A Facebook (FB) video uses a clip of cardiologist and social media personality Doc Willie Ong to claim he supports an anti-arthritis supplement called Arthhriheal. Not true.
Posted by FB page refreshing again On May 18, part of the video played a seven-second clip from one of Ong’s vlog posts while the male narrator said: “This is supported by a doctor who is famous for giving advice on various types of diseases, namely Arthriheal (Backed by a doctor who is renowned for giving advice on various types of ailments, this is Arthriheal).”
Dr. Liza Ramoso-Ong, the wife of a popular doctor who ran for vice president in the last election, denied this.
“Everything you see on Lazada, Facebook, drugs, creams, fake news is all that. They didn’t tell me, they used our pictures, our videos, they cropped it… so they could sell. Only selling, we will never sell to our followers. We don’t support anythinghe told VERA Files Fact Check by phone.
(Everything you see on Lazada, Facebook, drugs, cream [we allegedly endorsed], it’s all fake news. They don’t ask permission. They cut and use our videos and photos… to sell [their products.] We never sell [health products] to our followers. We do not support).
In health advice issued last AprilThe Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns people not to buy and take four dietary supplements, including Arthriheal, which false advertising claims are effective drugs against arthritis and gout.
“Because these unregistered dietary supplements and food products have not passed [the] FDA evaluation process, the agency cannot guarantee its quality and safety,” read the advice.
The four-minute video uses part of a four-minute clip from an episode of the ABS-CBN health show thank you doc about that gouty arthritis first uploaded on YouTube on September 1, 2019.
This is misleading. Thank you Doc the original episode featured Ramon Salas, the captain of Brgy. Immaculate Conception, Quezon City, which supports other drugs for relieving gout symptoms and pain.
In the health ad posted by refreshing, part of thank you doc the episode was cut, and rearranged to look like Salas was supporting Arthriheal in a commercial.
A cursory search shows that a product called Arthriheal marketed online as a “uric acid cleanser” [sic] & joint support” to prevent arthritis attacks. Apart from the testimonials and certificates that appear on the website, Vera Files Fact Check was unable to verify the efficacy of the supplement.
Fake advertising video posted by refreshing again garnered 232,000 views, 2,200 reactions, 1,100 comments, most of which were from netizens asking how much the product cost.
Besides videos, FB page refreshing again (created on May 18, 2022) hasn’t posted any content except profile and cover photo.
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