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Everything...and I mean everything...should have warning labels

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By Angye Morrison

I fell victim to a nasty sinus infection last week. I think it had been coming on for several days, as I’d been sniffly and sneezy for a while, along with a few other symptoms, including a headache and achy joints.

But I quickly made my way to the doctor, and got a Z-Pack, which is a fast way to get over anything that ails you.

What the doctor didn’t tell me was that there would be adverse affects from the aforementioned pack of pills. The treatment turned my stomach upside down, and had me running to and from the bathroom for a couple of days. Not a great way to spend your time.

While I was sick, I watched television. Well...I had it on while I laid on the couch with my eyes closed, due to my headache. I like the company and the noise, I suppose.

I couldn’t help but notice there were a lot of ads on TV for various medications, to treat all sorts of maladies. They all sounded good...until the spokesperson began to twitter off all the issues that could arise from taking the medicine.

“May cause abdominal bleeding...could cause liver damage...some people taking this medication could experience burning, itching and sores and...” On and on the lists of possibilities went.

Made me want to run right out and purchase those medications.

Commercials for medicines is not a new thing. We’ve been seeing them for several years now. We’re inundated with them. We’re supposed to see the ad, then run to the doctor with our self diagnosis, and ask for the drugs.

Seeing all of those ads made me wonder about my own visit to the doctor. I wasn’t told of any side affects. I wasn’t told my medicine would make me feel worse before I felt better. Nobody told me anything like that.

I do appreciate that the medicine did eventually do its thing. I did get better. I just had to take the long way home. If I’d known about it, maybe I’d have taken a different path.

I don’t like the advertisements on television, but I do appreciate knowing the side affects up front. Everything, in my opinion, should be accompanied by such information.

When you eat out and you’re looking over the menu, dishes that may cause gas should be noted as such. “This dish includes beans, which may cause stomach discomfort, bloating, gas and/or pain.” Or... “This drink may cause inebriation, including blurred vision, slurring of the tongue, and questionable behavior.” Or even... “This dessert will deposit as fat directly in the hip and stomach area, and will cause a spike in blood sugar that can lead to a temporary change in personality.”

When a person buys an SUV, there should be a warning attached like: “Purchaser can expect to spend more at the gas pump to fill up this vehicle, which does not operate in a fuel-efficient manner.”

Or maybe even our clothes could have warning labels... “Item will shrink upon indulgence in too many fatty foods and/or desserts, not due to normal washing and drying.”

You can see where this is going...

Regardless of any warning, or lack thereof, I’m all better now. And ready to take  on the world...again.

Unless there are side affects...

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