It's not hard to measure the U.S.'s dependency on prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications when one takes into consideration the behemothian chain drug stores monopolizing the landscape. Yet, sadly, we continue to hear reports on the failures of the wonder-wares available inside these faux-fountains of youth. Recently, the FDA has issued a report on the dangers of over-the-counter cold medications for children under two; not until spring will they consider the safety of older children. And the New York Times just published an article slamming the biased studies of anti-depressant makers, arguing that drugs like Prozac and Paxil are far from as effective as most people think (and as many doctors prescribe). When coupled with America's penchant for conspicuous consumption (perhaps manifested in obesity having become a chosen way of life, according to one critic), the country seems to be consuming itself to death, literally.
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  1. Anonymous3:41 PM

    I wonder why we do not hear about "simple remedies" such as hydrogen peroxide - 1/2 cap-full of the stuff in each ear when you feel a cold coming on - presto -
    My insurance will not accept the receipt for 50 cents.....

  2. Anonymous9:46 AM

    how true...
    and completely sickening (no pun intended) when you think of the millions being made off pharmaceuticals.

  3. An article from the AP today stated that "folk medicines" from Latin America, India, and Asia are the second highest cause of lead poisoning in the U.S.
    Annoying that this news will be on Yahoo, yet no articles to balance it will appear.
    Here's the article:;_ylt=AjhRx.kMkY.gnUvjfDvrjums0NUE

  4. yeah - and this news on "folk remedies" isn't even really news as it's been happening for years. really it's a failure of our public health system, which has known of the problem, yet has failed to effectively address it. and of course "big media" reports on things that in the end support "big pharma" - surprise surprise...


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