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Parkinson’s and Nicotine

Once again Dan has found an article that made me go, “hmmmm!” It seems that eating certain types of peppers can reduce one’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Why? Because those peppers are a member of the same plant family as tobacco and they are a dietary source of nicotine. It seems that tobacco users, and even people spending time around tobacco users have shown a decreased incidence of Parkinson’s disease.

The investigation of dietary sources of nicotine stems from the puzzling epidemiologic findings that repeatedly show that people who have regularly used tobacco have about half the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, explained Searles Nielsen. In 2012, she published a study that suggested that second-hand smoke also might reduce risk of the disease.

via Do peppers reduce risk of Parkinson’s? | UW Today.

Why does this pique my interest? A few weeks ago I wanted to compare the health effects of cigars vs. cigarettes. I know, both are deadly. There is no safe use of tobacco. Cigars are not a healthy alternative to cigarettes. Yada, yada, yada. But it goes beyond that, not one health expert will even bother to compare the health risks between the two. The line every source I found was essentially that tobacco has absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever.

Okay, it appears that tobacco does have at least one redeeming value. If you smoke you probably won’t be suffering from Parkinson’s disease as you suffer and die from cancer.