Jet Lag

“No Jet-Lag” and the elusive clinical trial

“No Jet-Lag” is promoted as a “unique homeopathic remedy” that “offers a convenient solution to jet lag.”

There’s also a published study in Aviation, Space and Environment Medicine (1998, Vol 69, Issue 8) that supports its claims — or so the manufacturer states.

I can’t find the study in that issue (or any issue) published during 1998.

However, here’s the study as presented by the manufacturer.

  • 228 flight attendants completed survey forms
  • 96% had a history of jet lag

How effective was “No-Jet-Lag” in countering jet lag symptoms for you?

  • Very good = 32%
  • Good = 43%
  • Fair = 23%
  • Made no real difference = 2%

Did you find “No-Jet-Lag” effective in countering tiredness after arrival?

  • Yes = 87%
  • No = 13%

“No-Jet-Lag” was a resounding success unless you think about it for 5 seconds.

  • Everybody knew they were getting the study drug
  • No placebo control to compare it to
  • No objective measures of success were used
  • Included people who didn’t suffer from jet lag
  • Results were purely subjective
  • If you tell somebody you have a treatment that will help, there’s a good chance that simply based on placebo effect they will report it did help.

Goodness, Miers Laboratories in New Zealand is selling this stuff worldwide. Is it too much to ask to do a decent study?

Answer: Why do studies when websites here and here are willing to simply repeat what the manufacturer says without checking the source.

3/11/07 16:00 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.