Zero Powers' recent post

From: Bill Douglass (
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 09:29:38 MST

Zero Powers wrote:

>I know the general consensus is that GM food is OK. But the same > >thing
>thought about such things as cigarette smoking, silicone breasts and
>thalydomide (sp?) once upon a time. Sure maybe GM stuff is
>harmless, but my goal is long life. I ain't taking any chances ;)

Thalidomide: As Jeff points out in another post, it has been shown to be a
beneficial drug in some instances. Too bad it was completely banned for so

Smoking: I don't advocate smoking, but it is worth noting that smokers
almost never get Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Also, as has been
discussed on this list, nicotine has been shown to be a potent nootropic. I
can even remember consuming a Red Bull-type energy drink in Myanmar a couple
years ago, which had nicotine as an ingredient.

Silicon breast implants, which is what I think you were referring to with
your comment about "silicone breasts": What makes you think silicon breast
implants are harmful, on a par with smoking? Just because some trial
lawyers and non-scientist juries have said so? In fact, I have yet to see
compelling scientific evidence that this is the case, and I'm not aware that
such was presented in any of those lawsuits against Dow. If anyone on this
list has such, I would love to see it. As far as I can tell, the massive
litigation over these implants has been one of the greatest legal plunders
of our time.

Best wishes to all,

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