Summaries- WaywardSundial

1 . It seems counterintuitive that the same multivitamins that people have been taking for years that claim to benefit oneself by supplying helpful vitamins can actually be detrimental to ones wellbeing, more specifically ones wallet as they do not really provide any health benefits.

In a recent study by Kiera Butler,”Do multivatimins really work” explored the concept that multivitamins are actually not beneficial to ones health whatsoever. If an average, healthy person were to take these every day compared to if he didn’t, there would be no difference in health, mental state, or wellbeing. One’s own diet of food more than enough replaces the need to take the vitamins, effectively negating the purpose to use them.

With this knowledge, one can argue that since multivitamins provide no benefit to health or wellbeing, the only thing they do is essentially take money from users with nothing in return. Based on many studies that were outlined in the article, the vitamins such as C and B do not replace or benefit a user any more than if they were to eat the appropriate amount of nutrients and natural vitamins for that day. “a large 2009 study of postmenopausal women published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that multis didn’t protect against any of the diseases studied, including heart disease and lung, breast, and colon cancer. A 2011 study involving nearly 39,000 women reached similar conclusions.”, with this quote regarding how certain vitamins claim to help women in certain aspects of their life, a multitude of studies found that the vitamins taken served literally no purpose, and no notable effects were shown. Since multivitamins were proven by many studies that they provide essentially no health benefits, contrary to the beneficial claims that they advertise, they actually can be the opposite; spending money on a product that doesn’t do anything is generally viewed as a non-beneficial point.

2. It seems counterintuitive that a mental issue known as PTSD, an issue caused by extreme mental stress or emotional hardships, can be “passed on” to others even though they were not involved with the cause of the PTSD in the first place.

With PTSD, many survivors of accidents, assaults, and most prominitaly veterans of war show signs of this issue. When something happens specifically to the person effected, almost no one has the same exact causes, symptons, and “triggers” as someone else. Therefore, the claims that PTSD can be given to someone else that had nothing to do with the incident seems very peculiar, given that no one else experiences PTSD the same way. With the article “Is PTSD contagious”, by Mac Mcclelland, this topic is debated. With many spouses of veterans who come home with PTSD, it is documented that they also have a form of this severe illness: secondary traumatic stress disorder.

This issue is commonly known as “compassion fatigue”, as from hearing ones experiences surrounding the cause of PTSD in the affected person, to also reliving it with said person can basically give this secondhand form of PTSD to others. In the article mentioned, this very thing occurred to the wife of a Vietnam veteran. From going to the store or washing her clothes, the challenges that those diagnosed with PTSD were thrust onto her.

The counterintuitive topic about this is the very fact that PTSD, in its form as well as cause and symptoms are dependant on the person that underwent such events. Therefore, with the claim that secondary traumatic stress is a topical issue in itself is very counterintuitive because something so personal and damaging can be passed to a loved one, even though they had nothing to do with the event in the first place.

3.  It seems counterintuitive that a location in the world held in such high esteem as the Pyramids of Giza, should be within walking distance of food chain called pizza hut.

For centuries, the pyramids, among other incredible marvels of the world, have survived the tests of time. From holding treasures of history, to knowledge about civilizations far gone, these locations in the world hold such wonders. Therefore, for the capitalist gleam of modern society to be within yards of such a historical legend as such of the pyramids, it really shows the contrast of the modern’s world views on such topics. For the idolization of the pyramids, and rightly so there is a vast section of land that is protected by the government of Egypt. However, where that land ends the modern world shows bright and in ones face the doors that open alongside the smell of chain-restaurant pizza.

This utter lack of respect for hosting a chain of food place so close to a wonder of the world doesn’t show dignity to the behemoth that lurks very close to it. The location in Giza where the pyramids and sphinx lie are victim to the taint of the new world, in the sense that we hold the authority to the fate of them, and for such places such as KFC and Pizza Hut to be so close to the pyramids, a testament to the willpower and domination of worlds past, shows a degree of lack of respect, as well as a counterintuitive grasp on the world that something that is a statement of power lost in history that ended up so close to places of a money grabbing world with no outlook on the value of the past, or those that were a part of it.

5 thoughts on “Summaries- WaywardSundial”

  1. 1. Hey, Sundial, you’re making plenty of sense, but maybe I can convince you that you can say just as much in far fewer words.

    Your claims:
    —Multivitamins provide no health benefits
    —Multivitamins are a waste of money
    —Multivitamins do not improve mental state
    —We get plenty of vitamins in our diet
    —Studies prove that that’s true for C and B
    —Multivitamins don’t protect against heart disease or cancer
    I’m struggling to find any other claims, and I’ve spent fewer than 50 words.

    It seems counterintuitive to waste money on multivitamins, which several studies have proved have no health benefits. Vitamins such as C and B are certainly beneficial, but modern Americans—even those of us who eat poorly—get plenty in our regular diet. We’d be much better off putting the money toward fresh fruits and vegetables.”

    3. I’m going to recommend a different sort of restraint for your Pizza Hut summary, Sundial. You’ve spent an amazing amount of rhetoric on these brief paragraphs. I admire the torrent of language, but its effect is to overwhelm readers with words, not persuade them to be outraged. You could accomplish both, I think, with better sentences.

    Plunking down a fast-food joint at Giza, so close to the pyramids and Sphinx, disrespects these wonders of the ancient world. It taints a sacred location with the crassness of the new world. The grand societies that erected these wonders deserve better neighbors than money-grubbing disgraces like KFC and Pizza Hut that have no legacy beyond turning a profit.

    I don’t want to squelch your passion or reduce your energy, but I will continue to urge better control, Sundial. Let it all out in a first draft, but never let that be your last.

    If that sounds like good advice, you are more than welcome to extensive feedback every time you post. To continue the process, all you need do is express that you appreciate my attention. But I’m just as willing to back off if you find this advice intrusive, and I will naturally comment much less and leave you to your own work if you don’t respond or revise.

    I’ve placed your post in two categories: Summaries and WaywardSundial.
    Respond, please.


    1. Hey!
      I completely understand your meaning as to how I do have a tendency to get a little “lost” in writing in that I use my vocabulary to invoke topics in people’s mind that may not need clarification, whereas you have showed me that the things I’ve stated can be reduced dramatically. I really appreciate your feedback, and I will strive to include the idea I want, have the words invoke feelings in the reader, all the while not overwhelming one with extensive wording.


        1. I feel that even in my response I was a bit wordy. I feel that shows I need work on that front, which I will try to do by condensing!


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