COPD and Emphysema: What’s the Difference?

COPD and emphysema are both nasty lung disorders whose damaging effects on the body reinforce the necessity of quitting smoking as soon as possible.

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But COPD and emphysema are not the same disease, despite the fact that many mistakenly believe that the two are one in the same. Therefore, it is important to learn how to identify the differences of the two—even if both disorders ultimately require you to pursue the same goal: quitting smoking.

What is Emphysema?

Emphysema is a lung disorder that is primarily caused by smoking; in some rare cases, emphysema is caused by a protein deficiency. Emphysema is the chronic destruction of the lung tissue as a result of the thousands of toxins and poisons deposited into the lungs via the act of smoking. Emphysema is a degenerative disease, with symptoms slowly worsening over time. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, pain with breathing, changes in voice and weight loss. Shortness of breath, however, is the worst of all the symptoms and if emphysema is left untreated it can result in shortness of breath even while resting.

What is COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a cluster of lung disorders, which includes emphysema; that is, emphysema is one of a variety of diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis that compose the whole of COPD.  COPD is also a degenerative disease that leads to chronic coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and, frighteningly, the survival rate after a diagnosis of COPD is only about 10 years!

How do these diseases affect people?

As you can see, emphysema and COPD are lung disorders that can hinder your ability to lead a healthy, fulfilling life. Not only that— these lung disorders, COPD in particular, can lead to an untimely death. Therefore, it is imperative that you make the decision to put out that last cigarette today. It is never too late to quit and never too late to give your body the chance to heal and thrive.

COPD and emphysema are lung disorders that can lead to an early death. If you are a smoker and are worried about your health, contact me or get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to help and hear you out!

Are you ready to quit smoking?

If the answer is Yes then Hypnosis is the most successful therapy to quit smoking. It is relaxing and just one session. So give Maureen Hamilton a call as she is an expert hypnotherapist and has helped more than a thousand people to quit smoking. Not only that she also gives a Lifetime Guarantee so if you ever start smoking again you can come back again and at no cost to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684. Make that decision now and call Maureen.

References:

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5824847_difference-between-copd-emphysema.html

Smoking: Why Is It So Hard to Quit?

It is common knowledge that quitting smoking is hard—but it isn’t necessarily common knowledge that it doesn’t have to be.

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Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

Quitting smoking is hard if you go about it the hard way. Trying to quit smoking cold turkey? That’s the hard way. Using nicotine patches to give up cigarettes? That’s the hard way, too.

The reason it is so hard to quit is because many smokers—and medical practitioners alike—view smoking as a physical addiction. Therefore, smokers believe that if they just get nicotine out of their systems, their bodies won’t crave it anymore. But smoking is not a physical addiction—it is actually a psychosocial habit. And addressing the psychosocial issues underlying your smoking habit will actually make quitting a much easier endeavor.

What are your Triggers

Take a moment to think about why you smoke and when you smoke. Is it because of stress? Because you want to socialize? Because you want to look cool? Your smoking habit stems from a need to fulfill a psychosocial need. You learn to associate the act of smoking with a specific emotion or social situation and then smoking becomes an unconscious habit. And this is why it is hard to quit: because, although you aren’t always aware of it, smoking fulfills your emotional and social needs.

So how can quitting smoking be made easy for you?

By identifying and resolving the psychosocial issues underlying your habit. One excellent way to do this is to engage in quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you identify the reasons you smoke and then give you the ability to create new thoughts and beliefs vis-à-vis cigarettes so that you no longer you need them—consciously or unconsciously. Our thoughts create our reality, and so what we think controls what we do. Instead of thinking, for instance, ‘cigarettes make me feel more social’ you will think ‘cigarettes can kill me—and I don’t need them.’ If you use the quit smoking hypnosis services provided by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can give up your smoking habit in as little as 60 minutes—something that you could never do by trying to quit any other way.

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Help! Cigarettes Are Controlling My Life—And I Hate It!

Are Cigarettes Controlling you?

Do you have the feeling that cigarettes are controlling your life? Do you wake up every morning and your first thought is—‘I need a smoke’?

Well you don’t have to live this way. Many people do not realize that the smoking ball is in their court, so to speak; that is, quitting smoking is entirely up to you and you have the power to take back control of your life.

Is Smoking an Addiction

While smoking is typically promoted as being a physical addiction, in truth, it is a psychosocial habit. This means that the reason you smoke is because cigarettes fulfill an emotional and relational need(s). For instance, you smoke because you feel more comfortable at a party or because you think it relieves your stress after a long day of work. Thus, you begin to associate positive emotions and beliefs with cigarettes—and unless you address them, cigarettes will maintain their power over you.

But if you have had it with cigarettes holding court in your life, then you are in luck: you can get your life back. And all by using the power of your mind.

Our thoughts—and beliefs—create our reality. This is the concept underlying hypnosis, quit smoking hypnosis included. Quit smoking hypnosis can help you get your thoughts and beliefs back under your control so that you can shape the reality that you want. And the reality that you want is to be smoke-free.

What is the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

Hypnosis can help you identify the thoughts and beliefs that keep you smoking—and then a hypnotherapist will guide you through suggestions that cause you to change your thoughts and beliefs with respect to cigarettes.  Once you have created new thoughts and beliefs about cigarettes, you can begin to be smoke-free. And if you use the method promoted by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can be free from your cigarette prison in only 60 minutes, which may be hard for you to believe—but it is guaranteed.

Feeling Trapped with Cigarettes

Nobody likes to feel trapped under someone’s—or something’s—thumb. If you want to be the leader of your life again, then you have the power to do so. You don’t have to be a slave to cigarettes anymore—with quit smoking hypnosis, you can take your life—and your health—into your own hands.

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The Cost of Living with a Smoker – Bad for Your Health, Bad for Your Finances

Cigarettes Cost Money and Health

Cigarettes Cost Money and Health

There are millions of smokers worldwide and thus millions of people who live with smokers. Living with a smoker can be challenging; especially given that you’re constantly subjected to the smell. However, you also know how difficult it can be for smokers to quit smoking.

If you live with a smoker, however, it is in your best interest that he or she quit—as soon as possible. The reason is two-fold: smoking has a negative impact on both you and your smoker’s health and finances.

Health-wise, living with a smoker means you are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. According to the United States Surgeon General, second-hand smoke is just as deadly as first-hand smoke; breathing it in can cause cancer, heart disease, exacerbate asthma symptoms and contribute to the development of a variety of other life-threatening health conditions. If you are living with a smoker, every time they smoke you smoke, too.

Finance-wise, living with a smoker is also detrimental. According to a study conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, smoking households in the United States spend a whopping $227 million dollars a year on cigarettes. That is $227 million dollars a year that could have been spent on groceries, bills, loans, savings and even vacations. If you live with a smoker, then, you might want to start paying more attention to how much money goes to his or her habit.

Living with a smoker is dangerous to your health and harmful to your finances. The idea that smoking is an individual habit is false; smoking has a negative impact on the friends, family and even community of the smoker. If you are tired of your smoker’s smoking habit, or if you are a smoker tired of exposing the people that you love to cigarettes, then it is time for you to get some help. Quitting smoking is a very attainable goal, something that you can even do in 60 minutes if you give the services of Life Coach to Quit Smoking a try. So get started saving money—and saving lives.

Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then visit us on Facebook and Twitter

Quit Smoking and Get Rid of Your Chest Pain

Whether you have just quit smoking or even if you are still smoking, chest pain is a problem you are likely to encounter with cigarette usage. If you experience smoking-related chest pain, then you know that it can be a scary experience; chest pain causes many smokers to worry about diseases such as cancer and emphysema. However before you diagnose yourself (or dive into the scary medical information flooding the internet) take the time to understand the various kinds and causes of chest pain—and then make sure to see your doctor to get the final verdict on what you are experiencing.

Are you a long term smoker?

Long-term smokers, short-term smokers and the newly smoke-free all have the potential to experience chest pain. Chest pain, as a term, is  very vague. There are different kinds of chest pain: sharp, shooting pains when breathing, dull aching, throbbing, pain with coughing etc.

Smokers often experience all of the above mentioned types of chest pain, but not all indicate the presence of a medical condition. Still, if you are a smoker and you experience sustained chest pain, then you need to get to a doctor right away; you could be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, or angina pectoris—insufficient blood flow to the heart which can result in a heart attack.

For the newly smoke-free, chest pain and even black mucus are very common in the first few weeks after you quit smoking. However, if you notice that the pain does not subside, or that the mucus is black and also streaked with blood, it is important you go to the doctor for a check-up to make sure there is not something more serious going on.

How to avoid chest pain

The best way to avoid chest pain? Don’t smoke, obviously! In other words – quit smoking! But if you are a smoker, then it is never too late to take charge of your health and get rid of that nagging sore feeling in your chest for good. There are many methods out there that can help you, such as quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you re-wire your brain’s beliefs and feelings about cigarettes so that you no longer depend on them for emotional and/or psychological soothing.

You have the power to quit

You just have to make the decision to stop. Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are ready to stop smoking, then go and book yourself in for your Quit Smoking Hypnosis session.  Alternatively call 1300 619 684 and have a chat to one of our friendly staff.