After covering so many scams online, I decided it was time to do a short review of the top 5 scams at your local drug store. In this blog post I’ll tell you what they are and why they aren’t what they say they are…
Last year, the FDA lifted a ban on Ephedra which is the main ingredient of many diet pills. This led to a rat race of new diet pills being marketed. In case you didn’t know, the reason why Ephedra was banned in the first place is because it’s been linked to many deaths and considered very unsafe. Why the FDA lifted this ban is beyond me. The fact of the matter is, besides the fact that it’s deadly, Ephedra really is effective at weight loss. This is because it increases metabolism and contains huge doses of caffeine.
Here’s The Kicker: Only ONE company is currently manufacturing genuine ephedra products. The rest of these products popping up are ephedra substitues and fake ephedra that don’t actually work. The reason they’re selling them is because of all the attention Ephedra has gained now that the ban has been lifted. And I also suspect a lot of the people who used to sell Ephedra are back in business now with new marketing taking advantage of the publicity around the ban being lifted but still they’re only selling snake oil.
If you see a diet pill be cautious. If you see a diet pill that has anything to do with Epehdra be extremely cautious. It likely doesn’t contain any Ephedra at all (which kills people) and is only a mere snake oil placebo.
Many people remember back in the day when you could go into a drug store and purchase a decongestant off the shelf and not feel like a criminal. Then illegal drug manufacturers started buying them up in droves to manufacture methamphetamine so then Psuedoephedrine became a controlled substance.
Thus Phenylephrine was born as a so called replacement to psuedoephedrine but the problem is that according to numerous studies it’s likely not effective at all for treating colds. Snake Oil!
Airborne is a vitamin that you drop in water a lot like Alka Seltzer. It was really popular a couple of years ago especially after one of the bigger lawsuits in health history. A lot of people loved Airborne especially travelers because it was marketed as an immunity booster. The fact is that it’s a complete scam and does nothing they claim it does. The company was forced to pay 23.3 million dollars in a settlement for false advertising. The sad part is that Airborne is still being sold to this day.
There are many products out there claiming this “magnet therapy” that it’s getting downright rediculous. Any product that claims magnets will manage, relieve, cure, reverse, massage etc. are downright scams. There have been many studies on magnet therapy and there is no evidence supporting any of the medical claims made for magnet therapy. It’s a total placebo.
Most of us remember those rediculous commercials. So you just roll this thing that looks like a stick a glue over your forehead and your headache is instantly cured, right? Wrong! This product was proven to do absolutely nothing to cure headaches thus the makers were forced via legal measures to stop advertising it as such.