[ExI] Making [100 million] people smarter on the cheap.
thespike at satx.rr.com
Sat Dec 6 20:17:27 UTC 2008
At 11:21 AM 12/6/2008 -0800, spike wrote:
>fact that they have done nothing suggests a specific intention to allow the
>problem to continue, perhaps out of malice, perhaps out of criminal apathy,
>perhaps a mistaken belief that iodine deficiency will somehow reduce
>population growth, or the notion that brain damaged people are easier to
>control, easier to keep down on the farm away from the crowded cities.
But note what the article sez:
<Until recently, 6 in 10 Pakistani schoolchildren were
iodine-deficient. Iodine just wasn't on anyone's mind.
"I had never heard of iodized salt," said Haji Sajjawal Khan, a
65-year-old owner of a small salt factory here, near the capital of
Islamabad. Officials from the Micronutrient Initiative and other aid
agencies reached out to factory owners like Mr. Khan and encouraged
them to iodize salt, in part to help make Pakistanis healthier and
"It will prevent people's necks from being swollen and will make
people smarter," Mr. Khan said. So he agreed to add an iodine drip
into his salt grinder.>
It's hard to recall how *ignorant* people can be, especially for us
with our 24 hour links to google and new-fangled way of always
questioning traditional ways. In this case, just *informing* that guy
seems to have done the trick.
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