I don’t know about you, but I can’t WAIT for the 2014 edition of that book, Eat This, Not That! Every year they expand into new areas, like in 2013 they took a fresh look at onion rings. They’ve got all kinds of survival guides, versions for kids and even an iPhone App. Next time, though, I’d like to suggest that they really expand. In fact, they’ll need a new (albeit cumbersome) name: Put This In Your Mouth or Your Pet’s Mouth or Your Ear, Not That! Here are some new “Not That’s” that I’d like to suggest they feature.
If you’re an NFL player, don’t put that physician prescribed pill in your mouth! Some “former NFL players filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday alleging the league routinely and illegally provided them with prescription pills and various painkillers, putting their health at risk, in order to keep them on the field.” This not only messed up their physical bodies, it turned them into drug addicts. (This news, by the way, is on top of more bad news for football players. A new study shows that, “The brains of college football players are subtly different from the brains of other students, especially if the players have experienced a concussion in the past.”)
If you’ve got an itchy ear, don’t put drops manufactured by Cincinnati-based Masters Pharmaceuticals Inc. in it! Recently, U.S. Marshals “seized more than $11 million of unapproved drugs” distributed by Masters Pharmaceuticals including:
Pramoxine-HC Otic Drops, intended to treat infections of the external ear and control itching.
Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories 25 milligrams, intended to treat inflamed hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions.
Urea Cream 39%, Urea Cream 40% and Urea Lotion 40%, intended to treat skin-thickening conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
"None of these products have been proven safe or effective for their intended uses," the Food and Drug Administration said in a release. "The FDA recommends that consumers consult a health care professional about the continuing use of these drug products."
If you’re sick, don’t take the generic antibiotic cephalosporin made at India’s Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's Karkhadi plant! Actually this should never happen since there’s an FDA-imposed import ban on this drug. The ban is part of “a wave of restrictions, warnings and bans on Indian generic drug firms over the past one year” due to “serious manufacturing and quality control problems.”
If you’re a dog or a person even, don’t put jerky treats from China in your mouth! Reports NBC, “Petco became the first national pet retail chain to remove all China-made dog and cat treats today when it announced that it would stop selling the products in its more than 1,300 locations by the end of the year. The move by one of the nation's top two pet retailers comes just days after the FDA announced that jerky treats, mostly imported from China, have now been linked with more than 1,000 dog deaths and nearly 5,000 illnesses in dogs, cats and, for the first time, even people."
All of these examples come from just this week’s news. They're gonna need a bigger book.