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I have heard that the pharmaceutical industry "invented" Restless Leg Syndrome to peddle their products, but I can tell you with an absolute certainly that I suffered from it for years before I ever knew what it was, just like three of us in my family suffered lactase deficiency badly before we knew what we had (in fact, we thought we had a "bug"). I don't take any products for my RLS and, when I suffer from it, I ask myself what I did wrong and then try not to do it again. I surprisingly regained the ability to produce lactase after not producing it for 20 years without knowing why (and a stress test had proven that I suffered from it). I think it very wrong when the industry blatantly peddles a product to compensate for one's behavior (ie, the so-called CRS syndrome -- or "cabbie/reuben/sauerkraut" syndrome -- hey, I just invented a disease!!). However, I have a feeling that the industry invented GERD, which merely sounds like bad indigestion/heartburn/etc to me. As the wise saying goes, "It not what you eat, it's what's eating you." In the commercial with the cabbie and the reuben sandwich, the passenger in the cab should have said, "Yes, you right, you shouldn't have eaten that reuben sandwich with the sauerkraut, you stupid jerk! Next question please." I sometimes listen critically to a radio program on health and "dietary supplements". First of all, unless someone's a complete idiot, it's obvious that the whole "interview" is scripted -- complete with surprises, laughs, goofs, confusion, etc and probably the "over the phone" sound of the peddler's voice. I'll also hear the snake-oil peddlers say things like, "Lots of people suffer from symptoms of (this), (that), and (the other thing), what we call (whatever), and blah blah blah ..." ALARM! ALARM!! ALARM!!! Really, "what we call"!? What's that supposed to mean? Of course, they're TELLING YOU that they invented this disease or condition!! In America (and probably other cultures), it has become the standard mentality to do as one pleases (isn't "freedom" wonderful!?) and then take a pill to fix it, whether it's a hectic lifestyle that gives you headaches or won't let you sleep, or eating reubens with sauerkraut or pizzas that does who-knows-what to you, etc.
Would anyone know they had Restless Leg Syndrome were it not for the pharmaceutical industry?