Stop smoking, quit tobacco, Camels, Marlboros, cheap
cigarettes, or discount cigarettes, nicotine patches, drugs,
costly herbs. Five days to freedom cuts your risk of heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and death, saving your life and money!
Smoking causes ~100,000 U.S. deaths from cancer and emphysema yearly. Its
share of deaths from heart disease has exceeded 300,000. Nicotine
constricts blood vessels and decreases the oxygen supply to the whole
body. This can trigger heart attack and sudden death--the risk is more
than doubled for those smoking a pack a day.
Young men, suddenly killed in motorcycle accidents or other injuries were
autopsied and all of those who smoked were found to have changes in the
small airways, "rarely seen in nonsmokers." Physicians
“postulate this…is a precursor of centriacinar emphysema.” Emphysema
is not usually diagnosed before 50 or 60. To have young men, average age
26, with changes that will lead to emphysema suggests that smoking is
lethal in nature and time pulls the trigger. The probability of these
findings being chance is 0.0002. New England Journal of Medicine,
Vol 291, 1.
An alcoholic priest who killed someone while driving said, “We hear a
lot about the evils of smoking, but tobacco is merely a pimple on the rear
end of a giant, ALCOHOL."
Alcohol is responsible for half of accident fatalities, half of
murders, 1/3 of suicides, half of robberies, assaults, rapes, marital
violence and child abuse. Half of children reared by alcoholic parents
become alcoholic. Alcohol affects nerves, stomach, liver, pancreas, blood
pressure, and causes heart irregularity, birth defects, mental
retardation, and spontaneous abortion.
Alcohol has its worst effect on the mind, creating the illusion of
unwarranted well-being as it wipes out normal inhibitions in higher
centers of judgment, reason and self-control. People like the effect of
drugs because, for a while, the results seem agreeable. But as the drug
wears off, there is always a let-down that is equal and opposite to the
Effects of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine:
- 1. They will take you where you did not plan to go.
- 2. They will cost you more than you can afford to pay.
- 3. Their long term effects on health are irreversible.
Quitting all Addictions at Once!
Aside from antidepressants which are best to taper, it is actually best to
quit all addictive medication at the same
time. This includes sleeping pills, tranquilizers or pain killers,
which are often the most difficult to quit. Users have a heightened
sensitivity to pain, and their nerves cry "pain" as a withdrawal
symptom when the drug levels diminish in the blood. Drugs reinforce each
other, described above re coffee as bad habit glue. It is nearly
impossible to quit one of these habits while continuing another one. As a
mayor of a small town said, "I've
quit smoking many times, but this is the easiest I
have ever found it."
You can make up your mind by deciding--choosing to quit--and you
can do it with these guidelines. There is no evidence that anyone has ever
died trying to quit one of these addictions, but millions have died who
were afraid it would kill them. If you are willing to stake three to five
days of physical and emotional "hell," you can be free if you
follow this information.
A choice to quit now will improve your health destiny, but it involves
withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to severe for several days. A
vacation into nature would be a good time to quit addictions, but if you
don't have time coming soon, don't put this off indefinitely. There is no convenient
time for this. Schedule yourself for a long weekend by taking Friday
off--you can be over the worst of it by Monday! Begin on a Thursday
evening with a long walk, calm reflective thinking and a relaxing bath
that will encourage a better than average night's sleep.
Facing the Day
In the morning, don't head for the coffee pot. Go for another walk--you
took the day off, remember! Follow it with a warm shower, and finish
with cold. Begin by putting the washcloth under the cold and rubbing
your face, then use it to rub as you put each body part under the shower.
This will give you a
wakeup without coffee and a lift without a letdown later. A brief cold
shower has many benefits and it will increase your white blood count and
resistance to colds, flu, etc. It also increases
your endorphins--you will feel great after the
If you usually drink coffee, try one of the cereal coffee's like Roma or
Pero, [not decaffeinated coffee that can trigger a desire for a smoke or the real
thing] or switch to hot water with some lemon squeezed in. The hot water
is an aid to bowel action and digestion.
The question now is, Do you really need to eat? Fasting is a great aid to
will power and going without food for three days could be the best thing
you could do. If you must work and face exertion, take some apples or
fruit juice along in case you get stressed and need some nourishment. One
doctor said eating apples for 3 days helps patients quit smoking. Some
have done well with fruit or vegetable juices. If
you must eat more, a whole grain cereal or toast and fresh fruit is best.
Avoid fried or hard-to-digest foods. Simplicity is a key now.
After Meal Cravings
This is natural time when one wants a smoke and willpower is often
diminished because the body's energy balance switches from brain to
stomach. Don't sit in the chair where you usually light up. Go for a walk
- down to the corner or around the block. Breathe deep and slow.
If you ordinarily take a certain route to work and smoke on a certain
corner, go a different way. Break your habit patterns and each time tell
yourself, I'm doing this because I choose to quit. This will increase your
will power. Don't promise yourself or anyone you are quitting, because if
you break over and have one, you say, "Oh, what's the use?" and
are likely to give up.
Instead, tell your friends you are quitting. "Expression deepens
impression" and the will to quit. Ask them not to smoke around you,
or avoid those who smoke for a few days. In the face of cravings or
symptoms, here is what to do:
The Basic Plan
1. Repeat your choice: "I choose to quit alcohol, tobacco, coffee,
colas, tea or Valium."
2. Inhale as deep as you can and exhale 105%,
do this slowly 5-10 times.
3. Drink a glass of water. Use bottled water or add fruit juice if
chlorine tastes bad.
Water cleanses the drug breakdown products from your system and purifies
4. You can do all the above on a short walk. It may be to the restroom, or
a drinking fountain. Outdoors is best. Walk briskly, breathe deeply,
repeat your choice to quit.
5. Pray: You might say, "God, I’m not sure you exist, but if you
do, I want to do right by this body You gave me. Please help me."
When we pray in harmony with His will, He hears us. You may not be
conscious of a miracle, but you
will be sustained in proportion to your looking to Him for
6. For migraine headache, immerse your hands, forearms in hot
water for 3 minutes, then ice cold water for 1
minute. Alternate 3 times. This helps most vascular headaches. Repeat as
7. Fasting increases your will power and allows the body to eliminate
poisons in your system so you get over the withdrawal symptoms faster.
Juice fasting is helpful. Fresh fruit or soup may meet the need.
8. After 1-3 days fasting, a
simple, non-stimulating diet of fresh fruit and
whole grain toast or cereal for breakfast and a large salad with light
dressing, vegetables is ok. Avoid heavy foods and
excesses that burden the stomach and brain. Fried, greasy or spicey foods
and meat can weaken your effort.
9. Modest exercise and a soothing bath in warm [not hot] water is helpful
to encourage sleep that can be critical in coping with stress.
10. The faster you get the drug out of your system, the quicker you will
be free of withdrawal symptoms. One aid is activated charcoal tablets or
capsules often available at health food stores or sometimes pharmacies.
Microscopically charcoal has a huge surface area that makes it a powerful
adsorber of toxins, poisons and drugs in the system. Charcoal can help to
Follow these steps from Thursday evening to Monday morning--stake even
your existence on your choice to quit--it will not kill you. The next
cigarette or cup of coffee, the next drink or can of coke is the whole
habit. Ward off the craving to smoke or drink, much
like the urge to go to the bathroom. If you don't
have that one, you are a free person. You will be over the worst of it
when you return to work. Be wary of your friends who indulge the addiction
you just quit. Tell them you quit and need some space for a week or two to
sort things out. Continue to break old habit patterns and form a few new
friends. Though most addictions can be broken in five days, it takes
several weeks for the non-using habit to gel.
* Quitting bad habits involves a battle for your mind and your focus of
attention. You need all the willpower and steadfastness of purpose
possible. A quiet time in the morning can be an invaluable aid. Reading
a chapter in the Bible or memorizing a verse to recall later can help
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