March 15, 2007
hank you for publishing this book on second hand smoke. http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=nr&id=386
The FDA is not a paragon of virtue, as its many critics know. Second hand smoke rests on dubious grounds, indeed.
In fact, I smoked tobacco (the demon weed) for 37 years not including the six years when I quit (1977 to 1983). I smoked a package of Export "A" every day for most of the first period; occasionally, I smoked other brands. When I took up smoking again in 1983, I smoked Player's filter and non filter as well as Rothmans. Sometimes, I rolled my own. Strong smokes, all. I had asthma before I started smoking at 13 years of age and I had asthma when I smoked. My asthma went away the night I started taking Vitamins A & D  in 1972. I continued smoking afterward. I no longer had asthma. When I stopped taking Vitamins A & D, as I was urged to do by several medical doctors, my asthma returned. The pharmaceutical products they prescribed did not help my asthma. When I started taking Vitamins A & D again, my asthma disappeared. I still smoked. I smoked before I started taking Zocor in 1992. I smoked during the entire period that I took cholesterol lowering drugs. I stopped taking Lipitor the night I went into a coma in 2000. I smoked after I was discharged from the rehabilitation hospital.
I quit smoking on April 1st, 2002 when the government raised the price to $10 a pack. Who needs this, I wondered? I had no trouble quitting, not in 1977 and not in 2002. I just quit, cold turkey.
I will be 60 years old this September. I do not have lung damage, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, asthma, emphysema or any of the health problems the medical experts claim are caused by smoking. No, I don't have cancer either. Why not? (The health experts once claimed smoking was good, and most doctors smoked. Remember?) My coma was the result of a cerebral haemorrhage caused by food poisoning and 3 hours of vomiting while I was taking Lipitor. Pfizer's own monograph on Lipitor states that dogs in the Lipitor tests died of cerebral haemorrhages. Zocor and Lipitor are directly responsible for myalgia, rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), sleep disorder, hair loss and a host of other medical problems according to Merck and Pfizer who made, respectively, 6 and 12 billion dollars last year selling these products through their stooges,  dupes and willing accomplices in the medical profession.
My cholesterol is 9.5.  That is dangerously high, according to them. But I am no longer sick, since I stopped taking Zocor and Lipitor or doing anything else to lower my cholesterol.
I lost 15 years thanks to Zocor  and Lipitor  and the doctors  who prescribed them and concealed what was happening to me. Smoking helped me to live through the ordeal they caused: pain, suffering and dementia. But smoking is demonized by everyone. Governments charge smokers a fortune. They make smokers stand outside to smoke. Now they are making it illegal to smoke outside, or in your car, or in your home. Meanwhile anti cholesterol zealots have campaigned day and night to change the dietary habits of everyone. They have transformed the food industry, worldwide. Cholesterol, like smoking, is a public health menace, they believe. Governments sue the tobacco companies for the health costs supposedly caused by tobacco. Yet, governments were always the main beneficiaries of tobacco sales, through taxation! Why wouldn't governments pay a share? (Governments are the main beneficiaries from the sale of beer, wine, and liquor too. And now governments run gambling!) Meanwhile, governments protect the pharmaceutical companies and doctors who prescribe dangerous pharmaceutical products regardless of the harm they cause. Sue them? Fuggetaboutit! They control the courts and the legislatures. Governments have drug plans that pay the cost of Zocor and Lipitor. There is a direct pipeline from the Treasury to the bank accounts of doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Talk about organized crime! Good doctors  who are dedicated to quality patient care, honesty, and decency must stand up and fight the corruption that consumes their profession. Why should they allow criminals to hide behind them? Critical thinking should be the most important tool in every doctor's black bag. Does cholesterol really cause arteriosclerosis? How does it do that? 
Tobacco is completely harmless no, I'm not advocating smoking compared to zillion dollar pharmaceutical companies, the medical and advertising industries, government regulators, and half baked fanatics with crackpot theories, some of whom get themselves elected to office. They have power and it is a truly dangerous world, thanks to them. Beware.
These people all claim that they protect the public. Decide for yourself. Maybe youll be lucky, maybe you wont.
Maybe our leaders
are just "blowing smoke." 
 To convert from Canadian units (mmol/L) to American ones (mg/dL), multiply Canadian values by 38.7 to get American values. To convert the other way, divide the American values by 38.7 to get the Canadian value. So: 9.5 = 367.65.
 "blowing smoke": Pretending you're more important than you are or that you know something you really don't understand. "He's just blowing smoke."
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