If you watch the evening news, or pretty much any television, you see ads for medicine to treat just about everything. From ED to cholesterol, you see ads for the latest medicine and the long list of possible side effects. It seems the side effects take up at least half of the commercial.

The other day I went to the doctor because a sinus issue just wouldn't clear up and we thought maybe it was a sinus infection. The doctor put me on an antibiotic. No big deal. I've been on antibiotics many times over the years. It wasn't until I got home and started reading the bottle that I wondered, "What am I doing to myself?"

The bottle has a number of stickers on it that read, "Take this drug 2 hours before or 2 hours after antacids, iron, vitamins or minerals." "Take medication on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2-3 hours after a meal." "Take this medication with plenty of water." "Avoid prolonged exposure to direct and/or artificial sunlight." "Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication."

I'm scared to move!

I do believe in medicine and I have always been a supporter of new and improved, but do you ever get worried about all the pills that are prescribed in this country?

I'm reminded of a line by the great George Carlin who once said, "Doctors announced today that saliva causes cancer, but only when swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time!"

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