Yesterday, a friend on twitter retweeted this link.
The title, as the writer intended, made me go, "Oh, shit." Then I read the article and thought, "What a fucking load of horseshit."
The comment I left (which, I guess, didn't need approval, because it appeared right away; I wonder if it'll get deleted later):This is some serious anti-science fearmongering, and sadly, far too many people who read it don't have the basic knowledge to critique your fear-based commentary.
Injectable vitamin K is a prescription drug. Do you know what else is a prescription drug? Injectable vitamin C. Injectable caffeine (yes, it exists). Injectable chemotherapy. Hint: all injectable drugs require a prescription. You can buy a calcium supplement with added vitamins D and K (brand name: Viactiv) at most major drug stores.
Molybdenum is a necessary trace mineral that's found in the soil. It's a cofactor in DNA metabolism, and deficiencies have been linked to esophageal cancer. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-molybdenum-deficiency.htm
Acetone (your apparent problem with bromelain) is also a natural part of the human body's metabolic processes. Anyone who's done Atkins has purposefully generated acetone (one of the ketone bodies), and the human body can metabolize it. No, that doesn't mean you should go out and drink a bottle of it, but in the trace amounts left from processing and extraction are well within the amount a healthy body can handle.
Most Americans reading this guy's blog don't have the basic science education necessary to see that what this guy's basically saying is OMG CHEMICALS!!! BE AFRAID!!!
My bachelor's degree is in chemistry (and German), and I'm a pharmacist (PharmD). The OMG-ONOEZ!CHEMICALS!! argument has never flown with me.
But you know what? Most Americans maybe took chemistry in high school. Many Americans never went to college, so they never had an opportunity to learn more science. Of the Americans who went to college, how many were science majors? Half? A third? And even if they had to take a science class or two to fill a distribution requirement, how many took chemistry over, like, biology, geology, or astronomy (which was the most popular non-science-major science distribution filler at my liberal arts college)? It's easy to see how so many people are suckered by these anti-science hucksters and fearmongerers. (And the global warming denialists, the anti-vaxxers, and other such types.)
Which gets back to a conversation in the car on the way back from Atlanta on whether college qua college has value. I say it does, because schools are failing to teach real thinking skills. A good college (or even community college) curriculum ought to emphasize thinking critically and synthesizing information: taking something from one of the courses in your distribution requirements and applying it to your major, or vice versa.
Knowledge -- and the ability to see when someone is bullshitting you that comes with it -- is power. Saying that only a certain class of people deserves access to knowledge is denying them the power to avoid being deceived. Saying that education is utterly useless for certain types of people implies that those people deserve to get the wool pulled over their eyes by snake oil salesmen.