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Mommy Alert! Airborne Is a Fraud

Airborne, the effervescent health formula said to boost a person's immunity is a fraud.

A CNN article reported that the company, started by a teacher will have to pay $23.3 million to settle the class action lawsuit brought against it for false advertising.

The piece said:

"There's no credible evidence that what's in Airborne can prevent colds or protect you from a germy environment," said CSPI Senior nutritionist David Schardt. "Airborne is basically on overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that's been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed."

Many parents swore by the pills believing they fended off illness — were you one of them?

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Farott Farott 7 years
I never really thought this stuff worked but my mother loves it because my Aunt (a veterinarian into chinese herbal medicine) swears by it because supposedly it is almost the same as a chinese remedy she uses. If you ask me, it is no more or less effective than any other vitamin on the market.
RickCain RickCain 7 years
Zicam makes you lose your sense of smell. There's been lawsuits over it. Hundreds of people have reported near to total smell loss, be warned. At least the worthless vitamins don't hurt you like Zicam does.
AKirstin AKirstin 7 years
I heard years ago that it had been discredited. ? Anyway, I never tried it, I don't bother with this stuff. If you want to avoid sickness, get a neti pot. :D
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 7 years
i mean, i'm not really surprised either. but to go as far as having a lawsuit against it? naaah
meko01 meko01 7 years
The only time that I have ever taken this was when I was starting to feel run down and everyone one around me was sick. I figured a little extra Vitamin C couldn't hurt. I didn't really like the way that it tastes so I don't use it often not if there is a lot of sick people around me I take some Vitamin C tabs. I don't see how taking this or drinking a lot of juice is any different. Basically I think that Airborne is just a way of giving your body some more vitamins to help you stay healthy a bit longer. I think to sue is silly. There are a lot more things on the market that give false advertising.
ytw ytw 7 years
I use this and generally like it, but I realize what it is: vitamins, minerals, and herbs. If you really want to prevent illnesses like cold and flu, wash your hands a lot.
YMO YMO 7 years
I felt a tickle in my throat when getting off a plane, took this and it never developed into anything more. I felt a similar tickle on another flight, just drunk orange juice and ended up with a sore throat and congestion. I'll have to try Zicam as well, but for me I don't see deceptive about airborne.
mollyparnis mollyparnis 7 years
People have to remember that this is a class action lawsuit (the ambulance chasing wing of the legal industry). My husband and I have used Airborne for years and it has stopped many a cold dead in it's tracks or at the very least lessoned the symptoms. I plan to continuing buying and using it!
Berlin Berlin 7 years
Well Duh! Anyone who actually reads it can tell it's just a stupid "immune booster" that does nothing more than provide the same effects as regular vitamins...people need to read what they are taking!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Jess...I didn't say this product should be used as a REPLACEMENT for the standard vitamin supplement :) Maybe I didn't explain my thoughts clearly. I don't see anything wrong with taking Airborne, regardless of the lawsuit. As long as you use it for what it is intended to be used for. The product was designed to boost your system with extra vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and Zinc (which your body does need) when you feel yourself getting sick, or when you're in an environment where you could get sick. That's not new science. The idea that Vitamin C and Zinc help your body fight off a cold has been around for a long time. And this may have changed since the lawsuit...but their website clearly states the product is not intended to "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". Which I think is a no-brainer.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
we bought some but never used it. the bax says "dietary supplement" and "created by a school teacher who was sick of getting sick in the classroom". i take that as "this is stuff that's good for you. if you take it when you think your immune system needs a boost it could help". with all the things out there that are frauds, odd to think they would choose this to go to the mat over. i'm keeping our box, lol. won't hurt anything. we use this stuff i get at the whole foods check out counter (which of course i can't find now) that looks like pop rocks. it comes in little tubes and you disolve them on your tounge. it's called something like "osceila". ayway, works great.
JessNess JessNess 7 years
using it to get your body the vitamins and minerals it needs This is a not a vitamin and mineral supplement and should not be taken as one
DreaAST DreaAST 7 years
I believe this stuff works!!!!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 7 years
"False advertising" and "no credible evidence" more acurately describes almost all pharmaceuticals on the market today. Sadly they attack dietary supplements and vitamins instead...
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 7 years
I've definitely used it in the past- but I switched to Emergen-C a long time ago because it's a lot cheaper, especially on drugstore.com. Zicam works- I think. I work in a very germy day care environment and I throw some Zicam in my nose whenever I feel anything coming on. About the Zicam I would say that the nose stuff works better than any other version.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I'm not sure I agree with the headline Sugar...If you read the article it states that they changed their marketing campaign...and regardless of what the lawsuit says, Airborne is still a dietary supplement (much like Emergen-C)...so I don't see the harm in using it to get your body the vitamins and minerals it needs.
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 7 years
Well I personally think it tastes gross - it makes me nauseated. Now I'll have a better excuse when ppl try to push it on me :)
GirlC GirlC 7 years
I've used it when flying and *think* it works. I used to get sick but don't now that I use it :ponder:
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
I know lots of people that swear by this, but I was never a fan. I use Coldeeze with Zinc and Emergen-C. I find these work pretty well, but next time I'm feeling under the weather I'm definitely trying out this Zicam stuff.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
I know a lot of people who swear by it. The only time I've ever seen it in action, my husband took it because he felt the flu coming on. Then promptly puked. lol
JessNess JessNess 7 years
Its all a placebo effect from advertising. The pill is basically Vitamin C which you can get anywhere and for a lot less.
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