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 Result 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 wake-up call for the continuing threat that tobacco use poses,” CDC (6) Director Thomas Frieden told reporters.
A wake-up call!?
Perhaps Thomas Frieden, the CDC, the American Heart and Lung Associations, and every so-called authoritative expert and health organization needs a frigging wake-up 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.
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.
According to a study in the American Chemical Society’s monthly journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, smokeless tobacco damages DNA and key enzymes.
In addition to damage to the DNA, the study found that smokeless tobacco extracts alter the function of the so-called CYP-450 family of enzymes. “These products are used around the world but are most common in Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Mediterranean region,” the report says. “Most of the users seem to be unaware of the harmful health effects and, therefore, use smokeless tobacco to ‘treat’ toothaches, headaches, and stomachaches. This false impression only promotes tobacco use among youth.
Smokeless tobacco has harmful effects on the mouth, which include an increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer. The potential carcinogens and other chemicals in chewing tobacco and other smokeless products are absorbed into the blood and travel throughout the body.
The Australian government just announced a higher tax on cigarettes and a ban on logos and branding on cigarette packets! This is great news for the public but of course the tobacco industry is furious.
The new law states that the cigarettes must be sold in plain, standardized packages carrying large, graphic warnings against smoking with the brand name in small print starting in 2012.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stated that “cigarettes are not cool, cigarettes kill people and this will be the most hard line regime for cigarette packaging anywhere in the world.”
Rudd said Australia also planned new limits on Internet tobacco advertising and would spend 27.8 million dollars on a “hard-hitting” anti-smoking campaign.
“The big tobacco companies will hate what we are doing,” he said. “The government however makes no apology what for what we are doing as it is the right decision.”
Tobacco advertising is outlawed in Australia, and smoking is also banned in most enclosed public spaces such as offices and restaurants.
However, Rudd said some 15,000 Australians die of smoking-related diseases every year, and that tobacco use cost the country 31.5 billion dollars a year in health care and lost productivity.
The addictive substance in cigarettes, nicotine, is one of the most powerful poisons on earth.
Nicotine is so toxic that as few as two or three drops of pure nicotine applied directly to the skin of an average person will kill him or her within minutes. In lower doses, it can cause high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat, tremors, convulsions, and central nervous system over-stimulation. There is no known antidote for nicotine poisoning.
How is it that so many people habitually use such a powerful and potentially deadly toxic substance on a daily basis?
How is it that smokers who are addicted to nicotine are given prescriptions to the very substance they’re hooked on in order to stop smoking? Doesn’t this seem strange?
The answer to both questions lies in the way our brains work. And by the way, so does the answer to the question, “How can I quit smoking without resorting to using nicotine (and other stop-smoking drugs) and without risking further negative health consequences?”
Even just one cigarette can have serious adverse effects on young adults, according to research conducted at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009. The study found that smoking one cigarette increases the stiffness of the arteries in the age group of 18-30 years by as much as 25%.
When arteries become stiff, this increases the risk for heart disease or stroke. The heart has to work harder when the arteries become stiff or rigid which increases resistance in the blood vessels. Even smoking just a few cigarettes a day can impact the health of the arteries. This was revealed in the study when the group of young people in the age range of 20-24 were placed under physical stress (e.g. exercise).