Apr 14 2015

Why is the FDA giving e-cigarettes a closer look?

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products will hold its third and final public workshop to collect data on electronic cigarettes and public health this June 1 and 2. But you don’t need to attend the workshop: through July 2, the FDA invites you to submit comments online here regarding e-cigarettes and public health if they’re supported by research and data.

Those who follow “vaping,” either as enthusiasts or as scientists studying the phenomenon, anticipate this call for input will bring heavy regulation to the manufacture, sales and use of e-cigarettes.

So why is the FDA getting into e-cigarettes now, when it has left them unchallenged since they were introduced to the U.S. some eight or so years ago?

electronic cigarette vs traditional cigarette

Because the data that has been coming in is scary! What appeared initially to be a wholly harmless way to curb or quit smoking is now looking dangerous – and glamorous. That latter element, some anti-smoking advocates fear, could undo all the progress to date that makes smoking unacceptable to young people and pushes smokers to the fringes of society – or at least to the loading docks.

Let’s first say that the government, medical professionals and researchers haven’t a lot of incontrovertible data that long-term use of electronic cigarettes – which dispense nicotine via a smokeless vapor – are creating a public health issue. But enough studies linking e-cigs to asthma, lung inflammation, MRSA infection risk and exposure to harmful chemicals let us know that e-cigarettes certainly aren’t harmless.

How do they work? Take a tube. Add a rechargeable lithium battery. Insert a cartridge that contains nicotine, flavoring and chemicals like glycerin or polyethylene glycol – and maybe additional ingredients that don’t need to be named, since e-cigarettes aren’t regulated yet. An atomizer in the tube consists of a heating coil that heats the “e-juice” (nicotine cartridge contents) to a vapor you suck into your mouth, throat and lungs. A sensor notes when you take a drag and activates the atomizer as well as an LED light that glows at one end to look a little like a burning cigarette. The e-cigs starter kits range from around $30 to $100; a cartridge provides roughly the “smoke” of a pack of tobacco cigarettes but costs about a fifth of the real thing.

Is there anything in that description that bothers you? Quite a bit catches my eye. Here are my concerns:

  • We don’t know fully how the chemicals in the vapor affect a person’s health over the long term.
  • The nicotine cartridges are poisonous, labeled with warnings to keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • There have been reports of e-cigarettes exploding when the lithium battery is overcharged.
  • And hey, who are we kidding? With e-cigarettes, you’re still putting nicotine – a proven toxic substance – into your body.

Vapor Electronic Cigarette

This is what I know to be true because it is backed by real research conducted by real scientists and by my own professional experience:

  • Using tobacco products in any form is bad for your health.
  • Ingesting nicotine is bad for your health.
  • Many adults would quit smoking if they thought they could – and if they “knew then” what they “know now,” they would not have started.
  • One safe, sure way to quit smoking or other tobacco or nicotine use – and far safer than replacing the unhealthy substance with nicotine and additional potentially dangerous substances – is to undergo a focused overhaul of your habit system.

If you want to quit smoking without taking the risks that come with e-cigarettes, save yourself the cost of the kit and cartridges and let me guide you through a personal journey of connection to your best intentions.

For that is what hypnosis is: you working with a professional who assists you to reframe your habits and routine practices to make your life more of what you want it to be. And that is a lot more glamorous and satisfying than an e-cigarette, any day.

Learn more about quitting smoking with Dr. Steven Rosenberg here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

UPDATE: Electronic cigarettes have been getting more coverage in the news recently! Check out an article from the New York Times by clicking here and another article from The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.


Dec 7 2012

New Year’s Resolutions…Make Ones that You Can Actually Keep!

During the New Year we make all sorts of resolutions and promises to family and friends. However, many of us fall short in keeping the resolution and achieving the goals we set for ourselves. According to statisticbrain.com, the percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution(s) is 8%, while the percent of people who absolutely never make their New Year’s resolution(s) is 38%. The numbers speak for themselves, that very few are able to stick out their resolutions and actually achieve their goal, while more of us fall into the absolutely never achieve our goal category.

The success to achieving your goals is twofold: one, make ‘SMART’ Goals and two, use professional help. A ‘SMART’ Goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound; also if you write down your goals they are more likely to be achieved. Second, when people consult with professionals who are knowledgeable in desired areas people can confidently believe and achieve whatever their heart desires. Say you want to lose weight in the New Year; some of us can write it down and try to change our eating habits, but if no one holds us accountable we tend to get tired of trying, or discouraged when we don’t see immediate results and we give up. Give up no more because here at quititnow.com we help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions pertaining to health and wellness. Once you make your resolution ensure that you keep it by contacting quititnow.com for more information.

Warm Wishes,
Dr. Rosenberg


Oct 26 2012

Great American Smokeout

On November 15th, the American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout. This day is utilized as a day where with the help of friends and family smokers finally quit that nasty habit of smoking. On this day smokers around the country will finally put their packs of cigarettes down and work towards living a healthier smoke free lifestyle.

According to the American Cancer Society tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Over 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Did you know, that over half of the 45 million Americans still using tobacco have tried to quit smoking for at least one day within the past year.

It’s worth noting that as of 2010 there were 13.2 million smokers in the United States and 2.2 million people using tobacco pipes according the American Cancer Society.

Quitting Smoking can be a very difficult task, but with the help friends, family, and trusted professionals like Dr. Rosenberg, we can ensure that this 37th Great American Smokeout is a success for you! Start planning now, so that on November 15th, a new positive and smoke free life will be awaiting you.

Please keep your eye out for appearances from Dr. Rosenberg!

Best


Jul 13 2012

Get Rid of Stress

Are feeling stressed out at work? Do find yourself bringing it home? Well now is the time to quit that bad habit before it gets worse. If you find that work is bringing you down then find ways that will help relieve the stress. Here are a few tips.

1. Make sure to recognize when you have stress the key to avoiding stress is to make sure you stop it before it can begin!
2. On way to get rid of stress is exercise! Exercise is a great way to get the endorphins going and burn calories while literally working the stress out of your body! You’ll feel healthier, and better if make sure to get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day!
3. Find a hobby! Hobbies are great way to take your mind off of work! It’ll allow you to express yourself differently than your 9-5 will allow. By participating in something that interests you, you will find that will feel better about yourself and in turn relieve some stress!
4. Make sure that you have good time management and organizational skill. Make a to do list and don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself.
5. Take more breaks from your work. It may sound like a bad work ethic, but if you feel yourself stressing out, than get away from your desk for 5 minutes here and there!

Dr. Rosenberg hopes that these tips will help you manage your stress, and it will help you be happier and more productive at Work.

Best Dr. Rosenberg


Jun 20 2012

Eat your way to feeling great inside & out

Do you want to not only enjoy what you’re eating, but also have long lasting benefits that keep you feeling great?  Well learning what you should be eating will allow you to take the first steps in maintaining your overall physical and mental health.  What you eat plays an important part in how you feel as a whole.  When you eat right you will give your body an extreme amount of benefits for not only your physical health, but also for your mental health. It is a scientific fact that deficiencies in some essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients can lead to symptoms associated with stress, depression, behavioral problems and physical disease.  When you are put in a situation that can cause you to have fatigue or stress your body will tend to self-medicate those feelings by consuming all your nutrients, thus leaving you with a short supply.  A good way to replenish your body with a full “tank of gas” is by incorporating foods that are rich in nutrients into your everyday diet.  This will in turn set you on the path to leading a healthy lifestyle!

According to TheMindsancutary.com deficiencies in the following list of nutrients have all been linked to issues with mental health:

1. B1 – Poor concentration

2. B3 – depression, stress

3. B5 – poor memory

4. B6 – depression, poor memory, irritability, stress

5. B12 – poor memory, confusion

6. Folic acid – anxiety, depression

7. Magnesium – anxiety, depression, irritability, stress, insomnia

8. Vitamin C – depression

9. Selenium – depression, irritability

10. Zinc – depression, confusion, blank mind, loss of appetite, lack of motivation

11. Omega 3 – depression, poor memory

12. Tryptophan – depression

Now that you are aware of the nutrients that you will need to incorporate into your diet here are some foods that are rich in these ingredients and taste great too!

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Brown rice (B1, B3, B5, B6, Selenium)

Porridge Oats (B1, B3, B5, B6, Selenium)

Walnuts (magnesium, Omega 3, tryptophan, zinc)

Brazil nuts (selenium)

Pumpkin Seeds (magnesium, Omega 3, zinc)

Sunflower seeds (magnesium, omega 3, zinc and selenium)

Garlic (selenium)

Vinegar (for salad dressings)

Wholegrain Bread (B vitamins)

Olive Oil (omega 3)

Hemp Oil (omega 3, 6 & 9)

Beans and pulses

Vegetables

Peppers (B1, B3, B5, B6, VC, Magnesium)

Broccoli (B1, B3, B5, B6, Magnesium)

Spinach (Folic Acid)

Fruit

Bananas (B6, tryptophan)

Oranges (Vitamin C)

Strawberries (Vitamin C)

A few extras such as apples, pears and berries

Meat & Fish

Chicken (B12, tryptophan)

Salmon (B12, Omega 3, Selenium, zinc)

Tuna (B12, Omega 3, selenium, zinc)

Liver, Beef & Lamb

Dairy

Natural Yoghurts (B12)

Eggs (B12)

These amazing tips should get you started, and keep you feeling great inside and out.  Not only are you prolonging your life, but you’re also making it an enjoyable one!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Rosenberg


May 24 2012

Positive Attitude Equals Positive Results

On average, it is said that people take a total of seven attempts to quit smoking.  Upon hearing this news the primal response to many people would entail a pessimistic view. People are said to have 60,000 thoughts per day; about two thirds of these thoughts are negative thoughts.  So statistically speaking, if somebody told you that it took seven attempts to quit smoking, you would respond with the feeling of never being able to quit, Therefore, never quitting.  However, with a positive attitude the idea of quitting seems plausible. Think of the situation, as the seventh attempt being lucky number seven, be eager to get to the seventh attempt.

Many experiences from smoking can at first seem like negatives; however, every situation can be flipped to reflect a positive view and can be a learned experience, so instead of looking at past attempts as failures, see these attempts as experience.   Everything that is done wrong, can offer you something to be learned. Therefore, use these experiences to your advantage for the future. People may give up quitting because cravings are strong and they want to give into them. The stronger the cravings are, the closer you are to quitting. Nothing gets easier before it gets harder.  Therefore, take these cravings as a feeling of accomplishment of smoking one less cigarette, rather than cravings to smoke one more cigarette.  Number of cigarettes smoked in the past.  Instead of looking in the past and the thousands of cigarettes smoked, use this to your advantage! Use this number that you estimated as motivation.   Think about your health and how you can improve it, never just settle.

Even if the seventh opportunity is not enough for you, turn unlucky thirteen into lucky thirteen.  Have a positive attitude to quit now.


Apr 13 2012

How hypnosis will change your life!

Having trouble breaking the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes, or are you trying to lose weight? Find yourself under pressure when you are out with friends and family? All of the quit smoking programs, and diets that you have been trying not working? You may not know it but your sub-conscious might be working against you. In the field of Hypnosis there is term called the “Guard at the Gates” this means that there this is a negative block keeping you from accomplishing your goals, whether it be quitting smoking, losing weight, or any other positive change you have in store for yourself.

Hypnosis is a tool that you can utilize to break past your own guard at the gate. This will allow you to take a positive thought, attitude, idea, and implant it into your subconscious, so that the next time real world temptations that have been keeping you from accomplishing or even just sticking with a new positive change will not affect you. If you choose to utilize hypnosis as the tool that will finally get you over the hump, then you will find that when attempting to quit smoking, or to lose weight you’ll be more likely to be successful. Let’s say you have been hypnotized and you’ve quit smoking the next time you are out with friends and family who smoke you will not give in as easily because the trigger in your brain will have been removed.

Don’t let negative triggers in your sub-conscious keep you from accomplishing your goals. Give hypnosis a try and you will find that you will accomplish and stick to every change you have wanted to make in your life. Thank you for reading, and best of luck to you on changing your life for the better. Make sure to keep an eye for more blog posts to come.


Dec 22 2011

WITH THE HOLIDAYS UPON US

We would like to take the time to thank all of you for your continued support and interested in Quit It Now. We would also like to take the time to wish you and yours a very healthy and joyous Holiday Season this year. Sometimes, in our hectic lives we forget about the true meaning of the Holidays Season. We all know the Holidays can be a very stressful time, but we would like to give a little reminder that the Holidays are a special time to cherish and spend time with love ones.

No matter what religions or beliefs, the Holidays are a time to take a minute, think and truly understand, not what you DON’T have, but appreciate and be thankful for what you DO have in your life. The Holidays are about giving back to the less fortunate, caring for individuals, and showing a glimpse of hope and happiness in this crazy world we live in. So this Holiday, we would like to encourage you to slow down a little, share the true meaning of the Holiday Season with others, and appreciate the time we have been given.

Wishing you ALL a very warm and happy Holiday Season!!


Sep 16 2011

Are you tired all the time?

There can be many reasons as to why people are tired. With the 21st century obsession with a fast pace world, it’s hard to know what day it is. With the increase in technology giving everything we need in the palm our hands such as computers, Ipads, and the biggest one Smart phones, its no wonder everyone is rushing around trying to do everything at once. The jobs, the homes, the kids, social cycle, friends and everyone need time and which means managing it all day, everyday. This monotonous routine is a huge factor in answering the question why am I so tired? There are other facts too, such as sleep disorder, too much smoking, too much stress, and too much rushing around.

Although, smoking can be a huge factor to your everyday tiredness, which is something I read in a recent article. “Moreover, the people who smoke a lot or the chain smokers have a high tendency of getting tired. The smokers if ask themselves this question of why am I so tired, the first thing that should come to mind is the smoking. A little quitting of smoking for a day or two can be extremely effective.”

If you’re a smoker and sick of being tired all the time, why don’t you do the first step to ride this tiredness out of your life. Maybe for a day, maybe for a week, or maybe even forever!!