Wednesday, February 20, 2008

“Airborne helps—I swear by it”

Like many other popular cold/flu prevention products, Airborne’s effectiveness has no basis in hard evidence. I hadn’t realized this, but it was created by a schoolteacher less than 10 years back who didn’t want to keep getting sick from her students. In 2006, it brought in $100 million in sales.

I’m staring at a tube of Airborne I have sitting on my desk right now, thinking about why I got it, and it was because everyone else swore that it worked for them.

What’s in it? 17 herbs, vitamins, and minerals, including zinc, vitamin C, lonicera, forsythia, and Echinacea, all things we discussed in class as being old wives’ remedies but not having gone through scientific trials. This article also calls them out on having a bit too much vitamin A—taken over a long period of time, the recommended dose would result in vitamin A overdose and cause bone deterioration and dry skin.,1,2611321.story?ctrack=4&cset=true


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