by different names, including: Absolute bulgarian, Rose Oil, Rose De Mai oil, Attar of Rose, Rose oil, Bulgarian, Rose leaf oil ... This may not be a complete list as manufacturers introduce and delete chemicals from their product lines." 

Updated 2016

"Fragrance mix allergy", color and bolding added by me
"Fragrance mix is a mixture of 8 individual fragrances that is used to screen for fragrance allergy. The 8 listed are the most common allergy-causing fragrances that are used across many products for their fragrant and flavouring properties ... Geraniol ... Sweet floral odour of rose ... Constitutes a large portion of rose and palmarose oil, geranium oil, lavender oil, jasmine oil and citronella oil ... Present in over 250 essential oils"  


"Contact Dermatitis: A Practice Parameter - Update 2015", bolding added by me, @AAAAI_org
"These parameters are not designed for use by the pharmaceutical industry in drug development or promotion ... Botanicals” (such as tea tree oil, propolis, and other essential oils) are plant extracts ... increasingly used as additives to skin care products and are potential causes of CD. It is important that patients who are allergic to fragrance also be made aware of the potential dangers of cosmetic products that may contain plant extracts and patients should also be counseled that “natural products” does not equate with safety."


"Essential Oils: A Poor Choice for Asthma (and a few other things)", color and some bolding added by me, @chadhayesmd
"Asthma can also be triggered by “volatile organic compounds,” one example of which would be essential oils. Advising parents to treat asthma by diffusing essential oils is dangerous and irresponsible, and it demonstrates a tremendous lack of understanding about the disease. ... promoting unproven treatments for serious medical conditions amounts to practicing medicine without a license, which is illegal as well as dangerous ... As a physician, it scares me. ... because there are people out there treating serious conditions that they know nothing about with treatments that have no data to show that they are safe or effectivebecause our children’s health is at risk." 


"Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Plant Extracts in Cosmetics", bolding added by me 
"Specific botanicals implicated in causing cosmetic contact dermatitis include ... tea tree oil, peppermint, lavender, lichens, henna ... many plant extracts ... reported to cause allergic contact dermatitis through cosmetic use in one or a limited number of reports. These include Aloe vera ... Azadirachta indica oil (neem oil) ... Curcuma longa (tumeric) ... Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) ... Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) ... Olea europaea oil (olive oil) ... Ricinus communis oil (castor oil plant) ... Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) ... Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) ... Thymus vulgaris (thyme)" Note: "tumeric" should read turmeric.


"Occupational Acute Anaphylactic Reaction to Assault by Perfume Spray in the Face", bolding added by me
"no history of rashes, wheezing, allergies, or reactions to fragrances, soaps, or perfumes, and there was no history of asthma or eczema ... anaphylactic reaction and respiratory distress as a result of a deliberate assault with a perfume spray ... many organic compounds present in perfumes have been documented to cause or exacerbate asthma, eczema, or dermatitis. This case represents an incident of acute asthmatic symptoms in a person with pollen allergies when exposed to a large amount of perfume"