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Airborne pulls a fast one too

Seems like everyone I know talks Airborne up a storm as if it prevents or reduces cold symptoms. However, there's no evidence Airborne works. The manufacturer supposedly performed one clinical study, but the results of that are nowhere to be found on their web site. You can find the supposed results on the Wayback machine. Then a bit later these results myseriously disappeared.

"Simply washing your hands during cold and flu season is a much more effective way of preventing colds," said David Kroll, a pharmacologist at Duke University Medical School.


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schmooops From: schmooops Date: January 4th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
There's plenty of evidence that Airborne works, it's just filed under "placebo effect". Still, I'd rather have people downing glorified vitamins and crowing about how healthy they feel than creating yet another strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
gkr From: gkr Date: January 4th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
You got a point there, though both are still dumb.
martygreene From: martygreene Date: January 4th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think also, things like Airborne and Emergen-C cause people to up their fluid intake, which can help a lot in and of itself. That, plus the electrolytes and vitamins (at least from Emergen-C, don't recall if Airborne has those as well) probably does give one the feeling of a refreshing boost.

I'll admit to using Emergen-C, largely because it keeps my vitamin C intake up, and gives me the electrolytes that my body has a hard time regulating as-is.

Do they actually help illnesses? I suppose it depends on the definition of actually, whether you view placebo effct as 'actual' help, or not.
la_roja From: la_roja Date: January 4th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the whole airborne thing makes me laugh. I find the combo of hand washing, enough sleep, and consistent use of a good multi-vitamin to be the best defense against illness (along with not kissing random people). But since all three of those are lifestyle changes I understand why most people choose to take airborne or emergen-c and hope.
rwx From: rwx Date: January 4th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
incidentally, i pointed some people who are also working on the venture people have been saying you are working on. in case that isn't vague enough, they'll get pointed at your journal soon, just thought i'd comment so it wouldn't come out of nowhere.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: January 4th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I tried EmergenC just this last Halloween. I didn't have any expectations, just though I was getting extra Vit C. I went through the usual course of sore throat to cough and cold, but it did lessen my symptoms.
dreina From: dreina Date: January 4th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I heart emergenC.

I heart you tits.

I would be happy to have a cold if I could look at your tits.

Im just saying...
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: January 4th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

created by a teacher!

I like how they think "created by a teacher!" is a selling point for a cold cure.
mrsloane From: mrsloane Date: January 5th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you. Out of all the cold medicine I did try recently It did make me feel the best. I did find that odd. That can only mean one thing I susceptible to Jedi mind tricks.
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