Today, Americans are given quite a bad rap when it comes to healthcare and personal health. It is overpriced and unorganized, but more than that, it is overbearing. We are known for over treating and over medicating for a condition that is minimal and can be solved with more natural remedies.
Chronic back pain, and in particular low back pain is one of the most common conditions that Americans suffer from. The advertisement that I chose depicts an overweight Santa suffering from severe back pain in the days leading up to Christmas. After he takes one Aleve, he is back to his jolly self and free of pain. It just displays the mentality our society has that a pill can fix everything, which ties back to the placebo statistics we had studied a few weeks ago. Is it that Aleve is really that effective, or just that it is in a person’s mind that they have taken a pill that should make them feel better, therefore they do? The thing that many Americans do not even consider is that in many cases they can fix their own conditions with a few simple lifestyle changes. By exercising, stretching, eating healthy, losing weight, and getting adequate sleep most can completely eliminate the presence of any back pain. Unfortunately, most people are not willing to do these things to help themselves, they would much rather take a magic pill that really only acts as a temporary band-aid to the real problem. This attitude is very common among a diverse group of people and a diverse group of conditions. For instance, depression, anxiety, and ADHD are also conditions that heavily medicalize. Instead of trying to make changes in your life to manage these conditions or find other outlets to relieve some of the symptoms, most are open only to a quick pill they can take to ease their stress.