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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001024.txt from 1997/09

From: "Diane Karius, Ph.D." <>
Subj: Re: Well, here we go again
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 19:48:47 -0400

Scott wrote (after much snipping):

> Actually, Dan, you should remember that the FDA actually RAISED its
> recommended daily allowance of irony back in 1989 to compensate for George
> Bush's repudiation of broccoli! The current RDA is 500 mgg (milligags) a
> day!
Yes, but Dan's point is still valid - One must remember that the RDA
only specifies a minimum to avoid deficiency, it does not represent
either a) the ideal intake required for optimal health; or b) an
upper limit, beyond which intake will lead to serious pathological
effects. The current estimate of the "irony" LD50 (the dose at
which 50% of the clarinet players tested died or became
oboists (the end-points were considered identical)) is about 2 gg.
(gags)/day, unless one is a "valley girl" clarinetist, where
tolerance is measure in spoons... I suspect the list is currently
providing at least 1000 - 1500 mgg/day.

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