On FaceBook, a friend recommended SWAT Fuel (there is a discount is you recommend it). I looked at the site and asked for evidence that this is anything more than a placebo with some caffeine.
I was told to read the label. The label contains a bunch of ingredients that supplement companies will tell you work miracles, but there does not appear to be any valid evidence to support these exaggerated claims.
Some anecdotalists posted their defense of the product and they were praised by the person posting as SWAT Fuel. Here is the label –
Do the B vitamins work?
If you have a vitamin deficiency illness, then these vitamins will help, otherwise you are wasting your money on placebos.
I asked for evidence and I received nothing. The people who criticized me for asking were praised by SWAT Fuel. My follow up comment was deleted by SWAT Fuel.
Is that trustworthy behavior?
What evidence did they provide to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) that this works at all?
They have the obligatory Quack Miranda Warning –
“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
This is the official Stay Out Of Jail warning used by frauds to convince a jury that their claims should not be taken seriously by any intelligent individual.
This is roughly the equivalent of I represent extremely wealthy members of the Nigerian royal family who want you to help them move millions of dollars out of the country because of your reputation for integrity. You will be richly rewarded!
And there are serious looking 9mm rounds!!!11!!
That picture must mean that it works like strapping a JATO rocket to your back!
They really did write that. Click on the image to make it larger and funnier.
Does SWAT Fuel use the Quack Miranda Warning?
Of course. You don’t expect them to do anything original, like come up with something that really works, do you?
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
Any and all information on this page is subject to change with or without notice.
Does that mean that SWAT Fuel is a scam?
They won’t show any evidence. Maybe they are keeping it a secret, because they don’t want anyone to know how good their product really is.
Not good at all – unless you make money selling it.
I have asked and SWAT Fuel has not provided any reason to believe that SWAT Fuel is any more effective than caffeine.
$35 for an itty-bitty bottle.
I can buy 5-Hour Energy Drink for much less. That also appears to be a placebo with caffeine added.
I can buy caffeine for much less than 5-Hour Energy Drink – I just won’t get the fancy packaging.
The only question left appears to be, would you like the Brooklyn Bridge delivered, or will you pick it up?
Look – someone strapping a JATO rocket to your back!
SWAT Fuel appears to be carrying on that deceptive tradition.
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