Rodial Ltd.

11 Nov

Today, I called Rodial Ltd. to ask if they had any scientific evidence for their product, Boob job.

As you may know, Rodial have sued a prominent British plastic surgeon, Dalia Nield, for saying that it’s highly unlikely that the £125-a-bottle cream would increase breast size. You can read more on this here. This is another example of our highly flawed libel laws being used to stifle scientific discourse and debate.

Scientific debates cause us to go and research things to find out exactly what is and isn’t true. Without it, we learn nothing. If people sue simply because someone disagrees with them or highlights the lack of evidence for their claims, we learn nothing.

It is right to question people making claims of any kind – scientific or otherwise.

In the case of Rodial. Ltd, they make claims about increasing breast size without providing a shred of evidence. I know this because as stated earlier, I phoned them up to ask for the evidence. They told me that they had done trials, but were not willing to produce this evidence to me because I was a member of the public. I leave you, the reader, to decide exactly what that suggests.

They also asked for my contact details. I don’t see the reasoning for that once they’d told me that they had no evidence that they were willing to provide me.

As a result of this phone call and my disgust at Rodial’s disregard for the scientific process including verification of evidence and debate and their abuse of our disgusting libel laws, I reported them to Trading Standards for making ‘unverifiable and sensational claims without providing scientific evidence to justify these claims’. We wouldn’t let pharmaceutical companies get away with it, so why let Rodial Ltd?

So, I pose the question to you, dear reader, what are you going to do about Rodial Ltd. and their sensational, unjustifiable claims?

P.S. Carmen has reminded me to add a link to the Libel Reform website!

10 Responses to “Rodial Ltd.”

  1. Judge Judy November 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    What am I going to do about it? I plan to first pull out my hair then get stressed out enough to grow a tumour!

  2. EnglishAtheist November 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m going to follow your lead, and make an official complaint too (blogged about it at lunch time also).

  3. twinarp November 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    They were decidely unhelpful, weren’t they?
    Well, I think I’ll send them a little request as well.

  4. EnglishAtheist November 12, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Well, I’ve got all of their claims of clinical proof, and their claims of “40% increase in lip volume” etc together.

    Tomorrow I’ll give them a call, and see if they can give me any answers.

    http://furtherthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/11/questions-for-rodial.html

  5. SuperHappyJen November 13, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    Oh, I wouldn’t be surprised if pharmaceutical companies were getting away with stuff like this too.

  6. Urban November 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    And don’t forget to sign up on the libel reform campaign petition website:

    http://www.libelreform.org/sign

    Can’t hurt to remind the government that they actually promised to revise the libel laws.

  7. Rooo November 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    No no no. Learn to research faggot.

    • rwelbirg December 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Rhys. The aggressive claims of libel are nothing new from this kind of operation. It’s worth pointing out that they could never win – as this is clearly opinion, Dr Nield is covered by the Honest Comment defence, which was clarified by the Supreme Court just this week.

      The problem is the cost of any proceedings being at best annoying and at worst prohibitive to speech. Don’t worry too much about the government though – everyone in the know believes that the new defamation bill (expected March) will contain legislation specifically dealing with slander/libel in the scientific and academic context.

      I would imagine we’ll see some kind of pre-trial burden of proof on the claimant or similar, to discourage frivolous cases.

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