Supplementing With Smog

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

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.”


'Supplementing With Smog' have 3 comments

  1. April 23, 2021 @ 10:12 pm Atom

    “What does magnesium do in the body?” I asked Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty).

    “What does it do outside the body? It does the same thing inside the body as it does outside,” he replied.

    So instead of studying supplement propaganda, I studied the Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Americana, World Book Encyclopedia, and so forth.


  2. April 23, 2021 @ 10:13 pm Atom

    How did I learn about how minerals age us?

    My mentor, Swami Nitty-Gritty, logged in work time as a corrosion engineer for a pipeline company.

    So it drove me to various corrosion engineering journals at various libraries.

    It was quite a contrarian education from the usual health food data.


    Where did I learn how and why carotenoids leave their tracks as pigments in the iris?

    In oil drilling textbooks and encyclopedias at UCSB in Goleta.


  3. April 23, 2021 @ 10:15 pm Atom

    According to Ivan Illich (1973, 1974) …

    “Misdirection of blame for iatrogenesis is the most serious political obstacle to public control over health care. To turn doctor-baiting into radical chic would be the surest way to defuse any political crisis fueled by the new health consciousness. If physicians were to become conspicuous scapegoats, the gullible patient would be relieved from blame for his therapeutic greed. School-baiting did save the institutional enterprise when crisis last hit in education. The same strategy could now save the medical system and keep it essentially as it is.”


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