Re: Zero Powers' recent post

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 19:21:33 MST

>From: "Bill Douglass" <>
>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.
>can even remember consuming a Red Bull-type energy drink in Myanmar a
>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
>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.

I never meant to imply that I was privy to any evidence (scientific or
otherwise) that smoking, thalydomide or silicone implants were hazardous to
one's health. I have never conducted any scientific research on this or any
other question. All I meant to convey is that there have been products in
the past that society has largely accepted as safe and have been widely
consumed, utilized, etc. and later on at least some of the consumers of
those products were *very* sorry that they did so. My point is that I don't
want to be one of those sorry consumers, regarding GM foods or any other
product whose safety I question.

For those of you who feel that silicone breast implants, smoking and
thalydomide will enhance your health, please have at it with my compliments.


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