Don't dump your tobacco company stock just yet.
"Researchers Light Up for Nicotine, the Wonder Drug"
"Smoking may be bad for you, but researchers and biotech companies are quietly developing pharmaceuticals that are decidedly good for brains, bowels, blood vessels and even immune systems -- and they're inspired by tobacco's deadly active ingredient: nicotine.
"Nicotine acts on the acetylcholine receptors in the brain, stimulating and regulating the release of a slew of brain chemicals, including seratonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Not surprisingly, the first scientific work that identified these chemicals and how they affect the body came out of nicotine research -- much of it performed by tobacco companies.
"Now drugs derived from nicotine and the research on nicotine receptors are in clinical trials for everything from helping to heal wounds, to depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, anger management and anxiety."
Full article at Wired.com and thanks to the good folks at the "Health & Wellness" section of Signs-of-the-Times, whose headlines this a.m. include:
"UK: A million children now suffer from mental health problems"
"Circumcision Fight: Profit, Pleasure, or Population Control?"
Good thing I'm not a conspiracy theorist; if I was, I'd speculate about how the smoking bans taking place all over the Earth are an attempt by the PTB to influence people's thinking that everything about smoking is bad for your health. Ah, for the good old days, when they put cocaine in coca-cola. Which is how it got its name.