This one flies in the face of everything we are taught…
Reblooged from: The Zeit
4 Healthy Reasons You Should Start Smoking or Start Smoking More
Smoking has been getting a bad rap for decades now and for good reason. Smoking is the “Lucifer” of health-hazardous habits. Or is it? I mean have you tried researching the issue yourself? What about the health benefits of smoking that no one is mentioning?
Let’s check out some of the many healthy returns of smoking:
1 Smoking Lowers Risk of Knee and Hip-replacement Surgery
A study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia has revealed that “Long-term male smokers are less likely to require hip and knee replacements in their old age”.
Wow! You know how people say that smoking is expensive? Well if you ever had your knee or hip replaced you know how expensive THAT is. So if you haven’t been smoking enough because you are worried about the money you are throwing away, just tell yourself “I am investing in my future for a healthier hip and knees and saving money on surgery.”
2 Smoking Protects You from Parkinson’s disease
Jack: Hmm, do you know how smoking protects you from Parkinson’s disease?
Mike: Duh! It kills you before you get the chance to develop Parkinson’s.
OK that was not the greatest joke. If you laughed let me know in the comments below please. Meanwhile I’m not quitting my day job.
According to a journal published on neurology.com with the title “Smoking duration, intensity, and risk of Parkinson disease”, the longer you smoked in years, the more you are protected from Parkinson’s disease. So the number of years spent smoking rather than the number of cigarettes you smoke daily is what makes the difference.
3 Smoking Fights Obesity
Smoking is an appetite suppressant thanks mostly to the nicotine in tobacco smoke. This may sound like some kind of myth fat smokers may be using to enjoy their cigarrete with less guilt.
You would be dead wrong if you thought so because according to a study published in the July 2011 issue of the journal Physiology & Behavior it is inevitable that smokers who quit will gain weight. This is the second biggest barrier in getting people to quit after addiction.
4 Smoking Lowers the Risk of Death
Smoking can help you live longer; that is if you don’t mind a heart attack or two.
Smokers who have had heart attacks have a lower mortality rate than people like me who don’t smoke.
They also react better to some of the therapies designed to remove plaque from their arteries. Let’s just ignore the fact that it is actually smoking that scars the arteries, allowing fat and plaque to build up in the first place.
I just want to tell my readers that this article demonstrates that there could be benefits to everything we consume out there. However for some things the harm may immensely supersede the benefits. The researches and studies we come across are correct most of the time but the way they are presented or referred to by some sites could be misleading.
I touched on the researches being thrown around on some vegan and vegetarian websites in Vegetarians and Vegans Don’t Live Longer. Although the studies themselves were solid, they were taken out of context to promote certain agendas (although for a noble cause).
As we always say here, be aware in order to make your own choice and don’t follow blindly.