Monday, January 26, 2009

60 Minutes Looks at Resveratrol

I'm a huge fan of resveratrol, so I found this segment interesting.
Scientists have found a substance called resveratrol in red wine that slows down the aging process in mice. Will it someday lengthen the lives of humans, too? Morley Safer reports.

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Bob said...

I've been drinking Pinot Noir (in moderation) and curious about this resveratrol deal for a while now, but I found this 60 minutes report to be really lame. Morley Safer's tough questions: "So, what you're saying is someone who is 70 will look and feel like they're 35?" and "Maybe someday we can forget dieting and exercise and just take this one pill?"

Gimme a break, Morley. How about some obvious questions, like: "If a glass or two of wine shows benefits in humans, then why pump several thousand times that concentration into the blood stream?" or "What's the difference between the resveratrol concentration in grapes or grape juice compared to wine?"

How about interviewing someone who's skeptical about the issue, or a least some scientists who are not tied to this one biotech company. The piece sounded like a commercial for the company at times, like these young scientists were making a pitch to investors rather than sharing objective information.

I'll keep drinking my Pinot Noir, but this news piece just reminded me how toothless the mainstream media is and how utterly contaminated the scientific process becomes when big money gets involved.