NAD recommends Removyl to discontinue certain advertising claims
NEW YORK The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Tuesday recommended that Removyl Corp. discontinue weight-loss claims in advertising for the Removyl Advanced Formula dietary supplement products, including: “Recent studies have shown that the combination of 13 known essential oils prevents fat from building in the body by stimulating the body to break it down and eliminate it on a daily basis;” “It is possible to lose up to 2 lbs. per day in the first three weeks, without any effort;” and “You are going to notice that your weight will have dropped by almost 1 lb. in as little as 8 hours.”
In this case, the NAD noted, the advertiser relied solely on studies on green tea extracts, not on the advertised product Removyl (the essential oils), to support its advertising claims. However, the NAD determined that none of the cited green tea studies supported the specific weight-loss claims being made.
Further, the NAD determined that there was insufficient evidence in the record to support rapid weight-loss claims. While there was limited evidence that certain ingredients in Removyl are recognized as possessing diuretic and laxative properties, there was no evidence that the amounts of these ingredients contained in Removyl would have such effects, and none of the evidence rose to the level that would support specific fast weight-loss claims. The NAD recommended that claims suggesting rapid weight loss be discontinued.
In response to the NAD’s opening letter, Removyl informed the NAD that it has suspended all advertising purchases for Removyl Advanced Formula, and that no further advertising would be booked in the future until the the NAD’s review was complete.
The company, in its advertiser’s statement, added that it has not offered the product for sale since April, although it has shipped remaining orders.
The review is a part of the NAD’s ongoing monitoring program in conjunction with the NAD’s initiative with the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
Peptic ulcer bacterium may alter the body’s defense system, study suggests
NEW YORK The discovery that Helicobacter pylori survives in the body by manipulating important immune system cells may lead to a new treatment strategy against the common peptic ulcer bacterium, according to a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy.
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that lives predominantly in the stomach and can lead to peptic ulcers and develop into stomach cancer. About half of the world’s population carries the bacterium, though most infected individuals never experience any symptoms. On average, around 10% get peptic ulcers and around 1% develop stomach cancer.
“Carriers were often infected as children and if not treated with antibiotics, the bacterium remains in the body for life. The immune system alone is unable to eliminate the bacterium, and now we understand better why,” said biologist Bert Kindlund, the author of the thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy.
Regulatory T-cells down-regulate the body’s defence against Helicobacter pylori and enable the bacterium to develop a chronic infection.
“If we could control the regulatory T cells, we could strengthen the immune system and help the body eliminate the bacterium. This could be a new treatment strategy against Helicobacter pylori,” Kindlund continued.
Researchers are hopeful that such information will ultimately help discovery a treatment to stomach cancer.
Government officials to host H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit
WASHINGTON The White House on Friday announced that Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, Education secretary Arne Duncan and Homeland Security advisor John Brennan will host an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit with states to further prepare the nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu in the fall.
The Summit will be held this Thursday at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
The H1N1 flu virus continues to circulate in this country and in at least 100 other countries around the world – especially in the Southern Hemisphere, where flu season is underway, the White House stated.
“Scientists and public health experts forecast that the impact of H1N1 may well worsen in the fall — when the regular flu season hits, or even earlier, when schools start to open — which is only five or six weeks away in some cases,” Sebelius said. “The goal of the Summit is to launch a national influenza campaign by bringing federal, state and local officials, emergency managers, educators and others together with the nation’s public health experts to build on and tailor states’ existing pandemic plans, share lessons learned and best practices during the spring and summer H1N1 wave, and discuss preparedness priorities.”