OK, imagine Gadsie and Grizz, locked in a room together. Who wins?
Gadsie: Will iodine cure the itch I keep getting in my left ear?
Grizz: Excellent question! A Norwegian study of iodine eardrops released last Tuesday shows that the eardrops caused itching to cease, and helped respondents to hear 23% better in audio tests over 20,000 kHz!
Gadsie: Sometimes I feel a bit mopey.
Grizz: Iodine, my boy!
Gadsie: I get so clumsy. I just dropped a grape on the floor. Is it a problem with my nerve endings?
Grizz: The problem is that all sorts of endotoxins build up in our nervous system and iodine is pushed out. By injecting iodine directly into your spine...
[*Cut jump 5 days ahead*]
Gadsie: I don't have gout, but I think I have an unreasonable fear of developing gout.
Grizz: That's known as guttaphobia, from the Latin root that the word gout is derived from. In 1924, the physician Emile Davies found a direct link between guttaphobia and individuals who developed goiters, thus linking the fear of developing gout to populations lacking in dietary iodine...
I used to think monkeys were cute and cuddly, and then I travelled to India and saw one monkey rip off another one's ear and various other nastiness. They can be vicious critters, fascinating to watch and cool to photograph but definitely not something I want to cuddle. Also, rabies.
So, cute but bitey.
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde