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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:22 AM
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Sambucol TV Ad is Misleading, and Probably Illegal
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I saw an ad on TV this morning for Sambucol, an over-the-counter preparation of elderberry extract. It promised that it would "boost your immune system." The ad showed people suffering from the flu or a bad cold. The implication was that if you took Sambucol, you wouldn't get the flu. No disclaimer that I saw, either. I'll be reporting the ad to the FDA and the FTC today. The trouble is that by the time they could do anything, flu season will be over and they'll have sold millions of bottles of this snake oil.

Liars, and the lying lies they tell...
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  -Sambucol TV Ad is Misleading, and Probably Illegal MineralMan  Nov-22-11 08:22 AM   #0 
  - the fda is aware of the product, is testing it  JanMichael   Nov-22-11 08:28 AM   #1 
  - Yes, you do that. I'm sure the FDA is clueless without you....  Bluenorthwest   Nov-22-11 08:45 AM   #2 
  - ROFL!  BuddhaGirl   Nov-22-11 10:22 AM   #10 
  - Yes, save the world from elderberries!!11! Otherwise your father might smell of them.  Crunchy Frog   Nov-23-11 12:29 PM   #17 
  - IMHO, Chuck Berry, get the flu. n/t  HysteryDiagnosis   Nov-29-11 05:43 AM   #22 
  - I've been using Sambucol since about 2000 and it works for me  deutsey   Nov-22-11 09:01 AM   #3 
  - Oh, they'll get away with it, I suspect.  HuckleB   Nov-22-11 09:03 AM   #4 
  - Implied and inferred are not the same thing.  Bluenorthwest   Nov-22-11 09:29 AM   #5 
  - Have you seen the ad? If not, then we're not talking about the  MineralMan   Nov-22-11 09:39 AM   #6 
     - "Boost Your Immune System?"  HuckleB   Nov-22-11 09:50 AM   #7 
     - I read all their materials and how doctors use it.  Bluenorthwest   Nov-22-11 09:58 AM   #8 
     - Thanks for posting that  JanMichael   Nov-22-11 10:22 AM   #9 
        - Note the silence following the Mayo link...  Bluenorthwest   Nov-22-11 10:29 AM   #13 
           - Mayo says eat berries. So does everyone else.  HuckleB   Nov-22-11 12:00 PM   #14 
           - It is not about the Mayo link, which says nothing about  MineralMan   Nov-22-11 12:39 PM   #15 
     - I have seen the ads  JanMichael   Nov-22-11 10:23 AM   #11 
  - Sambucol is the bomb  BuddhaGirl   Nov-22-11 10:26 AM   #12 
  - I've found it helpful myself. It doesn't prevent you from getting things  Crunchy Frog   Nov-23-11 12:26 PM   #16 
  - You may want to turn in the Israelis as well.... snake oil and all.  HysteryDiagnosis   Nov-25-11 01:38 PM   #18 
  - Still pushing self-selected, small, preliminary studies?  HuckleB   Nov-25-11 05:19 PM   #19 
  - Good post...  SidDithers   Nov-26-11 07:21 PM   #20 
  - Good post!  helenmoore   Nov-29-11 12:19 AM   #21 
  - the pictures in the ad  Celebration   Nov-29-11 08:41 AM   #23 

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