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Published: Sunday November 16, 2014 MYT 8:30:00 AM
Updated: Sunday November 16, 2014 MYT 9:01:16 AM

Fake blue pills

Seventy-five percent of medications for erectile dysfunction obtained over the Internet are counterfeit. 

It is a common knowledge among my friends that I have an intense passion for Jazz. One of my all time heroes, Herbie Hancock, was part of Miles Davis’ Great Quintet. 

His fearless improvisation redefines the role of Jazz rhythms, and makes him the architect of the “post-bop” sounds.

Hancock is unapologetically unpredictable. His music embraces the elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements of Jazz and Blues.

I love the man. Now at the age of 74, Hancock had just been appointed the Charles Elliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard, delivering lectures themed “The ethics of Jazz”. 

Herbie Hancock once said: “I think risk-taking is a great adventure. And life should be full of adventure.” This saying has greatly inspired my journey in life, in taking the path less travelled. 

Although life is full of adventures, certain adventures in life is definitely not worth taking. 

On that note, I would like to address an issue raised by a depressed reader who is tempted to undertake a hazardous voyage.

Dear Dr G, 

I am 58 years old and have been suffering from erectile dysfunction for several years. I initially assume the problem would go away, but sadly it is not getting better and somewhat worsen in the last three years. 

Although my wife has been very sympathetic and supportive,  I am feeling very depressed after the problem started, as this had untold detrimental effects on my self-confidence. 

I know the causes are probably due to my diabetes and life-long smoking habit. Although I have stopped smoking and my wife has been helping me to control my diet, I have not noticed any improvement. 

I must admit, I am not a big fan of western medication and often worry about the side effects and the risk of sudden death. I would rather take something more natural such as herbal supplements. 

Having said that, I must say I am also tempted to try the blue pills on the Internet. I guess it is less embarrassing, easier and cheaper to get them. Are these tablets safe?  

Do you think I can try them? 

Please advise. 

Yours truly,

Depressed 

The importance of sexual intimacy may not be top priority in many relationships especially among ageing couples.

The impact on confidence in men who are unable to fulfil such affection due to compromised sexual function cannot be underestimated.

The World Health Organisation had projected the number of men facing erectile dysfunction would escalate to 300 million by the year 2025. Needless to say, unhealthy lifestyle and the ageing population are contributory factors. 

When faced with compromised sexual ability, it is natural for men to be in denial, and hope such glitches in life would vanish with time. This is not uncommonly followed by treatment seeking behaviour that may not be so realistic.

Naturally, the quest for cure with a biological agent is on top of everyone’s list. In modern day reality, a remedy that is natural may not be natural in origin or safe for consumption.  

A recent study on “herbal” products for the treatment of erectile dysfunction revealed that 58% actually contain active ingredients of the blue pills or its analogues.

The worrying facts are that such “supplements” may be destructive, and in some unsuspecting consumers with contra-indication, the adulterations may even spell death.

The accessibility and the expediency of the pills on the Web is an enticement to reduce the indignity and humiliation of discussing bedroom problems. 

Seventy-five percent of medications for erectile dysfunction obtained over the Internet are counterfeit. 

The same study also highlighted that only 10% of the fake pills contain the real deal, a quarter of them has no active ingredients and the rest of them either has too much, or too little active constituents. 

Moreover, such “medications” are probably produced in unregulated environment that may be polluted with life threatening contaminants. 

The real blue pills prescribed and dispensed by professional health care providers had been through the scrutiny of scientific trials, with the safety records in at least 16 years serving millions of men. With that wisdom, isn’t the real deal a small price to pay for the “true blue”? 

> The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.

 

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