A Lesson To Be Learned

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The permissive attitude toward marijuana use, though it may be exciting to many adults is no laughing manner when it comes to raising children (even though some may find it funny or entertaining after a joint or two).

The rampant abuse of pot among adults and teenagers has begun to filter down and impact a much younger population of children especially in our public schools. In a recent poll of sixth graders in a Los Angeles classroom, 100% of the kids raised their hands when asked if they had tried or knew of a classmate that had tried marijuana. Continue reading

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Stoned and Depressed

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Drugs are tricksters.

Drugs are imps.   They’ll tickle you.

They’ll mess with your head.    They’ll stare you down

and win.   Drugs are hostile

with a smile.   They’ll make you cringe.   They’ll make you laugh

with a knife menacing your back.   Drugs are punks.

Drugs are demons.   They are

brothers with no compassion, sisters with no remorse.

Drugs remember.   Drugs forget.

They stink, they lie, they cheat.   Drugs

are the epitome of deceit.

 

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books

Common Sense 2014 Issue 8: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

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Do you find it inappropriate that drug companies are allowed to blatantly advertise prescription drugs to the general public on TV, radio, the Internet, etc.? It’s called Direct-to-Consumer advertising.

Prescription drugs are certainly not direct to the consumer products. They are doctor to patient products. That’s why they are PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. Prescription drugs are pushed to the tune of somewhere between $30,000,000,000.00 (that’s billion) and $60 billion annually to both the general public and their physicians. $61,000.00 per year per doctor are spent by drug companies promoting prescription drugs to those doctors.

This is a staggering amount of money just to get someone’s attention in order to sell them some hit and miss pharmaceutical chemicals mass produced in a lab. Chemicals that are toxic to the human body in one form or another. Chemicals that should be used only as a last resort on patients and not the first. In many instances the side effects of these chemicals are way worse than the malady purported as being fixed-when in actuality the malady is not fixed at all. Most drugs fix nothing, they simply treat the symptoms by creating other symptoms that then need another drug to treat those symptoms, ad infinitum. Before you know it, companies like Phizer have you hooked on seven or eight medications just to manage all of the symptoms created by the first medication on the chain.

How’s that for a pyramid scheme to steal your hard earned money to create billions more in advertising? This advertising is then used to create thousands upon thousands more unsuspecting clients. Then more advertising and more patients. CRAZY.

Do you subscribe or should I say prescribe to this? I don’t. I find it appalling and believe it is time to do something about it. It is time to think about banning drug companies from this gross practice of Direct-to-Consumer advertising. I’ve heard more than enough about 4 hour erections, internal bleeding, suicidal thoughts, etc.

I am contemplating starting an online petition to ban these multi-billion dollar corporations from Direct-to-Consumer advertising. Would you sign it?

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense, Snake Oil

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“Any need for a chemical or drug, be the need be derived via mind or body can be considered an addiction.  Creating that need and addiction is the job of modern day advertisers, kinfolk to the old snake oil salesmen that once sold cure-all elixirs filled with alcohol, opium, heroine, cocaine, etc.  Drug companies spend billions of dollars in advertising annually for the chance to catch you with your eyes closed and your pants down.  Their ads are plastered all over the internet and on TV.  You see them in magazines and on billboards.  Men (presumably with erectile dysfunction) sit around 24/7 thinking up new ads to get you hooked mentally or physically on one of their “products”.  Annually, only a handful of innocent people are killed as a result of police brutality.  The police are kittens and lambs compared to these snake oil crackers.  Drug companies kill thousands upon thousands of innocent people annually with their poisonous elixirs.  If you feel a need to vent your anger, pick a worthy opponent like Phizer.  Or how about Monsanto? Most policemen I have met are great guys and gals.  They are your friends, they’re not your enemy.”

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™