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Be careful of side effects to medication

We've talked before about medication and their side effects. While I've always been fascinated by the disclaimers the pharmaceutical companies put on their meds, it's been a more personal battle these past few years.

Ever since cardiac arrest, I've tried probably a dozen or more pills for various maladies, most of which screwed me up more than this fast heartbeat of mine. Right now, though, the truth is I'm fairly leveled off and can't really complain.

Despite all those years of self-medication, or perhaps because of it, my preference is to avoid excess medication like the plague. (There's a pun in there somewhere, but I can't seem to find it.)

So I had to shudder a bit when I saw a commercial the other day for an injectable product used to prevent double chin. While I have a multitude of problems of my own, double chin isn't necessarily one of them. (If you disagree, please mind your manners and keep it to yourself.) But for those suffering from double chin, I'd think twice before letting anyone inject a product that can cause an uneven smile and trouble swallowing.

An uneven smile may sound endearing, but only on the handsome young cowboy at the rodeo, not every day in the mirror on your own face. And I'm quite sure trouble swallowing is no fun at all.

Another commercial that gets me is the one about "moderate to severe" psoriasis. Who talks that way, anyway? Every commercial has a beautiful soul calmly explaining their moderate to severe problem. Make up your mind. Is it moderate, or is it severe?

Anyway. So, two strangers  a gorgeous man and a gorgeous woman  have a chance encounter at the cantaloupe bin at the grocery store, and sparks are flying all over the place ... until she notices the red patch on his arm. She recoils in disgust, he slinks away in shame.

Listen, Buddy, don't you worry. You can do a lot better than her. If she's that superficial, who needs her anyway? She'll have her day soon enough, perhaps even with a double chin, or worse. Meanwhile, watch out for that treatment for your red patch, because serious, sometimes fatal events may happen. In fact, I hear that new or worsening heart failure can occur.

I know they only have 60 seconds and they have to get the most bang for their buck with their little catch phrases, but if you're paying attention, most commercials for drugs throw in Serious Sometimes Fatal, and/or New or Worsening like they're reporting a butterfly migration on a sunny day.

Forget all those meds. Like another commercial, maybe I'll just go out to the countryside meadow and take a nice warm bath in a quaint claw-foot tub as I overlook the sunset on the mountain ridge.

Frankly, that would likely do me more good than all these pills the doctor is prescribing.

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