The Happy pill. Just pop it in your mouth and your cares will melt away. Feel your best. Yada yada.
Yes as seen on TV a commercial for a pill that claims just that. It’s called Well Tabs. Some of the claims of Well Tabs:
- calm and refresh your mind and body
- help you feel physically & emotionally energized & stronger
- promote an overall sense of well-being
- promote a positive mood
- help you feel your very best, both physically and emotionally
Funny most addicts take illegal drugs for these very same reasons. The addict taking his or her drug of choice will ‘experience’ or all of those listed benefits, or at least that is what they think they are experiencing. And we consider a drug addict weak and unable to cope with life, but the addict is addicted. Their bodies do actually need the drug to function with some semblance of normality. When they cannot maintain the level of drugs in their system they experience Withdrawal.
But here we have a company telling us to take these pills for the same purposes as an addict. And there is that pesky fine print:
“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
That should tell everyone something like only an idiot would take something that has not been evaluated by the FDA. I mean you can’t even trust things that have been evaluated by them.
Granted the argument can be made that these pills only contain “Natural” ingredients and so you shouldn’t need FDA approval because they are safe. Anyone who thinks natural equals safe is way past the point of idiot. There are hundreds of toxic plants out there. Poison Ivy is probably the best known for us. I’m one of those lucky people that can touch it without breaking out but for most people just a touch causes a rash.
Or take Mushrooms. Don’t we all love mushrooms? But not all mushrooms are edible. Some are hallucinogenic and others are highly toxic and eating them can be fatal, but no one can argue that they aren’t ‘natural’. Then there are plants like hemlock and foxglove which have been used as murder weapons as well as medication since ancient times.
Now here is the $64,000 question:
Does this product with all the hype surrounding it really work? They present a clinical study on their website claiming this proves that one of the ingredients lowers stress. I would put more faith in an independent study since three of the five doctors involved had a conflict of interest. Two were employed by the company producing the product and the third was a paid advisor to the company. And the company paid for the study. Pretty clear that there was a vested interest all around in how this study turned out.
And I am back to does it work. Do these pills do anything other than lighten your wallet. How much of the wonderful effect is the pill and how much is the placebo effect? You are told the pill will make you happy so you react by being happy.
Whether it works or not is really not the issue. The issue is the trend toward us becoming a chemically dependent society, a society of addicts who cannot get through the day without our daily fix, just like any other addict. Reminds me of an old movie by George Lucas called THX-1138. A population conditioned to take their happy pills everyday so the ‘powers that be’ could control them.