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Conditions that suggest Current Smoker:
 
 
Environment / Toxicity  Heavy Metal Toxicity
 The principal determinants of human cadmium exposure today are smoking habits, diet, and, to a certain extent, occupational exposure.

Organ Health

  Black Tongue

Risks

  Increased Risk of Lung Cancer
 
 

Risk factors for Current Smoker:
 
 
Lifestyle  Smoking 6-20/smoking 2-5/smoking 1 or less cigarettes per day or smoking over a pack a day
  Being a smoker
  Smoking several cigars/smoking a cigar daily or smoking 2-4 cigars per week

Counter-indicators:
  (Recently) quitting smoking or being a non smoker
 
 

Current Smoker suggests the following may be present:
 
 
Addictions  Addictions / Addictive Tendencies

Infections

Counter-indicators:
  Pneumonia
 Smokers often have a chronic cough which is unrelated to a lung infection labeled pneumonia.
 
 

Current Smoker can lead to:
 
 
Circulation  Raynaud's Phenomenon
 Smoking causes blood vessels to shrink and will make the symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon worse.

Metabolic

  Insomnia
 See the link between Current Smoker and Hypersomnolence.

  Narcolepsy
 See the link between Current Smoker and Hypersomnolence.

Nutrients

  Antioxidant Need/Oxidative Stress w/ Supplements
  Antioxidant Need/Oxidative Stress w/o Supplements
  Multiple Vitamin Need
 Smoking depletes vitamins E, C, A and some of the B vitamins.

Organ Health

  Black Tongue

Risks

  Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
 According to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General, "Cigarette smoking should be considered the most important risk factor for coronary heart disease." Statistical evidence reveals a three- to five-fold increase in the risk of coronary artery disease in smokers compared to nonsmokers. The more cigarettes smoked and the longer the period a person has smoked, the greater the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke. However, when a woman stops smoking, no matter how long or how much she smoked, her risk of heart disease drops by 50% in the first year alone. Similar benefits would be expected for a man.
 
 

Recommendations for Current Smoker:
 
 
Amino Acid / Protein  Taurine
 While the use of taurine will not help a person quit smoking, it can help reverse the damage done by continued smoking. A study looked at 15 healthy smokers and 15 healthy non-smokers. Initially, the smokers' blood vessel diameter was smaller than non-smokers'. After taking 1.5gm of taurine per day for five days, the smokers' blood vessel diameter increased, equaling that of non-smokers. [Circulation January 7, 2003]

Animal-based

  Probiotics / Fermented Foods
 Supplementation with a rose-hip drink containing Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (500,000,000 colony-forming units/mL; 400 mL/d) reduced blood pressure and improved markers of cardiovascular disease risk in a study of 36 heavy smoking adults. [Am J Clin Nutr 2002;76(6): pp.1249-55]

Botanical

  Grape Seed Extract / Resveratrol
 GSE has been shown to provide better protection on factors such as lipid peroxidation (involved in atherosclerosis), DNA damage and cell death to a type of oral cells in culture than vitamins C and E, when exposed to tobacco extract.

  Plantain (Plantago major)
 Dr. Mary Cody found that plantain creates a natural aversion to tobacco when inhaled or ingested. In a 1992 study, 24 heavy smokers were given plantain tincture in a nasal spray and then instructed to smoke. More than 80% of the subjects
reported an aversion to tobacco shortly after receiving the dose, and the effect lasted as long as 24 hours for some of the
subjects.

Unlike nicotine patches or nicotine gum, which deliver the exact chemical you're trying to avoid, CIG-NO (a homeopathic product sprayed under the tongue) creates an almost immediate reduction in cigarette cravings, with no reported side effects. For more information, visitthe website selling CIG-NO.

  Noni
 Although almost all the evidence of noni use to stop smoking is anecdotal, there is some logical basis to suggest its use may help break the habit. See noni and 'Addictive Tendencies".

Diet

  Therapeutic Fasting
 Most people are amazed at how easy it is to quit smoking while fasting. Fasting makes it easier to overcome a tobacco addiction by reducing the craving for nicotine.

  Raw Food Diet
 In a study where the average intake of uncooked food comprised 62% of calories ingested, 80% of those who smoked abstained spontaneously. [South Med J 1985 Jul;78(7): pp.841-4]

  Alcohol Avoidance
 Smoking is related to alcohol consumption, and reduction in alcohol intake may help smokers to smoke less.

Scientists for the study think that people who want to quit smoking needs to abstain from drinking in order to experience the lesser effects of a withdrawal symptom. Limiting alcohol intake to one or two drinks per occasion will reduce the intensity of craving for smoke in smokers considerably.

The study says not only moderate to heavy smokers but also light smokers who donít smoke more than a dozen cigarettes a week may also benefit from abstinence from alcohol. The study found that alcoholic beverages increase the desire to smoke considerably. The study says that even while drinking alone, smokers find it pleasurable to smoke more when under the influence of the alcohol, giving proof to the fact that alcohol intake does increase the urge to indulge in smoking in people, irrespective of the number of cigarettes smoked by the person normally. [Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental, issue April 2005 ]

Habits

  Tobacco Avoidance
 There are many programs and Internet resources available to help people stop smoking. Here are a few:

Nicotine Anonymous.
Tobaccofree.org.
medications-online.com.

One women reports, "I tried MANY ways to quit and all failed until one day I thought I could wait another 15 minutes for my next cigarette, and there began the method I used to quit. I moved from waiting 15 minutes to 30 minutes and so on. Finally I KNEW it was the time to stop, and I did."

Nutrient

  Essential Fatty Acids
 There is some evidence that a higher intake of PUFAs increase the risk of cancers generally. Here is a site that has a good summary of this perspective.

However, other studies have failed to demonstrate this. [Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev October 2002 11; 987]

There is evidence that the consumption of Omega-3 type fatty acids reduces the risk of some cancers. [Int. J. Cancer: 105, 113.116 (2003)]


Not recommended:
  Beta-Carotene
 Synthetic supplemental beta-carotene should be avoided by those who smoke as it appears to increase the risk of lung cancer and colorectal adenomas (polyps). [J Natl Cancer Inst 2003;95: pp. 717-722]

Oriental Medicine

  Acupuncture
 Simple ear electroacupuncture was shown to be significantly more effective in helping volunteers to quit smoking than a placebo treatment. [Brit Journal of General Practice, Aug 1998;48:pp.1487-1490]

  Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Vitamins

  Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
 See the link between Increased Lung Cancer Risk and this vitamin.

  Vitamin Folic Acid
 See the link between Increased Lung Cancer Risk and this vitamin.
 
 


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