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We’ve warned people for years not to trust the wild health claims that some companies make about their pills, powders, and potions. Call us old fashioned, but we almost fell off our stool when we heard about a company that ginned up some health claims for “cocktails” that go through the arm and not down the hatch. What are we talking about? We know you’re on pins and needles, so let’s get to it.

The FTC just announced a case against a company, doing business as iV Bars, that offered customers the chance to sample its “intravenous cocktails” for $100 or more a pop. According to the complaint, the company said -- without adequate proof – that some of these cocktails could treat diseases like cancer, congestive heart failure, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. The company even said its cocktails were sometimes more effective than conventional medical treatments. What’s more, the company claimed that the health benefits were backed by science and that it ran something called the “iV Bars Research Labs.” No they weren’t and no it didn’t, says the FTC. No science and no labs were behind those bars, even though the company’s website used pictures of people in white lab coats looking at test tubes and through microscopes. The complaint also notes that taking these iV treatments comes with safety risks and possible side effects. Now, the company will be prohibited from making false and unsupported health claims and has to send a notice to customers that its cocktails aren’t scientifically proven to treat any disease.

Before you belly up to a bar serving cocktails with an iV drip, and before buying any product advertised to prevent or treat a medical problem, here are some tips:

1. Talk first to your health professional, who is, bar none, the best source of help and information.

2. Don’t stop taking medicine or any other treatment prescribed by qualified health professionals without consulting them first.

3. Don’t get drunk on the possibilities in sales pitches for health-related products. Even when the word “science” is thrown around by serious-looking people in lab coats.

Learn about evaluating the claims you see when you shop for health-related products. If you spot fraud — online, in a store, or on the phone — please tell the Federal Trade Commission.

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Health & Fitness


Wow no empathy for peoples well being ,just take their money.

Yep, just like the doctor I went to for 7 years. They can be just as bad if not worse

Every one of the Alerts you send out have a title line that looks like this one:
I'm opening these in Windows 10 Mail app. Could you fix the problem from your end, or is it a problem on my end?

Having the crooks to correct their wrong isn't enough punishment. They should be charge with intent to do bodily harm.

How disgusting to play on sick people’s fears...throw the book at them...just saying the word cancer sends shivers through some people...

I received a phone call from a IT for my computer service saying they have been shut down and forced to give me a refund. When I told them to mail me a check, he said it could not - can only refund via a credit card or bank account. I did not fall for their gig and hope you can stop them from scamming other seniors. The number was 888-919-6145.

File a complaint through the FTC's complaint webform. They don't take complaints through blog post comments.

Great use of puns throughout. Sounds like a real person wrote this.

Don’t fall for any of these false cancer claims! These bogus drug dealers should be put out of business without hesitation! Not certain what TEXAS law holds but apparently the operation continues! Decades ago these con-arts worked in major cities drumming up illegal business selling so-called magic drugs! I had friend die from these criminal fraud clowns.

So long as these crooks make money, and they do, this type of bad idea craziness will just keep on coming. Ripoffs are rampant. Talk with your medical doctor if you're unsure and get the correct info. It could save your life.

This reminded of in the late 80's my wife and I did the IV for removing metals from our body . She died in 2004 at 58 and 90 had a double by-pass and a dozen stents since. I am now 76 on 9/18, so it did nothing and spent $1000's of dollars and 4 hours twice a week.

I am appalled at the claims that if you eat this food or that food, it will cure diabetes. I cringe to think how many people would actually try this. (I am not a diabetic.)

In the 1800's, they used the same idea only they sold it in a bottle and played songs and had entertainment from a wagon. The term that became known for the "elixir" Snake Oil.

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