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Swine Flu, H1N1: Bad Days For Snake Oil

Calling All Suckers! Drink This, Live Forever!

Calling All Suckers! Drink This, Live Forever!

Can dietary supplements innoculate you from the swine flu? Can air filtration devices  scrub your O2 of those microscopic H1N1 viruses? Can little white homeopathic bubbles do what Tamifu can’t! NO! NO! NO! Says the Federal Trade Commission.

Earlier this week the FTC sent out ten letters to website operators who specializing in all manner of presumably goofy cures telling them to quit making claims that they “prevent, treat, or cure” the swine flu, or else!

So who are the offending companies, you ask! Good question. But the FTC isn’t saying, but if there job is to protect American citizens from hucksters then, uh, why not?Wouldn’t we be better served by knowing?

New York Senator Charles Schumer is thumping his chest and taking credit for spurring the FTC into action. Read his press release here, but he’s not naming names either. He lamely pointed to news reports implicating Qbased.com and Santa-look-alike Andrew Weil’s Weil Lifestyle, LLC. A quick scan of both companies sites shows no mention of swine flu, H1N1, anywhere. Maybe the letters worked.

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