Yet another obstacle for ME!

images-1I have been investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) following a Complaint lodged by one of our Members.

The Member, (now unsubscribed), was upset by my phrase “best wishes for your journey towards recovery” as she felt that I was assuming that she was in recovery but, in fact, felt she was not “recovering or anywhere near it.”  This led her to lodge the Complaint which brought me to the attention of the ASA and CAP.

It seems I have been infringing the UK Code of Non-Broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotions and Direct Marketing, notably the Rule which states that “Mentioning any medical condition in relation to a product, is likely to imply that the product can treat that condition”.

All Food Supplement claims re health and nutrition are strictly regulated by very specific EU Regulations and the field is a quagmire!

The EU Regulations, at present, regarding Fish Oils is particularly negative:  “because on the basis of the scientific evidence assessed, claimed effect for this food supplement has not been substantiated.”

Despite vehemently fighting our corner, I’ve had to comply by removing all references to ME from my website other than mentioning that the purchasing of Vegepa, via The Private Vegepa Club, aka The Vegepa for ME Scheme, contributes towards crucial fund raising for Biomedical Research into ME.

The ASA and CAP have now come to an Informal Resolution and I have amended copy on my website accordingly.

Because of this, you may find that references to the supplement and the medical condition are missing in places where you might, logically, expect to find them!

Because of this, I managed to secure permission to sell Vegepa to anyone and I am no longer restricted to any one particular condition, which may, ironically, increase our donations to ME Research as, hopefully, our numbers will swell!

 

News!

5565913-breaking-news-headline-on-a-mock-up-newspaperThe road to running The Private Vegepa Club (formerly known as the Vegepa for ME Scheme, the Private Vegepa Club and now simply Vegepa Club!) has constantly been beset with obstacles throughout its 7 years!

In Sept, 2013 we had 2 very significant hurdles to go through:-

The 1st of them, (the smaller) I greatly welcome and have been looking forward to for years,

The 2nd is an enormous stumbling block, which was firmly placed in my way, very much against my wishes, leaving me no option but to somehow summon up the energy and enthusiasm to it tackle head on.

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I HAVE JUST SECURED THE RIGHT TO SELL VEGEPA TO ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR MEDICAL CONDITION – QUITE A COUP!

 So you can now feel free to pass on your Vegepa recommendation to any one you know, whether they have ME or not!

Sweet Success Story!

CANADIAN_FLAGQuite a sweet success story …
A Canadian Member has been advised not to take Vegepa due to becoming pregnant.

She wrote asking me if she could have a refund on the unopened boxes she ordered just a month ago.  As the cost of the shipping back to the UK as well as the cost of an international SWIFT refund would have made this a very costly transaction for her, I went to bed that night trying to work out how I could save her money.  Then I came up with a brain-wave…

I contacted another Member who also lives in the same Canadian city and put them in touch with eachother so they could sort out the swap between them and it’s worked like a dream!

I think I’ll go in for internet dating next!

 

Your Letters

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Lovely comment received from JH”
“Thanks Lynne for your wonderful encouragement. I really appreciate what you are doing. Keep up the good work. You are such an inspiration

Best wishes,

(Oh and I really appreciated how you described Recovery, which is similar to my own experience, very reassuring.)”

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Dear Lynne

Thanks again, my order arrived this morning.

I tried taking the supplement a number of years ago.  I ordered 3 months’ supply but at the end of the 3 months I didn’t feel any benefit and did not get any more.

Again after taking the 3 month’s supply I bought back in January I did not feel any benefit but this time I decided to try another 3 months’ supply and have now started to feel benefits.

First thing I noticed was an improvement in my sleep.  I still waken during the night but not so often which means my not having to take so many sleeping tablets.  My concentration has improved.  I have not tried reading yet but I enjoy various crafts and have found I am able to keep going for longer and this also applies to the time I can spend on the computer.

Something my husband noticed was that my appetite has improved.  I don’t think I am as anxious as I was.  My sister said she could see ‘a difference’ in me.  I need to pace myself better as I am tending to push myself too much and it would be very easy to get into the ‘boom and bust’ trap.

I have been ill for 15 years.  It took 5 years to be diagnosed by which time I had become severely affected.  This is the first thing that I feel has helped to this extent.

I have a very long way to go but hopefully this is only the beginning.

Thanks again

M

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[Blush, Blush]!

…The difference Vegepa makes to a ME sufferer is enormous, you are personally responsible for making so many peoples’ lives far, far better that they would otherwise be. I hope that knowledge makes you feel really, really good.
Thank-you for all your kindness, to all of us,
and thank-you for keeping in touch too!
Lots of love,
Sue

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Hi Lynne,

Thank you so much for the lovely big box of VEGEPA. My husband ordered it for me this time as I’ve had a bit of a relapse, although I have to say that since I started taking these golden nuggets I’ve had very few relapses which is very encouraging *:) happy

Thank you Lynne for managing to make these tablets affordable, as without your help I doubt that I could buy them so regularly, so a massive thank you Lovely Lady!

Take care, love Bryony xo

Stay of Execution!

IMG_1076I’ve have just had to borrow a very large amount of money in order to buy up a year’s worth of Vegepa so that I can keep my prices as they are for a while longer and not have to leave my Members high and dry, in a position where they cannot afford to continue taking Vegepa.

When these boxes are sold, if the manufacturer will no longer give us preferential rates, I will have no option but to either put up my prices or to close down Vegepa Club for good.

As you can imagine, this will be heartbreaking.  Anyway, I will keep you all informed, well in advance.

This is my spare room now!  Oh well, less hoovering!