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.


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


Sep 14 2012

DR. Rosenberg’s Podcast with Teeitupphilly

Dr. Rosenberg has years of experience helping professional athletes with visualization techniques. If you love playing golf then you need to listen to this podcast from teeituphilly and Dr. Rosenberg. We golf enthusiast play because we love the smell of the fairways, the sound of a golf ball being hit 300 yards, and the feel of a perfect swing, and the subsequent feeling that you know you just hit an amazing drive. Most importantly we play to enjoy the game. Golf is a game of patience and strategy. It requires clear thoughts and concentration. We all know that stress, nerves, and other things can affect your game. However, there are little steps that you can take to relax, and get back to enjoying the game.

In order to improve your game relaxation will be key to your success. Also, remember to use positive self-talk and other techniques to help with you with your golf game. Do not let your stress affect your swing and stroke count anymore. Dr. Rosenberg recently conducted a podcast on how to conquer your nerves and not letting nerves or stress affect you golf game anymore. He speaks about why we love to play the game and how to relax while playing. This podcast is four minutes long, and will help you with your golf game for years to come. Visit teeitupphilly.com to hear the podcast.

Have a great weekend and happy golfing!

Best Dr. Rosenberg


Aug 24 2012

ForeverYoung+

Have you ever wondered how ONE Day could change your life? Then join Forever Young+ on October 21st, 2012 from 10am-5pm Downtown Philadelphia Sheraton at 17th and Vine Street. Forever+ is bringing the message to adults to live healthier, happier, longer liver with an array of health and wellness information. All day Forever Young+ will be featuring amazing speakers lecturing on and sharing their experiences with the four pillars of health:

Physical: Keep your body in prime condition as you age. Learn that the latest information on physical fitness, disease management and optimal nutrition.

Emotional: Learn to manage stress and focus on building and maintaining great relationships, handling life’s inevitable challenges, and leading a productive fulfilling life.

Intellectual: Engage in lifelong learning, critical thinking, and expand your worldviews with new experiences and knowledge.

Spiritual: Seek meaning and purpose in human existence. Develop an appreciation for the depth and expanse of life.

ForeverYoung+ will be a great experience with a healthy atmosphere. It’ll be a good opportunity to learn more about yourself and become a healthier you. Make sure to get your tickets today!

Best 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.


Mar 29 2012

Staying Positive at All Costs

In life you can take all the right precautions and do all the right things. Save your money, get good grades, be kind to strangers, visit your grandmother and grandfather every Sunday, pay your taxes, follow all traffic laws etc. However, sometimes life zigs when it should zag. For example someone rear ends on your way to work and at the same time your computer breaks. Later in the day you find out that your landlord is raising your rent.

When life throws all those different things at you at once it is important to keep a positive mindset. You cannot let set backs such as theses significant or insignificant affect your overall outlook on life. To maintain a positive outlook when life leads to stressful moments such as a car accident is a very good skill to have. A positive mind frame in the face of adversity or negative situations will better equip you to leave a negative situation with a positive lesson. For example if your laptop breaks instead of looking at it like my laptom broke and that is it. You can look at the situation as “what did I learn from this?” Maybe you learned that leaving your laptop plugged in at all times leads to it breaking, so from now on you won’t leave it plugged in except when necessary. It is important to take something away from a negative event that is positive. If you don’t you are more likely to repeat those same mistakes over and over.

The point being is that no matter what happens to you in your life, and how hard it can be at times to keep a positive attitude. It is key to your mental health through moments that test you to think and act positively. You will feel better about yourself, and confidence in your ability to handle any situation. You will also feel better physically as your mental health can also be attributed to how you feel physically.

Remember living your life with a positive outlook is half the battle. Don’t let yourself become victim to your own negative attitude. Life may zig when it should zag, but by allowing yourself to be negative along with it when it does means doing yourself a disservice.

Stay positive


Mar 15 2012

Don’t Worry…Be Happy

Now that Winter is over and Spring as sprung its time to get your serotonin levels back up! During the Winter some people have been know to be affected by SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. The actual cause of this disorder is unknown at this point. However it has been attributed to lack of sunlight during the shorter days of Winter with melatonin levels go down. Now that the sun is shining more and Daylight savings is back! No need to be SAD anymore! Not only will living an active lifestyle and eating right help to shake those remaining SAD symptoms. Having a positive mindset is half the battle when breaking the negative mindset that SAD can contribute too during those Winter months.

This is where Hypnotherapy comes in handy. It can help an individual jumpstart their serotonin levels by relaxing the mind, and helping the individual reach a positive reach a positive thought process. Hypnotherapy will help person focus on the brighter aspects of their lives and not let the negatives ones affect them. The reasoning is that the more a person thinks negative the more likely they are going to experience negative moments, and It is also worth say that as people we will generally react the same way to an event, person, situation as we did the first time. If you see a bug and scream then the next time you see a bug you are going to scream. If you try a new exotic food but have a bad experience with it then when it comes the time to try new food again you may be hesitant.
Even though over the past few months SAD and its symptoms have become second nature to the individuals suffering form the disorder.

Now it’s time to call your local hypnotherapist and jumpstart your mental health into a positive mind frame. Prepare yourself this Spring to live a healthier lifestyle both mentally and physically. Enjoy these beautiful Spring and Summer days to come. Keep an eye out for more blog post to come, and make sure to check out the Suburban life article and radio interview located at http://bit.ly/szrlW5. As well as make sure to read the American Chronicle articles featuring Dr. Rosenberg. Enjoy the beautiful days to come!


Jan 26 2012

Stress have down?

It can be hard to regain your footing after a hectic holiday season. Some people find themselves behind on their work. This leads to these people stressing out but not all stress is bad and it can motivate, allow for better focus, and make some stronger.

However too much stress is a bad thing. People find themselves often becoming irrational, angry, and sometimes it can lead to health issues. There are a few ways to avoid stress at work.

Make sure that you have great time management and organization skills. Using to do lists, learning to say no, asking for help when you need it, and make sure to have realistic goals set for you to accomplish. Another way of helping to reduce stress in the office is to relax and take deep breaths. Sometimes by remembering to smile and laugh more can help you to feel less stressed at work. Do your best to make sure to get enough sleep, when a person is more well rested they will feel better about the work they must do. Find a mentor who can offer advice when needed because have someone to talk to can lead to a person carrying less stress around with him or her.

Overall Dr. R hopes that a few of these suggestions allow you to reduce your stress at work. Remember to keep a positive outlook, take deep breaths, surround yourself with optimistic people, and take a break when you need one. Keep your eye for more blog post to come.


Dec 7 2011

I WILL SURVIVE!

With the holidays in full swing, Dr. Steven Rosenberg offers advice and counsel on surviving the season with reason.

For Philadelphia-based Therapist and Author Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Ph.D., the New Year has always brought in a
bevy of new clients. This is not surprising.

A recent CNN poll found that over 50% percent of respondents reported the holidays as the most stressful time of
year, and this year is even more stressful as unemployment rates continue to climb.

According to Rosenberg, not only do money woes and the hectic pace of the holiday season result in increased levels
of stress, it can also lead to ineffective communication between family members – which, in turn, may be the final
straw that leads the couple straight to a therapist’s couch.

Communication is key. If your family is feeling overwhelmed and individuals and relationships seem tense,
make a conscious effort to practice the communication skills of listening and expressing.

Keep expectations for the holidays manageable. Don’t try to make this holiday season the best ever.

Set realistic goals for yourself and your family and pace yourself.

Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the most important activities. Be realistic about what you can
and cannot do. How much help can the younger family members realistically be expected to give. Adults
need to say no and set healthy limits for themselves and their family.

Set limits on money, time and emotional energy that you and your family can give and stick to them. If
spending time with extended family is stressful set limits on time spent together.

Additional Tips:
The Holidays can overwhelm children. There’s so much expectation and stimulation.
Schedule quiet time; for you and the children. Kids act up when they are overtired. Make sure they get breaks from
the noise and confusion of the season.
Pick your battles. Stand firm on the important stuff and let the rest slide.
Discipline with love.
Communicate with them.
Model love, respect and self-control.
Plan for the letdown.
You and the Family
Be realistic.
Set limits and stick to them.
Organize and prioritize
Be flexible – stay open to change.
Get enough sleep – plan for the rest you need.
Maintain healthy routines: exercise, eat right and avoid over indulging.

Share with others your time and talents (even better, do this as a family).
Remember that you are only human.

About the Author
Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Ph.D., was born in Philadelphia in 1947. He did his undergraduate work at Temple University
before receiving his doctorate from Southwest University. During the course of his subsequent career as a teacher,
psychotherapist and hypnotist, he has helped tens of thousands of people quit smoking. And every November he
conducts a mass smoke-out www.quititnow.com/ordernow.com Dr. Rosenberg has been the team psychotherapist
of The Philadelphia Flyers hockey team and a consultant for the Perspective television series. He was the recipient
of the Selah Award and was inducted into the Hypnosis Hall of Fame. He was also voted Cambridge’s Man of the Year
1994 and was listed in Who’s Who in the East in 1993-94. Since 1997, He is the author of the popular book, “Quit
It Now And Forever,” which teaches people to quit smoking with ease. He has also written, “The 15 150 Secret To
Simple Dieting,” and “I Hope The Hell I Win! Turning Hope Into Reality… How Winners Win!” Dr. Rosenberg is a
hypnosis hall of fame member and has been featured on Fox-TV, Mens Health, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily
News and CBS 3.

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For more information, please visit www.quititnow.com


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!!