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#86832 - 11/13/02 02:07 PM hormesis  
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Same issue DISCOVER, p 74
"Poisons that kill or injure at high doses , can have the opposite effect at low doses, he says,
and the paradox holds true for every conceivable measure of health - growth, fertility, life
span, and immune and mental function. The effect is known as hormesis from
the Greek word for excite."


#86833 - 11/13/02 02:53 PM Re: hormesis  
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Poisons that kill or injure at high doses , can have the opposite effect at low doses

Sounds perilously close to homeopathy.


#86834 - 11/13/02 03:11 PM Re: hormesis  
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Dear Faldage: that is one thing the hecklers bring up. However, the homeopathic doses
are far, far lower than the doses the author is talking about. The one thing I wish he had
discussed was for how long you can be exposed to the low doses before cumulative errects
show up. For instance, I was expsed to cousin who had tuberculosis when I was about four
years old. I have had many, many Xrays since. At what point might cululative effect show
up? Nobody knows. I doubt very much that the Xrays had any hormetic effect on me.



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