SAAFoST Cape Branch

15 July 2010

Dear Cape Branch Member,

South Africa has an estimated 14,000 unregulated "complementary medicines" - many of which are marketed for conditions that have considerable psychological ramifications, such as, weight-loss, sexual dysfunction, breast size, hair loss etc.

Irresponsible marketing and advertising, including the use of false, unsubstantiated claims and pseudoscience has extended into mainstream products including foodstuffs - e.g. waters that claim to be extra oxygenated or result in weight loss; skin lotions that purportedly attack cellulite and many more spring to mind.

The talk aims to explore and expand on a number of issues pertaining to irresponsible advertising, scams and pseudoscience; which could, at best be fraudulent - with the potential of victims suffering serious medical conditions with severe, even life-threatening consequences. Can you afford to miss this informative lecture?

Well, the Cape Branch Committee would like to invite you to attend an evening of networking and a talk to explore this topical, yet important subject, with Dr. Harris Steinman. The talk will be preceded by the BGM to elect new office bearers for the Cape Branch; for which you would have received separate notification.

About the Speaker:

Dr Harris Steinman is a medical doctor with extensive experience in the field of allergy and intolerance. He is head of FACTS (Food & Allergy Consulting and Testing Services) - a multidisciplinary team which includes dieticians and food scientists. The FACTS laboratory is the first in Africa to test commercial food products for reaction-causing substances.

As a member of SAAFoST, he has been intimately engaged in matters relating to, and affecting food, food manufacturing and food claims.

Details of the event

Date: 22 July 2010
Venue: Crown National
4 Pepper Place, Rainbow Park
Montague Gardens
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Speaker: Dr Harris Steinman
Title: "Pseudo Science, Voodoo Science"
Cost: Free for SAAFoST members
R80 (incl. VAT) for non-SAAFoST members
RSVP: 20 July 2010 to Melanie Julius (tel: (021) 590-5879 fax: (021) 534-7126 or
Payment: Direct deposit or electronic transfer into our bank account (see below: PLEASE NOTE NEW BANKING DETAILS) and fax / email proof of payment to Melanie Julius.
No money will be accepted at the event.
Banking Details:
Acc. Name: SAAFoST
Bank: ABSA
Acc. No.: 920 582 0197 (Savings Acc)
Branch Code: 632005
REFERENCE: "CB" your initial and surname; and event date e.g. CB-AN Other 22Jul10

The venue and catering have been generously sponsored by Crown National.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Let's continue to make SAAFoST even greater!


Morongwa Themba
Chairman: Cape Branch Committee
Tel: +27 21 590 5800