Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I can state with no equivocation that if the nanny state bans NyQuil my personal productivity will decline enough to damage GDP. NyQuil is a great product, and without it I would not have been able to sleep through last night, for example (seized as I am of a fairly intense and intractible summer cold).
Get with it, TH. Don't you realize that all those millions of young healthy people who are uninsured by choice have to be convinced that they need a health plan...if, for no other reason, to get access to formerly over the counter medications (and tobacco??).
Watch the list expand as Obamacare comes closer to reality.
On a related note, did you hear the Obama infomercial session with the woman who had "a tumor" and no way to get it removed because she had no insurance. She got a hug from Obama.
Assuming that touching the hem of his garment does not cure her, she should have posted her predicament on this site and I could have given her several contact numbers (including my own) of surgeons who would have done it for free.
When is enough going to be enough??
Here's just the thing you need in order to get over that cold more quickly, TH: a warm cruise off the coast of Somalia.
They just want you to have to take your Nyquil and Tylenol separately so that you know how much Tylenol you are taking.
The problem is liver failure at a reasonably high rate, given that it's unnecessary. One of the guys I worked with at the White House had it happen about 3 months after we left the White House. Out of a sense of support, I went to see him in the hospital. It was horrible. i had to leave and sit down so I wouldn't vomit of faint.
On the whole, our drug laws work exceptionally well, at least since about 1962. And so you'll have Nyquill, which will help you sleep, and Tylenol, which will relieve the pain and headaches.
This battle has been going on in the media for years. It has evolved from a battle between the makers of Ibuprofen and the makers of Acetamenophen over who made the safest drug.
Now, the FDA is considering restrictions.
In reality, while it is true that the bulk of drug induced liver failure is due to Tylenol, the actual risk to the person taking the drug as directed is very, very, very small.
If you drik a lot of booze...or a lot of coffee...and you tend to ignore medication labels and take too much...then you are setting yourself up for liver problems.
Frankly, if you are that kind of person, you have already set yourself up for a whole lot of other problems as well.
So, in the true spirit of media-induced hysteria...let's restrict a very valuable drug that is quite safe to the overwhelming majority of those that use it...and force everybody to use alternative drugs like aspirin (side effects: bleeding, Reye's Syndrome, bronchospasm, platelet dysfunction, arterial plaque hemorrhage) or ibuprofen (side effects: gastrointestinal bleeding, death from heart attack, renal failure)
The role of government in this scenario should be to educate rather than regulate.
I understand that, by electing Obama and a Democrat congress, there is a case to be made that we are all hopeless idiots...but I really don't think the government should make that presumption.
"...seized as I am..." Perfect language, as if John Adams had risen from the grave to describe an ague.
I cannot live without Nyquil. First hint of a scratch/sniffle and it's a dram of this most excellent elixir for me, followed by ten or twelve hours of glorious, hallucinogenic slumber.