Letter to the Editor: Warning: Side effects can be hazardous to your health

To the Editor:
Aug 12, 2014

To the Editor:

After listening to commercials and their side effects, it amazes me that anyone would risk taking any medicine whatsoever. All medicines have side effects, but some are worse than others. 

Cholesterol medication, for instance comes with warnings that would make one wonder why a medical doctor with all the knowledge they have, would be willing to prescribe it to anyone. The explanation of the side effects seem to go on forever.  

“Don’t take this medicine if you are pregnant or have any intentions of becoming pregnant.” “Stop taking this medicine if you become confused or disoriented.” “It has been known to destroy the liver and kidneys.” “See your doctor if you develop a rash.” “If you are too old for diaper rash, it’s probably caused by this medicine.” “Shortness of breath, erectile dysfunction, diarrhea, constipation and stomach cramps are experienced by 92 percent of the people tested.” “Halitosis, dry mouth, lower back pain, severe loss of pubic hair and the inability to smell anything whatsoever, are also some of the side effects.” “Flat feet, fallen arches and ingrown toenails are common with this medication.” “Swollen ankles, water on the knee and excessive ear wax has been known to develop in some people.” “If your hair stops growing out of the top of your head and starts growing from your ears, nose and other extremities, you should see your doctor before continuing this medication.”  

Cumidon , the medicine most often prescribed for heart problems, is also the main ingredent in rat poison. The other ingredient in rat poison is chlorine. Yes, the chlorine that we all have in our drinking water and swimming pools.

I’m not a doctor of medicine. I’ve never even played one on television, so you should never listen to me. Study these things for yourself and determine if are things that you would like to put into your body.

Remember, there is no difference between the medicine that your doctor prescribes than the medicine that is distributed by the drug dealer on the corner. The biggest difference is, the medical doctor has a license to distribute it, and the local drug dealer doesn’t. 

Elvis Presley was killed with prescription drugs.

However, many interesting baby names have been found on medicine bottles in the past few years, including names like Lycopene, Minoxidil, Ibuprophen and Lisinopril, just to name a few. Another good source of baby names can be found on cereal boxes.

Hershel Butts



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