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Consumer Health Digest #21-27
July 11, 2021

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H
http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/william-m-london
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http://www.quackwatch.org/10Bio/bio.html
. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making. Its primary focus is on health, but occasionally it includes non-health scams and practical tips. To subscribe, click here
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Publishing giant Agora accused of deception

TruthInAdvertising.org (TINA.org) has charged that Agora has continued to engage in deceptive advertising practices despite enforcement action by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In February 2021, Agora Financial LLC and several of its affiliates agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle FTC charges
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2021/02/publisher-will-pay-more-2-million-settle-ftc-charges-it-targeted
that they tricked seniors into purchasing publications by using deceptive diabetes-cure and income representations.
[Agora still using deception & dark patterns to ensnare seniors
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/agora-still-using-deception-dark-patterns-ensnare-seniors/
. TINA.org, June 21, 2021]

In June, TINA complained to the FTC
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/6_16_21-ltr-to-FTC-re-Agora-Order-Violations_Redacted.pdf
that Agora was violating the settlement order
https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/de_62_-_stipulated_order_for_permanent_injunction_and_monetary_judgment_1.pdf
agreement.
[Agora’s ‘Coronavirus Vaccine Survival Guide’
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/agoras-coronavirus-vaccine-survival-guide/
. TINA.org, June 22, 2021]

According to TINA.org:

Agora’s monetary settlement amounted to only 0.4% of its annual revenue.
More than 300 videos, transcripts, web posts, order pages, and print materials marketed by companies under the Agora umbrella use deceptive marketing to trick seniors into purchasing products and programs.
These companies employed a multitude of dark patterns
https://www.darkpatterns.org/
(tricks used to make you do things such as buying or signing up for something) to amplify their deceptive tactics and take advantage of their consumer base.
A “free” book called “The Secrets of Underground Medicine” that could be obtained by purchasing a subscription to Natural Health Today (a Health Sense Media publication) does not contain any secret disease treatment or preventions supported by competent and reliable evidence.
Videos published by Agora entities still promote remedies for “better” or “healthier” blood sugar, reduced insulin resistance with “zero” changes to diet and exercise habits, and lowered fasting blood sugar.
A video, “One big vaccine fact you need to know” from the Institute of Natural Healing (an OmniVista Health publication, which, in turn, is an M&C company) promotes a “book called the Coronavirus Vaccine Survival Guide.” It was said to be “in limited supply” and contains information about “safe, alternative solutions [to the coronavirus vaccine] you simply will not hear about from Big Pharma or mainstream medicine” and “breakthrough treatments you won’t hear about in the headline news such as the A-V Virus Shield to prevent viruses from entering the body, or the 3-Step Wash-away technique to fight them once they’re there.”

The “Coronavirus Vaccine Survival Guide” book:

(a) is promoted as “free” but can be obtained only with a $74 subscription to Independent Healing,

(b) suggests that taking zinc and performing nasal irrigation can help prevent COVID-19 but also admits that neither treatment is scientifically substantiated, and

(c) speaks glowingly of the coronavirus vaccine and “mainstream medical organizations” despite the hype for “alternative solutions” in the video promoting the book.

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Nearly all neurofeedback websites make unsubstantiated claims

Researchers who examined 371 websites that offer electroencephalographic (EEG) neurofeedback services have reported that:

97% of the sites contained unsubstantiated claims that neurofeedback is effective against at least one condition.
The most common conditions for which efficacy is claimed were anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and depression.
Many of the sites made claims for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)/trauma, head injury/traumatic brain injury/concussion, sleep disorders, autism, pain, learning disorders/dyslexia/dyscalculia, migraine, addiction, epilepsy/seizures, obsessive compulsive disorder, stroke, headache, Asperger syndrome, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, substance use disorder, and Tourette syndrome.
90% of the sites advertised neurofeedback for cognitive enhancement and 68% advertised it for performance enhancement.
About 75% of the sites used language related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Only 36% of providers were identified as having either a medical degree (M.D.) or doctorate in psychology.
No medical associations recommend neurofeedback as a treatment.
[Wexler A. and others. Neuroenhancement for sale: Assessing the website claims of neurofeedback providers in the United States
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8218893/
. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 4:379-388, 2020]

Betsy DeVos was a principal investor in the neurofeedback franchise Neurocore when she was nominated by President Trump to serve as Secretary of Education
https://quackwatch.org/ncahf/digest17/17-06/
and during her previous service in the Department of Education
https://quackwatch.org/ncahf/digest17/17-22/
. TruthInAdvertising.org has a database of unsubstantiated claims by Neurocore
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/neurocore-database/
and has  complained about the company
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/tina-org-files-complaint-against-brain-training-company-neurocore/
to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/11_12_19-Neurocore-complaint-letter-to-FTC.pdf
and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/11_12_19-Neurocore-complaint-letter-to-FDA.pdf
 In April 2020, the FTC informed
https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/1572425/neurocore_narb_resolution_letter.pdf
the National Advertising Review Board that it was closing its investigation after discussions with Neurocore that led the company to clarify efficacy claims based on client outcome data and add clear and conspicuous disclosures.

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COVID-19 vaccine denialists sounding false alarms based on VAERS data

Any individual can report health problems they experience after receiving vaccinations in the U.S. to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
https://vaers.hhs.gov/
(VAERS). Such reports may alert the FDA about previously unrecognized allergic and other reactions to vaccines, potentially contaminated vaccine lots, and reactions clustered in particular places. However, VAERS data alone cannot show that any health problems occur more commonly in vaccinated than unvaccinated individuals. VAERS reports often are inaccurate or incomplete. Three recent commentaries describe how vaccine denialists often point to VAERS data to spread false alarms:
VAERS is not the best method to evaluate vaccine adverse events
https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/vaers-is-not-the-best-method-to-evaluate-vaccine-adverse-events/
. Skeptical Raptor, July 8, 2021.
Jarry J. Don’t fall for the ‘VAERS scare’ tactic
https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-critical-thinking-health/dont-fall-vaers-scare-tactic
. McGill Office for Science and Society, June 18, 2021.
Gorski D. The efforts of antivaxxers to portray COVID-19 vaccines as harmful or even deadly continue apace (VAERS edition)
https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/covid-19-vaccines-as-dangerous-continue-apace-vaers-edition/
. Science-Based Medicine, Feb 1, 2021
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