Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, or a medical expert, I am giving my opinion and backing it up with the research I’ve found. Please draw your own conclusions and do your own research. My opinions should never be taken as medical advice. I am not a scientist, or researcher and I might be wrong.
This really does feel like saying the same thing in a different way hoping that the right people might just listen this time. Before I started vaping I was already an activist. My first campaign was about breastfeeding, and the right to do so in public. From there I went to religion in schools, and why it shouldn’t be there. All the while I was battling the “experts” views on the utterly misunderstood chronic illness currently labelled M.E/CFIDS. All of my non-M.E fights can be matched with the ages of my children; I was looking at it all from the point of view of someone facing the issues that others simply had theories about. In all these fights I came up against experts telling me, “You’re wrong. You don’t understand the big picture. Your experiences are anecdotes, we have statistics and evidence to back us up.” And the killer anti M.E “it’s all in your head” from the Simon Mckee-Glantz of the M.E world, Simon Wessely. For him I wish only the karma he deserves. This is also why I don’t follow Dr Christian – vaping ally that he is. He doesn’t always do the relevant research.
From this background I came in to vaping, and immediately found myself up against the same old rubbish, with a pervading odour of ordure.
Why is this that over so many of the fights I’ve undertaken in my life, I get so much of the same old rubbish. Those who are a part of the experience have their individual experiences separately ignored and ridiculed. Each individual experience is irrelevant to the experts who are able to cast their eyes over statistics, have an AHA! moment, decide that “this is what’s happening” and apply their logic to sorting out the problem. a problem which they have never experienced and don’t fully understand. I know I’ve used this quote before, but it is so relevant to this fight:
“In their haste to be wiser and nobler than others, the anointed [the experts] have misconceived two basic issues. They seem to assume (1) that they have more knowledge than the average member of the benighted [smokers and vapers] and (2) that this is the relevant comparison. The real comparison, however, is not between the knowledge possessed by the average member of the educated elite versus the average [smoking or vaping] member of the general public, but rather the total direct knowledge brought to bear though social processes (the competition of the marketplace, social sorting, etc.), involving millions of [smoking or vaping] people, versus the secondhand knowledge of generalities possessed by a smaller elite group.” Thomas Sowell in “Visions of the Anointed.” — P. 114 [denotes my explanations]
The experts are still looking at tobacco smoking as if nicotine is the only cause of addiction to tobacco products. They then use nicotine, without tobacco smoke, to “cure the disease” of addiction. And it doesn’t work very well. It’s not allowing for the fact that nicotine isn’t a substance that gives a “reward” in the body or brain. So a top-up dose that tails off won’t cure the craving for tobacco smoke in most smokers over the long term. Nicotine is a substance that we take in to satiation point, and as such requires the other substances in tobacco smoke in order to be as addictive as it is in tobacco. Yet, instead of trying to work out why it doesn’t work, they keep doing the same thing while expecting different results. They then wonder why the people who they are trying to help are questioning both methodology and motive.
Vaping isn’t trying to “cure the disease” of addiction by replacing nicotine. It cures the addiction to the tobacco smoke by sending vapers cold turkey from it but with a strong psychological suggestion that what we’re now using is similar. It allows the ad-lib intake of nicotine to satiation by a method which allows for self-titration of the nicotine dose in the same way as the tobacco smoke did. Thus it becomes a direct replacement for tobacco smoking.
If you take vaping and turn it into NRT, it will fail in the same way as NRT does now. Vaping is not NRT.
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