There is a kind of advertising called “Direct to Consumer” (DTC) which is only permitted in the U.S. and New Zealand. The drug companies use it to push sales of prescription drugs. One of the few limitations on the ads is they must include the side effects of the drugs.
Here’s a typical ad for a drug prescribed for eczema and rheumatoid arthritis. Listen carefully for the side effects at the end.
In case you missed some of it, here are the actual side effects:
- Serious infections including tuberculosis and other bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Some people have died from these infections.
- Cancer – Increased risk of lymphoma, skin cancers and lung cancer.
- Heart attack, stroke, or death, increased risk in people over 50 who have at least one heart disease risk factor.
- Blood clots in the veins of the legs, lungs or arteries which may be life-threatening and cause death.
- Allergic reactions, some serious
- Tears in the stomach or intestines
In the U.S., these ads are on TV all day long. They often state that you need to take the drug daily. In other words, for the rest of your life. In short, you would have a pharmaceutical sword of Damocles hanging over your head forever.
The idea behind these ads is that patients will then ask their doctors to prescribe the drugs. Apparently, that works. Drugs advertised direct to consumers are prescribed nine times more than those promoted by other means.
You might think that the side effects would scare people away. To counter that fear, the ads come with relaxing music or calming voice-overs and images of happy people who (for instance) had arthritis but are now playing sports, or who had skin problems and are now in bathing suits enjoying the beach.
Now imagine a similar advertisement but for homeopathic treatment of eczema or rheumatoid arthritis. It would show the same happy people enjoying themselves, but it would state that the medicines had no chemical side effects, and that once you were cured, you needn’t take it anymore. That would be a tough act to follow.
If that sounds to anyone too good to be true, then brief samples of homeopathic cures of eczema and rheumatoid arthritis can be found by clicking on those words. There are hundreds of such cases recorded over the last 150 years.
If patients were to see such homeopathy advertisements, perhaps they would demand their doctors treat them homeopathically. And if doctors saw the ads, they might perceive a way to stop offering patients a deal with the devil: trading temporary relief of symptoms, for deadly side effects. It must be difficult, in good conscience, to constantly give patients such terrible choices.
Finally, in promoting homeopathy, a state-of-the-art advertisement might work better than just presenting formal research. What do you think?
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Very good idea!
Hi Ismar, – Homeopathy really needs a Madison Avenue Advertising type makeover and rebranding. It needs to become a household word.
In the UK the ads would not be allowed because it is illegal to advertise cures. The product must have gone through the same tests and trials as a medical drug.
The “tests” of medical drugs in the U.S. are done by the same drug companies that profit from their sale. The companies have a history of falsifying test results or just not reporting negative results.
As a retired nurse, you forgot the “fun” we had in the medical profession listening to these TV ads i.e. “talkasfastasyoucantosayallthesideeffectsanddon’tforgetDEATHmentionedintheretooatasomepoint” and turn up the “relaxing” music when you read that side effect list! 😉
Hi Diane – Yes it’s unreal the way they gloss over the horrendous side effects.
Glad to see you putting in some Polarity Therapy cases. This method makes prescribing as much more reliable as certain other methods make it less reliable.