Follow Up on RU-486
This post over at Jivin Jehosophat points to the number of women who have been injured, 600 women so far. Now, this is relevant to the issue of safety, but there is the possibility of post hoc ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this) type reasoning. Basically post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning works as follows: The rooster crowed, and then the sun rose; therefore the rooster caused the sun to rise. These might very well be legitimate complaints or they might not. The fact that there are incident reports for suspected adverse reactions is so that the FDA and researchers can try to determine if the drug is indeed the cause of these problems. However, I still urge restraint at this point, after all a quick web search for aspartame will lead you to some really whacked out views on what aspartame can cause (basically everything from acne to Waardenburg’s syndrome type 1–well okay not really on that last one, but the list of things that aspartame are supposed to cause is very long).