Vivisectors’ Magic Pill

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You know those commercials we all laugh at? The ones for whatever weight-loss pill, claiming something to the effect of “It’s SO easy! You don’t have to exercise OR change your diet”? The ones that you laugh at with your friends and that make you say, “Yeah, right”?

Get this—the vivisectors at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences have announced a new wonder drug, a magical pill that would, they say, mimic the effects of exercise. Just swallow a little pill, their report says, and experience increased muscle endurance and doubled fat-burning muscle. It’s SO easy!

The mice who were subjected to the drug apparently showed a decrease in fat and an increase in oxygen consumption—but not any of the other benefits from exercise. People are asking serious questions about the “just like exercise” claim.

It seems to me that the vivisectors at Salk got vaguely promising results from the mice and decided to cash in on America’s fascination with weight loss and reluctance to exercise—not to mention all the Olympics-related fitness hubbub that’s going on right now!

But come on, we really shouldn’t be surprised that these “scientists” are grossly exaggerating their lab results in order to make headlines—think about all the other “scientific breakthroughs” that have been “proven” by mouse vivisection. As Yale University’s Dr. David Katz writes, “Extrapolation from rodent research to outcomes in people is notoriously uncertain and fraught with danger. Basic science studies and animal experiments have resulted over the years in headlines about cures for cancer, a definitive obesity gene and effective AIDS vaccines, to name a few. None of these has yet to materialize, and early hyperbole in each case gave way to disappointment.”

Well, I’m sure people will be disappointed—disappointed that animal testing is still going on, despite its cruelty, its inaccuracies, and the better alternatives that exist.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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