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(Amtrak)   Five products with overhyped health claims. Apply directly to the forehead. Five products with overhyped health claims. Apply directly to the forehead. Five products with overhyped health claims. Apply directly to the forehead   (blogs.smartmoney.com ) divider line
    More: Asinine, health claims, Michael Jacobson, consumer complaint, independent review, online advertising, false advertising, Consumer Action, SKECHERS USA  
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2012-05-20 05:55:58 PM  
Clever marketers - like the Head-On folks - no not to make any specific claims. Maybe general ones about aches and pains and that is it.

Oh, and to to say thing like "this is the sort of thing the government and big pharma don't want you to know about."

/Anyone who disagrees with me I have some waterfront property in Arizona I'd like to sell you.
 
2012-05-20 06:06:23 PM  
This just in: after all of recorded history, snake oil salesmen still exist
 
2012-05-20 06:25:12 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: This just in: after all of recorded history, snake oil salesmen still exist


Amazing right? I hate to see people still being taken in by this "snake oil" scam. The truth is, what you need is 100% pure badger musk. Cures those aches and pains, keeps you regular, and while the FDA may say it doesn't help with terminal cancer, just ask my regular customers: not a one of them is dead of cancer!

Pure, natural badger musk. Nothing else will do, and mine is the best. Get your checkbooks ready, ladies and gentlemen. This is the real deal.
 
2012-05-20 06:48:20 PM  
Remember those Jamie Lee Curtis commercials


Remember? They're still on!
 
2012-05-20 06:51:52 PM  
When I first saw that damned commercial I wanted to punch the person who thought it was a good idea to repeat the same thing over and over. Head on, apply directly to the forehead. Head on, apply directly to the forehead. Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.Head on, apply directly to the forehead.
 
2012-05-20 07:01:56 PM  
doctoradvice.org

No mention of breast enlargement cream?
 
2012-05-20 07:18:44 PM  
I think the danon suit was ridiculous. There are health benefits to yogurt cultures, I don't think they were exaggerated any more than how happy a Toyota will make you.
 
2012-05-20 07:20:16 PM  
What, no mention of those stupid bracelets that won't let anyone push you over if they are so much as touching you?
 
2012-05-20 07:34:04 PM  
Glad to see that Bifidus regularis made the list.
 
2012-05-20 07:36:47 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-20 07:37:11 PM  

StrikitRich: No mention of breast enlargement cream?


Apply directly to forehead.
 
2012-05-20 07:38:57 PM  

stuhayes2010: I think the danon suit was ridiculous. There are health benefits to yogurt cultures, I don't think they were exaggerated any more than how happy a Toyota will make you.


The commercial said the yogurt (ostensibly the cultures) were clinically proven to help regulate the digestive system.

FTA: "The FTC charged the company wasn't able to substantiate many of these claims."

Dannon had the option of substantiating the claims, but chose instead to settle. The way I read their actions, that means that either they couldn't prove the claims, or it was cheaper to settle than to support their claims.

/A+B=X
 
2012-05-20 07:45:47 PM  
Other examples of unsubstantiated claims:


farm8.staticflickr.com

1.bp.blogspot.com

littlegreenfootballs.com
 
2012-05-20 07:51:58 PM  
media4.onsugar.com
 
2012-05-20 08:09:34 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Clever marketers - like the Head-On folks - no not to make any specific claims. Maybe general ones about aches and pains and that is it.

Oh, and to to say thing like "this is the sort of thing the government and big pharma don't want you to know about."

/Anyone who disagrees with me I have some waterfront property in Arizona I'd like to sell you.


How much do you want for it?
 
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2012-05-20 08:39:31 PM  
I agree with the skechers suit. I bought a pair of those and wore them all the time while watching TV from the couch and my legs didn't look any better.
 
2012-05-20 08:51:00 PM  
And no political ad will ever be in that group. Because they can lie all they want and can never be held liable.
 
2012-05-20 10:02:33 PM  
List should have read

1) Homeopathic anything
2) Homeopathic anything
3) Homeopathic anything
4) Homeopathic anything
5) Homeopathic anything
 
2012-05-20 10:45:40 PM  
My wife swears by the Airborne. She takes that stuff as soon as she has the hint of a cold. I know that it is just an effervescent multivitamin but she just knows that it makes her better more quickly.

/placebo effect in action
 
2012-05-20 11:14:56 PM  

encrypted-tbn2.google.com
"It's a gloppet egg. From the planet − Placebo."

 
2012-05-20 11:44:02 PM  
That FTC sure gets 'em good. That's why you can still buy Q-Ray bracelets and Enzyte, while the "busted" founders light their cigars with $100 bills in their villa in Costa Rica.
 
2012-05-20 11:54:58 PM  

bgddy24601: My wife swears by the Airborne. She takes that stuff as soon as she has the hint of a cold. I know that it is just an effervescent multivitamin but she just knows that it makes her better more quickly.

/placebo effect in action


Actually you can stave off most colds with proper nutrition. Whenever I feel the slightest hint of a cold coming on, I take a mutli-vitamin drink a gallon of OJ. I honestly don't remember the last time I had a cold.
 
2012-05-21 12:09:12 AM  
I have a great name for the "thigh cream" product that alleges to reduce leg fat...

Oinkment.

/rimshot
 
2012-05-21 12:15:16 AM  

netringer: Enzyte, while the "busted" founders light their cigars with $100 bills in their villa in Costa Rica.


The founder of Enzyte is spending the next few years in federal prison.
 
2012-05-21 12:46:21 AM  

Angry Buddha: StrikitRich: No mention of breast enlargement cream?

Apply directly to forehead.


Then start motorboating!
 
2012-05-21 02:18:13 AM  

WhyteRaven74: netringer: Enzyte, while the "busted" founders light their cigars with $100 bills in their villa in Costa Rica.

The founder of Enzyte is spending the next few years in federal prison.


I thought that was less about the boner pills of dubious effectiveness and more about the credit card fraud.
 
2012-05-21 03:25:35 AM  
I want to buy your rock

30.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-05-21 05:08:00 AM  
6. Insert any product here whose commercial has in small font somewhere on it: "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease."
 
2012-05-21 05:10:54 AM  

Robo Beat: WhyteRaven74: netringer: Enzyte, while the "busted" founders light their cigars with $100 bills in their villa in Costa Rica.

The founder of Enzyte is spending the next few years in federal prison.

I thought that was less about the boner pills of dubious effectiveness and more about the credit card fraud.


Eh, if atheists can bash Kent Hovind for being a lying scumbag creationist who's currently in prison for tax fraud, we can bash Enzyte's founder for being a lying scumbag snake oil salesmen who's currently in prison for credit card fraud.
 
2012-05-21 06:12:08 AM  
Bacteriaaaaaaaaa!
 
2012-05-21 06:47:33 AM  
Article claims to expose 5 overhyped products... only delivers 4. Where is that Ironic tag when you need it.
 
2012-05-21 08:21:16 AM  
You have to believe those products will work. Otherwise they won't work.
 
2012-05-21 09:14:39 AM  
i1245.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-21 09:49:30 AM  

Breathe Laugh Twitch: I have a great name for the "thigh cream" product that alleges to reduce leg fat...

Oinkment.

/rimshot


you know you are supposed to use it on your thighs and not your special place?
 
2012-05-21 10:47:51 AM  

Robo Beat: WhyteRaven74: netringer: Enzyte, while the "busted" founders light their cigars with $100 bills in their villa in Costa Rica.

The founder of Enzyte is spending the next few years in federal prison.

I thought that was less about the boner pills of dubious effectiveness and more about the credit card fraud.


Kevin Trudeau went to prison for credit card fraud. All that did was give him to inspiration for '"THEY" don't want you to know about' and which he invoked again when he was sued for the products being bogus. He started publishing books about the quackery so he could hide behind free speech rights. The sad thing is the books sell and such as Walgreens will sell it along with these other frauds.
 
2012-05-21 11:53:28 AM  
I can tell you one thing about Activia. It will help you poop. One activia a day...one poop a day. Before that...I might have seven in a week....unfortunately all would be on the same day.

I travel a lot for work. Almost all of it overseas and I can tell a difference when I don't have access to a good yogurt.
 
2012-05-21 02:00:55 PM  
"The real skinny on weight loss is that no cream is going to help you fit into your jeans," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.

Ba-zing!
 
2012-05-21 03:08:16 PM  

Faddy: Article claims to expose 5 overhyped products... only delivers 4. Where is that Ironic tag when you need it.


The fifth one is the Sketchers shoes; the lead-off.
 
2012-05-21 03:21:27 PM  

netringer: Robo Beat: WhyteRaven74: netringer: Enzyte, while the "busted" founders light their cigars with $100 bills in their villa in Costa Rica.

The founder of Enzyte is spending the next few years in federal prison.

I thought that was less about the boner pills of dubious effectiveness and more about the credit card fraud.

Kevin Trudeau went to prison for credit card fraud. All that did was give him to inspiration for '"THEY" don't want you to know about' and which he invoked again when he was sued for the products being bogus. He started publishing books about the quackery so he could hide behind free speech rights. The sad thing is the books sell and such as Walgreens will sell it along with these other frauds.


Now that I think about it, "Smilin' Bob and the Boner Pills of Dubious Effectiveness" would be a pretty decent name for the right band.
 
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