January 24, 2017

Dr. Saunders’ Kick The Habit Plan To Quit Smoking

Over a hundred years ago Mark Twain quipped, “It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times.”  The concept of quitting a habit is as old as people, but smoking is one habit that seems especially difficult to overcome.  I have patients who quit methamphetamines, heroin and alcohol, but cannot overcome the tobacco habit.  They tell me it is the hardest thing.

One patient was able to quit when he got throat cancer, but only because he hated the tracheostomy tube so much and knew he would never smoke again if he did not beat the cancer odds. Others with this same problem actually smoke through the tube!

The methods and ways people quit are varied, almost as the number of quitters.  Some medications are used, but these were mostly created for a different purpose. When drug testing was being done on these medications, the statistical analysis showed that a greater number of smokers quit in the active medicine group than in the placebo group.  The pharmaceutical company then decided to market this effect of the medicine instead of the intended use, such as anti-depressant.  There are patches, pills, electronic cigarettes, creams and all manner of physical assistance to help quit smoking.

Decision to Quit

Kicking the habit starts with a decision.  Many who are pushed from the outside will say they want to quit, but really want to continue smoking.  This decision must come from within.  When I counsel people in my office, I simply ask them what they want to do.  I then assess whether they are ready to start trying.  Those who have made a firm resolve to quit smoking find a successful way.

My grandfather was given cigarettes as part of his Navy rations during World War II.  At home, his wife did not like the smoke in the house, plus they had a son with asthma.  So, he decided just to postpone his usual smoking.  He would reach for a cigarette from his shirt pocket, take one out, look at it and say, “I’ll just wait a few minutes.”  He kept putting it off until after a few months went by he realized he had gone a full week without smoking.  He then took the cigarettes out of his shirt pocket and said, “No use just carrying these around…” threw them in the trash and never smoked again.

Dr. Manchester was a pediatrician who smoked and would counsel all of his young patients never to start smoking.  He tried to quit, but kept going back to it and felt like a hypocrite.  He paid for all sorts of programs, used all the medications and tried hundreds of times without success.  He felt so discouraged that he quit being a pediatrician and became a psychiatrist.  One day, he suffered a heart attack and ended up in the hospital.  As he was lying in the hospital bed, he hated being there so much he knew he would never smoke again just to avoid it — and he quit easily.

Patches

I had one patient, when the patches required a prescription, who was wearing a patch for many years.  We kept trying to wean him off, but he would come in for another round.  I do not know if he ever got off the patches, but at least he was not smoking.

Patches with nicotine in them are now available over-the-counter.  They are mostly helpful for those who really smoke for the nicotine, not for other reasons.  If you get shaky, nervous, jittery, and very irritable in the first several days after quitting, then this may be an option for you.  Those who can go a full day without these symptoms are less likely to benefit from patches.

Drugs

There are many drugs available now to help with the smoking habit. If you are going to use these, then

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Smoke And Mirrors

Christmas in Florida by Flickr Gregory J. Urbano

Greetings from sunny Florida, where it is currently a lovely 72 degrees, Fahrenheit! There is something to be said about living in a state where instead of wearing sweaters and coats at Christmas, you are sweating and coating yourself with sunscreen. 🙂

Oh, and before I forget, Happy New Year! January 1st is traditionally a time to make (and often break!) a “new year” resolution. The word “resolution” simply means, “A firm, unwavering decision.” Health clubs and personal trainers know that they will have a bevy of ninety day disciples come January, complete with good intentions and bulging holiday bellies. Unfortunately, like clockwork, dreams of  “6 pack” abs and “buns of steel” soon become “6 packs” of beer and “buns of oatmeal.”

Human beings are notoriously creatures of habit, which leads me to this month’s topic, “How To Quit Smoking.” Before I proceed, let me share this disclaimer: I am a minister, not a doctor or a licensed nutritionist. Each month, this Home Cures That Work publication, offers its readers a variety of articles written by authors who focus on their area of expertise. My modality of healing is predominantly spiritual. However, in no way am I undermining the importance of doctors, psychologists or nutritionists. Though we may see through different lenses, we are all looking for the same result, a healthier more vibrant… you!

It is estimated that 26 million men (25%) and 23 million women (21%) in America smoke. Considering those numbers, few would argue that cigarette smoking is a powerful addiction. If you Google “stop smoking” a multitude of sites pop up, each with a bold promise of instant freedom from your smoking addiction.

What they do not tell you is their success rate! Why? Because a smoker can “quit” the habit on Monday and be chain smoking again by Friday! It is my prayer that this article will help you leave your addiction in the rear view mirror, for good.

In order to get free from this addiction, you must have an open mind, so open in fact, that truth can walk in right now and delete all of the misconceptions you have filed away in your mind concerning your smoking addiction. By the way, I know a little bit about addiction. In fact, in the next few months, I will be sharing how this former crack addict was set free, literally over night!

Divine by Design

Before you can understand your smoking addiction, you must first understand

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Smoking and Skin Aging

Smoking Ages by Flickr Yug_and_her

Smoking cigarettes ages skin faster than anything else, apart from sun damage.

There is no gentle way of saying this but if you smoke cigarettes, then you need to stop smoking.

Aside from the many health issues associated with smoking – if you care at all about wrinkles and you want to look younger for longer – then smoking is out.

One million new smokers light up each year in the U.S. alone and many of them are young women who may later come to regret what smoking does to their looks.

As far as the effects of smoking on skin aging and health, it is much worse for women. That is official and it is supported by many years of research by reputable medical bodies.

  • The nicotine in cigarettes is more addictive for women who, as a result, have much more difficulty quitting smoking than men.
  • Women who smoke have twice the additional risk of heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer than men who smoke.
  • Lung cancer kills three times the number of American women than breast cancer – currently around 70,000 per year.
  • Smoking is also linked to early onset of the menopause in women.
  • Most devastating of all from a looks point of view – the aging effects of smoking on the skin are worse for women who are much more likely to develop “smoker’s face” than male smokers.

For women smoking and aging are inextricably linked.

In 2001, the special risks of smoking for women were recognized by the US Surgeon General in a report warning women of the dangers from smoking cigarettes.

European government bodies and other world authorities made similar statements.

Even if you dismiss the health risks, the effect of smoking on skin may give you some pause for thought.  It is worth taking time to consider how smoking cigarettes will damage your skin and accelerate skin aging.  Do you really want this to happen to you?

“For smokers, middle age starts in the early 30′s as the tell tale wrinkles around the mouth and eyes begin to appear. Young female smokers are likely to be wasting their money on anti-aging face creams if they continue to smoke.”
 ~ Amanda Sandford, Action on Smoking Health

old woman smoking by Flickr twicepix

The effects of smoking on skin aging have been recognized for a long time. A 1965 study first identified what came to be known as “smoker’s face” – gray, pale and wrinkled skin.

In recent years, much research has focused on this area and it is now broadly accepted that smoking, making smokers look much older than non-smokers, damages smoker’s skin.

It is not just smoker’s skin that ages quicker. Research in recent years has proved conclusively that passive smoking is damaging to your skin and to your health. Unfair though it seems, whether you smoke or just breathe in other people’s smoke, your skin will suffer the same symptoms of smoker’s face.

The Chief Medical Officer of the U.K. recently highlighted the link between smoking and skin damage saying that smoking adds between 10-20 years to your natural age.

A 2007 study found that smoking is associated with increased wrinkling and skin damage on many parts of the body, not just the face. Inner arms, neck and decollete are likely to show wrinkling and sagging as a result of having accelerated skin aging from smoking.

Smoking speeds up skin aging in a number of ways. It all starts with the free radicals formed in your body by the exposure to cigarette smoke.

Free radicals are highly unstable and powerful molecules that can cause disease and damage to cell DNA. The cells of your body start behaving erratically producing a range of responses that make your skin age faster.

So, how does smoking affect the skin?

  • Smoking restricts blood flow through the capillaries (tiny veins near the skins surface) preventing oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin.
  • Smoking increases production of an enzyme, which breaks down the supply of collagen to the skin’s structure. Collagen supply is vital to the skin’s elasticity. It decreases with age but smoking cigarettes accelerates this process.
  • Smoking reduces the body’s store of vitamin A, which provides protection from skin damage.
  • Smoking gets in the way of absorption of vitamin C – a vital antioxidant for skin protection and health.
  • Smokers continual puckering from drawing on a cigarette and squinting in reaction to the cigarette smoke results in deeply wrinkled skin around the eyes and mouth – classic signs of “smoker’s face.”

Smoker's Face by Flickr Shendeluth

Smoking statistics will clearly tell you the risk of death and disease from your smoking habit. If that is not sufficiently frightening, then this is what you might expect your skin to look like if you continue to smoke:

  • Dull appearance to the skin – loss of skin glow and vitality
  • Discolored skin (an ashy look on white skins)
  • Deeper wrinkles around the mouth and eyes
  • Loss of tone and elasticity more than with the normal aging process

A key question from most smokers is, if I stop smoking can I reverse the skin damage? The simple answer is that you won’t be able to completely reverse the damage that smoking has done.

But, with a good diet, skin supplements and great anti-aging skin care you can do a lot to get your youthful skin back and prevent damage from getting any worse. Why wait only to stop smoking later when even more damage has been done to your skin?

When you look at your skin, remember that some damage won’t appear until 10-20 years after you began to smoke. So, if you haven’t been smoking that long and you don’t see much skin damage yet – then don’t assume it won’t happen. 

Smoking exerts such a noticeable effect on the skin that it’s often possible to detect whether or not a person is a smoker simply by looking at his or her face. Smokers have more wrinkles and their skin tends to have a grayish pallor compared to non-smokers.”  ~ Professor Young, Head of Dermatology, Guys School of Medicine, London

The important thing for your skin and your looks is to stop inflicting continued damage on yourself. If you quit smoking now, then you will stop your skin aging any faster than it normally would. With proper anti-aging skin care and nutrition your skin will look much better into the future than it will do if you carry on as a smoker.

 

Smoking can add years to your face. Not only can it wrinkle the face and turn it yellow, but smoking causes superficial skin problems, creating adverse changes to the skin’s ability to function and heal. Does this make you want to quit?

 

 

The Painless Stop Smoking Cure

It’s not your fault you failed to quit smoking until now.

You have failed to successfully stop smoking for the most simple of reasons. No matter what “method” you use to stop smoking:

  • You always have the feeling that you are going to “give up” something.
  • You have the feeling or doubt that you are going to crave your cigarette.

Think closely about what I’m about to tell you since it is going to change the way you think about stop smoking…

Your MIND is more powerful than any stop smoking drug or method you can use….because your mind controls whether you will or won’t succeed to stop smoking — successfully.  You failed so far because you have a mental addiction to cigarettes. This is much stronger than the nicotine addiction, which is only 3% of your problem.

Also, your thoughts about smoking are more powerful than any prescription drug to stop smoking. This is true because your mind is like an “engine” and it needs certain mental comfort at certain intervals each day. That’s why you have become a “chain smoker,” which is why you have a “mental addiction” to cigarettes.

(Hint:  You need to be relieved from this mental addiction to successfully stop smoking, but I show you the details later.)

You are still smoking because you have been using the wrong methods to stop smoking.  Guess what?  You will be able to stop smoking by using the RIGHT tools to get rid of your “mental” addiction towards cigarettes.

It’s not really any more complicated than that and the way to stop smoking has nothing to do with your nicotine addiction, withdrawal pangs or craving a cigarette. It sits “between your ears.”

Laser therapy to stop smoking DON’T WORK.

The reason why you failed to successfully stop smoking with laser therapy is because it doesn’t address the cause and reason itself why you find it so hard to stop — your MIND. All laser therapy “does” is trying to reset some nervo-systems in your brain that have got used to the nicotine shots.

Let me explain:

Nicotine is the reason why you got addicted to the cigarette. It’s the drug that made you a “drug addict.”

But, nicotine is NOT the reason why you find it so hard to quit. All possible nicotine withdrawal symptoms, as you are aware of them, are gone after a maximum 48 to 72 hours…FOREVER!

So, the real cause why you find it so hard is what you think and feel about your cigarette. That is your mind. That is your “mental addiction” to cigarettes and this is not addressed by laser therapy.

Now you understand why a smoker who had stopped smoking for 5 months with laser therapy starts smoking again because his mental addiction he has toward cigarettes is still there. His nicotine addiction was gone after two, three days even without the laser therapy, which basically changed anything for the smoker except for the content of his wallet  ;-(

Nicotine replacement products DON’T WORK.

Let me ask you a very simple question…What is the main substance of any nicotine replacement product?… Indeed! NICOTINE. All these products do is provide you with the drug that got you trapped! 
It’s the same as giving a heroine junkie heroine to quit his addiction.  
You understand that this doesn’t work at all, right?!

It’s a big billion-dollar business for the pharmaceutical industry and they even call it the nicotine conspiracy between the tobacco industry and the pharmaceutical industry. Their main focus is to keep you as a “nicotine client,” either by cigarettes or by patches or gum.

I have a friend who has stopped smoking 12 years ago…and he still chews about 4 packs of nicotine gum a week! I have another friend who quit 3 years ago…and he still patches a big patch on his shoulders every single day. 
You should see how his shoulders look!

Zyban and Chantix make you MISERABLE.

Zyban and Chantix have certainly become popular in recent years, but these drugs often leave you feeling miserable each day (since they have a heavy impact on your hearth rate and mess up your brain.)

Check out these facts below…

  • Did you know that yearly about 500 people die as a consequence of using Zyban?! It’s true.
  • Also, many smokers suffer from hearth diseases and discomfort while on the drugs which won’t allow them to enjoy a “normal” day for many months after they have stopped smoking.
  • Last but not least…have you ever seen any “success results” of these products that covered a period longer than 6 to 8 weeks?! No! Even in this very short time span, they say that the success ratio is only 43%. Let me tell you right now that after ONE year, their success ratio is back below 10%, which is hardly any better than the “placebo-effect” or “sugar-pill effect!” It’s a fact.

Therefore, Zyban and Chantix can leave you feeling MISERABLE each day, which is not the answer.

Now you know what doesn’t work: laser therapy, nicotine replacement and Zyban or Chantix.

On the next page we show you what DOES WORK.

Click here for the new painless smoking solution.

 

 

 

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