Why don't they just blame it for everything

  Kevscar1 10:27 07 May 2011

Done hundreds of hours of research into RSD, came acroos a paper last week that says you are more susceptible to RSD if you smoke because 61.5% of suffers do. Wonder what percentage of fiddling MP,s smoke or diving footballers do they have a crafty drag when no ones around, how about speeding motorists or even terrorists.

  wiz-king 10:41 07 May 2011

I bet 100% of sufferers drink things containing dihydrogen monoxide, a well know cause of death if taken in excess.

  Kevscar1 11:25 07 May 2011

fm no this paper was later than that. stated that 61.5% of the study group smoked, seems very flimsy reason for trying to make a claim that smoking made you susceptible. So you could you such reasoning to blame smoking for every other thing which is why I made the facetious comments in the OP

  lotvic 11:28 07 May 2011

I wonder if 100% of sufferers drink alcohol.

  OTT_B 00:14 08 May 2011

Kevscar, do you have a link to the paper?

  Kevscar1 00:19 08 May 2011

No unfortunaely I didn't keep that one

  Forum Editor 00:31 08 May 2011

Obviously not the paper to which you refer, but here's a paper on the subject. It refers to there being a strong statistical link between RSD and cigarette smoking.

I think it's important to make the point that a statistical link isn't the same as a proven association - it simply means that there are statistics which indicate that there may be a causal effect. Nobody is suggesting that your RSD is definitely the result of smoking - if you do smoke, that is.

Comments about footballers, politicians, speeding motorists, and terrorists are totally irrelevant in this context.

  morddwyd 07:58 08 May 2011

"Why don't they just blame it for everything"

I thought they already did!

It's become a health professionals' mantra - "Stop smoking, lose weight, get more exercise" whther they're talking about RSD or ingrowing toenails.

  Kevscar1 10:36 08 May 2011

morddwyd had specialist come to the house to examine me on 24th. Didn't object to me smoking but asked about it. Told him had got down to 16 a day before the RSD but went up to over 30, strugling but had got down to 20. He said you shouldn't even be trying to give up with what you are going through. Totally stunned.

  OTT_B 10:38 08 May 2011

Kevscar; a friend of mine is a GP and has a very similar attitude towards smoking. If your body is going through hell in one area, why give it a problem in another by trying to quit?

  Forum Editor 10:48 08 May 2011

"It's become a health professionals' mantra - "Stop smoking, lose weight, get more exercise"

I find it hard to think of a better mantra. Smoking is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide, as are obesity and lack of exercise.

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