Re: Life extension in practice

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Wed Feb 16 2000 - 08:17:07 MST

John Thomas wrote:
>>>... there has not been a single study I'm aware of to show that popping
>>>vitamin pills has any positive health benefit at all.
>>What about the UCLA study of vitamin C published in 1992? This was not the
>>most rigorous study, but it tracked over 11K individuals over about a decade.
>The problem with these studies is that there's no way to control for other
>variables. ... Until it's possible to do an extensive long-term study of
>individuals so isolated that every possible variable affecting their health
>is controlled it won't be possible to take these studies seriously.

Noble high standards, but what do they leave you with? Do you know of any
substantial influence on your health that has been shown this carefully?
Exercise? Sleep? Smoking? Dietary Fat? Air pollution? Drinking too much?
Driving without a seatbelt? Wandering dark allies in a bad part of town?

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323

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