Laser to End Insomnia

How Can Laser Acupuncture Help End Insomnia?

There are various types of insomnia treated by acupuncture. 

When you receive a laser acupuncture treatment, the laser balances your energy and as a result, your nervous system begins to calm down. 

The laser is doing deep work by unraveling your subconscious stress. 

It balances your Qi.  This releases the trapped or stuck energy that causes of your insomnia. 

You may even fall asleep on the table during your therapy session.  

You should sleep best the first night after a laser acupuncture session.  

However, several days later symptoms of your insomnia may start to return. 

This indicates that you should continue your sessions for insomnia more frequently.  By doing more frequent treatments, you build new neural pathways in your brain that strengthen the brain synapses and allow your treatments to have a long lasting effect over time.  

It usually takes several laser treatments spread out over several weeks to fully resolve chronic insomnia.  The good news is it can be fully resolved over time with consistent, without the harmful side effects of medication. 

When deciding on which protocol is best, it helps to know what type of insomnia you have so you can discover the severity of the insomnia and be treated more effectively with acupuncture protocols.  

The list below explains the various types of insomnia and how chronic your condition is.  That will determine the number and frequency of sessions you need to correct the energetic imbalance.  

•   I have difficultly falling asleep: The Yang Qi cannot enter the Yin areas of the body leading to insomnia.

•   I wake up often during the night: Internal heat is stuck in the body causing insomnia.

•   I wake up early and can’t go back to sleep: Poor lifestyle may have damaged your Kidney Yin energy. Heat from Kidney Deficiency is rising up causing insomnia.

•   I have excessive dreaming during sleep: The brain doesn’t quiet down and it is difficult to relax due to Liver deficiency Heat or Heart Fire causing insomnia.

•   I can’t sleep at all: Not enough Blood due to either Spleen or Liver deficiency causing insomnia.

Quitting Smoking and Chantix

IS CHANTIX A RISKY MEDICATION TO USE TO QUIT SMOKING?

Champix: Just Another Name For Chantix

Note: Truckers on Champix cannot be licensed!

Are you aware of the fact that Champix is nothing but another name for the FDA approved quit smoking drug Chantix? Well, only a certain section of people around the world are acquainted with this fact and the other half who are really ignorant of the relationship between Chantix and Champix fall into utter perplexity when they get hold of Champix while looking for the quit smoking medicine Chantix. So, to inform you the real truth on Chantix as well as Champix, a couple of pointers are mentioned below:

  • Varenicline Tartrate is the generic name of Chantix as well as Champix.
  • Initially, Pfizer selected Champix as a brand name for Varenicline Tartrate but the Food and Drugs Administration, USA(FDA) rejected it citing that the name Champix is “overly fanciful and overstates the efficacy of the product” from the promotional point of view. As a consequence Pfizer changed the name to Chantix, obtained FDA approval for the drug on May 11,2006 and launched Chantix as an anti-smoking medicine in US under the same name.
  • But the brand name Champix for Varenicline Tartrate was accepted by the European Commission a few months after the launching of Chantix in the pharmaceutical market and on September 29, 2006, the drug was relaunched as Champix in the European countries.
  • On 14 th January, 2007 Champix was made available for sale as a prescription-based quit smoking medicine on the Scotland National Health Service (NHS).

Chantix suffered a one-two punch yesterday, as a watchdog group’s report linked the stop-smoking med to a wide variety of health and safety problems, and the Federal Aviation Administration told pilots and air traffic controllers not to use it. The FAA’s decision directly affects only 150 pilots and 30 air traffic controllers known to be taking the drug, but it could lead to bans by other transportation agencies.

Potentially more damaging is the Institute for Safe Medication Practices’ report, which analyzed the hundreds of adverse events reported to the FDA. More than 200 reports of suicide attempts or suicides, almost 400 of possible psychosis, and 525 of hostility or aggression were sent to the agency between May 2006 and December 2007. (Putting this in perspective, an estimated 6.5 million people have used the drug.)

Okay, we’ve known about Chantix’s link to psychiatric side effects for some time; the FDA asked Pfizer to add warning language to the drug’s label. And the Institute allowed that the number of reports might have been spurred upward by publicity surrounding a Dallas musician’s bizarre beharior on Chantix. But nevertheless, the report said, Chantix’s risks have been underestimated. The study’s lead author called on Pfizer and the FDA to “immediately” strengthen warnings on Chantix’s label and launch careful studies of the safety issues.

The new report also linked Chantix to other side effects:

  • Accidents and falls
  • Potentially lethal heart rhythm problems
  • Heart attacks
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Increased need for the bathroom
  • Difficult sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Chest pains
  • Heart palpitations
  • Skin reactions
  • Rashes
  • Itchiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation

Rattled by the data–and by recent prescription trends, which have been decidedly downward –Wall Street analysts cut their sales forecasts for Chantix. Year over year, Chantix scrips have dropped 30 percent, and if they continue falling at that pace, “forecasts for Chantix could be too high by as much as $500 million to $1 billion by 2012,” a Sanford Bernstein analyst wrote. That firm, for one, is cutting its 2008 forecasts–to $909 million in global sales from $1.14 billion–and 2012 numbers to $700 million from $1.6 million. For 2007, Chantix sales were $883 million.

Quit Smoking Without Stress

DOES SMOKING INDUCE STRESS?

The relationship between tobacco smoking and stress has long been an area for controversy. However, you can quit smoking without stress.

The paradox is, although adult smokers state smoking helps them feel relaxed, at the same time they report feeling more stressed than nonsmokers.

Research shows that nicotine dependency actually increases stress levels in smokers-adults and adolescence alike. Adolescent smokers report increasing levels of stress as they develop regular patterns of smoking.

They gradually become less stressed over at time when they manage to quit smoking. Whatever may be the personal accounts of the smokers, clinical evidence reaffirms that smoking is associated with heightened stress.

The research results on smoking and stress

Contrary to the belief that smoking is an aid for mood control; it actually heightens tension, irritability and depression, during nicotine depletion in the body.

This mood swing arises between smokes or during periods of nicotine abstinence.

Dependent smokers need nicotine to remain feeling normal.

Studies reveal more than 80 per cent of adult smokers respond positively to statements such as “Smoking relaxes me when I am upset or nervous,” and cigarette smoking was “relaxing” or “pleasurable.”

Interestingly, when nicotine abstinence is monitored in smokers they typically report a pattern of

repetitive mood fluctuations, with normal moods during smoke inhalation followed by periods of increasing stress between cigarettes.These mood fluctuations also tend to be strongest in the most dependent smokers.Though smoking briefly restores their stress levels to normal, they soon need another cigarette to forestall abstinence symptoms.

The repeated occurrence of stressed moods between smoking means that smokers tend to experience a distinctly above-average levels of daily stress.

In the U.K. Health and Lifestyle Survey of 9,003 participants, significantly more smokers than nonsmokers reported feeling constantly under stress and strain.This is also true with adolescent and male shift workers, who are nicotine dependants.In an effort to answers why smokers report stress during nicotine abstinence, studies found that smokers may be constitutionally neurotic.

Alternatively, their stress may be caused by nicotine dependency.

Studies suggested that nicotine helps constitutionally anxious (i.e.,neurotic) individuals cope with stress.

When adults quit smoking, they become less stressed rather than more stressed.

There is no evidence that smokers suffer without tobacco or nicotine (other than during the initial brief period after quitting).

There is also no neurochemical rationale for predicting that nicotine should alleviate stress, because it is a cholinergic agonist with sympathomimetic rather than sedative properties.

The indirect coping strategy of “lighting up” under stress instead of tackling the problem can leave the real problem unresolved.The frequent failure of smokers to tackle problems may provide a further reason why they suffer from more stress than do nonsmokers.The majority of smokers recognize that smoking is physically unhealthy but mistakenly believe, it has positive psychological functions.

However, smokers need to become aware of why these beliefs are incorrect.

What about stress and my urges to smoke?

You may have a habit of using cigarettes to relax during stressful times.

Luckily, there are good ways to manage stress without smoking.

Relax by taking a hot bath, going for a walk, or breathing slowly and deeply.

Think of changes in your daily routine that will help you resist the urge to smoke. For example, if you used to smoke when you drank coffee, drink hot tea instead.

Quit Smoking and Insomnia

HOW TO HANDLE INSOMNIA AFTER YOU QUIT SMOKING

I’ve quit smoking – why can’t I sleep?

Dear Sleepless,

Congratulations on quitting – that’s a HUGE accomplishment! The next step, of course, is to get through the aftermath of quitting without going back to smoking, right?

Insomnia is a common problem after quitting, but rest assured it’s temporary – once your body adjusts to not smoking, you will sleep better than before, and wake up much more rested than you did when you were smoking.

What’s happening is this: Nicotine affects your sleep patterns, and after you quit, it takes your body a few weeks to readjust to the new patterns. Research shows that smokers spend more time in alpha (light) sleep, and less time in delta (deep) sleep. When you quit, some of the time you were spending in light sleep ends up breaking the surface into wakefulness, meaning that you wake up multiple times during the night.

The good news is, as long as you stay off of nicotine, within a few weeks your body will gradually adjust on its own so that you revert to the sleep of a non-smoker: more time in deep, restorative sleep, less time in light sleep, and no waking up multiple times in the middle of the night.

In the meantime, you need to get some sleep, right?

The normal techniques for dealing with insomnia should help you get some sleep during this adjustment period, as well as help to get your body on track for normal restorative sleep patterns:

  • Don’t depend on sleeping medication
  • Keep regular 8 hours of sleep
  • Don’t spend hours laying in bed awake – if you can’t get back to sleep get up and do something for a little bit until you feel sleepy again
  • Avoid nicotine, excess caffeine, and napping
  • Develop a relaxing nighttime routine to prepare your brain for sleep

Quit Smoking Now – Chemicals in Cigarettes

LIST OF COMMON CHEMICALS IN CIGARETTES AND WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING NOW

Cigarettes offer people only a multitude of smoking-related diseases and ultimately death.  Here is a list of ingredients and a reason to quit smoking now.   

The List

* Acetanisole
* Acetic Acid
* Acetoin
* Acetophenone
* 6-Acetoxydihydrotheaspirane
* 2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine
* 2-Acetyl-5-Methylfuran
* Acetylpyrazine
* 2-Acetylpyridine
* 3-Acetylpyridine
* 2-Acetylthiazole
* Aconitic Acid
* dl-Alanine
* Alfalfa Extract
* Allspice Extract,Oleoresin, and Oil
* Allyl Hexanoate
* Allyl Ionone
* Almond Bitter Oil
* Ambergris Tincture
* Ammonia
* Ammonium Bicarbonate
* Ammonium Hydroxide
* Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic
* Ammonium Sulfide
* Amyl Alcohol
* Amyl Butyrate
* Amyl Formate
* Amyl Octanoate
* alpha-Amylcinnamaldehyde
* Amyris Oil
* trans-Anethole
* Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil
* Anise
* Anise Star, Extract and Oils
* Anisyl Acetate
* Anisyl Alcohol
* Anisyl Formate
* Anisyl Phenylacetate
* Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins
* Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate
* 1-Arginine
* Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil
* Ascorbic Acid
* 1-Asparagine Monohydrate
* 1-Aspartic Acid
* Balsam Peru and Oil
* Basil Oil
* Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil
* Beeswax White
* Beet Juice Concentrate
* Benzaldehyde
* Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal
* Benzoic Acid, Benzoin
* Benzoin Resin
* Benzophenone
* Benzyl Alcohol
* Benzyl Benzoate
* Benzyl Butyrate
* Benzyl Cinnamate
* Benzyl Propionate
* Benzyl Salicylate
* Bergamot Oil
* Bisabolene
* Black Currant Buds Absolute
* Borneol
* Bornyl Acetate
* Buchu Leaf Oil
* 1,3-Butanediol
* 2,3-Butanedione
* 1-Butanol
* 2-Butanone
* 4(2-Butenylidene)-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One
* Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil
* Butyl Acetate
* Butyl Butyrate
* Butyl Butyryl Lactate
* Butyl Isovalerate
* Butyl Phenylacetate
* Butyl Undecylenate
* 3-Butylidenephthalide
* Butyric Acid] * Cadinene
* Caffeine
* Calcium Carbonate
* Camphene
* Cananga Oil
* Capsicum Oleoresin
* Caramel Color
* Caraway Oil
* Carbon Dioxide
* Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder
* Carob Bean and Extract
* beta-Carotene
* Carrot Oil
* Carvacrol
* 4-Carvomenthenol
* 1-Carvone
* beta-Caryophyllene
* beta-Caryophyllene Oxide
* Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract
* Cassia Bark Oil
* Cassie Absolute and Oil
* Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute
* Cedar Leaf Oil
* Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana
* Cedrol
* Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin
* Cellulose Fiber
* Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract
* Chicory Extract
* Chocolate
* Cinnamaldehyde
* Cinnamic Acid
* Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract
* Cinnamyl Acetate
* Cinnamyl Alcohol
* Cinnamyl Cinnamate
* Cinnamyl Isovalerate
* Cinnamyl Propionate
* Citral
* Citric Acid
* Citronella Oil
* dl-Citronellol
* Citronellyl Butyrate
* itronellyl Isobutyrate
* Civet Absolute
* Clary Oil
* Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract
* Cocoa
* Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder
* Coconut Oil
* Coffee
* Cognac White and Green Oil
* Copaiba Oil
* Coriander Extract and Oil
* Corn Oil
* Corn Silk
* Costus Root Oil
* Cubeb Oil
* Cuminaldehyde
* para-Cymene
* 1-Cysteine
* Dandelion Root Solid Extract
* Davana Oil
* 2-trans, 4-trans-Decadienal
* delta-Decalactone
* gamma-Decalactone
* Decanal
* Decanoic Acid
* 1-Decanol
* 2-Decenal
* Dehydromenthofurolactone
* Diethyl Malonate
* Diethyl Sebacate
* 2,3-Diethylpyrazine
* Dihydro Anethole
* 5,7-Dihydro-2-Methylthieno(3,4-D) Pyrimidine
* Dill Seed Oil and Extract
* meta-Dimethoxybenzene
* para-Dimethoxybenzene
* 2,6-Dimethoxyphenol
* Dimethyl Succinate
* 3,4-Dimethyl-1,2 Cyclopentanedione
* 3,5- Dimethyl-1,2-Cyclopentanedione
* 3,7-Dimethyl-1,3,6-Octatriene
* 4,5-Dimethyl-3-Hydroxy-2,5-Dihydrofuran-2-One
* 6,10-Dimethyl-5,9-Undecadien-2-One
* 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octenoic Acid
* 2,4 Dimethylacetophenone
* alpha,para-Dimethylbenzyl Alcohol
* alpha,alpha-Dimethylphenethyl Acetate
* alpha,alpha Dimethylphenethyl Butyrate
* 2,3-Dimethylpyrazine
* 2,5-Dimethylpyrazine
* 2,6-Dimethylpyrazine
* Dimethyltetrahydrobenzofuranone
* delta-Dodecalactone
* gamma-Dodecalactone
* para-Ethoxybenzaldehyde
* Ethyl 10-Undecenoate
* Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate
* Ethyl Acetate
* Ethyl Acetoacetate
* Ethyl Alcohol
* Ethyl Benzoate
* Ethyl Butyrate
* Ethyl Cinnamate
* Ethyl Decanoate
* Ethyl Fenchol
* Ethyl Furoate
* Ethyl Heptanoate
* Ethyl Hexanoate
* Ethyl Isovalerate
* Ethyl Lactate
* Ethyl Laurate
* Ethyl Levulinate
* Ethyl Maltol
* Ethyl Methyl Phenylglycidate
* Ethyl Myristate
* Ethyl Nonanoate
* Ethyl Octadecanoate
* Ethyl Octanoate
* Ethyl Oleate
* Ethyl Palmitate
* Ethyl Phenylacetate
* Ethyl Propionate
* Ethyl Salicylate
* Ethyl trans-2-Butenoate
* Ethyl Valerate
* Ethyl Vanillin
* 2-Ethyl (or Methyl)-(3,5 and 6)-Methoxypyrazine
* 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, 3-Ethyl -2 -Hydroxy-2-Cyclopenten-1-One
* 2-Ethyl-3, (5 or 6)-Dimethylpyrazine
* 5-Ethyl-3-Hydroxy-4-Methyl-2(5H)-Furanone
* 2-Ethyl-3-Methylpyrazine
* 4-Ethylbenzaldehyde
* 4-Ethylguaiacol
* para-Ethylphenol
* 3-Ethylpyridine
* Eucalyptol
* Farnesol
* D-Fenchone
* Fennel Sweet Oil
* Fenugreek, Extract, Resin, and Absolute
* Fig Juice Concentrate
* Food Starch Modified
* Furfuryl Mercaptan
* 4-(2-Furyl)-3-Buten-2-One
* Galbanum Oil
* Genet Absolute
* Gentian Root Extract
* Geraniol
* Geranium Rose Oil
* Geranyl Acetate
* Geranyl Butyrate
* Geranyl Formate
* Geranyl Isovalerate
* Geranyl Phenylacetate
* Ginger Oil and Oleoresin
* 1-Glutamic Acid
* 1-Glutamine
* Glycerol
* Glycyrrhizin Ammoniated
* Grape Juice Concentrate
* Guaiac Wood Oil
* Guaiacol
* Guar Gum
* 2,4-Heptadienal
* gamma-Heptalactone
* Heptanoic Acid
* 2-Heptanone
* 3-Hepten-2-One
* 2-Hepten-4-One
* 4-Heptenal
* trans -2-Heptenal
* Heptyl Acetate
* omega-6-Hexadecenlactone
* gamma-Hexalactone
* Hexanal
* Hexanoic Acid
* 2-Hexen-1-Ol
* 3-Hexen-1-Ol
* cis-3-Hexen-1-Yl Acetate
* 2-Hexenal
* 3-Hexenoic Acid
* trans-2-Hexenoic Acid
* cis-3-Hexenyl Formate
* Hexyl 2-Methylbutyrate
* Hexyl Acetate
* Hexyl Alcohol
* Hexyl Phenylacetate
* 1-Histidine
* Honey
* Hops Oil
* Hydrolyzed Milk Solids
* Hydrolyzed Plant Proteins
* 5-Hydroxy-2,4-Decadienoic Acid delta- Lactone
* 4-Hydroxy-2,5-Dimethyl-3(2H)-Furanone
* 2-Hydroxy-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One
* 4-Hydroxy -3-Pentenoic Acid Lactone
* 2-Hydroxy-4-Methylbenzaldehyde
* 4-Hydroxybutanoic Acid Lactone
* Hydroxycitronellal
* 6-Hydroxydihydrotheaspirane
* 4-(para-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-Butanone
* Hyssop Oil
* Immortelle Absolute and Extract
* alpha-Ionone
* beta-Ionone
* alpha-Irone
* Isoamyl Acetate
* Isoamyl Benzoate
* Isoamyl Butyrate
* Isoamyl Cinnamate
* Isoamyl Formate, Isoamyl Hexanoate
* Isoamyl Isovalerate
* Isoamyl Octanoate
* Isoamyl Phenylacetate
* Isobornyl Acetate
* Isobutyl Acetate
* Isobutyl Alcohol
* Isobutyl Cinnamate
* Isobutyl Phenylacetate
* Isobutyl Salicylate
* 2-Isobutyl-3-Methoxypyrazine
* alpha-Isobutylphenethyl Alcohol
* Isobutyraldehyde
* Isobutyric Acid
* d,l-Isoleucine
* alpha-Isomethylionone
* 2-Isopropylphenol
* Isovaleric Acid
* Jasmine Absolute, Concrete and Oil
* Kola Nut Extract
* Labdanum Absolute and Oleoresin
* Lactic Acid
* Lauric Acid
* Lauric Aldehyde
* Lavandin Oil
* Lavender Oil
* Lemon Oil and Extract
* Lemongrass Oil
* 1-Leucine
* Levulinic Acid
* Licorice Root, Fluid, Extract and Powder
* Lime Oil
* Linalool
* Linalool Oxide
* Linalyl Acetate
* Linden Flowers
* Lovage Oil And Extract
* 1-Lysine] * Mace Powder, Extract and Oil
* Magnesium Carbonate
* Malic Acid
* Malt and Malt Extract
* Maltodextrin
* Maltol
* Maltyl Isobutyrate
* Mandarin Oil
* Maple Syrup and Concentrate
* Mate Leaf, Absolute and Oil
* para-Mentha-8-Thiol-3-One
* Menthol
* Menthone
* Menthyl Acetate
* dl-Methionine
* Methoprene
* 2-Methoxy-4-Methylphenol
* 2-Methoxy-4-Vinylphenol
* para-Methoxybenzaldehyde
* 1-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-1-Penten-3-One
* 4-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-2-Butanone
* 1-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-2-Propanone
* Methoxypyrazine
* Methyl 2-Furoate
* Methyl 2-Octynoate
* Methyl 2-Pyrrolyl Ketone
* Methyl Anisate
* Methyl Anthranilate
* Methyl Benzoate
* Methyl Cinnamate
* Methyl Dihydrojasmonate
* Methyl Ester of Rosin, Partially Hydrogenated
* Methyl Isovalerate
* Methyl Linoleate (48%)
* Methyl Linolenate (52%) Mixture
* Methyl Naphthyl Ketone
* Methyl Nicotinate
* Methyl Phenylacetate
* Methyl Salicylate
* Methyl Sulfide
* 3-Methyl-1-Cyclopentadecanone
* 4-Methyl-1-Phenyl-2-Pentanone
* 5-Methyl-2-Phenyl-2-Hexenal
* 5-Methyl-2-Thiophenecarboxaldehyde
* 6-Methyl-3,-5-Heptadien-2-One
* 2-Methyl-3-(para-Isopropylphenyl) Propionaldehyde
* 5-Methyl-3-Hexen-2-One
* 1-Methyl-3Methoxy-4-Isopropylbenzene
* 4-Methyl-3-Pentene-2-One
* 2-Methyl-4-Phenylbutyraldehyde
* 6-Methyl-5-Hepten-2-One
* 4-Methyl-5-Thiazoleethanol
* 4-Methyl-5-Vinylthiazole
* Methyl-alpha-Ionone
* Methyl-trans-2-Butenoic Acid
* 4-Methylacetophenone
* para-Methylanisole
* alpha-Methylbenzyl Acetate
* alpha-Methylbenzyl Alcohol
* 2-Methylbutyraldehyde
* 3-Methylbutyraldehyde
* 2-Methylbutyric Acid
* alpha-Methylcinnamaldehyde
* Methylcyclopentenolone
* 2-Methylheptanoic Acid
* 2-Methylhexanoic Acid
* 3-Methylpentanoic Acid
* 4-Methylpentanoic Acid
* 2-Methylpyrazine
* 5-Methylquinoxaline
* 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran-3-One
* (Methylthio)Methylpyrazine (Mixture Of Isomers)
* 3-Methylthiopropionaldehyde
* Methyl 3-Methylthiopropionate
* 2-Methylvaleric Acid
* Mimosa Absolute and Extract
* Molasses Extract and Tincture
* Mountain Maple Solid Extract
* Mullein Flowers
* Myristaldehyde
* Myristic Acid
* Myrrh Oil
* beta-Napthyl Ethyl Ether
* Nerol
* Neroli Bigarde Oil
* Nerolidol
* Nona-2-trans,6-cis-Dienal
* 2,6-Nonadien-1-Ol
* gamma-Nonalactone
* Nonanal
* Nonanoic Acid
* Nonanone
* trans-2-Nonen-1-Ol
* 2-Nonenal
* Nonyl Acetate
* Nutmeg Powder and Oil
* Oak Chips Extract and Oil
* Oak Moss Absolute
* 9,12-Octadecadienoic Acid (48%) And 9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic Acid (52%)
* delta-Octalactone
* gamma-Octalactone
* Octanal
* Octanoic Acid
* 1-Octanol
* 2-Octanone
* 3-Octen-2-One
* 1-Octen-3-Ol
* 1-Octen-3-Yl Acetate
* 2-Octenal
* Octyl Isobutyrate
* Oleic Acid
* Olibanum Oil
* Opoponax Oil And Gum
* Orange Blossoms Water, Absolute, and Leaf Absolute
* Orange Oil and Extract
* Origanum Oil
* Orris Concrete Oil and Root Extract
* Palmarosa Oil
* Palmitic Acid
* Parsley Seed Oil
* Patchouli Oil
* omega-Pentadecalactone
* 2,3-Pentanedione
* 2-Pentanone
* 4-Pentenoic Acid
* 2-Pentylpyridine
* Pepper Oil, Black And White
* Peppermint Oil
* Peruvian (Bois De Rose) Oil
* Petitgrain Absolute, Mandarin Oil and Terpeneless Oil
* alpha-Phellandrene
* 2-Phenenthyl Acetate
* Phenenthyl Alcohol
* Phenethyl Butyrate
* Phenethyl Cinnamate
* Phenethyl Isobutyrate
* Phenethyl Isovalerate
* Phenethyl Phenylacetate
* Phenethyl Salicylate
* 1-Phenyl-1-Propanol
* 3-Phenyl-1-Propanol
* 2-Phenyl-2-Butenal
* 4-Phenyl-3-Buten-2-Ol
* 4-Phenyl-3-Buten-2-One
* Phenylacetaldehyde
* Phenylacetic Acid
* 1-Phenylalanine
* 3-Phenylpropionaldehyde
* 3-Phenylpropionic Acid
* 3-Phenylpropyl Acetate
* 3-Phenylpropyl Cinnamate
* 2-(3-Phenylpropyl)Tetrahydrofuran
* Phosphoric Acid
* Pimenta Leaf Oil
* Pine Needle Oil, Pine Oil, Scotch
* Pineapple Juice Concentrate
* alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene
* D-Piperitone
* Piperonal
* Pipsissewa Leaf Extract
* Plum Juice
* Potassium Sorbate
* 1-Proline
* Propenylguaethol
* Propionic Acid
* Propyl Acetate
* Propyl para-Hydroxybenzoate
* Propylene Glycol
* 3-Propylidenephthalide
* Prune Juice and Concentrate
* Pyridine
* Pyroligneous Acid And Extract
* Pyrrole
* Pyruvic Acid
* Raisin Juice Concentrate
* Rhodinol
* Rose Absolute and Oil
* Rosemary Oil
* Rum
* Rum Ether
* Rye Extract
* Sage, Sage Oil, and Sage Oleoresin
* Salicylaldehyde
* Sandalwood Oil, Yellow
* Sclareolide
* Skatole
* Smoke Flavor
* Snakeroot Oil
* Sodium Acetate
* Sodium Benzoate
* Sodium Bicarbonate
* Sodium Carbonate
* Sodium Chloride
* Sodium Citrate
* Sodium Hydroxide
* Solanone
* Spearmint Oil
* Styrax Extract, Gum and Oil
* Sucrose Octaacetate
* Sugar Alcohols
* Sugars
* Tagetes Oil
* Tannic Acid
* Tartaric Acid
* Tea Leaf and Absolute
* alpha-Terpineol
* Terpinolene
* Terpinyl Acetate
* 5,6,7,8-Tetrahydroquinoxaline
* 1,5,5,9-Tetramethyl-13-Oxatricyclo(8.3.0.0(4,9))Tridecane
* 2,3,4,5, and 3,4,5,6-Tetramethylethyl-Cyclohexanone
* 2,3,5,6-Tetramethylpyrazine
* Thiamine Hydrochloride
* Thiazole
* 1-Threonine
* Thyme Oil, White and Red
* Thymol
* Tobacco Extracts
* Tochopherols (mixed)
* Tolu Balsam Gum and Extract
* Tolualdehydes
* para-Tolyl 3-Methylbutyrate
* para-Tolyl Acetaldehyde
* para-Tolyl Acetate
* para-Tolyl Isobutyrate
* para-Tolyl Phenylacetate
* Triacetin
* 2-Tridecanone
* 2-Tridecenal
* Triethyl Citrate
* 3,5,5-Trimethyl -1-Hexanol
* para,alpha,alpha-Trimethylbenzyl Alcohol
* 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-1-Enyl)But-2-En-4-One
* 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-2-Ene-1,4-Dione
* 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-Dienyl Methan
* 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-Dienyl)But-2-En-4-One
* 2,2,6-Trimethylcyclohexanone
* 2,3,5-Trimethylpyrazine
* 1-Tyrosine
* delta-Undercalactone
* gamma-Undecalactone
* Undecanal
* 2-Undecanone, 1
* 0-Undecenal
* Urea
* Valencene
* Valeraldehyde
* Valerian Root Extract, Oil and Powder
* Valeric Acid
* gamma-Valerolactone
* Valine
* Vanilla Extract And Oleoresin
* Vanillin
* Veratraldehyde
* Vetiver Oil
* Vinegar
* Violet Leaf Absolute
* Walnut Hull Extract
* Water
* Wheat Extract And Flour
* Wild Cherry Bark Extract
* Wine and Wine Sherry
* Xanthan Gum
* 3,4-Xylenol
* Yeast

Quit smoking NOW with Imagine Laserworks Atlanta and their innovative laser treatment.

Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

HOW CAN YOU QUIT SMOKING WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT?

Is the best way to control your weight to gum up your body with over seven thousand chemical products?

No, its NOT.

You didn’t start to smoke because you wanted to control your weight. You started because you were curious, or to be like your friends. Then one day you discovered you’d become dependent on nicotine. 

Once you were dependent on cigarettes, you started to smoke more, which changed your metabolism. Your weight may have been affected as a result. This is a possible secondary effect of nicotine dependence. 

Nicotine can affect your weight in three main ways :

  • Cigarettes greatly diminish your sense of taste and, therefore, the desire to eat and the joy of eating.
  • Cigarettes reduce the feeling of hunger.
  • Cigarettes slightly increase your metabolism, which therefore burns a few more calories a day due to the stimulation of nicotine.

This possible side-effect of nicotine dependence may seem beneficial. However, it quickly proves to be very costly over time, since you experience :

  • Overall health loss
  • Insignificant impact on weight for many smokers :

Tobacco in no way gives you energy – it takes it away! Less energy means less desire and ability to be active, which means you use up less energy.

  • This can increase the odds of gaining weight.
  • Increased danger of strokes for women on the pill.
  • Premature and unavoidable negative impact of tobacco on your looks : Tobacco affects your complexion and causes premature wrinkles because it reduces the flow of oxygen to your cells and reduces absorption of nutrients that are essential to your health.

First of all, it is important to know why ex-smokers gain weight in the first place. Nicotine in the bloodstream acts as an appetite suppressant. This chemical interferes with the normal production of insulin that causes the body to feel hunger pangs. Smokers usually do not feel hungry most of the time, so the body has to double or triple its production of insulin in order to correct this “imbalance.” Once the person removes the suppressant, the body continues to produce that much insulin, causing the ex-smoker to feel hungry all the time. However, since the human physiology corrects “imbalances” given time, normal production of insulin usually happens after a few months.

Most quit-smoking counselors agree that the only way to counter this state of perpetual hunger after kicking the nicotine habit is to let it run its course. Depending on the metabolism of the person, some ex-smokers regain their dietary equilibrium in as short as 2 weeks while others may take as long as 6 months.

Instead of subscribing to various diet products (which can further complicated the problem,) experts are pointing to the direction of a healthier lifestyle. This means that the person is encouraged to switch to a more wholesome diet while increasing daily exercise.

A person can quit smoking without gaining weight by simply lessening or eliminating some or most or all of these foods from regular diet:

1. Sugar-rich foods or sugar based foods or foods that need sugar to taste (including sugar rich sodas and drinks.) Sugar increases appetite which leads the person to feel hungry even more; and even when the person already has a full stomach. There are artificial sugars that an ex-smoker can use. Pastries and sweets are rich in both sugar and carbohydrates. The latter also causes a person to eat more, so lessening carbohydrates (or at least, not combining carbohydrates with sugar) is a way to avoid additional weight gain.

2. Salty foods or salt based foods or foods that use too much salt to taste. Salt makes the person feel thirsty all the time. This usually leads to a lot of unnecessary water retention in the body. Also, salty foods are usually combined with carbohydrates or followed through with sweets, which also increase food intake.

Additionally, some smokers who like to go through the motions of lighting up tend to substitute the motion of placing food into the mouth – even when they do not feel hungry. Experts suggest taking up any hobby that uses the constant use of hands (like painting.)

Better yet, a person is encouraged to do more simple exercises like talking long strolls or walking the dog or simply going out for a swim. These activities help keep the mind away from smoking and food. At the same time, it also helps burn up a lot of calories for weight maintenance.

There is a healthier and easier way to control your weight:

  • Be as active as you can every day (and the more active you are, the more you will want to continue!), eat a mix of high-quality foods, and drink water on a regular basis.
  • Ask for the appetite/hunger control points to be stimulated, they curb your appetite, control hunger cravings and stimulate your metabolism therefore minimizing weight gain.

Quit Smoking without Side Effects

HOW DO DEAL WITH CONCERNS ABOUT QUITTING SMOKING

Are any of the following a concern for you?

How to quit smoking without “GAINING WEIGHT”

Does smoking induce “STRESS”?

How to deal with “ANXIETY” after you quit smoking

Is “DEPRESSION” after you quit smoking common?

Is “INSOMNIA” after you quit smoking common?

How to manage your “EMOTIONS” after you quit smoking.

A detailed list of some of the most “COMMON WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS”

We can treat these concerns simply by stimulating the electrical energy points associated.

Imagine little or no cravings … without needles, pain, drugs, patches, pills or gums.

End Addiction with Laser Therapy

HOW LASER THERAPY ENDS DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE

Researchers at UC San Francisco have managed to use laser lights as a means of eradicating addictive behaviors in rats. 

They targeted light in the prelimbic region of the brain in rats who were addicted to cocaine. They found that after exposure to the laser lights the rats demonstrated a significant reduction in addiction. 

The lead author of the study, Antonello Bonci, MD, scientific director of the intramural research program at the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), said: “When we turn on a laser light in the prelimbic region of the prefrontal cortex, the compulsive cocaine seeking is gone.” 

The study, published in Nature, highlights the role that the prefrontal cortex has in cocaine dependence and could help drive further testing in humans.

As one of the major health concerns in the U.S., cocaine dependence affects close to 1.2 million Americans and is responsible for a total of 482,188 emergency room visits every year. 

One of the main problems with cocaine dependence is that people start taking the drug compulsively and lose the ability to function without it. About 80 percent of people who try to kick their cocaine addiction end up experiencing a relapse within six months. 

There’s been a lot of focus on cocaine dependence, recently scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discovered a new potential means of developing a first-ever pharmacological protocol for cocaine dependence.

Using lasers to eliminate dependence on drugs, alcohol, gambling, sugar and nicotine

Rats that were dependent on cocaine expressed low patterns of activity in their prefrontal cortex region of the brain – responsible for decision-making and behavioral flexibility.

Previous studies conducted on humans compulsively addicted to cocaine have found a similar pattern of low activity in this area of the brain as well. 

The researchers measured the impact that laser light had on brain activity and drug dependence using a technique called optogenetics. 

Through the use of genetic engineering they inserted proteins called rhodopsins into neurons located in the prefrontal cortex of rats. By activating this region of the brain with the laser they were able to turn the nerve cells on and off. 

They observed that after turning the cells on there was a significant reduction in addictive behaviors in the rats compared to when the cells were turned off. 

Among humans, the therapy would likely not involve the use of lasers, but instead the use of electromagnetic stimulation outside the scalp, with a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 

The authors concluded in an Abstract in the same journal:

“Our results show a marked reduction in prelimbic cortex excitability in compulsive cocaine-seeking rats, and that in vivo optogenetic prelimbic cortex stimulation decreased compulsive drug-seeking behaviours. Thus, targeted stimulation of the prefrontal cortex could serve as a promising therapy for treating compulsive drug use.”

Quit Smoking with Magnesium

How Magnesium can help you Quit Smoking (also relieves depression and anxiety)

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Liquid Magnesium

Smoking Cigarettes increases the chance of developing heart disease, but how it does this is not entirely clear.

Obviously, smoking coats the lungs with foreign substances that are sticky and thick, so the exchange of carbon dioxide in the blood for the oxygen in the inhaled air is not as efficient as it is in lungs without the smoke-derived coating.

Thus, it seems reasonable that the heart has to work hard to bring oxygen to the body’s cells.

Your heart rate goes up if you smoke, down if you quit smoking.

Day after day, year after year, the heart of a smoker has to beat more than that of a nonsmoker.

The traditonal view goes beyond the extra work a smoker’s heart must perform.

Smoking brings nicotine and other toxic substances from cigarettes into the bloodstream, where they injure the lining of coronary arteries, causing them to constrict and also causing clots to form.

If we are to undertand how smoking can damage the heart and blood vessels by impacting magnesium status, we must consider other aspects of smoking.

The Thermogenic effect of Smoking

Smoking a cigarette causes the body’s metabolic rate to go up for awhile. This is called the thermogenic effect of nicotine. The effect occurs each time a person has a cigarette, occurs only in response to smoking a cigarette, and is completely reversable.

When you quit smoking, the temporary rise in metabolism caused by smoking ceases.

When the metabolic rate and all life reactions accelerate, the need for magnesium increases, because it is required by the enzymes that keep these reactions going.

We cannot expect people to get any more magnesium because they smoke. In fact, smokers may get less magnesium than nonsmokers because they tend to eat less.

Therefore, smokers can be expected to become magnesium-deficient more readily than nonsmokers, and one of the ways this can express itself is in damage to the cardiovascular sytem.

Impact of Smoking on Magnesium status

There is little direct research on the effect of smoking on magnesium status. One study showed that heavy smokers had significantly lower plasma levels of magnesium, as demonstrated by the finding that among nonsmokers. Only 8 percent on non smokers had low levels. Among smokers, more than twice as many had low magnesium levels.

Among smokers who also drank fairly heavily, 24 percent had low plasma magnesium.

Although anormal plasma magnesium level is not a good index of adequacy of magnesium, consitent low levels are faily reliable indicators of magnesium insufficiency.

Another study showed smokers to have lower magnesium levels than nonsmokers, but the significance of hair magnesium is controversial. It is known that people who smoke have more of the risk factors for metabolic syndrome than do nonsmokers, including higher trygcerides, more insulin resitance, and lower HDL (good) cholesteral.

Among health people, smokers have more insulin resitance, higher glucose levels, and much higher insulin levels as determined by glucose tolerance tests than their healthy, nonsmoking couterparts.

Healthy smokers also have almost twice the levels of triglyceride-rich VLDL (bad) cholersteral and 30 percent lower HDL cholesteral than do healthy nonsmokers.

In addition, it is known that insulin resitance, a characteristic of metabolic syndrome X that is caused by low cellular magnesium, improves when smokers stop smoking.

Although these are not direct measurements of magnesium status, these facts imply that smoking lowers cellular magnesium levels.

Nicotine, the principal drug in tobacco, is a stimulant that causes the release of adrenalin.

This means that people who smoke will need more magnesium than nonsmokers.

Also, oxidative damage goes up with smoking, and this increases the amount of magnesium needed to maintain optimal health.

Quit smoking without Depression

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HOW TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION AFTER YOU QUIT SMOKING

People who do not normally suffer from depression sometimes report a brief bout after quitting.

People who have suffered clinical depression in the past frequently experience it beginning in the first week after quitting smoking.  It can last from a few weeks to several months. Unfortunately, depression is often quoted as a cause of relapse.

In one study by Marlatt & Gordon, 43% of relapsed smokers indicated that negative mood precipitated their relapse. Therefore, it is a good idea to obtain help for depression and smoking cessation concurrently.

What causes depression after quitting?

The reasons people experience depression after quitting smoking are not well understood.

Research suggests that it can be caused by a combination of the following:

Using cigarettes to cope with stress and emotions. 

Replacing cigarettes with healthy coping strategies. 

Not being aware of the depression because smoking masked it.

Cigarette smoke does have some properties similar to anti-depressant medications.  This affects dopamine and adrenergic systems, as well as causing cortical arousal.

Using nicotine to relieve the effects of stress. 

When depressed, people are more sensiti to stress.

Experiencing a feeling of loss, or grieving, such as losing one’s “best friend.”

Experiencing depression caused by smoking.

Smoking may actually cause depression, because of the chronic exposure of certain parts of the brain to chemicals.  Because of the anti-depressant qualities of cigarettes, people may not actually feel the depression until they quit.

What can you do?

  • Replace smoking with other healthy coping strategies.
  • Get physically active for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week to reduce stress and improve mood.
  • Learn about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Self-Talk, which are simple drug-free ways to help with depression.
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • Notice and reward yourself for your successes.
  • Talk with others.
  • Call us right away and talk to one of our therapists if you are still having difficulty after using a self-help approach.

What if I have been previously diagnosed with clinical depression?

People who have been diagnosed with clinical depression in the past may be at higher risk when quitting smoking.

It is a good idea to obtain help for depression and smoking cessation concurrently.

Preliminary research has shown that cognitive-behavioral approaches to depression management may help people quit smoking.

People who have been diagnosed with clinical depression and are taking medications, such as anti-depressants, should speak to their doctor if the depression worsens.

Sometimes slight adjustments to medications are necessary after quitting.