38 thoughts on “Phunny Pharma Song

  1. tracker

    Every time I see a Statin or anti-depressant commercial I want to hurl something at the television. Good thing it’s an old TV. I’d like one of those nice new flat screen ones.

    Anyway, I always try to read the fine print, and I think it’s the Lipitor one that’s the funniest. “Lipitor has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks”.

    The other one I find most amusing is for the anti-depressants when they say “we think it works like such and such.” You THINK?!?!? Yeah. Then I read “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker and understood why they say that.

    I’m maybe a 1/4 into that book myself. Very illuminating so far.

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  2. Bullinachinashop

    Hi Tom,

    I recently saw the US government has a new recommendation called myplate. It looks like they are taking a step in the right direction, albeit kicking and screaming (they couldn’t bare to say meat, they had to call it protein). I’d love to hear your take on it, do you have plans on posting on this subject?

    I’m sure I’ll be taking a look at it.

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  3. Nick

    That would be even funnier….even it wasn’t sooooo true!

    Any idea of the group that sponsored this video? Prescription for Change?

    It’s a “wonderful” system we have, and needs reform. How do we go about changing it?

    We reform the system by reforming our diets. Then we won’t be suckers for drug commercials because we’ll feel good already.

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  4. tracker

    Every time I see a Statin or anti-depressant commercial I want to hurl something at the television. Good thing it’s an old TV. I’d like one of those nice new flat screen ones.

    Anyway, I always try to read the fine print, and I think it’s the Lipitor one that’s the funniest. “Lipitor has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks”.

    The other one I find most amusing is for the anti-depressants when they say “we think it works like such and such.” You THINK?!?!? Yeah. Then I read “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker and understood why they say that.

    I’m maybe a 1/4 into that book myself. Very illuminating so far.

    Reply
  5. Bullinachinashop

    Hi Tom,

    I recently saw the US government has a new recommendation called myplate. It looks like they are taking a step in the right direction, albeit kicking and screaming (they couldn’t bare to say meat, they had to call it protein). I’d love to hear your take on it, do you have plans on posting on this subject?

    I’m sure I’ll be taking a look at it.

    Reply
  6. Nick

    That would be even funnier….even it wasn’t sooooo true!

    Any idea of the group that sponsored this video? Prescription for Change?

    It’s a “wonderful” system we have, and needs reform. How do we go about changing it?

    We reform the system by reforming our diets. Then we won’t be suckers for drug commercials because we’ll feel good already.

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  7. Laurie

    Cholesterol was framed.
    Sometimes life involves choices. The ‘Time Health” article I referenced to you yesterday about an association with certain prescription drugs and an increase in violence (which coincidentally was dated Jan 7, 2011, the day before the Arizona shootings) mentions that the number 1 drug suspected as a violence-maker is a smoking cessation one. I know some people who smoke, and it calms them down. I say, encourage them to keep smoking. It might be less dangerous for the rest of us and I don’t smoke but I have no beef with any smoker, as long as I’m not in an enclosed room with them. Stephanie Seneff believes the mechanism for the increased violence involves a brain deficiency of cholesterol-sulfate. You can’t medicate away a nutrient deficiency. Maybe you can supplement or eat to increase the concentration of a deficient molecule and/or minerals. But add the incendiary device of a potent medication for smoking-cessation and watch the sparks fly.
    Anyway, in the 1960’s there used to be ads for cigarettes on TV. The tobacco companies pulled them off voluntarily. The reason? Public service announcements for anti-smoking were also on TV and they were very effective and cutting into tobacs profits. The cig co’s said, ‘okay we will remove our ads if you take down the anti-smoking ones’.

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  8. Barb

    Bullinachinashop asked for your comment on the new USDA “plate” which replaces the food pyramid. You have not offered your comment, but I will offer mine.
    WHERE’S THE FAT?
    There is NO fat on the plate. None. Nada. Zip.
    The plate was unveiled on the same day as a study which, in essence exonerated dietary fat as being the cause of body fat. This is not a step in the right direction, it’s more of the same low fat party line.

    Also, half the plate is taken up with fruits and grains. How is this going to be beneficial? I think it would be safe to say that the majority of Americans hear the word “fruits” and they think bananas, peaches, apples, cherries, grapes, raisins. I think avocados, tomatoes, eggplant, olives, squash.

    They are also suggesting that the dairy on the side of the plate be low-fat or non-fat milk or yogurt, you know, the ones that are higher in sugars.

    In a nutshell, I will ignore the plate the same way I learned to ignore the pyramid.

    They will then decide the plate is too complicated for us to understand and try to come up with something even simpler.

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  9. Laurie

    From ‘The Onion’- America’s finest news source (2007)
    “NEW YORK—The Food and Drug Administration today approved the sale of the drug PharmAmorin, a prescription tablet developed by Pfizer to treat chronic distrust of large prescription-drug manufacturers.
    Pfizer executives characterized the FDA’s approval as a “godsend” for sufferers of independent-thinking-related mental-health disorders. ”

    There is a post over at Hyperlipid about you forgetting to take your PharmAmorin again.

    I hadn’t seen that. Very funny.

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  10. Alexandra

    Hi Tom,
    Funny/sad video. My former husband was on at least 15 medications..every time he went to the PA there was a new prescription to be filled. There is no such thing as health from a bottle.

    Looking forward to reading a post on the MyPlate topic… looks like more of the same though fats are excluded from the cartoon plate entirely.

    Hope to have a chance to say hi to you and Chareva on the 2012 Low Carb Cruise.. Already registered.

    We’ll see you on the cruise. You can’t miss me; I’m the one who looks like me.

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  11. Laurie

    Cholesterol was framed.
    Sometimes life involves choices. The ‘Time Health” article I referenced to you yesterday about an association with certain prescription drugs and an increase in violence (which coincidentally was dated Jan 7, 2011, the day before the Arizona shootings) mentions that the number 1 drug suspected as a violence-maker is a smoking cessation one. I know some people who smoke, and it calms them down. I say, encourage them to keep smoking. It might be less dangerous for the rest of us and I don’t smoke but I have no beef with any smoker, as long as I’m not in an enclosed room with them. Stephanie Seneff believes the mechanism for the increased violence involves a brain deficiency of cholesterol-sulfate. You can’t medicate away a nutrient deficiency. Maybe you can supplement or eat to increase the concentration of a deficient molecule and/or minerals. But add the incendiary device of a potent medication for smoking-cessation and watch the sparks fly.
    Anyway, in the 1960’s there used to be ads for cigarettes on TV. The tobacco companies pulled them off voluntarily. The reason? Public service announcements for anti-smoking were also on TV and they were very effective and cutting into tobacs profits. The cig co’s said, ‘okay we will remove our ads if you take down the anti-smoking ones’.

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  12. Peggy Cihocki

    I checked out Prescription for Change. It’s a group promoting Obamacare!

    Good grief. Yeah, turning it all over to the same gang that brought us the Food Pyramid will definitely solve our problems.

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  13. Barb

    Bullinachinashop asked for your comment on the new USDA “plate” which replaces the food pyramid. You have not offered your comment, but I will offer mine.
    WHERE’S THE FAT?
    There is NO fat on the plate. None. Nada. Zip.
    The plate was unveiled on the same day as a study which, in essence exonerated dietary fat as being the cause of body fat. This is not a step in the right direction, it’s more of the same low fat party line.

    Also, half the plate is taken up with fruits and grains. How is this going to be beneficial? I think it would be safe to say that the majority of Americans hear the word “fruits” and they think bananas, peaches, apples, cherries, grapes, raisins. I think avocados, tomatoes, eggplant, olives, squash.

    They are also suggesting that the dairy on the side of the plate be low-fat or non-fat milk or yogurt, you know, the ones that are higher in sugars.

    In a nutshell, I will ignore the plate the same way I learned to ignore the pyramid.

    They will then decide the plate is too complicated for us to understand and try to come up with something even simpler.

    Reply
  14. Laurie

    From ‘The Onion’- America’s finest news source (2007)
    “NEW YORK—The Food and Drug Administration today approved the sale of the drug PharmAmorin, a prescription tablet developed by Pfizer to treat chronic distrust of large prescription-drug manufacturers.
    Pfizer executives characterized the FDA’s approval as a “godsend” for sufferers of independent-thinking-related mental-health disorders. ”

    There is a post over at Hyperlipid about you forgetting to take your PharmAmorin again.

    I hadn’t seen that. Very funny.

    Reply
  15. Alexandra

    Hi Tom,
    Funny/sad video. My former husband was on at least 15 medications..every time he went to the PA there was a new prescription to be filled. There is no such thing as health from a bottle.

    Looking forward to reading a post on the MyPlate topic… looks like more of the same though fats are excluded from the cartoon plate entirely.

    Hope to have a chance to say hi to you and Chareva on the 2012 Low Carb Cruise.. Already registered.

    We’ll see you on the cruise. You can’t miss me; I’m the one who looks like me.

    Reply
  16. Peggy Cihocki

    I checked out Prescription for Change. It’s a group promoting Obamacare!

    Good grief. Yeah, turning it all over to the same gang that brought us the Food Pyramid will definitely solve our problems.

    Reply
  17. Brandon

    Cute video from an evil group. Didn’t government interference get us in to this mess to start with? I was gonna share the video on my Facebook until I checked out that website. no way, jose!

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  18. Brandon

    Cute video from an evil group. Didn’t government interference get us in to this mess to start with? I was gonna share the video on my Facebook until I checked out that website. no way, jose!

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  19. Kallie S.

    A new drug commercial is playing on the radio to treat Shift Work Disorder. The 60 second spot has 30 straight seconds of health warnings for the drug.

    People just need to be accountable for the way they treat their body. Drugs do not fix everything.

    Thanks for you doing what you do!

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  20. Kallie S.

    A new drug commercial is playing on the radio to treat Shift Work Disorder. The 60 second spot has 30 straight seconds of health warnings for the drug.

    People just need to be accountable for the way they treat their body. Drugs do not fix everything.

    Thanks for you doing what you do!

    Reply
  21. Walter B

    How about the wonder drug Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin!

    “We tested it on animals and none of them survived,
    But that’s OK, because when writing the report we lied.
    Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin”

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  22. Walter B

    How about the wonder drug Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin!

    “We tested it on animals and none of them survived,
    But that’s OK, because when writing the report we lied.
    Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin”

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