Lib Dems fall for candidate's quack remedy


Hunter notes with considerable interest that the local Lib Dems are boasting that Rachel Allison, their Crouch End-based candidate in the current Highgate by-election, has recently created a cold sore remedy. This 'discovery' has yet to make it into The Lancet or, for that matter, any other respected medical journal. Having done a Google search, Hunter discovered the website for her product, Mya Balm, contains no information as to what's in it - just gushing testimonials from 'customers'.

Hunter suspects that, like homeopaths and acupuncturists, she has NO hard evidence to prove it does any good. Apparently 'trials are being carried out ' (so we are told). This begs the question why she appears to be selling the balm when it has not yet been given the all clear or shown to be clinically effective?

According to Google, not a single independent expert of a scientific background has endorsed her product. Why would the LibDems want to be associated with someone who is flogging what appears to be a quack remedy online?

Perhaps because, like voting for Lib Dems, the balm may have a short-lasting placebo effect, with bugger all long-term effect!


PS. Hunter suggests that, if she hasn't done so already, Ms. Allison gets in touch with the MHRA, the government body which grants marketing approval for the sale of products making medicinal claims or she might fall foul of the law. A quick email to alexis.edwards@mhra.gsi.gov.uk should help to clear matters up - quicker than you can say 'Mya Balm'!

7 comments:

Dan said...

Care to predict a result?

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Labour fifth! (-:

David Allen said...

I see Ralph Crisp is asking for people to vote for him because he is not a politician _ bah! The moment you stand, you're a politician. Presumably he is just standing to try and help the LibDems get back in like last time.

Dan said...

Yes, I agree - Labour may well come fifth. But I'd put money on Peter Forrest missing out. Again.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Certainly, Dan, my canvass marks have been very encouraging. It would be arrogant for me to predict who might or might not win. It's true to say, though, it's a two-horse race - Labour can't win in Highgate (-:

Dan said...

It is true that Highgate has never been won by Labour...its also true that the tories haven't won an election in haringey since 1998!

Not sure that Peter Forrest is the man to lead them out of the electoral desert, gievn that he led them there in the first place ;-)

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Meow!, Dan.