Smoking

Nicotine is one of the most highly addictive-and deadly-substances in the world. In fact, Cornell University describes nicotine as a “super toxin”that’s more lethal than strychnine, arsenic and diamondback rattlesnake poison.

Why it’s addictive

People get addicted to nicotine by smoking cigarettes made with black leaf tobacco. Addiction experts claim that kicking the nicotine habit can be as difficult or harder to quit than heroin.

As deadly as nicotine is, its chemical structure is virtually the same as the neurotransmitter responsible for the release of dopamine, the brain’s way of using a pleasant sensation to remind us that we want something. In its own way, the release of dopamine is a survival mechanism to help keep humans alive. We feel better when we eat, drink, get praise from family and friends. We can also feel better when we drink, smoke, shoot drugs. Dopamine doesn’t just trigger these sensations; it reminds us of the need to indulge them. Dopamine doesn’t distinguish the difference between a good behavior or a bad behavior.

Health Effects

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking causes or creates increased risk for:

  • 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of lung cancer deaths in women
  • an increase in coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times,1,5
  • an increase in stroke by 2 to 4 times,1,6
  • an increase in the likelihood of men developing lung cancer by 23 times,1
  • an increase in the likelihood of women developing lung cancer by 13 times,1 and
  • dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema) by 12 to 13 times.
  • Fertility problems
  • Premature births, low birth weights and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Nicotine Replacement Products

There’s a lot of money spent advertising nicotine replacement products. Whether it’s gum, a pill, or a patch, it’s all the same-a pharmaceutical answer to the body’s natural defenses.

Most nicotine replacement use a derivative of nicotine in its formulas. Using nicotine to quit nicotine doesn’t make sense. It’s also why use of these products has such high failure rates, as well as create transferred addictions from cigarettes to the nicotine replacement product.

Healthy Ways to Quit Smoking

70% of smokers want to stop. And while the body can be 100% free of nicotine after 72 hours, it’s the mental and emotional triggers that usually cause someone to start smoking again. It can take an extra 21 days for your body to completely adjust to being nicotine-free.

Here are some ways you can quit smoking for good:

  • Do not skip meals, especially breakfast. Skipping meals triggers spikes in blood sugar, which can trigger dopamine and craving…for anything, including cigarettes.
  • Watch caffeine intake. Nicotine can double the elimination rate of caffeine from the body, so after smoking, you may feel jittery if you maintain caffeine intake levels.
  • Try drinking cranberry juice in the first 3-5 days after quitting smoking. It helps to stabilize blood sugar while your system is cleansing itself of nicotine.
  • Lobelia tea is a great tea to drink while detoxing from smoking due to a similar nicotine-like effect on the body without the actual harmful effects of nicotine.
  • Licorice Root tea is another tea that is good to drink while overcoming cigarette addiction.
  • Hops, Magnolia Bark, and Wild Lettuce are also good herbs to help with healing from cigarette smoking.
  • Take Sea Salt baths to help draw toxins from the body.

DHerbs Solutions

To help break cigarette and nicotine addiction, DHerbs recommends:

Thank you for reading! This article is compliments of Dherbs.com.

2015-08-27T12:01:16+00:00

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    Q: I have been a heavy smoker for eight years and I recently felt the cigarettes start taking a toll on me. Three weeks ago I started having this irritating throat ache, so I starting skipping a few cigarettes. The more smokes I skipped the more I felt my throat getting better. Shortly after I started back smoking heavily again I experienced bronchitis/pneumonia symptoms. Such as Fevers, Soar and swollen throat, congestion, wet coughs, loss of appetite, and a few other symptoms. I immediately stopped smoking. It’s been 6 days now and my symptoms have decreased, but I am getting these nasty night sweats. I am waking up at least 4 or five times a night drenched in sweat. I feel it could be a number of things causing the night sweats such as nicotine withdrawals, my body's immune system going to work and sweating out toxins, and a number of other reasons. I would like to hear your expert opinion on why you think I am experiencing these sweat episodes, that sometimes happened in the day too. Also I took one capsule of Super Milk Thistle 3 days ago.

    A:

    It's plain and simple: HEALING CRISIS (withdrawal).

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    Q: Does the FULL BODY DETOX I have ordered clear any nicotine from your system for testing, urine or blood?

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    YES THE DETOX HELPS TO CLEAR NICOTINE.

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    Q: I ordered a bottle of CIGA-QUIT (ANTI-SMOKING) FORMULA. I need to know, if not doing the detox, will they still help you to quit smoking? How long will it take, for it to start working, and do I stop smoking all at once or gradually?

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    THIS FORMULA IS ONLY A MAINTENANCE FORMULA! ONE MUST PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FIRST FOR THE CIGA-QUIT (ANTI-SMOKING) FORMULA TO BE EFFECTIVE AS AN MAINTENANCE FORMULA.

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    Q: My husband has lung cancer which has spread to his bones he is currently on chemo treatment. He has a lot of pain in his left leg and takes the strongest pain killers for it, his feet swell, he has neuropathy, and he is still smoking. The doctors are not very hopeful. We went for acupunture to maybe help him stop smoking just yesterday. Is there some help or advice you can offer us?

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    Chemotherapy???? Please read our articles â€THE DANGERS OF CHEMOTHERAPY†and â€CANCER: CAUSES AND REMEDIESâ€. Still smoking???? My God, he's facilitating his own demise. He needs to change up his life NOW! Have him detox with the FULL BODY DETOX a.s.a.p. Tell him to stop smoking! NOW! He has to play a role in his healing if he wants to live!

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    Q: I just quit smoking this year, and I was wondering what herb would be best to take or drink as a tea to help heal and restore my lungs, heart, etc.?

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    By all means, perform the 3-week RESPIRATORY KIT. After this kit, take 3 capsules daily of Lungs and RESPIRATORY Formula and Mucus Buster. Drink 1 cup of Detox Tea as well!

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    Q: My husband has been told he has prostate Cancer he has since then stop smoking and has two more days on his Detoxing pills, once he finish this process what should he do in regards to his condition? Is there anything he can take he is in stage 2 and it has not spread to his bones or other parts of his body.

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    He should first perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. Have him read our article "MALE PROSTATE HEALTH" on our site under ARTICLES

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    Q: Do you have a product that will help me to quit smoking?

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    Products can help but the issue of smoking is "discipline." Only then you can stop smoking. I would suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOX for starters and then give our new SUBSTANCE ABUSE CLEANSE a try (it should be out next month, October 2008).

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    Q: Should I try your CIGA-QUIT (ANTI-SMOKING) FORMULA and ALCOHOL BUSTER BEFORE I detox??? Please advise.

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    I SAY DETOX FIRST BUT STOP LOOKING FOR EXTERNAL SOLUTIONS FOR INTERNAL PROBLEMS. THE ANSWER ALWAYS LIES WITHIN SELF. YOU ARE THE ANSWER, NOT SOME PRODUCT (NATURAL OR UNNATURAL).

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    Q: What would be recommended if I need to quit smoking and lose weight?

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    You should detoxify your body with the Full Body Cleanse and then use Smoke-Less Formula for daily maintenance that helps to reduce cravings and combat your body’s dependency on nicotine once you complete the cleanse.

     

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    Q: I have been smoking weed the past couple of days, I suppose to take a drug test next week, can I take some type of detox to cleanse my urine.

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    Take the FULL BODY DETOX up until the day of your test. It may or may not work, but it's worth a try (if you want to keep your job).

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    Q: I've ordered the 20 day body cleanse for my husband who has been diagnose with (RCC) Renal Cell Cancer which is in the kidney & spread to the Right lung and liver. They were going to take the kidney out today but could not because the right lung has filled with fluid it is being drained now they have started on the chemo pill SUNITINIB I've told the Dr. about the dherbs pills he said it was fine for him to take them along with the chemo pill he's has been on raw for 12 days also taking 2ounces of pure wheat grass a day is there anything else he can take to kill the cancer cells in the lung and liver?

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    The chemo pill is not going to help him because it's a poison - his body won't recognize it! He'd do fine with just the raw foods, wheat grass, and FULL BODY DETOX herbs. But it is your choice to do whatever you are going to do. Cells become cancerous because of starvation of OXYGEN. He should add 30 drops of OXY-DROPS to every glass of drinking water.?

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    Q: What is a good formula to stop smoking?

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    First, detoxify your body with the Full Body Cleanse.

    After this, take 3 capsules (3-4 times daily) of our Smoke-Less (Anti-Smoking) Formula.

    We also highly recommend taking Activated Charcoal (every night) and drinking Licorice tea daily (as well as Lobelia tea.

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    Q: I just sent you an email yesterday regarding my husband, but I am sending this one because I have read through a lot of your articles and one thing that I didn't see was your outlook about smoking weed. How do you feel about smoking weed? I mean isn't it suppose to be an herb and if it is smoked through a bong as oppose to blunt paper isn't weed healthy? Please forgive my ignorance.

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    Please read our article THE BLUNT FACTS OF MARIJUANA. The substance is banned by your government so why take the risk? Why not just meditate or work with crystals or yoga? No herb should be smoked. You're putting fire to it, which changes the molecular structure of the thing being burned.

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    Q: Why does your sugar levels spike when you stop smoking marijuana?

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    BECAUSE OF COMPENSATION, IT MUST BE FILLED WITH SOMETHING ELSE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD. ONE SENSATION FOR ANOTHER.

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    Q: My friend has the disease lupus and she does not know what medicines today and she smokes cigarettes. I told her to stop smoking the cigarettes. Please tell me what to do.

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    If your friend can't quit smoking and do other healthy alternatives, it's a wrap. Ain't pretty much you can do. To heal you must change in the right direction. Read our LUPUS article and article "THE METAPHYSICS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES."

    I would recommend the person try our Full Body Detox kit. The person can heal if they have the desire and will to heal.

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    Q: I am a 38 yr old single black female smoker desiring pregnancy. 3 yrs. ago I was diagnosed with pcos, type II diabetes as a result, along with a fibroid on the left side of my uterus. After much research, I have come to believe in your philosophy of healing from within, in an all natural manner. Although I am in the process of making drastic lifestyle changes from a sad diet to vegan and anti smoking, I feel as though I am in need of western medical assistance. I have scheduled an appointment with a gynecologist, for next week, but still plan on ordering the FULL BODY DETOX and FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME with the next two weeks. My question to you is this: What could be the possible side of effects of such drugs as metformin, clomiphene citrate, or a combination of the two for fertility while I am on your prescribed FULL BODY DETOX and FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME?

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    IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE DRUGS THEN DON'T TAKE THE HERBS AS YOU'RE JUST WASTING MONEY. HERBS WILL CANCEL DRUGS OUT BECAUSE HERBS CLEAN THE BODY OF TOXINS AND DRUGS ARE TOXINS. TAKING HERBS AND DRUGS SIMULTANEOUSLY DEFEAT THE PURPOSE IN ALL TRUTH BELOVED.

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    Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.

    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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    Q: I was online searching for some natural treatments for hair growth in Black Men when I came across your article. I must say that I believe it was so on point that I decided not to look any further. I'm 44 years of age and started noticing my hair thinning when about 12 years ago. I was one of those that you wrote about in your article chasing a lifestyle that is no longer an interest to me. I did fall into some bad habits that were not good for my health off and on over the past 15 years or so more off than on. My body type I would describe as athletic. I'm tone, and strong when I exercise regularly. I'm about 150lbs @ 5'11". My diet is mostly vegetables but from time to time I feel I have to eat fish or chicken. Not necessarily prepared in the healthiest way I'm sure. I just got out of one of my "on" spells so to speak. Meaning the drinking of beer and cigarettes. I've been smoking and drinking beer now since September 2006 after not having done anything but live healthy for six years before that. As soon as my wife and I came back to the states and started working and runnign again these old destructive habits appeared again in my life. I only blame myself though. Right now my hair and skin suffer from the chemical poisoning from the habits that I just mentioned. I am prepared to take your advice about righteous living to heart and start fresh again. Is there a mild remedy that can work with me to stimulate the re-growth of my hair in the spots where it is balding in that classic balding pattern? I am generally very healthy when I doing right and even now rarely get sick. But my sickness manifest in stress and bad habits to num the pain of having to live this way when don't really want to. I quit the job that I've been working for the past 4 years for that reason and have been blessed to have some time not to grind everyday chasing after money. Now is a crucial time of healing for me, and I must take full advantage of the time. Moderation is in order for whatever you can suggest for me in the way of herbal remedies. I am sure that you can prescribe a simple overall regiment for my overall health based on what I have shared with you with an emphasis on the hair and skin. Again, thank you for writing the article. Call or write. The sooner the better.......Thank You!!

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    I would say first detox with the FULL BODY DETOX and get your diet right CONSISTENTLY! Constantly clean your temple! This is key! Next, perform the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. After this, do a daily regimen of HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, KHEMETIAN GOLD, and MSM SULFUR. Forgive yourself of past self-inflicted harm! Stop worrying about your hair loss. Start visualizing your hair growing back. If you can see it, you will achieve it! The mind is all and problems and remedies begin in the mind! BTW: we offer phone consultations if you're interested.

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    Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks

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    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Q: I was recommended to start the 20 day Full Body Cleanse program; I was wondering does this affect your regularity. should I take this during a vacation time? I also smoke cigarettes should I quit while doing this? I just need to know before ordering your product so I can plan. I am from Canada and need to know how long before the product arrives.

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    The cleanse doesn't usually interfere with your regularity schedule. You can take it right away. We highly recommend you should quit smoking, as your are inundating your body with dangerous toxins.  To smoke while cleansing would defeat the whole purposes of cleansing.