Me too. And I just recently read where it all fake….well its a fraud…well it doesn’t really do anything. “There’s no credible evidence that what’s in Airborne can prevent colds or protect you from a germy environment,” David Schardt, a nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said in a written statement this week. “Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed.”
Airborne was invented by Victoria Knight-McDowell, a second-grade teacher who according to the Airborne’s site, “studied the benefits herbal therapies used in Eastern Medicine.” The company also claimed it “boosts the immune system with seven herbal extracts and a proprietary blend of vitamins, electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants.”
Back in March 2006, after an ABC News report revealed that the company’s clinical trials were not conducted by doctors or even scientists, Airborne changed their advertising campaign when a plaintiff filed suit against them. Turns out the “clinical trials” were just conducted by two random individuals! Shortly after, advertisements for Airborne stopped mentioning the clinical studies and the cold-curing claims. Instead, Airborne began advertising itself as helping to boost the body’s immune systems.
Airborne will now be fighting off cash collectors for a total of $23.3 million to settle the class-action lawsuit brought against them. Those suing claim the company provided false advertising since it could not be proven that Airborne actually helps prevent colds.
Then in late 2006 the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit advocacy group, joined the suit as co-counsel against Airborne. Later in 2007 the FTC and some attorney generals began investigating the cold-preventing claims as well. The CSPI said the Airborne company will have to refund money to consumers who bought its product, and it will pay for advertisements in large publications with instructions on how to get refunded.
I hate being lied to. Our family used to take Airborne all the time. If someone around us was getting a cold we would buy an extra gallon of OJ and take our Airborne. Turns outneither of those things help one little bit with the whole cold thing.
If you want more information on how to get a few bucks back or about the lawsuite visit the Airborne Settlement website and the FAQ’s.