Col­umn should stick to money mat­ters

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PHAR­MA­CEU­TI­CAL TEST­ING

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.

Al­lan Mitchell

Levin

DY­NAMIC TARANAKI

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.

Gary Ste­wart

Fox­ton Beach

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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.

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