Filthy Habits

One thing that’s been obvious about the modern antismoking crusade has been that it’s more of a moral crusade than anything. Antismokers don’t like smoking. And their healthist companions don’t like alcohol or food either.

They’re quite obviously all puritans who don’t like pleasure of any sort. And it goes all the way back to King James I, if not earlier.

Dr W, the first antismoker I ever encountered, shouted that smoking was a “filthy, filthy, filthy” habit. And it seems that it’s the tobacco smoke that gets everywhere as secondhand smoke, and settles on everything as thirdhand smoke,  that they see as particularly “filthy”.

And it’s not just tobacco smoke that they see as “filthy”, as I was pointing out a couple of days ago. Any smoke at all is automatically “filthy” as well as poisonous and carcinogenic and something children shouldn’t be allowed to see. Why they haven’t yet banned incense, candles, bonfires, and matches, I really don’t know.

In fact, it seems to me that the filthiest habit of all is cooking and eating. You end up with rooms full of steam and fat and smells, and pots and pans and plates and knives and forks and spoons and napkins covered in gravy and sauce. When I lived in Devon and set about cleaning the kitchen, I realised that walls and ceilings were covered in layers of accumulated oils and fats. All of it probably toxic and carcinogenic.

Perhaps that’s why vegetarians shun meat. It’s all the fat and oil that boils off. A vegetarian diet of fruit and vegetables and nuts is probably the cleanest form of food. You probably barely need to wash the plates. Although when I shared a flat with some vegetarians they made the most horrible-looking (and -smelling) saucepans full of brown gunge, which they’d cook for hours.

One day they’ll ban gravy. They’ll ban it just because it’s brown and sticky and gets all over plates.

Anyway I think that whenever (as now) people start making health claims about smoking and drinking and eating, it should always be remembered that some people have been opposed to them since time immemorial. And that if it’s said that “extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence”, then the same applies to any health claims made about habits which regularly attract moral disapproval: they should require extraordinary evidence to support them.

And there never is any. The evidence is always pitifully weak.

The worst of it is that, because the upper echelons of the medical profession is teeming with miserable puritans bent on preventing anyone enjoying anything, we’re now seeing a wave of epidemics which (amazingly) aren’t caused by smoking. First it was Ebola that they made a complete pig’s ear of. Now it’s Zika, which has reached southern US states.

We’ve seen it coming for months. Zika has been moving with hurricane intensity throughout South America and the Caribbean, appearing for the first time in 42 countries in the Western Hemisphere in less than two years. Originally thought a mild infection, Zika’s unanticipated ability to cause serious fetal abnormalities startled scientists and health officials into taking the virus much more seriously. Experts have been warning for months that the U.S. mainland was vulnerable, too, especially southern states that still harbor Aedes aegypti, the principal mosquito species involved in Zika transmission. So it should come as no surprise that last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health confirmed what we’ve all been expecting: four locally transmitted cases of Zika in Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward counties, all apparently acquired in the same part of Miami. Ten more cases were confirmed on Monday, and it is very likely more will come to light over the coming weeks.

And there are probably more epidemics on the way, thanks to these puritan doctors’ small-minded obsession with smoking and drinking and eating.

When are they all going to be kicked out of the medical profession?

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32 Responses to Filthy Habits

  1. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Oh they’ll never ban the gravy train. They might change the name to ‘Au Jus’ and charge more ;)

  2. Tony says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36942221
    Plant proteins link to longer life

    The analysis suggested that for every 3% increase in calories from plant protein, the risk of death from any cause during the period studied was reduced by 10%.
    So if you increase your plant protein intake by 30% you’ll live forever.

    Naturally, other sins make things worse: The associations were stronger in people with another risk factor, such as obesity, smoking, drinking heavily or not exercising a lot.

    But more research is needed of course. They have expensive mortgages to pay after all.

  3. jaxthefirst says:

    I’m actually quite surprised that they haven’t tried to blame smoking for either Ebola or Zika. Smoking is the modern-day equivalent of witchcraft – the catch-all reason that “experts” of the day trot out as the “reason” for anything they either can’t control or don’t know exactly how it’s happening. And just like back then, all those little hopeful drones, desperate for the “experts” to tell them that “they know” how and why it’s happening and therefore can look after everything, will simply accept it all as “fact.” It makes them feel all safe and secure and well looked-after. C’mon, Frank – didn’t you know that mosquitoes are big-time smokers?? Get with the programme, will ya?

    • nisakiman says:

      Don’t hold your breath, Jax. They may not be able to blame Zika on smoking, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it won’t be long before we’re reading that smokers get it far worse / not smoking helps prevent it / mosquitoes bearing it are particularly attracted to smokers / pregnant women who smoke and get Zika are much more likely to have deformed babies than women who don’t smoke etc etc etc. It really is too good an opportunity to bash smokers to miss.

      • Rose says:

        it won’t be long before we’re reading that smokers get it far worse

        The question is how will they do it?
        Found this very morning looking for “tobacco keeps mosquitos away”

        Thiamine / Vitamin B1
        “Research has shown that biting insects (such as mosquitoes, midges and flies) hate vitamin B1. People who had consumed quantities of food containing it were much less likely to be bitten. When there is too much vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine) in the body for its needs it is naturally excreted in the sweat, urine and breath; this has protective effects, keeping the midges at bay.
        Its odour and flavour are similar to those of yeast. 50-100mg a day is recommended for use as an insect repellent, this may be as taken as part of a B-complex.
        1.5mg is required to prevent signs of deficiency. Foods high in B1 include wheatgerm and bran, the outer portion (husk) of rice and grains, brewer’s yeast, black molasses. Oats, spinach, nuts, sunflower seeds, avocado (although only about 0.13mg in an average avocado). Vitamin B1 is depleted in the body by the use of sugar, coffee, tannin in black tea, nicotine and alcohol.

        Smokers may use the fact that the cigarette smoke keeps midges away for a while as a good reason to smoke, however the nicotine in the cigarette will reduce the amount of vitamin B1 in the body, reducing the longer term deterrent effects.”
        http://www.woodlandherbs.co.uk/acatalog/natural_insect_repellents.html

        How long? 34 minutes : )

    • Supergran says:

      hehe, yeah GET with the prog Frankie boy!! lol x

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    We remember when Obama had to appoint Ron Klain as Ebola response coordinator due to that anti-smoker, incompetent fool Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC who was way over his head.

    Look for Obama to find a ‘Zika coordinator’ soon. Frieden will probably recommend raising tobacco taxes to combat the Zika virus.

  5. jameshigham says:

    What these idiots don’t understand is that a certain amount of ‘unhealthiness’ is healthy, as Dave Allen would have attested.

  6. chris says:

    My wife is obsessed with the idea that the kitchen must be spotless at all times. And that the house in general must always look as if nobody actually lives here.

    • Frank Davis says:

      That’s the sort of thing I hate. I like places to look like they’re Lived In. Same goes for bars and restaurants and hotels. If everything is spotless, you have to be on your toes in case you spill something, or drop crumbs, because someone will see it.

      I remember once going house-hunting and visiting a place where the cushions on the chairs were still in the cellophane wrapping in which they’d been purchased. How awful!

      • Rose says:

        I like visitors to feel at home in my house, if ever I saw anyone sitting uncomfortably on the edge of their chairs, I’d feel that I had failed as a host.

        Mind you, cleanliness is good.

      • nisakiman says:

        Ha! My father bought a new car in about 1975. When, in a broke moment I bought it off him some 15 years later, I removed the ‘protective covers’ from the seats! He’d been sitting on sweaty plastic sheet for fifteen years so he wouldn’t get the seats dirty! WTF?

  7. Manfred says:

    Humans have sought to smoke something / anything and to ferment something / anything at about the same time the prefrontal cortex evolved to become sufficiently complex to generate a dawning self-awareness. Necessary to help transcend present moment misery, indeed, expeditious for survival these two activities are now sought to be extinguished by the most miserable dullards to ever walk the Earth. That they will never succeed in their quest is obvious to all and unsurprisingly, not to them.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Necessary to help transcend present moment misery, indeed, expeditious for survival these two activities are now sought to be extinguished by the most miserable dullards to ever walk the Earth.
      Misery, indeed. The numbers of young people suffering from depression signed off work is steadily increasing.
      Miserable dullards, indeed. they can’t see past the end of their own noses. I just wish they’d stop lobbying, thus buying laws that interfere with common sense.

    • Some French bloke says:

      the most miserable dullards to ever walk the Earth

      Indeed! That someone, after being subjected to the worst kind of industrial-strength propaganda for all or most of his life, is still able to come up with such a felicitous turn of phrase to designate people he’s been practically commanded to worship as semi-gods of science and health (in reality an utterly undemocratic, revoltingly anti-scientific, and ‘liberticide’ cult), just bolstered my faltering faith in the future of the human race!

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    New gun fighter rig making for a friend actually Im making him 2,got one done

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Starting second one now

  11. melinoerealm says:

    The reason Europe ended up in such a sorry state, is that it lost its classical roots, tradition, education and values, which gave way to christianity unfortunately, under the increasing influence of the puritan- founded US. Further more, its the christian leaderships of the previous decades, which endorsed islam, promoted panreligious nonsense claiming that islam is same with christianity and let’s all get together (foolishly believing at the time, they would proselytize the muslims or somehow control them).

    It is more essential than ever, that Europe returns to the Classical civilization and Tradition, clearing out the christian elements especially in their worst form, the protestant and in its foulest version, the puritan.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Your forgetting the Catholic church got taken over by the EU CRATS and they installed their own Pope. The same one now who is pushing all the leftist BS and the pursuit of even more moslems into the EU. The guy even came out for the fags and lesbians.

      Todays problems aren’t caused by prior catholics or protestant religions. Its happening because atheist socialists in the UN and American progressives are pushing it,right along with the smoking bans and everything else. Its all for one purpose globalization under one rule THEM! Go back and read franks blog before about the Copenhagen summit where they put up on a UN website that a new unelected body at the UN wouldbasically rule the world under global warming…….That whole CLIMATE CHANGE crap since the 1970s has been nothing but a political agenda used to push global control on everyone.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        A lil vandalizing might have kept AUCHWITZ from occurring had people stood up against Hitlers propaganda and stunts like his smoking bans to subdue the population into doing whatever it was told to do……….

        Hitlers anti-smoking laws weren’t the start of it all. American Eugenicists had 50 years before Hitler to get such laws passed with little fight from those being targeted. Hitler just picked up the ball and ran with it ffrom the Victorians to the American Progressives they all had the same intent.

        You stand there and claim it harms our cause to deface a few signs against our rights and freedoms………Its better than Death camps that can come if such things are left to complete to heir final solution…………Id seriously rethink your position and see whats actually happening to the world………via the FCTC world health anti-tobacco treaty and then thenext objective the world anti-obesity treaty,then the world anti-alcohol treaty or the green wackos who push these bans and there far out attempt at Copenhagen to install a world government body that no nation could challenge in its authority!

        [[

        The U.N., in the person of a communist bureaucrat and fossil-fuel billionaire named Strong, invented the climate scam because the pompous, squawking inadequates and misfits who populate its marble halls have long fancied themselves as Kommissars in the most exclusive club in the world – the Politburo of a global bureaucratic-centralist government.

        They gave the game away in 2009 when, on Sept. 15, they published on an obscure U.N. website the draft climate treaty that, they hoped, would be triumphantly signed at the annual international climate yabbadabbathon at Copenhagen.

        The draft, at Paragraphs 36 and 38 of Annex 1, explicitly mentioned that a global “government” would be established, with overriding powers of taxation, regulation and enforcement. This power of the Klimate Kommissars to compel independent-minded nations to do as they were told was delicately described in the treaty draft as a “facilitative mechanism.”

        A 2 percent tax on every financial transaction worldwide was to be levied. Rich nations would be ordered to contribute a further 2 percent of GDP each.

        And would this world “government” be elected? Did the words “ballot” or “vote” appear anywhere in that dismal draft? No. This was to be a tyranny-by-clerk, modeled on the unelected and now mercifully collapsing European Union, which – by a process of annual agreements and treaties whose content was kept so secret that in Britain the major treaties were actually classified until they had been inflicted on us and we could not escape – acquired supreme legislative and administrative power by little and little, while few noticed what was going on.]]

  12. melinoerealm says:

    The problem of Europe is caused by christianity. Things over here are not the same as in the US, but often opposite conditions apply.

    European civilization and values are founded upon its Classical roots, education, Tradition, art, and ways of life. Tobacco prohibition or liquor prohibition is NOT a matter of US progressivism, is a matter of Puritan protestant influence. The debt mess and the abominable treatment of Greece, was also not a matter of US progressivism, but a matter of Kalvinist insane beliefs and hatred.

    Europe is NOT the same as the US. And here, in this continent, with indigenous nations and with a history of thousands of years, with its native religions of great beauty and Liberty, with our liberal erotic spirits, with our warlike disposition, with an astounding Tradition, and with important Creation power, christianity is NOT what produces our ethics, is not what inspires our actions, is not what gives us our identities or dictates our courses.

    PS: Even the romancatholics, despite their huge and very serious mistakes, managed later on and for a while some kind of a Renaissance, and some kind of Phallic worship (which decorated their churches and which the protestant maniacs attacked and demolished, like the “muslims of europe” they always were). And after the french revolution, again we saw the classical education and ideals rising, as they always do, the most important guiding light that gets us out of trouble.

    US people cannot understand it, cannot feel it and cannot associate with it. Theirs, is a different path, which we also do not understand. Let’s not try to pretend we do, either side. But let each one take their course, without having to agree, or be burdened with a common course (which would be impossible, since either part would have to enforce its own course on the other).

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      I gather your an atheist. The church groups pushing tobacco prohibition in America aren’t even real churches but a group of linked together groups thru the RWJF foundations outreach agenda where they paid them to push tobacco bans.

      2013

      Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for Public Health: Q&A with Acacia Salatti

      http://www.rwjf.org/en/culture-of-health/2013/04/faith-based_and_neig.html

      • beobrigitte says:

        I do remember having a beer and plenty of cigarettes with our catholic priest at the village festival a few years ago. My memory of this evening is a bit blurred but I do remember discussing the church’s role in people’s lives. Tobacco control and the food&beer police did not get a mention as we ordered the next Pils and filled the ashtray.

        I guess a few years can make a difference. I shall return for the next village festival and need to collar the priest for some more discussing the role of the church in peoples’ lives now and ca. 75 years ago…..

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Tobacco prohibition or liquor prohibition is NOT a matter of US progressivism, is a matter of Puritan protestant influence

    Progressive Era – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Era

    Wikipedia

    The Progressive Era was a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the ….. The Progressives tried to permanently fix their reforms into law through … the Progressives and others push through their plan for prohibition through the … The Volstead Act, 1919, defined intoxicating as having alcohol content …

  14. beobrigitte says:

    The worst of it is that, because the upper echelons of the medical profession is teeming with miserable puritans bent on preventing anyone enjoying anything, we’re now seeing a wave of epidemics which (amazingly) aren’t caused by smoking. First it was Ebola that they made a complete pig’s ear of. Now it’s Zika, which has reached southern US states.

    We must excuse the WHO for being too preoccupied with the dangers of smoking/eating/drinking/vaping to pay close attention to trivial matters such as Ebola or even Zika.

    The CDC:
    http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html

    Pregnant women and their partners living in or traveling to this area should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
    Why am I laughing out loud! I grew up with mosquitoes and therefore know that whatever you do and whatever you cover yourself in, the little suckers will get you.

    Women and men who live in or traveled to this area and who have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms or other barriers to prevent infection every time they have sex or not have sex during the pregnancy.
    So, obviously the advice above about preventing mosquito bites does not work…..

    In fact, it seems to me that the filthiest habit of all is cooking and eating. You end up with rooms full of steam and fat and smells, and pots and pans and plates and knives and forks and spoons and napkins covered in gravy and sauce. When I lived in Devon and set about cleaning the kitchen, I realised that walls and ceilings were covered in layers of accumulated oils and fats. All of it probably toxic and carcinogenic.
    This does remind me of the kitchen in the house I shared with 4 others when I moved to England. Ah, what wonderful times. I didn’t only learn most interesting English (wow!!! the subtleties of swearing exceed German options by far) then, I did learn the art of home brewing from these happy people, too.

    And, yes. The walls and ceiling was covered in all sorts of goo. Especially around the cookers.
    Did we care? Not really. We all had a great time and (to my knowledge) all of us are still HEALTHILY alive.

    Perhaps that’s why vegetarians shun meat. It’s all the fat and oil that boils off. A vegetarian diet of fruit and vegetables and nuts is probably the cleanest form of food.
    Vegetarians do eat animal produce, such as eggs and butter. Vegans do not. I do wonder where vegans get their Vitamin B12 from as our bodies cannot utilise the plant B12 equivalent. I did ask a vegan that and the reply was that the cereal in the morning must be the source. My reply in turn was: “Ah, so you do eat animal derived substances….”

    Sometimes it’s great fun to have filthy, filthy, filthy habits. These habits keep us sane.

  15. Smoking Lamp says:

    It seems humans are specifically adapted to the ‘filthy” habit of smoking. A recent article in “New Scientist.” The article “Tolerance of smoke may have given us an edge over Neanderthals” suggests that the human genome adapted itself to wear off carcinogens from wood smoke. See https://www.newscientist.com/article/2099655-tolerance-of-smoke-may-have-given-us-an-edge-over-neanderthals/ . No wonder lung cancer is so rare in smokers and second hand smoke is essentially harmless.

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