By Leah Levert
If you turn on the television today, you are guaranteed to get 21 minutes of a TV show you’ve seen more than 5 times. In between that show nine minutes worth of advertisement flashes constantly before your eyes; one after another, with no break. Someone is always trying to make money; someone is always trying to sell something.
One of the most expensive things to sell is what everyone needs; a product that the masses believe they literally cannot live without. What better a product to promote than medicine? It is the perfect way to tell you that you are broken without offended you. There is no stigma attached to health issues, only fear. But fear is perfect. These providers want you to believe if you buy their product your flaws and fears will be eliminated.
I recently came across a commercial promoting a drug created to end impulsive laughter. My immediate reaction was to laugh. People are literally selling drugs for emotions. About a week after seeing the ad, my friend told me that her doctor diagnosed her with the same disease that I saw on TV.
Although, the creation of imaginary disabilities is one form of corrupt business practice, but the discretion of the consumer is the other side to the story. The problem on becomes more frightening when real diseases are created through the use of drugs for real health problems.
Currently, Risperdal, a drug used to treat ADHD in children has resulted in the development of breasts in young male users. Over 2 million Americans are addicted to painkillers, prescribed by doctors for minor injuries. Hearing death as a side effect of a prescription drug is becoming more common in our society. Before tossing this conspiracy off as a rant, recall the Tuskegee Project where government officials consciously infected citizens with syphilis, while telling them that the injection they were receiving was free health care.
Logic may tell the common man that when the side effects of a drug outweigh the sickness, the drug should be removed from the market. However, Americans rely heavily on medicine, now-a-days more than ever.