Is smoking
really bad for your health?

Smoking and your heart.

A study of 17,000 British Civil servants showed that the status of a person's job was more able to predict their likelihood of a heart attack than obesity, smoking or high blood pressure. Somebody in a low grade job was nearly four times more likely to have a heart attack than a permanent secretary - even if that permanent secretary was fat, hyper tensive and/or a smoker. Exactly the same results emerged from a similar study of a million employees of the Bell Telephone Company in the 1960s. (Your heart is at the mercy of your pay grade.) (Genome, page 155)

Do Cholesterol Lowering drugs help you live longer?

Although cholesterol lowering drugs reduce heart attacks by 14% they raise violent death by an even more significant 78% and the numbers tend to cancel out, though violent death can sometimes involve innocent bystanders. (Impulsive, anti-social and depressed people - including prisoners, violent offenders and failed suicides - have generally lower cholesterol levels than the population at large.) (Although played down by doctors, these figures are very repeatable.) (Genome, page 169)

Genome, as I've said before, is a great book.

---May 8, 2013---

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