Gut Rumbles

April 25, 2005

another death-threat

WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! 36 states have perchlorate in the drinking water. Now is the time to panic, run in circles and wave your arms frantically over your head.

The EPA itself says:

In general, the oral RfD is an estimate (with uncertainty spanning perhaps an order of magnitude) of a daily oral exposure to the human population (including sensitive subgroups) that is likely to be without an appreciable risk of deleterious effects during a lifetime.

These facts aren't about to stop the panic-mongers. This is just another example of environmentalis using the old "scare 'em, then save'em" tactic practiced by salemen all over the world. What's the bottom line?

The conclusion of city leaders: Piping any amount of perchlorate into homes posed an unacceptable gamble.

Ah, yes.... RISK. Forget the fact that you inhale, ingest and absorb all kinds of "toxins" every day and don't show any ill effects. Forget the fact that it's never the poison that kills you--- it's the DOSE. Forget the fact that your body REQUIRES some of these "toxins" every day to be healthy. (Zinc is a perfect example.)

So, let's spend a gadzillion dollars protecting people from a menace that doesn't exist. Anything else is an "unacceptable gamble." My aching ass. It's all a waste of time and money but people are too damn stupid to recognize a con-game when they see it anymore. But this story is from California, so what else do you expect except stupidity?

When did we get so dumb? I blame Rachel Carson.


At one time the EPA had a rule that all cities had to reduce the organic particulate matter in their water by a certain percentage. The city of Anchorage had such pure water that they would have had to spend untold millions to get rid of the .003 needed to satisfy the rules. The EPA wouldn't give them an exemption. They wound up having to buy fish offal from the canneries, dump it in the water then have to spend a couple hundred thou to get rid of it. The boys at EPA were happy.

Posted by: Slutto on April 25, 2005 10:55 AM

WebMD says a good alternative to drinking water is seltzer water......Huh? ? ?

Ain't that just water with bubbles added?

Posted by: Maggie on April 25, 2005 10:59 AM

roflmao...Acidman, for as long as I've been reading you, every time you've ever written "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!" I just crack up laughing. Why? Because every single time, I picture this: ...panic, run in circles and wave your arms frantically over your head. Thanks for putting in writing the mental image you've always given me. OH! And thank you for putting perspective on all things/stories/situations like this. You rock.

Posted by: AmyVegas on April 25, 2005 02:33 PM

Zinc, schminc.

I'm amused by the people taking Selenium supplements.

When I was a kid, I'd go fishing with my grandpa, out in eastern Utah. We'd fish at some reservoir or other, but we wouldn't eat the fish - gave 'em to the cat.

You see, the reservoir was chock fulla selenium, and you'd get heavy metal poisoning from eating the fish, over time. (The cats don't live long enough anyway for it to be a problem, and this wasn't a regular thing anyway.)

And now people pay extra for supplements containing it. Maybe they should eat some more !@#! fish.

Posted by: Sigivald on April 25, 2005 03:20 PM

Sigivald, write on the blackboard 100 times, "The dose makes the poison!"

An itty bitty teeny weeny amount of selenium *is* good for you, and necessary. But it's not very much, like micrograms/day or something.
Then there's Radiation Hormesis. The guys at Hiroshima who were very close to the blast had an elevated cancer risk, the guys far away had a normal risk, but in the zone where everybody got just a "taste" of it, I think the cancer rate actually went down slightly.

Oh, and last, but not least: Perchlorates are *fun* chemicals.

They go BOOM!

Posted by: Justthisguy on April 27, 2005 11:14 PM
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