Recieved: 2000/02/22 17:12
Subject: [K-list] Medicinal benefits of nicotine
On 2000/02/22 17:12, Ckress posted thus to the K-list:
Hope this isn't turning into the El's weird facts list. Here's some more
from today's SF examiner from a front page article titled "Scientists
studying benefits of nicotine." Surprise, surprise: scientists are finding
significant benefits from nicotine, tobacco's main ingredient, especially for
neurological disorders like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Tourette's syndrome.
There is also evidence that nicotine helps for depression, attention deficit
disorder (ADD) and schizophrenia.
It says in the article that it has been long known that smokers are much less
likely than non-smokers to develop Parkinson's. This makes me sorta mad. A
wonderful friend of mine died of Parkinson's, and one thing he was really
proud about that he had done "for his health" was quitting cigarettes in his
40's -- before he got the Parkinson's.
The article doesn't mention that nicotine has a therapeutic effect on
ulcerative colitis too. Conventional treatment for this severe disease of
the lining of the colon consists of sulfa drugs followed by corticosteriods
(which have real nasty side effects and complications) and in advanced cases,
surgical removal of the colon. None of the conventional treatments are as
effective as nicotine! Nicotine stimulates the production of protective
mucus in the digestive tract and helps balance the formation of certain
prostaglandins and other regulatory compounds. It is not uncommon for
individuals to develop ulcerative colitis after they stop smoking and lose
the protective effects of nicotine. This info is from an article in the New
England Journal of Medicine '94!
When I quit smoking for 8 months a few years ago to see if it would have any
beneficial effect on my health and K-problems (it didn't that I could tell),
my gums began bleeding and kept getting worse and worse until it felt like
razor cuts and everything I ate was soaked in blood (really appetizing...
NOT!). My dentist did deep gum cleanings (oh, those are fun) which didn't
help at all. Wasn't until some very stressful stuff got me smoking again
that I noticed all the bleeding and pain stopped within three days of
returning to cigarettes! I suspect if I'd not received my "protective
effects of nicotine," I might have gone on to develop the ulcerative colitis.
No doctor (or dentist) ever mentioned that this might be the problem, though
I told them I'd recently quit smoking.
The clinical studies mentioned in the newspaper article used nicotine patches
for delivery of the nicotine, not cigarettes.
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