The cinnamon challenge gets a professional study
- The Atlantic says the doctors have not made a case that a “high likelihood” of lung damage even though the article says that in 40 years, those who took the cinnamon challenge now could end up with lung damage. They see the danger of the cinnamon challenge is much more of one of kids being susceptible to peer pressure, not in danger of death due to spices.
- Blogger Jessica Gottlieb sees the ambiguity in the statistics in a post titled The Cinnamon Challenge is Killing our Kids, followed by the first paragraph that says, “Or maybe it isn’t. Who the hell knows?” She cautions parents about overreacting to the dangers of the cinnamon challenge just because the media will overreact to the findings in the study. I agree.
- Forbes, on the other hand, has a piece by an ER doctor who cautions, “don’t even think of doing it.” He says he’s had “first hand experience caring for the complications of teens taking “the cinnamon challenge.” (But frustratingly, he doesn’t give any accounts of his first hand experiences. He only talks about the findings in the study.)
- “It’s a really, really bad idea,” says Time and points out some of the more serious findings in the study.
- The Huffington Post actually has the most useful piece I’ve seen about the cinnamon challenge since the study was released. The headline is neither sensational nor dismissive, “Cinnamon Challenge: Doctors Issue Warning Against Dangerous Trend.” It sums up the study, and then has an actual account of a teen who was hospitalized with a collapsed lung after her fourth attempt at the challenge. She has, as far as I can tell from everything I’ve read, the most serious effects from the challenge.
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