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Entries from September 2008

Peer Pressure Hook

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Peer pressure, including the media, is one of the main reasons many people smoke.

Before World War I, tobacco was smoked mainly in the form of cigars and primarily by the wealthy. Cigarettes, which were basically leftovers of the cigar making process, were used by the less fortunate.

The number of people who smoked cigarettes boomed when tobacco companies started to mass-produce them. Their clientele: soldiers of World War I. This marketing broadened of course after the war.

In my research, I discovered ads from JAMA – The Journal of the American Medical Association that promoted various brands. One ad pictured a military doctor promoting Camels. Wow! Not only are you being patriotic by using them but a doctor is promoting the brand. I am sure this ad influenced many to smoke, especially military men and women. If your peer was a soldier next to you that was smoking, don’t you think that would have a powerful influence on you?

Another JAMA ad I discovered was telling you how much more “pleasure” you will get with the Chesterfield brand. An ad will state anything favorable to entice you to take it up.

It is my understanding that the AMA did not take a position against smoking until the 1980s even though there was plenty of evidence that it was dangerous to your health and could cause cancer among other diseases. Do you think money influenced this attitude?

Smoking has been very prevalent in the movies and especially in the 1950s and 1960s, on television. Even the actors were advertising various brands in commercials during a TV show. They made it seem classy and romantic.

Some of you may recall the “Marlboro Man” (rugged-looking cowboy). There were actually several men who modeled for print and TV ads. At least two of them have died of lung cancer from smoking.

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction

The Nicotine Hook

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Once you start smoking it is hard to stop because the nicotine contained in tobacco products is so quickly addictive and is even considered to be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Why?

When a cigarette is smoked, nicotine-rich blood passes from the lungs to the brain within 7 – 10 seconds and immediately stimulates the release of many neurotransmitters including dopamine (pleasurable feeling).

It is important to note that nicotine is very powerful and poisonous for the nervous system. There is enough (50 mg) in four cigarettes to kill a person within just minutes if it were injected directly into the bloodstream.

The problem is the effects from smoking are short-lived, lasting only a few minutes to a couple of hours. This leads people to smoke throughout the day to dose themselves with this deadly chemical because they want to continue to have whatever positive effects they think they are receiving. Add to this the fact that you can become tolerant to nicotine’s effects — you need to use more and more of it to reach the same degree of stimulation or relaxation — and you can see how people would quickly move from smoking one cigarette to a pack a day habit.

A typical smoker will take 10 draws on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes. Therefore, a person who smokes about 1-½ packs (30 cigarettes) daily, is getting 300 “hits” of nicotine to the brain each day.

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction

Chiropractic Treatments Effective in Treating Drug Abuse

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

The word “chiropractic” gets its’ name from the Greek words chiros and praktikos which means “done by hand”. Chiropractors diagnose and treat the misalignment of the spine and the resulting mechanical disorders that affect the nervous system and hinder good health.

In 1895, Daniel David Palmer (Father of Chiropractic) asserted that 95% of all health problems could be treated, or even prevented with spinal adjustments. This statement is based on his theory that misaligned vertebrae (subluxations) impede the function of the nervous system thus contributing to a wide variety of health issues.

Chiropractors locate these subluxations and, through gentle adjustments, restore the body’s normal functions. With the vertebra in place, the nerve passages open and regulatory impulses are free to pass allowing the body’s nervous system to heal itself. This method goes directly to the root of the problem. It does not mask symptoms like addictive prescription drugs often do.

A large-scale human study, dealing specifically with the area of drug addictions, affirmed the validity and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. Conducted by Dr. Jay Holder with the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Florida Chiropractic Society, the study showed dramatic results. The 18-month project demonstrated that those patients receiving these special treatments saw an almost 100% retention rate. The rate of retention, or how long a person stays in treatment, is vital because completion of a well-established and supported program assures a high success rate.

The “torque release technique”, developed by Dr. Holder, treats addiction by removing the subluxations band realigning the vertebrae. This, Dr. Holder asserts, “removes the interference with the normal functioning of the nervous system.” When the spine is misaligned, it interrupts the sequence of chemical changes necessary to maintain health and well-being. When the natural flow is interrupted, it results in what Dr. Holder calls “reward deficiency syndrome” and the body seeks the feeling of well being elsewhere.

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Acupuncture For Addictions

September 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Many alternative treatments for addictions have shown great promise including two related Traditional Chinese Methods (TCM), acupuncture and auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture). These two treatments have been used for centuries to maintain and restore health. More recently they have been used to treat modern drug addictions like cocaine, heroin, and crack as well as alcohol and cigarettes. Patients treated with this method often experience fewer relapses with no known negative side effects.

It is interesting that we, in the Western World, think of Traditional Chinese Medicine as “alternative health” when it has been around for thousands of years!

Acupuncture

This procedure originated in China over 5000 years ago. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a life energy flow referred to as chi. According to this theory, energy flow circulates along 12 pathways called meridians, each linked to specific organs. Over 1000 acupoints within the meridian system can be stimulated to enhance the chi. During a treatment, special needles are inserted into these acupoints, which are located under the skin, to help correct any imbalance and restore health.

The Western World was largely unaware of acupuncture until the 1970s. In 1997 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement endorsing it for a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization has listed over 40 health conditions that acupuncture can improve including addictions.

Auriculotherapy

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Overcome Addictions With Herbal Remedies

September 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Herbal medicines can be part of a vital and successful strategy to combat addictions. They can be used to calm nerves, fight depression, detoxify, and help restore damaged organs and encourage healthy life choices.

Here are some examples:

* Milk Thistle – Especially helpful in the support of the liver, helping to cleanse toxins and encourages new cell growth.

* Lobelia – helps reduce craving for nicotine

* Oatstraw – Helps to rebalance the levels of endorphins.

* St. Johns Wort – For use as an anti-depressant.

* Valerian – Acts as a good sedative and helps relax the central nervous system and decrease levels of anxiety and stress

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