|For Release in the
MORNING PAPERS of Saturday, December 21, 1940
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
Crazy Water Company, Mineral Wells,
Texas, and four of its executives, have been ordered by the Federal Trade
Commission to cease and desist from misrepresentations concerning their products,
recommended as a treatment for certain ailments and sold under the trade
designations "Crazy Mineral Water," "Crazy Water Crystals" and "Crazy
...The Commission finds that in
advertisements in newspapers, circulars, radio broadcasts and other
media in commerce, the respondents have resented that the mineral waters
and derivative thereof, which they sell, will cure or are beneficial
in the treatment of many diseases of the alimentary tract, the urinary tract,
kidneys and gall duct, and kindred diseases and ailments; that constipation
and "faulty elimination" are the causes of and associated with, numerous
ailments, afflictions, and conditions enumerated by them...
The Commission finds that the products
possess no therapeutic value in excess of those of a cathartic or laxative,
plus a tendency to temporarily neutralize excess gastric acidity.
The respondents are ordered to cease
and desist from representing that their products are a cure or remedy
for certain diseases, or symptoms of disease...
The Commission order also directs the
respondents to cease representing that such products possess any therapeutic
properties beyond those of a cathartic or laxative and as an antacid with
a tendency to to temporarily neutralize excess gastric acidity; or as a cure,
remedy, for, or possess any beneficial therapeutic properties in the treatment
of , urticaria, cirrhosis of the liver, chronic metritis, parametritic
exudations; diabetes mellitus, gravel and calculous concretion in the bladder
and gall duct; fevers, toxic conditions, typhoid, influenza, anaphylaxis,
nephritis, pyelitis, catarrhal jaundice, cholecystitis, Bright's disease,
kidney trouble, obesity, irregularities of the liver, gall duct
and bladder, rheumatism, arthritis, neuritis, high blood pressure,
acidosis, lumbago, gout, poisonous system, affected vision, colds, scarlet
fever, aching joints, and numbness of limbs, and that these
ailments and conditions are caused by or generally associated with, excess
gastric acidity or constipation.
Excerpted from Federal Trade Commission press release received
by the AMA Bureau of Investigation on December 23, 1940. From the
American Medical Association
Historical Health Fraud and Alternative Medicine Collection.