Originally posted by DevolutionEvolvd
Remember, the ill effects of [smoking] are well known, with cancer being the big one.
Well, not really. The actual science shows that the risk of dying of cancer before the age of 85 is only about 17% on average for smokers (about a
22% chance for men and about a 12% chance for women). This according to the Cancer Prevention Study II
, a study of cancer-related mortality
conducted by the American Cancer Society.
In short, smokers actually have only about a 17% chance of dying of cancer before they reach 85, compared to about a 1% chance for those who have
never smoked. This is a far cry from the statistics touted by anti-smoking organizations — typically, the foaming anti-smoking lobby insists that
90% of all lung cancer is smoking-related.
Perhaps. But if I, as a smoker, am to believe the American Cancer Society, there is an 83% chance that I will not
die of cancer before I reach
the age of 85.
Science has never proven
that somebody who smokes and who develops cancer is somebody who would not
get cancer if he didn't smoke.
prove it, short of cloning a human being at birth and raising the clone to adulthood as a control study in a perfectly smoke-free
No, identical twins don't make the case, either, as twins start to diverge biologically from the moment the fertilize egg splits in the womb. Even
biological twins aren't truly "identical," and there are indeed cases of a non-smoking twin developing cancer while his tobacco-smoking sibling
never develops cancer.
The fact is, if you are genetically disposed to developing cancer, it's going to happen regardless
of your healthy or unhealthy lifestyle.
, all around the world, perfectly healthy people who have never smoked, never abused their lungs in any way, are diagnosed with lung
cancer. Thousands of never-smokers die of lung cancer in the USA every year — the figure is about 15 in every 100,000. Modern medicine calls this
"rare," which is very reassuring... Unless you happen to be one of them.
My contention is this: That we see high cancer rates not
because of the wild-ass carcinogens to which we're exposed daily, but because we're
— thanks to modern medicine — such that the great bulk of the human population is genetically unsound
In other words, we don't allow the weak to die off naturally, as Nature intended, so we're inundated with genetic weaklings.
Instead, we combat their symptoms with our medicines and therapies, thus prolonging their lives, but we haven't strengthened their genetic
. They survive to maturity and reproduce, thus thinning our genetic blueprint by one more generation, and then another.
This is why we see greater and greater numbers of cancer patients at younger and younger ages — not because of tar and nicotine or benzine in the
water or any of that other fear-mongering nonsense...it's because the majority of the human population shouldn't even be here
fragile genetic integrity.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 7/22/2009 by Doc Velocity]