It took some time before the connection between lung cancer and smoking was established. But most people think its the tobacco plant’s nicotine that’s the culprit. It is partly, but there’s more hidden by the cigarette industry’s smoke screen.
Continual cigarette smoking not only creates a higher risk of lung cancer, but it destroys the immune system and harms the cardiovascular system as well. For sure, smoking cigarettes is unhealthy
American Indians Managed to Smoke and Use Tobacco Without Health Issues – Why?
Their natural tobacco didn’t have 600 chemicals additives that create a virtual freebasing of nicotine, ensuring they would be addicted forever to chain smoking while incredibly increasing their bodies’ toxic loads and creating their own toxic synergy as well.
Even today, herbal advocate David Wolfe has noticed indigenous tribal members in the Amazon and New Guinea smoking pure tobacco in their 80s while enjoying good health.
The Department of Health and Human Services had approved 599 chemical additives to cigarettes by 1994. Among them are ammonia compounds to create a nicotine freebase effect. Then there are the toxic additives to the paper to make it burn evenly.
In 2010, legislation was passed in 49 states to start putting fire safe cigarettes (FSC) on the market as all the current ones are sold. The FSC’s papers contain a toxic chemical used for rug glue to ensure that cigarettes go out when not being puffed. More on that here.
Even before all this chemical craziness, tobacco itself has been grown commercially with phosphate fertilizers, which the American Indians did not use for their tobacco plants, some of which were wild.
These fertilizers cause tobacco plants to absorb more radioactive isotopes of polonium-210 from the soil than normal. Puff by puff, those isotopes accumulate in smokers’ lungs because they exist for a long time with their long “half-lives”.
The cigarette industry knew of this as early as 1959, but kept it secret. A UCLA study proved not only did they know of it, they had the resources to cure the problem. But that would have eaten into their profits and created a PR problem maybe. So oh well, a little radiation is no big deal in our atomic age.
But it goes beyond a little radiation. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), “When phosphate fertilizer is spread on the tobacco fields year after year, the concentration of lead-210 and polonium-210 in the soil rises.”
And various reports of radioactive hot spots in the lungs of smokers whose bodies were closely examined in autopsies were often reported. The death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was suspected to be the result of an assassination because a lot of polonium-210 was found in his clothing. But Yasser was known to be a heavy smoker of American cigarettes. (Source)
Lobelia inflate or lobelia is sometimes called Indian tobacco. It’s used by some herbalists today to help get smokers off cigarettes and heal their lungs. Not necessarily by smoking it, but dispensed as tinctures, tablets, or “vaped” (inhaled through a vaporizer).
This despite the fact that a stigma is attached to lobelia because it was once banned by the FDA, the same bunch who continue allowing Pfizer’s somewhat ineffective smoking cessation drug Chantix to be sold with side effects that include heart attacks, suicides, and even homicides.
Medical Herbalist and Naturopath, Dr. Richard Schulze, has used lobelia on many of his patients who were desperate to quit smoking cigarettes and/or heal their lungs.
He also described how the FDA ban had stigmatized lobelia’s use. Now it’s legal and some practitioners are returning to prescribing it, but many are still afraid of using it for fear of bureaucratic medical groups hassling them if a patient has any reaction.
Lobelia is considered one of the strongest herbs in the world. It contains 14 alkaloids, one of which is lobeline, which is similar to the nicotine found in common tobacco.
Dr. Schulze advocates the gradual approach of smoking one less cigarette each day and taking lobelia when the urge to smoke becomes impossible to resist. He has had many kick the nicotine habit, and he has helped patients get over chronic lung problems with lobelia.
But the treatment won’t work if someone doesn’t really want to quit. The slang term “cancer sticks” for cigarettes is truly appropriate. To get off the smoking habit and/or repair lung damage, consider Dr. Shulze’s approach with lobelia.