Side effect. Or for lack of a better way of telling us, we were only kidding, this stuff can kill you a couple different ways. We even tell you this in the ads we run so don’t blame us, blame yourself. This stuff we are giving you is poison and a lot of bad things can happen to you but we might be able to get them for you for cheaper or possibly for free.
This is a long and arduous battle that has gone on for nearly a century. Some were wonder drugs like penicillin. We just didn’t know the side effects. Some drugs are needed and not many are lethal unless we take too much. They are all poison and no one ever writes this down. All of them are toxic and some have a place in medicine but not the way they are abused just to make more and more money and addict more and more people. The opioid epidemic is not an accident and there are definitively unpleasant effects that go along with the prescribed ones. I would never accept them for myself or those I love. Too many deaths are occurring and being called accidental.
No one ever takes the time to tell us in ads on the boob tube that drugs are tested individually, not as a group together. This would tend to diminish our knowledge of their effectiveness when taken together and might even cause some of us concern, like more and deadlier side effects. Isn’t it a cute word “group“? Side effect is like we didn’t mean it. It wasn’t our fault.
We have reached the point where we have enough information to question the integrity of some, not all, drug therapy. If our hair falls out, or we have intestinal problems or our skin becomes covered in hives, it might raise some questions. I know it does for me. These are effects in addition to the reason we take these drugs. Suicidal tendencies and rage are not good side effects. Dying is not a good side effect. By the way, is dying an effect or a side effect? I’m a little confused with the terminology. If a substance has one way to help us and three ways to kill us on a TV ad it might be a good choice not to take the substance, but, again, this is just me talking. I can live with the rash a while longer. I might not be able to live with killing my dog because I needed to get rid of my rash. I am are not saying all drugs are bad. I am suggesting to use all the information available to us to make more informed choices. Drugs have their place in crisis situations and as emergency response tools. They are not food and certainly not water, and they do not replace food. There is plenty of research available to support good food and water, though we should never have confused the issues to begin with, and probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for TV ads.
I know water makes me feel better and one of its effects is more energy and stamina. I know my body is made up of more than a third water and it is the delivery system for everything, food and medicine included. A side effect of our Hydration Water Packs might be an extra trip to pee, but hey, my eyes aren’t bleeding and my hair isn’t falling out and I don’t feel like hurting anyone for no reason. For me I know what my choice is and I can live with it.
Here’s to better choices.