Thursday, May 12, 2005

how to get away with the unproven

i just cleaned out my night stand, and suddenly i have a clear view of my bottle of vitamins. namely, centrum advanced formula, 250 tablets. on the top it says, "now with lutein. helps maintain healthy eyes*".

so i followed the asterick to the bottom of the bottle where it says, and i quote, "* this statement has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease".

huh? what? are you serious? that's legal?

it's a powerful thing, the *. it's amazing what you can get away with if you can wield its power correctly.

"it's not you. it's me. i think you're great.*".
"i didn't sleep with that contestant.*"
"i don't know who's bra that belongs to.*"
"i respect your opinion.*"
"i'm listening.*"
"they are concealing weapons of mass destruction.*"

1 comment:

CIO of NYPBT said...

What about the medicines that are being touted on TV for various cures. The "*" is the disclaimer at the end. "Use of this product could develop nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, chest pain, 4 hour erections, etc." Same thing.