There is a trend that has been bubbling away for a long time now and every so often the news agencies publish a puff pieces about it; mass medication of the old fogeys.
Every year up to 200,000 people die of cardiovascular disease but if everyone in the UK over 50 took the pill that number could be more than halved, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London.
Well, I can say with absolute certainly that everyone over 50 will not be taking a daily polypill. There are at least two in this household.
If I have an ailment, then I will take the necessary medicine to resolve it. I will not take a cluster of unnecessary medicines some of which have nasty side effects “just in case”.
Okay, I guess my objections mirror those who opposed Edward Jenner’s vaccination programme. However, he was fighting communicable disease – a particularly nasty one at that, so there was a rationale behind his thinking. And, frankly, I generally go along with the idea of vaccination as a means of herd immunity. However, we are not talking about that here. What is happening is an attempt by the new puritans to conflate communicable disease with lifestyle risks, thereby imposing their twisted views on the rest of us. And because many of us do not go along with the mantra laid down for us, we are bombarded with this type of propaganda to frighten us into compliance.
We do not need to be mass medicated. If not doing so means I get to enjoy fewer years, then so be it. Better that than to end up dribbling, incontinent and incoherent in a bath chair, unable to even go to the toilet unaided. Let me go before that happens, please…