Can’t find it.

Just a quickie. Shifts at work are all over the place because of Christmas and new year so my sleep pattern is wrecked. Back to normal next week.

There was a little story in the Sun (the paper version) today about smoking. I read it in the staff room but can’t find anything on their labyrinthine website. I expect the Mail will run it tomorrow. They love a good smoker-hate story.

Smoking now causes Alzheimer’s disease (No, it doesn’t). It also now causes back pain apparently, and it makes your teeth fall out and your brain shrivel into a blob of electric protoplasm that couldn’t think its way into a fag packet. There were a host of other ridiculous things too. All caused by smoking.

Nobody is ever going to find a cure for any of these things because if a researcher so much as suggests that they could be caused by something else, and not smoking, they will be laughed at. No research will happen to find cures for any of the things now attributed to smoking. Which is now just about everything. Smoking causes illness and that’s that. No further research will be undertaken.

If you get ill you must be a smoker. Or live with a smoker. Or met one once, or saw a picture of one on TV. There is no other cause of illness in the medical mind at all.

When I had that horrible camera stuck where no man should ever have a camera inserted, the first question I was asked was ‘do you smoke?’ Naturally I asked why that would be relevant – the doc said, and actually genuinely believes, that smoking causes bladder cancer. Which means non-smokers can never get it.

Medical science is dead. Smoking didn’t kill it.

Antismoking did.

Well, best get some sleep. Tomorrow I have to get in a stock of whisky for New Year’s Eve.

I wonder if there are any diseases left for whisky to cause? My experience suggests that whisky actually cures all the things smoking causes, because I don’t have any of them.

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21 thoughts on “Can’t find it.

  1. As I have mentioned before I’m a non-smoker and a non-drinker. I don’t mind at all though if people smoke or drink. We make our own choices, or maybe that now means we try to make our own choices.

    On the rare, thank goodness, occassions I seek medical help the smoking, drinking question pops up. When I say no they lose interest. Perhaps in the future that response may affect the outcome of any health issue I may have presented them with.

    But it’s the same for BMI, blood pressure, collestral, etc. etc. I was told, a couple of years ago, that I should eat no more than two portions of red meat a week. Based on what? In the olden days the general population didn’t get much red meat at all and so had to eat gruel/porridge etc.

    It’s a strange world right enough.

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    • Then this ones for you, I found a link to it on Dick Puddlecote’s twitter feed this morning.

      “Are some diets “mass murder”?

      “Having ploughed my way through five books on diet and some of the key studies to write this article, I’m left with the impression that the same accusation of “mass murder” could be directed at many players in the great diet game. In short, bold policies have been based on fragile science, and the long term results may be terrible”
      http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7654

      I should eat no more than two portions of red meat a week. Based on what?

      The recently discredited work of Ancel Keys, see above and unbelievably, Global Warming.

      “The theory goes like this: if you have less ruminant livestock, you emit less climate-damaging methane into the atmosphere.

      You also have less meat to eat, which means less saturated fat in our diets and thus less heart disease.”
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8379759.stm

      Lord Stern: ‘People should give up eating meat to halt climate change’ – 2009

      ” Lord Stern, author of the 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, predicts that eating meat could in the future become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

      Livestock farming has come under fire in recent years from environmental campaigners because methane from cattle and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases.

      Lord Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank, believes that the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December should call for an increase in the price of meat and other foods that contribute to climate change.

      In an interview with The Times, he said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

      He added: “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating.”
      http: //www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/climatechange/6442164/Lord-Stern-People-should-give-up-eating-meat-to-halt-climate-change.html

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    • BMI is one of the biggest loads of bollox “they” ever tried to make come true. If any medico ever tries to make me conform to it I will laugh in their face and ask which cereal packet they got their qualification from.

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    • “On the rare, thank goodness, occassions I seek medical help the smoking, drinking question pops up”

      As Leggy has said many a time here, ALWAYS tell the nice uncle Doctor (or rather the Practice Receptionist- the highest medical authority on the planet) that you smoke 60 hand rolled filterless a day and have milk stout on your cornflakes. That way you’ll get every test going and be examined properly, not just told to take 2 paracetamol and switch to a vegan diet.

      I am a heavy smoker, proud to be a heavy smoker. When I started coughing up blood I went to see my GP. He could see the minor bleeding blood vessel at the back of my throat but ordered a full xray, CAT scan etc with the reasoning “you’re a smoker so we’d better check, normally we wouldn’t ” -as if being a non-smoker was ‘normal’.

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  2. I had a similar experience. Very first question – ‘do you smoke?’. That was it, cause of illness determined. Box ticked, another bit of conclusive evidence.

    I believe this is why so many ex-smokers morph into rabid antis.

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