I recently went away for a few days and had the “privilege” of having access to cable TV. At home, my antenna and DVD player more than suffice for my viewing needs.
The reason I mention this bit of trivia in which no one besides me could have any interest is that I was able, for better or worse, to watch some channels I’d normally
avoid miss. There was one I watched for a couple of hours – I didn’t catch the name, but I think it was Hypochondriac TV – that ran more medication ads than I’d ever seen so close together. The other classes of commercial were household cleansers and diet products.
The funny (not funny “ha-ha”, funny “twisted”) thing is that none of these products serve any real purpose besides pumping chemicals into our already saturated environment. (Not the diet ads. That’s a different kind of toxicity.)
The “diseases” these medications treat are more annoyances, things that people all over the world live with every day and somehow survive, things such as toe fungus, irritable bowel syndrome (is there a more revolting name for a condition?), and dry eye. There was even one for an antidepressant to take with your other antidepressant. Don’t get me wrong. As a person with MS, I’ve needed an antidepressant from time to time. But two at the same time? Really?
People always complain about the side effects of meds. I get it. That’s a real concern. It’s one thing to risk and tolerate the side effects of a drug that treats MS, cancer, Parkinson’s, AIDS, and the like. But have you read the side effects of the treatments for these “first world” diseases? We’re risking our very lives so we don’t have to hit the john so often. We’re ingesting unknown chemicals so our breath isn’t quite as bad and our teeth are whiter. Come on.
Then there are those “cleaners.” The one that sickens me (pun intended) is Febreze. In order for your home to smell acceptable to guests (i.e. people you’re trying to impress but don’t really like, whose homes probably smell as bad as yours) Proctor & Gamble (ironic name, “gamble”) encourages us to spray this poison all over our belongings. What’s in Febreze? One web site I looked at listed these ingredients, among others:
BHT, a neurotoxin (that can’t be good for people with MS) that also adversely affects skin, eyes, and lungs
Acetaldehyde, a carcinogen that affects (not in a good way) reproduction, the immune system (what do these guys have against people with MS?), and skin, eyes, and lungs again
That’s only two of more than a dozen bizarre substances that affect/afflict your health. But at least it makes your home smell good. (Actually it doesn’t; it just makes it smell like the chemicals.)
I don’t know about you, but MS and the corresponding meds are plenty for me to deal with without adding “neurotoxins” to the air I breathe so my house smells like a Monsanto factory.