Wednesday, March 01, 2006

History of the day for March 1

In 1970, Linus Pauling publishes "Vitamin C and the Common Cold." He goes on to advocate megadoses of the vitamin as a means to prolong life. People are highly receptive to the theory. His later theory for prolonging life, "Hoist Your Fat Ass Off The Couch and Get Some Exercise," does not share this success.

4 comments:

Spinning Girl said...

That is great.

nikki said...

I'll bet the subscribers to this theory spent a helluva lot of time in the bathroom. It was a while longer before they figured out that the body uses exactly as much Vitamin C as it needs, and gets rid of the rest... in many early trial cases, that was a lot. If you've ever taken too much Vitamin C - especially in powdered form - I need not explain this to you...

jiggs said...

nikki: are you saying that eating a lot of vitamin c will make you poop?

nikki said...

Damn skippy.