Monday, May 10, 2010

Big Pharma vs. God

In case anyone was wondering of man's arrogance knows any bounds, here is your answer.

We know from science that red wine has wonderful health benefits. We can observe the benefits by looking at the overall health of cultures that tend to drink wine daily and moderately. The benefit of wine is also attested to in Scripture.

But since Americans live in a pill-driven culture (and since drinking a glass of wine takes time, is relaxing, is associated with ethnic groups that American WASPs deem inferior, and is also associated with "un-American" countries), Big Pharma comes to the rescue to give us wine in a pill. Of course, the pill will probably cost a ton of money, will most certainly be pushed by doctors, and will be paid for by insurance premiums and taxes.

Instead of inexpensive, pleasure-bearing, God-made, natural wine in a glass, many Americans would prefer expensive, sterile, science-manufactured, chemical-laden SRT501 in a capsule.

From the article:

"SRT501 is a formulation of resveratrol, a molecule found in small quantities in the skin of red grapes and in red wine. Resveratrol is thought to be the source of red wine’s reported health benefits."

But now we find that Big Pharma's artificial chemical wine in a pill has "side effects" - you know, annoying things like kidney failure.

So, the clinical trials have been suspended. Not to worry, I'm sure that GlaxoSmithKline has a strategy to get the wine pill to market - even with the "risk of side effects." I'm sure we'll soon be hearing how dangerous wine really is, and how alcohol ruins lives. And I suspect we will soon see commercials of smiling people on porch swings and children running in flowery fields while the disturbing voice-over drones on with the usual eyes-glazed-over litany about "possible side effects" such as "kidney failure" and imploring us to make sure this drug (whatever sterilized scientific-sounding name they give it) is "right for you."

Or, you could just go to WalMart and buy a bottle of God's good and inexpensive natural red wine, enjoy it, be healthy, save money, and not have kidney failure and God-know-what-else thirty years from now.


Rev. Daniel Robert Skillman said...

Good heavens! How long till the libs start telling us we can use this pill as a third option alongside wine and grape juice at communion? "Take and swallow. This pill is the blood of Christ shed for you."

Father Hollywood said...

Don't give 'em any more ideas, Padre! :-)