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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Nicotine is in potatoes, and nic ain't a toxin

Here's a FYI post dealing with nic in potatoes, and why nic is not a toxin. Credit goes to Donna for initially posting this info in my group.

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Nicotine in Vegetables by Dr. Norman F. Childers
If you spend three hours in a room with minimal tobacco smoke, you get about the same amount of nicotine in 5 oz. of potatoes, 8 1/2 oz. ripe tomatoes, 9 1/2 oz. cauliflower, and 1/3 oz. eggplant. Cooking decreases some of the nicotine. These results are appearing in medical journals (e.g. The New England Journal of Medicine) from the experimental laboratories of Dr. Edward Domino, University of Michigan and colleagues. http://www.noarthri tis.com/Nicotine Vegetables. htm
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Also: Potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers and tobacco are all in the same FOOD group. If you are allergic to one, you are allergic to all. It is impossible to be ALLERGIC to SHS as there are NO proteins in it.
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Nicotine is not a toxin.
Chemical name. (S)-3-(1-Methyl- 2-pyrroli- dinyl)pyridine
Chemical formula. C10H14N2
Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) , predominantly in tobacco, and in lower quantities in tomato, potato, eggplant (aubergine), and green pepper. Nicotine alkaloids are also found in the leaves of the coca plant.
The currently available literature indicates that nicotine, on its own, does not promote the development of cancer in healthy tissue and has no mutagenic properties.
Nicotine is a naturally occurring compound that is classified as a liquid alkaloid. An alkaloid is an organic compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and sometimes oxygen (nicotine lacks oxygen). Another example of an alkaloid is caffeine.
Smoking does not produce a disabling state of intoxication seen with the other drugs. On the contrary, nicotine may improve attention or decrease fatigue and therefore improve performance.
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NICOTINE FOR ALZHEIMER'S ........ "Nicotine can improve learning. It can improve attentional performance. " ........ nicotine is also being studied to treat schizophrenia, ADHD and parkinson's. Doctor Newhouse is excited about nicotine's potential for Alzheimer's. http://www.wchstv. com/newsroom/ healthyforlife/ 2450.shtml
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studies conducted over the last 40 years show that the incidence of Parkinson’s disease is about 50 percent less in smokers than in the general population. “These studies were giving us clues that something in the smoke was reducing the incidence of Parkinson’s,” said Maryka Quik, Ph.D., a senior research scientist with The Parkinson’s Institute and lead author on the study. http://www.scienced aily.com/ releases/ 2006/08/06080715 4735.htm
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nicotine can be helpful for people with pathological disease states such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, attention deficit/hyperactivi ty disorder and schizophrenia. A recent study done here at UVM investigated the cognitive improvements of three groups: smokers, normal volunteers, and contrasts those with trials of nicotinic stimulation in pathological disease states. Chemical receptors for nicotine are found all throughout the central nervous system, and stimulating parts of the brain with nicotinic acid have shown to be vital to memory function. Nicotinic acid is a B vitamin found in yeast, liver, eggs, and other foods and is also known as niacin, or vitamin B3. ..... nicotine will improve the performance of smokers on tasks demanding attention and logic. ..... In general, studies previous to this one showed that administration of nicotine improves response time ..... ADHD sufferers benefit from nicotine, gaining greater concentration abilities and better response time. ..... The authors suggest that short or impaired attention, impaired thinking and executing tasks are separate from the disease diagnosis and that nicotine and its receptors should be considered as a target for drugs for those with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or ADHD.
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Note: This is just one of many studies that shows WHY the pharmas's want nicitine FOR prescriptions. It's to help AVOID by-pass surgeries and we get it in our smokes! There is much other they want it for, FOR prescriptions for the GOOD of what nicotine does. Search deep enough, and you will already find patents! No wonder they want it under the FDA. Are tomatos and those other foods with nicotine next? A clip from the article:
However, Jang's study revealed nicotine actually stimulates division of cells. And when Cooke's associates tested nicotine in lab mice with artery disease and lung cancer, they discovered it promoted growth of new blood vessels in the mice. http://www.popsci. com/popsci/ medicine/ f17760669ea84010 vgnvcm1000004eec bccdrcrd. html
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