Monday, 17 July 2017

Death

DZ was a little bemused to see this headline on an advert recently  "Stinging funeral costs avoided by canny over 65s" DZ fully anticipates avoiding funeral costs altogether by being dead. Very canny. It's like the ads you see on daytime TV. "Do you worry about how your loved ones will pay for your funeral?" No. I fucking don't. It'll be their problem won't it? It'll be nice, finally to see them pay for something. Currently the only way to get a drink out of one of my offspring is to stick your fingers down their throat. Or "Do you want to leave your loved ones something when you die?" No, I don't. I earned it & I'm going to fucking well spend it. And I'll be doing them a favour. If I leave nothing, they'll have nothing to fight over.


And to further irritate them I intend to hang on as long as possible



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Pricey

Not far from where DZ lives is a place which advertises venison for sale. DZ is no vegetarian and quite fancied a couple of venison carcasses for the freezer. So he popped in. But he didn't buy any.


It was too dear






Sunday, 23 April 2017

Vital 3 scam

It's quite a while since DZ posted on yet another scam product, or anything for that matter, so what's prompted him to take to the keyboard again over this scam product?
These things pop up so often these days  I hardly notice them. If the punters out there don't know how this scam works by now then I'm beginning to think I'm pissing into the wind.
So what caught my eye on this one?
Is it the audacity of the claims presented, and the pseudo scientific crap purported to be behind it?  No.
Is it the lack of any evidence presented? Although clinical trials are mentioned no links or references are provided. All there is is lots (and lots) of anecdotes. Which may or may not be genuine. No. Nothing unusual there.
Is it the statement tucked away in a corner of the site."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.
** Individual results may vary."
No.
Is it the qualifications of the guy no doubt making a great deal of money out of this scam,  Dr. Eugene R. Zampieron, Licensed Naturopathic Physician and authority on chronic pain, a "doctor of naturopathic medicine"? Not actually a doctor then. No, pretty standard fare.
Is it the ubiquitous nature of the advertising lead in on the web, or the swamping of google with links to the site? No, again nothing notable.
And the statement "your credit card will be automatically debited" is the absolute signature of the fact you're about to be screwed financially.
How about the ingredients? This sums it up nicely.


So what was it that attracted DZ to this particular unremarkable scam? Well call me a juvenile, but one of the adds features a picture of a knee joint. Perhaps it's just me, but at first glance it looks to me like a pair of tits.



Sunday, 15 January 2017

Shitting the bed

DZ has just been having a look at one of these quackery infested health & diet sites. One bit of advice he found related to some drink product they're trying to peddle, claiming "DRINK THIS MIXTURE BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP AND YOU’LL EMPTY YOUR COLON OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE EATEN DURING THE DAY" 
Not something you want to wake up to

 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

2016

As new year approaches everyone seems obsessed with evaluating 2016 in terms of those celebrities who have died. So a couple of dozen highly (over?) paid people have died and we are all supposed to be so impoverished because of it.
Well call me an old cynic, but 55 million other people also died in 2016. 6 million of them had not yet attained their 5th birthday.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Quote

"There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people"
               Muhammad Ali.

Not sure I entirely agree with him on this. I can think of many people that I'd derive enormous pleasure from beating up. In similar vein I'm informed on Facebook that today is National "I care about YOU DAY". And I've been invited to send a virtual bouquet to a list of 20 people that I care about. Being the Grumpy old sod he is DZ can't think of a list anywhere that long. DZ is waiting in anticipation for national "I want to shoot you between the eyes day".
 He has a list for that as long as the Greater London Telephone Directory.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people. Muhammad Ali
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Friday, 25 November 2016

Wonder drug

Last week I posted on my own experience of statin therapy. It was the second time my GP had arm twisted me into taking statins, and the second time I stopped them because of unpleasant side effects.

At least my GP has not yet brought up the subject of the dreaded polypill. I had thought things had gone quiet on this therapy but a google search shows that it's still out there and still has lots of proponents. Apart from the statin the polypill contains aspirin, and  2, or even 3 antihypertensive drugs. DZ has also been on an antihypertensive for a while. Frequent hypotensive episodes put an end to that. (I don't think DZ is his GP's favorite patient) Some of these episodes occurred whilst driving, and necessitated pulling over to ensure not passing out at the wheel. Bearing in mind the polypill is proposed for all over 55 year old men, regardless of whether they are actually hypertensive or not, how do you feel about sharing the roads with lots of middle aged drivers with their BP in their boots?

And aspirin of course has it's own list of side effects.

Those who would have us all on this therapy claim a number of benefits.

1. Efficacy. Various studies show a reduction in cardiovascular events, but are often dismissive of side effects. Perhaps if we knew the benefit/risk ratio there would be less enthusiasm.
2. It's cheap, since all the components are off patent.
3. Patient compliance is much better, since it's far easier to take one tablet once a day than various preparations at variable frequencies. However this has the downside that many patients will require one drug more than another, and dose adjustment of a single component is just not possible.

DZ has a better idea. There is a drug out there, a single pharmaceutical preparation which has multiple beneficial effects.



1. Cardiovascular benefits especially in congestive cardiac failure and left ventricular hypertrophy. There is also significant reduction in extent of damage in the event of an infarct. CRP is lowered and plaque formation inhibited.
2. This drug drops the blood pressure, not as potently as specific antihypertensives, but  for those who are normotensive this is no bad thing.
3. It's licensed for treatment of symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy prevalent in 40% of men over 50, and 75% of men over 75.
4. Early studies indicate possible benefit in type 2 Diabetes
5. It has been used to treat depression.
6. Early studies indicate possible benefits in some cancers, particularly of the throat

So what is this wonder drug? And why aren't doctors insisting it be given to all men over 55? Well cost is a factor, though it comes off patent in Autumn 2017 and should then be available generically, and much cheaper. As for compliance, it has a long half life and only has to be taken once a day. Also, it has one more effect I've not yet mentioned. It's primary licensed indication in fact. An effect which, entirely by itself would guarantee a very high patient compliance.
The drug is Tadalafil (Cialis). It's a phosphodiesterase inhibitor.