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.

  • http://iamlazarus2010.blogspot.com/ Lazarus

    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.

  • David

    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!

  • http://thomasmarkzuniga.com TMZ

    Hooray science.

  • http://randomlychad.com ChadJ (randomlychad)

    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?

  • Melly

    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.

  • http://livefullyblog.com Evan Forester

    Maybe you have to drink a 5 hour energy to understand this video accurately?

  • http://www.sociallyawkwardadventures.blogspot.com ARuthC

    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.

  • http://timpayne.org Tim

    Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one who picked up on that. For a totally boring commercial, it cracks me up every time.

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  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry The Deuce

    I love the old Camel cigarette commercials from the 50′s. Something like 3 out of 4 doctors recommended smoking Camels too.

  • http://unknownjim.com Jim

    Confession: I thought of this while reading this. Cartoons used to be AWESOME. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDH4am1wD_c

  • http://claywrites.com Clay Morgan

    The scary thing is that I had a similar conversation to what you’re describing with a friend!

  • http://www.joshbjones.com Joshua Jonesq

    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!!! :)

  • Mike

    I heard that 95% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa

    wow

  • http://www.zahndrew.com Andrew Zahn

    Love the script.

  • Allon

    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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