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Building on the bogus narrative, the article states that Attenborough had been approached by big pharma, but had opted not to endorse any of their products. “I told them I can’t support something that is inaccessible or addictive. I believe that Nutrax Oil being 100% natural and effective is something you will never get from big pharma.” The product, it adds, is “the solution for those who don’t want to resort to using opiates.”
Compared to prescription medication, “it’s obviously a much cheaper, and safer alternative, and because of that pharmaceutical companies are finding it harder to keep patients using their prescriptions,” the article adds.
The purported benefits of the product range widely, including reduced chronic pain, increased joint health support, reduced anxiety, reduced headaches, reduced blood sugar levels, cognitive health support and antioxidant support.
The article also claims that Attenborough’s new product has been a hit with celebrities, including Dame Judi Dench, 85, who is reported to have said: “David gave me a sample of Nutrax Oil, and the product is a miracle worker. It only took a few days for me to notice the difference”; Rowan Atkinson, 65, who the article claims says, “It’s hard to believe, but all my chronic pain has vanished! After a few weeks of using Nutrax Oil, I was able to stop taking all over the counter and prescription medications” and even Ed Sheeran, 29, who is quoted as saying, “The advances David has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself.”
Attenborough is certainly not the first celebrity to get ensnared in false CBD claims on the Internet. Other U.K. compatriots include Mary Berry, who reported being “absolutely shattered” when she learned about a scam targeting her and fans who fell for the con based on what they thought was her recommendation.
“It’s nothing to do with me. I’m not interested in that sort of thing,” Berry, former Great British Bake Off judge, told BBC this summer.
The same sort of shenanigans have been unfolding across the pond as well. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, 64, was one of the first, eliciting a disappointed “Come on, man” on social media from the A-lister; Alicia Keys, 39, go her legal team involved quickly after a cannabis company falsely implied Keys was promoting its products; and none other than Clint Eastwood, who also rang up his attorneys after a fake ad and article claimed — like with Attenborough — that the octogenarian Hollywood icon and multiple Academy Award winner was giving up acting and directing to get into the weed business.
“Mr. Eastwood does not have, and never has had, any association with the manufacture, promotion and/or sale of any CBD products,” noted a lawsuit filed at the time in California.