Recently I was talking to a close friend about smoking. He has been smoking for a very long time - about 20+ years. He was telling me the other day that he always burns off the gold coating on pipe screens before using them in his metal pipes. The reason why is because he said pretty much every smoker hes ever known has told him over the years that the gold coating on pipe screens cause Alzheimer's. This friend of mine has really been around and has seen and done many things and met many smokers over the years.
I know this friend of mine would never lie to me about something like this. Could this really be true? Has anyone else heard about this? Is this really necessary or is it just an old wives tale that's been passed on over generations?
My question is, if this is true then why the hell would the "industry standard" of pipe screens be the typical gold coated ones?
Thanks guys - Hopefully I'm not getting anyone paranoid lol