"New Image" colostrum and stem cells
I listened to a good 'Mediawatch' podcast this morning. You can listen online here:
Great to hear a skeptical view on a mainstream radio station, but it was a concern to hear that Maori TV (and other stations) had effectively promoted dubious health claims from a Multi Level Marketing company "New Image".
The NBR article is also a regurgitation of a press-release from the company:
All very well them making nearly $100m a year ($15m profit) and dropping the Fonterra name into the mix (and a supposed link to stem cell therapies), but they don't seem to be conducting any research - in particular clinical trials at all.
Have been digging around the companies sites, and they do link to some papers, but the papers I have read, don't seem to be relevant to the companies product at all. The company also sells things like a magic 'Powerpill' product for improving car fuel efficiency: http://www.newimageasia.com/powerpill.htm
Some of wording on the site, certainly raises alarm bells for me:
"...we believe that colostrum has the 'power' to provide the foundation for health that every human requires in today's toxic environment"