Re: Notes from "Living to 100"

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Nov 24 2000 - 11:27:37 MST

Brian D Williams wrote:
> Indeed iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, which when
> incorporated inside red blood cells is esential.
> The problem as I understood it is that EXCESS iron in the blood
> reeks havoc. (oxidation) In the book "RealAge" I mentioned a few
> days ago, the doctor mentions a case where a young (24) man is
> brought in in terrible shape, and experiencing life threatening
> heart problems. The young man only months before was benching 360
> and now was in terrible health.

Which sounds convincing... yet makes me terribly suspicious. The plural
of "anecdote" is not "data". Does the book also mention a study where ten
grams of iron per day was being fed to hamsters or rhesus monkeys, all of
whom experienced life-threatening heart problems after six months, as
opposed to none for the control group?

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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