Gabriela Segura, MD

H/T Wiel Maessen on Facebook for this name. She’s a doctor, and she’s written a long piece  on 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…

Very true.

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.

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31 Responses to Gabriela Segura, MD

  1. Reinhold says:

    The smartest people on Earth smoke

    Yes. OH yes.

  2. harleyrider1978 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 worked at Aviation Physiology for awhile attached to NRMC hospital. Human’s garner roughly 3 months of vitamins within the stomach lining. This natural selection process adapted us to go thru the winters when no true vegetable matter was available to eat. When you piss yellow or green or orange after taking a mega multi vitamin,its your system dumping those excess vitamins you dont need!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      However if I remember my phys bizz training vitamin C isnt a retained vitamin.

      • smokervoter says:

        My favorite media doctor, Dr. Dean Ezell, counseled this to his listeners. Considering the price of some of those mega-vitamin supplements that’s some mighty pricey urine.

        When I was in my early twenties I got hooked for a while on the vitamin pill regimen. It was a good example of the placebo effect as I thought I was positively glowing with vitality, although that could very well have been the B-vitamin effect.

        Wisely I never jumped on the organic food bandwagon simply because of the icy weird vibes and gossamer flesh tones I’d encounter from the other shoppers at those hippy health food stores.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Frank I remember that miners study of 12,000,If I remember right they didnt take into account miners large daily doses of RADON gas within the mines. Soot and dust are other key factors but it seems its only concerned with PM2.5 diesel exhaust if I remember right and Im probaly wrong on some points.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Human lungs ‘brush’ themselves clean of contaminants
      Friday, September 07, 2012 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

      Human lungs contain a tiny network of constantly moving “brushes” that flush contaminants out of the respiratory system, according to research conducted by scientists from the University of North Carolina and published in the journal Science.

      Scientists have known for a long time that the respiratory system protects itself by means of a coating of mucus, which is sticky enough to trap pollutants and keep them from reaching the body’s cells. When needed, the body can expel this mucus through a runny nose or a cough.

      “The air we breathe isn’t exactly clean, and we take in many dangerous elements with every breath,” said lead researcher Michael Rubinstein.

      “We need a mechanism to remove all the junk we breathe in, and the way it’s done is with a very sticky gel, called mucus, that catches these particles and removes them with the help of tiny cilia. The cilia are constantly beating, even while we sleep.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        If I remember correctly smokers have a extra layer of protection from smoking and could explain why they found that exposure to diesel engine exhaust significantly increases the risk of lung cancer. For NON-smokers, the risk was seven times higher.

  4. Her observations on diet are interesting because it’s something I’ve often wondered about myself. If I were cast off in the jungle, or even in the wheat fields of Kansas after a zombie apocalypse, and for some reason were denied the use of fire, I’d be pretty hard up to fend for myself foodwise. Wheat, corn, beans, … all those things do a lot better with a bit of cooking or baking, and that’s not even thinking about what I’d do with a freshly dead raw cow.

    But it’s only really been in the last, what, 50,000, 100,000? years or so that we’ve been cookin’ with gas so to speak. In terms of evolution, our systems should still be pretty much the same as they were before fire… unless (and quite possible I guess) we’ve had a fairly unnoticed evolutionary leap where some weird mutants who happened to digest cooked food well, happened to not only have fire, but also LIKED cooked food a lot and also, simultaneously, started seriously beating out all the normal human beings in terms of survival and procreation. Cooking is a pretty serious thing to do to organic matter. It seems strange that the process doesn’t destroy all sorts of nutrients our bodies should normally need.

    ::sigh:: I remember having a heated discussion some years ago with a woman who was trying to feed her cat an uncooked vegan diet of some kind. :/ I have no idea how that eventually turned out. With some justice perhaps the gal has died and gone to cat purgatory where giant felines are forcing her to survive by swallowing wriggling mice!


    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Mike you have such an evil mind; eating mice whole! Could you write us a depiction of how you would torcher one of our leading Nazis……………Or have you been watching the SCI-FI channel for days on end again.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I think that, in many cases, cooking food – particularly plant food – changes its chemistry and makes it digestible. I think this is certainly true of potatoes. Nobody eats raw potatoes. And probably is true of wheat and lots of other plant foods as well. We have to cook these things, otherwise we can’t digest them.

      Also cooking kills parasites and most bacteria. It’s safer to eat cooked food.

      Also, cooking generally makes foodstuffs soft and easy to eat. It’s quicker to eat cooked food.

      And lastly, cooking food heats it up, and eating hot food is a good way of keeping warm in cold climates – because you get not only the calorific value of the food, but also the caloric content of the hot food above internal body temperature

    • Tony says:

      I think there is very strong evidence that human ancestors (hominids) were using fire 750,000 years ago and suggestive evidence from as long ago as 1.7 million years. That doesn’t prove it was being used to cook food but it does seem plausible. Modern homo sapiens emerged about 150,000 years ago so we may indeed have evolved a need for cooked food. Certainly we would have evolved a tolerance to smoke. So this current anti-smoking phobia is something of a return to a pre-human, animalistic fear.

  5. prog says:

    I guess many older doctors might agree to a greater or lesser extent, whereas younger inexperienced ones have been effectively brainwashed. But to publicly state so would undoubtedly incur the wrath of their bosses and representatives. Indeed, we have seen instances of doctors (e.g the French guy) who rubbished the SHS shite, but only on retirement .

  6. margo says:

    Thanks for that one, Frank. I hadn’t come across this unusual woman before. Following the links, I find that her writings can be seen on a site called The Health Matrix. I shall check it out.

  7. Dave says:

    Lighting up time.

  8. Jonathan Bagley says:

    Forty years ago, the advice was to switch to cigars or a pipe. Now ASH claims they are equally as bad. One more way ASK UK is causing death.

  9. They were kind of FORCED to go into cigars/pipes once they made a stink about ETS. Pipes are notorious for creating clouds of smoke.

    – MJM

  10. margo says:

    A society for pro-tobacco doctors – that is a really really good idea. I wonder how many docs would join.

  11. garyk30 says:

    But folks, don’t you know that cigarettes are extremely dangerous?

    After smoking for over 50 years, most smokers will have about a 1/230 chance of dying from a disease caused by smoking.

    • garyk30 says:

      Health Care though is safe and good for you.

      5 days in a hospital is a 1/60 chance of dying from a hospital caused death.

    • beobrigitte says:

      After smoking for over 50 years, most smokers will have about a 1/230 chance of dying from a disease caused by smoking.

      If you have been smoking for 50 years, you are in an age group that just isn’t 30 anymore. Which diseases did you have in mind? Are these diseases REALLY caused only by smoking?

      • garyk30 says:

        To my knowledge, there is no disease that is only caused by smoking.

        Yup, thirty was a long time ago.

        American CDC data shows that there are 94 million ever-smokers and 400,000 smoking related deaths per year.

        That is a 1 per 235 death rate.

        TC antis make a great deal of those 400,000 deaths; but, never-smokers will have about 1.14 million deaths per year from those same diseases.

        There are 19 diseases that are said to be ’caused’ by smoking.

        The smokers’ deaths are said to be ‘preventable’, I guess the 1.14 million never-smokers that die from those same diseases are just shit-out-of-luck!!!!

  12. smokervoter says:

    “I would not feel so all alone, cuz’ everybody must get stoned” – Bob Dylan

    I loved Gabriela’s article and I even went and read one of the related articles by Laura Knight Jadczyk.

    I’ve got just one caveat though. Both of them did the ‘quit throwing stones at smokers, instead throw them at soda drinkers (fatties) or aspartame eaters, high fructose corn syrup, fluoride, gluten, and GMO foods. All apparently destroying our ‘precious bodily fluids’, a la the crazy general in Dr. Strangelove.

    Do we really need to intellectually stone to death everyone we feel are guilty of crimes against the maximum longevity gods?

    Granted, it all stems from the tobacco neurotic movement, but we keep the game alive when we set up our own stoning ceremonies. The Anna Raccoon piece on obesity and the welfare state the other day almost got me to throw in a comment urging the throng of righteous readers to stop and observe themselves pitching hate missiles at the obese. The language was getting despicable.

    They had better hope the stoning session isn’t configured in a circle because some of those errant rocks could easily wind up striking their fellow lifestyle executioners.

    • garyk30 says:

      Just how hazardous is that stuff and cig smoke?

      For lab purposes, the dangerousness can be rated into four categories.(Thanks LegIron)

      Category 1 is the sort of Stuff you can use in your kitchen – making beer and yogurt using mostly-harmless things.

      Category 2 is basic lab work. Things that might be hazardous, but aren’t very good at it

      Category 3 is getting serious. Sealed windows. Negative pressure with extraction through filters fine enough to trap bacteria. Tops of cupboards are sloped so nothing airborne settles on them.
      Entry through a changing area, plastic overshoes and dedicated lab coats.

      Category 4 is where you enter the room in a space suit with your own air supply. This is ‘holy crap’ dangerous stuff.
      Ebola, etc, things that might be incurable or where the cure is known to be less than 100% effective so catching it means a good chance of death.
      Airlock entry. Not even a virus gets out of those rooms. Sealed windows? Nope. No windows. Except one – a window to the corridor so passers-by can see if you’re writhing on the floor. Usually Cat. 3 would have that window too.

    • Marvin says:

      I discovered Laura Knight Jadczyks’ blog, by chance about a week ago.
      She has an interesting theory on the origins of the ‘authoritarian-psychopathic’ personality.
      To Laura it was a mixing of the genes between Neanderthal man and the Cro-Magnons (modern) humans.
      And those hybrids with the Neanderthal genes, completely devoid of compassion, empathy etc. clawed their way to the top of any society.
      It’s probably a load of bollocks, because even I can think of ways authoritarian-psychopaths can be produced without involving “genetics”.
      But it’s a thought provoking article anyway…

      In the same piece is an interesting theory on how patriarchy might have started (discussed here on Franks blog several days ago).
      Something caused the rain forest of Northern Africa and the Middle-East to dry up and become desert.
      According to Lauras research and supported by the ‘Electric Universe’ site. There was a close planetary encounter around 8 to 10,000 years ago.
      The myths and drawings of the time (if interpreted correctly) show there were two “Suns” in the sky at the same time.
      The electrostatic force (and discharge) between the two bodies “scarred” the earth across Northern Africa and the Middle-East.
      Killing all the plant life and causing the desertification that we see today and in those conditions of food scarcity,
      the hybrids were the “best equipped” to ensure THEIR OWN survival at the expense of the ‘real’ humans.
      Again, an interesting hypothesis.

  13. Martin says:

    I’m almost tempted to start smoking again .

  14. prog says:

    The overweight are potentially more vulnerable than smokers. They can’t argue that they pay excise duty at 3-4 times the cost of treating so called diet related illness, that they’re addicted, that obesity is cool. They can’t even be secret fatties.

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