Bill Maher says prescription drugs are evil because beloved Hollywood hunks can OD on them, so we should all just take “natural” remedies like tulip petals and bark. I agree. And do you know what else is all-natural?
I saw that episode, and I have to say that it raised my opinion of Mr. Maher to see him bravely question BIG PHARMA and its EVIL agenda of aiding or curing us if taken in proper doses and in awareness of potential interactions. Obviously, because medicine has potential side-effects and CRAP does not, we should take crap instead.
I should add that I DID lose some respect when he mentioned using scientific medicine if injured in some kind of accident. Uh uh, Mr. Maher! Where I come from, if we represent something we represent it all the way! If I’m thrown through the windshield in a car crash, I have a bracelet instructing people to revive me with patchouli and reattach any severed limbs using only birch boughs and marigold. Unlike Mr. Maher, I AIN’T FRONTIN.
What about snake venom? Toxins from poison dart frogs? Bacteria in komodo dragon spit? Why do people think natural = safe and awesome? And if natural = safe and awesome, why is marijuana still illegal in the US?
What mister Maher and others fail to recognize is Heath Ledger was AUSTRALIAN.
Australianism is a condition with a fatality rate of 100 percent.
Sure, there are people with this condition who live a while, but given enough time all Australians go on to the great walkabout in the beyond.
Why don’t big pharma make a cure for this you might ask.
I think we all know the reason for that.
Speaking of things Australian:
Gotta love Kylie’s ass…
Taking a cocktail of pharmaceuticals can kill you?! Shit. Who would have thought?
I’ve heard that guns can kill too, is this true? Surely not because all things that can kill you are evil and should be illegal. Like suicide thats illegal, good job too otherwise we would all be doing it.
But what about driving? That kills, oh and flying, that can kill loads of people, water can kill so we should probably make swimming pools illegal. Some bloke jumped in front of a train the other day, made me late home from work, inconsiderate bastard. We should probably make trains illegal that would put a stop to that.
Thinking about it there are just far too many things that are legal that can kill. What is the world to do?!
Other ‘bad’ ‘natural’ things: Bella Donna, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Lead, Ebola Virus, St John’s Wart (no really: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/poison/stjohn.htm), certain mushrooms, apple seeds and something called TOBACCO!!!
Wiki has a more comprehensive list of poisonous plants
I am starting a clinic based on this natural crap idea. Dogs are natural, so are cats. Their tongues are as natural as their arses. That made me wonder if god didn’t hide some obscure knowledge in there. So, now I am gathering all my good friends in natural crap energy wisdom, and we have agreed that this works. Oh, sorry, forgot to tell you: We think that no patient should go unlicked on the mouth by a dog or a cat. Well, a girl has to make a living, doesn’t she? Greetings from the Hidden people of Iceland. Peace.
How about smoking tobacco? It meets so many of the other requirements for fad remedies:
1) It has been used medicinally for centuries – and was spread from ‘native peoples’ to the western civilized world, not the other way around…
2) It is inexpensive compared to traditional prescription medications.
3) Smoking tobacco has no apparent health impact in small studies with 1-week to 3-month observational periods. Thousands of people have personally reported smoking tobacco with no side effects at all.
4) Smoking is well known to give a pleasurable feeling. If you smoke tobacco, you are well aware that each smoke puts you at ease.
5) Smoking is considered harmful by mainstream medicine and the U.S. Government, where government leaders have made a deliberate effort to discredit the industry, reduce availability, and remove support for those that grow and distribute this important medicinal herb.