Numerous studies have identified the uncanny inverse relationship between smoking and Parkinson's disease.
Long-term smokers are somehow protected against Parkinson's, and it's not because smokers die of other things earlier.
well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the Earth?
But should smokers be fortunate enough to dodge all that cancer, heart disease, emphysema and the like, they will be uniquely protected — for reasons unexplained by science — against a handful of diseases and afflictions.
When you smoke, the cells that produce mucus in your lungs and airways grow in size and number.
As a result, the amount of mucus increases and thickens.
[10 Easy Paths to Self-Destruction]The most recent, well-conducted study was published in a March 2010 issue of the journal Neurology.
Far from determining a cause for the protective effect, these researchers found that the number of years spent smoking, more so than the number of cigarettes smoked daily, mattered more for a stronger protective effect.
No respectable doctor would recommend smoking for weight control, given the toxic baggage accompanying cigarettes.
This recent Yale study, however, does offer an inkling of hope for a safe diet drug to help obese people control their appetites.