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  •  Uhh...there are homeopathy ads on cable... (1+ / 0-)
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    stitchmd

    constantly. And even more for other alternative medicine. What do you think that "Head-on" crap is, or Enzyte?

    Alternative medicine is big business too, even if it's not as big a business as Big Pharma. But it is a multi-billion dollar industry. You're not being anti-establishment and independent if you use it; you're often just getting taken by another corporation. Especially since there is essentially no regulation of it.

    •  I had a patient (0+ / 0-)

      who came in for a routine physical, complained of some abdominal pain, and blood work showed abnormal liver tests. We went through a whole song and dance about what might be going on, ordering more tests, an ultrasound, a gastroenterology consult - until he told me the symptoms had all started after he started taking Enzyte. Turns out it contains the steroid precursors pregnenolone and DHEAs. He was to stop it and came in a couple of days ago to get blood work. Haven't gotten the results back, but I'll keep you posted.

      And that's the "science" behind Enzyte.

      But nooooo, those folks don't want to make money off of people. Not at all. Nuh uh.

      Riiiight.

      Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without - W S Coffin

      by stitchmd on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 03:02:33 PM PDT

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      •  I think the altie marketing is very effective... (1+ / 0-)
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        for certain kinds of people. Like people who are predisposed to be distrustful of corporations, doctors, and other authorities in our society. The altie quacks exploit this by telling people they're part of some sort of "in the know" club that isn't part of the evil corrupt establishment. Sadly, a lot of lefties fall for it hook, line, and sinker because it pushes the right buttons for them (more "feelings"-centered approach, more focus on vague symptoms, attacks on authority figures, etc).

      •  never denied that they where in it for a profit (1+ / 0-)
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        just pointed out that they haven't been as successful at making one as the big drug companies. shrugs

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