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Snake Oil Promoters – 26 August 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Seems like more and more aging celebrities (actors, singers, etc.), whose popularity has waned, are finding a second career as snake oil promoters for the huge, powerful pharmaceutical industry.

These mouthpieces for the promotion of medications and supplies for illnesses are at the forefront of a new kind of status symbol – the status symbol of disease – primarily preventable chronic disease. And if you think that the public doesn’t fall for this kind of duping, think again, and just look around you.

Then there are the still employed television personalities who seem to publicize their diseases (such as cancer of the breast or colon; heart disease by-pass surgery, etc.) to keep their ratings up. The public really eats this up!

And have you noticed how popular cosmetic surgery has become? Why it’s become another form of entertainment to watch on TV!

The people obsessed with physical appearance, youth, and health are led by slick industries. Snake oil promoters have evolved into sophisticated, high tech manipulators of suckers who are complicit in their own degradation.

The cycle of disease from poor health habits to biomedical research to pharmaceuticals to prolonging chronic disease for profit appears to be unbreakable. The government and powerful industries work together to profit from the public who are told to “eat a healthy diet and exercise.” Notice that the “healthy diet” propaganda never tells the truth about the deleterious effect of the consumption of dairy products on most people, or the negative side of eating flesh and eggs.

And of course the public is never told anything about the enormous, unnecessary, pain and suffering endured by billions of animals. From the concentration camps of the biomedical research labs to those of the factory farming industries, the horrors go on and on in an unbroken cycle day in and day out.

Animal “welfare” measures are inadequate and simply wishful thinking. The only way to bring some sanity to this very sad state of affairs is to give other animals the protection they can only achieve through legal rights. Look at God’s original plan as outlined in the Hebrew (Old) Testament (Genesis 1:24-25 and 29-31). Before the Fall, God pronounces what He has made “good” and “very good.”

The hidden and denied cruelty of this fallen world cries out to Heaven. The Peaceable Kingdom of Isaiah and the promises of Revelation must become reality. One small human step toward this goal, before the final return of Jesus, is for humans to grant legal rights to other animals.  

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