H/T Wiel Maessen on Facebook for this name. She’s a doctor, and she’s written a long piece on Sott.net about smoking.
Of course, I know that you’re thinking. You’re thinking that it must be another article about how smoking kills everybody and everything stone dead in minutes. But read the first paragraph:
I’m sick and tired of the anti-smoking culture that has taken over the entire world. I have had enough of hearing “don’t smoke, it’s bad for you!!” The ignorance that betrays such remarks is utterly abysmal, especially coming from people who should know better. So for all those who have asked me why do I actually smoke, I’m going to explain my reasons in this article.
Isn’t that wonderful to read! And from a doctor!!
Not that I agree with everything she says.
…the changes in our diet, particularly since the introduction of mechanised agriculture, the Industrial Revolution and arrival in the ‘enlightened’ Modern Age, have systemically destroyed our health. The mismatch between our ancient physiology – which thrived with little or no edible plant food – and our current diet, is at the root of many so-called diseases of civilization…
I’d guess that she eats a lot of meat, and not many vegetables. Which is pretty much what I do. But if our modern industrialised diet is so bad, how come there are 7 billion of us on the planet now, and many of us are living longer than ever?
I arrived in Europe when there was still a smoking culture and it wasn’t seen as the profound ‘evil’ it is today. The European smoking bans were introduced during my time here and, coincidentally enough, the general state of society has deteriorated badly during the same time. Could that deterioration have something to do with the replacement of nicotine – a chemical that enhances learning and memory – with Big Pharma tranquilizer drugs and dissociative technology?
From my vantage point in the medical profession, everybody and their friend is taking some kind of calming pill that numbs their feelings and further alienates them from reality.
Well, as a doctor she probably knows more about that than I do. But, smoker that I am, I don’t take any pills at all for anything.
Nicotine has also been used to prevent kidney failure and improve kidney function. Nicotinic receptors in the brain are associated with neuronal plasticity and cell survival, which is why tobacco has been linked with better thinking and concentration. Nicotine has been used to treat ulcerative colitis, a disease characterized by inflammation of the large intestine3. It is clear from available medical literature that the benefits are far-ranging when it comes to this natural compound – nicotine – that acts as an anti-inflammatory and facilitates the creation of new brain cells!
Sounds about right.
Doctors and anti-smokers are, in my opinion, completely deluded on this topic. They say things like “smoking is bad because it has thousands of chemicals including arsenic and cadmium…
Yes, tobacco has its pollutants, but they are found in the water we drink, the air we breathe, in baby food, you name it, in even higher concentrations. A conservative estimate is that over 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced into society since the 1800s, only a few hundred of which have been tested for safety…
Most people tend to think of air pollution as having effects on the lungs, but exposure to road traffic and air pollution may also trigger heart attacks6. But people are right: air pollution does cause lung cancer. A much-anticipated government study of more than 12,000 miners has found that exposure to diesel engine exhaust significantly increases the risk of lung cancer. For NON-smokers, the risk was seven times higher.
That sounds interesting. I’ve not heard of this study. But it only came out in June. It sounds like it supports the ideas of that South African woman doctor (whose name escapes me. Helen x?) 50 years ago. And also may lend support to the idea that the increased mucus in smokers’ lungs has a protective effect.
She also discusses radioactive fallout from nuclear tests (which I have too, here, here, and here), and includes a YouTube video that gives the locations of 2,053 nuclear weapon tests from 1945 to 1998. I think that after the mid-1960s most of these were conducted underground. But it was still pretty scary to watch.
She ends by saying:
Yes, you’re reading this right; as a doctor, I don’t discourage patients from smoking in this increasingly stressful world. I do encourage them to choose organic tobacco and papers, or to go back to the old traditional ways of smoking pipes or cigars. The smartest people on Earth smoke and it is a veritable sign of the times that smoking is so highly discouraged in this modern, zombie culture.
Isn’t that refreshing? I wish I had a doctor like that.
And I wish there was a Society of Pro-Smoking Doctors like her. The SPSD or something. So you could find out where the nearest one was.
Update Jan 2013: Facebook Interview with Gabriela Segura.