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(io9)   Radioactive products from the last century: toothpaste, chocolate, suppositories. What were we thinking?   ( io9.com) divider line
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2013-05-10 08:46:11 AM  
4 votes:
Well of course you need radioactivity in toothpaste. How else would you get your teeth to glow like this?

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2013-05-10 04:36:33 AM  
3 votes:
Say what you will but I know for a fact most of those products got glowing reviews.
2013-05-10 08:09:42 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-05-10 06:56:28 AM  
2 votes:
"What were we thinking?"  SUPERPOWERS!!!!
2013-05-10 05:11:24 AM  
2 votes:
Well I'm not uptight, not unattracted
Turn me on tonight...
2013-05-10 12:00:20 AM  
2 votes:
See kids? this is how language evolves

/100 years ago, "It's rad!" had an entirely different meaning
2013-05-10 08:54:14 AM  
1 vote:
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2013-05-10 08:27:45 AM  
1 vote:
I read the headline without the comma between chocolate and suppositories. I was briefly intrigued.
2013-05-10 07:20:17 AM  
1 vote:
And today we continue to pollute our precious bodily fluids with fluoride, which is slightly radioactive.
2013-05-10 07:16:54 AM  
1 vote:
It wasn't that long ago that we all thought Oat Bran was good for us, and then all those yuppies died of Carnivorous Colon Weasels.
2013-05-10 05:58:44 AM  
1 vote:

chrylis: Nice try.  I'm not frightened of genetic engineering generally, and I'm usually the one pointing out that humans have been selectively breeding and even crossbreeding for millennia

Then why are you afraid of technology that has been developed and used since the late 1950s? Curious, this...

chrylis: but it seems to me that 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, at least direct insertions from crops humans haven't traditionally consumed should have some level of eye kept on them.

Except that GMO crops that are used for human consumption  have to be approved by the FDA through their vetting process.

chrylis: But was that because of the FDA?  I'm perfectly interested in seeing evidence to that effect, but just like air and water were on a dramatically cleaner trajectory well before the Clean Stuff Acts were passed, and federal and state statutory regulations may actually have interfered with getting some waterways cleaned up, increased prosperity and public awareness were already driving improvements in food safety at that time.


Yes, I can.

Please observe. And go read a damn history textbook. Your statement that "things were on a better trajectory" is demonstrably false with even a cursory review of the literature of the time. Patent drugs were legally sold which claimed to outright cure X and Y, and did nothing of the sort while containing toxic ingredients, like arsenic, cyanide, and industrial chemicals which were fatal to the people that took them, or contained addicting substances like Cocaine or Heroin.

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chrylis: Furthermore, how do you account for the harm done by preventing safe, effective medical treatments from being made available in the United States because I can't choose to use unapproved drugs at my own risk like I can use non-UL electronics?

Because of Elixir of Sulfanilamide and Thalidomide. Among others. And what you are describing amounts to pseudoscientific research on your own body, which is utterly meaningless and unethical.
2013-05-10 05:02:18 AM  
1 vote:

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.
2013-05-10 04:46:36 AM  
1 vote:
From another article on Radithor:

Eben Byers, a 49-year-old wealthy Pittsburgh industrialist, was looking to ease the chronic pain he was having in his arm. The year was 1927, and Eben was advised by his doctor to try a powerful new drug to cure his pain: Radithor. He became hooked. It appeared to not only heal his pain, but seemingly rekindled his sexual vitality.

It was two and a half years after regular use of Radithor, when Eben began complaining of chronic headaches and weight loss. Shortly thereafter, his teeth fell out, holes formed in his skull, and his mouth literally collapsed. Covering Eben's case, an article in the Wall Street Journal ran the headline: "The Radium Water Worked Fine Until His Jaw Came Off."
2013-05-10 04:41:50 AM  
1 vote:
See what happens when people blindly believe science with religious zeal.
2013-05-10 04:36:54 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2013-05-09 08:25:39 PM  
1 vote:
That's what you get for trusting items with this seal of approval:

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