Updated September 7, 2019
VAPING: Is it Dangerous? A Few Conclusions
Is there a vaping epidemic?
We’ve seen public panic and politicizing since the recent reporting of a hundred or incidents where people entered emergency rooms with lung problems thought related to vaping. The CDC is investigating 193 cases of lung problems linked to vaping between June 28 and August 20 in 22 states.
The CDC is investigating the cause, but reports e-cigarette product use or vaping at the center of each case. They do not believe the problem is infectious, but have not identified the responsible product.
Some politicians are attacking CBD and marijuana, instead of highlighting they leave the entire herbal industry unregulated. Aimless political attacks only enhance the dangers vaping poses.
We should narrow the problem to vaping, itself. Pure recklessness drove people to conclude vaping safe to consume anything. The tobacco industry, other profiteers, and "trendsetters" promoted vaping as healthy without any scientific evidence to back the claim.
The information provided by medical authorities suggest people should not vape. This seems obvious.
However, there is another troubling question. Why now? After no reports before, why nearly 200 reported incidents within two months?
This suggests somebody has created a batch with additives causing the sudden lung problems associated with the vaping-related emergency room visits. And, this points back to Congress’s reckless deregulation of the herbal industry.
Two primary groups of profiteers buy congress and prevent them from regulating the dietary and herbal industry. The first group is the profiteers within the industry who sell people faulty, fraudulent products. The second is the drug industry who can discredit all herbal products as "unregulated," and "unsafe."
While Congress is missing in action, the Department of Defense instructed soldiers not to use CBO. They should have worried more about vaping anything, and all the soldiers who smoke tobacco products.
Misguided Department of Defense
The Department of Defense is not putting the soldiers’ interest first when they instruct soldiers not to use CBD. CBD has proven an effective painkiller, safe, without side effects. With the problem with opioids and other painkillers, the Department of Defense and medical officials should view CBD as a potential godsend in treating pain.
Running counter to the Department of Defense are pillars of medical research, including Harvard.
According to Harvard Medical School, scientific research shows CBD is effective in treating several medical conditions including pain, seizures, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
There are people within the herbal and dietary industry who work 24/7 to educate or provide the public herbs that help with all kinds of problems. However, left unregulated, unscrupulous profiteers too-often sell the public a bag-of-goods.
One example is resveratrol, which several studies show help#_edn3s with skin and as an anti-aging product. However, unregulated, too many products on the market have little or not actual resveratrol. It’s products we buy in health food stores, pharmacies, Target, Walmart, and other places people trust. Several criminal investigations have revealed many herbal products that are outright fraud; not what they claim on the label.
Beller Health Research Institute calls on Congress, the president, and other elected officials to undo the problem caused by deregulation. We call on Congress to regulate the herbal industry and protect the American people from harmful products often the result of outright fraud.
The herbal industry can be a vital part of our health care, but not until we know the products we buy contain the ingredients we think we’re purchasing.
What Should You Do?
From current data, Beller Health draws the following conclusions:
- Vaping was never safe! Officials have been a day late and a dollar short from day one.
- We should not discount the benefits of CBD (Just do not vape it!). By data available, CBD is a much better alternative to some synthetic products prescribed or purchased over-the-counter.
- CBD and marijuana remain two separate things. CBD does not get you high, while the marijuana does.
- No evidence suggests CBD or marijuana is the problem, but vaping itself and perhaps additives to some unregulated products on the market.
- Marijuana is growing stronger. Like it or not, it’s a fact. We need research to determine whether stronger breeds pose greater health risks (or perhaps add health benefits). Most of what we hear about marijuana is by those who make up facts to demonize it or to promote it as God’s gift to treat all that ills. We need independent medical research and long-term human studies before we should accept the rhetoric of marijuana haters or lovers.
- An unregulated herbal industry (the result of shifty businessmen and corrupt politicians uniting against the public good) is bad for everybody but those who profit from the government’s failure to regulate an industry that effects most every American home.
I also ask you to join Beller Health and ask your state’s representatives and senators to regulate the herbal industry, protect the public, allow the FDA to promote studies to determine which herbal products provide health benefits and how. The officials must do a better job of informing the public which herbs are beneficial, and which ones to avoid.
In conclusion, do not vape, do not buy any herbal products from unreliable or uncertified sources. Understand, just because a herb is healthy does not mean half the products contain what you want. Worse, these products often contain dangerous additives.
Part of this is common sense. Tobacco products are harmful no matter how you smoke or chew them.
If we presume CBD and marijuana safe, there is no safe way to smoke them. CBD oils and tablets are healthy by all available data, but smoking is likely the least healthy means of consumption. If we presume marijuana safe, you still should consume them as an oil (to add in edibles and lotions) or tablets.
No reasonable person in the medical industry or government should endorse smoking any product in any form. Vaping is a good idea gone bad, or a bad idea that was always a bad idea.
Update September 7, 2019
Since I posted this, authorities report the number of people seeking emergency room treatment for vaping-related lung problems. The CDC reports the total cases surpassed 450 people.
The CDC investigation continues, but they suggest the following:
"Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products. Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products. If you do use e-cigarette products, you should not buy these products off the street (for example, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids). You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer. Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or other medical provider ."
While the CDC and other medical authorities continue their investigation, the culprit might not be what we expected. Authorities believe Vitamin E is the common additive in the known cases. They theorize smoking Vitamin E coats the lungs with an oily substance, causing various lung problems including pneumonia.
For now, follow the CDC's advice.
Once again, Beller Health warns people not to vape. Regardless of what additive sent nearly 500 people to the emergency room, the idea that vaping is safe is a publicity farce.
We will continue to update as more information becomes available, but for now our recommendations remain the same as before the current crisis. If you consume tobacco, get help and stop. If you use CBD or marijuana, get it from safe sources and use it in safe dosages as additives to tea or food.
Jerry Beller, Lead Author & Researcher, Beller Health Research Institute
Jerry is the lead author and researcher at Beller Health Research Institute. Among his accomplishments, Beller wrote the first book on the newest dementia classification, LATE, and is one of the few in the world to write books on all 15 primary dementia types. @JerryBeller1
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