Friday, January 28, 2011

It's The Times: Americans Will Swallow Anything

We don't know what it is about contemporary Americans, but there's something about waiting for a disaster to strike that seems to be the only way to bring a message home:
More than a dozen college football players are hospitalized—all suffering from muscle damage. One of those players is from Baltimore, and his father—a local football coach—wants to know what happened.

An investigation is underway to determine what made the players sick. Yet the manner and number that became ill is raising concerns about supplements.

A scare for players on the University of Iowa football team and their families. Thirteen athletes went to the hospital after what’s being described as an intense workout.

Now doctors believe the players came down with a condition known as rhabdomyolsis. 
 
“Rhabdomyolsis happens when you have a breakdown of the muscle tissue,” said Dr. James Williams, St. Joseph Medical Center.

Williams says rhabdomyolisis combined with dehydration and the possibility of supplements is dangerous.

“You have muscle breakdown from intense workouts. You have dehydration and then supplements which are nephrotoxic are damaging to the kidneys directly. That’s a perfect storm for kidney failure,” Williams said.
Supplements? You mean those pills everyone takes, unnecessarily, that are made by criminals? Naw, they can't mean those - those are sold in Health Food stores, and Whole Foods, and have the backing of Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch - what could be wrong with supplements? Click here to find out - but be warned:

It ain't pretty.

But then, stupidity never is.