Americans are confused by the tainted advice available to them. And they are literally sicker because they try to use that advice to improve their day-to-day health and wellness. The cost of healthcare via traditional channels is unaffordable to many. This is remarkable for such a wealthy country like America, but that’s another issue.
Apart from those suffering diseases requiring professional medical care, the “typically healthy” adult population has an unlimited amount of both good, bad, and “not so helpful” advice.
A preponderance of this advice is promoted by private industry. Private industry always has ulterior motives – some good, some misinformed, some too selfish.
For example, consider the typical “over-the-counter” health products found in most groceries and pharmacies.
Most of those products are an unfortunate distraction. Most have been purposely marketed to misdirect consumers. In other words, Americans have been brain-washed to see that their health issues are intimately tied to their symptoms.
Of course, symptoms may be the first sign that something is wrong. But private industry has often taken such truths and twisted the importance to the point where most Americans believe the problem is the symptom. They think the issue is how to make the symptoms go away. The issue is almost never “how to resolve the core issue that is causing the symptoms.”
Thus, unscrupulous manufacturers and marketers typically offer a basket of ‘solutions’ that do nothing but temporarily – at best – reduce the symptoms but do nothing to resolve the underlying causes of those symptoms.
The problem is Americans have bought $ billions (possibly $ trillions of dollars in the past 65 years), of O-T-C “medications” that almost universally do not resolve any contributing problems. They were designed only to temporarily reduce symptoms. And almost everyone has bought some “symptom-relief” that did not even accomplish that goal.
The issue is these products were never designed to address the underlying problems that were causing the symptoms. Therefore, the problems (headaches, gut issues, etc.), were virtually guaranteed to return. And this guaranteed a steady stream of repeat purchases by us and ever-increasing profits for them.
Don’t get me wrong. Profits are good. But profits based upon half-truths and misdirection are not ethical. This is not right!
How is this any different than what the sugar industry did in the 1960s? You’ll recall they sold the FDA and medical professionals on the belief that it was fats that caused people to get fat. That was a classic misdirection. But for 50-years Americans have bought ‘fat-free this or that’ and yet we are fatter as a nation than at any other time in our history.
And today we know the full story. The issue was not the fats we ate but the sugar we consumed. The sugar industry influenced both consumers and our regulators with the wrong story. And they got away with this for half a century before the truth came out.
Or, take the issue of acid indigestion. We are inundated by advertising telling us we have too much stomach acid. Antacids (you know their names), are designed to reduce stomach acids. Antacids may overwhelm appropriately normal stomach acid levels. Too little stomach acid leads to food that is incompletely digested. This causes even further problems of cramping, bloating, gas, and even constipation.
Antacids address the symptoms but not the core issue which may not even be too much stomach acid (but in fact may be something totally different). Thus, people have been duped into thinking stomach acid is the problem, and these products solve the problem. They don’t. The evidence is incontrovertible. The symptoms keep returning. The sufferers keep buying the same old story. The O-T-C manufacturers are making an unconscionable amount of money selling misdirection and half-truths.
And, why is it that approximately 80+ percent of such products offer no guarantee whatsoever? And the few that do, make the return policy such a convoluted nightmare that most people never ask for their money back.
Of course, not every O-T-C product is bad or unethical. But if they only reduce your symptoms for a short while, they are not truly helping you to be well or healthy.
Send them a message. Do some research and find better alternatives that do not require prescriptions for non-disease conditions, or the waste of your money.
In many cases, our Gusto to Go gut health beverage enhancer acts as a 2-for-1 fix; reducing nasty symptoms while addressing the core problems which cause them.