Monday, 14 November 2011

More claims of miracles from a Herbalife distributor

In July I had a text message exchange with a Herbalife distributor who made some rather reckless claims about the products he was selling. He was told off by Herbalife for making the claims. Their Vice President for Europe and Africa said that making “specific claims related to individual medical conditions is unacceptable” and that they would “correct the individual concerned”.

However, here comes another one offering miracles.

Another text message conversation ensued... I freely confess that I might have (ever so slightly) entrapped him but I'm not the one claiming to be able to reverse heart conditions.

For reference, Section 397 of the Penal Code says:
"397. Offence to publish prohibited advertisement
(1) Any person shall be guilty of an offence who as principal, agent or servant, publishes or causes or assists to be published any prohibited advertisement."
Section 396 defines a "prohibited advertisement" as:
"any advertisement of any medicine or surgical appliance referring to the administration of, or offering to administer any treatment whether directly or indirectly or by implication, as being effective for any of the following purposes ...
(b) the prevention, relief or cure of Bright's disease, cancer, consumption or tuberculosis, leprosy, lupus, diabetes, epilepsy or fits, locomotor ataxy, paralysis or infantile paralysis;
(c) the cure of arteriosclerosis, septicaemia, diphtheria, drops, erysipelas, gallstones, kidney stones and bladder stones, goitre, heart disease, tetanus or lockjaw, pleurisy, pneumonia, scarlet-fever, smallpox, trachoma, amenorrhoea, hernia or rupture, blindness or any structural or organic ailment of the auditory system;"

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