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Protecting the "informed" in your informed consent.
Protecting the "informed" in your informed consent.

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Following an extremely extensive and rigorous study, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has concluded that "there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective."

Many New Zealand pharmacies sell a range of homeopathic products. It is imperative that all responsible pharmacists should immediately stop promoting and selling homeopathic products in response to this report from the NHMRC.

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We've created a cheat sheet for complaining about misleading advertisements in New Zealand.

It contains a quick reference for some of the most commonly violated sections of the Advertising Standards Authorities codes, a guide for what to include in a complaint, and our contact details you can use to ask for help.

Keep an eye on TV3 News tonight for a segment on our recently upheld No-Jet-Lag complaint.

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3 more Advertising Standards Authority complaints from the Society for Science Based Healthcare have been released. Importantly, a complaint was upheld regarding advertising for a homeopathic product called "No-Jet-Lag" on the counter of a pharmacy.

The pharmacy promised to withdraw the product from sale if the complaint is upheld. We hope that the many other New Zealand pharmacies that sell this product will follow their responsible example.

We also had 2 complaints settled, by GrabOne and Healthy Online, regarding misleading claims about ear candles.

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Earlier this year, we had a complaint upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority regarding "Harmonized Water", which the company selling it claimed could protect you from UV radiation.

They're still selling a large number of other "Harmonized Water" products, which they recommend for a lot of health issues. We have submitted a complaint to Medsafe regarding the remaining "Harmonized Water" products, as it seems likely that Osmosis Skincare has violated the Medicines Act in their advertising of them.

At $59 for a 100 ml bottle, is this New Zealand's most expensive bottled water?

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Lisa Taylor's upheld ASA complaint against the anti-fluoride group "Fluoride Action Network New Zealand" has got some well-deserved attention in the New Zealand Herald.

We've also had some other successes with the ASA released earlier this week:

+Simon McAuliffe had a complaint upheld against "Niraamaya" regarding their claim that they can treat cancer via "Aura Healing" - http://asa.co.nz/display.php?ascb_number=14361

A complaint by +Mark Honeychurch was settled by "Artemis", when they withdrew claims that their cream could prevent or treat a variety of conditions, including stretch marks and hemorrhoids: http://asa.co.nz/display.php?ascb_number=14447

An appeal submitted against one of Mark Honeychurch's complaints from earlier this year, which was upheld against acupuncturist Patrice Hardy, was dismissed as they still had not provided sufficient evidence to substantiate their claims. The complaint remains upheld: http://www.asa.co.nz/display.php?ascb_number=14192

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Loretta Marron was recently published in the Australian Skeptic magazine with an article that is on the same topic as this.  Pharmacies are coming under the scrutiny for the woo they're promoting.

The +Society for Science Based Healthcare has pharmacies on the list of things that we're wanting to address. I'm thinking now may be the right time to start that process.

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+Mark Honeychurch and +Mark Hanna were interviewed by Kylie Sturgess about the Society for Science Based Healthcare for the latest episode of the Token Skeptic podcast.

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Our reach is improving.  We were just mentioned, and quoted, on +Radio New Zealand.  Sounds like +Health 2000 will be appealing.  Given the quality of their current response it'll be interesting to see the quality of the research they produce.  We freely admit that there's a lot of poor quality research out there that could be used to claim almost anything you like. It's the good quality research that counts though.

With this advertiser being "New Zealand's largest natural health retailer" we certainly hope the evidence is of a high quality.
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