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Updated on March 29, 2011
My sons all grown up and doing fine without pills.
My sons all grown up and doing fine without pills.

For some reason I become irate every time some idiot commercial is aired on television having to do with prescription drugs. This country has become a population of pill poppers, and people dependent upon crutches, clinics, coaches and medication and prescription drugs.

One such commercial that I find particularly offensive is the “little purple pill.”

I guess it’s for indigestion, heartburn and that sort of thing. It’s an expensive prescription and I feel like screaming, "just order some Coral Calcium. " YES, Bob Barefoot’s Coral Calcium will stabilize your PH level and bye bye indigestion and at the same time you get a lot of minerals with your calcium.

If your child is not concentrating in school, or you eyes get dry, or your skin is dry, or your scalp itches, or you have dandruff or you have uneven skin color, or aching joints, or high blood pressure, or low blood pressure, or too high cholesterol, or you are depressed or over weight then for heavens sake call your doctor and get a prescription.

These commercial are followed my horrifying symptoms that may or may not occur if you take any of these prescriptions, insomnia, nausea, depression, vomiting, dizziness, suicidal tendencies, hypertension, blindness, paralysis and even death.

These commercial are then followed by lawyers, who want to SUE, SUE, SUE because of the awful repercussions from taking all these harmful drugs.

I raised three boys. They used to act up sometimes. They used to fight each other and other kids on the block. The three of them started a garden on the roof, of marijuana, until I saw the little sprouts and crawled up there and killed their garden. Then they stuck marijuana seeds in my vegetable garden between my carrots and celery thinking I wouldn’t notice the little sprouts amongst my own. When I would stare at my garden and agonize about all the strange little weeds coming up they watched me from the house and had fits of laughter

Sometimes they tried to forge their grades to look like B’s when they were really D’s and one of them totaled my station wagon. Another drove my sports car over a center divider. They all loved rock, heavy metal and one of them actually performed in public in leather tights, a dog collar, earrings and snakeskin boots and MASCARA. Ya think I didn’t want to drug HIM?

BUT they never got any pills, ever, no way, unless it was aspirin to reduce a serious fever.

They grew up, became responsible citizens, all married and all have children of their own. One of them is an executive with Oracle, the other designs software and the third just completed designing the Biltmore Spa.

Without medication!

Now they have to put up with annoying emails from their mother about the dangers of Aspartame and Soy and heaven help them if they medicate themselves or their children.



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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I agree. I can't watch TV anymore, it's degrading to women the way the young people flaunt themselves and roll around in bed. I don't know what I'd do if I had young kids, I think I'd throw the TV in the trash. thank you for writing.

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      Mindy 7 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      I love this Hub, I am so disgruntled with the Viagra and such commercials. Its the degeneration of moral values,and most youth I have talked to, say they have seen just about everything on the internet too. Its Sad.

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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I'm concerned about all the little active, energetic boys in this country that are dumbed down to keep them from acting like little boys. Thanks for your comments.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      Great hub.

      The thing that is amuzing and sick at the same time is when they list the side effects, including death, then they go back to the people having fun.


      That is sad in and of itself that people have to learn from a TV ad rather than their doctor.

      It is also sad that you usually get more information from your pharmacist than you do from your doctor.

      my opinion..

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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I suppose you are right. Some folks are not in tune with their own bodies. I'm always shocked by these women that are not aware they are pregnant until they birth the baby. How does that happen?

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago

      ms, My wife is in upper management for one of the largest companies, this time I disagree with you. You have no idea how many patients don't mention symptoms until they see an add. H

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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I think you must be right. It seems like people can get hold of any drug they choose. I wish doctors would become more informed on early preventative and healthy living styles, diet and etc, so many of the sick would not get sick in the first place.

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      EvaMac 7 years ago from Montreal, Canada

      What is interesting is the fact that the general public is in general not informed that there is a strong lobbying of pharmaceutical companies on the market, that some doctors and pharmaceutics are getting profits for pushing some products on the market; Doctors that try to persuade patients into taking some of commonly known foods or herbs as remedies to fight diseases are not much welcomed in the medical society. I agree with Cheri’s point that there are more and more doctors who don’t explain patients how certain medication works, instead they just ask if a patient wants it and prescribe bag of chemistry for a “home use”. That’s not the way it should be. Of course there are certain diseases that cannot be cured without medication but I believe that a majority of popular ones can be dealt with what one finds on the local market.

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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Exactly. I remember once when one of my kids was about 5 he didn't feel very well and he began asking for some horrible pill he'd seen on TV. I thought then that socieety was headed for trouble and I think we've arrived. I know people that spend thousands per month on pills and more pills to conteract the pills and so on and so on Thank you for your input.

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      Cheri Bermudez 7 years ago from Maryland

      I'm a firm believer that prescription drugs should only be advertised to people with a medical background (i.e. nurses, doctors, etc.) and not the general public. It seems wrong for someone without any medical or pharmaceutical knowledge to be able to see a commercial for a drug, ask their doctor for it, and more than likely, get it. The whole thing seems backwards- our doctors should be recommending medications to us (if needed) not vice versa.

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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I think they area counting on TV viewers to bug their doctors for all those wonderful sounding cures. It is sickening. Thank you for commenting.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      We are probably the only civilized country in the world that allows this horrible waste of time, money and information. We can't prescribe these medicines for ourselves so take them off the air and leave it to doctors to know about them. If the drug companies stopped this practice they could lower the cost of medication. But that would be just common sense and we all know that common sense is in short supply.

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      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Well, maybe but I know some folks that have cronic indigestion and they swallow pills constantly which disturbs their PH level and perpetuates the problem. But they won't even try the Coral Calcium which will maintain a proper PH level in the body so the stomach is is not over acidic and the problem goes away. Dr. Lizzee here.

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      The really cool thing is if you watch the commercials all the way to the end and hear or read all of the possible side affects. It makes you wonder why anyone would ingest one of these pills and risk hair loss, blindness, rash, and all the other possible things they name just to get rid of indigestion. Chances are the indigestion will just go away by itself if you watch what you eat.

      Interesting hub and oh so true.


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