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Claim number: 32
Claimant: Solal Technologies
Claim date: Aug. 26, 2010
Forum in which the claim was made: Advert in The Star
Claim methodology: Supplements
Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent
Actual claim: Vitamin D functions as a vaccine
Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible
Solal placed an advert in The Star claiming that Vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine.
- Response no 84: ASASA Ruling on 2012-02-14
- Response no 61: ASASA Ruling on 2010-08-26
- Response no 60: Kevin Charleston Complaint to ASASA on 2010-07-26
Documents relevant to this claim
Vitamin D as effective as vaccine advert (26 Aug 2010) – Solal placed an advert in The Star claiming that “Vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine”. In addition, the advert stated, inter alia: • “Vitamin D is extremely safe. There are virtually no negative side effects from people taking vitamin D supplements, even at seemingly high doses, such as 2000 IU per day (five times the current South African RDA).” Kevin Charlston lodged a complaint with the ASA which was upheld COMPLAINT In essence, the complainant submitted that the claims are false and potentially dangerous to at-risk individuals who should use a vaccine. Furthermore, Vitamin D in high doses is poisonous .