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The Fallacy of False Cause, VERY important to Poison/"Vitamin A" discussions

To understand the arguments that the mainstream presents for supposed Vitamin A deficiency in causing eye problems, when I'm seeing nearly all aspects of eyesight improve long-term as people go through the Poison/"Vitamin A" detox program, we must first understand what was falsely ASSumed.

It was assumed by scientists that simply because they found carotenoids and retinoids in the eye, that they were required for proper visual function.  I don't believe this to be true.  Did you know that blue light wasn't able to cause eye damage UNLESS retinal--a form of Poison/"Vitamin A" was present?

Chemists discover how blue light speeds blindness

Karunarathne's lab found that blue light exposure causes retinal to trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells.

"It's toxic. If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills  as the signaling molecule on the membrane dissolves," Kasun Ratnayake, a Ph.D. student researcher working in Karunarathne's cellular photo chemistry group, said. "Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they're dead, they're dead for good."

Karunarathne introduced retinal molecules to other cell types in the body, such as cancer cells, heart cells and neurons. When exposed to blue light, these cell types died as a result of the combination with retinal. Blue light alone or retinal without blue light had no effect on cells.

"No activity is sparked with green, yellow or red light," Karunarathne said. "The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type."

Take a second to think about this.  Scientists are desperate to say that you NEED Vitamin A for your eyes to work correctly.  Yet, without Vitamin A in your eye, blue light simply cannot cause ANY damage.  Is it necessary, or toxic?  IT CANNOT BE BOTH.  On to the fallacy behind this farce.

False Cause

The fallacy of false cause infers the presence of a causal connection simply because events appear to occur in correlation or (in the post hoc, ergo propter hoc variety) temporal succession.

  • The moon was full on Thursday evening.
  • On Friday morning I overslept.
  • Therefore, the full moon caused me to oversleep.

Later we'll consider what sort of evidence adequately supports the conclusion that a causal relationship does exist, but these fallacies clearly are not enough.

Scientists have basically been repeating this false cause fallacy for years:

  • We find retinoids and carotenoids in your eye.
  • You use your eyes to see.
  • Therefore, you need retinoids and carotenoids to see.

What if it was the opposite though?  What if retinoids and carotenoids are found in the eyes as a sort of damage fallout (the adverse side effects or results of a situation), and are NOT needed or wanted in the eyes at all?  Here is the alternative evidence:

Just because something is present in the body, doesn't mean it is supposed to be there.  One more example.

People will say, "Well if we don't need Vitamin A, then WHY is it in breastmilk, huh?" To that I say:

Does Mother's Milk Transfer Environmental Toxins to Breast-Feeding Babies?

According to writer Florence Williams, whose groundbreaking 2005 article in the New York Times Magazine opened many women’s eyes to the environmental health issues with breastfeeding, breast milk tends to attract heavy metals and other contaminants due to its high-fat and protein content. “When we nurse our babies, we feed them not only the fats, sugars and proteins that fire their immune systems, metabolisms and cerebral synapses,” she reports. “We also feed them, albeit in minuscule amounts, paint thinners, dry-cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, toilet deodorizers, cosmetic additives, gasoline byproducts, rocket fuel, termite poisons, fungicides and flame retardants."

Just because something is PRESENT, that absolutely does NOT mean it is needed, wanted, or GOOD.  Add Poison/"Vitamin A" to the list of breast milk contaminants above, in my opinion.

Dr. Garrett Smith, the "Nutrition Detective"
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