smoking

  1. Smoking can make your brain bleed

    Kick the habit to save your brain

    You know that smoking is bad. It can lead to cancer and heart disease -- but, of course, you know that, too.

    You may have even tried to quit already. But once cigarettes have got you in their stronghold, they're a tough habit to kick.

    Well, I'm here to give you a little more motivation to try a little harder -- because it turns out that smoking can increase the risk of BLEEDING in your BRAIN.

    When you've got one of those brain bleeds, blood starts "leaking" in the area surrounding your brain, causing your "worst headache ever" -- as well as confusion, vomiting, double vision, and even seizures.

    It hits without warning -- and its survivors are often left with severe disabilities. About half the victims of brain bleeds die.

    And if you're a heavy smoker -- about a pack a day -- you need to pay attention to this.

    Last year, researchers in Finland reviewed data on more than 65,000 adults and found that women who smoked 21 to 30 cigarettes a day were more than EIGHT TIMES more likely to suffer a brain bleed.

    Think you can just "cut back" a little? Sure, you'll reduce your risk -- but you won't eliminate it.

    Because the women who smoked 11 to 20 cigarettes a day still QUADRUPLED their risk of a brain bleed. And those who smoked only 10 cigarettes or fewer a day -- just a half a pack -- still TRIPLED their risk of a brain bleed.

    Men weren't in the clear, either -- because heavy smoking also increased the risk of a brain bleed in guys by three times, compared to non-smoking men.

    The safest route here is to never start smoking, especially if you're a woman. But if you already smoke, then your best bet is to quit... and to quit now.

    Because ladies and gentlemen, if you kick the habit now, you can reduce that risk.

    Don't try to do it on your own -- but don't ask your doc for a prescription for a pill that's loaded with risks, either.

    You might even be tempted to try the patch, the chewing gum, or "vaping" -- but then, you might just end up trading one habit for another.

    Your best bet is to go "cold turkey" and talk with a holistic doctor who can recommend natural methods, like acupuncture, to curb those cravings.

    As a medical acupuncturist, I've seen first-hand how this ancient Chinese therapy can work!

  2. Smoking damages DNA

    This is how smoking causes cancer

    I get it -- everyone wants you to quit smoking, but it's much easier said than done.

    You start out with good intentions... but all it takes is a stressful day, and you find yourself reaching for one of those "cancer sticks."

    You KNOW that smoking is bad for you. It's hard to ignore the warnings of emphysema, heart disease, stroke, infertility, and, of course, cancer.

    Fortunately, even if you've tried to quit a number of times in the past, a new study may just be the thing to help you kick the habit for good.

    Although the link between smoking and cancer has been well established, the scientific community has debated exactly why and how one causes the other.

    In this latest development, however, researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory were able to pinpoint that toxic chemicals from cigarettes speed up the rate of genetic mutations in cells that they come in contact with.

    When you take a puff off a cigarette, chemicals in the smoke come in contact with your mouth, throat, and -- if you inhale -- your lungs. That contact turns out to be just enough to actually damage cellular DNA in those areas. And as I've shared with you before, anything that messes with your DNA can leave you vulnerable to cancer.

    The lungs of a pack-a-day smoker, for example, had 150 more mutations a year than those of a non-smoker.

    And all it takes is for ONE of these abnormal cells to flip a switch and start dividing rapidly... forming tumors that will grow and obstruct lung function... before spreading to other parts of your body.

    This news comes on the heels of another grim report that reminds us that despite relative success of anti-smoking campaigns, smoking still accounts for one-third of cancer deaths in people over 35.

    Even if you've been a smoker for years, it's not too late to quit and shift the odds in your favor. Amazingly, your body will begin to detoxify and repair itself literally within MINUTES of quitting.

    If it's time to quit, don't be duped into putting down cigarettes only to pick up equally addictive, nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes or a dangerous drug like Chantix, which has been linked to psychotic episodes.

    The best way to break the habit is to stop cold turkey.

    It won't be easy, but you're not completely on your own in this. Believe it or not, acupuncture can really help calm the jitters and cravings of tobacco withdrawal. I've seen the results firsthand in many of my patients.

    You can also put yourself on a path to detoxification by drinking plenty of water, exercising, and eating lots of cruciferous vegetables -- broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and arugula -- which have been shown to protect you from cancer.

    Sources:
    Smoking causes extensive damage to DNA, study shows
    (cnn.com)

    30% of Cancer Deaths Are Due to Smoking
    (time.com)

  3. Smoking linked to increased risk of brain bleed

    Study shows that smoking more than a pack a day increases a man’s risk of a brain bleed by 300 percent, and a woman’s risk goes up a whopping 800 percent!
  4. Smokers beware: Your mouth can tell a lot about your health

    Smoking causes a dangerous shift in the bacteria in your mouth, making you a sitting duck for serious infections.
  5. Feds may pull anti-smoking Chantix after suicide link

    Patients on anti-smoking drug Chantix are offing themselves in record numbers. Even the feds think you may be better off smoking.
  6. Government pushes major retailers to stop selling tobacco

    An anti-smoking attack on Rite Aid, Walmart and others could kill the tobacco industry, put thousands out of work, and remove your right to smoke. Big Government thugs harassing tobacco retailers
  7. Second-hand smoking study belongs in the ash can

    The anti-smoking crowd is blowing pure smoke with a new "study" claiming your parents' second-hand smoke could thicken your arteries decades later.
  8. Longer (and better) living through tobacco

    Can you really add years to your life by lighting up? While anti-tobacco activists are crowing about global smoking rates, they're refusing to admit that countries that out-smoke us outlive us, too.
  9. Obamacare will burn smokers

    Health insurance for smokers will skyrocket under ObamaCare rules -- so much so that computers can't even calculate the new rates.
  10. Nicotine grows new blood cells

    In studies on mice, nicotine helped to release the adult stem cells needed for new blood vessel growth.

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