The Corruption of ‘Health’ by Tobacco Control

Today, I received a copy of the report sent by the urologist to my GP. I am pleased with it. It says that an examination (by gloved finger up the bum!) of my prostate gland revealed ‘a smooth, benign feeling, but enlarged prostate bilaterally’. He has ‘stepped me down’ from the prostate cancer pathway. I am otherwise fit and well and my ‘performance status’ would be 1. But he will conduct a cystoscopy (a thin telescope threaded up the penis into the bladder) ‘because he is a smoker and because of the non-visible blood traces in his urine’.

Here is the question: if there were no traces of blood in the urine, would he conduct a cystoscopy, despite the the fact that I am ‘otherwise fit and well’, because I am a smoker? The answer is most definitely “NO!” There would be no justification for it. In fact, I would not have been there at all, had it not been for the invisible traces of blood in my urine.

Another bit: “Mr W is a heavy smoker, but his only other health problem is [anxiety – my paraphrase]”. When did smoking, in itself, become a ‘health problem’? And who defined my smoking pleasure as ‘heavy’ smoking? I burn a lot of cigs but they spend most of their time resting on the ashtray, and I hardly ever fully inhale. My habit is to puff on the cig, hold the smoke in my mouth and throat for an instant, and then blow it out again. Mere number of cigs burnt does not reveal the effects of smoking. Perhaps TC saw that difficulty years ago, which may be why they abandoned Doll’s hypothesis that number of cigs smoked and length of time of smoking, were important factors in genesis of ‘smoking related diseases’. There is now no ‘safe level’ at all. IE, even smoking one cig at any time could be as bad as smoking 60 a day for 40 years.

The arrogance of TobCON is beginning to approach infinity.

Let is contemplate a simple hypothesis. Let us suppose that inhaling tobacco smoke in large quantities (not precisely defined) for years and years, causes premature ageing of many bodily organs, such as heart, brain, lungs, etc. That tobacco smoke might combine with all sorts of other factors, such as alcohol, indolence, obesity, genetics, etc. But, if studies were designed to count the number of smokers in a population, and look for connections with illhealth when compared with non-smokers, only the smoking would appear to be ‘causal’. One of the things which really, really annoy me about many studies is that the claim to have ‘allowed for confounders’. But they never explain how they have done so. I should imagine that ‘allowing for confounders’ would take as much work as the study itself, if not much, much more, and would need detailed and lengthy explanation.

Maybe smoking contributes to ‘premature ageing’ of organs. I do not know, and epidemiologists seem to be very confused. That is not surprising since, I suppose, it would be very difficult to put together a ‘population’ which you could test for ‘premature ageing’ of organs, along with the reasons for that ‘premature ageing’.

I have been saying for ages that the cause of death is the failure of one or more critical organs. The final moment is when the heart stops beating.

COP 8 is evidently a cop-out. No wonder that reporters and taxpayers are excluded. The exclusion is intended to disguise the failure of the FCTC to accept THR (Tobacco Harm Reduction).

As I described above about the statements of the urologist, TobCON has conned its way into every niche of ‘health’. It has been infiltrating for decades.

The main problem of that infiltration is that it distracts from real causes. In my case, ONLY the minute traces of blood in my urine matter. Smoking has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

It is time that ‘fake news’ about smoking was recognised as such.

Funnily enough, the demise of TobCON would not be difficult to achieve. A tiny change of direction of funding by the UK of the FCTC would knacker the FCTC. The USA has never funded the FCTC, nor have all but a tiny few.

The defunding will happen, but don’t expect the MSM to proclaim a victory for ‘common sense’. They too have been infiltrated. They will not mention that only the UK has been bolstering the FCTC with funding.

The dam must burst sooner or later as regards TobCON, but it is fervently to be hoped that all the other dams, sugar, salt, climate change, obesity, etc, will burst at the same time.

A tiny change in the philosophy of government will do the job.

 

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4 Responses to “The Corruption of ‘Health’ by Tobacco Control”

  1. Rose Says:

    A timely post, Junican.

    I’ve just found another study of interest to add to what we already know.

    Parkinson’s Disease
    7 October 2018

    “The study in the Lancet last week revealed that the number of people around the world with Parkinson’s reached 6.1 million in 2016, almost two and a half times the 1990 figure of 2.5 million.”
    https: //www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/mind/could-brink-parkinsons-breakthrough/

    “Fourth, declining smoking rates in some countries,
    although a global health boon, might contribute to higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease.
    The risk of Parkinson’s disease is decreased by approximately 40% among smokers
    Whether this association is truly causal or explained by reverse causation or other biases is still debated.

    If the association between smoking and Parkinson’s disease were causal, decreasing smoking rates would lead to an increase in the incidence of Parkinson’s disease in the future. Assuming a causal inverse association and a 10-year lag to account for the temporal effect of smoking on the incidence of Parkinson’s disease, one study in the USA estimated that declining smoking rates in the country might increase the projected burden of Parkinson’s disease in 2040 by 10%.”
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(18)30295-3/fulltext

    Behind the Headlines: Is diabetes linked to quitting smoking?
    2010
    “Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, studied 10,892 adult smokers, none of whom had diabetes at the start of the study.

    The participants were studied for nine years during which time, 1,254 developed type-2 diabetes.

    In the first three years after giving up, new quitters were 91 per cent more likely to develop diabetes
    https: //www.gponline.com/behind-headlines-diabetes-linked-quitting-smoking/article/976970

    And only yesterday, I found this one.

    Weight gained after quitting smoking may be caused by onset of hypothyroidism
    2012

    “While current smoking was not associated with a risk of developing hypothyroidism, the risk of developing new onset hypothyroidism within 2 years of quitting smoking was increased more then 6-fold. In fact, within 2 years after smoking cessation, the percentage of cases of hypothyroidism attributable to smoking cessation was 85%

    WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS STUDY?
    This study suggests a relationship between smoking and hypothyroidism, but not the one expected.

    Despite the fact that cigarette smoke contains chemicals that can inhibit thyroid function, hypothyroidism was seen only after quitting smoking.

    Since it is very common for patients to gain weight after stopping smoking, it is important to realize that the onset of hypothyroidism may be making the weight gain worse.”
    https://www.thyroid.org/patient-thyroid-information/ct-for-patients/vol-6-issue-1/vol-6-issue-1-p-3/

    Symptoms – Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) include

    tiredness,being sensitive to cold, weight gain
    constipation,depression,slow movements and thoughts
    muscle aches and weakness,muscle cramps
    dry and scaly skin,brittle hair and nails
    loss of libido (sex drive),pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome)

    Elderly people with an underactive thyroid may develop memory problems and depression.”
    NHS

    And they wonder why we won’t give up.

    Could you fix the links for me, please?

    • Some French bloke Says:

      https://www.thyroid.org: In fact, within 2 years after smoking cessation, the percentage of cases of hypothyroidism attributable to smoking cessation was 85%

      Updated version for use by TOBCON: In fact, after 50 years of smoking, the percentage of cases of hypothyroidism attributable to smoking was 85%. A fairly simple text adulteration: just wipe out the word ‘cessation’. Possible benefits up to £ 160,000 per annum (see D. Arnott).

      P.S. May they burn in hell.

      • Rose Says:

        The Effect of Smoking on Obesity: Evidence from a Randomized Trial
        January 2016

        “These results imply that the drop in smoking in recent decades explains 14% of the concurrent rise in obesity.”
        http://www.nber.org/papers/w21937

        What is behind the raised risk?

        “Extra weight put on by new quitters explains around a third of the increased risk, the researchers said. A further third of the excess risk is accounted for by systemic inflammation, as assessed by increased leukocyte counts.”
        https://www.gponline.com/behind-headlines-diabetes-linked-quitting-smoking/article/976970

        So how do you avoid all that if you give up, or is developing all these illnesses considered the rightful punishment for defying TC in the first place?

      • junican Says:

        TobCON is a parasitic propaganda organisation. It does not want to know about such matters. I still have hopes that ‘The Donald’ will get to grips with the corruption in the UN and all its money-making subsidiaries.The trouble is that I do not see an equivalent in the UK anywhere on the horizon.

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