Naming and Shaming 2 – Anything for profit it seems?

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Saturday 1373  - 12.04.2014

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I am going to do exactly what it says in the title and name and shame a company.  This is the 2nd time this year but this is a different company . You can see my original post from January here  which was about GAP the international clothing company having a baby’s garment for girls with FLIRT emblazoned on the front of it. Wholly inappropriate and thankfully this garment now seems to have been removed.

adhd%20energy%20drink%20produktyThis time I am naming and shaming a Polish company called Mobile 1 that, since 2011, have been producing an energy drink called ADHD which is sold not only in Poland but in the UK too and look to the left for an illustration from their website. Not hard to see who this drink is aimed at is it ?

Have you heard of ADHD?  No not the drink, but the neurodevelopmental condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which is characterised by a short attention span, restlessness or constant fidgeting, being easily distracted, being impulsive, being hyperactive and acting inappropriately for the person’s age. Many children and adults with this condition have additional problems which can include learning difficulties, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourettes Syndrome amongst many other conditions.

You can read about Wellcome Trust funded research into the condition here which has found a genetic link.

A quote from the article

“We hope that these findings will help overcome the stigma associated with ADHD,” says Professor Anita Thapar. “Too often, people dismiss ADHD as being down to bad parenting or poor diet. As a clinician, it was clear to me that this was unlikely to be the case. Now we can say with confidence that ADHD is a genetic disease and that the brains of children with this condition develop differently to those of other children.”  

Undoubtedly the condition has been given a bad name because it has been used by a minority of parents to excuse the bad behaviour of their children and the lack of control they have over them, but it is a very real condition. 

A friend of mine, who has  a son with a diagnosis of both Autism and ADHD , saw a billboard advert for the energy drink ADHD with a tag line No Stress and was rightly very disturbed by this and when she got home she thought about this more and looked up the drink on the internet. This is how they advertise it , their translation from the English isn’t great but you’ll get the gist of it.

“It is intended for adults who want to increase the level of their energy or concentration. It is recommended for great physical and intellectual effort. It accelerates the quickness of reactions and efficiency of the organism. It also counteracts the weariness and speeds up your metabolism. For these reasons it is consumed and valued by the drivers,the students and active people satisfied with their life. ”

So why have the company used this name ?  Well they seem to be suggesting that if you drink their product you’ll behave like someone with ADHD  and it seems they think that’s a desirable thing, which clearly it is not! An ADHD sufferer’s hyperactivity and excessive energy can cause very real problems for them, in school or work for example.. .so the drink having the tagline No Stress just adds to the insult because the condition can certainly be a stressful one for all concerned.  

I cannot imagine how the marketing dept came up with this idea and no-one stopped to think what effect it might have on those affected by the condition. To me trivialising the condition in this way shows a complete lack of understanding and empathy for those that suffer daily because of it.  

I think it’s just appalling to use ADHD to sell a product, especially one like this! 

It wouldn’t be okay to have Bulimia Biscuits or Cancer Crisps would it? The same rule applies to ADHD. So driven by my usual passion against injustice I encouraged my friend to start a petition and campaign with the intention of getting this company to show some respect and change the name of their product. 

The link to the petition is HERE  .

With your help maybe we could get this company to rethink so I hope you’ll read and consider adding your voice, no matter what country you are in. Thank you.                    

 As ever I welcome your thoughts and I am happy for you to share this post to get the word out.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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Just a little test could save your life.

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Saturday 1374  - 5.04.2014

On Thursday  I received something in the post that made me cry and feel very sad.. it was an invitation to take part in Bowel Cancer Screening which apparently, here in the UK, they offer you every 2 years when you are over 60..
I didn’t know that, did you ?
The reason it made me cry was because my ex-husband had bowel cancer before he died, nearly 6 years ago at the age of 59, leaving my 2 grown-up children without their father.. A most terrible loss for them.  
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It seems as though discussing bowels, bums and poo are still taboo which is so daft when we all have bowels and bums and make poo!!  so I want to share some information about bowel cancer with you to do my bit to try to raise awareness.
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You will find slightly different statistics on different websites but I’m going to give you a few brief facts from the leaflet the NHS sent me :-
  • People who take little exercise, people who are overweight, and people who have a diet high in red meat and low in vegetables, fruits and fibre are all thought to have an increased risk of developing bowel cancer.
  • 1 in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime
  • It’s the 3rd most common cancer in the Uk and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths

  • 8 out of 10 people who are diagnosed with it are over 60..
  • Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%

All of the above are really important to know but this bit is especially worth taking note of  –

  • If bowel cancer is detected at the earliest stages there is over a 90% chance of survival.. Yes over 90%, that’s pretty good odds isn’t it?

So what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Well the most common ones are these : -

  • a persistent change in bowel habit, especially needing to go to the toilet more often or having diarrhoea for several weeks
  • bleeding from the back passage or blood in the bowel motion
  • severe abdominal pain
  • a lump in the abdomen
  • unexplained tiredness or weight loss

“These symptoms do not necessarily indicate bowel cancer, but if one or more persists for four to six weeks then the GP should be consulted.”

bowel-cancer-banner-1If you live in the UK , are over 60 and get one of these invitations PLEASE do the screening.  The screening does not diagnose bowel cancer but it can detect tiny amounts of blood in faeces ( poo) and if these are found further tests can be done.

Screening was ending at age 69 but is now being extended to 74 but if you are over those ages see details of the freephone number and website as you can request a screening kit. If you are young ( lucky you !! ) PLEASE encourage your family members or friends to do the screening, it could save their life and look out for the symptoms yourself because as you will see in the case of my ex-husband ( who wasn’t overweight and took exercise) you can still get cancer of the bowel under 60.

Research has shown that only just over half the people offered the screening take it up .

Don’t be one of those that doesn’t take up the offer.

Ignorance isn’t bliss… it can be deadly.

I know I have visitors from outside the UK do you have similar screening programmes in your country?

As ever I welcome your thoughts  but I do want to end on a lighter ( and rather cruder! ) note after all this necessary serious stuff.. Keeping with the theme though !

 

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Saturday girl signing off.

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