[Do you think because they DONT eat processed grains, wheat, refined sugar, processed vegetable oils and other modern foods- that is the reason why they can get away with smoking?
Could all the CW about the evils of cigerettes be therefore flawed or exagerated?
Is it true all smokers get heart disease?
Interested to hear from any smokers here?
Since I can't convince my partner to quit, maybe going primal will save him from heart disease...[/QUOTE]
Hard to argue with the protective effect of the Kitavans' lifestyle, but unless a Westerner has lived accordingly since birth they wouldn't be wise to count on it - who knows what differences linger in us. Perhaps we have far higher cortisol, environmental pollution, omega 6:3, etc that influence heart disease and cancer, or have accumulated plenty of mutations before going to natural foods. But if there's no chance of getting him to quit at least he may be better off than most.
I quit smoking when I went paleo 7 months ago, thankfully. For me and some others I've heard on the internet, withdrawal is (a fair bit) easier when low-carbing than on my many previous attempts. There have been some papers about nicotine's effect on glucose metabolism; nicotine transiently boosts glucose delivery to the brain one way or another. For me at least the craving/reward system seemed fundamentally affected by getting keto-adapted. I can highly recommend Allan Carr's EasyWay to Stop Smoking book & Max Kirsten's hypnosis tape on itunes too, that and disappearing to a desert island for a couple of weeks
Sorry for the diversion....