Supplementing With Smog
By Atom Bergstrom
Nitric oxide damages the lungs and the brain.
Instead of supplementing with NO — like certain misled “experts” urge you to do — visit downtown Los Angeles and inhale deeply.
“Smog is distillate of disappointed starlets’ teardrops,” according to former KFWB DJ Bill Balance.
Oh, I forgot. Catalytic converters have been kind to the City of the Angels with Irritable Eyes.
Photochemical smog is a combination of nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) known as NOx (rhymes with “socks”).
Nitrogen dioxide also damages the lungs and brain.
NOx blanches the leaves of trees.
It corrodes rubber.
It fills the blood with oxygen, but it’s unusable.
Well, Mr. Happy finds a use for it, but carbon dioxide is a higher and safer choice.
When I first moved to California, I went swimming at a public pool in Sun Valley, a suburb of L.A., and developed a sharp pain in my lungs.
“Something’s wrong with my lungs,” I told my tenth grade buddy.
“Oh, that’s just the smog. You’ll get used to it,” he said.
I never did.
According to Dr. Ray Peat …
“Nitric oxide, associated with unbalanced excitation, is involved in the nerve damage of epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. An energy deficit increases excitation and cellular calcium uptake, increasing nitric oxide synthesis (Schulz, et aI., 1997). Nitric oxide increases the ratio of glutamate to GABA (‘the excitotoxicity index’), (Demchenko & Piantadosi, 2006), while lowering mitochondrial energy production.”