I’m reading one of the magazines that comes to our home (It was either Preservation or Smithsonian) and I saw this very pretty ad for CRESTOR:
When it comes to bad cholesterol – Ask Your Doctor If Lower Is Better (as if he’ll know).
OK, I added the words in parenthesis.
I once asked one of my MD brothers how much training he had in nutrition in medical school.
“The hours,” he told me.
“Three credit hours?” I asked him.
“No, three one-hour lectures,” he said.
There you go – three hours out of what, a 5,000 hour curriculum?
But I digress.
So here’s that CRESTOR ad I’m looking at and I’m thinking, “Why do people want to lower their cholesterol?” and a genie jumps out of the magazine and says, “To prevent heart attacks, heart disease and stroke.” OK it wasn’t a genie, it was the mass media that has brainwashed everyone into thinking “bad” when they hear the word “cholesterol.”
So now we know why people want to have lower “bad” cholesterol and why their doctors want them to take CRESTOR to lower it.
But here’s the punchline, and its directly from the ad:
“CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet for lowering high cholesterol and has not been determined to prevent heart attacks, heart disease or stroke.”
Huh? Wait a minute. After all those studies costing millions and millions of $ there’s no proof taking this stuff will prevent heart attacks etc? And how much does this crap cost each month? And what about all the damage low cholesterol levels and CRESTOR cause?
Well they aren’t hiding it from a gullible, vision-impaired public. It’s on the other side of the ad, in very small letters and the other things this wonder drug can do to you.
I think I know why it’s called a wonder drug. It’s a wonder that anyone would take this drug.