Now that I have your attention, I want to let you know about a problem with advertising on television concerning prescription pharmaceuticals - medicines you can only get with a prescription from your doctor. To be succinct, I believe prescription drugs should not be able to be advertised on television; no way, no how, never.
Over the counter drug commercials should be legal. If you believe all you need do is sprinkle magic weight loss condiments over your food for three weeks then weigh yourself and you’ll lose 107 pounds, go for it. If guys want to believe their favorite trombone will get bigger if they swallow some pills like the beans Jack bought for his beanstalk, they should. These commercials usually don’t fool anyone with a larger IQ than their waist.
The drugs that should not be on television commercials are the ones that spend half the commercials telling you - in a lower voice and three times the speed - what the side effects are. You know the ones. They say if you suddenly become unconscious, get help immediately.
We don’t need advertisers telling us which drugs we need. Do you have occasional indigestion, high blood pressure or low T? Tell your doctor about your problem and tell him you need Wegotcha. Stop taking this medicine and go to your local emergency room if your teeth itch or if your tongue falls asleep or if your eyebrows fall out.
Here is something few people know about. Your body heals itself!
That’s right. Most of us have something called an immune system. Believe it or not, there are germs everywhere! You’ve come in contact with at least 243 germs just today. These germs give you tummy aches and headaches and some other maladies that bother you for only a few hours. Your immune system is nature’s gift to fend off these germs. You rest then the problem goes away. Sometimes the immune system doesn’t even allow these nasty germs to affect you at all. The human body! A truly amazing creation!!
When your body is trying to tell you to see a doctor, it will give you something which won’t go away quickly and be more painful than a hang nail. Then you see a doctor, tell them your symptoms and ask what to do. If you need a prescription of Wegotcha, they’ll write it for you before you leave the office.
After a certain age, just drop by your doctor’s office about once a year for this thing called a “Physical". You should do this sometime around middle age. At the physical, tell the doc about any nagging aches and pains you have. The doctor will look at your chart, quickly calculate your age, then probably tell you that aging means you can’t dance all night like you did a couple of decades ago. Then the doc should let you know how you’re doing and what you should consider doing to stay healthy. Then you can leave his office, stop by Mickey D’s and wait for another year until you have to ignore more advice from a doctor.
Television commercials for prescription medicine should be illegal. Drug companies should be spending money on research and development, not advertising. The drug industry was created to benefit people's health, not the pockets of their investors. Non-prescription products can be used to line the pockets of investors. Drugs are needed for health.
It’s offensive for me to think it’s more profitable for some people to die than to give them medicine, so we allow those people to die. Is that what has become of the “Greatest Country on Earth”? Shame on television for allowing profits to dictate advertising. Shame on us and the U.S. for not do something about prescription drug advertisements; or automatic weapons; or nuclear proliferation. But those are blogs for another day.