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Are you an atheist, skeptic, agnostic, or freethinker seeking like-minded community in the Miami Valley? Join us at one of our meetups.

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Vision and Mission

Our vision is of a society where reason and evidence guide individual and civic principles, and where none suffer prejudice for a commitment to rationality. Our mission is to nurture a community in the Miami Valley that values secular humanism, promotes and preserves freethought in the public square, provides supportive fellowship, and engages in humanitarian good works.

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Community Service & Activism

Freethought Dayton supports a number of community related and charitable activities. We volunteer at the Food Bank of Dayton. We have adopted a highway. We support the annual "Light the Night" fundraiser. And so much more...

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We have raised over $9,000 for Light the Night

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Do You Believe In Magic?

Do you believe in magic? If you are a member of Freethought Dayton, the answer is most likely “no.”  But a lot of people do believe in magical, mystical thinking.  In his recent book, Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Paul A. Offit, MD, examines the world of supplements, megavitamins, chelation therapy, and fear of vaccines.

Nutritional supplements are an unregulated, $34 billion per year industry.  While a few studies indicated some alternative therapies are beneficial, evidence is piling up that other herbal supplements and megadoses of certain vitamins may actually be harmful, not helpful, to your health.  Standardized medicine is certainly not immune to corrections, but when a drug is found to have deleterious effects, it can be pulled from the market due to federal regulations.  This process is much more difficult or impossible in an unregulated industry.

Vitamins and supplements are often touted as “natural,” which in common usage is interpreted as “beneficial and harmless.”  Dr. Offit relates a story of purchasing a bottle of “natural vitamin E”:

“On the back, it said “3333% of the RDA” (recommended daily allowance). That is 33 times the recommended daily allowance.  This one capsule was about maybe half the size of an almond. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E. You would have to eat 1650 almonds to get what was in that 1 capsule. How is that a natural thing to do?”

 

What do you think?  Are supplements safe and harmless, or should they be regulated?

Watch the interview or read the transcript on Medscape.com here.

Check out the book here.

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