Kryptonite

Cidu Bill on Nov 10th 2017

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The caption is “They now think that kryptonite is actually good for you, in small doses.”

Is this some sort of homeopathy reference?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, J.C. Duffy, New Yorker, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Kryptonite”

  1. Pete Nov 10th 2017 at 08:16 am 1

    Reference to various things that were once “bad for you” which are now “good for you in small doses”

    Alcohol is bad for you. Then new research says half a glass of wine per day is good for you.

    Also Radiation hormesis
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/30/when-a-little-poison-is-good-for-you.aspx

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation_hormesis

  2. Carl Nov 10th 2017 at 08:20 am 2

  3. mitch4 Nov 10th 2017 at 11:39 am 3

    Thanks for that interesting vocab item, Carl! (I see it is also in Pete’s reference.)

    But even so, I still see it more as a homeopathy jab.

  4. Winter Wallaby Nov 10th 2017 at 12:05 pm 4

    It could be either homeopathy or Pete #1. I lean towards Pete #1, because the nameless “they” (in “they now think”) tends to refer (either positively or negatively) to the “accepted authorities,” not alternative medicine. But it’s certainly ambiguous.

    I think this also works as a more general “medical advice keeps changing” comic.

    When my kids were toddlers, we were told not to give them peanut products before two years of age, as it could cause peanut allergies. Almost as soon as my youngest turned two, “they” reversed themselves, and said peanut products were good for children under two, as they could help prevent peanut allergies.

  5. narmitaj Nov 10th 2017 at 02:29 pm 5

    I don’t think it is homeopathy, as the doses in homeopathy are essentially non-existent, not “small”. I think it is more likely the alcohol/butter/cream/fat/eggs thing of being one year bad for you and the next not.

    Scientists should make up their minds about water ingested by mouth. One day they say it is a fundamental essential for life, the next day they say that if you submerge your head in a bucket of it for ten minutes you’ll die. Come on, peeps!

  6. jajizi Nov 10th 2017 at 03:21 pm 6

    Isn’t that Dr. Kapuchnik from the Fusco Brothers?
    http://www.gocomics.com/thefuscobrothers/2017/10/04

  7. mitch4 Nov 10th 2017 at 04:26 pm 7

    Good eye, jajizi!

    J.C. Duffy does both Fusco Brothers and Lug Nuts. Wait, also New Yorker?? Anyway, he must feel free to use his characters in crossovers.

  8. James Pollock Nov 10th 2017 at 04:49 pm 8

    The problem isn’t that scientists keep changing their minds.
    The problem is that journalists keep reporting on single studies as if they were settled science.

  9. Minor Annoyance Nov 10th 2017 at 09:09 pm 9

    In Woody Allen’s “Sleeper”, he played a vegetarian who woke up in a future where deep fat and hot fudge had been proven health foods. And cigars were good for you.

  10. Mark in Boston Nov 10th 2017 at 10:10 pm 10

    A study that confirms what previous studies have shown is not considered news, and will not be reported in general-interest newspapers. A study that contradicts previous studies is news and will be reported.

    From reading newspapers you would get the impression that nobody can drive across the country without getting into a fatal accident. There is always a story about a fatal accident; there is never a story about someone who took a long trip without getting into an accident.

  11. Big Chief Nov 10th 2017 at 11:29 pm 11

    Cigars ARE good for you. They’re not just for breakfast anymore.

  12. James Pollock Nov 11th 2017 at 12:16 am 12

    ” there is never a story about someone who took a long trip without getting into an accident.”

    You were looking in the wrong section, because the entertainment section would have told you about the touring performers who were going to be performing locally, and only SOME of them were killed along the way.

  13. Meryl A Nov 14th 2017 at 03:57 am 13

    Minor Annoyance - then again, by now the pope’s wife should have had her twins.

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