Friday, July 8, 2005

The People Shall Suffer

Citizens, it is in your best interest that the state forces you to refrain from products that a few people abuse. You cannot be trusted to look after your own welfare. Most importantly, you are a burden on the public welfare system and so you must be stopped or at the very least regulated by the appointed guardians of the state:

Ibuprofen, one of the most common painkillers on the market, poses just as much risk of heart attacks and stroke as controversial drugs like Vioxx, says an expert panel named by Health Canada.

The finding in a report yesterday is likely to surprise many people who routinely use ibuprofen, which has been marketed since the 1950s and is available without a prescription.

[..] The panel says the risk associated with each of the drugs is extremely low for a healthy person, but risk increases with dosage and prolonged use, and for patients already predisposed to cardiovascular problems.

It suggests that ibuprofen, sold under the brand names Motrin and Advil, be placed behind the counter in pharmacies, so patients must ask for it, and that more prominent information on its risks be provided.

Although ibuprofen is intended for short-term relief of pain and fever, the panel suggested that the drug is in reality being used chronically and at high doses.

"Health Canada should consider that ibuprofen only be sold after discussion with a pharmacist," says the report.
Soon it will be easier to obtain governmental handouts of methadone than advil.
Recovery does not so much have to do with stopping the use of alcohol or drugs and more to do with not starting again.
On the subject of banning in the name of protecting the workers, see also this post by Darcey. According to Statistics Canada, nearly half of Canadians are obese:
Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh has taken serious note of the findings of this report, "Obesity is a very serious and complex issue that requires collaboration to address," he said adding that the government would be tackling this problem on a war footing by advising citizens to shift to healthier diets. Dr. Gregory Taylor, the chief of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, was equally empathic in stressing that the current lifestyle needed to be changed. He was very concerned about the rampant obesity in kids and said, "Overweight children tend to be obese and overweight adults and they'll be experiencing the risks of that for their entire lifetime."

The World Health Organization has estimated that there are one billion adults worldwide who can be classified as obese. The premier health agency has warned that nations will have to face the consequences of this ticking time bomb.

1 Comment:

basil said...

Ibuprofen does shit for pain anyway - eat salt pills. Opium: Legalize it.