5-hr Energy Asks Doctors A Question

Have you seen this commercial yet? If not, take the 30 seconds and watch it.

Did you catch that?

“We asked over 3000 doctors to review 5-hr energy and what they said is amazing. Over 73% who reviewed 5-hr energy said they would recommend a low-calorie energy supplement to their healthy patients who use energy supplements.”

Here’s how I see that survey result coming about:

5-hr Energy: Doctor, would you recommend someone drink 5-hr Energy?

Doctor: No.

5HE: What if you had a patient that was already drinking energy supplements, would you recommend it to them?

D: No.

5HE: What if you had a patient that was already drinking energy supplements AND you knew the patient was healthy? Would you recommend 5-hr Energy to them?

D: No, I’m not going to recommend a specific energy supplement. This is stupid, I’m going to hang up.

5HE: Wait, let’s put it this way.¬†What if you had a patient that was already drinking energy supplements AND you knew the patient was healthy AND the energy supplement was low in calories? Would you recommend this generic product for them?

D: Ummmm…

5HE: I mean, they are already drinking it anyways, right? And you know that they are healthy. And you know that the energy drink has low calories. Might as well recommend it right?

D: Um, I guess so? I don’t know. Look, I need to go actually help a patient. By the way, I’m a podiatrist you know. I don’t really know anything about energy supplements.

5HE: Just say ‘Yes’ and I’ll let you go.

D: Fine. YES. GOODBYE.

5HE: Thank you for your time.

While we’re here, 73% isn’t really that strong of a number! 1 out of every 4 doctors (at least 775 of the 3000 doctors they polled) actually said “No, even if my patient was already taking an energy supplement I would NOT recommend that they use a low calorie energy supplement.”

This was the best statistic they could come up with?

“We asked over 3000 doctors to review 5-hr energy and what they said is amazing. Over 73% who reviewed 5-hr energy said they would recommend a low-calorie energy supplement to their healthy patients who use energy supplements.”

Amazing indeed.

19 thoughts on “5-hr Energy Asks Doctors A Question”

  1. OVER 73% may mean 80%…or 91%…I love that wording! Leaves it open for you to pick your own number! I guess it sounds better than “just under 74%.”

    They are glass half-full guys.

    Just under 74% was a D in grade school.
    Just under 74% will not win you a driver’s license.
    Just under 74% will get you fired as an SEC football coach.

  2. They asked 3000 doctors to review it, but then they give the percentage of those that did. I image it went this way: 5 doctors said “Sure, I’ll recommend that”. 2 doctors said “No, never”. The other 2993 said “This is ridiculous; I refuse to be a part of this.” 5 out of 7 is pretty close to 73%, so 73% of those that reviewed it approved it. Pretty clever!

  3. Better living through chemistry?

    Where’s Bill Nye?

    ————–

    Just this past weekend, my son and I were in Big Lots getting gum, and saw 32oz cans of Monster, or what I affectionately refer to as “myocardial infarction in a can.”
    Who the heck needs 32ozs of Monster?

  4. If you look closely at the top sheet in the stack of surveys close up, you’ll see that out of 3 choices for question #4: Yes, No or Don’t Know / Not Sure…the latter is checked off.

  5. YES! This commercial has always made me scream at the tv, “What kind of ‘amazing’ result is that, you silly person?!?!” Thank you for pointing out the ridiculousness.

  6. If only there were some way for us to get energy in a healthy way. Wait…wait…I’ve got an idea, what if we layed down and closed our eyes on a regular basis for maybe 8 hours or so everyday? Nah, it’ll never work, lets use this energy supplemen!!! :)

  7. I thought the exact same thing. And if you really listen, she doesn’t even say that the doctors even recommended 5-hr energy. Just that they recommended a lo-cal energy drink… maybe like actual fruit or vegetable juice… hilarious. Come to think of it, I took a poll and I am using the same results for gasoline as a drink. lo-cal, and definitely high energy. haha

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