Dr CE Gant is one of the top Integrative medicine doctors in the country and also an expert on drug addiction. His article below outlines an effective way to quit smoking without drugs.
Irrational Stop Smoking Treatments Results in Sustained Irrational Behaviors
Despite a well-publicized cure for nicotine addiction (1) and other educational efforts, according to the Center for Disease Control, after decades of decline, the smoking rate in the United States has plateaued over the past seven years (2). About one in five American adults or an estimated 45.3 million people is a smoker (19.3% of all adults, aged 18 years or older). That percentage has remained virtually unchanged since 2005.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States (3) accounting for approximately 443,000 deaths, or 1 of every 5 deaths, in the United States each year (4). Another study (5) also released in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that despite an increasing number of laws that restrict smoking in public places, about 40 percent of nonsmoking adults and 54 percent of children still show evidence of tobacco exposure through secondhand smoke. Virtually all children who live with smokers — 98 percent — have some exposure to the toxic chemicals.
“We hope that this report is a wakeup call for the continuing threat that tobacco use poses,” CDC (6) Director Thomas Frieden told reporters.
A wakeup call!?
Perhaps Thomas Frieden, the CDC, the American Heart and Lung Associations, and every so-called authoritative expert and health organization needs a frigging wakeup call.
IRRATIONAL STOP SMOKING TREATMENTS DON’T WORK.
That’s why you are impotent. Not only do they not work, conventional treatments for nicotine addiction can’t possibly work because they ignore or violate the fundamental laws of biochemistry and neurophysiology which govern addictive behaviors. Currently accepted treatments for nicotine addiction are mostly worthless and many such as drug therapies may be as dangerous as tobacco itself. Just another example of widespread negligence, incompetence and fraud in American healthcare. The healthcare crisis is a crisis of stupidity.
Nicotine Addiction Solution
Here is the answer to nicotine addiction in a nutshell. If want more detail, read one of my books or take a look at my outcome studies. Our brain chemistry, specifically certain neurotransmitters or “feel good” mood hormones, govern our behaviors. If you don’t believe this, try holding your breath for a while. In seconds to minutes of not breathing, your brain chemistry will force you to breath despite your will power.
In a recent report, ninety percent of cannabis (marijuana) users also smoke tobacco, said Arpana Agrawal, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.
Co-occuring cannabis and tobacco use is significantly more likely to cause cannabis abuse and dependence than only cannabis use, according to a paper by Yale researchers accepted by the peer-reviewed journal Addiction last month.
Psychiatry postdoctorate fellow Erica Peters said that both simultaneous use — in the form of blunts, marijuana in a cigar wrapper — and use on separate occasions make cannabis more addictive. Co-occuring use also intensifies psychosocial problems, such as anxiety, depression and legal difficulties. The study found that adolescents were less likely to have good grades and more likely to have drunk alcohol in the past month.
See the recent public service announcement (PSA) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The PSA, “Tips From Former Smokers,” featured a number of former smokers who had tracheotomies, an operation in which a surgical hole is created from the outside of a person’s neck to access the trachea. Along with severely altering, or even removing, a person’s voice, the operation poses several long-term issues.
In recent research, Chantix (varenicline), the smoking cessation drug showed a substantially increased risk of reported depression or suicidal behavior compared to other smoking-cessation treatments.
The researchers found that 90 percent of all reported suicides related to smoking- cessation drugs since 1998 implicated Chantix! It was eight times more likely to result in a reported case of suicidal behavior or depression than nicotine replacement products.
The researchers also stated that “Chantix has been associated with aggression and violence in three studies and carries a warning about this behavior. Its effects on vision, cognition and motor control and other risks have led to its being banned for airline pilots, air traffic controllers, military pilots and missile crews, and restricted for truck drivers.”
Why would anyone in their right mind ever try this drug? The risks simply outweigh the benefits.