Monday, March 10, 2008

Video Mania: The Buttertons, Dr. Jarvik's Lipitor Ad, And A Moving Interpretation Of A Hit Christian Song

I don't know about you, but the visual medium usually sticks with me longer than something written or audio. I don't know why that is, but it is what it is. Maybe it's just the product of the generation I grew up in with television dominating most of my childhood and then the Internet supplementing that ever since I entered adulthood. It's a cultural adaptation from what my parents and grandparents experienced in their lifetimes.

Since what I can see seems to impact me the most, I thought I'd share three visuals at my blog today that each tell a message. As you will quickly notice, they're not always good messages either as evidenced by the first two. But, as is the case with the third video, many times a visual can enhance and improve upon something to make it beautiful, poetic, and even life-changing. It's what makes new forms of visual media like YouTube so popular nowadays and I'm pleased to share these images with you today.

1. Meet the Buttertons Commercial

No doubt you've seen this latest video from the marketing geniuses hawking the anti-butter product "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter." What a freakin' joke this stuff is! The premise is that our parents and grandparents didn't know any better when they put butter on virtually everything since we now all KNOW how harmful all that saturated fat is for our bodies. PUH-LEEZ! So now we get this fake butter that supposedly tastes like butter except without that evil, nasty saturated fat. Are they REALLY serious? Yep, they sure are and it's a perfect example of just how duped we are about health in our 2008 culture!

2. Dr. Robert Jarvik's Lipitor Ad

Another popular ad that's been running on television for a while up until recently is that one with the inventor of the artificial heart named Dr. Robert Jarvik peddling the so-called cholesterol-lowering statin drug Lipitor. Never mind the class action lawsuits that are piling up against this drug or this study that talks about the horrendous side effects of this supposed wonder pill. Here's a real live doctor telling us how wonderful taking Lipitor is. Has anyone else thought about the irony of having the inventor of an artificial heart promoting a drug that has been shown to damage your heart? Hmmm, do ya think he has a vested interest in THAT? Get a load of what my friend Dr. Jonny Bowden has to say about these misleading Jarvik Lipitor ads. Incidentally, Lipitor's maker Pfizer has since yanked this commercial from the airwaves. Hmmmmm...

3. "Who Am I?" Dramatic Interpretation

Finally, I wanted to share a refreshing, non-health-related video that really moved me and continues to do so even after watching it several times. You'll recall I recently featured a video from the tornado-damaged Union University in Jackson, Tennessee that featured a song called "Praise You In The Storm" by contemporary Christian music group Casting Crowns. Ironically, their song "Who Am I?" is the one interpreted through the use of blue light technology and a talented youth group. It's so inspirational and uplifting that you'll want to watch it over and over again. In fact, well over 2 million people have watched this on YouTube and counting. ENJOY!

If you see a video that captures your eye about diet and health, then don't hesitate to let me know about it. E-mail the link to me anytime at

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Blogger Tom Bunnell (TB)--TB said...

How about this one!

Then there is the new one just a few years ago in color with the same picture of the inviting frosty pitcher with the smily face and the childs now all grown up and boasting how your mother trusted it for you and now you can still trust it for your children too!

3/10/2008 11:42 PM  
Blogger Didirina said...

Hmmmm. I see the Buttertons are not fat! In fact, they look pretty darn healthy, in spite of those potatoes and corn:-)

3/10/2008 11:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Bunnell (TB)--TB said...

That's two cups of sugar for each five cent package to make the two quarts of Kool-Aid! That's what the directions called for. We thought it to sugary and sweet, it would make you shiver when you drank it so we always used one and a half cups of sugar. One cup tasted to flat. Three or four kids would polish that off in one sitting with a couple of glasses each so we often make several pichers a day and more. -- We also drank a lot of milk and fruit juice when we could afford it along with pop and the Kool-Aid! -- The entire United States did this! We fed it to our babies! -- We still do!

3/10/2008 11:58 PM  
Blogger Didirina said...

These new commercials that have you "ask your doctor" about certain drugs are simply ridiculous. After they list the horrible side effects, they encourage you to go ahead and ask for them anyway. Oh, and don't forget to tell your doctor about all of the other drugs you're taking or if you have liver disease, or whatever. I think it's frightening that you have to inform or remind your doctor that you have certain conditions or diseases, or may think you have one, before they prescribe drugs that could very possibly harm you. Shouldn't he/she know that already?? Medical consumerism is nuts. I had a liver specialist ask me if I wanted a liver biopsy! Ummm, no, not really--do I NEED one? No? Then I don't WANT one. Sheesh.

3/11/2008 12:10 AM  
Blogger Amy Dungan (a.k.a Sparky's Girl) said...

Hi. My name is Amy. And I'm proud to be a Butterton. :0)

3/11/2008 12:11 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for sharing this 1950s Kool-Aid commercial, Tom! After all, it has the Parents Magazine seal of approval, so it MUST be good, right. NOT!

3/11/2008 8:45 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I love that Kool-Aid commercial - it's SO funny!
They describe it as "pure" or "wholesome" or something like that - what does that MEAN?
When I was a kid I was always confused by the fact that the Kool-Aid was not already sweet and you had to add sugar.
Thank goodness that now we have things available like Diet Rite.
Just goes to show how much you can't trust the mainstream media - in the 50's they said Kool-Aid and cigarettes were healthy and now all manner of processed carbage is plastered with health claims. Sheesh.
There's definitely a reason that things like meats, butter, and vegetables are called "real food" - it's because they ARE! :)

3/11/2008 7:36 PM  

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