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Organic Tobacco Is Safer Tobacco & Here’s Why

In order to make the case for why organic tobacco is not only safer than pesticide-contaminated tobacco, but is very likely to be perfectly safe to smoke or vape, especially in moderation, I want to share both hard data and published science with you, as well as a new way of understanding the criminal conspiracy that the Tobacco Cartel and US government agencies created together in the 1970s and have sustained without accountability for over 50 years since, at the cost of hundreds of millions of lives worldwide.

The data on pesticide contaminants in tobacco products that I’ll share with you in this post are unique, because no research at all has been published on fungicides and insecticides in tobacco products since the complete end to research like this, a study published in the early 1970s after which all such research worldwide literally disappeared. Here’s a table from that study, referring back to previous studies as far back as 1959.

Now after looking at the 1970s data, please check out this new data below showing what smokers are inhaling today. Not one published research study, out of the tens of thousands of “studies” funded with hundreds of millions of dollars, has ever compared organic tobacco cigarettes with commercial tobacco cigarettes, and not one study has ever looked at pesticides in those commercial cigarettes as a possible and even likely but unrecognized cause of “smoking-related deaths”, yet this 2019 data from research for my book “Smoke No Evil” held up against that 1970s data shows clearly that smokers have been inhaling cancer, diabetes, birth defect and obesity-causing pesticides along with their tobacco smoke continuously for over 70 years since the early 1950s with complete US government knowledge, consent, protection and support. Notice by the way that the organic cigarette we tested actually was organic – no detectable residues – where that ‘natural tobacco’ cigarette was contaminated with pesticides, although fewer than all other commercial brands tested.

I hope this data on even a few brands shows the hypocrisy of the too-clever bullshit from self-serving agencies like FDA and from anti-smoking hustlers like Truth Initiative claiming that organic cigarettes aren’t safer than regular commercial cigarettes because all tobacco is equally hazardous. Besides being obvious bullshit that’s either a deliberate lie or gross ignorance. They either actually know nothing about the tobacco industry, although they claim to be unimpeachable experts, or else they do know about the true nature of the health consequences of even the lowest levels of exposure to these highly bioactive xenobiotic chemicals and they are true co-conspirators in this global atrocity. This post and much of my life’s work is about documenting and showing readers the evidence that the latter is tragically true: US regulatory agencies have been corrupted to the core by the Tobacco Cartel.

If around now you’re thinking “Well, some of those pesticides look pretty bad but those concentrations look awfully low to do any damage to smokers” please understand that science now knows that many of these designer chemicals are highly bioactive in human nerves, tissues and organs even at molecular levels, and especially when exposure is to “cocktails’ of these unregulated bioactive chemicals.

“Toxic effects of pesticide mixtures at a molecular level: their relevance to human health”

In other posts I’ve tracked this remarkable disappearance of research on cigarette pesticide contaminants to a global effort by the Cartel to erase the topic of pesticide residues in tobacco products from public awareness. From the early 1950s through the early 1970s there was extensive research on the topic of pesticides in tobacco products in multiple scientific/agricultural/chemical journals, every study revealing concentrations of organochlorine and then organophosphorous pesticides in every tobacco product studied. However, as medical science on these xenobiotic chemicals advanced, the industry understood that these heavily contaminated products, already coming under a lot of negative anti-smoking pressure, would very likely attract horrified attention and be banned if they were brought under proposed environmental and agricultural pesticide regulations unless they took control of any research that could lead to such regulation, and so they did. They managed to shut it all down, worldwide.

You can browse more examples of the surviving tobacco/cigarette pesticide research on DDT and other organochlorine pesticides in cigarettes that virtually ended in the 1970s here  and  here  and here  and here and here. You can see from the reference sections of these journal articles that from 1950-1975 there were entire journals devoted to researching pesticide residues in cigarettes and tobacco products. Then it stopped.

During these same years the Tobacco Cartel successfully maneuvered and manipulated Congress and the agencies to get tobacco products exempted from pesticide inspection, regulation or even tracking by any government agency. To this day in 2021 no agency inspects or regulates tobacco products for pesticides, and in the regulations of every agency dealing in any way with hazardous or toxic substances, from EPA to CPSC to FDA, tobacco products are specifically exempted. It took a lot of satanic lawyering and political corruption to get every single piece of regulatory exemption in place but that’s how the Cartel rolls.

Please use your own research skills to confirm this absolutely remarkable absence of attention to what in any other product consumed by millions of people would be completely horrifying. I would love to hear of anything you find on pesticide residues in tobacco products – cigarettes, cigars, bidis – anything, anywhere.

While you’re thinking about that, if you or someone you love enjoys smoking but wants to get rid of that nasty cigarette addiction, take a look at this little handbook sharing the experiences of hundreds of other people who have switched to organic tobacco as an easy transition away from cigarette addiction that doesn’t require you to stop enjoying tobacco. Oh yeah – it’s priced at $0.99. Cheers!

If you or someone you care about is hooked on cigarettes, this new approach may be the answer. You’ll never hear anyone recommend that you change WHAT you smoke first if you want to QUIT smoking, but as you’ll see in this little book that’s exactly how thousands of people have already done it. And of course, what you also may find is that once you unhook from cigarettes and switch to organic tobacco, maybe blended with a little nice Cannabis flower, all those reasons you want to quit smoking may just disappear.

So, back to the story of WHY switching to organic tobacco to eliminate pesticides in your smoke is an imperative.

We know that regulators are already on the case of pesticide contamination with Cannabis, right? There’s plenty of pesticide residue research on Cannabis, and plenty of careful regulations, strictly enforced. Can’t have pesticide residues contaminating Cannabis you know, and we have to regulate everything very tightly in order to protect Cannabis users. But on (what you would think would be) a natural hot regulatory topic, toxic pesticide residues on those nasty old tobacco cigarettes that we’ve all been well-trained to hate, there’s not a peep since the mid-70s. You’ll find some limited published research, and plenty of regulations on pesticides used on field tobacco, but zero data of any kind on pesticides that remain in manufactured tobacco products, and nothing on banned pesticides coming into the US on cheap tobacco waste used in manufacturing US cigarettes and little cigars imported from places like India and Brazil. Pretty strange, you’ll have to admit. If you do find something please let me know!

It seems to me that a coordinated policy decision must have been made at a level of power and influence wielded out of public view by generational and corporate wealth shielded by the best legal minds, ensuring that there would be no more of this kind of information readily available to the public. If there is any industry research on tobacco products it is kept tight and private in the Tobacco Cartel’s so-called scientific organization CORESTA.

All funding for research on pesticides in tobacco products was simply cut off by government agencies in the 1970s, and all those government scientists were re-purposed and paid so well they didn’t complain, and this must have all been operating under coordinated control. It didn’t just happen that one day an entire area of published research with thousands of scientific publications suddenly just stopped. I haven’t been able to find a single study, funded by anyone, including the so-called non-profits that raise hundreds of millions for so-called tobacco research, and their own salaries of course, that has looked at the health impact of inhaling the supertoxic cocktail of pesticide residues in tobacco products that every Federal agency, every ‘anti-tobacco’ organization, and the entire Tobacco Cartel all know are concealed in these products.

We know that the agencies involved have played major CYA on this subject over the years, because they’ve left a clear trail of both deliberate omissions and deceptions. They’ve even occasionally had to dodge legislators like they did with Congressman Henry Waxman in 2003 with the massively deceptive GAO Report to Congress “Pesticides On Tobacco: Federal Activities To Assess Risks & Monitor Residues“. That piece of work deserves its own blog post, but the bottom line is that pesticides are no problem and the government is totally on the case – no need to worry. But interestingly enough, when it comes right down to it, here’s how EPA deals with the reality of pesticide residues in tobacco products:

“EPA does not assess intermediate or long-term risks of pesticide residues to smokers because of the severity of health effects linked to use of tobacco products themselves.” EPA 2018

There’s a lot of that kind of deliberately misleading bullshit in the Federal records, but the clarity of this statement is what makes it such a great example. Hey there EPA, couldn’t the “severity of health effects linked to use of tobacco products themselves” maybe be because of the pesticides you don’t care about? This is a truly classic “la la – we don’t give a shit” and says everything that needs to be said about how carefully the Tobacco Cartel’s crimes are being shielded by EPA – and every other Federal and State agency, top to bottom.

And let’s keep in mind that FDA and a vigilante posse of clueless Attorneys General just spent tens of millions a few years ago (2015/16) to force the manufacturers of American Spirit to tell smokers prominently on the package that organic tobacco is NOT safer for them to smoke. The FDA was and is in a total (fake) tizzy because some smokers have the nerve to continue to believe that organic tobacco is safer for them to smoke! That has to stop! Others are being deceived by the word “Natural” – they actually think it means safer too – but even FDA realizes that they can’t control the escape of that meaning from their word control game. And the BAT/RJ Reynolds/Cartel manufacturers who long ago bought and control American Spirit had to go along and comply – they couldn’t afford for smokers to see this kind of data regarding all their other non-organic and highly contaminated brands, including all the non-organic American Spirit brands. 

They would like to kill organic tobacco. Besides exposing their crimes against humanity for anyone who knows what to look, American Spirit smokers are perfectly satisfied with an average of 10 a day while the average across all other brands is almost 16 a day, and up to 60 a day for seriously addicted smokers. Not addicted to Nicotine, by the way. American Spirit organic has plenty of that highly desirable alkaloid. So why would the Tobacco Cartel be anything but horrified at the idea of smokers worldwide suddenly going to 10 cigarettes a day? The Cartel wants more, always more, and they have hundreds of millions of biochemically trained and conditioned smokers to give them just that. More and more until they die, to be replaced by another generation lured into accepting biochemical conditioning to always want more. That’s the game plan, and that’s the game plan that organic tobacco can totally disrupt.

They couldn’t defend organic tobacco as a safer smoke even in the face of blatant FDA and Attorneys General lies. What are they going to say – American Spirit organic tobacco is safer because all our other brands are loaded with lethal man-made poisons that are there so we can make more money and that we’ve been paying off government agencies and politicians to keep totally concealed since the 1970s?

Everywhere you look in the Federal regulatory establishment it officially all comes down to saying “It’s the Tobacco, bitches, and just the tobacco, and we’re not going to look any further”. This from a government and anti-tobacco elite that knows perfectly well that there has never been a single study of the health impact of smoking organic tobacco cigarettes compared with smoking any of the commercial cigarettes that it knows are universally and often heavily contaminated. Not one study, not ever. They really do not want to hear about organic tobacco, or that tobacco may not be anywhere near the problem they have staked their entire careers on “fighting”. Maybe there’s nothing to fight, and maybe these evil greedy bastards know it, and are determined that people are never going to find out. Why else would here be absolutely zero research on something this obviously important in 50 years?

If you press them you’ll also hear that the government actually does test tobacco and it regulates the pesticides that can be used on tobacco too. Well, those statements are both “true” very misleading in a carefully crafted lawyerly kind of way. There are so many deliberately-crafted, subtle misdirections in government agency claims around pesticides and tobacco that it is, also deliberately, hard to decipher them, but the bottom line is that there is zero regulation of pesticides in US tobacco products and there is zero interest in what these xenobiotic substances are doing to smokers and their children, no matter what kind of language these agencies use to try to make it seem like they are on the case. Read carefully and you’ll see the weasel language everywhere, trying to obscure the single compelling fact that no US agency or regulatory organization inspects, tests or regulates pesticides in tobacco products. At all. Period. They are all quite simply complicit with the Tobacco Cartel in concealing this public health atrocity. The standard of guilt at the Nuremburg trials is that the top Nazis “by virtue of their command authority, either knew or ought to have known of the crimes committed under their jurisdiction.” Ditto.

So that’s probably why finding all that published journal research from the 50’s-70s isn’t easy. Even in Land Grant University libraries where these old ag science journals are supposed to reside, and many actually do, it’s very difficult to get access to the print copies of these old agricultural journals and the digital archives appear to have been scrubbed – although digging around pays off.

Oddly enough, considering the suppression of public tobacco product research, the Tobacco Cartel itself kept very detailed internal review and research processes going throughout the 20th Century aimed at determining the impact of each of the pesticides they were using on consumer taste. They were nominally concerned that these biologically hyperactive chemicals might make smokers think the cigarettes tasted funny, and they spent hundreds of millions on this research – in plain sight of government agencies. But because all of this research was private, and because they were able to totally suppress any publicly-funded research on pesticides, what the Cartel scientists knew by the 1980s about what these chemicals were doing to smokers was totally concealed behind corporate walls.

There was an explosion of science and medicine in the 1980s and 90s around environmental exposure to pesticides, which everybody agreed was terrible and dangerous and had to be controlled, and which ‘nobody knew’ smokers were being exposed to daily, but there is zero published evidence that the Cartel ever tested their own products for pesticide residues – although I’ll bet that subpoenas of Cartel manufacturing records would turn up decades of detailed batch testing. There looks to be a conspiracy of silence around this whole domain of science and public health and criminality that can only be due to impeccably concealed political and economic influence and the deepest possible public agency corruption by private, concealed power and wealth.

The tests that yielded the data I showed you above were the first of their kind since the 1970’s, and were run by a uniquely qualified pesticide testing lab, a US subsidiary of a major EU company that has been doing testing on tobacco product substrate for years. Some EU governments do regulate pesticides in tobacco products but they have a deal with the Cartel to keep it quiet and so nobody even realizes that it takes place. For example, German cigarettes are simply somehow very, very light on pesticide contamination, but you never hear about it, or see any public discussions of why the German government inspects and regulates tobacco products for pesticides. It simply happens quietly, behind the scenes. That’s undoubtedly the agreement. But any American smoker who has ever gone to Germany and bought their same brand there, or any German smoker who has ever done the same in the US, will know exactly what I’m talking about even though nobody has the true facts that would so easily explain the differences.

But back to the lab tests I ran that opened all this up for me. I’m lucky to be living in Oregon, where because of Cannabis there are a number of highly qualified pesticide testing labs. I found one with impeccable credentials in testing both Cannabis in the US and Tobacco products in – guess where – Germany, their home base. Testing cigarette tobacco for pesticide residues is far more complicated than testing Cannabis, which is this lab’s main business in the US, so being able to have this lab’s scientists collect and test random samples of tobacco products against their massive tobacco substrate database with their experience in doing so was real plus.

Here’s that data again. You tell me – is smoking organic tobacco safer than inhaling any of the factory smokes you see here? The FDA wants you to think that organic tobacco is not safer. The Attorneys General of 33 states, led by California, want you to believe that organic tobacco is not safer. But neither the FDA nor any of the ‘anti-tobacco’ forces can show you actual data to support their claim, which they nevertheless enforce with the full power of their Federal authority. What do you think? Take a look. No safer?

The impact of pesticides in tobacco products can seem like an abstraction but here are a few links to several recent articles where I use journal-based research to detail some of the most severe impacts of these pesticides on human health. These posts are filled with links to the peer-reviewed science behind the raw data I’m sharing here in this post.

Here’s another way to look at the range of contamination smokers are exposed to with non-organic tobacco products. Just absorb the image and notice the differences left to right – premium brand to cheap little cigar. It’s pretty obvious when you see the data displayed this way that as you go lower in price you go up in exposure to a huge range of bioactive chemicals any one of which has potential health & life-threatening properties if inhaled often enough regardless of how tiny the amount.

But please reflect a moment longer on this data and ask yourself – who are the markets for American Spirit Blues, Marlboro Reds, and Swisher Sweets? Who are the people smoking these brands? What are the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the smokers in these different markets? What are the poor folks inhaling vs the better-off smokers? And why are there such big differences in the amounts and kinds of pesticides and insecticides affecting these different groups of people? Those questions all have hard evidence answers, which I try to cover in my blog posts and books, but you can probably answer them yourself just by looking at these three brands. Let this slightly different display of the same data you’ve seen above speak to you. It reveals the dynamics of a hard truth behind millions of deaths. Not just these three brands – the landscape of chemical madness they reveal. Who is smoking the premium brand and who is smoking the cheap brand? What does that tell you?

After all, government at all levels and “non-profit” parasites like Truth Initiative are full partners in the revenues generated by tobacco products, and they have every reason to conceal the fact that they know that pesticides are a major, even primary and 100% preventable cause of smoking-related disease and death. The only reason pesticide residues are in tobacco products at all is because it is much more profitable and far more convenient for Tobacco Cartel companies to produce them that way than to make them cleaner and safer and organic, and the only reason that nobody has called them on this atrocity is because they have spread so much money around in so many places for so many years. If you want to identify tobacco industry co-conspirators, or maybe just pathetic dupes, just look for the ones claiming that all tobacco products are equally hazardous, organic American Spirit and Swisher Sweets alike. 

If around now you’re thinking “Well, some of those pesticides look pretty bad but those concentrations look awfully low to do any damage to smokers” please understand that science now knows that many of these designer chemicals are highly bioactive in human nerves, tissues and organs even at molecular levels.

“Toxic effects of pesticide mixtures at a molecular level: their relevance to human health”

The damage even goes well beyond the smoker. If your mother smoked a brand contaminated with DDT, which as you saw earlier was almost a certainty any time from 1950 – 1972, and you are a woman, then your odds of developing breast cancer are much, much higher as a result of what DDT in those cigarettes did to your mother’s DNA. That genetic damage is passed on to both female and male children across generations.

For peer-reviewed journal research on maternal DDT and Breast Cancer see also here and here and here. Oh, and how about Obesity? If your mother was exposed to DDT while she was carrying you, your odds of uncontrollable obesity rise dramatically. Remember, smokers from 1950-1972 were probably universally exposed to DDT, and even if they quit during pregnancy there was more than enough DDT circulating in their bodies to damage you before you were even you. Every brand in those days was contaminated not just with DDT but with Endrin, Aldrin, Lindane, Dieldrin and literally dozens of other OC and OP pesticides. Remember those links to the 1950-72 research here  and  here  and here  and here and here?

So please tell me – are there any differences worth mentioning between those non-organic American Spirit, Marlboro and Swisher Sweets? Would tobacco cigarettes without these specific contaminants be safer than contaminated cigarettes. Prove it for yourself. Search for any one of these fungicides or insecticides listed above along with keywords like “neurological”, “fetal”, “diabetes”, “obesity”, “birth defect” or “cancer” and see what you get. As you’re looking at the results, ask yourself:

  • Is the least contaminated tobacco product safer than the most contaminated one, or not? 
  • Even if you assume that the tobacco in all three brands is the same, which it isn’t, would you say there are differences in safety levels, or not? 
  • If someone you love is smoking and you can’t get them to stop, which of the three brands above would you want them to smoke, and why?
  • If your kid is sneaking off and smoking, which of these brands would you least want them to be smoking, and why? 

Looking at that hard data, only blind arrogance or a hidden agenda could continue to claim that the DDT, Carbendazim and Penconazole residues in the little cigars that kids are smoking right now, today, by the tens of thousands in every city in the US, doesn’t matter because tobacco itself is so bad anyway. Yet that is exactly what EPA, FDA, all the anti-smoking groups, and all the state health departments pretend to believe. That’s their excuse for doing nothing, and it’s pathetic. Here’s why.

First as I said before, there is simply zero research on the health effects of smoking uncontaminated tobacco products. No such study has ever been done. In addition, virtually all smoking and health research that used tobacco smoke obtained that smoke from “Research Standard” cigarettes supplied by the Tobacco Cartel itself, and with zero data on what pesticide residues were present in any of these “research” cigarettes. Please tell me any other area of research where the materials to be examined for their health impact are not completely characterized? No research study I have found, and I’ve looked pretty carefully, has ever acknowledged the presence of pesticide residues in the “tobacco” they were using to test the health effects of smoking tobacco.

So all statements about tobacco products begin with the unstated, unproven assumption, which is super-convenient for the Cartel, the government ‘regulators’, and the non-profit parasites, that tobacco is causing so much of the obvious harm that any damage being done by those insecticides and fungicides, that are absolutely necessary for the Tobacco Cartel to maximize profits, can safely be ignored. Not just ignored, but actively placed outside consideration or even public knowledge. In other words, concealed by conspiracy.

This level of self-serving deceitfulness while enormous numbers of people die from pesticide contaminated tobacco products every year, and while children around the world are sealing their future fates by being lured into smoking these cheap contaminated tobacco products, all of which is 100% preventable, is beyond disgusting. 

The question that must be asked – if it were possible, wouldn’t the kids smoking this trash, idiots that they certainly are, be safer smoking these products if they were made from exactly the same crap as they are now, from trash and waste tobacco and cheap chemical flavorings but weren’t contaminated with those extremely hazardous pesticides we can all see in the hard data for the first time now?

We know that 1 in 13 of all the children under 17 alive today will die prematurely, painfully and expensively of “smoking-related” disease. That is a whole lot of children and future suffering.  Do you think any of it could be prevented just by requiring tobacco manufacturers to remove pesticide residues from their tobacco?

They could do that, almost in a flash. Why don’t they? Because they don’t have to, and because it’s much more profitable to use chemicals than to use labor, even in the remote areas of the Third World where they grow their tobacco out of sight of regulators and inspectors.

Every tobacco product on the market could theoretically be made with responsibly grown and even organic tobacco – no problem. Give the industry 3-5 years and a drop-dead set of conditions and they will do whatever they have to do. It would take longer to actually become widely organic, but in 3-5 years the world tobacco supply could be 75% cleared of extreme and severely hazardous pesticide residues and the lives of millions of people conserved for a future with their families.

However as long as “players” like FDA and Truth Initiative and others like them play the “All Tobacco Is Equally Bad” game nothing will change. Of the total number of smokers dying each year, a significant number die because of the arrogant conceit of those who believe (or at least pretend to believe) they know all the truth there is to know about Tobacco when they have never once set foot in any tobacco field anywhere, much less a field that has just been sprayed with DDT in India, Nicaragua or Brazil. These countries supply hundreds of tons of contaminated tobacco waste to US manufacturers that they make into fruity little sweet smokes for our kids. US companies are also totally permitted to import tobacco products like fruity little cigars from these countries with zero inspection for DDT or any other pesticides. As long as they pay their import taxes they skate, and all that toxic load goes straight into the lungs of the young black and brown smokers in poor communities.

And then in 2015 the moralists and parasites had the nerve to go after organic tobacco. The problem is that they apparently don’t know what Tobacco is, or really that much about it, because if they did they wouldn’t have gotten themselves into the really stupid trap of insisting for the record that there’s no difference between organic tobacco and severely contaminated tobacco. They may claim when finally confronted that they don’t know about all those pesticides, but they are on the record as fully informed.

Notice that in the data tables above even the regular American Spirit Blue non-organic brand is lower in pesticides than the Marlboro or another RJR brand, Camel. That’s a big difference in safety levels even among non-organic brands, much less between organic and non-organic. However, if RJR had defended American Spirit organic tobacco on that simple evidence-based premise then they would have had to admit how contaminated all their other products are, and why. Oops! That’s a non-starter. Think of the lawsuits!

So it was a much, much better deal for RJR to let FDA pretend they scored a big win, just like years before the Surgeon General’s warnings were a godsend to tobacco manufacturers. It let them say – hey, you were warned. The so-called “Tobacco Settlement” was an even bigger fraud – look at what is actually being done with all that money. Lots of “Tobacco is really really bad” advertising, lots of huge salaries and nice perks, everybody congratulating themselves on what a great job they’re doing, and no change in the numbers of people suffering and dying, or in the number of kids heading down that dead-end road.

Until my little non-profit finally got funding and was able to begin testing tobacco products in late 2018, not one dime has ever been spent by the “anti-tobacco” forces to test for these contaminants that by themselves make these products illegal, period. But then the “Tobacco is really really bad” game would be over, wouldn’t it. Imagine the public reaction if it became clear that people in positions of responsibility and authority had known about pesticide contamination of tobacco products for many smokers’ lifetimes and had never once spoken out.

FDA knows what it has to do in return for being allowed to look like a winner in the organic tobacco derby. Their part of the deal is not to make too much noise about all those “crop protection agents”. That’s what the industry calls pesticides. After all, crops need protection, right? so much better than a nasty word ending in “cide”.

FDA and the anti-tobacco PR and advertising shills are allowed to beat the drums and make up endless variations of the “Tobacco Is So Bad” meme because that doesn’t hurt the tobacco industry one bit, but it does allow thousands of people to keep doing extremely dubious work to justify their lucrative titles and careers “fighting tobacco”.

Ever wonder why FDA is being so helpful in the industry’s pivot away from tobacco and toward e-cigarettes? Are they are all hoping that their complicity in 75 years of slaughter for profit will just slide on out of sight? Yes, complicity. FDA has had institutional knowledge of the presence of heavy concentrations of hazardous pesticides in tobacco products for over 50 years and has not once, ever brought it up in any hearings or testimony or research. That’s complicity.

I call the tobacco industry’s reckless, negligent, criminal behavior “slaughter for profit” simply because the tobacco industry doesn’t have to use pesticides at all. Traditional tobacco growers used hand labor for hundreds of years and did just fine. The tobacco companies use chemicals in place of labor strictly for increased profits and they have rigged the regulatory systems of the world so that they are protected from the consequences of their greed-driven decisions.

Should people who smoke be protected from these contaminants, or do they deserve whatever happens to them?

If these chemicals were in wine or beer, would that be OK just because alcohol is known to be so hazardous to health anyway.

Does it not matter that the most hazardous of these brands, the one with 375 times the highest background level of DDT, is the one that most kids 11-16 love?

Because use of tobacco products, with or without pesticide residues, is so hazardous to health, all of the Oregon Health Authority’s efforts around tobacco are aimed at discouraging use of tobacco products and encouraging cessation of tobacco use in people already using it.” Oregon Health Authority 2018

“EPA does not assess intermediate or long-term risks of pesticide residues to smokers because of the severity of health effects linked to use of tobacco products themselves.” EPA 2018

“Organic,” “natural” or “additive-free” product labels may imply a healthier or safer choice, but that couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to tobacco products. A cigarette with organic tobacco or tobacco with no additives does not make it healthier or safer than other cigarettes.” Truth Initiative 2018

That’s what every regulatory agency in the country, and in most of the world, wants you to believe – if you ever ask the question at all. So, these people are fully on record – no differences at all? Pesticide contamination of tobacco products doesn’t make smoking them more dangerous than if they were USDA Certified organic tobacco. Really? Now, hold on a minute …..

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Hashish & Natural Medicine

Victor Robinson –

Victor Robinson wrote his witty, entertaining and thoughtful “Essay On Hasheesh” in 1912, just before the dawn of the age of Pig Pharma. These were times when the companies whose greed would ultimately dominate world medicine were still peddling miracle baldness & flatulence cures on street corners.

In this blog post I would like to share a small section of one of Robinson’s introductory chapters in which he summarizes the history of natural medicines in just a few amazing paragraphs. Up until the early 20th Century physicians and healers had depended exclusively on a global apothecary of natural medicines. In introducing the medical glories of Cannabis, Robinson creates an amazing summary of these generations of medical knowledge which sometimes, as in the case of mercury, was horribly wrong but which often, as in the case of Cannabis, has proven more valuable to mankind than many of the nightmarish chemical inventions of Pig Pharma.  

Two rather famous quotes by book reviewers of the time show how impressed they were by the depth and scope of Robinson’s research and his appealing writing style.

One editor commented that Robinson’s arguments in favor of Hasheesh were so powerful that “…if there is any caution to go with this monograph, it should be to keep it out of the hands of the neurotics.”

Another prohibitionist reviewer remarked dolefully “We hope that Victor Robinson’s delightful description will not unduly popularize the use of this drug.”


Here’s a bit of that delightful description from “Hasheesh” 

“Ailing man has ransacked the world to find balms to ease him of his pains. And this is only natural, for what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his digestion? Let the tiniest nerve be but inflamed, and it will bend the proudest spirit: humble is a hero with a toothache! It is doubtful if Buddha himself could have maintained his equanimity with a bit of dust on his conjunctiva. Caesar had a fever and the eye that awed the world did lose its lustre, and the tongue that bade the Romans write his speeches in their books cried like a sick child.

Our flesh is heir to many ills, and alas when the heritage falls due. Even pride and prejudice are then forgotten, and Irishmen in need of purgatives are willing to use rhubarb grown on English soil, while the foreign Colombo Root gathered by the feral natives in untamed forests is consumed by ladies who never saw anything wilder than a Fabian Socialist.

The modern descendant of Hippocrates draws his Materia Medica from the uttermost ends of the earth: linseed from busy Holland and floretted marigold from the exotic Levant; cuckoo’s cap from little Helvetia, and pepper-elder from ample Brazil; biting cubebs from spicy Borneo and fringed lichens from raw-winded Iceland; sweet flag from the ponds of Burmah, coto bark from the thickets of Bolivia, sleeping nightshade from the woods of Algeria, brownish rhatany from the sands of Peru, purple crocus from the pastures of Greece, aromatic vanilla from the groves of Mexico, golden seal from the retreats of Canada, knotty Aleppo from the plains of Kirghiz, fever-tree from the hills of Tasmania, white saunders from the mountains of Macassar.

Idols are broken boldly nowadays, but the daughter of Aesculapius does not fear, for Hygeia knows she will always have a frenzied world of worshippers to kneel at her every shrine in every land. All the reservoirs of nature have been tapped to yield medicines for man.

From the mineral kingdom we take the alkali metals, the nitrogen group, the compounds of oxygen, the healing waters, the halogens, the nitrate of silver, the sulphate of copper, the carbonate of sodium, the chloride of mercury, the hydroxide of potassium, the acetate of lead, the citrate of lithium, the oxide of calcium, and the similar salts of half a hundred elements from Aluminium to Zincum.

From the vegetable kingdom we extract the potent alkaloid; all things that blossom and bloom, we knead them as we list: the broad rhizome of iris, the wrinkled root of lappa, the inspissated juice of aloes, the flowerheads of anthemis, the outer rind of orange, the inner bark of cinnamon, the thin arillode of macis, the dense sclerotium of ergot, the ovoid kernel of nutmeg, the pitted seed of rapa, the pale spores of club-moss, the spongy pith of sassafras, the bitter wood of quassia, the smoothish bark of juglans, the unripe fruit of hemlock, the fleshy bulb of scilla, the brittle leaves of senna, the velvet thallus of agaric, the balsamic resin of benzoin, the scaly strobiles of hops, the styles and stigmas of zea.

The animal kingdom has likewise been forced to bring tribute to its highest brother: we use in medicine the blood-sucking leech, the natural emulsion from the mammary glands of the cow, the internal fat from the abdomen of the hog, the coppery-green Spanish fly, the globular excrements of the leaping antelope, the fixed oil from the livers of the cod, the fresh bile of the stolid ox, the vitellus of the hen’s egg, the fatty substance from the huge head of the sperm-whale, the odorous secretion of the musk-deer, the swimming-bladder of regal fish, the inner layer of the oyster-shell, the branched skeleton of the red polyp, the dried follicles of the boring beaver, the bony horns of the crimson deer, the thyroid glands of the simple sheep, the coagulated serum from the blood of the horse, the wax and the honey from the hive of the busy bee, and even the disgusting cockroaches that infest the kitchen-shelves and climb all over the washtubs are used as a diuretic and for dropsy.

Little it matters by whom the healing agent was ushered in, for mankind in its frantic search for health asks not the creed or color of its medical savior: Pipsissewa was introduced into medicine by the redskins, buchu by the hottentots, quassia by a negro slave, zinc valerianate by a French prince, krameria by a Spanish refugee, ipecac by the Brazilian aboriginecs, guaiac by a syphilitic warrior, aspidium by a Swiss widow.

“Medicine,” wrote the greatest of literary physicians, “appropriates everything from every source that can be of the slightest use to anybody who is ailing in any way, or likely to be ailing from any cause. It learned from a monk how to use antimony, from a Jesuit how to cure agues, from a friar how to cut for stone, from a soldier how to treat gout, from a sailor how to keep off scurvy, from a postmaster how to sound the Eustachian tube, from a dairy-maid how to prevent small-pox, and from an old market woman how to catch the itch-insect. It borrowed acupuncture and the moxa from the Japanese heathen, and was taught the use of lobelia by the American savage.”

And all these substances are daily being powdered, sifted, granulated, desiccated, percolated, macerated, distilled, sublimed, comminuted, dissolved, precipitated, filtered, strained, expressed, clarified, crystallized, ignited, fused, calcined, torrified and deflagrated into powders, pills, wafers, capsules, ampoules, extracts, tinctures, infusions, decoctions, syrups, cordials, essences, magmas, suppositories, tablets, troches, ointments, plasters, abstracts, liniments, collodions, cataplasms and so on and so on.

And all these finished preparations have a most laudable object in view – the eradication of disease and the alleviation of pain. Ah, this is indeed a quest worth the striving for! To accomplish the quadrature of the circle, or ferret out the secret of perpetual motion, may be highly interesting, the of problematical value only; but when a clammy sweat bathes the brow, and the delicate nerves twitch till the tortured human frame shakes in anguish, how important is it to be able to lift the veil from a condition like this! He who conquers disease is greater than the builder of cities or the creator of empires. His value is above the poets, statesmen cannot be compared unto him, educators equal him not in worth.

A careful economist like John Stuart Mill tells us it is doubtful if all the labor-saving machinery ever invented has lessened for a single day the work of a single human being, but when a discovery is made in medicine it becomes a sun which sheds its beneficence on all who suffer. The sick pauper of today lying in a charity hospital receives better medical treatment than the sick potentate of yesterday lying in his costly palace. But so far medical science has only unhorsed, not overthrown pain, its ancient antagonist. In spite of all the remedies, in spite of all the research, mankind as yet possesses no satisfactory antidote for suffering; it knows no drug which can give pain its conge for more than a transient period.

But altho the time of relief be limited, the simple fact that there are substances which do have some power over pain is sufficient to make the study of narcotism highly important. And of all the narcotics – a narcotic being roughly defined as a substance which relieves pain and produces excitability followed by sleep – none is more alluring to the imagination than the intoxicating hemp-plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa and popularly famed as Hasheesh – those strange flowering-tops that appeal to a pot-bellied bushman of Australia who smokes it in a pipe of animal tusks, and to so hyper-esoteric a litterateur as Charles Baudelaire of the Celestial City of Art.” 

Enjoy discovering the origins of today’s Cannabis culture!

Here’s an archived digital original edition of “Hasheesh”.

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While it may sound strange at first, our friend and master Cannabis grower Greg McAllister has suggested that Cannabis growers can add a useful layer of anti-viral and anti-pathogen protection to their grow simply by using milk-based soap for hand washing. 

That’s for hand washing by the way – not for spraying on your plants! Milk is definitely antibacterial on your hands and body but spritz your plants with a yummy coating of milk sugars and proteins and it’s calling all bugs great and small!

Science appears to back Greg up.

Of course there are plenty of other antiviral and antibacterial soaps and washes, but where else can you get a completely natural soap that has been called “The Grandmother’s Drug’ and has been used effectively for centuries for treating human virus infections in Europe and the Middle East – long before viruses were even known? 

As you browse the research links below you’ll discover that there’s nothing unusual about using milk as an antibiotic and antiviral agent as well as an excellent natural skin care product. And you can check out a full review of the anti-viral and anti-pathogenic science that applies to Cannabis grows in my newest article on Todd McCormick’s Authentic Genetics website – What Can The Hop Latent Viroid Teach Us?

A common concern when people first hear of milk soap is that it will go bad like milk left out overnight, but it doesn’t. Milk soap is actually one of the freshest, longest-lasting soaps made, and women around the world, in Europe, the Middle East, Thailand and India for example, have been using it for centuries as an important part of their skin care.

So check out the research below then consider going online and ordering some inexpensive milk soap. You may find you like it even beyond its role in helping to keep your Cannabis grow safer. 

By the way if you have cow dairy allergies you have the options of Goat or Sheep Milk soaps as well. We use Goat milk soaps because we like how they smell and feel and also because they have greater antiviral activity than Cow milk soaps  – but then we feel the same way about Goat yogurt and cheese. 

The Remarkable Anti-Viral Properties of Milk

Cows Milk

Goat Milk

Sheep Milk

Human Breast Milk

Current research – all milks

And for something completely different:

Donkey Milk

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Who Wouldn’t Enjoy A Little Brain Moistening?

If your experience with lettuce opium is that it’s all a hype then … first, I used to agree completely, and second, if you’ll read on you may agree that we probably don’t know the whole story and that there may be a lot more to be re-discovered. Also, if you already know and use garden lettuce, Lactuca Sativa and its wild cousin, Lactuca Virosa as herbal medicines, then I hope that this post contributes to your existing store of useful knowledge.

As for the delightful idea of brain-moistening as a property of Lettuce Opium, you’ll find that ancient Iranian medical concept discussed in the research papers at the end of this article.

Dr. John Duncan, an Edinburgh physician who you’ll meet shortly, clearly knew something important in 1810 that has since been lost. 

Not that many of us in the Cannabis culture aren’t already familiar with “Lettuce Opium” but if you, like me, have tried it several times with a big “so what” result, it’s hard to understand how Lettuce Opium was for many years, across continents, considered by physicians and patients alike to be an excellent substitute for Opium itself, without the addiction and side-effects but with many of the virtues – pain relief, a restful night’s sleep, and – in today’s terms – what sounds like a nice high. 

Doesn’t sound like the “Lettuce Opium” of today, dThese early physicians were objective observers, and when Dr. Duncan says that his Lettuce Opium extracts fall somewhere between Bengali and Turkish Opium in their effect, I believe him. 

So why was Lettuce Opium so effective in the 1800s in Europe, where they had their choice of opium opium, and why has it been a respected medicine for thousands of years in Iran, where they have had their choice of opium opium since forever, but today when you buy lettuce opium on eBay or Amazon or at a local head shop it is almost always – in my opinion – a big disappointment?

This question has been circulating in the back of my mind for years and finally, one day quite recently, the answer appeared with discovering this gentle little essay from 1810. It looks like the active principles in Opium Lettuce are far more unstable than those in Papaver Somniferum, and it has to be used somehow immediately after harvest for best results. 

And that fits perfectly with how doctors provided patients with medicines in those long-gone centuries. They didn’t write a script and send the patient off to a pharmacy to buy pills from Pig Pharma. Most doctors in 1810 made many of their medicines themselves or, at a minimum, bought their natural medicines from someone in the community who made them to order. In other words – fresh. I thought – maybe that’s why Lettuce Opium worked so well for these doctors and their patients, and why the Lettuce Opium sold today for a recreational high is by and large a bust.

A little research on the internet confirmed that my hunch seemed correct about the instability of the active principles in Lettuce Opium – they degrade very quickly in a matter of a few days or at most weeks, depending on storage, environmental conditions, the care and media used for extraction, the lettuce species used, etc. That tells me that there are probably great opportunities for home medicinal herb gardens and in local markets and little chance of seeing “Corporate Opium Lettuce” like we’re seeing “Corporate Cannabis”.

So, let’s ask again, what did Dr. Duncan know in 1810 that we don’t get today? Or are we so over-medicated in today’s world that simple lettuce opium is just too mild and doesn’t do it for us? 

I seriously doubt that, because when you look at the 1800s there was a shitload of pure heavy duty opium everywhere so when this doctor compares his fresh lettuce extract as the equal of Bengali but not quite as strong as Turkish Opium you know he’s speaking from experience. 

I smoked a lot of both Turkish and SE Asian opium in Amsterdam in the 90s and I agree with the good doctor from 1810 – there is a definite difference. If lettuce opium was hitting his patients, and the good doctor himself, in 1810 with an impact somewhere between Turkish and Bengali Opium I would have to say that’s not what I’ve experienced today. There’s a mystery to be solved here, which is why I’m sharing this.

With 50-70 million people in the US alone suffering from moderate to severe insomnia and with few if any effective sleep-aids available, I wonder if having this fresh, organic, locally-grown Opium Lettuce solution available, even at local markets, could be an answer to a lot of people’s dreams – quite literally – while reducing their dependence on Pig Pharma. I also have to wonder what role Lettuce Opium might be able to play in helping people work their way free from industrial poisons masquerading as  street drugs. Then there’s a possible role in withdrawal from tobacco product addiction, treating eating disorders, and maybe more. I’ll share some of those references later.

So with that in mind I am offering this short paper by an 18th Century doctor whose experiments with Lettuce Opium clearly point the way, in detail, for anyone today who wants to make potent, fresh, safe and effective Lettuce Opium. The doctor’s directions are clear and simple and I hope that they are inspirational.

Keeping in mind that the good doctor’s outdoor lettuce production was in a garden in cloudy, cool Edinburgh, Scotland it seems clear that Lettuce Opium could be a very effective natural medicine that anyone can grow anywhere and prepare even in a small growing container, or intercropped with other medicinal herbs in a garden.

“Observations on the preparation of Soporific Medicines from common Garden Lettuce”, by Dr. J. L. Duncan, Senior, 

Read in the Caledonian Horticultural Society, 6th March, 1810, and printed in the 1st volume of their Memoirs, p. 160. et seq.

“Opium, or the inspissated white juice which exudes from the capsule of the Papaver somniferum, or Opium Poppy, when wounded, has long been allowed to be one of the most useful articles employed in the alleviation or cure of diseases. The high encomium bestowed upon it by the illustrious Sydenham, has been fully confirmed by the testimony of succeeding practitioners in every nation. 

“It is, however, much to be regretted, that there are individuals of the human species, with whom, from peculiarity of habit, opium seldom fails to produce distressing consequences. 

“There are also conditions of disease, in which it may be very necessary to induce sleep, or allay pain, though circumstances occur by which the use of opium at that time is contra-indicated. 

“Hence it has long been a desideratum in the healing art, to discover other powerful quieting medicines. For, although it is hardly to be expected that an article will ever be discovered, so extensively useful as Opium, yet a good soporific may be found, which, with some, will have less influence, either as exciting sickness at stomach, as occasioning confusion of head, or as inducing a state of constipation. 

“It has been the opinion of many that all the milky juices spontaneously exuding from wounded vegetables possess somewhat of the same sedative power with the milky juice of the poppy. Few plants in Britain afford such milky juice more copiously than the common garden lettuce, the Lactuca sativa of Linnaeus. 

“As everyone must have observed, that this juice when spontaneously inspissated by the heat of the sun on the wounded plant, soon assumes the dark colour of Opium; while, at the same time, it possesses in a high degree the peculiar, and, I may say, specific taste, which distinguishes that substance. Besides this, it is a well-known fact, that lettuce was much used by the ancients as a soporific. 

“These circumstances led me to turn my thoughts on some method of collecting and preparing this exudation, that I might try its effects in the practice of medicine. And, after several trials of different modes of preparation, those which I shall now briefly describe are the best methods I have yet been able to discover. 

“I dedicated to this experiment, in my garden at St. Leonard’s Hill, near Edinburgh, a small bed of that variety of lettuce, which is commonly known among gardeners by the name of ice lettuce. I allowed the plants, about a hundred in number, to shoot up, till the top of the stem was about a foot above the surface of the ground. I then cut off about an inch from the top of each. The milky juice immediately began to rise above the wounded surface. 

“Though then of a white appearance, it had next day formed a black, or dark-coloured incrustation, over the surface where the stem was cut off. I found it impossible to separate this by scraping, as is done with the milky juice exuding from the head of the poppy, when it has assumed the form of Opium. 

“I therefore cut off with a sharp knife a thin cross slice of the stem, to which the whole of the dark coloured opium-like matter adhered. This was thrown into a wide-mouthed phial, about half filled with weakened spirit of wine, the alcohol dilutum of the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia, formed of equal parts of rectified spirit (grain alcohol 190 proof) and water. By this menstruum, the whole black incrustation on the thin slice of the stalk was dissolved; and the spirit, as may be readily concluded, obtained both the colour and taste of the black incrustation. 

“Each of my plants, in consequence of the fresh wound inflicted by the removal of the thin cross slice, afforded a fresh incrustation every day. And by throwing these into the phial, I soon obtained what I concluded to be a saturated solution of the exudation from the lettuce, or rather of the milky juice in its inspissated state. It was then strained off, to separate the pure solution completely from the thin slices of the stalk. To this strained spirit, which had nearly both the appearance and taste of the ordinary laudanum of the shops, I have given the name of solutio spirituosa succi spissati lactucot

“From trials made with this solution, both on myself and others, I have no doubt that it is a powerful soporific. But to obtain a form in which it might be exhibited, with greater certainty as to the dose, I evaporated the spirit, and thus brought the residuum to a dry state. 

“In this state, it has very much the appearance of the Opium imported into Britain, particularly of that which is imported from Bengal, and which is a much softer substance than the Turkey opium. To this Opium-like substance, I have given the name of lactucarium. And from some trials which I have made with it, when exhibited under the form of pills, it appears to me to be little inferior in soporific power to the Opium which is brought from Bengal, which in general is much inferior in power to Turkey Opium. 

“From the lactucarium thus obtained, I have formed a tincture, by dissolving it to the extent of one ounce in twelve of weak spirit, which is the proportion of Opium to spirit in the liquid laudanum of the Edinburgh college. To this formula I have given the name of tinctura lactucaril. 

“I consider it as the best formula I have yet been able to contrive for obtaining the soporific and sedative powers of the lactuca sativa. And in different cases, I have, I think, seen manifest good effects from it, both as inducing sleep, allaying muscular action, and alleviating pain, the three great qualities of Opium, which demonstrate it to be one of the most powerful sedatives. 

“At present, however, I intend nothing more but to communicate to the Caledonian Horticultural Society a method of preparing a soporific medicine from common lettuce. For ascertaining more fully its medicinal effects, I am at present engaged in a series of trials, which may, perhaps, be like-wise communicated to them. 

“Meanwhile it will afford me great satisfaction, if the above short account shall draw the attention of others, particularly of professional gardeners, to the same subject, and shall lead to the discovery of a better method of obtaining a useful medicine, from a plant so easily cultivated in every garden.” 

Editor’s Note: I haven’t yet been able to find any information on Dr. J. L. Duncan’s subsequent trials aimed at refining his technique and testing his medicine. They’re either lost in time or still waiting to be found. 

However, here is an excellent article in the Caledonian Society papers of 1825, 15 years after the article above. Scroll to page 153 in the manuscript (162 in the sidebar) to begin reading the extremely informative and worthwhile article that talks about Dr. Duncan and others involved in the Opium Lettuce quest. 

Further observations on the Preparation of Soporific Medicines from Common Garden Lettuce.

By Mr John Young, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.”

John Young’s Method of preparing the Inspissated Juice of Lettuce

“Take any quantity of the leaves and stalks of the lettuce when the plant is nearly ready to flower.

“Bruise them well and including them in a Hempen bag compress them strongly till they yield their juice.

“Let this juice be evaporated in flat vessels heated with boiling water.

“Let the evaporation be continued till the expressed juice be reduced to the consistence of thick honey

“According to the trials which I have made twelve pounds of lettuce will yield about eight ounces of inspissated juice”

John Young’s Method of preparing the Tincture of Lettuce Leaves


The tinctura foliorum siccatorum Lactuca Sativæ

“To one ounce of the dried leaves and stalks of the lettuce cut down add eight ounces of the diluted alcohol of the Edinburgh Pharmacopeia ( Editors note: that is a solution of ⅓ grain alcohol and ⅔ distilled water)

“Let the vessels containing this mixture be kept for a week in a warm place shaking it frequently

“Let the liquor then be strained through paper and kept for use”

John Young’s  Method of Collecting The Milky Juice

“It occurred to me that the milky juice of the lettuce might be immediately collected from the plant in great abundance by absorbing it on cotton soon after it exudes from the plant and while it yet continues in a liquid state and by afterwards inspissating it by a moderate heat communicated from a water or vapour bath

I accordingly adopted that method this year – 1816.

I had the ice lettuce planted in rows and when the top of the stem was about a foot above the ground I then cut off about an inch from the top of each plant

The milky juice immediately began to rise above the wounded surface

I cut off the tops of all the plants before I began to collect. But after the portion which had exuded was removed by the cotton I found that the milky juice ceased to exude until I had made another wound

I began to collect at the end of the border where I made the first incision and then cut off a thin cross slice from the stem of each plant leaving fresh wounds as I went along

These I found covered with milky juice each time when I returned to where I set out

After going round the plants about five or six times in the way mentioned they ceased to give out any more milky juice at that time

But this process may be repeated two or three times in a day In the manner above described

In the manner above described I have collected more of the milky juice in one day than I did last year in five days when it was not removed till it had acquired a dry state and black colour

Having mentioned to a friend my mode of collecting the milky juice in its recent state by means of cotton, he suggested the use of a lightly moistened sponge for that purpose instead.

This I find answers better than the cotton; the juice being both more completely removed from the plant, and more easily expressed than from the cotton. The milky juice collected in this way squeezed into a tea cup or any similar vessel, soon acquires a dark-brown colour like opium obtained from the papaver somniferum, and has all its other sensible qualities.”


As icing on this sweet little cake here are some interesting current scientific references. 

1. “Pilot study of the efficacy and safety of lettuce seed oil in patients with sleep disorders”

“Results: Improvements in the modified State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Sleep rating scale scores were significantly greater in patients receiving L. sativa seed oil compared with those on placebo (P < 0.05). No side effects were found to be attributable to L. sativa seed oil at the given dosage.”

2. “Evaluation of sedative effects of an intranasal dosage containing saffron, lettuce seeds and sweet violet in primary chronic insomnia: A randomized, double-dummy, double-blind placebo controlled clinical trial”

“Our study revealed a significant reduction in Insomnia Severity Index and Sleep Quality Index scores from baseline… Moreover, the use of hypnotic drugs in the intervention group was significantly reduced (P < 0.001), while in the control group was maintained at baseline level.” 

Ed. Note: these results show less dependence on sleeping pills (hypnotic drugs) among those receiving the nasal treatment with saffron, sweet violet and lettuce seed oil. These were extracted in almond oil according to ancient Iranian techniques.  Here’s some interesting validation of Saffron & Sweet Violet Oil.

“The Impact of Saffron on Symptoms of Withdrawal Syndrome in Patients Undergoing Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Sabzevar Parish in 2017”

“Efficacy of Viola odorata in Treatment of Chronic Insomnia”

3. “Analysis of Fatty Acid Composition of Crude Seed Oil of Lactuca sativa L. by GC-MS and GC Methods”

Ed. Note: Before going into lettuce seed oil data and analysis, which show very interesting properties, the author covers the history of the use of medicinal lettuce opium in Iran. He says:

“In Traditional Iranian Pharmacy books, garden lettuce is named “Kass Bostani” and  Hakim Aqili classified it as a “Ghazā’ye Dawā’ee” (Ghazā means Food; Dawā means Drug). It is said to be soporific, prescribed to cure insomnia and to be useful in thirst and feeling of hotness and burning in the stomach. Seeds of this herb reduce semen, suppress libido and are useful in cases of frequent nocturnal emissions. Fixed oil obtained from seeds of this plant is reputed to have hypnotic and brain moistening properties. “

Final note: Don’t know about you but I think brain-moistening sounds promising. Happy salads!

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Lets Ask FDA Why Young Black Women Are Still Inhaling DDT

This law seems pretty clear and straightforward to me. How about you?

907(a)(1)(B) of Section 907 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

(B) ADDITIONAL SPECIAL RULE.—Beginning 2 years after the date of enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a tobacco product manufacturer shall not use tobacco, including foreign grown tobacco, that contains a pesticide chemical residue that is at a level greater than is specified by any tolerance applicable under Federal law to domestically grown tobacco”

So the tolerance would be zero for DDT, which is banned worldwide, and tobacco products contaminated with that DDT would definitely be in violation of Section 907, because there can’t be any DDT residue at all on US-grown tobacco. There is no tolerance. DDT is totally illegal in the US and in most countries worldwide – except a few like India and Brazil where – surprise – US manufacturers source their cheapest tobacco. That’s where the pesticide chemicals you see in the data below come from, and they are being inhaled by smokers in the US and worldwide every day. Nobody is the least bit aware of this because there has not been a single study for 50 years of off-the-shelf tobacco products to see what pesticide residues smokers are actually inhaling.

No US manufacturer can use foreign-grown tobacco contaminated with DDT, or any of the other pesticide residues you see here like Carbendazim – which is totally banned in the EU. Seems pretty clear – right?

So let’s ask why FDA and all those other complicit Federal agencies allow this illegal and beyond-dangerous exposure to continue, as it has for generations of illness and death, without a single move to intervene? Let’s ask how the Tobacco Cartel and Federal agencies have managed to conspire to get around every law, not just this simple but groundbreaking (if ever applied) Section 907, and how that conspiracy dramatically and tragically impacts the lives of young men and women who are most at risk and most vulnerable to this particular kind of chemical exposure by withholding information that could change their decisions, behavior and life choices.

There can be no doubt that FDA knows that these cancer-causing, fetus-destroying pesticide residues that are known to cause diabetes and inflammatory obesity are totally concealed and unregulated in tobacco products like those you see below, so I’ll ask you to think about why the FDA, CDC, EPA, FTC and every other government agency supposedly committed to public health all refuse to regulate these Tobacco product Xenobiotics – substances hostile to life itself.

Who’s smoking those Swisher Sweets? They are heavily and almost exclusively marketed to marginalized, poorly educated, easily manipulated young women and men. Why do you suppose that diabetes, obesity and hypertension are so high among young Black women in particular – the heaviest smokers of Swisher Sweets and the other cheap fruity smokes? Is it the tobacco making them obese and diabetic with failing hearts? The fact, and the truth is that we don’t know anything at all about smoking tobacco because pure tobacco has never been used in researching “tobacco’s” health effects – it’s always been “research” cigarettes and they have all been contaminated with pesticides, so of course the results have showed that “smoking” is dangerous. But smoking tobacco? Never been tested. So maybe it is the tobacco causing all this tragedy and death but we just don’t know, and that’s no accidental oversight either. But here’s the question that has never once been asked at least publicly by any agency or non-profit ‘anti-smoking’ vigilantes – could it actually be the pesticides and not the tobacco? We know for a fact that chronic exposure to every one of the pesticides I found in my “smoke No Evil” tests causes every single one of the ‘smoking-related’ diseases. Search “exposure” along with the name of any of the pesticides in that table above plus any keyword like diabetes, obesity or hypertension and you’ll see what I mean. For example, search (exposure DDT obesity) or (exposure cypermethrin diabetes). Searching almost any combination of pesticide exposure and any of the diseases rampant in Black, Latinx, Native American and API communities will give you similar results. Since all this research isn’t exactly hidden from view it can’t be news to section 907 regulators – right?

As an example of everything that is being hidden and ignored by the regulators, here’s a very recent ground-breaking study that happens to be the first study since 1950 – think about that – studying the link between smoking tobacco products and the blood serum levels of DDT in Black women smokers. I’ll share links to extensive science showing why daily, deep DDT exposure matters below.

Correlates of organochlorine pesticide plasma concentrations among reproductive-aged black women

Environmental Research

Volume 184, May 2020

“… prospective cohort study of Black women aged 23–35 years from the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area (enrolled 2010–2012), examined correlates of plasma concentrations of the following OCPs: dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (p,pʹ-DDE), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), oxychlordane, and trans-nonachlor.”

“Current smoking was associated with 10–19% higher plasma concentrations of all four OCPs, and was highest for current smokers of ≥10 cigarettes/day (% differences ranged from 22 to 29%).”

Young Black women smokers are dead-center in the target market for the DDT-contaminated Swisher Sweets you see in the data above. Could the DDT in their favorite smoke have anything at all to do with their health issues? Could the DDT in their mother’s or father’s cigarettes have anything to do with their health issues? If it does we’ll never hear it from the FDA, EPA or any other Federal or State agency.

In case this situation has your attention you may be interested in looking into the science further further. Here are some of my recent posts linking to published journal research on exposure to these pesticides individually and as the pesticide “cocktail” we found in every brand we tested. In these posts there’s a strong emphasis on the DDT in Swisher Sweets and quite likely in many other brands when full testing can be accomplished. This emphasis points to a public health crisis that is irretrievably damaging the health and vitality of generations of young Black, Latinx, Native American and Asian-Pacific Islander American women and men – and the entire world of smokers beyond America where 7 million people are dying every year from inhaling pesticides while engaged in what they have been deceived into thinking is “smoking”.

This post offers hard evidence and historic documentation of the conspiratorial role of Federal agencies in concealing the health threat to smokers created by unregulated pesticide exposure

This post documents why the US Surgeon General’s cigarette pack “warnings’ never mention tobacco

This post offers a look at the historical origins of today’s breast cancer, diabetes and obesity epidemics in the trans-generational impact of DDT and Organochlorine pesticide contaminants in cigarettes 1950-1972, and the current state of DDT in tobacco products in 2021

This post links new hard data on pesticide contaminants in cigarettes with the elevated health risks this creates for Diabetic smokers, and the simple strategy that individual smokers can use to eliminate the threat. 

A radical “quit smoking” plan that will probably offend a lot of non-smokers but that could help a lot of Diabetic smokers quit hurting themselves without having to quit.

7 Million Smokers Dead Every Year; 50 Million Sickened and Crippled – how much of this is preventable?

This post links hard data on DDT in Swisher Sweets brand of little cigars, smoked by millions of young women, with peer-reviewed published research on pre-natal genetic damage to the baby

This post links hard data on hidden fungicides in tobacco brands popular in marginalized communities with peer-reviewed published research that demonstrates that exposure to these same fungicides is strongly associated with testicular cancer

Any exposure to several of the pesticides shown to contaminate tobacco products are proven to have greater impact on babies with Latinx, African American, American Indian and Pacific Island genetics.

Could the unexplained link between smoking and suicide be explained by the known link between pesticide exposure and suicide, once you become aware of the concealed pesticide contamination in cigarettes?

There’s nothing spontaneous if a young smoker loses her baby because the insecticides and fungicides in her cigarettes have interrupted fetal development creating ‘non-viable offspring’ doing to her what they are designed to do to bugs.

When a pregnant woman is exposed to DDT during a critical time window in her female baby’s development that female baby will have 4X greater risk of developing breast cancer if she is Black or Brown-skinned.

Once you know about the hidden pesticides communities can use existing toxic substances laws to ban the most dangerous brands and force compliance by the rest. 

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Can Coca Leaf Tea Treat Long COVID?

Long-forgotten, or maybe long-ignored science says yes it can, safely and probably very successfully.

Doctors 150 years ago knew Coca Leaf tea, or infusion as they called it, as a well-established and solidly proven treatment, and in some cases a cure, for every one of the symptoms of diseases like pneumonia and other inflammatory diseases and conditions that are these days also the primary symptoms of Long Haul COVID. I’ll show you the rather extensive and well-documented evidence in this post. So since this has been known for centuries, why aren’t we treating Long Haul COVID worldwide with Coca Leaf tea? Why aren’t we at least trying it? Or even talking about it?

Here’s what the CDC has to say about Long COVID symptoms:

“Long COVID is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or can appear weeks after infection. Long COVID can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild, or they had no symptoms. 

“People with long COVID report experiencing different combinations of the following symptoms:

Tiredness or fatigue

Difficulty thinking or concentrating (aka “brain fog”)


Loss of smell or taste

Dizziness on standing

Fast-beating or pounding heart (aka heart palpitations)

Chest pain

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath


Joint or muscle pain

Depression or anxiety


Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities

Every single one of these CDC-designated symptoms of “Long Haul COVID” are symptoms that thousands of doctors in the US and Europe treated successfully every day in the 1800s with Coca Leaf tonics and teas. No Big Pharma needed – just the leaves of the Coca plant and a teapot. And notice I said “treated successfully”, not “healed” – although there are plenty of medical records of that too. Bottom line – generations of people suffering from diseases and “conditions” exactly the same as Long COVID were treated successfully with Coca Tea. 

Somehow all that information has disappeared. Where has it ever been taught in schools. Where does it exist anywhere in our social media or our entertainment? The slate has been wiped clean – almost. 

That historical record is real, and it exists, and once you even glance at it there can be no argument – if Long COVID victims had access to Coca Tea, many would find relief and maybe even regain their health. And so cheap, easy, and natural. The following post contains dozens of links to hard data that support the possibility of Coca Leaf tea as a natural, safe treatment for Long Haul COVID

So really – what possible harm could there be in allowing people suffering from Long Haul COVID to buy Coca Leaves a pound at a time over the internet so that they can make themselves a few cups of Coca tea a day and maybe get better? Let’s get real. Nobody could put together a Cocaine production operation one pound of leaves at a time. Even with free shipping from Amazon Prime – which is where you can bet one-pound bags of fresh organic Coca leaves would show up immediately. Coca Leaf for tea will be way too expensive to buy by the ton, which is what would be needed for even a small cocaine operation. So there’s really zero issue about legalizing small amounts for making this healing medicine.

Two weeks after regulations were lifted on fresh Coca Leaf it would be available from indigenous sellers on the internet and Long COVID sufferers worldwide could begin treating themselves and we could all find out if those doctors in the 1800s were just primitive fools without access to modern medical knowledge – or maybe we’re the fools? If you’re curious to find out, here’s your access to virtually the entire body of long-lost Coca Leaf medical knowledge and a whole lot more.

5 long-lost books, over 800+ Digital pages, with hyperlinks to 300 years of amazing history!

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Organized Crimes Against Black Humanity

I believe published science clearly shows that there’s a very strong and maybe an undeniable connection between secret US military and ‘public health’ programs to spray southern Black communities with DDT throughout the 1940s & 1950s and today’s epidemics of obesity, breast cancer and other DDT-related diseases in those same southern communities and within the Black diaspora. This illegal, totally concealed, and undeniably genocidal DDT exposure continues today through DDT-contaminated Little Cigars marketed directly to young Black men, women – and children.

If what I will document in this post is true, then this is an atrocity that calls out not just for historical justice and accountability but for international trials of the corporate and official criminals behind these ongoing crimes against Black humanity.

Documenting an atrocity with images brings home the human suffering in ways that words cannot. Since this is the story of an atrocity against Black people in America that spans so much time and so many places, and that has so many victims both long dead and alive today, I have been struggling as a writer to find a way to tell the story with images that convey the scope of the tragedy, and I will show you what I hope are images that make you say WTF!

But let’s begin the story by showing you the connection between DDT exposure of a mother & obesity in her children:

International Journal of Obesity, Vol: 44 (2020) 

Association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and risk of obesity in middle age

“Maternal o,p’-DDT was positively associated with a 26% (95% CI: 6–49) to 31% (95% CI: 6–62) higher risk of overweight and the same magnitude of additional risk for obesity…”

“These data indicate maternal DDT exposure is significantly associated with increased obesity risk among middle-aged women independent of the obesity definition, confounding, and obesity risk factors.“

Quite simply and tragically, the genetic damage that DDT does reaches across generations to cause obesity, diabetes and breast cancer in children and grandchildren. I’m thinking that may be the connection between Black tobacco and cotton workers being sprayed with DDT in the fields, and in their homes and churches, and in the cigarettes they smoked, and today’s obesity pandemic in the Black community. Read on and then tell me what you think.

Here’s more science that shows that the specific kinds of genetic damage caused by DDT and leading to Obesity and Diabetes crosses more than just one generation in a family:

BMC Medicine 2013 11:228

“Ancestral dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) exposure promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of obesity” 

“Observations indicate ancestral exposure to DDT can promote obesity and associated disease transgenerationally. The etiology of disease such as obesity may be in part due to environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance.”

So now let’s look at a series of images that demonstrate graphically how the lifelong exposure of Black communities to DDT may be showing up in today’s diabetes, obesity and cancer epidemics. Please just let these images and the stories they tell sink in.

Let’s start with this faded old map by the US Army showing the range of Malaria 1934-35.

DDT was invented in the 1930s and quickly became the #1 solution for controlling Malaria epidemics in the 1940s, as it remains today in 2021. However, very early in its use it was discovered to be so dangerous to humans that it was banned for any other use but Malaria control in 1972 Even in 2021 there’s nothing like it for killing just about everything, and it is still allowed to fight the worst Malaria epidemics but only under strict UN/WHO limitations, and it is not allowed for any other use. Certainly not for spraying anything people are going to ingest.

In the period 1940-1945 the US Army was in charge of combating Malaria in the WWII South Pacific, and they already knew that DDT was dangerous, so they wanted to try it out on mass populations. Their solution was a secret program to blanket entire cities with DDT fog and then monitor the hospitals. In the huge Black neighborhoods of St. Louis the Army set up rooftop generators that blanketed these communities day and night for weeks with a DDT fog, hardly a secret to people living there but they were powerless Black people and it was wartime. The newspapers of the time hardly mention these vast rooftop DDT foggers.

The Army had doctors on its payroll to track reports of sickness and death, which continued for several years, but this entire program, which without doubt sickened and killed far more Black people than the Tuskegee experiments, and whose trans-generational impact is still being felt, has never been investigated or reported and the records were probably sanitized long ago.

The experiments weren’t confined to big cities. “Well before DDT drifted over (White) homes, however, it was sprayed inside the homes of black families in rural Georgia and Arkansas. The spraying was part of a set of federal experiments (for which little record seems to exist) upon which broader use of DDT in the war and afterward was based. An article on the Arkansas experiments describes the “field site” as a place where “ninety-five percent of the houses are of tenant or sharecropper type, shotgun-construction, newspaper lined, and inhabited by Negroes making only a marginal living.” (“DDT May Control Malaria” Science NewsLetter, Dec. 30, 1944 p. 418 – quoted in “DDT Disbelievers: Health and the New Economic Poisons in Georgia after World War II”)

As the quote from Science Newsletter shows, DDT was heavily sprayed in Black homes and communities before it was used in White communities. The science at the time is full of questions about the hazards of DDT, but the bottom line is that DDT was needed for WWII against the Japanese in the Pacific and experiments on human populations were AOK, especially if those populations were not White, just like the Japanese enemy.

So after WWII came the period of heaviest DDT use on Cotton and Tobacco crops, and in spraying for Malaria which ceased in the early 1970s – and lo and behold most of the Tobacco, Cotton and Malaria were all concentrated in heavily Black communities. During that same period it wasn’t just Black communities exposed to DDT, not are the transgenerational effects of DDT exposure limited to Black people today. Here’s one example of how pervasive DDT was in the environment – DDT infused Disney character wallpaper. Maybe this used in your Mother’s or even Grandmother’s nursery when she was a baby – to protect her, of course. But are you struggling with any of the diseases that we now know are caused by DDT exposure? I sincerely hope not, but if you are then maybe looking at a possible genetic component of your issues might be helpful.

Now let’s look at 1971, 30 years after heavy DDT spraying began first against Malaria and then on Cotton and Tobacco crops – and therefore on Black people. So where were DDT concentrations in the air heaviest? Check it out.

Like I said, on Black people in Cotton and Tobacco fields – and in Black houses, churches, schools and playgrounds.


Ok. Now let’s look at a couple of more maps. We know for sure that exposure to DDT causes Breast Cancer and Obesity in the children and grandchildren of people who are exposed.

Check out the map of childhood obesity in 2021. Could these be the grandchildren of people exposed to DDT in the 1940s-1970s? There’s more.

Now how about this pattern of Black women having the more aggressive kinds of Breast Cancer associated with both lifetime and genetic exposure to DDT damage. I suppose I could throw in a map showing the Black Diaspora compared with these Breast Cancer data but I’m guessing that isn’t necessary.


So far I’ve only been showing you data on environmental exposure to DDT and suggesting that the correlations between exposure of Black communities in the South and disease data are pretty striking. But there’s another side to the DDT exposure story that is far more sinister. Let me show you.

In the period 1940-1970 cigarettes were heavily contaminated with DDT. That means that people who were smoking AND who were being environmentally exposed were inhaling DDT 24/7/365. This table is from 1971.

Well, you might say, since DDT was banned worldwide in 1972 and the heavy spraying of Black communities stopped then, even if the grandchildren of those people are suffering from Obesity and Breast Cancer caused by that DDT, what can be done about it?

Well, for one thing the exposure of Black people to inhaling DDT 24/7 hasn’t stopped. Check out the DDT in among all the other genetically-damaging pesticides in Swisher Sweets – a brand heavily marketed to young Black people in their reproductive years.

Notice that DDT? That is 700X higher than any residual DDT in any food product or water sample from anywhere in the US today. In the tobacco product of choice among young African-Americans. A tobacco product that is designed and marketed specially for young Black smokers.

When a pregnant woman is exposed to DDT during a critical time window in her female baby’s development that female baby will have 4X greater risk of developing breast cancer if she is Black or Brown-skinned. The same is true of obesity – a tiny exposure of the developing baby raises their chances of having uncontrollable obesity in their lifetime astronomically.

But it doesn’t stop there. Rather than reciting all the catastrophic consequences of this man-made DDT obesity epidemic let me leave you now with a look at all those consequences in one image and ask you – how many of these diseases are inflicted disproportionately upon Black and Brown people?

Finally, here are links to several posts with the peer-reviewed science behind every statement I’ve just made in this post – and much more.

This post offers a look at the historical origins of today’s breast cancer, diabetes and obesity epidemics in the trans-generational impact of DDT and Organochlorine pesticide contaminants in cigarettes 1950-1972, and the current state of DDT in tobacco products in 2021

This post links new hard data on pesticide contaminants in cigarettes with the elevated health risks this creates for Diabetic smokers, and the simple strategy that individual smokers can use to eliminate the threat.

This post links hard data on DDT in Swisher Sweets brand of little cigars, smoked by millions of young women, with peer-reviewed published research on prenatal genetic damage to the baby

This post links hard data on hidden fungicides in tobacco brands popular in marginalized communities with peer-reviewed published research that demonstrates that exposure to these same fungicides is strongly associated with testicular cancer

Any exposure to several of the pesticides shown to contaminate tobacco products are proven to have greater impact on babies with Latinx, African American, American Indian and Pacific Island genetics.

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Please let me tell you about these obscure but completely clear IRS provisions and how I see them working for the Cannabis community and, in a potentially wonderful new way, for homeless people and families now forced to live in poverty on the ragged edges of wealth and property.

The incredibly high economic yield of Cannabis per acre has attracted large numbers of both independent and corporate growers to this flourishing business sector, and although I completely recognize the need for mass growing under lights I also remain dedicated to the vision of Cannabis that many of us shared when I wrote the first Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana in 1969.

I think that in the very understandable rush for scale and profit the vast potential of Cannabis to provide a sustainable living for communities of people has been overlooked. I hope that now, fifty years into the Cannabis revolution, the time may have come and events may have evolved enough to allow us reach back to our roots and rediscover the hopeful, creative, altruistic side of Cannabis. Ironically, we can do this by taking an obscure but completely viable set of Federal tax laws and applying them in new ways to the potential of Cannabis for community-building. CBD growers will be able to implement the strategies I will describe immediately; THC growers will have to wait for Federal legalization.

The tax laws I’m talking about can be applied as written, with no modifications or interpretations needed, and could allow Cannabis businesses of any size – you would not have to be big corporate Cannabis – to set up and run small communities of Tenant Farmer/Sharecroppers to grow premium sun-grown Cannabis for their wholesale/retail operations or for Cannabis product production in a way that provides a decent income and a community of livable housing for the people doing the growing, and lower costs, significant tax breaks, valuable economic incentives, and an opportunity to be part of a truly sustainable solution to homelessness for the Cannabis business community.

But come on – Tenant Sharecroppers! Everybody knows that sharecroppers and tenant farmers are poor, ignorant people living in rural squalor exploited by ruthless landowners who work them like slaves – right? That’s how it has been for generations – right?

Here’s the twist.

Well, in a remarkable twist of fate, the same special IRS regulations that incentivize landowners across the American South to virtually enslave sharecroppers and tenant farmers can be used to benefit thousands of homeless people, maybe tens of thousands, by creating sustainable, productive communities centered around small scale, high-value organic Cannabis farming. This will have to wait for Federal Cannabis legalization, since the plan depends on applying standard but obscure IRS farm expense deductions to the Cannabis operations in innovative new ways, but legalization is coming very soon and there’s no reason not to be ready to go when this model becomes legally viable.

And OK, I know that the history around this part of American life is so bad that it is counter-intuitive and counter-historical to imagine that the Tenant Farming/Sharecropper model could be used in new, positive ways – but that is exactly what I think can be done in the areas of affordable urban and rural housing.

In fact, the terrible reputation of this area of American life is probably why nobody seems to have looked closely at the tax laws that support it to see if there was another way to use them.

I think there is, and here’s my proposal.

First – what if it were possible to build a sustainable, fully-accessible housing community where the residents paid no rent, had good-paying jobs appropriate for their capabilities, and received utilities, insurance, day care, and other basic living needs at little or no cost? What if the residents of this community paid no Federal income tax on the rent and other benefits provided to them, and if the crop-shares they received were also not taxable? Further, what if each tenant/sharecropper was also empowered to have their own garden plot where they are licensed to grow Cannabis plants for medical patients to generate their own cash income? Which of course would be taxed.

This is all possible.

What if it were also possible for the developer of this self-operating, self-sustaining community to produce Cannabis flower for their retail/wholesale/product production operations at sustainably low cost with the added benefit of large tax deductions against their other business income as well as personal income well above anything they are currently experiencing. 

It is possible.

In fact, I think that when all the numbers are run, a Cannabis retailer or other flower-based Cannabis business who invested in developing a tenant/sharecropper community of growers could produce organic premium Cannabis for their business at near net zero cost while building and supporting communities that will give homeless families stability, safety and a secure future. The economic yield per acre of Cannabis flower is so high that when that income stream is re-purposed from generating upstream and downstream profit margins to (1) providing low-cost Cannabis to the owner and (2) financing a sustainable community of growers, then a community of 20-30 families could easily be supported by working 3-5 acres. I think that these kinds of communities could be designed with full transitional services provided by existing non-profit and public agencies serving homeless people that could provide support and assistance in integrating homeless families into becoming Cannabis growers including financial support, counseling, and most importantly training for adults. I’m confident that this Cannabis community approach would attract the support of numerous non-profits that would help make the community an economically and socially sustainable enterprise.

I see no reason why there couldn’t be enough such operations in every state to provide homes and work for everyone needing them growing high-quality sun-grown Cannabis flower for the market, which is plenty big enough to guarantee sales for any amount that any number of these communities could grow. Even if every homeless person in America were given a home and a job growing Cannabis flower for the rest of us, there would still be a need for a huge amount of commercial production. The demand is that big, and of course it is growing.

Furthermore, if the flower grown by these communities were being retailed it could bring premium prices, competing effectively with light-grown Cannabis, and because of the lower cost structure of these Tenant/Sharecropper community operations it would be higher margin. Whether the flower was used internally or was sold, costs would be low and controllable because in outdoor growing operations labor replaces technology and energy and the cost of labor in these tenant/sharecrop communities would be 100% sustainable and predictable, replacing the high and unpredictable costs of technology and energy in commercial operations. Its the incredibly high economic yield of Cannabis per acre that has attracted both independent and corporate growers to this space, and although I completely recognize the need for mass growing under lights I also remain dedicated to the vision I had of Cannabis when I wrote Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana in 1969. I think that in the rush for scale and profit the vast potential of Cannabis to provide a sustainable living for communities of people has been overlooked.

The Relevant IRS Provisions

The Tenant Farming & Sharecropping laws define a relationship between employer and employee that is unique – under these laws, the landowner is able to deduct the fair market value of the housing, utilities, insurance and other benefits they provide to a tenant farmer/sharecropper.  

The key here is that the landowner (the Cannabis business owner/landowner) can deduct the FAIR MARKET VALUE of the housing and benefits they provide to their tenants, not their actual cost in providing them. So if the 3/2 modular home the landowner supplies the tenant costs the landowner $350/month but the fair market value of a 3/2 home in the area is $2000/month, then that’s the landowner’s deduction. Same with vehicles, tools and other benefits – the fair market value of what the landowner provides the tenant/sharecropper.

But there’s the kicker. That tenant/sharecropper doesn’t have to report the value of that free housing and their other benefits as income. All that really is free of tax liability. There is no other employer/employee relationship with this configuration under IRS law.

Under any other circumstances, if an employee is given free housing they owe tax as if it were salary or wages paid in cash, and the same is true of all other employer-provided benefits like meals, insurance, utilities, or transportation. Tenant Farmer/Sharecroppers are the only group exempt from owing income taxes on these employer-provided benefits.

Here is some of the exact language from IRS Publication 225:

“You can deduct the costs of maintaining houses and their furnishings for tenants or hired help as farm business expenses. These costs include repairs, utilities, insurance, and depreciation. The value of a dwelling you furnish to a tenant under the usual tenant-farmer arrangement isn’t taxable income to the tenant.”

“The cost of boarding farm labor is a deductible labor cost. Other deductible costs you incur for farm labor include health insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and other benefits.”

For Community Residents

  1. Affordable (or free) long-term quality housing
  2. Affordable (or free) utilities, insurance, adult/child day care, other benefits
  3. Stable, desirable, long-term, accessible employment
  4. Possible path to home ownership
  5. Community involvement in oversight of housing, benefits & employment

For The Cannabis Retailer

  1. Sustainable low-cost organic Cannabis flower production
  2. Dependable highly-motivated workforce
  3. Farm management can be self-sustaining
  4. New business/personal tax benefits and tax-advantaged revenue streams
  5. New kinds of business tax credits potentially available (example: Work Opportunity Tax Credit; Farm Fuel Tax Credit).

For The Overall Community

  1. Replace homelessness with new high-quality affordable housing with good, co-located jobs
  2. Improve community-wide social & financial metrics
  3. Reduce community-wide social & financial costs
  4. Flexible model allows high or low-density, urban/suburban/rural development

In another approach, applying these Tenant Farming & Sharecropping tax provisions to indoor Cannabis production under lights employing a community of affordable housing residents as the tenants and sharecrop workforce might seem like a stretch, when you read the IRS language their applicability to indoor grows in towns and cities, though hardly contemplated by the IRS, seems pretty clear. That could enable this concept to be applied in urban infill Cannabis grows with tenant sharecroppers living in on-site modular housing that would be a cut above the toolshed “Home Depot” tiny houses that are currently being envisioned by so many well-meaning organizations as homeless housing. Let’s hope that Cannabis creativity leads to a sense of style in the tenant housing that springs from this concept.

As I said earlier, Tenant Farming & Sharecropping both have horrible connotations of poverty, racism, and exploitation. Both Tenant Farming & Sharecropping have been embedded in some form in agricultural tax & property ownership laws since the American colonies. As an exploitative agricultural model both have been around at least as far back as Medieval European peasants living in cottages and working on the King’s lands for a share.

This awful reputation for inhumanity is well-deserved, and is undoubtedly what has kept the positive potential of the Tenant Farming/Sharecropping tax laws hidden so well for so long, in spite of intensive searches in every field and profession for every possible usable tax provision.

There is no question that this Tenant/Sharecrop Cannabis Farm model could be abused, especially by corporate Cannabis with their unthinking accountant/attorney-driven predatory models, and could end in virtually enslaving homeless people seeking refuge and a job, but as long as local governments have appropriate regulatory and financial oversight of these kinds of communities, and as long as the residents of the affordable housing communities themselves and the advocacy groups that represent them have a solid role in governance, such abuse can be mitigated if not completely avoided everywhere.

Meanwhile if this model is in the hands of independent, non-corporate Cannabis businesses with a sense of the kind of humanity that can arise from creating communities of sustainable flower production, then maybe the promise of this beautiful gift of the Earth can intrinsically be realized in ways that sustain rather than exploit life.


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More Deaths Than COVID & Totally Preventable

On May 4, 2021 I sent the following letter to Janet Woodcock, Director of FDA ( along with copies to top officials of FDA and editors at the Washington Post and NY Times. The FDA is sitting on top of the tobacco product pesticide atrocity, and is enabling the Tobacco Cartel’s suppression of all research on pesticide contamination of tobacco products and the relationship of that concealed chemical horror to 500,000 smoking deaths a year in the US – 7 Million people a year worldwide.

I’m sure the agency’s involvement in covering up this atrocity is so deep that the present stewards of this Federal behemoth are unlikely to be able to step back and admit that they have been terribly wrong, and that organic tobacco products could in fact save many, many lives. Organic tobacco products will not stop people from smoking but they will not harm most moderate smokers – it really is that simple. If FDA disputes that, first check the hard data and then let the very simple, very inexpensive studies begin. How likely is that? Nevertheless I believe that with enough light, the truth will not only emerge but will prevail.

Hello Director Woodcock – I would like to offer data from an FDA-funded NCSU study on the relative toxicity of Little Cigars vs Cigarettes to illustrate why much or perhaps all the research on smoking and health since the 1970s is very likely severely compromised and is probably useless as science. If what I am about to show you is as the hard data says it is, then none of the extensive and very expensive smoking and health research that used Kentucky Reference Cigarettes can be used to determine the actual threat to health posed by smoking tobacco. As you know, that means virtually 100% of all research on smoking and health.

Here is a representative dataset from this FDA-funded study that goes to the heart of the unrecognized but critically important problem of severely compromised data in almost every piece of smoking & health research since the 1970s. For such a simple little graphic the depths of the conspiracy and crime it reveals is truly remarkable. If that strikes you as exaggeration please read on.

(from) “Little Cigars are More Toxic than Cigarettes and Uniquely Change the Airway Gene and Protein Expression”

The objective of the research, as you know, was to determine whether flavored Little Cigars are more toxic than non-flavored Little Cigars, and it is part of the years-long, multi-hundred million dollar campaign by FDA to regulate tobacco product flavoring. 

Like all the other data in this extensive study, which you can review yourselves by clicking the link, this dataset shows that Little Cigars tested far more toxic than cigarettes to human lung tissue. Than ALL the cigarettes – and that’s what is critically important.

That small fact is the key to why all research using Kentucky Reference cigarettes has been compromised – the fact that as your own data reveal, Kentucky Reference Cigarettes are almost equally as toxic as Marlboros and Camels. Not only this dataset but every one in the study show the same thing – Kentucky Reference Cigarettes are about as toxic as Marlboros and Camels. 

This remarkable fact is not noted by the researchers, who are laser-focused on discovering whether flavored little cigars are more toxic than unflavored little cigars. After extensive lab work and analysis, their research finds that both flavored and unflavored Little Cigars are equally toxic to human lung tissue. That makes them satisfied enough to recommend that all Little Cigars should be banned, not just the flavored ones. The researchers express puzzlement at why the flavored Swisher Sweets aren’t more toxic than the Unflavored, but they dismiss the finding in favor of the conclusion that regardless, Little Cigars are far more toxic than cigarettes. All cigarettes. Including the Kentucky Reference Cigarettes.

That is why I call this NCSU study clear evidence, yet to be proven by testing of Kentucky Reference Cigarettes, that the past 50 years of smoking and health research using them as the baseline have been so compromised as to be useless.

This data is from lab tests I commissioned as part of an independent research/writing project. The lab is fully qualified and credentialed to perform the tests. To my knowledge neither FDA nor any other public health agency has ever published such research. However, it is easily replicated and verified.

Wouldn’t you say that if Kentucky Reference cigarettes are as toxic as Marlboros and Camels then this data at least suggests that there may be some unrecognized confounding variables affecting research findings using Kentucky Reference Cigarettes? Wouldn’t that merit a quick test or two on some of the Kentucky Reference Cigarettes that are surely available in any of the 14 FDA ‘Tobacco Research’ labs?

Wouldn’t you say that the DDT, Carbendazim and Cypermethrin in the Swisher Sweets, among the 13 unique fungicides and insecticides in this brand (shown in red), might explain the differences in toxicity between this product and the Marlboro and Camel cigarettes, both in this data and in your FDA-funded research?

And the Kentucky Reference Cigarettes as well, wouldn’t you say?

As you know Director Woodcock, Kentucky Reference Cigarettes have been the baseline standard for tobacco product research since the 1970s. They are the source of “tobacco” smoke and extract for most if not all of thousands of smoking and health studies. 

Because they are the scientific reference standards for tobacco smoke, one would assume that when used as intended they would actually yield tobacco smoke or extract data, free of important confounding variables, and especially confounding variables that are known to the manufacturers of these reference cigarettes but never revealed to the research scientists using them as baseline standard references for tobacco smoke. However as you can see, at least some of the toxicity of Marlboros and Camels is clearly due to pesticide residues, and the difference in human lung cell toxicity between the three Marlboro, Camel and Kentucky Reference and the Swisher Sweets can rather dramatically be seen in the pesticides that are unique to Swisher Sweets. 

Director Woodcock – what do you think would be the results of the NCSU study, or any of the thousands of other such compromised studies, if USDA Organic Tobacco cigarettes had been used as the baseline reference instead of Kentucky Reference cigarettes? Please look again at the dataset. 

If Kentucky Reference Cigarettes are in fact contaminated with an unknown burden of pesticide residues, and if that burden makes them comparable in toxicity to other commercial cigarette brands, that how is it that they can be used as a baseline standard for tobacco smoke in research? What about the role of these unrecognized confounding variables in all the ‘smoking & health’ data that has used these ‘reference standards’ since the 1970s?

And Director Woodcock, may I point out that in my data, USDA organic tobacco cigarettes were used as the reference standard and as you can see in the data, is is pretty clear that the organic tobacco cigarettes are far less toxic than even the ‘natural’ tobacco cigarette, which is itself less toxic than the Marlboros, Camels and Swisher Sweets. 

This is an easily-settled issue. Let’s test Kentucky Reference Cigarettes – current and archived samples, and get a clear picture of the hidden confounding variables that, if present, have been compromising smoking and health research for decades.

FDA has 14 full-scale tobacco research centers and spends hundreds of millions of dollars pursuing research on the dangers of mint and other flavors in tobacco products. With a budget of $500 I, or anyone else with access to a qualified pesticide testing lab, could prove or disprove the presence of pesticide residues in Kentucky Reference Cigarettes, and with a budget of $50,000 I could test the top 100 brands of cigarettes and little cigars for this hidden source of dangerous toxicity to smokers. In the hundreds of millions that FDA has funded in “tobacco” research, no such study has ever been funded by FDA. 

Director Woodcock, I know that in the past, for various reasons, FDA has tried to suppress public awareness of the differences between organic, pesticide-free tobacco and pesticide-contaminated tobacco. However, in the face of the evidence I am presenting in this message I hope that FDA will overcome whatever political pressures have caused FDA to abandon its duty to protect the public and will cause FDA to take a more responsible approach to determining the relative hazards and safety of organic vs contaminated tobacco products.

To close this message I am enclosing links to a number of blog posts where I cite peer-reviewed science and hard data in support of the idea that the pesticides in tobacco products represent an unrecognized, non-trivial threat to the health of smokers which is almost completely preventable. Legislation that recognized the role of pesticide exposure in smoking disease and death, and acted to limit or eliminate that exposure, would do more for public health than eliminating mint and fruit flavors, which has been the FDA’s rather absurd passion and focus for decades.

Director Woodcock – open the shades and let in the light.

Sincerely, Bill Drake

This post offers hard evidence and historic documentation of the role of Federal agencies in concealing the health threat to smokers created by unregulated pesticide exposure
This post documents why the US Surgeon General’s cigarette pack “warnings’ never mention tobacco
This post offers a look at the historical origins of today’s breast cancer, diabetes and obesity epidemics in the trans-generational impact of DDT and Organochlorine pesticide contaminants in cigarettes 1950-1972, and the current state of DDT in tobacco products in 2021
This post links new hard data on pesticide contaminants in cigarettes with the elevated health risks this creates for Diabetic smokers, and the simple strategy that individual smokers can use to eliminate the threat.
A radical “quit smoking” plan that will probably offend a lot of non-smokers but that could help a lot of Diabetic smokers quit hurting themselves without having to quit.
7 Million Smokers Dead Every Year; 50 Million Sickened and Crippled – how much of this is preventable?
This post links hard data on DDT in Swisher Sweets brand of little cigars, smoked by millions of young women, with peer-reviewed published research on pre-natal genetic damage to the baby
This post links hard data on hidden fungicides in tobacco brands popular in marginalized communities with peer-reviewed published research that demonstrates that exposure to these same fungicides is strongly associated with testicular cancer
Any exposure to several of the pesticides shown to contaminate tobacco products are proven to have greater impact on babies with Latinx, African American, American Indian and Pacific Island genetics.
Could the unexplained link between smoking and suicide be explained by the known link between pesticide exposure and suicide, once you become aware of the concealed pesticide contamination in cigarettes?
There’s nothing spontaneous if a young smoker loses her baby because the insecticides and fungicides in her cigarettes have interrupted fetal development creating ‘non-viable offspring’ doing to her what they are designed to do to bugs.
When a pregnant woman is exposed to DDT during a critical time window in her female baby’s development that female baby will have 4X greater risk of developing breast cancer if she is Black or Brown-skinned.

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A New Offering To The 420 Community

On this 4/20 day of celebration, 50 years after I published “Cultivators Handbook”, I have a breakthrough organic cigarette concept to offer to the community. It could change the way people access and smoke organic tobacco (and maybe cannabis) and it is so simple it hurts.

I’ve figured out how to make and sell 100% USDA certified organic tobacco cigarettes, real cigarettes in every way, that will sell for less than half of what smokers are paying now for ordinary (and highly contaminated) name-brand factory smokes, and to do it in a way that completely eliminates Federal tobacco product regulation AND taxation.

There’s no interpretation of obscure regulations involved, no iffy jailhouse lawyer legalisms, no depending on the definition of what is, is – just a giant gaping loophole in Federal tobacco regulations that has been totally overlooked. This plan is dead simple and is 100% worked out – it doesn’t actually need much work or money to implement and it will be self-funding almost from launch. It will change the way people smoke Organic Tobacco (and CBD Cannabis too), and if done right it will get very big, very strong, very fast. 

It will also cut the legs out from under the Tobacco Cartel, their silent partners the Feds, and their useful idiots the anti-tobacco, anti-everything moralists, who will all be helpless to stop it. That will be so much fun. 

(Of course, I could be totally wrong here and making a fool of myself with this announcement – but I don’t think so and anyway I don’t care.)

I’ve managed to do this kind of thing before – twice in my life. So if I’m right this would be #3.

I’m pretty sure this is an idea whose time is right, right now. But also right now I’m almost 80 and probably don’t have enough time left, and certainly don’t have the energy or resources, to make this happen so this needs to be in younger hands. But only the right hands. So I’m putting out a call. Here’s the explanation, and the deal.

The entire concept depends on a single, simple breakthrough realization. An “aha” experience. It’s happened to me before.

It happened years ago and resulted in the Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana. It was 1968. Things were gnarly for many of my dope growing brothers and sisters. I was bummed and scared too. Then one day a friend helped me I realize I didn’t have to actually grow Marijuana anymore. I could write a book sharing what I had learned. So I did. It worked. Lots of people realized they could easily grow their own. Boy were the Feds pissed. It got way out of their control way fast. Grannies started growing.

It was so much fun to say – tough luck J. Edgar. The First Amendment rules. 

Those were the days when FBI agents wore dirty jeans and T-Shirts and scruffy beards to the “Legalize Pot” and “Stop The War” rallies – although interestingly their black shoes were always shined, their manicures were always impeccable, and they never ever had BO.

Even so, they were dogged and clever and I made sure there were no incriminating photos of me or my friends growing the magic plant in the book; there was just one photo as I recall – an old-time Fed standing next to a 10’ Cannabis plant. 

Cultivators Handbook was just a little 100 page hand-drawn, IBM Selectric Courier 12 typed out pamphlet, but between what I sold myself and all the bootleg and pirate copies worldwide I figure that little book may have helped a couple of million people gain at least a degree of freedom from legal, governmental and moralistic tyrannies. Power to the People, as we used to say. I still believe it.

I had the same thing happen when I created American Spirit and called the product “natural tobacco” – as it turned out, a whole new category. I had been growing my own organic tobacco for years. I had shared handrolls and pipes with a lot of different people who all liked it, a lot, and so I figured people who liked smoking would always choose organic tobacco if they could get it. I had been studying what the Tobacco Cartel had been doing with pesticides on tobacco since the late 1940s, and was sure that was (and is) what is killing cigarette smokers. I also knew we couldn’t even get started if we had to jump through the USDA and FDA hoops. I tried talking with them but they had never heard of anyone wanting to certify tobacco as organic, and certainly not tobacco from New Mexico, but they knew a threat when they saw one and they were not happy. 

I knew I couldn’t make any claims about organic tobacco being a safer smoke than the Cartel’s DDT-drenched tobacco, which was and is solidly defended by the government, but in an “aha” moment I realized that the Feds couldn’t do anything about the fact that that the word “natural” called up certain very particular ideas and associations in people’s minds. The late 70s and early 80s were a time when “natural” was the word of the day. There was my old friend the First Amendment again – much as they want to, and try to, neither the government nor the moralists can control the meaning of words. Natural tobacco was a natural.

I knew then, even before computers, that words are the human user interface. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.

That’s why the right to use language free from oppression is sacred. God speech. Gospel. 

Sooo – I started the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. That little word is still giving the Feds apoplexy, along the anti-tobacco legions descended all the way from King James. Tough. I figure that American Spirit Organic tobacco has helped a couple of million people enjoy higher quality lives. I’m happy.

This new concept is the exact same thing, only as I said I’m almost 80 now and I know I have to hand it off to others to see it happen.

This can be either a huge business or a major social justice non-profit. Or both. Either way, it would get far too big far too fast for me to handle even if I started it myself, but it sure could make a lot of money and help a lot people if done right, and I want to be sure it gets into the right hands. 

It’s likely that only the first one through the door who executes correctly with this concept will benefit. There will be hell to pay – lots of fun – and anyway, that seems to be the way the Tobacco Cartel and the world governments like it. How many new organic tobacco cigarette companies do you see, although Japan Tobacco paid $6 Billion just for the rights to the name “American Spirit” a few years ago? Organic tobacco is already a huge business even though it is kept walled off from the rest of the Cartel’s properties. That should be a clue to what people want – but how many other organic American Spirits do you see? None. By the way, you see plenty of “Naturals”, but I’ve already explained that natural means what you want it to mean. Organic only means one thing.

So there may also be only one of what I am proposing, because there will be fierce opposition as soon as the first one appears, but one operation done right will be enough, and it would have to be grandfathered (or could be taken offshore) even if the relevant laws were changed.

If you want to help, or if you’re the one or the ones to make this happen, please make the effort to convince me. I don’t know if any, or how many people are going to make a run at this, but I am only going to share the concept the one person or group who I come to believe can make this happen in the right way for the right reasons. I am also reaching out through my personal ntwork but want to open this to serendipity so here’s my announcement to any and all.

If you’re the one, or the group, or the movement to take this and make it happen, then read my books, read my blog, and figure out what would convince me. I am not selling anything. I am looking for proposals.

Don’t call or message me – email. And please don’t expect a reply unless I want to go to stage two – having you talk with several people whose judgment about people I trust completely and show them why you’re the one to work with to make this happen.

If they say you’re the one, you’re the one. 

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Born 1950-1972? Struggling With Obesity, Diabetes or Breast Cancer? Did Your Mother Smoke?

Women born between 1950 and 1972 whose mother smoked and who struggle today in 2021 with Obesity, Diabetes or Breast Cancer have a high evidence-based probability that their life-threatening illness was caused by genetic damage that DDT in their mother’s cigarettes did to them before they were born, while they were still in the womb.

These women, who may or may not be smokers themselves, may or may not have been damaged by the tobacco in their mother’s cigarettes, but they were definitely damaged by the DDT contaminating the tobacco in those cigarettes. We now know that the even tiniest exposure to DDT in the womb leads to a wide range of drastic illness later in life. In links to published research later in this post you can see straight from the labs evidence from the period that the tobacco industry knew all about DDT, Toxaphene, Heptachlor, Endrin, Chlordane, and many more bioactive insect and fungus-killing chemicals in those miraculous Marlboros and every other brand pitched to all those irritable Mommies who needed a smoke to calm down and stay slim.

If this situation describes you or anyone you care about, in this post I’ll show you published hard evidence that we can say with certainty that your Mom’s cigarettes were heavily contaminated with DDT, because DDT contaminated every cigarette and cigar brand in the period 1950-1972, and that DDT contamination persists even up to this day in many brands. 

I’ll show you hard evidence of this supertoxic contamination, concealed from your Mother and every other smoker, and every smoker’s child, for over 50 years. I will also show you hard evidence that your Obesity, Diabetes or Breast Cancer, if those are your burdens, was likely caused by genetic damage to you from DDT exposure while your Mother was pregnant with you – even if she paused her smoking while she was pregnant. It was already too late – the DDT was already circulating in her blood and stored in her tissues waiting for that fertilized egg that was you.

That’s bad enough news, isn’t it? But the really sinister part is that the cigarette industry and the US government knew then, and they’ve known all along since then, that tobacco products are heavily contaminated with DDT and many, many other insecticides and fungicides, and there was enough evidence that this was a serious human health threat beginning in the 1950s. In 2021 there is zero doubt about what DDT does to the human body, especially the developing unborn human body, nor is there any doubt what inhaling combinations of these chemicals do to human genetics. This is a story that takes a bit of telling but it begins with simple awareness on the part of anyone who realizes that this may be their story too.

First let me ask you to reflect – has anyone ever mentioned DDT or pesticides to you in anything you’ve ever heard about smoking and health? You may not even have heard of DDT at all – many people today haven’t. I can tell you for sure that you haven’t heard about the health consequences of inhaling DDT or all the other pesticides in cigarettes from any doctor, public health official, or anti-tobacco advocate. There are some very good reasons for that incredible “omission” in public health information, but here’s a sampling of new research just on the links between maternal exposure to DDT and the daughter’s (and grand-daughter’s) Obesity, Breast Cancer, and Diabetes. This information reflects what every government regulator ought to know, and what every Tobacco Cartel scientist and executive already knows. Why do you think they work so hard to keep the lid on?


International Journal of Obesity, Vol: 44 (2020) 

Association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and risk of obesity in middle age

“Maternal o,p’-DDT was positively associated with a 26% (95% CI: 6–49) to 31% (95% CI: 6–62) higher risk of overweight and the same magnitude of additional risk for obesity…”


“These data indicate maternal DDT exposure is significantly associated with increased obesity risk among middle-aged women independent of the obesity definition, confounding, and obesity risk factors.“

BMC Medicine 2013 11:228

“Ancestral dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) exposure promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of obesity” 


“Observations indicate ancestral exposure to DDT can promote obesity and associated disease transgenerationally. The etiology of disease such as obesity may be in part due to environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance.”


The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2015)

DDT Exposure in Utero and Breast Cancer

Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2019) 

DDT and Breast Cancer: Prospective Study of Induction Time and Susceptibility Windows

Conclusions: p, p’-DDT was associated with breast cancer through age 54 years. Risk depended on timing of first exposure and diagnosis age, suggesting susceptibility windows and an induction period beginning in early life. DDT appears to be an endocrine disruptor with responsive breast targets from in utero to menopause

Breast Cancer & DDT Exposure

Is that enough to show that a Mother inhaling DDT a few hundred times a day through smoking contaminated cigarettes might be putting her children at risk for Obesity and Breast Cancer? OK, if it is, then let’s proceed.

There’s lots more similar research. Just search for ‘DDT obesity” or “DDT endocrine” or “DDT Breast” or DDT Diabetes” and you’ll get the point very fast. 

By the way, if you’re thinking “Well, how much harm could a little bit of DDT in cigarettes do and why would it be causing me to be Obese, have Diabetes, or have to deal with Breast Cancer?” – please understand that in the case of DDT exposure of a developing child through the mother’s blood in the mother’s womb, dose doesn’t matter. 

Timing is everything, and if Mom is inhaling even a few nanograms of DDT with every puff then it will be there when the egg and sperm come together and the new human life begins. Here’s some of the new science:

Toxic effects of pesticide mixtures at a molecular level: their relevance to human health

There are really two stories here. The first concerns women today who were born anytime between 1947-1972 to mothers who smoked then, and the second story concerns women smoking certain brands from then through to today in 2021. In this post I’m staying with the first story, although here’s a look at what today’s smokers are inhaling.

To summarize and put it bluntly, Tobacco products from 1947 through roughly 1972 were very heavily contaminated with DDT and other organochlorine pesticides and everybody in the industry and the government knew it. Very little of the original research is available today, but you can get an idea of what was going on in those days – while your mother or grandmother was smoking – by looking here  and  here  and here  and here and here. 

Even glancing through these scientific journal sources, paying special attention to all the references, is there any question that the Tobacco industry knew then what was going on? Can you see how much effort went into looking at DDT and other pesticides in cigarettes? Do you imagine the Tobacco Cartel knows less about pesticides in their products today? So I would ask again – have you ever heard one mention of pesticides as a health hazard to smokers?

So, putting that old and long-concealed data above together with the 2020 Obesity/DDT research also above, it looks like if your mother was exposed to DDT with every puff of her cigarettes 1950-1972, then if you become obese due to genetic damage then it doesn’t matter what or how much you eat, or how much you exercise, or anything else you can do. There’s a 30-60% chance that your body’s drive to become and stay obese was programmed in by DDT damage to your mother’s DNA in the egg that became you, as well as directly to your own cellular being while you were becoming a human being inside your mother’s DDT-contaminated body. 

If you are not struggling with obesity, good for you, but unfortunately as I said in the beginning there’s also a lot of solid research linking maternal DDT exposure to their daughters developing middle-age Breast Cancer (see also here and here and here) and Diabetes among many other equally terrible outcomes like birth defects in babies exposed to DDT in today’s cheap flavored little cigars. 

By the way, a large body of published research says that if your Father was exposed to DDT, like maybe he was a smoker too, then the little sperm that also became you along with that damaged egg was also DDT damaged. Double jeopardy. And if you’re a male child of a smoker from 1950-1972, then testicular cancer is only one of the risks you’ve inherited from the cigarettes that Mom thought were OK to smoke while she was pregnant.

DDT is one of about 20 known Human Obesogens, chemicals that cause breaks in the human genome that are proven to lead to both current and next-generational obesity that isn’t controlled by diet. Good thing that DDT has been banned worldwide except for Malaria control since 1972, right? 

Except it hasn’t, not for the Tobacco Cartel. They have a special pass from the US government. A long and carefully concealed story there.  

But in a pregnant human body it can’t stay put in any tissues or cells. Some of that stored DDT is always oozing out making its way into the blood and lymphatic systems of a pregnant woman, and the reason it is so dangerous is that it can totally defeat the body’s defenses against toxins, slide across the protective placental barrier and go straight for the developing child. 

By the way, that’s what it was designed to do to baby bugs when it was first designed in Germany in 1939, and after all these years it is still one of the world’s most effective bug killers. It’s so good that it’s banned worldwide for use on anything but Malaria mosquitos, where it’s the only chemical that can control Malaria epidemics. No other pesticide is as good at destroying life in as many things or in as many ways. Neurological, endocrinological, reproductive systems and more – DDT covers them all, and at molecular levels where dose doesn’t matter.

So if your mother was a smoker 1950-1972, and you’re struggling with obesity today in 2021, that’s quite likely what was going on with you while you were developing into the human being you are today. 

The research says that children of smokers who were born 1950-1972 are far more likely to become obese in middle age regardless of their diet or lifestyle. In other words – nothing they can do about it. The DDT in the tobacco products their mother smoked has permanently altered their genetics. It did exactly what it was designed to do, attack the developing life inside the mother, except that mother was supposed to be a bug or rat or beetle. DDT wasn’t ever supposed to be literally infused into an unborn human child. 

Except – it works so well on Tobacco, killing everything in the field without any hand labor. It is very, very profitable. And it is used today by companies in the global Tobacco cartel – completely illegally of course, but the fix is in.

While DDT was phased out on US tobacco crops in the 1970s, American manufacturers moved their growing operations to friendly countries like India and Brazil that don’t ask questions. Since the fix is also in with US authorities this DDT-contaminated tobacco is being imported and used today in American tobacco products. 

I’ve only been able to test a few brands privately, but so far DDT contamination of popular tobacco brands is running 20%. That’s just DDT. Of course that’s very illegal, and it’s doing to pregnant smokers and their babies exactly what it was doing 70 years ago, but who cares? More important – who knows? The Tobacco Cartel all know, every one of them. But do they care? Sure they care, but what do you think they care about?

And also the FDA, EPA, USDA, CDC, Surgeon General, Truth Initiative, and SmokeFree Kids all know about pesticides in cigarettes, but they also know that if the public ever figures out that it isn’t smoking Tobacco that’s killing smokers and crippling their babies. then the anti-smoking game is up. 

If people ever become aware that its inhaling what the Cartel uses simply to grow their Tobacco more profitably that is responsible for so much suffering and death, and that everybody involved has agreed to keep quiet about for decades, then the anti-tobacco game would be up. And then it wouldn’t be long before people started asking how it’s possible that all these agencies and organizations have been taking Billions of dollars in taxes and donated money and spending it on – what? Propaganda they knew was actually distracting people from seeing the truth.We know they knew because they all, every one of them, very suddenly and mysteriously all stopped talking about pesticides in cigarettes around 1972. Fifty years ago. Whole scientific journals had been devoted to tobacco and cigarette pesticide research since the 1940s and then – nothing more published. 

Again, you can see samples of what was being published here  and  here  and here  and here and here. Look at the reference sections of these papers – you’ll see that there was a whole research universe devoted to examining pesticides in Tobacco and Tobacco products.

This all literally disappeared right around the time that the world was waking up to DDT – first banned worldwide in 1972. And now it’s 2021, and women born to mothers who smoked during those years are discovering they can’t lose weight no matter what, and they have Diabetes, and they have Breast Cancer, and not a single woman has yet connected what’s happening to her to what the DDT and other toxins Tobacco companies left in her Mother’s cigarettes after fumigating their fields and warehouses, using chemicals instead of labor without regard for the health of millions alive and smoking and many many millions yet unborn.

If that’s you or someone you love, they are the victims of a crime committed in full knowledge by the Tobacco Cartel and then concealed for 50 years by everyone with that knowledge. 

Would your Mother have smoked those cigarettes if she had known they were drenched with DDT, after reading or hearing about Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”, which everyone in 1972 was talking about? DDT was all over the nightly news in those days. My guess is that neither your Mom nor millions of other women who were smokers in the 1970s would have taken another puff if they had just known about the DDT – much less the dozens of other equally dangerous pesticides.

She never had the chance to make a choice because the information was either somehow just overlooked, by everyone, or it was deliberately concealed, by everyone. Take your pick. And please take a look.

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Bayer to Auschwitz: ‘We need 150 more women. The last group died.’

This post is going to be short because the information is simply what it is.

The Nazi companies who experimented on human beings to develop nerve gasses in WWII concentration camps are the same companies drenching tobacco crops worldwide in 2021 with concealed nerve poisons and reproductive toxins while blocking any government regulation, oversight or research of any kind on the health impact of inhaling these pesticides by smoking tobacco products.

These Nazi enterprises have not only not gone away, their programs and agendas are proceeding without interruption. One of them is the largest pesticide manufacturer in the world, Bayer’s “Crop Science” megalith.

Journal of the History of Neuroscience

2006 Sep;15(3):186-209. doi: 10.1080/09647040600658229.

Neurosciences and research on chemical weapons of mass destruction in Nazi Germany

“This article explores the toxicological and physiological research into the mechanisms of action of these novel nerve agents, and the emergence of military research objectives in neurophysiological and neurotoxicological research. Recently declassified Allied military intelligence files document secret nerve agent research, leading to intensified research on anticholinesterase agents in the peripheral and the central nervous system.” 

Anticholinesterase agents – which includes the Organophosphorous and Carbamate pesticides. Nerve poisons. As found contaminating almost every cigarette and tobacco product brand in the US and the rest of the world. Not DDT – it acts differently on living beings. These nerve poisons were developed to finish the job that agents like DDT only began, once insects got tougher and even DDT didn’t do the whole job. From the “Green Revolution” through “Better Living Through Chemistry” all in a straight line from Nazi Germany’s emperiments on human beings. You can get an idea of what the Tobacco industry would up doing with all that Nazi ‘research’ by looking at a few bits of the surviving evidence from industry publications before the mid-1970s ‘cleansing’ of the worlds publications on the topic of pesticides and tobacco products. Some of this fascinating early Cartel research on DDT in cigarettes can be found here  and  here  and here  and here and here

Here is a German pesticide company executive bragging about how Phosphine, their updated version of Zyklon B performs in American tobacco warehouses today, with the full consent and support of USDA, EPA and FDA:

“Adhering to the dosages, concentrations, and exposure times recommended in the relevant CORESTA Guide No. 2 will ensure that all four life cycles of an insect (that is, egg, larvae, pupae, and adult) are reliably exterminated. Almost needless to say that rodents also perish during treatment.”

Insects and, needless to say, mammals too. And reliably exterminated as well. What an ideal gas!

So here’s an example of that Anticholinesterase “research” done by Bayer that has made them the most profitable pesticide manufacturer in the world. I found these cold bureaucratic directions in correspondence between Bayer and the Auschwitz camp commanders, bargaining over the price to be paid for delivering human beings for experimentation to produce the anticholinesterase gasses that would become the foundation of Bayer’s pesticide fortunes. Bayer is the biggest producer of pesticides in the world, by far. Guess how they got so big? They had a huge head start, helped along by the US military. This was after the US military knew about things like this:

From Bayer: “We confirm your response, but consider the price of 200 RM per woman to be too high. We propose to pay no more than 170 RM per woman. If that is acceptable to you, the women will be placed in our possession. We need 150 women.” 

Apparently those negotiations went well, because this was sent from the same Bayer office to Auschwitz a few weeks later:

From Bayer: “The transport of 150 women arrived in good condition. However, we were unable to obtain conclusive results because they died during the experiments. We would kindly request that you send us another group of women to the same number and at the same price.“ 

quotes from: Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees (in)

To round out this post, while an unknown proportion of the world’s 7 million smokers who die from smoking each year – not from tobacco – are directly attributable to Nazi chemical science applied to cigarettes. All the monstrous chemical companies that have grown rich and fat off those deaths are doing just fine. Then of course there are all those highly profitable Chinese and Indian companies so it isn’t just the Nazis benefitting from the fruits of WWII human experimentation. Was that the end of human experimentation? Let’s ask a few prisoners in China and India.