Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm



The other day I was watching Dr. Phil and I was really shocked at the product he was promoting. A product called Boots No. 7 Serum that claims to reduce wrinkles. There was even a skin expert on with Dr. Phil also promoting the product for skin health and wrinkle reduction.

First, I'm always, always skeptical whenever I hear of a product that reduces wrinkles, red flags everywhere. My thought is that if there actually was a product that really, truly does reduce wrinkles, wouldn't we know about it? Why would women all over the world be spending thousands trying every product under the sun if there was that one product that actually did get rid of those wrinkles? Hmm, good question, right? I used to be that woman trying everything, wrinkles are still here :/ (I've learned to embrace them).

So, in my usual manner, whenever I hear of a product that sounds too good to be true, I always resort to research. So research I did and here's what I found. 

There was one study done on the efficacy of this product. This study was carried out by scientists at the University of Manchester. The conclusion was that this Boots serum was just as effective at stimulating collagen production as tretinoin (a drug that is related to Retiol). That sounds great until you learn that Boots paid for the research, which means they had a vested interest in making sure the study made their product look great. Also, because the study was done "blind" instead of double-blind, the researchers knew who was getting which treatment. This type of study isn't as reliable as double-blind studies because, especially when money is at stake, there is a natural bias toward making sure the product in question comes out in the best possible light. A study paid for by the company selling the product is ALWAYS circumspect. It's not that the study may not be valid, but the bias is present from the beginning and that must always be taken into consideration.

But the most alarming thing I found was the list of ingredients. In reading through the list of ingredients it was filled with every kind of paraben. Wait, isn't it common knowledge by now that parabens are infinitely dangerous? Aren't companies trying to get the paraben OUT of their products? And why would a doctor like Dr. Phil, who because of his high visibility, does have a moral responsibility to to direct and advise people thoughtfully, why would he promote such a product? I suppose what upset me even more is that this skin expert who is a person who should be concerned with the health of the skin, was promoting this product so enthusiastically. Isn't it incumbent upon her to know what she is promoting?

All questions that made me go hmmm...

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  • I just bought the no 7 after seeing it on dr. Phil! I just didn’t understand why he had it on since his wife has her own line of skin care. Just got it today.

    Kathy williams on
  • I told my husband, “ why would he be promoting #7 skincare when Robin has a whole skincare line “?

    Red on
  • Every one of you are correct. I used to love him,but,now he and his wife disgust me. One must ask oneself how much money is enough. Robin is not an expert at anything and he is. PhD in psychology. Big deal. I was blocked from his FB page because I asked when he became an attorney and had legal issue people on the show. I’m done with them…him!

    Eileen on
  • What a shame to see Dr. Phil promoting wrinkle cream and immunization shots recommended by one drug company! He does such great work with guests and teaches us so much then does something sketchy like this! Boooo Dr. Phil!!! Unfortunately he no longer has my trust…

    Cathy Levell on
  • Dr. Phil just phell off his pedestal in my home. I thought he was more than a snake oil drummer, even though he promotes his wife’s skincare products shamelessly. Sometimes love and loyalty do that to a person. This, however, was transparently wrong and crossed a line for me.

    Lori on
  • Dr. Phil has become a disgrace. His show is a joke. Who cares about Robin’s makeup line or his son’s band. Why is he promoting No. 7 serum. Doesn’t he have enough money. Next he will promote Robin’s plastic surgeon. I would think Oprah would be mortified .

    Bonnie on
  • I used to watch Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz but like the rest of you. They both have become money hungry and have included all the family members. What does his wife know about the makeup business.. I honestly think because of their name they can suck naive trusting people to take advantage of.. I turn them off when they come on…. the Doctors show has turned me off too

    Donna Ward on
  • Inside Edition promotes No.7 a lot. Today Dr. Oz had a promotion for it on his show. With all these shows promoting it everybody would be wrinkle free by now if it really worked.

    Amy on
  • I wrote down this product from dr Phil today as I am older always looking for a miracle product. Lol! I will not be buying as I have read your comments and agree how. Could be better sold at Amazon Walgreens everywhere ! What really bothers how he is promoting his wife products so much on his show. Like they need more money! His show has changed so much it’s like Jerry Springer .

    Karen Miller on
  • I seen on the Dr Phil show as well with a doctor of dermatology promoting. Of course I had to have it. Then on another show called The Doctors which is a Dr Phil show did the same thing. Had a Dr. of dermatology promoting this same product. No more for me!!!!

    Lou Ann Palmer on

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