Many of you will be aware that a new monthly magazine called What Doctors Don't Tell You is being sold in various retail outlets including WH Smith and many supermarkets.
We were dismayed to see that the magazines carry many adverts for products and services that we believe are making questionable claims, which could mislead the public.
In view of the seriousness of many of the claims being made, we have submitted complaints to the ASA about a number of adverts found in the first and second issues.
In the September 2012 issue, we counted a total of 37 ads, with 34 in the October issue. Some of these are duplicate ads for the same service or product.
We have submitted complaints about 26 adverts.
We believe this may be the greatest number of complaints submitted to the ASA for a single publication.
We'd like to remind our supporters that the ASA only need one complaint to investigate an advert — additional complaints about the same ads only places an unnecessary burden on the ASA and will not change the outcome. We believe we have covered the vast majority of questionable claims, so we would suggest there is no need for anyone else to submit any further complaints.
It is, of course, up to the ASA to investigate and decide whether or not any of the ads we've highlighted are in breach of the CAP Code and to rule accordingly.
We will let you know the outcome of our complaints in due course and we will, of course, be monitoring all future issues for similar questionable claims.
04 October 2012
- The different faces of the Society of Homeopaths
- The growing pains of osteopaths
- Diluting misleading claims - ASA update
- NHS homeopathy in Scotland - on a shoogly peg
- Homeopathy on the NHS: at death's door
- Rubbing salts into the wounds of homeopathy
- On a downward spiral
- Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy #1
- Stemming the tide
- Another WDDTY advertiser in hot water
- About The Nightingale Collaboration
- How to find out who owns a website
- Advertising Standards Authority
- How to submit a complaint to the ASA
- The decline of homeopathy on the NHS
- WDDTY #2 - The Second Wave
- Landmark decisions for homeopaths
- Finding deleted and changed webpages
- Making a complaint
- NHS Lanarkshire to end referrals to Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital