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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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June 25, 2013

One Conspiracy After Another

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Posted by Derek

Here's a cartoon by someone who's been down the "Who are these people on the internet who think they know chemistry?" path. Many of you will be able to relate!

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1. Morten G on June 25, 2013 7:13 AM writes...

Not sure I trust a cartoonist that doesn't know what glutamate excitotoxicity is... (yeah yeah, I know that's a result of misregulation of neurotransmitter release and not glutamate intake but I'm trying to be a superior sceptic here).

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2. Agree, but... on June 25, 2013 8:32 AM writes...

This is better if you read it after deleting the paragraph of reductio ad absurdum. Fortress of Doom references are not great for credibility.

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3. Biotechtranslated on June 25, 2013 11:40 AM writes...

Just like Morten G, I was going to mention that excitotoxicity does exist (including with glutamate). It's been implicated as the toxicity pathway for a number of drugs.

But of course, eating glutamate is not going to kill your brain cells.

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4. mittimithai on June 25, 2013 12:01 PM writes...

Thanks for the info, I was unaware that excitotoxicity was a precise neuro/bio-chemical term, so "excited to death" is true in that specific context but as everyone is saying, this has nothing to do with dietary intake.

There is a note at the bottom of the post now.

Thanks for the link Derek!

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5. Mina on June 26, 2013 8:50 PM writes...

Along the same lines, XKCD has a great take on 'vitamins kill cancer' memes...

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