I don’t know how anyone maintains their sanity these days. The stops, the starts, the soothing palliatives followed by the dire warnings, the criminalization, the de-criminalization, culminating in the total collapse of professionalism, integrity, public safety, common sense and civil societal conduct. And of course the “You will be able to keep your doctor – as a fond memory.”
In the State of Indiana, and probably many other jurisdictions, you cannot walk into a pharmacy and buy cold pills as a matter of course. You are required to sign affidavits, be videotaped, present identification and proof of residence and financial responsibility, in some places be fingerprinted and probably soon to be required to undergo voice-stress testing before allowed to have a dose of ephedrine. And all of your personal information is transmitted to Central Headquarters. This is because ephedrine-type substances are precursors for meth production, the current drug scourge across middle America.
And no one is exempt, not seventy-five-year-old grandmas, respected bankers or members of the clergy because, well, can’t “profile”, you know. And speaking of profiling, do those Amish think they are too good to be treated like the rest of us? All the news these days is that swat teams are being sent out to take down the bearded ones for selling non-pasteurized milk to people who crave it.
Comes now the latest confounding proposal by the FDA, suggesting that it might just be okay to let people get medicine for “common” ailments without a prescription. See, this is a nifty way to not have to bother with going to the doctor. Won’t that be great? And the pleasing side effect? Why, to help Barack pay for Obamacare by holding down the pesky costs of training doctors, staffing Universal Health Care Clinics and all the rest.
So what might these common ailments be, that you can just go online and answer a few simple questions and tell yourself “Yep, I need me some of that. Probably about 50 milligrams oughtta do it.” Well, how about high blood pressure and diabetes? And, um, trifling things like….infections. Yes, indeedy, those common, everyday, trivial nuisances that you can just, heh heh, doctor yourself for and call 911 if there’s any complications. Don’t know what common maladies will be next that you’ll be encouraged to tackle on your own accord. Probably, oh, fainting spells, angina, lumps, things like that. It’s all good. Get yourself a copy of the volume pictured below. Note the full title, grin and bear it.