What exactly are you buying

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In the good old days before Big Pharma dragged itself out of the mud, we used to trust the local herbalists. You know the type: a slightly older woman who lived on her own and seemed to have a very friendly cat. When you described the symptoms, she would crack a smile showing missing teeth and spit into her cauldron. Then muttering to herself about whether it was one or two eyes of newt, she would brew something for you and, after you had crossed her palm with silver, off you went to rediscover your health.

What exactly are you buyingStrangely enough, many of these cures were effective. Why? Well there are actually some very effective natural medicines out there in plants, roots, and seeds. Trial and error over generations teaches the observant what works. Then we come to the placebo effect. Many people who believe strongly enough in the “cure” are cured even though the material offered has no medicinal properties. Clinical trials today routinely find about one-third of all those in the control group with chemically inactive capsules, pills and topical creams report significant improvement in their condition. The power of the mind is never to be underestimated.

Of course, one of the problems in our modern age, is the need to tell people the truth about what we put in our mouths. Labeling food is essential if people are to avoid consuming substances causing allergic reactions. It’s the same when it comes to drugs. We want to be certain the product of the research is both effective and safe. That’s why we rely so heavily on the US Food and Drug Administration. There’s just one further difficulty. The FDA does not test “natural” products. All it does is regulate the way in which they are marketed. Distributors are not allowed to claim medicinal results — that would make it a drug and so regulated by the FDA. So distributors either use ambiguous language or make outrageous claims knowing it always takes the FDA months to react.

All this is prompted by a “natural’ energy drink claiming it would enhance sexual performance. When such claims first appear, the one or two suckers who buy the product usually arrive on forums to warn others off. Except this drink got the two thumbs up (or three depending on what you are counting). It seemed it really did work. So after time had passed at a glacial pace, a government laboratory tested the drink and discovered why it works. It contains Levitra, also sold as Vardenafil. This is one of the four drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction currently licensed by the FDA. Obviously the label did not disclose the presence of this drug. So at every level, the sale of this energy drink was illegal. It never has been a 100% herbal health drink. Moska energy drink is a very expensive way of buying Levitra. Worse, it’s easy to overdose and so cause some very unpleasant side effects. If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, buy the right drug in the usual way. Don’t gamble on natural products which are not regulated by the FDA.

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