Column should stick to money matters
Rob Stock (The Pharmacy Spending Trap Horowhenua Mail October 5th) needs to stick to his knitting. Money Matters might be his thing but health matters certainly are not.
It is not possible to respond to all his inaccuracies in one letter so I will confront some of the major ones.
The ‘good stuff’ is behind the counter because all of it has side effects which customers need to be made aware of before using. Rob, have a read of an information insert sometime.
There is no ‘rigorous testing’ of any medicines. Contrary to popular belief no agency anywhere tests products for efficacy. The only ‘testing’ is done by the pharmaceutical companies who only want favourable results.
The non-specific claims made for ‘pills and elixirs’ is because the manufacturers of these products are not allowed by law to make specific claims, in spite of mounting evidence that these products actually work.
That medical science has ‘concluded that people don’t benefit from vitamin supplements’ is so far removed from reality as to be laughable. Do some research Rob and don’t rely on the general media for your information. Merlin Thomas is probably a very learned man but, dollars to doughnuts, his department is financed by Big Pharma. His advice is good but the reality is most people don’t live this way.
Finally, Rob, I just wonder if you got grumpy and sick because you are in some way undernourished and missing some vital nutrients in your diet. If you took a good quality multivitamin you would likely not need to ever go to the chemist shop. You would almost certainly not need that toxic flu shot which even the health authorities admit does not work very well.
Congratulations Taranaki you did us all proud and I would like to dedicate your win to my very good friend Stu Erb who passed away earlier this year and who took us on many rugby tours and am sure he would have been looking down on his amber and blacks.
This reminds me when Andy Slater and his boys lifted the shield off Auckland in 1998 I think and got a heroes welcome home just like the boys got at New Plymouth airport on Saturday which is great to see, well done the Naki fans.
Down by 24 points our boys showed guts and determination and they never gave up, they grew another leg. Dead eye dick Marty McKenzie was really on fire and it made my night that’s Gazzas team and do remember the 90s well when we lived in New Plymouth.
To Colin Cooper well done mate and I wish you all the very best in your new role. Proud to still be and very much a Taranaki supporter.
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Supporters wait at New Plymouth Airport to greet the returning Taranaki players with the Ranfurly Shield after winning it off Canterbury.