Quitting is hard!! ..... Or is it?
Quitting smoking is not as hard as we've been led to believe.
We all know that quitting smoking is hard, right?
Actually, it is not as hard as we've been led to believe.
Everywhere you go and whomever you ask, over and over you hear the same story, "It is so hard to quit smoking!"
Well, what if that's exactly what they want you to think? They, being big tobacco, big pharma, and tax addicted governments?
Let's break it down a bit. Cigarettes are a product that has been proven to kill people, yet it's still legal for consumption. Why is that? It's simple; there is too much money to be made by the for-mentioned industries, as we all know.
If something is said many times from a variety of different sources, and in particular persons and or institutions of authority, then this becomes the accepted reality/societal belief. Before Roger Banister broke the four minute mile it was a societal belief that it was impossible to run a mile in under four minutes. After he broke that four minute ceiling it became quite common for people to break that marker. History is littered with these societal beliefs that have later been proven wrong.
Now that it has been established that it is hard to quit, and every smoker knows this, various methods to quit are offered that really are ineffective which now further proves the point of how hard it is to quit.
- Nicotine replacement therapy or NRT's (patch, gum, sprays, e-cigs) have been shown to be less successful than the Cold Turkey method. They don't tell you that on the package though, and most of the studies that show higher than Cold Turkey success rates were paid for directly or indirectly by the manufacturer. NRT's have a 9 out of 10 failure rate on their own. Think about it, would you tell an alcoholic who wants to quit drinking to switch from Scotch to Vodka? Likely not! NRT'S may get you off cigarettes but not off of nicotine. (Psst... we've had executives from the makers of these products come to us to quit.)
- Prescription medications like Zyban and Champix/Chantix come with potentially serious side effects or even death. There is a reason why it is forbidden for pilots to fly while taking these products. Not to mention the lawsuits that have been filed. These medications are meant to chemically mimic our own chemistry and make billions of dollars for the manufacturer and agencies that peddle them. At best these medications have about a 20% success rate.... though manufacturers like to claim more and even pay for studies to try and prove this.
- Cold Turkey, well everyone knows this is difficult, right? Yet up to 30% of people can be successful this way.
Now, lets look at what happens when a person takes a drag off of a cigarette. It can actually be quite easy to quit when we are aware of what's actually going on, and how we can take back control over this addiction.
When a person takes a drag off of a cigarette the nicotine hits the feel good receptors in the brain in under 6 seconds, which is twice as fast as main lining heroin, and puts the brain into a euphoric state. Unfortunately, at the same time the nicotine hides the fact that 4700 toxic chemicals were just sucked in and it knocks our own natural feel good chemistry (endorphins) off line, which can take months to come back to normal levels on their own. 30 - 40 minutes afterwards the nicotine starts to leave the receptors in the brain. The brain then goes into panic mode, now realizing that we don't feel so good after we've just sucked in 4700 chemicals and not having it's own endorphins to fill the receptors. At this point, the quickest way to feel good again is to have another cigarette. Around and around it goes, over and over again, making you a slave to the addiction.
During all of this the brain also creates an addictive voice that makes sure we get a steady supply of nicotine. This addictive voice is the same voice that says, "We can quit next week, we're invincible, we're not going to get cancer", or "It's my right to smoke and feel good, those damn non-smokers don't know what their missing" and so on.
What most people don't know is that nicotine is only one of those 4700 chemicals. Nicotine leaves the body within a week. Some of those other chemicals can remain in the body for a year or longer if no detox program is used. This keeps a person at greater risk for relapse. By testing urine samples an insurance company can test for metabolites from some of those chemicals, and can tell if you've been a non-smoker for a year.
So what if we were to jump start a person's own feel good chemistry in large quantities? By using a cold laser on key acupuncture points located on the ears, hands, and below the knees, we can get these chemistries back on line in large quantities. Now as the nicotine starts to leave the feel good receptors in the brain they are filled up with a person's own feel good chemistry again. Withdrawal is now either non-existent or very minimal.
What if we were to recognize that addictive voice, give it a name and separate it from our mind? What if we called 'It' Igor? Now when that addictive voice says, "Oh come on, lets just have a puff and make sure we really don't like it anymore", we could say, "Get lost Igor! I'm in control here, not you. I've been a slave to you all these years and that has come to an end."
Once we are back in control of that addictive voice and we are not suffering withdrawal, saying no to Igor is fairly easy.
What about the habit part? It takes 21 times of doing something to form a habit and 28 times of not doing it to break a habit.
Last but not least, how do we get rid of all those other toxic chemicals still in our body? That is easy. With just a few key natural supplements we can calm the central nervous system, help regulate stress hormones, gently remove all those chemicals, and supply the body with a wealth of nutrients so that it can heal and repair from all that damage caused by smoking. The key supplements are Ionic Magnesium, Vitamin C, and Chlorella. There are many other benefits to each of these supplements, and I will be writing about them in greater detail in future articles. By addressing these three components of quitting smoking we get success rates up to 95% which is higher than anything else out there.
Getting back to the statement "quitting is hard". Now that you know what goes on when a person smokes and how each component of quitting can be properly addressed, the choice is still ultimately yours. You can take the "quitting is hard" route, or you can take the "quitting is easy" route. Remember that when you do something that you believe or have been led to believe is difficult, you are right! When you go to do something that you believe is easy, you are also right! Which do you prefer?
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