Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hobson'sChoice TV

Saying for the day: All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. ~Maurice Maeterlinck
I saw a TV commercial the other day that bothered me. It would have bothered me more if I was a woman. It was for some kind of pill that woman take to keep their bones strong.
The advantage of the pill in the add was that in addition to giving the lady stronger bones it provided some additional protection against breast cancer. It didn’t prevent breast cancer, it didn’t heal breast cancer, but it made it less likely that she would get it. Still to decrease one’s chances of breast cancer has got to be a good thing.
But the add went on if you take this pill you increase your chance of having a stroke. It won’t cause a stroke but it will increase your chance of getting one.
So here is the poor woman’s problem. Does she want to increase her chance of having breast cancer or does she want to increase her chance of having a stroke.
If she dumps her present medicine and goes to this wonderful new pill she gives herself a little added protection against the dreaded breast cancer. But by the same act she increases her chance of having a stroke. Should she do it?
Now she has Hobson’s choice.
She needs to chose between the possibility of pain, losing a breast, even death on the one hand and the possibility of life as a drooling invalid on the other.
Which possibility do you prefer?
Once you have seen the add you have to make a choice.
Not changing and pretending you never saw the add leaves you with a greater chance of breast cancer.
Modern medicine is so good to us.
So are TV commercials.

The Alphabet Photo Challenge is being sponsored by Quilly at Quilly's Pacific Paradise.

T-Todd Kangas ( my nephew)

T-Travis Summers ( My nephew)

T-Tom Sparnol ( My Step Grandfather)

T-Trinity Trout Creek ( First Parish)

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal Tommy UK finding himself in an empty town called his uncle. His uncle called the State Police , who thought he was crazy but sent a car to investigate. While he was waiting for them to come Tommy UK was talking to the people who had come oin on the morning train when he noticed something strange. The people he was talking to were becoming transparent. He could see through them. Then suddenly they were gone and he was truly alone. The question that went through his mind is “ Why am I still here?”
That’s when the State Police Car showed up. Tommy UK tried to tell them how the people he was talking to faded away but they wouldn’t listen. They checked all the buildings and then called in. The State Police Post contacted the Railroad and asked that all passenger trains to Pigeon Falls be halted until further notice. Two more cars were dispatched to Pigeon Falls.

Today's Link-Gun Barrel City Daily Photo-Life Around the Lake- Wanta buy an airplane? Here's your chance.
Wondeful day to day. For the first time in weeks my oxygen was in the normal range. Betty went to Bible study. I sorted pictures. I visited the alphabet picture bogs. In the afternoon I watched some television then I visited almost all my links. Now I need a breathing treatment.
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Anonymous Mar said...

It is very nice to see your family and relatives matching the alphabet!!
Glad to meet them here :)
Have a terrific Tuesday !

5:14 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

So all the people in Pigeon Falls are disappearing. Sounds like Petrovich needs to show up so he can disappear too.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

What a larger family you have. Now I'm REALLY beginning to believe you have a relative whose name will begin with X!

5:18 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Todd looks like great fun!

I don't WATCH television -- so thanks for bringing me up to date on my latest dilemma!

Tommy better HOPE he disappears! The State Police are likely to think HE is responsible for all this... especially with tales like the ones he's tellin'!

6:01 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

I saw that ad last week on TV as well, it was on one of the Seattle channels we get here on cable. I don't know what I'd choose if I had too.

A Blessed day is wished for you and Betty

7:06 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Take your time deciding about that new medicine because by next month it will probably be revealed that the medicine itself is going to kill us.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tagged you with a meme. Sorry I have not been on that much I have had graduation and such. I hope you are doing well.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Carletta said...

More wonderful family photos! I agree with Melli - Todd looks like a lot of fun.

I agreee about the TV ad - you notice it a lot these days that meds can cause this or that - nobody knows exactly the right thing to do.
Nice post as always!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Oh that saying cracked me up becuase it's soooooooo true. Hilarious, I'm still laughing becuase I spend so much time seeking knowledge and really does it help me?

11:26 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

wow, you really have relatives for every letter!

well, they don't show commercials like that here (but some are much more stupid)

11:56 AM  
Blogger jmb said...

I don't know if the ad is for the drug I have seen advertised but one I see regularly advertised also causes osteonecrosis of the jaw which they don't mention. It is rare but there are more than several thousand cases now in the US and if you are the one to get it you would not be happy that you were not warned about it.

2:35 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Don't you just love the verbal fine-print in those drug commercials. "Tell your doctor if you feel like committing suicide after taking this pill." Hmmmm... sounds like just the anti-depresent we've been waiting for. =) Not to mention the one about calling your doctor after four hours if... you know the one.
Great post!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Sounds like Tommy is invisible. That is a dangerous talent for a boy with his bent for mischief!

A little bird is chirping about your birthday. Hope you have a great one!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I've seen that ad too. Unfortunately there are many like it, offering possible help for one problem but with the threat of adding many more and possibly death. As far as my bones are concerned, I try to eat healthy, exercise and pray a lot. If that isn't enough then I'll have soft bones!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

It seems to me that you have the whole Alphabet in your family's names, lol ! I wonder what the name will be for U tomorrow !!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

I'm following your family alphabet with bated breath!

I despise the advertising industry.

What next in Pigeon Falls? I think Melli could well be right!

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Alice - I Was Born2Cree8 said...

Top of the day to you! :o)

I am Totally caught up and even my U is posted.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Reba @ Reba's Run said...

Whoof!!! Interesting post.

Come see mine. My alphabet is done to U now.

1:44 AM  
Blogger tsduff said...

So, when you were 50, did you feel old then? I didn't either.

8:41 PM  

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