Depends how unpleasant taking of the pills would be and what would happen if you didn't take them. I guess the chance of substantial negative health effect would be negligible even without disinfecting them in alcohol, but it may not be worth to do something unpleasant if the gains are small, even if you know that the unpleasantness isn't tied to actual risk.

But to make a non-ambiguous suggestion, take them.

Depends how unpleasant taking of the pills would be and what would happen if you didn't take them. I guess the chance of substantial negative health effect would be negligible even without disinfecting them in alcohol

The unpleasantness just arises from my fear that my precautions have not been enough. I'm glad to see that you think even non-disinfected pills would be okay; that was my guess as well, but I wanted to make sure. I know someone who drank toilet water and never got sick, so I'm almost positive these pills are okay, now.

Is it okay to take toilet-pills? / Rationality vs. the disgust factor

by Hul-Gil 1 min read25th Jul 201138 comments

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Well, I've a chance to prove my commitment to cold, hard rationality, unswayed by emotional concerns... I'm just not sure which route really is the more rational (assuming a desire to stay healthy).

In doubt as to the most logical course of action, I thought I'd get some LessWrongian input. To back up a bit and explain: I opened a pill bottle and was shaking one out into my hand, and since I'm a klutz the upshot was three pills in the (thankfully flushed) toilet. I fished them out, because these are three out of my last four pills; I take half a tablet a day, and don't get a refill until a week from now.

Now they're sitting on a dish in front of me, soaking for a few minutes in 91% isopropyl alcohol. Does LessWrong think they'll be okay to take? The alcohol should kill most germs, but I know it doesn't get all of them. What about viruses? Should I attempt to scrub the tablets to remove them? I've also always enjoyed informing my friends about various surfaces with more germs than toilet water (keyboard, phone), but that doesn't mean toilet water isn't horrifically toxic...

 

You decide. I promise to abide by the collective decision of LessWrong in this matter: should I take the toilet pills?