Thanks for the u2u Spooky.
I have been reading that Nicotine can help to ward off the effects of H1N1. I doubt it is a cure as some sites have been saying but some reading
indicates it could be very useful however and from my own experience, it there seems to be a good argument to it being a good anti inflammatory.
Smokers risk swine flu complications like pneumonia
Nicotine, anti-inflamarary H1N1 cure
I gave up smoking a long time ago but when occasionally I chew the gum as it seems to negate the effects of stress and seems to give me an edge when I
am training hard at the gym.
I did some experiments on myself last year at the gym with and without nic gum because I noticed muscle recovery times seemed faster during the days
that I chewed the gum thus I could do more physical exercise which is my love. I am no scientist and I do not pretend to be but I noticed a slight
difference in training with and without gum.
In my opinion I feel that chewing the gum enabled me to push harder with less muscular recovery time needed afterwards. I thought that the edge that
the gum gave me in the gym was purely psychological but the lessened recovery times does seem to indicate to me that there is something to be said
about it being an effective anti inflammatory and thus I think it could be a useful aid in the fight against H1N1.
I realise this is not a very natural way to prepare for the flu as it comes in gum form and the ingredients are chewing gum base, xylitol, acesulfame
potassium, polacrilin, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, peppermint oil, menthol, magnesium oxide, E171, E321, talc, acacia and carnauba wax.
There should be a measure of caution in that nicotine patches in particular have associated health risks - including nausea, dizziness, and increases
in blood pressure and heart rate. Not great for for long-term use and the reason why I chew the gum instead as it allows for much better controls over
Nicotine is known to switch on receptors on the surface of cells in certain parts of the brain, causing these neurons to release the Neuro-transmitter
dopamine (the chemical that is associated with feelings of pleasure).
In its natural state, and when ingested through the digestive system, nicotine is safe and non-toxic. However, nicotine is one of the most addictive
substances known to man and very fast acting. Nicotine is the chemical that causes addiction to cigarettes.
That said I chew the gum maybe three to five times a week during physical exercise and have done for years... I am in perfect health and I heal very
quickly and have not had the flu or a cold since I was twelve years of age.
My blood group is AB negative.
All in all there seems to be health benefits to nicotine (not from cigarettes) but like anything it should be used responsibly as it is an addictive
drug but that said, it seems to have health benefits too.