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Stop Smoking!!

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought it would be appropriate to offer some help for those who are trying to quit. I often get asked why I don't tell people to stop smoking. The answer is very simple: everyone knows that smoking is bad for you! Heck, it's clearly marked on every pack of cigarettes! Check out this quote from the American Lung Association website:
Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 438,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of "secondhand" exposure to tobacco's carcinogens. Smoking costs the United States over $167 billion each year in health-care costs including $92 billion in mortality-related productivity losses and $75.5 billion in excess medical expenditures. (www.lungusa.org)

If that isn't enough to wake you up, what is?

So how can I help you stop smoking? There are several approaches we will cover to assist you in quitting this deadly habit. The first approach I recommend is hypnosis. Studies have shown that people who undergo hypnosis smoke fewer cigarettes and abstain from smoking more. About two dozen of my friends and associates utilize this method, and I am unaware of any who has started smoking again. Often, it takes only one session of hypnosis to achieve the benefits. I recommend asking for referrals from others who have gone through hypnosis, or finding a center that focuses solely on hypnosis for smoking cessation. This approach might be expensive, but in the long-term, it may be your best bet.

When we look at supplementing for smoking cessation, there are several things that should be done. First would be to use a supplement to help with the urge to smoke.

Second, address other issues such as stress that might be contributiing to your desire to smoke. And third, combine these supplements with behavior modification - and you are home free.

There are several single and combination products on the market to assist you in your smoking cessation program. The herb Lobelia would be my first choice. Lobelia contains the phytochemical lobeline, which has similar effects in the body as nicotine. This effect would be similar to using a patch or other over-the-counter regimen. Lobelia also provides other benefits, such as being a great expectorant to help the body get rid of any phlegm or chest congestion that is often associated with smoking. To help with your urges, I prefer the liquid extract. Placing a few drops under the tongue for a minute and then swallowing will have almost an immediate effect and help curb your cravings to smoke. There are also combination products (usually containing lobelia) that can be effective at helping you with your urges to smoke. Consult with a natural health consultant in the store to guide you. Lastly, you may wish to try homeopathy. There are several great remedies to help you on your way to stopping smoking.  I recommend finding a homeopathic physician to assist you with your selection. This can be a very effective and inexpensive solution to your health challenge.

Many people who smoke do it because of stress and anxiety. Often, addressing the stress will help you to stop smoking. Using herbs like valerian, passion flower, lemon balm, and oat straw can get you on your way to feeling less anxious and stressed. Of course, getting more exercise and eliminating the things that cause you stress are the best long-term solutions. But in the meantime, utilizing these herbs singly or in combination will help take the edge off. These herbs can also be helpful with some of the symptoms you may have while quitting smoking, such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, and headaches – all of which may be relieved by using these herbs as needed.

Finally, behavior modification is critical in any smoking cessation program. Whether you decide to go the modern or natural medicine route, changing your habits is the most important and difficult thing to do. We are all creatures of habit. Most smokers know that they have triggers for when to smoke:
• After a meal
• While out with friends
• When they have a drink
• On the way to work
• After a stressful situation occurs

The list is endless. The bottom line here is willpower and commitment to the program.

Do you want to be a statistic or do you want to live a healthier life? The choice is yours. There are tons of ways to get around the habit and too many to list in this article.

For more information on changing your habits, turn to the web. Here are a few sites I found that might be helpful:
http://www.pmusa.com/en/quitassist/quitting/skills.asp
http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/
http://www.lungusa.org/site

Regretfully, these sites also recommend modern medicine as the approach, but you can gather helpful tidbits to help you on your way to stopping smoking the natural way, too.

 
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