Peak advertising of harmful products is here

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Advertising of harmful substances has reached a peak

I have tackled this problem before, but the continuing promotion of grog, cigarettes, good dope, bad dope, gambling, medicines fake and real, and gigantic, sterilised sporting events played by rich robots have reached a peak.

Advertising has reached a screaming crescendo. Newspapers, TV, radio, and every sporting event now blatantly promote all these harmful influences on our society.

Karl Marx said that religion is the opium of the people and now all these things have replaced it.

I would like to see our economy-driven nightmare of a world switch over to a more reflective and considerate style.

This would mean no advertising of harmful products.

Recently, I went to see a movie and was assailed, assaulted and tortured by 45 minutes of ads for junk food, grog, gambling, cars and other consumer goods that no-one wanted, all at 155 decibels.

By the time the movie started, I just wanted to get out of there. (It was American Hustle—too long, too American, too contrived, but good acting.)

Peak sport advertising

Advertising is now so tied up with big sports events that everything is a brand.

Last year’s Essendon Football Club peptide scandal is a good example.

We have the Essendon Football Club“brand” where corrupt pseudo-scientists assured gullible coaching staff that peptides were essential just to keep up with other teams. The AFL “brand” then defended the Essendon “brand”, because they would lose too much money.

Peptides, by the way, are naturally occurring substances in the human body, involved with all organs (including Endorphin, the natural pain-killer).

It was truly awful that the peptide scandal at Essendon football club found no-one at fault.

Peptides have been around for a few years , mostly useless, but sometimes with a few amphetamine-like substances.

They were impossible to ban, since they varied in one or two molecules which altered their nomenclature.

Some doctors recommend taking peptides (for young athletes) and also give them steroid and testosterone injections. This is a short-sighted fix which does tremendous harm.

To mess around with this system is on a par with prescription drugs doing the same.

Peak vitamin and mineral advertising

And then we have the crass ads for vitamins and minerals that now appear in newspapers two or three times a week.

In the good old days, the only vitamin supplement was Vitamin B group Fort. This ultimately was turned into Myadec and Pluravit, with the addition of trace elements, metallic salts and amino acids.

These were harmless and occasionally did some good for a nutrition-deficient person, but mostly (90% or more), they were excreted in urine, flushed down the toilet and ended up in fish.

Peak advertisers love the People Who Want To Live Forever

But now we have weird and wonderful products from all over the world— advertise these ( with no evidence of their value), and The People Who Want To Live Forever (TPWWTLF) spend huge amounts of money on Krill Oil, Shark cartilage, seaweed, green-lipped mussels, monkey glands, horns and antlers from various, rather unfortunate animals— it’s a pity there is no market for flies, mosquitos, and cane toads.

You repeat a lie often enough and TPWWTLF will not only vote for you, but also waste their money on this rubbish.

Just about all modern ailments are based on poor sanitation, poor nutrition, poor drinking water, pollutants in food and air and, of course, genetics.

No-one (not even TPWWTLF) can dodge this.

Preventing all these evil influences on our lives (except for the genetics, but researchers are now pouring money into how to get better antecedents), should be the way to go, but there is no money in it.

Peak advertising rules all. What is good for KFC, Hungry Jacks, Maccas, Coke, getting drunk and violent and gambling until you are broke, must be good for us and the economy.

Robert Gosstray

Robert Gosstray is a retired pharmacist and the resident health writer for Midlifexpress. He is the author of The Pharmacist's Secrets: Drugs, lies and money.

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