Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Is anyone else sick of the colon cleanse crap? Oh, and a quote from James Madison

Ok, two things:

Is anyone else sick of the colon cleanse crap?

Seriously, I have never, ever, heard a doctor say "Your colon might have residue like spackle, you need to cleanse it." Never. Ever. And, I've noticed that none of the ads mention doctors much either. I have seen video of colons on the news, etc, and they have all looked pretty clean.

How? Well, the doctors prescribe stuff like this and it does the job, just fine. Ask Dave Barry, and prepare to laugh out loud. Now, these preps are drugs, and dangerous for people with certain conditions, apparently. I learned something!

*Update* I did the barest of research and found several sites that debunk this crap (notice how that word keeps coming up?). Essentially, you ingest fiber and a clay-like substance that creates the mess which you, uhm, evacuate later. It causes the goo, then claims to have removed the goo.

Now, a less crappy topic.

James Madison said this, and it sounds way too familiar, From Federalist Paper 63: 'There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?'"

Unfortunately, Congress isn't temperate or respectable.

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