"the deadliest bullshit is odorless and transparent" - William Gibson

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

anyone want a couple cartons of Kools?

New research shows that Cigarette Smoke Is A Culprit In Poor Healing And Increased Scarring. This discovery shouldn't surprise anyone. But now that it's official, and powerfully described in some of the best science writting I've seen in a while, I am staying away from smoke, whether it's 1st, 2nd, or 5th hand. In recovering and rehabilitating from this last knee surgery scar tissue is the great satan:

"Wound healing is a highly choreographed, biological drama of clotting, inflammation, cell proliferation and tissue remodeling. It features an exotic cast of clotting and growth factors, specialized cells and structural proteins, each of which must time their entrance and exit perfectly. Nothing messes up this timing like cigarette smoke. Clinical studies have consistently shown that individuals exposed to cigarette smoke – whether “first-” or “second-hand”– heal poorly and are more likely to develop scarring and associated diseases."


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