big pig peaches: In the next century I wonder what they will be asking that question about. Antibiotics probably.
StrikitRich: And today we continue to pollute our precious bodily fluids with fluoride, which is slightly radioactive.
chrylis: if we're going to have a massive bureaucracy telling us what sorts of things we can and can't put in our body regardless of how well-informed we are
Oldiron_79: See what happens when people blindly believe science with religious zeal.
UsikFark: pellies: Are you implying that no oversight has a better history?Industry will voluntarily correct their actions after education about regulations. Companies large and small adhere to best practices.
bring to a festering boil: "Don't take our word for it. Ask this satisfied customer what he thinks.""Arrrgh!"[www.robertswartwood.com image 400x282]
computerguyUT: Fearmongering at it's finest.Here's a few other things that are still radioactive...Granite (A trip to Washington DC is the equivalent of a chest x-ray which explains why our politicians are so damned stupid)Orange ceramic glaze will give a geiger counter an aneurysm.Your partner (yes, your sleeping partner gives you a significant dose or Potassium 40 radiation over an extended period of time.)SpaceYour basement
Lawnchair: StrikitRich: And today we continue to pollute our precious bodily fluids with fluoride, which is slightly radioactive.It is? Not in any way I can think of, either pure ion fluoride or the fluoride salts we use in public water supplies.
RoxtarRyan: StrikitRich: And today we continue to pollute our precious bodily fluids with fluoride, which is slightly radioactive.You may want to stop listening to your crazy uncle Frank and his nutty conspiracy theories.
Fritriac: StrikitRich: And today we continue to pollute our precious bodily fluids with fluoride, which is slightly radioactive.I call BS: Fluorine occurs naturally on Earth exclusively in the form of its only stable isotope, 19F.
hardinparamedic: StrikitRich: And today we continue to pollute our precious bodily fluids with fluoride, which is slightly radioactive.Shut up, mandrake.
scottydoesntknow: That's what you get for trusting items with this seal of approval:[th08.deviantart.net image 407x403]
MythDragon: Why the hell do we need the FDA in our business? Food safety should be market driven. If a particular product turns out to cause rectal bleeding, bones loss, or chronic death, people will stop buying those products, and the companies will lose money. There is no company interested in killing their customers because dead/disabled customers don't buy their product. So it's in a company's best interest to produce the safest product possible. People didn't understand the dangers of radium back then. You can't fault a company for that. Are they supposed to do years of product safety testing on something no one understands while their competitor beats them to market?Look at tabacco. At the time, it was believed to be good for you, according to science of the day. Many doctors agreed that it was actualy benificial. In the 50s, when people started to question the safety of cigarettes, the companies did the right thing, and hired doctors and scientists to test their product to see if it was safe, and they all found it was. Now that we know better, tobacco companies have taken steps to ensure a safer smoke, by adding filters and soothing menthol.
docmattic: Why am I reading about this on FARK instead of Raddit?
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hardinparamedic: big pig peaches: In the next century I wonder what they will be asking that question about. Antibiotics probably.Except that, unlike gratuitous and non targeted use of radiation, antibiotics have literally saved trillions of lives around the world.In 1900, 5 of the 10 top causes of Death in the United States were from infectious disease.In 1939, when Antibiotics began to be widely used, but before the widespread use of Penicillin, Pneumonia was still the 5th leading cause of Death.
No Time To Explain: Pointy Tail of Satan: And how we have homeopathy, chiropractors, and Jenny McCarthy to deal with. Bad crap never goes away, it just changes it's spots.I kinda wish those clowns would do a revival of these relics of insanity/ignorance/it would give many the glow the so deserve//and free Darwin Award for any customers///11th purchase is free
StrikitRich: You're all assuming that pure Fluoride is being used in the water and not Fluoride that came as a by-product of 1940s-50s atomic bomb manufacture.
big pig peaches: Of course I could still argue about prophylactic use of Antibiotics in cattles farming which is, how you put it "gratuitous and non targeted"
DubtodaIll: This genuinely bothers me. Back in the day when we were first getting out noggins around radiation, we could easily see all the benefits of it's uses but failed to have the caution and foresight to see it's negative effects. We failed to see the negative effects of radiation, what is now known as one of the more dangerous things a human can encounter. What other negative effects of new technology, chemicals, and other human-engineered substances have we overlooked for the sake of its supposed benefits?
UsikFark: Cases like NECC are supposed to be reminders of the oddball stuff people do despite the gov't's regulations.
MythDragon: Look at tabacco. At the time, it was believed to be good for you, according to science of the day.
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PC LOAD LETTER: 9.5/10. You are not quite Pocket Ninja, but no one can be.
ElPresidente: You can still have fun with radioactivity today. Go out and buy a big bag of Brazil nuts (which are seeds BTW, not nuts) and take them with you in your pocket to the visitors centre of any nuclear power plant and watch what happens - Brazil nuts are naturally radioactive and have a half-life of 1.2 billion years - you'll be saying "unplanned scrub shower" before you know it. Bananas are also radioactive but not quite as likely to set off radiation alarms.
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