Giving up smoking is hard but very rewarding in terms of health benefits, so what can we do to help people succeed?
Omega-3 Reduces Smoking
Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, a new study suggests. " The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly," said the study's lead investigator. Read more>>
The Right Time To Give Up Smoking
Of course, the right time to give up smoking is now. It is one of the most important things anyone can do to improve their health and life quality, but for women choosing the time according to their menstrual cycle may increase the chances of success. A study by Adrianna Mendrek of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal found that the menstrual cycle appears to have an effect on nicotine cravings. Mendrek said: "Our data reveal that incontrollable urges to smoke are stronger at the beginning of the follicular phase that begins after menstruation. Hormonal decreases of estrogen and progesterone possibly deepen the withdrawal syndrome and increase activity of neural circuits associated with craving." She believes that it could therefore be easier for women to overcome abstinence-related withdrawal symptoms during the mid-luteal phrase.
Nicotine and Cotinine
We know that nicotine is addictive. Its breakdown product cotinine is even more addictive. Both of these substances are found in the Recreational Drugs Test Kit.*** Helping people handle the toxic, addictive overload may well help them give up smoking altogether.
The Industrial and Chemical 4 Test Kit** contains some of the toxins that are found in cigarette smoke – acrolein, acrylonitrile, isoprene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and vinyl chloride. As well as being toxic, they can also inhibit the ability to quit.
Smoking and Back Pain
Giving smokers positive reasons to give up can help them stay motivated. A 2014 study shows that smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to develop chronic back pain, and dropping the habit may cut the chances of developing this often debilitating condition. "Smoking affects the brain," said Bogdan Petre, lead author of the study and a technical scientist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "We found that it affects the way the brain responds to back pain and seems to make individuals less resilient to an episode of pain."
Scientists analyzed MRI activity between two brain areas (nucleus accumbens and medial prefrontal cortex, which are involved in addictive behavior, and motivated learning. This circuitry is critical in development of chronic pain, the scientists found.
These two regions of the brain "talk" to one another and scientists discovered that the strength of that connection helps determine who will become a chronic pain patient. By showing how a part of the brain involved in motivated learning allows tobacco addiction to interface with pain chronification, the findings hint at a potentially more general link between addiction and pain.
"That circuit was very strong and active in the brains of smokers," Petre said. "But we saw a dramatic drop in this circuit's activity in smokers who -- of their own will -- quit smoking during the study, so when they stopped smoking, their vulnerably to chronic pain also decreased." Read on >>
*** The test kits are not suitable for use by the general public, but are for use by kinesiologists, EAV practitioners, etc.
Copyright 2014 Jane Thurnell-Read