Tobacco Control regards smoking as a disease, and sees the prevalence of smoking as an epidemic that claims millions of lives. In their view, it’s essentially no different from typhoid or dysentery or bubonic plague.
But, in my way of thinking about disease, it’s something that’s accompanied by symptoms of one sort or other – like spots, fever, vomiting, tiredness, etc -. Disease entails dis-ease, lack of ease. You don’t feel good if you’ve got bubonic plague. Not one bit.
And it’s this dis-ease that makes the disease. Because if there are no dis-ease symptoms, there’s no disease.
For example, to the best of my knowledge, my gut is filled with bacteria, and always has been. One could say that I’ve had a bacterial infection for my entire life. If it had a name, it would be something like IBI: Internal Bacterial Infection.
But, even though I have all these bugs inside me, there are no dis-ease symptoms. I don’t feel bad all day everyday. In fact, I feel fine.
So it’s not a disease. Because there’s no accompanying dis-ease.
Maybe from time to time there’s a bit of a peak in my internal E. Coli population, and I get a spot of Dire Rear (that is how you spell it, isn’t it?), but even that isn’t anything that I’d think of as dis-ease.
And, funnily enough, the same goes with this other disease I’m supposed to have: the tobacco smoking disease. Because there are no dis-ease symptoms that accompany it.
Sure, from time to time I maybe smoke too much, and start coughing a bit. But I wouldn’t call that dis-ease either.
So, since there are no dis-ease symptoms, it’s not a disease.
But over the past five years, I have been experiencing considerable dis-ease of a different sort. I’ve not been at all ‘at ease’. And it’s not something that’s been caused by anything I’ve drunk or smoked or eaten. The absence of ease comes from not being able to sit in a pub, and drink a pint of beer, and smoke a cigarette. Because to do that was to be at ease. And I haven’t been ‘at ease’ that way for five years. I haven’t been at all comfortable.
It hasn’t killed me yet, but some days the dis-ease symptoms are overwhelming, and I can’t do anything other than feel enraged all day. Because rage is one of the dis-ease symptoms. My temperature rises, and I think my blood pressure rises too. Some days I worry that I might burst a blood vessel, just like Gian Turci.
And I know what the cause of this disease is. It’s Tobacco Control. And it’s something that seems to have infected pretty well western country over the last 10 or 20 years. It’s a rampaging epidemic disease. Even a pandemic. Tobacco Control is causing the dis-ease, and so Tobacco Control is the disease.
But the Tobacco Control pandemic is an unusual disease, because it’s one that’s been generated by the medical profession. It’s an iatrogenic disease. And it spreads in the upper strata of the medical profession. Senior doctors seem to be its carriers. And it spreads from them into the universities and political classes and the media. In this respect, if human society can be regarded as a human body, the Tobacco Control pandemic is one that afflicts the brain and nervous system. It’s a sort of brain cancer. Or a brain infection. Or a disease of the immune system, if doctors can be regarded as the ‘immune system’ of human society.
And because it’s arisen within the medical profession, doctors are unable to treat it. The physicians can’t cure themselves. And so it’s going to have to be lay people – ordinary men and women – who must take on the role of being doctors, in order to combat this new disease.
Tobacco Control must be eradicated. It must be eradicated just like typhoid or plague.
For the most part, when I think about how to eradicate the disease of Tobacco Control, I think in terms of closing down all its sources of funding, and starving it to death. That would kill off ASH and CRUK pretty quickly. But it wouldn’t flush out the carrier-doctors from the medical profession. To do that would require taking political control of the medical profession, and expelling the carriers. And there seem to be quite a lot of them. But I think this is what will have to be done. They’re going to have to be purged.
But there’s more. If Tobacco Control has been such a successful disease, it’s because it’s advanced by pretending to be the cure for a disease – the disease of tobacco smoking (which isn’t, as noted earlier, a dis-ease at all). Tobacco Control offers a poison that it pretends is a cure (and perhaps even a panacea). And what better way is there for a disease to spread and multiply than if doctors are its principal carriers? They are among the most trusted members of society. Which is why they have so easily infected the political classes and the media and the universities. “Trust us,” they say, and people do trust them. And they keep taking the Tobacco Control ‘medicine’ which causes Tobacco Control dis-ease.
We must ourselves take on the role of doctors. We must reverse the roles, and turn the doctors into the patients. We ourselves must write the prescriptions, and issue the Doctor’s Orders. We must become epidemiologists and oncologists and virologists. And one day, when we can finally issue the doctors a clean bill of health, we can let them be doctors again.
I think that, in time, the dis-ease symptoms of the Tobacco Control pandemic – social disintegration, economic stagnation, etc, etc – will become increasingly evident to more and more people, and they’ll firstly stop taking the Tobacco Control ‘medicine’ that is causing so much dis-ease, and then set out to eradicate Tobacco Control. The human race is not stupid. They eventually identify and defeat their enemies, even if they have initially been completely duped by them.
Anyway, after thinking about all those IBI bugs multiplying in my intestines, I’m feeling a bit queasy. So, purely for medicinal purposes, I’m going to drink some bactericidal whisky, just to keep the inner hordes at bay. And smoke some tobacco too, because smoke is also bactericidal. I don’t think E. Coli will be able to resist the twin assault.
And if they do, I’ll just have to drink and smoke some more.