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Thu May 30, 2019, 01:50 PM

CFI Sues Walmart for Selling Snake Oil

Homeopathy lies, as Stephen Fry recently put it, “at the bottom of the abyss of pseudoscience.” Fry calls it “the silliest of all the snake oils.” Nonetheless, major drug retailers sell useless homeopathic fake medicine right alongside evidence-based treatments, making no distinction between the junk and the real thing. That’s why the Center for Inquiry sued CVS for fraud last year, all the while knowing that the fight didn’t stop there.

Last week, CFI filed a consumer fraud suit against Walmart, the largest retailer there is, for their sale and marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, calling it an “incredible betrayal of customers’ trust and an abuse of their titanic retail power.”

Fast Company magazine got the exclusive scoop on the lawsuit at the time it was filed, running a feature on our efforts and the lack of evidence to support the claims of homeopathy’s proponents. On Saturday morning, CFI Vice President and Legal Counsel Nick Little was interviewed about the suit by Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition and on The Skeptic Zone podcast with Richard Saunders.

Stay tuned for more developments on this suit and our ongoing case against CV

https://centerforinquiry.org/press_releases/walmart-sued-for-fraud-homeopathy/

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Reply CFI Sues Walmart for Selling Snake Oil (Original post)
yortsed snacilbuper May 30 OP
SidDithers May 30 #1
hlthe2b May 30 #2
empedocles May 30 #3
Wounded Bear May 30 #4
csziggy May 30 #7
hlthe2b May 30 #5
GeorgeGist May 30 #6
leftyladyfrommo May 30 #10
LuvNewcastle May 30 #8
Wounded Bear May 30 #9

Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 01:59 PM

1. DU rec...nt

Sid

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:02 PM

2. What about all the other stores selling them? (In truth, I had no idea Walmart did)...

All the 'health food stores" including WHole Foods?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:15 PM

3. I've wondered about the extremely/heavily advertised Prevagen for memory, brain injury, etc.

Despite FDA and science warnings of no adequate research, etc, sales go big time.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #3)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:18 PM

4. Hey, it must be good shit! It comes from jellyfish!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:48 PM

7. And jellyfish are well known for their big brains!

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Response to empedocles (Reply #3)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:22 PM

5. Yes. I could not agree more. At least with things like Omega 3 Fatty Acids (fish oil)

there is some good data. There are a few other supplements that have at least a modicum of data supporting their use.

For some reason the suggestion that "jellyfish" contains some miracle cure has resonated with a lot of people who should know enough to do their research (and don't).

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Response to empedocles (Reply #3)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:43 PM

6. Everyone knows that jellyfish ...

never forget.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Thu May 30, 2019, 06:00 PM

10. I have seen them at CVS. nt

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 02:53 PM

8. I saw homeopathic shit for sale at a GNC store.

I left without buying anything. If a store will sell that garbage, what does it say about the rest of their products?

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #8)

Thu May 30, 2019, 04:08 PM

9. Never been in a GNC...

I take a multi-vitamin daily and some fish oil. Beyond that, I don't do supplements. I figure most of them are scams. I can get what I need at a local grocery store.

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