That’s an urban legend at every college across the nation.
It probably has more to do with the high fat content of many college meals - most people pound burgers, fries, and pizzas in the cafeteria. Try getting a wrap, salad, and some soup and I guarantee you will be feeling much better.
Adding a drug as a “secret” ingredient in food? Really, man? You think schools are willing to open themselves up to THAT kind of a lawsuit rather than dealing with students getting the shits for a day or two?
Besides - laxatives work on the large intestines. Being a medical student, I’m certain you can see the significance of this.
edit: besides, colleges don’t cook huge amounts and store it for extended periods of time, nor do they generally under cook things (if they did, THIS would be the explanation for food poisoning, not laxatives). The food that IS prepared is generally served immediately, with any leftovers usually turned into lunchtime specials the following day. They don’t leave chicken sitting at room temp for several days on end before dicing it up and setting up a taco station.[/quote]
If you read the post, you would know that I am a freshman, which means I havn’t studied digestive systems yet, and secondly I do eat relatively clean, aside from the grilled cheese every now and then.[/quote]
If you read my post, you will see that I HAD to have read yours - I did, after all, answer your question. So, you can feel free to be impressed.
Laxatives make no sense from a medical standpoint because they work on the large intestine… nutrients (and toxins) are primarily absorbed earlier on, in the small intestines.
Laxatives make no sense from a statistical standpoint because administering a drug to a large population will surely lead to more complications than the chance of food poisoning would. Slight bacterial contamination is a self-limiting issue in healthy people; most would flush it out without realizing there is a problem. Greater bacterial growth is unlikely for the reasons I have already written.
Laxatives make no sense from a legal standpoint because the repercussions of administering a drug to individuals without their consent puts one in a worse situation than the off-chance of some students getting sick. Did you happen to sign any documents upon enrollment that attest to your informed consent on the issue of CAFETERIA WORKERS spiking your food?
I’m curious - what is YOUR argument… besides the fact that you feel you eat relatively cleanly? Because ‘everyone says so’?