SciFi’s ‘Eureka’, more than meets the eye?

After watching the the most recent episode of ‘Eureka‘ on the SciFi channel I have to say the show has graduated to a notch above guilty pleasure. In Episode 8 of Season 2 titled “E=MC…?” the creators throw another crisis at the residents of Eureka with most of the geniuses becoming idiots. The intriguing part comes with the ultimate conclusion of the mystery. As it turns out chicken that was consumed by most of the town contained a chemical that inhibits brain function. When confronted with the problem the farmer supplying the chicken repeatedly exclaims that the chicken is perfectly safe because it is organic and natural. I think the show creators were lobbing a subtle skeptical lesson at the audience with this one, just because something is natural doesn’t necessarily mean its good for you.

There is a lot of scientific evidence showing many types of herbs and plants are harmful to humans. Even vitamins if misused can be dangerous, even lethal. Billions of dollars are spent each year on alternative medicine in the form of homeopathy, vitamin therapies and other various quackery which result in many documented (and surely many more undocumented) cases where the treatment did more harm than good. I’m not going to sit here and stump for the medical industry but I will say that whoever has the evidence will have my ear and so far many alternative treatments simply have no good scientific evidence.

I was pretty impressed with the skeptical “moral of the story” that the writers were able to slip in. I think the show has more to offer than its hit-or-miss comedy and special effects. I’m proud to recommend it. Thanks for your time.

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