The news of the day: Airborne herbal cold remedy will pay more than $23 million dollars in refunds to consumers who believed the false advertising and took the product with the hope of staving off colds.
The real issue, of course, is that Airborne said they had clinical proof of the product's efficacy, when in fact no viable scientific trials had been performed.
Wouldn't it be great if there were a one-stop fix for the sniffles? Sadly, it ain't gonna' happen. Whether it's zinc supplements; orange juice; or my personal favorite, matzoh-ball soup; there is no magical cure for the common cold. However some natural, symptom-specific herbal and homeopathic remedies can certainly help. But I believe the lesson learned from the Airborne debacle is this: We're all responsible for understanding what we put in our bodies. Sure we should be able to trust package labeling, but always check out the ingredients list. If you have questions or don't like what you see, get in touch with the company. Ask the questions. Be your own advocate. To file a claim with Airborne, click here.