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Claim number: 19

Claimant: Westco International

Claim date: Feb. 16, 2011

Brand name: #119

Forum in which the claim was made: E-mail and Google Advertisements

Claim methodology: Supplements

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

Actual claim: Cures AIDS

Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible


The e-mail and google advertisements posted by Luis Reichman advertise a product called #119 as a cure for AIDS. The advertisements and e-mails state, inter alia:

"The 119 does encapsulate the AIDS virus finally and completely all this is done without any side effects of any kind (unlike the retrovirals). For that reason the 119 has been used to cure babies who were infected with the virus... The 119 does act like a vaccine and only in the case that the person who has taken the 119 does infect itself again this person has to take 119 again to regain his health. By using the 119 persons can avoid getting infected by the opportunistic diseases such as cancer, fungal infections, herpes zoster for example".

There is no evidence provided to substantiate these claims.