The Return to Valium Housewives

Now, I don’t know how often housewives really took valium in the ’50s and ’60s, but that is of little consequence now, because it seems that we are about to see the return of that fad. Serves me right for watching the news, I suppose.

Here’s what happened: After I finished watching House, I was lounging around, and I saw an advertisement for the upcoming news broadcast (who the hell advertises news?) Something caught my eye: a seeming endorsement by the pharmaceutical community of the use of antidepressants in people not suffering from clinical depression. This brings to mind Pfizer’s claim that they don’t encourage Viagra’s recreational use: yet another ploy for Big Pharma to line their bursting pockets. Actually, they’re just lining the insides of their wads of cash, now.

Here’s how it goes: in their monetary brilliance, Big Pharma has produced two drugs, exactly identical, but with different labeling. One of them is indicated for clinical depression. The “other” one is indicated for the treatment of nicotine addiction. Insurance companies will usually pay for the one that treats depression, but not the other one (I’ll leave the justification of that to the reader; it seems like Big Insurance would want to help as many nicotine-addicted people quit as possible…wait a minute…they make money off of their…) The result? Paging Dr. Con: doctors are now prescribing the depression-indicated drug, listing the patient as being treated for depression, and sending them on their way. Anybody else see a problem here?

Don’t even get me started on Big Pharma’s ethics issues; I’m sure the one that insurance will pay for is the more expensive one (ka-ching!). Moving on to the human side of things: where does this end? Are we going to start prescribing Ritalin and Adderal for college kids who want to pull an all-nighter (actually, they might already do that; several of my classmates have come in wired on anti-ADD medications). What about viagra for bored teenagers (oops…already did that, too). Okay…maybe heart medications to improve athletes’ performance (hey, I think they already do that, too). Well…I don’t really have anything left…so I suppose the moral of this story is: swallow a fistful of pills. Everybody else is doing it.

5 Responses to “The Return to Valium Housewives”

  1. madmouser Says:

    What happened to ‘ take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning ‘ ?

  2. asymptote Says:

    That’s what I’d like to know!

  3. Jane Goody Says:

    I read your blog for quite a long time and must tell you that your posts always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

  4. seeseexia Says:

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    Purpose 1

    The target marketplace for a apartment is either current university graduates which are single or elderly retirees that shouldn’t maintain a lawn. How big these two demographics like a proportion of your population guarantees that there will never be a excessive need for condos. A apartment matches the needs of a quite small piece of the American inhabitants. The new graduates that buy a rental constantly desire to trade-up to your house in a few years following obtaining raises in their jobs. Once they trade-up to your home they will never ever need to personal a different rental.

    Motive 2

    Condos are nothing more than a glorified condo complex. Quite couple of folks want to invest 30 years of their lives living in an natural environment wherever there’s somebody residing above, below, right and to the left of you. Neighbors who play music too loud or who cook with many different spices make the allure of possessing a condo extremely unappealing.

    Explanation 3

    Condos also have the negative of having a shared exercise space. If you’ll need to operate out you should walk to this exercise space and probably wait until somebody finishes in order to use the gear. If you owned a property, you might stroll to the next space and function out immediately. This is an additional drawback of possessing a condominium.

    Purpose 4

    Condos have month-to-month association charges that you have to pay. These fees cover the upkeep to the exterior of the constructing, the prevalent areas and for upkeep. There is a board that oversees the rental association. This board can have the authority to dictate what colors you’ll have the ability to possibly paint your unit or if or not you may setup a Christmas tree or if you’ll have a plant in your balcony. Quite a few people today find these restrictions coupled together with the outrageous payment enough to discourage them from proudly owning a condominium.

    Motive 5

    Condos have traditional experienced a significantly lessen cost appreciation than homes. In market declines the asking cost of condos decrease considerably much more swiftly than houses. Nobody desires to make investments six figures inside a spot to live only to find out the property’s value has not elevated five several years later. People today would a lot rather make investments in some thing which will appreciate and condos hardly ever match this requirement.

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