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FACT CHECK: Doc Willie Ong doesn’t endorse Ayurma Healing Oil

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FACT CHECK: Doc Willie Ong doesn’t endorse Ayurma Healing Oil
Ayurma Healing Oil used a clip from a video that Ong originally uploaded on February 27, 2021. Ong didn’t mention the product in his video.

Claim: Cardiologist and online health personality Dr. Willie Ong, also known as Doc Willie, endorses Ayurma Healing Oil which claims to treat joint pains and frozen shoulder.

Rating: FALSE

Why we fact-checked this: The Facebook video bearing the claim has over 4.5 million views, 49,000 reactions, and 14,000 comments as of writing.

A video clip of Ong with his wife, Liza Ong, was inserted at the beginning of the video to make it seem like he was talking about the product. At the 0:11 mark, another clip is shown that introduces the supposed treatment.

The Facebook post also includes user comments addressed to Ong, suggesting that they believe Ong to be endorsing the product.

The facts: The clip of Ong used in the Ayurma Healing Oil ad was originally from a video posted on February 27, 2021.

In the original video, Ong talks about ways to relieve a frozen shoulder, but he didn’t mention Ayurma Healing Oil at all.

Ong’s name and videos have repeatedly been used in deceptive advertisements promoting various supposed health products. In response to these ads, Ong previously told Rappler in an email that the only product he and his wife endorse is Birch Tree Advance, a nutritional milk for seniors. 

Not FDA registered: Ayurma Healing Oil is also not in the Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s list of approved food and drug products.

Previous false claims: Rappler has fact-checked similar claims about products using Ong in false endorsements:

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