As fellow blogger of Vinography Alder Yarrow writes…’Like many such medicines, tobacco began its life as a gift from the gods, to whom it would return with messages from the living when smoked. From dark pitch to burnt caramel to sweet fruit, and always laced with wood, the smell of cured tobacco makes its way into many wines, most often thanks to wood itself. The toasted oak of a barrel can lend Cabernet, in particular, a deep note of pipe tobacco, shown best as a grace note rather than a blast of flavor. At its best, tobacco's richness marries with the darker qualities of fruit to add spice and mystery, if not a bit of nostalgia, to a glass of red. Sounds like it’s better to drink it than to smoke it.’
Various medical studies have proven that wine in moderation is good for your health. Good for your heart in fact! There are antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart and there is a polyphenol called resveratrol that has gotten major attention because it .helps prevent damage to blood vessels and reduces the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) and prevents blood clots. Wow!
So let's keep an open mind...
According to two CBS news articles on August 12 and 15th and recently other very high profile News outfits such as USA Today, NBC and Web-MD. There are a number of Ebola treatments and vaccine in development, and one comes from tobacco plants grown in specialized greenhouses at another operation, Kentucky BioProcessing, in Owensboro, Kentucky.
That experimental treatment, called ZMapp, uses proteins called antibodies, and is designed to inactivate the Ebola virus and help the body kill infected cells. It hasn't been tested in people but had shown promise in animal tests, so it was tried in three people sickened by Ebola in West Africa - two U.S. aid workers, who appear to be recovering, and a Spanish missionary priest, who later died.
So the big question…
Q: Why isn't ZMapp being tested more widely to find out if it works in people?
A: There's not enough available. The antibodies are grown inside tobacco plants, and then extracted and purified, a slow process. U.S. officials have estimated that only a modest amount could be produced in two or three months, unless some way to speed production is found.Tobacco seems to be the cure to the Ebola virus. So let’s get on with it and fix the issue.
This is a new Generation and a new time they need to help push through all the gridlock thinking.
Everybody know, there continues to be reporting about how bad tobacco is for you and the lawsuits continue. There is money to be made on the issue; Nevermind a person’s right to choose and the ‘Pleasure Police’…But that’s a whole other story. People like tobacco as much as people like wine or chocolate; period.
There’s no doubt to smoking’s certain calming and medicinal effects. Not to mention it does murky up the lungs and has negative addictive features such as a link to Cancer which has not been cured yet. Because the negative health effects were not initially known, the issue continues to be exploited.
But now that there is news that Tobacco is the successful cure to the the Ebola virus. It may be time to give tobacco it’s due.
According to a cool and informative CNN news article years ago; tobacco was first used by the folks of the pre-Columbian Americas. Native Americans actually developed the plant and smoked it in pipes for pleasure, medicinal and ceremonial purposes. They were on to something way back then.
Christopher Columbus brought a few tobacco leaves and seeds with him back to Europe, but most Europeans didn't get their first taste of tobacco until the mid-16th century, when adventurers and diplomats like France's Jean Nicot -- for whom nicotine is named -- began to popularize its use. Tobacco was introduced to France in 1556, Portugal in 1558, and Spain in 1559, and England in 1565.
The first successful commercial crop was cultivated in Virginia in 1612 by Englishman John Rolfe. Within seven years, it was the colony's largest export. A lot of our major leaders smoked and or grew tobacco from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Barak Obama over the next two centuries; the custom and growth of tobacco as a popular past time and cash crop which partly fueled the demand in North America for slave labor and todays hemorrhaging of our legal system.
Cigarettes, which had been around in crude form since the early 1600s, didn't become widely popular in the United States until after the Civil War and the invention of the first practical cigarette-making machine; sponsored by tobacco baron James Buchanan "Buck" Duke, in the late 1880.
That’s essentially the origins…
Truthfully, he negative health effects of tobacco were not initially known; in fact, even back then most early European physicians subscribed to the Native American belief that tobacco can be an effective medicine. Which now we know is true and always has been true.
Let’s do all we can. Let’s make the cure to Ebola…and use the tobacco for its medical properties; this gift from the gods and help save as many people as we can! Sure we can make it controversial, but why??? Put your paradigms to the side...
We can save lives!
We can save lives!