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  1. The real story behind Chantix safety

    Antismoking drug is still the most dangerous way to quit

    Forget everything you've heard about Chantix, the drug given to "reprogram" smokers. Forget the notorious link to suicide, violence, or both. You can even forget the tabloid headlines over the Pennsylvania murder-suicide blamed on the drug.

    What's an occasional murder-suicide between friends anyway?

    So forget all that, because researchers want you to know this drug is perfectly safe -- so safe that even depressed people can take it.

    Well... as long as they're not TOO depressed!

    You see, the new study of 525 depressed people given either Chantix or a placebo found no difference in any major psychiatric scores -- including scores used to measure risks of suicide, anxiety, impulsiveness, and depression.

    But it actually EXCLUDED the very people who have the highest risk in the first place by eliminating anyone who already showed even a hint of a suicidal thought.

    Nice trick... and that's not mentioned in the glowing media coverage of the study, so of course depressed people who really are at risk for suicide might think the drug is safe for them.

    And that could be the last mistake they ever make.

    For my money, the study doesn't even prove the suicide risk for everyone else isn't real because it's too small to pick up on rare risks. But just because a risk is rare doesn't mean it's not real.

    So here's the REAL deal on Chantix: People who take this drug are EIGHT TIMES more likely to attempt or succeed at suicide or battle major depression than smokers who try any other anti-smoking treatment, according to one major analysis.

    EIGHT TIMES!

    That same analysis found Chantix involved in 90 percent of all suicides among people trying to quit over a 12-year period --and get this: The drug was only on the market for four of those years.

    Do you really want to take your chances with numbers like those? Of course not -- so I've got a better option.

    Don't let the fake coughs, dirty looks, and outright bullying get to you. If you want to smoke, puff away. Despite what you've heard there are actual health benefits to tobacco -- and I'm not just blowing smoke. For more details about the "forbidden science" the PC crowd is trying to cover up, read this.

  2. The forbidden way to boost your brainpower

    Nicotine proven to reverse memory loss

    You've heard tons about nicotine over the years, and almost all of it's wrong -- because no matter what the Health Police say, this stuff isn't bad for you.

    It's practically a wonder drug -- and nowhere does it do you more good than in your brain, with new research confirming what I've said all along: Nicotine can slow, stop and even REVERSE the cognitive slide that often leads to dementia.

    Hear that, smokers? Keep puffing -- it's good for you.

    Of course, the mainstream will never admit to any such thing -- so for the new study in Neurology, they didn't let anyone light up. God forbid!

    They used nicotine patches instead.

    No matter -- the nicotine still worked its wonders: Nonsmoking seniors who were showing noticeable signs of cognitive decline at the start of the study regained 46 percent of their long-term memory loss after six months on the patch, along with boosts in concentration.

    Those who got a placebo patch, on the other hand, should've taken up smoking -- because they weren't just over the hill. They were tumbling down the other side, with memory loss plunging by another 26 percent over six months.

    I don't think I need to ask which side of that hill you'd rather be on.

    But again, this is no surprise. Nicotine -- SMOKING -- has been proven to boost the parts of the brain linked to memory and concentration even in people not at risk for dementia.

    And that's not all a regular nicotine fix can do for you. Along with boosting your brainpower, smoking can help slash your risk of Parkinson's disease, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.

    That's why Big Pharma is hard at work on a nicotine pill they hope will be their next "wonder drug" (what'd I tell you?)... but you don't have to wait for them. You can get all the benefits right now the natural -- and politically incorrect -- way: with a quality cigar after each meal.

    Just one warning here: Everything comes with side effects, and nicotine is no exception. The researchers behind the new study say the patients who took it consistently lost weight.

    Somehow, I think most people will sign up for that "side effect" in a heartbeat.

  3. The REAL cause of lung cancer

    If you're at all concerned about lung cancer, stop worrying about your tobacco habit -- and start worrying about your zip code instead.
  4. Don't believe the hype: Smoking won't make you smaller

    The "science" on smoking isn't about finding the truth. It's about getting people to quit, no matter what. The latest research proves again that you can make any wild claim you want as long as it pushes that anti-tobacco agenda. This time, the Health Police claim that men who quit get the instant gift of firmer, harder erections.
  5. The four great diabetes myths

    The headline in Time magazine certainly caught my eye: "5 Ways to Avoid Diabetes -- Without Medications." ...Turns out I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up -- because the headline refers to a new study filled with the same tired advice that helped CAUSE the diabetes epidemic in the first place.
  6. Dopey ruling on medical marijuana

    In the latest defense of Big Pharma's best-selling pain meds, the Department of Justice ruled that marijuana has no medical value at all, can't be used safely and has a high potential for abuse even when given under a doctor's supervision.
  7. Smoke to save your joints

    I always get a kick out of Big Media's tobacco coverage -- they just hate reporting on good news for smokers. Take the latest story on how tobacco can actually protect your joints and lower your risk of a total joint replacement surgery in your senior years.
  8. Forced contrition

    It's a Nanny State dream come true: The tobacco industry is being forced to run ads attacking... itself!
  9. Quit smoking, drop dead

    Smokers have been dropping like flies lately, and it's not because of the supposed risks of their habit.
  10. Gruesome cigarette warning stamped out

    The judge is no fan of smoking -- he referred to the shopkeepers as "merchants of morbidity" and cited the usual nonsense about the risks of tobacco -- but he is a fan of the First Amendment and federal law.

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