4 Ways To Quit Smoking by New Jersey New York Expert

Your Partner Wants to Quit Smoking? Help Them With These Tips

Your spouse or partner is ready to quit smoking – and you can help in a big way. It’s a win-win for everyone in the household: once they’ve quit, you’ll all start to benefit from the absence of dangerous second-hand smoke. There are several simple ways you can make it easier for your loved one to get off tobacco.

Quit Together!

(Even if you don’t smoke)

Maybe you’re a smoker too. If you join your partner in quitting, the mutual support will make it much  more likely that your quitting program will succeed. But even if you’re not a tobacco user yourself, there’s got to be an area of your life that you’ve been wanting to change and improve: maybe you want to succeed with an exercise regime, lose weight, cut down on alcohol or quit drinking altogether, start a meditation practice. For the purpose of that mutual support, your goal will work as long as you want to work at and achieve it. When your partner is struggling with the urge to smoke, it’ll help him to see how you’re resisting the urge for another “comfort food” snack.

Avoiding Triggers

Triggers are the situations (often involving friends who smoke) that prompt the quitting smoker to give in to their desire for tobacco. It’s all a matter of habits and mental associations. Help your partner by helping him avoid the situations and the people as much as possible. Get the ashtrays and tobacco paraphernalia out of the house, and stop subscribing to coupon mailings or anything else that encourages smoking.

Pleasant Distractions

Take up a new interest or hobby together, maybe craft classes or dancing lessons. Distracting him from the Big Problem of quitting smoking with something fun and creative is a definite plus.

Provide Positive Reminders

Reinforce his ongoing effort by saving or e-mailing articles about the rewards of quitting – the money saved and the big health benefits. Sure, he may be well aware of it all, but a well timed reminder from you could keep him from reaching for a smoke.

It’s been shown by many studies that pursuing goals with a partner is much easier and more likely to succeed than going it alone. This is the basis of the Weight Watchers program, for instance, as their experience has proven that clients who join with a friend have a 3 times better chance of staying with the regime. Apply the principle to your loved one’s quitting program: give them the companionship and support they need for kicking the habit, and the incentive to enjoy life together without tobacco.

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New Jersey Doctor Discusses Laser Therapy To Stop Smoking

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Smoking not only destroys a person’s immune system, causes various cancers and depletes the skin of nutrients, it is also a truly unique addiction in that it is injurious to even people who do not smoke.

The damaging effects of passive smoking or the more common term, second-hand smoke is such a concern governments everywhere have bolstered ‘quit smoking’ campaigns and new laws are being enacted every day where smokers can light-up and where they cannot.

The treatments for stopping smoking are numerous; from patches and herbal medicines to hypnotherapy/hypnosis. But smokers find the addiction is a powerful all encompassing one, even when they have attempted to stop for years. Lately it seems smokers have even been willing to pay for laser therapy.

Laser therapy seems to be gaining in popularity as it is easily available at most multi- faceted alternative holistic medical facilities. The completely safe therapy employs a low-power laser that provides pain relief during withdrawals from nicotine. Along with solid counseling sessions of vitamins, nutrition and lifestyle changes, a great number of cured addicts pay testimony to laser therapy effectiveness.

Akin to the acupuncture, the underlying principle of laser therapy is to reduce tension and increase circulation by topical stimulation. It is believed that a low level use of laser, like acupuncture needles inserted ever so lightly into the skin, release endorphins, our natural chemicals primarily responsible for signaling our reactions to stress and decreased energy.

A light very much like a light bulb is directed to certain natural energy points on the body, points related to smoking addiction; hands, face, ears and wrists. The therapy is an external procedure, uses no drugs and the application of the laser to a person’s skin is non-thermal and safe; patients feel nothing more than a warm, pulsating sensation.

The FDA consistently evaluates the treatment and the bio-stimulation lasers used for the therapy are constantly monitored. As with any other therapies factors such as a price, the level of a patient’s addiction and the extent of their withdrawals will be contributing factors to them breaking their smoking addiction.

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Give Us a Break: Fracture Surgery Patients Who Quit Smoking Heal Better

Smokers who receive emergency surgery for acute fractures and quit smoking for 6 weeks afterward heal faster and better than similar patients who go on smoking during the healing period. This was reported in a study published in 2010 in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Dr. Hans Nåsell, MD, senior surgical consultant, Karolinska Institutet, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, explained that the results showed that quitting smoking during the six weeks after surgery decreased the likelihood of postoperative complications by almost 50 percent.

This study, conducted at three Stockholm hospitals, was the first one to specifically examine the post-operative effects of quitting. Earlier studies have established a clear healing advantage for staying off tobacco before surgery. As Dr. Nasell explained, “Tobacco smoking is a major health and economic concern and also is known to have a significant negative effect on surgical outcomes… Our aim was to assess whether a smoking cessation program, started soon after hospitalization and continuing for six weeks following surgery, could reduce the number of postoperative complications.”

The smoking cessation program involved 1 to 2 in-person consultations, along with regular telephone support from a nurse specially trained in the program. Free nicotine substitutes were provided for those who requested them.

The study is surprising, said Dr. Nasell. “Up until this point, the belief was that you needed to stop smoking prior to surgery to gain any benefit.” In addition, he said that the program “requires only about two to three hours of support from the nursing staff, which is significantly less time than would be required for the treatment of side effects such as poor wound healing which can occur as a side effect of smoking.” It is especially encouraging that quitting after surgery can help so dramatically, since emergency operations of the kind followed in this study obviously offer the patient no chance to quit smoking beforehand.

Smoking gets in the way of both short-term and long-term healing by lowering the oxygen level of the blood and interfering with circulation.

This can lead to:

  • poor or failed healing of skin, soft tissues, and bone, or
  • wound site infections

Dr. Nasell stated that he hoped these study results would encourage hospitals to offer nicotine cessation programs as part of all emergency surgical treatments, in addition to those offered to planned surgery patients.

Morover, he said, “Other studies have shown that most individuals who smoke would like to quit. Having a smoking cessation program available to all patients pre-surgery can serve as a motivator to get them to quit. Even though this intervention lasts for six weeks, it may be all that is needed to help patients quit for good.”

If your looking for a highly effective approach to quit smoking using laser therapy treatments, hypnosis or both combined you should call me at 201.618.3534 or email rob@drrobertg.com or click here.

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Laser Treatments Can Help You Quit Smoking

Why is  smoking pleasurable?

Smokers know that smoking is relaxing. Knowing why it makes you feel good will help you understand how laser therapy works to help you quit.

Cigarette smoking causes endorphins (natural chemicals produced by the body) to send signals to the brain that produce a feeling of pleasure and relaxation. Endorphins normally work on a regular cycle – but that’s interrupted and altered by nicotine so that you start needing the drug to feel the good, calming endorphin effects. Nicotine’s effect doesn’t last very long – about 1-2 hours. Then the endorphin levels plummet to well below normal, and the result is jumpiness, irritability, a combination of stress and fatigue sensations that send you reaching for another cigarette in a hurry. That’s the cycle of addiction.

Low Level Laser Therapy Breaks the Addiction Cycle Of Smoking

Low Level Laser Therapy treatments work by raising those same natural endorphin levels, but on a much longer schedule. It stimulates the body’s cells to release endorphins over a period of 3-5 DAYS, as opposed to 1-2 hours for a cigarette. This longer, slower release protects you from the distressing symptoms – irritability, cravings, nervousness – that go with quitting smoking. Since it’s known that about three to five days is the length of time it takes for nicotine to completely leave the body, I can provide you with a second laser treatment in the therapy schedule. This will help you triumph over the physical side of one of the toughest addictions to kick!

Once that period of approximately 5 days is past, your body is nicotine free. Now comes the mental part of quitting smoking. It will most likely be a challenge. I will gather information about you and your relationship with smoking, which will be important to your complete success. As you change the mindsets and mental habits that have underlain your habit, I will act as your support staff. You have my pledge that I will be there to help you to truly, finally quit smoking.

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Can Laser Therapy Treatments Help You Quit Smoking?

Can Laser Therapy Help You Quit Smoking?

Nicotine: one of the hardest substances to kick. Many smokers, worried about tobacco’s serious dangers, not to mention the expense of the habit, have tried and failed multiple times – a back and forth between addiction, hope and frustration that’s rough on the self-esteem, which in turn makes it all the harder to quit.

Smokers often get to the point where they’re willing to consider any approach to quitting that they hear about or see covered in the media. Here, we want to provide information on laser therapy as it is applied to the problem of quitting smoking.

What Is Laser Therapy?

Low level laser therapy is often called cold laser therapy to distinguish it from the hot lasers used in some surgical techniques. It involves low intensity laser light applied to or near the surface of the body. The usual goal is the production of endorphins and according to Chinese medicine  to unblock energy pathways in the body.  Laser therapy are to promote relaxation, the treatment of pain and inflammation in conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. General benefits of laser therapy include stress reduction, improved energy levels, and quicker healing. It can also be applied as a painless, non-invasive version of acupuncture.

For a smoker on a quitting regime, the role of cold laser therapy would be to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

The laser treatment method

In a therapy session for pain, low level lasers are applied directly over or on the painful area of the body. When used for nicotine withdrawal, however, acupuncture principles are followed, and lasers are applied to the face, ears or  hands. The aim is to stimulate specific points that acupuncture theory identifies as related to addiction. Ear, or auricular, therapy, for example, uses the concept of the ear as a reflex center connected to the rest of the body via the central nervous system, and uses auricular mapping to show where to place the laser.

The technician applies the  laser, which is about the size of a flashlight or a large ballpoint, to the skin on the selected point. Photons – energy particles of light – penetrate the body’s tissues at the cellular level. It’s a pain-free procedure, completely non-invasive. Some people report tingling or a very slight burning sensation. These low intensity lasers produce no heat, and cannot burn the skin.

Is laser therapy safe – and are there benefits for quitting smokers?

Here, we’re in a confusing area. The FDA has approved a few cold laser device as safe for pain reduction and for cosmetic (fat reduction) applications. As noted above, there is no scientific evidence in the United States to date to support claims that such therapy treats, or helps to treat, nicotine addiction.

On the other side of the coin, cold laser therapy has been used medically in several European countries for decades with many positive scientific results reported. There are scientific studies with good controls currently being conducted in the US to investigate the use of the therapy for helping people stop smoking.

So the basic question of  benefit for smokers can only be based on data from decades of research in Europe, which has shown a positive response. Click the link to learn about my stop smoking services http://www.drrobertg.com/quitstopsmokingnjny/

There are many different kinds of devices being marketed on the internet and elsewhere, and a lot of unsubtantiated advertising claims are made for them, such as cures for herpes, cerebral palsy, and wrinkles. Some do not provide the advertised energy output, and others are not lasers at all, but devices with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) built in. Best to work with a reputable laser practitioner.

As with many issues in alternative medicine, it’s best to keep an open mind. Alternative therapies can prove very valuable to people who need additional therapeutic support and want to complement conventional medicine. My conclusion? Laser therapy can be effective in helping people stop smoking and combined with hypnosis you have the highest success rates around.

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Got Cancer? Stopping Smoking Increases Your Chances Of Living 100%

Lung Cancer Patients and Smoking: It’s Not Too Late to Quit

Smokers who have been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer, and immediately quit smoking, can increase their survival chances by 100% over 5 years compared to similar patients who don’t quit. These statistics are the findings of a review conducted in the UK by the University of Birmingham and made available online this year by the British Medical Journal.

The review considered ten separate studies, with the goal of determining whether tobacco cessation could have an effect on lung cancer death frequency and general prognosis for smokers after they’ve developed the disease. The reviewers took differing study quality and design into account.

The analysis of these studies shows that early stage patients who went on smoking were considerably more likely to die, and more likely to have tumor recurrence after initial treatment, than comparable post-diagnosis quitters. Cancer progression appeared to account for most of the higher death rate, the data show.

The review also finds a very substantial increase in the quitters’ survival rate over a five year period after their initial diagnoses: 63-70% for those who gave up smoking as opposed to 29-33% for continuing smokers. Twice as many quitters as non-quitters were still alive five years after learning they had early cancer. Overall, the review’s authors say it supports the view that lung tumor behavior is strongly affected by continued tobacco use. They recommend further research, but strongly recommend that tobacco quitting programs be offered to early stage cancer patients.

The British Medical Journal’s accompanying editorial emphasizes the study’s point: it’s not too late to quit.

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If Your Child Is Obese They Have A 40% Risk Of Acid Reflux Disease

California Study: Extreme Obesity in Children Increases Esophagus Reflux Risk by 40 Percent

Children who are extremely obese have a 40 percent greater likelihood of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) than normal-weight children, according to a large-scale study completed earlier this year by managed-care insuror Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, California. Additional findings showed that moderately obese children run a 30 percent greater risk than normal children. The International Journal of Pediatric Obesity has published the study online.

These results reveal a childhood obesity/GERD correlation that had already been shown in adults. The Kaiser study analyzed the computerized health records of a cross-section of over 690,000 children, aged 2-19 years, enrolled in the company’s Southern California Integrated Health Plan during 2007-08.

Frequent symptoms of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease – the flow of stomach contents upward into the esophagus – may affect 8 to 20 percent of US children, varying with age and body mass index. The esophagus can become inflamed, and GERD can contribute to asthma, chronic coughs, and inflammation of the larynx or voicebox. If gastroesophageal reflux isn’t treated, the inflammation develops into permanent damage to the esophagus’ lining.

There is a strong relationship between GERD and esophageal cancer, the fastest growing cancer in the Western world. Although other forms of cancer are declining in frequency, esophageal cancer is expected to double in the next two decades, and many researchers suspect a relationship with the current epidemic of obesity.

If you need a nutritionist  in helping your child lose weight and prevent or overcome acid reflux call me at 201.618.3534 for a no charge phone consult.

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Migraine, Depression And Chronic Pain For IBS Sufferers by N.J. Doctor

Migraine, Depression And Chronic Pain For IBS Sufferers

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are more likely to suffer migraines or depression than other individuals.

In the largest study of its kind, J. Alexander Cole and colleagues from Boston University, found that IBS suffers were 40% more likely to suffer from depression and 60% more likely to suffer from migraines. The occurrence of fibromyalgia was 1.8 times greater in these individuals to.

In addition to the usual symptoms of IBS; diarrhea, bloating, cramping; constipation; nausea, headache, depression or anxiety, Cole and other doctors now fear that many more problems could visit the IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) sufferer.

One in every five Americans has some form of the ailment, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed modern day disorders. And although the condition can’ be cured, it can be maintained and controlled.

A healthy diet is the first step to keeping irritable bowel syndrome under control. Stress management to will serve a person well in keeping their symptoms from flaring and hopefully avoiding all the additional problems IBS (Irritable Bowel Sybdrome) can cause. Seeking a sound diagnosis, working with a trained professional in nutrition and mental health will help to keep the IBS, migraines and depression in check.

I have worked with hundreds of clients dealing with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), depression and Migraines and have had significant relief with most people. Call 201.618.3534 or email me at Rob@drrobertg.com

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Proton Pump Inhibitors (Acid Reflux Pills) See Unexpected Consequence

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More than 50 percent of adults in Western countries have occasional symptoms of acid reflux, and PPIs or Proton Pump Inhibitors are among the most widely prescribed classes of medications for sufferers to use. But according to the authors of a recent study, there is a growing body of literature suggesting that acid alone is not the only cause of tissue damage in reflux disease, and subsequently PPIs will not be effective at treating all cases of GERD and LPR.

The authors of the study warn it is too early to make global recommendations about PPI prescriptions but they do want to raise the clinical awareness of this medication class.

In addition they are calling for appropriate evaluation and monitoring of patients taking PPIs and urge doctors to consider a more holistic approach of diet and lifestyle changes to battle GERD and LPR.

There is also evidence to suggest some consequences and side effects from PPI’s, including increased rates of hip fractures-possibly do to altered calcium absorption-an as yet unproven altered vitamin B12 and iron absorption, increased odds of the PPI user to acquire associated diarrhea and increased odds of contracting community-acquired pneumonia.

Acid reflux diseases are ever on the rise in patients these days, might a natural, less invasive, scientifically sound alternative help a suffering populace?

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A Naturopathic doctor can offer a sound holistic approach to correcting your acid reflux with natural remedies. People drive to my office from Staten Island, Queens, Woodbridge, Montclair, and New York.

Children’s Constipation – A Growing Trend Thats Easy To Fix

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Worsening Constipation in Children

Though most doctors generally agree to treating mild constipation in some of the children they see, gastroenterologists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center report what they believe is a current troubling trend of ever more children with more serious chronic bouts of poor moving bowels.

Attributing a modern day lack of physical activity, inadequate water intake and fiber-poor diets, doctor’s like Maria Oliva-Hemker, M.D. report that most children have functional constipation, suffering through fewer than three bowel movements a week for three, not necessarily consecutive months each year.

“…too many children are either not treated at all, start treatment too late or are treated inadequately, leading to persistent, severe and chronic constipation…” the doctor says.

The myth that constipation usually goes away on its own, either from the child outgrowing it or changing their diet is simply not true in the face of ever more chronic constipation of children these days.

Constipation develops slowly over time, usually beginning when a child starts to hold back bowel movements. Disrupted brain-colon signaling results in the constipated child’s stool building up in their colon, stretching it beyond its normal shape and size. The longer the stool stays in the colon, the harder and larger it gets, making bowel movements painful.

Signs a parents should be aware of are abdominal bloating and a feeling of fullness, straining with bowel movements, lumpy, hard stools and/or small pellet-like stools, accompanied by a sensation of incomplete emptying of the bowel. Children may also refuse to go to the toilet and experiences underwear soiling and bedwetting.

Beyond assuring your child drink plenty of water, exercise and eat a diet rich in fiber rich food like fruits and vegetables, they should also be taught not to “hold” or ignore the urge to move their bowel.

“There is a subset of the population suffering from this benign, yet often debilitating condition that is often under-treated and only gets worse over time,” Oliva-Hemker says.

“And no amount of fiber or prune juice will help a child with serious chronic constipation.”

A  holistic alternative doctor or nutritionist can get your child-and your entire family-on a healthy diet, natural supplements and a good regiment of consistent safe exercise, assuring everyone of good bowel health.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article.  If you are interested in my services for children with digestive problems feel free to call me at 201.618.3534 to speak at no charge or click the link here.

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