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Carol H
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 9:46 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Check this out: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=0005A656-22E7-1EEE-A6B8809EC588EEDF

Latest research says that nicotine reduces risk of Alzheimers. Probably it is due more to it's effect as a glutamate blocker, than anything else. Of course they don't tell you that avoiding MSG is a better and safer way of avoiding Alzheimer's - and you don't get lung cancer in the bargain. Glutamate blocking ability is probably why smokers tend to not gain as much weight as the rest of us too. I'd rather avoid both tobacco and MSG altogether and live longer and breathe easier.
Fran
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 12:08 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Unfortunately I have been a smoker for many years and reacted really badly with MSG. So smoking did not act as a glutamte blocker for me. My father had an early onset dementia and died quite young because of it. I remember my Dad telling me never to eat MSG and he used to avoid it like the plague, but unfortunately he ate it under different guises (he was also lactose intolerant and in hindsight I also suspect he was grain intolerant). The holes in his brain grew and grew and his diet went down the pan. His mother had a form of it and his Gran had it full blown.

OBviously this worries me.

How I wish I had listened to my Dad and how I wish I had had the knowledge I have now. I might have saved him from the terrible years that followed. I believe I have helped myself as I have put a stop to my seizures, AF etc. And at least I can pass all this knowledge on to my kids.

Anyway, I try so hard to kick the smoking habit but can only ever cut down drastically before it creeps back up. I am beginning to think that I need niacin and this is why I can't give up. Is niacin a glutamte blocker?
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 3:04 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carol,

There are also studies that say smoking increases, rather than decreases, the risk of Alzheimer's.

http://www.tobacco.neu.edu/tcu/3-1/alzheimer.htm
Carol H
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 4:51 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is interesting to note that tobacco manufacturers often add MSG to their cigarettes. I wonder if that had something to do with this study.
Tom Fernstrom
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 7:19 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carol,

There is an old thread on this started by an article I posted on December 11, 2001. Do a keyword search on "nicotine patch" to find.
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