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THE PROBLEM WITH PILLS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 6, 2018

BRYCE ON LIFE

– It’s pop-pop time around the clock.

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The size of the drug culture in our country is truly amazing. We start popping pills as little kids for vitamins and to treat such things as the common cold. As we get older, we take them for just about every ailment we have, be it for mucous, fungus, rashes, infections, aches and pains, or just to get high. Not sure what your problem is? Pop a pill. This mentality has led to the deaths of many entertainers. Instead of dealing with reality, we take a pill to buzz us up.

A few years ago, I was amazed by the number of pills my father took in the morning. It was easily a handful, and I looked at him like he was some sort of chemistry experiment. Since then, I was always mindful of the number of pills I took for whatever reason, and determined to stay away from them.

Lately though, pills have slowly crept into my life. I take a red pill to dry my sinuses, a blue diet pill, a little brown pill for my osteoarthritis. On the weekends, after working in the yard, it is not uncommon for me to pop some Advil to tackle body-aches. If I come down with a cold, it’s pop-pop time. Actually, I think a good Scotch is better medicine.

Whereas I wondered how my father had come to take so many pills, now I find I carry pills of my own wherever I go. And I believe the influx of pills is a disturbing sign of aging. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the average pharmacist can probably guess your age based on the volume and types of pills you take.

Some people carry their pills in zip-locked plastic bags, others use designer purses and murses (I guess they want to make an impression), and others use well organized plastic trays, be it for the days of a single week, or for a whole month. As to the latter, much time is devoted to sorting pills into such trays. It’s rather impressive the number of pills they can contain, representing a substantial investment in money. Such pills are used for a regular regiment, but for other ailments, such as a cold, a generous backup of pills is maintained in our home base, be it prescription or over-the-counter.

So prevalent are pills in America, I would wager there is probably enough pills in the average household to fill a gallon milk jug. So, the mindset is clear; Got a problem? Pop a pill. Instead of using natural cures, take a pill as the panacea du jour. Want to feel up? Take a stimulus. Need to calm down? Take a depressant. Why I didn’t invest in the pharmaceutical industry years ago is beyond me.

This also explains why we will never find a solution for the opioid problem in this country; pills have become an intrical part of our way of life. Now where is my Fred Flinstone fix for the day?

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DRUG WARNINGS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 16, 2016

BRYCE ON CONSUMER WARNINGS

– What in the world do they say?

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Whenever I want to find out the latest in the world of medicine I just tune into the evening news. I think there is now an FCC ruling whereby only drug ads can be shown by the news media. Everything else has to wait until prime time. I suppose the reason for this is because only people over 40 years of age watch the news anymore, and this is the market the drug manufacturers are after.

The drug ads are aimed at treating everything from heartburn, to cancer, to cholesterol, to erectile disorders, and everything in-between. We probably have a pill for just about everything which we inevitably see during the evening news. Interestingly, all of the drug ads seem to be the same (and I suspect only one ad agency produces them). The first half is spent painting a rosy picture of how their product can solve our problems, but the last half is spent with warnings required by the FDA of the possible side effects. Unlike the first half where the narrator cheerfully articulates the product, the warnings are reviewed at a fast clip, kind of like a car salesman on the radio. The dialog by the announcer goes so fast that we only grasp a couple of words clearly, such as “possible side effects include…” and “consult your doctor before taking…”

It bothers me that I cannot fully grasp all of the warnings, so, as a public service, I’ve done some research and compiled the warnings into a single statement for your use:

“Do not take while awake or asleep. Should be taken one hour before or after either eating or vomiting. Possible side effects include a six hour erection, dizziness, memory loss, acute depression, shortness of pants, lack of appetite, a compulsion to shop at WalMart, nausea, er, ah…did I mention memory loss? Consult your doctor before taking. He isn’t doing anything right now and doesn’t mind innocuous telephone calls in the middle of the night. His number is 800-325-3535. Go ahead, call and wake him up right now; it’s only 3:00am. If you cannot sleep, why should he?”

Now play that warning back at twice the speed and you get an idea what we, the consumers, comprehend. Here’s a better idea; why not just tell the public to read the instructions before using the drug? And write the instructions in terms John Q. Public can understand, and not just the attorneys for the drug companies?

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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THE DICHOTOMY OF OUR DRUG CULTURE

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 14, 2015

BRYCE ON DRUG ADDICTION

– Why are we sending mixed signals to the American public?

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The media has recently been producing various programs regarding the addictive powers of drugs such as heroin. For example, last month, CBS’ 60 Minutes had a segment on “Heroin in the Heartland,” describing how heroin is now being embraced in suburbia by seemingly ordinary people. Whereas most Americans thought of heroin as an urban problem, the show reveals its use is blossoming throughout the country by stable adults, exceptional students, and gifted high school athletes. The story contends addiction is becoming a pervasive problem throughout the country. Other news outlets have also been describing similar stories about heroin addiction, including the New York Times, and Fox News. As the cost of the drug goes down, it is rapidly being embraced by the middle class.

Meanwhile, President Obama has called for a reform of our criminal justice system by ordering the release of non-violent drug offenders. This may very well lead to decriminalization of drug offenses. On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for relaxing drug regulations at the federal level. However, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, advocates decriminalization.

At the same time, many states are considering the legalization of marijuana, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Colombia. A number of other states have decriminalized the possession of marijuana in small amounts. In a recent Gallup poll, it was found that 58% of Americans now back legal marijuana use.

Drug proponents applaud these efforts and tout this as an indicator the country is moving in the right direction. Libertarians and others have long supported the idea of decriminalizing drugs and pardoning all nonviolent drug offenders.

So we have to live with an interesting paradox; whereas our culture seems to be heading towards the open acceptance of drugs, we are just now beginning to understand the dangers of addiction. For years now, scientists have claimed such drugs cause organic brain disease, that they will physically change our brain. Unfortunately, there are many in the country who simply do not accept this or couldn’t care less. Further, after several years of the “War on Drugs,” Americans no longer believe it is a war that can be won. In a recent Rasmussen study, only 10% of American Adults believe the United States is winning the war on drugs. The argument thereby becomes, “If you cannot beat them, why not join them?” Frankly, we have been fighting a war with one arm tied behind our back. Our weak immigration laws and border protection is such that drug dealers have opened a superhighway to our country.

Gallup also posted two other surveys of interest, and possibly related, finding “More Americans Say Crime Is Rising in U.S.” and our moral values are declining. They do not make a direct connection to drug addiction, but the coincidence is too remarkable to simply dismiss.

As an aside, heroin has contributed to the deaths of many entertainers over the years. Notables including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, Kurt Cobain, John Belushi, Janis Joplin, and many others. It has devastated not just a generation of American jazz musicians, but rock and roll as well.

Whereas the president and the Democrats want to decriminalize drugs, I claim the laws are not tough enough. More importantly, how are we trying to help people fight their addiction? If you want to free up space in prisons, let’s start by helping people get off junk and other drugs.

Deep down, we all know drugs such as heroin are dangerous, but somehow we believe we have a God given right to use them regardless of the consequences. The mixed signals we are sending the American public is confusing people. Do we or don’t we believe drug abuse is evil? Personally, I see this as simply another indicator of the decline of our culture.

Related article –
“Medicinal Marijuana as a Trojan Horse” – Mar 12, 2014

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THE PROBLEM WITH DRUG NAMES

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 8, 2015

BRYCE ON LIFE

– They certainly do not give us a clue about their purpose or use.

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I visited my doctor’s office recently. I find it interesting the posters on the walls describing the latest drugs. They all have strange names which makes you think they are Latin based, but few are. Most simply have a marketing spin which is to catch your ear and hopefully plant it in your memory. Personally, I have trouble with the drug names which border on quackery as far as I’m concerned. Of course, I’m of an older generation who is more familiar with simpler cures such as Aspirin, Laxatives, Castor Oil, Cod Liver Oil, and Man & Beast Salve. Quite often a good slug of Coca Cola and a deep belch can work miracles. Maybe this is what they mean by “The pause that refreshes.”

You also see several drugs on prime time television, particularly during the news hour, where they frequently mention both Over the Counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. The pharmaceutical firms literally spend billions of dollars on advertising their products, which is why drug names are so important to them. I must confess though, I haven’t a clue where they get their names from, but they certainly do not give you an inkling as to their purpose. For example, I recently saw an ad for “Eliquis” which I presumed was to improve your vocabulary. In reality, it is to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of irregular heartbeat,

I do not believe I am the only one confused by the names of the drugs. Consider the list of drugs below and try to determine their true purpose. You might get a couple right, but most people will flunk this quiz, I know I did, and I wrote it. (The answers are on the bottom.)

1. Aricept

A – To improve strength in hand grip due to arthritis.
B – Natural laxative.
C – To treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
D – To treat erratic breathing.

2. Astelin

A – To treat hemorrhoid inflammation.
B – To treat symptoms of hay fever.
C – To cleanse tongue and improve pallor.
D – To treat baldness due to chemotherapy.

3. Celebrex

A – Treats pain, including pain caused by arthritis.
B – Treats pain due to gun shot.
C – Stimulant for PMS mood swing.
D – Depressant for excessive alcohol.

4. Chantix

A – To treat throat and adenoids due to excessive use.
B – To treat alcohol addiction.
C – Nutritional supplement.
D – To treat nicotine addiction.

5. Cymbalta

A – Treats disorders of the inner ear.
B – Treats depression, anxiety.
C – A natural placebo.
D – Treats pain due to cataract surgery.

6. Detrol LA

A – To treat urinary incontinence (bladder control).
B – Plant food.
C – Treats depression in middle aged people.
D – Poisonous spray to control rodents.

7. Latuda

A – Treats the symptoms of motion sickness.
B – Natural laxative for people over 60.
C – Treats schizophrenia.
D – Non-addictive hallucinogenic to treat depression.

8. Levitra

A – A vegetable oil obtained by pressing the seeds of the Levit plant.
B – Common pill for the treatment of air sickness.
C – Treats arthritis in pet dogs and cats.
D – Treats erectile dysfunction.

9. Lipitor

A – Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
B – Treats the symptoms of Herpes.
C – Balm for the treatment of cold sores.
D – Regulates pace makers.

10. Lunesta

A – Treats depression.
B – Treats insomnia (sleep disorder).
C – Non-addictive drug used mainly as an entheogen and recreational drug.
D – Reduces pain caused by female menstruation.

11. Nexium

A – Cause pupil dilation, reduced appetite, and wakefulness.
B – Medicinal drug used as part of religious or spiritual rites.
C – Treats anxiety while waiting in line or in crowds.
D – Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers, and a damaged esophagus.

12. Omnaris

A – To treat asthma and nasal allergies.
B – Used in the treatment of Syphilis.
C – Chewable resin to treat nicotine addiction.
D – The world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug.

13. Plavix

A – To treat bladder control in seniors.
B – Used in the treatment of constipation.
C – A blood thinner used to help prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems.
D – Treats memory loss due to Dimentia.

14. Prilosec OTC

A – Formerly known as Nicoret.
B – Treats hay fever and other allergies.
C – To treat heartburn.
D – Ointment used to treat scratches, cuts and other wounds.

15. Restasis

A – Treats insomnia (sleep disorder).
B – Stimulant used for circulation.
C – Used as a prelude to a frontal lobotomy.
D – To treats chronic dry eye disease.

16. Rozerem

A – Treats allergies due to flora and fauna.
B – Treats insomnia (sleep disorder).
C – An analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
D – An effervescent antacid and pain reliever.

17. Valtrex

A – Treats a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and seizures.
B – Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles.
C – Used to slow heart palpitations.
D – Treats gastro digestive ailments, such as diarrhea.

18. VeramystA – Treats excessive development of mucous.
B – Marital aid.
C – Breathalyzer used to relieve asthma suffering.
D – Treats nasal allergy symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose.

19. Vytorin

A – Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
B – Dietary supplement, includes several vitamin complexes plus iron or multimineral products.
C – Stimulant for use during exercise.
D – Used in the treatment of ear wax.

20. Zyrtec

A – Used to clean water pipes.
B – Treats nail fungus, both hands and feet.
C – Treats hay fever and allergy symptoms, hives, and itching.
D – Pet nutritional additive.

The possible side effects from using these drugs can be extensive; vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, cramping, anorexia, constipation, headache, heart attack, stroke, seizures, liver problems, skin reactions, abdominal pain, and, of course, Death! This certainly does not encourage me to run out and buy it. No wonder they want you to call your doctor before taking these drugs, they do not truly know whether it will help you or hurt you. Frankly, I do not know how doctors keep track of all these drugs. There are obviously a lot more, which is why pharmaceutical firms spend billions in marketing their products, to create general awareness. However, the more they spend on marketing, the greater the unit cost for the medication, which leads to our last drug: KOWABUNGATHOL – a stimulant that waves a red flag in front of people telling them to wake up and let the doctor order the medication, not the patient.

ANSWERS: 1-C, 2-B, 3-A, 4-D, 5-B, 6-A, 7-C, 8-D, 9-A, 10-B, 11-D, 12-A, 13-C, 14-C, 15-D, 16-B, 17-B, 18-D, 19-A, 20-C

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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MEDICINAL MARIJUANA AS A TROJAN HORSE

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 12, 2014

BRYCE ON DRUGS

– What is the real reason for legalizing marijuana? To relieve the pain of patients? Hardly.

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The legalization of medicinal marijuana is being considered here in Florida. Other states have implemented it already, most notably Colorado. I have been polling various medical people about it. My dentist and dental hygienist sees nothing wrong with it, but my doctor friends are balking at adopting it, primarily because they know if it is legalized, they will be inundated with patients requesting it. Medicinal marijuana has also been approved in other countries, but it is far from being an international standard.

From what I have read, it certainly doesn’t cure anything, and only relieves nausea and vomiting for chemotherapy patients and people with AIDS. There is no evidence it relieves the symptoms of dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, or anything else; just the relief of nausea and vomiting. The FDA has not approved it, nor has the Institute of Medicine or the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

The real question, which proponents avoid, is whether this is nothing more than a prelude to recreational marijuana. In other words, if the public accepts medicinal marijuana, can the recreational version be far behind? Obviously not. I see no other reason for the sudden heightened interest.

Are there other medicines which can effectively deal with nausea and vomiting? Certainly. Marinol is one such product representing the legalized form of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but I suspect there are more. As such, there is no true argument in favor of medicinal marijuana other than as the vanguard for the recreational version, the real goal.

The proponents of marijuana are counting on a naive public which can be easily manipulated. The medicinal version is nothing more than a Trojan Horse to implement the recreational version. If successful, a whole new industry will emerge with a revenue stream for the government in the form of taxes. This should be the real discussion as opposed to trying to slip something in the back door, but the marijuana proponents know they will lose such a debate which is why they are touting medicinal marijuana as something the public perceives as good, not evil.

One cannot help but wonder who is driving this campaign. The medical community or the pharmaceutical industry would seem to be the likely candidates, but they are not. Instead, it is a grassroots effort probably spearheaded by the pot heads of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Attorneys are on board as well because they also see it as another revenue stream from the drug related accidents which will likely ensue. As an aside, I find it amusing the people condemning tobacco are the same ones endorsing marijuana.

The real question though, will the Trojan Horse strategy work on a gullible public? In all likelihood, Yes. Next up, crack vending machines and drive-up heroine dispensers.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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