Health benefits of nicotine -
February 21, 2008 11:49pm CST
- but not of smoking. The serious medical reports I've come across still say that smoking is the number one cause of preventable deaths, but the culprit is not nicotine (at least not short-term); it is everything else that comes with prolonged smoking. I started my search when I received the book "Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments" (ISBN 0-88723-475-5) where it had nicotine as something that helps those with "ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes diarrhea and intestinal upset." So I googled "health benefits nicotine" and came with a few other conditions they are looking at that nicotine can help. The best link that I found was http://health.howstuffworks.com/nicotine-health-benefits1.htm that included those all the more believable pages Google found, that included making blood vessels for diabetes patients and a pain reliever after having teeth pulled. Other conditions that may be helped include anxiety, depression, Alzheimer's, Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Parkinson's disease, and schizophrenia I even found a site that sold 8 oz bottled water laced with nicotine to "get all the health benefits of nicotine without the smoke" -- niclite.com Allegedly people used the product to also stop smoking. As for me, I stopped smoking in April 1997 because I was developing the hacker's cough, severe bouts of coughing that lasted almost half an hour each and every time - and it started occurring daily so, obviously, smoking was no longer an option for me.
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22 Feb 08
Interesting information. I've never picked it apart like that. So the nicotine itself isn't what causes lung problems, etc? If not, then what? The way it's delivered into the system? What about the other issues normally associated with smoking? (low birth weight if pregnant mother smokes, etc). Is it the nicotine or something else?