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Overcoming Your Nicotine Addiction

by Dennis Hughes, Share Guide CoPublisher

Approximately 90% of active smokers would like to quit and wish they had never started. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs that exists, even more addictive than alcohol. Stress and negative moods cause 70% of those attempting to stop smoking to relapse, and 50% of relapses occur within the first 5 weeks of stopping, because that is how long it takes the body to get through the most intense physical withdrawal symptoms from nicotine.
    Quitting really requires complete abstinence. Once a person has a single puff after quitting, they go back to full time smoking 80-85% of the time. Cutting back doesn’t work, which is why having a stop smoking program is so important. If you are extremely physically addicted (having smoked for many years and/or if you smoke over a pack a day), you may need a nicotine patch or some other product to help your body deal with nicotine withdrawl. Consult a doctor before you start. The biggest issue, however, is the psycho-emotional aspect.
    Hypnosis is one tool that works especially well for breaking old habits and replacing them with positive, new habits. At any moment a situation can arise which triggers negative emotions and brings up the craving to smoke. This is when you are tested to stay conscious in the moment. Mental and emotional support programs like hypnosis and meditation have a proven record of success with smoking cessation and can act as a lever to roll the weight of your habit away once and for all-- increasing your chances of quitting from 5% to 65% or more.
    You can lighten the load of your smoking habit with diet and exercise, but the desire to smoke may keep popping up in your mind. This is where the lever of hypnosis and meditation comes into play. In order to stop smoking you need something available whenever the urge to smoke comes up. One of the best programs I have come across is The Non-Smoker’s Edge by Dr. Randy Gilchrist. This is one of the many hypnosis programs developed by The Hypnosis Network for home use.
    In this 7-CD Set, Dr. Gilchrist starts with an introduction to the field of hypnosis and the latest smoking cessation research. He also discusses smoking withdrawal products and behavioral modification strategies, helping you to choose the system that’s best for your needs. The program has 4 main hypnosis sessions (each approximately 25 minutes long), followed by 5 supplemental sessions. The sessions are like guided meditations which you play regularly in a quiet place. Dr. Gilchrist’s gentle voice guides you through a wide variety of subjects and practices which enable you to view smoking in a new way--a way in which it is much easier to let go of your smoking habit for good.
    This hypnosis program is most effective if you listen to one track each day for approximately three weeks. Thus you will be working with the program for about six months, the time during which most smoking relapses occur. When you have a moment of craving cigarettes, use the practices as a shield to protect your emotions and stay strong. Don’t forget to exercise, drink lots of water, and eat right, following the nutrition protocol outlined below.
    When viewing the long arc of your future life as a smoke-free person, recall the relaxing vision of a gradually lighter weight and watch it roll out of your life, using the lever of hypnosis and guided meditation to achieve this goal. (Read more about hypnosis to quit smoking)

Stop Smoking Nutritional Protocol
by Ed Bauman, Ph.D. and Catherine McConkie, RRT, NC

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the world. It causes lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema, all grueling and lethal illnesses. What most fail to recognize is that there are significant events related to smoking that lead up to this final collapse of organ function--the tremendous toxic load and nutritional burden that occur when one uses cigarettes and other tobacco products. Functional compromise begins to be evidenced by such benign signs as chronic cough, hoarseness, wrinkling, and lowered immunity.
    Okay, enough of the bad news. Through targeted diet, herbal and nutrient support, you can quit smoking permanently. The foundation of our research and nutritional support program for smokers is based on blood sugar regulation and adrenal support. Also addressed are the co-existent issues of toxicity and nutrient depletion.

Our Stop Smoking Program
During a 4–8 week interval, attention is given to incorporating into the diet specific foods that help build and stabilize body systems, ones that are high in amino acids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. We consider this period to be like preparing for an athletic event—one must take care to get adequate training, rest, and conditioning in order to succeed.

Dietary Recommendations
The purpose of the Eating for Health food plan is to restore and replenish nutrient reserves. Emphasis is placed on a minimally processed, whole foods diet which is seasonal and organic whenever possible. Whole foods that are close to their natural state contain a healthy balance of nutrients, unlike processed foods that have had nutrients stripped and then added back along with additives, stabilizers, and preservatives. Abundant fresh vegetables and moderate fruit become excellent primary sources of crucial vitamins, minerals, and accessory nutrients. At this point diet is geared towards building, with adequate intake of about 20-25% high-quality proteins, 50-55% complex carbohydrates, and 20-25% healthy fats.
    Consume 15 grams of protein plus EFA at breakfast to help feed the endocrine system. (Eat small amounts of protein at every meal.) Sugar cravings can be representative of protein deficiency at the cellular level. Good sources of protein include cold water fish, lean poultry, lean pork, lamb, and beef (organic is best for all animal sources), nuts and seeds, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, tofu, tempeh, legume and whole grain combinations.
    Limit simple sugars such as honey, fruits, and juices to one-third your carbohydrate intake. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables to 5-7 servings daily.

Booster Foods
Booster foods are those that are nutrient-dense and exert beneficial effects in the body. Garlic, as an example, is high in sulfur and selenium, and helps pull cadmium from the body (a toxic mineral by-product of smoking). Garlic is beneficial to the immune system, is antimicrobial and anti-viral, and helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Ginger has antioxidant properties, and stimulates circulation and digestion. Cayenne aids digestion and circulation and is good for the heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen, stomach, and pancreas.     

Green powder blends (spirulina, blue green algae, chlorella, etc.) are an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acid content, and a good source of trace minerals, B vitamins, beta-carotene, and enzymes.     

Sea vegetables cleanse the lymphatics, alkalize the blood, and support the endocrine and central nervous system. They are also soothing to mucosal membranes, and aid elimination.
Fluid Intake
Drink at least 1.5-2 liters of water, mineral broths, and herbal teas daily. Adequate fluid intake is essential for replenishing and counteracting the effects of the heating, drying, and acidifying effects of smoking. We recommend a tea formulated by Christopher Hobbs called Polari Tea. It is a blend of fennel, flax, fenugreek, peppermint, burdock root, and licorice root. These are all herbs which act to enhance digestion and assist in cleansing the blood and liver of stored toxins.

Supplements for your Quit Smoking Program
Supplementation is an integral part of our stop smoking plan, in complement with diet. One thousand milligrams of vitamin C is recommended four times daily in divided doses, as your body is severely depleted of vitamin C by smoking. This nutrient is an instrumental antioxidant, neutralizing toxic by-products. 

Other Recommended Supplements:   
High Potency Multi-vitamin with extra antioxidants:
Take 2 capsules 3 times a day with meals.
Blood Sugar Regulating Complex:
Take 1 capsule 3 times a day with meals.
L-Glutamine: take 1000 mg 3 times a day between meals.
L-Cysteine: 400 mg 1-2 times daily on an empty stomach.
Antioxidant formula: take 2 capsules, 1–2 times a day.

Things to Avoid   
When stopping smoking, you should avoid white sugar and white flour products such as flour breads, candy, pastries, cookies, soda, and sugary juices. These foods deplete nutrients and create an acid condition in the body. Stay away from highly processed and prepared foods. In addition, avoid deep fried foods, margarines, lard, and commercial oils, because they  generate inflammatory and oxidative reactions.

Oral Substitutes/Things to do with your hands
Eat carrot  and celery sticks   
Chew Gum
Suck on licorice sticks or toothpicks
Take 10 deep breaths
Rub on smooth stones   

Smoking is a harmful and difficult addiction that is associated with tremendous negative health consequences and significant toxicity. There are absolutely no adverse outcomes associated with improving one’s nutritional status and only long-term benefits to be reaped, such as increased sense of well being, improved health, vitality, and living smoke-free. Christine Gorman in a Time Magazine article reminds us of an important quitter’s mantra: “Nobody ever died from giving up smoking. It’s time to kick your butts and get on the road to recovery.”

Dr. Ed Bauman is the Director of Bauman College. He has been a ground-breaking leader in the field of whole foods nutrition and holistic health. For more information go to www.baumancollege.org or call (800) 987-7530. 

Want to quit smoking? The Share Guide recommends The Non-Smoker’s Edge from Hypnosis Network - read our review.


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