The Secret Link Between Depression, Smoking and Asthma
- In 2010, almost 4,500,000 non-Hispanic Blacks reported that they currently have asthma.
- African Americans were 30% more likely to have asthma than non-Hispanic Whites, in 2010.
- In 2009, African Americans were three times more likely to die from asthma related causes than the White population.
- From 2003-2005, African American children had a death rate 7 times that of non-Hispanic White children.
- African Americans had asthma-related emergency room visits 4.5 times more often than Whites in 2004.
- Black children are 3.6 times more likely to visit the emergency department for asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic White children.
- Children in poor families are more likely to ever have been diagnosed with asthma.
- While all of the causes of asthma remain unclear (yeah, right), children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke exposure are at increased risk for acute lower respiratory tract infections, such as asthma, and children living below or near the poverty level are more likely to have high blood cotinine levels, a breakdown product of nicotine, than children living in higher income families.
What’s that, Truthbetold?
Cotinine is an alkaloid found in tobacco. The word cotinine is an anagram for nicotine:
C O T I N I N E
N I C O T I N E
…and has been sold to us under the brand name of Scotine, an anti-depressant!
Both major depression and depressive symptoms are associated with a high rate of nicotine dependence, and a history of major depression has an adverse impact on smoking cessation. The main objective of this study was to investigate whether continuous ingestion of nicotine affects indices of depressive behavior in the laboratory rat.
B-b-but…wait a minute! You mean to tell me that doctors are prescribing you drugs to get you hooked on nicotine under the guise of treating your depression symptoms? Yes. That’s exactly what it means.
Cigarettes have been cleverly marketed to our community since…forever:
Big Tobacco used to give them away for free in our neighbourhoods! Our community is dying, literally, from some form of mental illness, like depression, and we rely on our doctors to prescribe us medications, like Prozac, Zoloft and Welbutrin that will help us…not get us hooked on nicotine or other substances. This vicious cycle leads us down a desperate path with no one we can truly trust. It’s herbal remedy time.
For asthma, you can take:
Hot Strong coffee
Parsley (my brother will be thrilled!)
For depression, you can take:
St. John’s Wort
Natural Sunlight, yes…it really works
And, if you are suffering from depression, PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM WHITE SUGAR!