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derek a. zelmer zelmeda4 at WFU.EDU
Wed May 7 15:02:30 EST 1997

On Wed, 7 May 1997, Gary Lum wrote:

> > The only parasites involved here are the people peddling this snakeoil.
> Hear hear I agree.  What a load of codswallop.  How can people believe
> this crap?

Not only do they believe it, but they will completely ignore any attempts 
by research scientists or physicians to explain why it is crap. It seems 
that any form of science education makes you less credible as you 
are more likely to be part of the general conspiracy to keep people sick, 
thereby increasing available funding for research. I have had this 
conversation with several people, and I swear the next time someone gives 
me a smug, condescending look when I try to explain that it is unlikely that 
isopropyl alchohol would induce a trematode to undergo its entire life cycle 
in a human host, and thereby induce various cancers, I will give them an 
immediate cause for being concerned about their health. Good thing PhD 
candidates don't have to take the Hippocratic oath.

Derek Zelmer

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