The underlying chemistry of Big Pills
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 98 16:26:29 -0700
Subject: The underlying chemistry of Big Pills
[This goes in the Unclear-On-Several-Concepts-At-Once file... -psl]
From: Scott_Wyant@antiochla.edu (Scott Wyant)
Yesterday I went to a local health food store, looking for a particularly
hard-to-find brand of tooth paste. [Oh sure! -psl] There I overheard the
following exchange which, as far as I could tell, was in earnest on both
Customer (She): These multi-vitamin pills have gotten so large, I can't
swallow them anymore.
Owner (He): That's because they've added more calcium to the formula.
Calcium is a very large molecule, so the tablets are larger.
She: Why can't they just make smaller pills, and then I'll just take two
or three of them, instead of the one large one?
He: In order for the calcium to be absorbed properly, you have to take
it all at once.
She: OK. I guess I'll just break them into quarters and take them that
He: That should work.
© 1998 Peter Langston