“Please do not swallow the skin lotion.” That is an actual disclaimer, ladies and gentlemen, printed on every tube of Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel medication at the behest of the FDA. No kidding! It appears the government’s contempt for your intelligence has reached a new low.
The following statements can actually be found on these corresponding products:
“May irritate eyes” (on a can of self-defense pepper spray)
“For external use only” (on a curling iron)
“Not intended for highway use” (on a 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow)
How did our parents survive, ladies and gentlemen, without these warnings? Humorous as it is, a sad reality about today’s commercial world is that on the back of nearly every piece of merchandise you find, there’s some idiotic statement giving you “helpful hints” on how not to kill yourself with that particular item. Take the latest warning, this one put out just a week ago. The FDA found it necessary to print “Do not swallow” on the packaging of Bendadryl skin lotion, because apparently you’re too stupid to recognize the difference between a bottle of ketchup and a bottle of topical medication.
I know, it’s just to be on the safe side, but where does it end? Assuming the public cannot take care of itself seems to be very fashionable these days. Take a look at another “crisis” the administration wants to stem: the obesity crisis. But instead of challenging the poor personal health decisions that contribute to obesity (speaking of poor health choices, I believe smoking could be considered one of them, Mr. President), what does Obama’s FDA propose? Salt regulation. That’s right! The government intends to work with the food industry to reduce the intake of salt Americans consume, in spite of studies which find it highly unlikely that sodium is independently associated with cardiovascular disease or other causes of death. But it’s for your own good, according to those that know best (the government, of course).
Just don’t take it with a grain of salt.
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