Smoking Is Badder Than You Thought. Surprise! Surprise!
Evidence of Oxygen Model of Co-Morbidity
Majid Ali, M.D.
Cigarette smoking is acidifying. Cigarette smoking is oxidizing. Cigarette smoking thickens. Anything which does that blocks oxygen’s cellular ATP energy-generating, detergent, detox, and repair functions. That means all factors with these roles will increase the risks of all chronic diseases. This simply stated is the core of all my Oxygen Models of Diseases.
My Oxygen Model of Co-Morbidity holds that oxygen-related aspects of every chronic disease increases the risk of all other chronic diseases. This model predicts that by the acidifying, oxidizing, and bodily fluid-thickening effects of cigarette smoking, all chronic diseases will increase the risk and degrees of all other diseases, albeit to varying degrees. Clear and direct evidence of my Oxygen Model of Co-Morbidity was recently reported in a series of research studies funded by the American Cancer Society and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Fifteen percent of American women and one in five American men smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rates among smokers are two to three times higher than those of people who have never smoked. On average, smokers live ten years or more less than non-smokers. Poor people and those with less formal education smoke more often.
Here are two quotes from an article in The New York Times of February 2015 on the new report:
“A new study adds at least five diseases and 60,000 deaths a year to the toll taken by tobacco in the United States. Before the study, smoking was already blamed for nearly half a million deaths a year in this country from 21 diseases, including 12 types of cancer.”
“The new findings are based on health data from nearly a million people who were followed for 10 years. In addition to the well-known hazards of lung cancer, artery disease, heart attacks, chronic lung disease and stroke, the researchers found that smoking was linked to significantly increased risks of infection, kidney disease, intestinal disease caused by inadequate blood flow, and heart and lung ailments not previously attributed to tobacco.”