Nocebo of grisly graphics on cigarette packs (again!)

My last two posts (and some before) have been about the criminality of putting grotesque plain packaging images into the minds of smokers (and non smokers) repeatedly so that they burrow their way into our consciousnesses to become exactly the thing we see.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

We know about this in Modern Medicine

Nocebo

It’s a pity that statistics on smokers are so twisted and a lot of them are “estimates” aka guessing. It would be interesting to know is cancer rates in smokers had risen since the introduction of criminal images on cigarette packs.  Cancer in non smokers too – those who have to see them. And those who are caught in the deadly waves of second hand smoke found in parks and open spaces. But we’ll never know

But I’m not the only one who is appalled by the thoughtlessness of Tobacco Control tactics.

Placebo/Nocebo and the anti-smoking campaign

Is the nocebo effect killing our smokers?

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Basically bullshit because smoking does not always kill

Yesterday I wrote The Gruesome Graphic

I woke up in the night wondering what “fifteen cigarettes” meant. Fifteen a day? Fifteen in a life?

“The ads will tell smokers that just 15 cigarettes can cause a mutation that leads to cancerous tumours in what marks a return to shock campaigning.”

The video actually says WILL – WILL cause mutations.

 “People will see a man smoking and then a cancer growing out of the cigarette. That is what happens in people’s bodies.”

No wonder such an ad can be so easily dismissed from the sensible mind  – “More than a third of smokers still believe the health risks from smoking are greatly exaggerated, recent statistics from the Department of Health showed”

And no wonder – this is basically bullshit.  15 a day? for 20 years? for 30 years? for 50 years? Or simply 15 cigarettes?

In the BBC interview it was scientists who could tell this 15 cigarettes (15 a day? for 20 years? for 30 years? for 50 years? Or simply 15 cigarettes?) causing mutations by what they saw in a petrie dish.

 “People will see a man smoking and then a cancer growing out of the cigarette. That is what happens in people’s bodies.”

This is not what happens in people’s bodies. It’s what happens in the ad.

In people’s bodies it is far more complex, they are not petrie dishes. At least half or more of all smokers can hit old age totally fit and well. Why is that?

Trouble is, we don’t know why. And that’s the reason that shock ads like the tumour growing cigarette seem like lies.They are simply not true – and can never be until we know why smoking doesn’t always kill.

The Gruesome Graphic

This seems to be a time of the gruesome graphic. Once we had censorship which ruled what was acceptable and what not. Censorship was a government function to protect citizens from truly repulsive/upsetting images and movies.

Now it’s all changed around. It’s a government function to impose on all its citizens gruesome graphics especially selected for their gruesomeness to actively repulse and horrify.

Eight years ago the fatty advert left an indelible imprint on many smokers’ memories, so that every time they pick up a cigarette, they think of our advert and remember the damage that cigarette can do to their arteries.”

 I have been banging on about the fact that this is a criminal action. Gruesome graphics are subliminal messages. self fulfilling prophecies and someone wealthy should sue the perpetrators of this.
 
For 2013 smokers minds will be mind-fucked by a tumour growing cigarette.
 

The Extreme Scream

Being Christmas, I have been watching TV programs I normally wouldn’t. I wonder why winners have to resort to extreme screaming when they win something? Is it the same reason I suggested in my post The Audible Orgasm? As voyeur participants now on TV and videos that we watch, extreme chimp-like screaming is a way to indicate to the audience that the winners are happy?

Sad really. 

The Audible Orgasm

I have been wondering about the history of the audible orgasm. I have pondered for a long time, on how folks in crowded houses, in hovels or hostelries of yore managed to put up with all the  “Oooooh’s ‘n Ahhhh’s Oooooh’s and  Ahhhh’s” loudly yelled during female orgasm. Maybe women were once quieter?

I have decided that this current audible orgasm practise must be a dramatic recent addition to sex – an artifact of the modern age, possibly from the porn/movie/video industry. How do you actually show, when you act sex out, that anything is happening as a woman? Well, you yell and shriek. It becomes a modern human behaviour by mimic, easy to fake.

Perhaps I am wrong because “hysterical paroxysm” was the term used in Victorian times for raucous orgasm. Freud studied it “scientifically” so it could be said by our learned elite that something like that existed. Did they not know that women orgasmed? Did they do it silently, or not at all?  “Hysterical paroxysm” was not the norm.

Women have orgasmed for 100 000 years and more. Did they all make such a dreadful din? Or have we had to invent the audible orgasm because we, as voyeurs, need to be reassured that something real is happening?

30 a day and oodles of booze

My daughter just left after popping in with her two year old after a visit to the midwife. She tells me her iron is low with a knock on that her blood pressure is low too. She is pregnant again with her second baby. I know what this is like – we’ve been there before. No wine. No cheese. No this. No that. I can’t remember it all now, but I know it just made me feel totally irritated.

So, at the door as she left, this little scene  unfolded.

Mother: “Get some liver, you like liver – that’s good for anemia (iron deficiency). Eat liver”
Daughter: ” Not allowed to eat liver.”
Mother: “Why?”
Daughter: “Too much vitamin A.”
Mother:  “Oh.”

Now this same daughter has a Spanish friend who is also pregnant who’s mother makes sure she eats liver once a week and has a glass of wine every night.  And she does. I wonder what difference we will find between the two babies when they are born.

This same daughter is physically perfect – facial structure, teeth, hair and is Mensa with a massive IQ , academic skills and qualifications and a clever artist.

I looked at her standing in my doorway and just felt powerless at the extent new mothers are brainwashed by all the “scientific” codswallop they have to endure as if being pregnant is a medical illness and the fact she said “I’m not ALLOWED”

I gave her a hug and told her “Well I didn’t do too badly with you on 30 cigarettes a day and half a bottle of cane spirits (like Vodka) with coca-cola every night. And I ate anything I wanted.”

But I’ve told her that before……

Grotesque rogues gallery pictures on cigarette packages need scientific support, otherwise they are simply unproved anecdotes – aka – lies.

 I have just read:-The Story of Brian aged 34

I listened to Journalist Sue Landry speaks with Nick McCallum too.  (Find the broadcast under the pictures of Brian) This is not science – this is anecdote! I will not believe this is true until Brian’s medical files are released to the public. Until then, I will take this as an unproved anecdote touted as true by a lying Tobacco Control.

Brian looks as if he is a chemotherapy victim to me.

My father-in-law died of lung cancer at the same time someone else I know’s father-in-law died of lung cancer. We compared notes. Neither father’s-in-law were treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. They were old men. They did NOT look like Brian! In fact it was hard to really see anything much about their illness on the outside. My father-in-law had never been to a doctor. He chain smoked all his life and drank like a fish. He could be totally charming or absolutely evil. He suddenly developed a sore chest and was taken to hospital. He only then stopped smoking (and drinking). He died within a week. He was still flirting with the nurses and asking for more jelly the day before he died, silly old bugger. My friends father-in-law’s death was about as undramatic too.

I would like the medical notes on each patient in the grotesque rogues gallery on the packaging of cigarettes – now to be 75% of each packet according to the EU proposed legislation (making plain packaging really unnecessary) – to be published on the Internet so that we can see them. Otherwise, every one of their self fulfilling subliminal and criminal pictures are unscientific anecdotes and probably lies.

Citizen Control

We already endure the “sculpture” of society through the Media, and Government. No wonder there are so many conspiracy theories suspicious of a reality that is faked, slanted, twisted, manipulated and corrupt – because faked, slanted, twisted, manipulated and corrupt is true. How to tell what is true and to what extent and what is not is a problem for those that think.

I wanted to see what was trending on Twitter Worldwide and I discovered my offered Tweets from others on Twitter had been “tailored” for me. What a cheek! Why should I always want to see Tweets “tailored” for ME? I want to see the new and fresh stuff, not marinate myself in something similer to me! So the tweets “tailored” for me are not the true reflection of tweeting on twitter. They are a lie made just for me!

I follow Blogs by people who are of like mind. It is very easy to feel our kind of mind is the ONLY way to think. That same effect happens to everyone in society who is bolstered in their thinking by others of like mind. The trick is to get away from the like-minded sometimes and think with a different brain. Thinking “To whom is this thought beneficial?. Who is it bolstering? Should I believe this as true? ” is a good way of sorting out the chaff from the seeds – even the chaff in my own thoughts.

I believe a lot of things just because I WANT them to be true, because I don’t like what I see in the weird world around me. I believe that gradually, more and more people will become aware of the dross, the manipulation, the consumerism, the fake and the lies that form our society. I have to believe that, otherwise I have no hope for the future. I believe this major “enlightenment” could start to happen before I die.

Maybe I’m kidding myself? 

What has happened to the MONEY between the time they knew they were in the shit to the time when the shit hit the fan?

In the UK, Comet. an electrical retailer, is being PAID BY US to go insolvent – the Government is legally obliged to step in and pay redundancy payments.

That’s us – our money – our earnings that are skimmed off from us in every way conceivably possible.

Trouble is that when you read the Comet “story” something smells about it – no actually it STINKS! There should be some kind of investigation as to how they can’t pay their OWN workers’ redundancies. And they can’t pay their owed tax either. At what point should they have morally closed down? What has happened to the MONEY between the time they knew they were in the shit to the time when the shit hit the fan?

Caution in trashing the 21st December 2012

I see a lot of chatter on the Internet from Scientists trashing the Mayan Calender end of an Era predictions as codswallop, bullshit and other scornful labels. They are as stupid as those who believe there will be an ACTUAL ending of the world in some horrific way. They are stupid and thoughtless in trashing culture and tradition over which they have little understanding and which is not theirs. And which is an IDEA rather than a THING.

Wiki 2012 Phenomenon

“Unlike the 260-day tzolk’in still used today among the Maya, the Long Count was linear rather than cyclical, and kept time roughly in units of 20: 20 days made a uinal, 18 uinals (360 days) made a tun, 20 tuns made a k’atun, and 20 k’atuns (144,000 days or roughly 394 years) made up a b’ak’tun. Thus, the Mayan date of 8.3.2.10.15 represents 8 b’ak’tuns, 3 k’atuns, 2 tuns, 10 uinals and 15 days” (the end of one cycle of many, and the beginning of a new one)

This is a wonderful idea – we could take advantage of it, instead of trashing it.

 “There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012″, said Mayanist scholar Mark Van Stone.”

“For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle”

So I hope that we will be beginning a new world cycle and hopefully, one day, we can celebrate getting to the end of THAT one too!

Roll on 21,12,2012 – we need a new chance to improve things….


Before I could hit the Publish button I found this excellent good read article published in the Guardian.