My buddy Greg has been saying this for years–a medicine “created by a school teacher” is not something to brag about and is no substitution for drugs crafted through the rigorous application of the scientific method.
And now Airborne just lost their case with the State of California, and is going to have to significantly change their marketing strategy as well as their formula. That’s a good thing, since not only is it not good for colds, but they know damned well that it’s not, and in fact, its potent dose of vitamins endanger the health of women and children:
Even after studies, Airborne knew that major ingredients in their products–Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Zinc–did not prevent colds. They continued to market their product as a cold remedy, says the Attorney General’s office. Even worse, they say, is that Airborne’s dosage of Vitamin A is 5,000 international units and when taken as recommended, one would consume 15,000. That’s a “potential health risk to vulnerable populations including children and pregnant women.”
No word on how Lloyd Dangle, the artist behind those scary germs on the Airborne packaging, is taking this. I wonder if all the knock-offs of Airborne he so humorously dug into a couple years back will be getting similar legal treatment.