nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Heroin Cheaper Than Cigarettes In NY City

Great Incentive to stop smoking:  City raises taxes on cigarettes--cost per pack now almost $11.00

Courtesy of the WSJ Health blog (June 18)

But will it bring about any other incentive?  Some have noted that tobacco patrons with $11 to spend can now buy "other" things--cheaper.  Let's hope not.  I hate cigarettes and wish I had grown up in a world without tobacco.  But I know that human nature doesn't change.  If cigarettes aren't around, what shape will our need for addiction and dependency take in its place?

Whatever theory you subscribe to about how people come to adopt harmful habits--peer pressure, physiological effects--attacking each harmful activity directly doesn't deal with why humans are motivated to engage in them.

Whether it's fatty foods, sugar, tobacco, drugs, alcohol...or marathon running and religious cults, we need to do things obsessively and addictively.  It doesn't seem to matter whether it's a beneficial or harmful thing, just something that takes us to another life than our own--more pleasure, more money, more satisfaction, more relief from stress, more meaning....

Change that restless striving for "more" of whatever, and you've accomplished something.

Doc D


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