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Don't be surprised if you find manufacturers denying any accountability for what they promise, or any kind of harmful effect you or your child may have from using their product.  If a site or product has no disclaimer you can call the manufacturer and ask if and how they stand behind the safety of their product and its claims.  Below are just two word-for-word disclaimers from lice treatment products being sold to the public for use on children.  We have also provided synonyms from the Thesaurus for some of the language they used:

Disclaimer Notice: (This lice treatment product) has not been tested by the FDA, EPA or any other government agency, and has not been licensed as a pediculicide.  All ingredients are generally accepted as safe and contain no ingredients that are subject to licensing or control.  All claims and evidence as to the efficacy of (this lice treatment product) is purely empirical and anecdotal. efficacy - effectiveness, efficiency, worth, value
empirical - experimental, observed, practical
anecdotal - unreliable, untrustworthy, undependable, sketchy

The disclaimer below is hard to find, and the manufacturer actually encourages you NOT TO READ IT stating that it "It takes an expert to understand this."

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is based upon data available to use and reflects our best professional judgment.  However, no warranty is expressed or implied regarding the accuracy of such information or the results obtained from the use thereof.  We assume no legal responsibility whatsoever for any damage resulting from reliance upon this information since it is being furnished upon the condition that the person receiving it shall make his or her own determination of the suitability of the material described herein for a particular application or storage situation.

Another spray product containing mostly isopropyl alcohol says it is "intended to remove and/or kill lice and nits from the head" while elsewhere on the package in small print it says "Lice/nit death results from physical combing action."  In such a case why would anyone bother with the spray if combing is what really gets the job done?



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