Cory Doctorow at 9:41 pm Sun, Oct 21, 2012
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EAT YOUR HEART OUT 2012
Finally, a way for kids to eat those weird little silver cake-decorating BBs that were, at many times in my childhood, the only remotely candy-like thing in the house, without the agonizing teeth-cracking that goes with it.
Do fake placebos still work…?
Yes, but real fake placebos are just so much snake oil.
Also more expensive than fake ones!
I’ll make a point of insisting on only fake fake placebos in that case.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag%C3%A9e“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers the metallic-finish dragées to be inedible, and they are sold with a notice that they are for decorative purposes only. Early in the 20th century, the silver finish may have contained mercury (it does not now). The sale of these dragées was banned for some time. Although the metallic-finish dragées can be purchased in 49 U.S. states, they are no longer sold in California due to a 2003 lawsuit against several sellers.”
Makers can make their own using tiny sugar pills, gum arabic and silver leaf.
Someone in California suffered trauma due to glitter in their poop?
No, a lawyer decided he could get money this way and now Christmas bakers can’t get their favorite decorations anymore. See http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/2009/06/cakewalk-silver-dragee-strikes-again.html for more details.
The best thing about placebos is that they work even if you know they’re placebos.
Only the sugar-coated ones, for palatability.
Girl, you have no faith in medicine.
Take enough and they’ll cure that predictable pancreatic function of yours.
Sugar pills or Dextroamphetamine Extended Release caps? This is going to be the best fifth birthday party ever!
What about bacon pills?
Referring to medicine as candy is never a good idea. Kids overdose on adult meds because they think it is candy. Pls help to stop this! Even the American Association of Poison Control Centers makes this a regular alert message to the public!
This will surely end well.
Only when they are searching your bags and find your kids candy stash and arrest you for smuggling…
so given that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
and given that this medicine is actually sugar
does a spoonful of this medicine go down infinity well?
i think i just scienced.
Sugar pills are incredibly dangerous! You’ve all seen the studies – sugar pills can cause practically any symptom known to medical science. Headache, arthritis, high blood pressure, drowsiness, low blood pressure, insomnia…you name it! How can these things be available without a prescription?
You know the funny thing is that they used to use dragées to administer medicines.
The capsules have little or no flavor. So unless you wait for them to dissolve in your mouth, you’d get all the bad effects of eating sugar without tasting it.
Looks like the old Contac capsules.
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