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Entries from March 2008

Cocaine and Heart Attacks

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

cocaineCocaine-related emergency department visits increased by 47 percent from 1999 to 2002.

According to a recent announcement from the American Heart Association, when treating a patient with chest pain who has no obvious risks of heart disease, ER doctors should ask if the patient has used the street drug cocaine.

Most cocaine-associated chest pain is not a heart attack. Thus, it is recommended that these patients be monitored in an observation unit for 9 to 12 hours.

Studies indicate that chest pain related to cocaine use tends to show up within three hours of using the drug. But the chemical remnants of cocaine remain in the system for at least 18 hours and can continue to cause problems.

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Crystal Darkness TV Show

March 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Crystal Darkness is a 30-minute television documentary telling the frightening truth about Meth’s devastating attack on our youth and their families.

The program is targeted for youth and their parents, but the message extends with conviction to an entire community and throughout our nation. If you are not yet aware of the seriousness of the Meth problem in your neighborhood, then the images and stories shared in this program will prove to be both shocking and scary.

Since the original TV program was broadcast in 2007, there is now a campaign across the country to show it on local stations. In 2007 it was shown in Reno, Las Vegas, San Diego and Oregon. In 2008, it is scheduled for March 26th in Sacramento, April 10 in El Paso and New Mexico, and April 15th in Arizona.

In several communities the documentary aired in a “roadblock”, which meant it was broadcast simultaneously on almost all stations in the area. This gives the show tremendous viewership with an impact over a large area. It has been very effective.

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No Smoking Day

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

stubbedout-cigaretteMarch 12, 2008, is No Smoking Day in the UK. To find out more information and to receive tips on quitting, go to: www.nosmokingday.org.uk

In the United States, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® is on the third Thursday of November (November 20, 2008). The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of the many effective ways to quit for good.

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have some means of support, such as nicotine replacement products, counseling, prescription medicine to lessen cravings, guide books, and the encouragement of friends and family members.

Despite that, only about 1 in 7 current smokers reports having tried any of the recommended therapies during his or her last quit attempt.

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Addiction Solution From Eckhart Tolle

March 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Eckhart Tolle bookEckhart Tolle, author of “A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose“, mentions a solution for addictions on page 246 – 248 of his book.

He refers to an addiction as “an energy field that periodically takes you over completely”. The voice in your head then becomes the voice of the addiction.

Here is a tip – “when you notice the compulsive need arising in you, stop and take three conscious breaths. This generates awareness.” (which is one of the key elements in the book) “Then for a few minutes be aware of the compulsive urge itself as an energy field inside you.”

Feel this desire consciously. Take more conscious breaths and be aware of the compulsive urges. As your awareness grows, Mr. Tolle states that your addictive patterns will weaken and eventually dissolve.

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