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FTC says POM juice ads are deceptive about health
Posted: 29 September 2010 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I believe grapefruit juice contains a substance which interferes with the P450 enzyme system in the liver, a system that is involved in the metabolism of toxins and drugs. This is a common pathway for many drug interactions. Here are a few papers:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9548795

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15608076


As for the false advertising, I agree there should be fines becuase the reality is that the current sstem is completely inadequate as a deterrant. Very few actions, even of a merely cease-and-desist nature, are undertaken, and it takes no effort at all to find flase claims alll over the internet. In my field, as a vet, I report these all the time and the FDA has never taken action on any of them. I had a FDA official tell me outright once that they dpn’t have the resources to worry about anything that doesn’t seem a pretty visible, egregious violation or a significant human health risk.

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Posted: 29 September 2010 11:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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mckenzievmd - 29 September 2010 11:38 AM

I had a FDA official tell me outright once that they dpn’t have the resources to worry about anything that doesn’t seem a pretty visible, egregious violation or a significant human health risk.

I’ve read the same. It’s shameful that the government would underfund regulation enforcement like this.

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Posted: 29 September 2010 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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I don’t recall the source or the specifics, but I think I read that the intestines have some mechanisms that inhibit transfer of many materials through the walls and into the bloodstream.  A compound in grapefruit juice tends to block that mechanism allowing greater flow of those materials through the intestinal walls.

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Posted: 29 September 2010 02:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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mckenzievmd - 29 September 2010 11:38 AM

I had a FDA official tell me outright once that they dpn’t have the resources to worry about anything that doesn’t seem a pretty visible, egregious violation or a significant human health risk.

And that’s another reason the FDA should fine false advertising, so that they will have the resources to continue their enforcement.

I know why they don’t do it though - because consumption is good for the economy and false advertising encourages consumption. It’s unfortunate, but I guess it is what it is.

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Posted: 29 September 2010 02:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Write4U - 28 September 2010 07:21 PM

If we were to enforce all breach of honesty, there would be no advertisement at all. Personally I could live with that, but any savvy shopper knows that most claims are inflated or placed in a “best” light and picks their product for price and quality.

Economic impact aside, enforcing honest advertising seems to be a no-brainer to me. No one wants to be lied to about a product. If honest advertising were better enforced, we would be able to trust advertisements more, which would allow us to become more informed consumers, which would create a more competitive marketplace. In the information age, our attention is no longer abundant. I’d like not to have to wade through garbage like false advertisements and do extensive research into claims just to buy a product.

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Posted: 29 September 2010 03:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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mckenzievmd - 29 September 2010 11:38 AM

I believe grapefruit juice contains a substance which interferes with the P450 enzyme system in the liver, a system that is involved in the metabolism of toxins and drugs. This is a common pathway for many drug interactions. Here are a few papers:

Welcome back Brennan!  grin (thanks, I was too lazy to look it up).

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Posted: 29 September 2010 06:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Never been away, though I can see why it would seem that way.

I lurk more than I post lately mostly because I’m spending a lot of time writing for other things, and also since I always seemed to be saying the same things I’d said a bunch of times before. After a few thousand posts, every thread starts to look familiar! grin

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Posted: 29 September 2010 06:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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mckenzievmd - 29 September 2010 06:11 PM

Never been away, though I can see why it would seem that way.

I lurk more than I post lately mostly because I’m spending a lot of time writing for other things, and also since I always seemed to be saying the same things I’d said a bunch of times before. After a few thousand posts, every thread starts to look familiar! grin

Yep, we’re glad to have you around!

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Posted: 29 September 2010 06:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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domokato - 29 September 2010 02:59 PM

Economic impact aside, enforcing honest advertising seems to be a no-brainer to me. No one wants to be lied to about a product. If honest advertising were better enforced, we would be able to trust advertisements more, which would allow us to become more informed consumers…

Yea, too bad we couldn’t expect, demand, some truth in advertising from the Bush/Cheney administration, think of the lives and resources and money that would have saved the world.

dougsmith - 29 September 2010 11:50 AM

It’s shameful that the government would underfund regulation enforcement like this.

Well, you know regulation is a socialist plot, don’t you?

Brennan, thanks for the info, I’ll check out those links.

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Posted: 08 October 2010 02:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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I guess POM juice contains resveratrol, but if it is concentrated enough to make an impact, I don’t know. But it tastes delicious and is NOT bad for you. I vote for drinking POM.  grin

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Posted: 08 October 2010 04:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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I just learned than my California State Senator (I’m in a severely gerrymandered district) has been accused of 1) Living outside the district he represents; 2) Having accepted illegal campaign contributions; and 3) Working to pass a law that would restrict anyone else but POM from selling (or doing so easily) pomegranate juice (for which he apparently got a very large contribution and other perqs from POM).  I believe he’s under indictment for at least the first two.  He’ll be speaking at the local Democratic club next Thursday.  It should be interesting. 

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Posted: 08 October 2010 04:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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I’ll watch out for him! As delicious as pomegranate juice is, I’m developing a serious case of anti-Pom!

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Posted: 09 October 2010 09:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Occam. - 08 October 2010 04:06 PM

I just learned than my California State Senator (I’m in a severely gerrymandered district) has been accused of 1) Living outside the district he represents; 2) Having accepted illegal campaign contributions; and 3) Working to pass a law that would restrict anyone else but POM from selling (or doing so easily) pomegranate juice (for which he apparently got a very large contribution and other perqs from POM).  I believe he’s under indictment for at least the first two.  He’ll be speaking at the local Democratic club next Thursday.  It should be interesting. 

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Talk about delicious!
Do keep us posted on this. This could be better than a soap-opera.

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Posted: 09 October 2010 10:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Do let us know what he has to say. BTW, do you think we’ll ever pass a budget?

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Posted: 10 October 2010 12:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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asanta - 09 October 2010 10:42 PM

BTW, do you think we’ll ever pass a budget?

I thought I heard a day or two ago that California did finally pass their budget (3 months late).
Don’t tell me they changed their minds….....

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