Member Rara Avis
quote:Baffled by this statement (as well as most of this thread to tell the truth). So Tylenol to ease a headache is as bad as alcohol or tobacco? How about Blood pressure medication? Heart medication? Somehow, the above statement smacks of a narrow-minded perspective; not thought out, just spit out.
i think common medicine, prescribed, or otc, is as bad as any chemicals one could consume. just legal, as are alcohol, and tobacco.
Tobacco, alcohol, apples... pretty much anything becomes bad for you when over-used. Where the focus on tobacco and alcohol and marijuana, et al, comes from is that they require less use to be overused. A couple drinks and you're drunk. A few puffs and you're stoned. A couple packs of cigarettes and your lungs stop working as well as they should. It takes quite a few apples to give you a stomach ache and increase your blood sugar to unhealthy levels, so that's not as recognized.
But all that aside, I'd like to know why you've limited your mind to these few items? While you're at it, why don't you throw out some other dangerous, every-day items.
One joint contains the equivalent amount of THC as an entire pack of cigarettes - yet a single car can produce enough carbon monoxide on a thirty-mile drive to kill half a dozen people.
A pack of cigarettes a day will limit your lung capacity and increase your chances for cancer - yet (as mentioned above) rampant overeating has become such a medical concern that insurance companies have been forced to begin adding it as a "disease" in order to effect treatment for hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering from strokes, heart-attacks, and other impairments (think of the potential psychological ramifications of obesity in a society with a stick-thin mentality).
Prescription and OTC drugs can be abused and occasionaly addictive (though not enough so in my opinion to rank them with cigarettes and alcohol) - yet non-prescriptive drugs have gained a large portion of control not only over our own local society, but also on many other nations. Whatever drug it may be (meth being the most dominant currently, i believe), it's far worse not only unregulated, but overabused than any prescription medication you're likely to find.
I'd say more, but have a feeling that it will fall on either deaf or uncaring ears that are probably not linked to any reasonably recognizable cognitive abilities, so I'll just go back to work.