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Claim number: 60

Claimant: Health Inc

Claim date: Nov. 20, 2011

Forum in which the claim was made: Website

Claim methodology: Homeopathy

Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent

Actual claim: Boosts Immune system

Plausibility of this claim: Implausible


Dr Botha of Health Inc claims to boost the immune system of HIV-positive patients


The website states: "If you are HIV positive you will require very careful and specialised attention with regards your immune system.  A number of safe, effective, scientifically proven homeopathic, herbal and nutraceutical interventions are available to assist and protect your immune system.  One size does not fit all so each person will require a unique combination [...] 

Employing an individualised combination of homeopathy, herbs and nutraceutical supplements can also delay the requirement for antiretroviral drugs, since this strengthens and protects your immune system, helping it launch HIV-specific antiretroviral responses while equipping it to deal with opportunistic infections.  The earlier such natural interventions are initiated in the course of HIV infection the better!"