Thursday, January 7, 2010
I was semi-listening to the boob tube, trying to get the news (insert laughter here) and of course was bombarded with the standard parade of commercials in all their insane, untrue story lines.
One that caught my attention was a product for folks that wanted to stop smoking. The product isn't new, just a remake of the many products of this kind that have come and gone before.
What really got my attention with this one was when they started rattling off the side effects! I mean, I can't imagine anyone anywhere actually paying good money for something like this...! Take a look at this list, taken straight from the "Brand X" website!
Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using Brand X to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking Brand X, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping Brand X. If you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, stop taking Brand X and call your doctor right away. Also tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking Brand X, as these symptoms may worsen while taking Brand X..
Now, as most of you know...I am a smoker! I have considered quitting a couple of times but nothing could ever get me use this product because of all these side effects!
I'd be willing to bet that most heavy smokers are going to experience most or some of these effects the minute they try and quit smoking...even without a $100 prescription!
Look, here's the thing. If you smoke and want to quit...then QUIT! It isn't going to be easy, but you can do it. You don't need some quack doctor selling you some Snake Oil cure! You can do it with nothing but the strength of your own will, the support of your friends and family, and a true desire to quit! You can do it! I believe in you...I do!
We need to get over the false believe that we need a PILL to do anything! There are plenty of natural medicines and cures for most of our health issues, without using a chemical cocktail created by Corporate Pharma-cats to increase their wealth!
Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit. Oh, I hope you don't mind me smoking!