Airborne product-health

Airborne product

one of the main ingredients in this crap is sugar, glad the FTC did something about it finally (not that the true believers will let that get in the way of continuing to pay real $ for fake medicine.

#Yesterday I asked for opinions on a product called "Airborne." Here is mine:

You can’t keep a good quack down for long. They keep resurfacing with irritating frequency. Victoria Knight-McDowell certainly doesn’t look like a quack. She looks like a pretty elementary school teacher. Which is exactly what she was before she became a millionaire peddling her invention. And what was that invention? A remedy for the common cold. Yup, this young grade two school teacher managed to accomplish a feat that had defied numerous highly trained researchers at the world’s top pharmaceutical companies. Or so she claims.

Since the common cold is probably the most common disease in the world, responsible for countless days lost from work every year, you can imagine the potential profits were a remedy to be found. It’s no surprise then that Big Pharma has invested heavily in cold research, unfortunately with not much to show in return. But our lovely school teacher put together a concoction of ginger, Echinacea, zinc, isatis root and vitamin C, calling it “Airborne”. How did she come up with this? Experiments in the lab? Controlled trials? No. She did a little reading about cold remedies. All these ingredients have been investigated for their role in altering the human immune response with unimpressive results. Zinc lozenges have been around a long time and have not proven to be the answer to the common cold. Ditto Echinacea and vitamin C. Victoria lumped these together in one product and adorned the box of Airborne with the slogan “created by a school teacher.” She successfully parlayed this charming notion into a hundred million dollars a year business. After all, surely a school teacher can be trusted. ell, maybe to teach your children how to read, but not to keep them from catching a cold.

Now, though, the teacher has been caught. Cheating the public is the charge. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. agency that regulates advertising,. has decreed that Airborne is falsely advertised because there is no evidence that it can “boost your immune system to help your body combat germs” or that taking it a the first sign of cold symptoms or before entering crowded, potentially germ-infested environments is of any benefit. TC was acting after a group of citizens launched a private lawsuit against Airborne claiming the product did not live up to its promise. Airborne agreed to a settlement whereby the company would pay thirty million dollars to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, offer refunds to anyone who asked, and would desist from making unsubstantiated claims about reducing the risk of catching a cold colds, reducing the severity or duration of colds or offering protection against infection in crowded places. So you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. But you can fool lots. Airborne has weathered the storm and is very much alive, using a clever new ad. “Airborne is #1, and if you’ve used it you know. If you haven’t ask someone who has.” Legal but meaningless. A cold usually lasts a week. If you take Airborne I suspect it may last seven days. Maybe the school teacher needs more than a thirty million dollar wrap on the knuckles.

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hey wait, i'm wrong! it isn't sweetened with sugar, it has sorbital, sucralose AND aspartame in it!! i thought alties hate those things, somebody needs to warn her customers. should we rat her out to food babe?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airborne_(dietary_supplement)

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This shit (all alt-med BS) is sold alongside actual medicine. In stores. In a western world. WTF

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I was convinced while pregnant that papaya controlled heartburn. Biggest waste of ten dollars ever. I'm glad I'm slightly less of an idiot now.

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oh, honey, you're WAY less of an idiot now! (wait, that didn't come out right...)?

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Lol! Hey I can't be offended by the truth.

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There's no shame in learning. I used to be anti Monsanto. There's a real shame in never changing your position ever and thinking you're much wiser than everyone else. Scrutiny begets wisdom.

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totally agree brian4 and on this page you never lose points for admitting you once were wrong but new evidence changed your mind, you gain points for that.

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I was also anti Monsanto and misinterpreted a lot of stories and data based on the opinions of emotional blogs. I still get suckered now and again, but have a better understanding of looking for reliable resources of information, when to be skeptical, and how to admit you're not an expert just from reading.

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some of the best members here could be described as 'recovering woo heads' and many more are people who at some time in their lives succumbed to it out of fear and desperation around being sick and realized it didn't help them and in some cases even harmed them.

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I just love learning. Learning I was wrong about something is actually a very freeing experience and is a major part of unleashing one's inner intellectual potential. Thanks for the kind words?

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That's how they get you. No one falls into woo without either ignorance of science or emotional desperation. Usually both.

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YES! It's all about emotions. I completely agree elisa80

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you all know what they say about colds....take something for it, and it goes away in 7 days...don't take anything for it and it goes away in a week....

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lol

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That's what makes woo peddlers so despicable. They really do profit off of the grief of others. I was approached with a lot of that alt crap after my mom died of a cancer that a lot of diabetics get. The last medication she was on was in the process of a lawsuit for causing the cancer she had. I was very very angry with "big pharma" and that's how I got sucked in. Took me over a decade to break out of that line of thinking. It drags you in and reinforces a lot of personal guilt for any failures. It really is like a cult or strict religion.

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And just like cults, the higher ups don't even have to convert you. They send out their converted followers because their followers can convince you with their sincerity.

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Wow I didn't realize it was that bad. That really is like religion.

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it is brian4, a lot of the companies use former 'patients' for testimonials as well as sales in multi level, 'tell your friends' marketing schemes

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I was in a mixed crowd, but the alt med and alt lifestyle people really had me convinced that I was a sick sad person because I wasn't living a clean enough life. It compounded on top of other insecurities I already had and caused me to delay any type of help or treatment for depression for almost a decade. I'm extremely lucky because I have very supportive friends and family. I can't imagine what it's like for those who are 100% surrounded by woo heads. You would have to have an iron will to break away.

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That's why I love joking about woo heads in closed groups on fb, but I try to be as understanding as I can to those I know in person. I know most of them are like me. Just feeling lost and clinging to answers that help them feel a semblance of control. Some have even been open to change.

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That's a good point. It's great to have a meeting of the minds?

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Agreed. I love this place and laugh at how foolish some of my thoughts were. Like the flu shot. I had convinced myself it was better not to get it because healthy people shouldn't waste the shots sick people needed. I had no idea herd immunity was a thing until joining pro vaccine pages.

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Also, months ago there was an article posted here and I was surfing through some of the sites linked and found out that my mom could have naturally got the cancer she did and that it was common in diabetics with or without medication. It alleviated over a decade of fear I had for new medications. Before, I had specifically refused any medication that hadn't been on the market for at least ten years.

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I know that's not definitive proof and we will never really know, but I've been dealing with that internal conflict for a long time. Grief makes you sick with anger for the wrong reasons. This page has actually helped me come to terms with that which is why I'm so grateful I found it. And why I tend to gush on and on about it. Sorry for all the comments.

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never be sorry for those kind of comments honey, they make me feel great about the page and what we've been able to make it.

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Plus you should be extremely proud of all the progress you've made. It's impressive.

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Thanks both of you!

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You have to overcome all the emotional investment that convinces you that you're right when facts tell you otherwise.

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I believe that's how conspiracies, religions, and alternative medicine woo proliferates and never seems to die.

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being right is better than being wrong. sometimes reality catches up with that notion. and here we are.

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It's just sad that it takes our species sooo long to accept facts when they "threaten" our world view. But it seems to be a learned skill so that is very reassuring.

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Everyone wants to feel like they belong somewhere. It's bonus if they provide easy answers to hard questions.

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You can only get those easy answers with deep inner reflection, which ironically isn't so easy. It's time consuming and you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. But it's really the journey that matters and that's where the focus should be, not the answer. Stay the course, learn. The journey gives you the answer in time and that's what gives the answer you seek it's weight, meaning and significance. Your inner self surfaces? My two cents.

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I'm totally a recovering woo-head. But I refused to buy Airborne--I just bought bottles of Zinc & Vitamin C and took bunches of 'em in cold season. Useta' tell my friends to do it since it was way cheaper than Airborne. Now I just stock up on symptom-control stuffs. ?

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Lol even at the height of my woo acceptance I still knew Airborne was a rip off. I admit I still take zinc when I first start getting a cold. It probably makes no difference, but I don't have the heart to throw away the bottle of zinc I bought last year.

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It's Tang.

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my new bf had a ton of things that looked like hard candy at his place and when i spent a week with him recently i kept eating them at night because i love sweets and he didn't seem to have anything else around that was sweet but as low in calories. i've been home for a few days now and i have a really shitty head cold. i told him the zinc was a fail (but since i thought it was candy maybe my 'placebo effect' forgot to heal me) lol

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Those fruity ones are like Lifesavers!

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these were white and in red wrappers and very tasty. they had a 'z' etched into them but since they looked and tasted like hard candies it never occurred to me that it might stand for 'zinc,' i figured it was the name of the candy company or something. and i'm almost 60 and a nurse ffs! hate to think what could happen with the wooish leaving stuff like that out around babies and children.

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I've had zinc in that sugar form that looks like colorless Nerds candy.

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