Smoking and Pregnant

Impact of smoking on kids

Quit smoking before it harms your kids!

Smoking used to be cool, the coolest thing you could do. Just watch an episode of Mad Men or turn on a Humphrey Bogart flick for proof—tobacco used to be the King of suave. These days cigarettes have lost their glitz and glamour. In most Western countries, smoking is frowned upon and is quickly losing is social acceptability.

How Does Smoking Affect the Unborn Baby

Just because something is stigmatized does not make it an anti-social behavior. Many smokers would still claim that smoking is an act of community during which people can socialize and make and maintain friendships. However, recent research has linked prenatal smoking to anti-social behavior in children. If this is true, it has wide-ranging consequences for our society since many pregnant women are exposed to cigarette smoke on a daily basis even if they have made the conscious decision not to smoke themselves.

Potential Issues Due to Smoking While Pregnant

According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, a “small but significant” link exists between maternal smokers and the development of ADHD and unruly behavior in their progeny. They speculate that this has to do with the reduction of oxygen to the fetus when mother’s smoke during pregnancy, which can damage brain development as well as other parts of the body. While this claim is still quite controversial (as many psychiatrists see ADHD and unruly behavior as phenomena engendered by socialization), it is still worth pondering. How many children and the lives of those around them, are negatively impacted by the fact that they were exposed to the over 4000 toxins present in cigarette smoke? We know how fragile fetal development is and we know what cigarettes do to adult bodies. So it isn’t that far of a stretch to see the link between maternal smoking and the development of anti-social behavior in children.

What Can You do for Your Unborn Child

If you are a smoker and are considering having children or are around pregnant women, then you should seriously consider the implications of your habit relative to the healthy development of the baby growing inside you or growing inside the women around you. Children are born into this world innocent and dependent and rely on the judgment of their parents for their health, development and safety. Children are a great incentive for you to find the will power to break the chains of your tobacco habit. There are many smoking cessation methods that can help you put out your last cigarette. One method worth looking into is hypnotherapy or hypnosis to quit smoking as it helps you change your beliefs and restructure your habits—it is never too late to create a new you!

Unfortunately when quitting smoking it is important to be focused on being a non smoker. So preparation is extremely important. Going cold turkey is painful and there is an emotional struggle. That’s because smoking is a habit and you are trying a break a habit built up over years and years. The unconscious mind is there to protect you emotionally as well as physically. So that habit is keeping you happy. So changing that habit is going against your unconscious mind making quitting very difficult. This is where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis is an easy pleasant way to become a non smoker in just one session.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

 

The Childhood ADHD Explosion

 

Childhood ADHD is a diagnosis that is as common as it is controversial; indeed, compared to fifty years ago, there seems to be a sudden ADHD tidal wave washing over children across the globe. From a health and wellness perspective, the question becomes: What is childhood ADHD and how has it spread so much so fast? [Read more…]

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion in ADHD Among Children?


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For as long as it has been around, ADHD has been a controversial diagnosis. Many people, parents and grandparents in particular, wonder why there were no ADHD children in their classrooms when they were children and now suddenly they seem to be everywhere. What has changed so much about children and where did ADHD come from?

One major change that has led to the proliferation of ADD diagnoses is the ubiquity of psychiatry and psychiatric services. Compared to 50 or 100 years, advances in psychiatry have determined that many behavioral problems, from nervousness to hyperactivity, are actually disorders that can be labeled and treated, whether with drugs or even cognitive behavioral therapy, as is the case with many anxiety disorders. Psychiatrists say that ADHD itself has always been around, it’s just the label “ADHD” that hasn’t.

ADHD is a developmental disorder that is characterized by poor attention skills and hyperactive behavior. Children with ADHD struggle to focus on tasks that they need to complete at home or school and are prone to outbursts of energy that can be disruptive in various social situations. At present, 3-5% of children globally are diagnosed with ADHD and it is one of the most commonly discussed and studied psychiatric disorders.

As with many psychiatric diagnoses, the big debate in ADHD is whether it is a disorder caused by nature or nurture-it is a biological disorder or a maladaptive social disorder? On the one hand, many researchers claim that it has biological roots that can only be treated with drugs like Ritalin. Opponents of the biological approach claim that it does not take into account the social changes that have accompanied ADHD’s rise, such as longer, more regulated days in school and homes in which both parents work. The believe that ADHD is a cry for attention due to a society that does not allow them to get their needs met, but simply lines them up for pharmaceutical companies.

So what is the truth behind the nature vs. nurture debate? Probably a little bit of both. Drugs have been shown to help children diagnosed with ADHD, but there is also proof that ADHD can be attenuated by lifestyle and dietary changes. ADHD is a hotly debated topic and will continue to be in the future as people become increasingly suspicious of the health profession’s tie to the pharmaceutical industry. However, whether or not you prescribe to nature or nurture, ADHD is a very real disorder for the millions who suffer from it, so it is important that we don’t stigmatize them-we must continue to look for ways to help them have a better quality of life.

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Health Benefits of Vitamin B6 for Smokers and People With ADHD


Vitamin B6 boosts the Immune system for non smokers

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Have you recently quit smoking and are looking for a way to boost your immune system? Do you or someone you love suffer from ADHD and are looking for some more natural relief that doesn’t come straight from the pharmaceutical assembly line? If you answer yes to either of these questions (and maybe even both) then it is worth investigating vitamin B6 as a nutritional supplement. Whether you have just quit smoking or recently been diagnosed with ADHD, let’s look at the ways vitamin B6 can help you improve your quality of life.

Vitamin B6 and smoking: If you have just quit smoking, you are likely looking to mitigate the harm it has done to your body. Vitamin B6 is an excellent supplement to take if you are interested in boosting your immunity, as smoking wreaks havoc on the immune system since it must work overtime to fight all of the extra toxins tobacco smoke deposits into your body. Vitamin B6 is a pyridoxine that is a critical nutrient for a strong immune system. It also helps protect you against hormonal imbalances, can prevent heart disease, and deters pregnancy problems.

However, if you have recently quit smoking then you may be most excited to hear that vitamin B6 can help reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. According to a study conducted at The International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, “vitamin B6 and methionine are strongly associated with reducing lung cancer risk in people who never smoked, people who quit, and current smokers” says researcher Dr. Paul Brennan. Vitamin B6 sounds like a pretty good health deal if you are trying to get your body back on track after you just quit smoking.

Vitamin B6 and ADHD: If you or someone you know has ADD, then vitamin B6 is also worth a try. Vitamin B6 is often referred to as an anti-stress vitamin and it is vital in enhancing your immune system and getting your body through stressful situations. Problems like depression, anxiety, short-term memory loss, the inability to concentrate, and irritability are often the result of a vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 is key to healthy brain development and functioning and synthesizes serotonin. In terms of ADHD, vitamin B6, particularly in combination with magnesium, has been shown to relieve symptoms because it balances the brain processes mentioned before. While it is always important to seek professional medical treatment when diagnosed ADHD, taking vitamin B6 supplements won’t hurt-they will actually help you.

Vitamin B6 is an excellent nutrition supplement because it keeps two of your most important bodily functions, the immune system and neural system, healthy and high-functioning. If you have just quit smoking or struggle to keep your ADHD under control, vitamin B6 can play an important role in helping bring your body back into balance.

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