- It seems counterintuitive that a 28 million dollar industry with the goal of making Americans healthier could actually be doing more harm than good. In fact, there is no evidence that taking multivitamins makes you any healthier. However, there is evidence from studies that exceeding recommended daily limits for certain vitamins and minerals can be dangerous. , According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly a third of Americans take multivitamins regularly thinking that they are getting healthier when in reality they are wasting their money and potentially harming themselves. Senator Dick Durbin introduced a bill forcing manufacturers to put a warning label on multivitamins, and the industry opposes it.
It seems counterintuitive to help heroin addicts by giving them more heroin. Vancouver is a port town, so it is a hub for drugs including pure heroin. This led to a drug problem in the city, and they are currently treating addicts by providing them with clean syringes and antiseptic wipes. This is only being used on 26 people in Vancouver, people who have tried methadone and Suboxone (heroin alternatives) and saw no improvement. It seems their belief is that some addicts have no hope of getting off the highly addictive drug. Therefore, they want them to do the it in a safe environment, rather than overdosing some alley.
It seems counterintuitive that you are supposed to avoid pain. Pain is the body’s way of protecting us, and telling us what not to do in order to stay safe. However, pain is a crucial part of life. For example, imagine a relationship that ends in heartbreak. You cannot just say “no more relationships”, because then you would never learn from your past mistakes and get the opportunity to experience love. Imagine if you went to the gym and felt sore the next day so you decided you wouldn’t go back to the gym. You would never see the results you want. Pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice.