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 Third Time Is NOT a Charm: Third-Hand Smoke Is Deadly Too

By now you are very likely aware of the dangers of first and second-hand smoke. But did you know that third-hand smoke has the potential to damage human DNA?

Every time a smoker exhales, remnants of tobacco smoke toxins are left clinging to various surfaces: clothing, walls, carpets, even the pages of books. And these tobacco smoke remnants do not simply die or disappear; they linger and, according to research conducted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States, they cause genetic damage to all who come in contact with them.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s study is “the very first study to find that third-hand smoke is mutagenic,” said Lara Gundel, the study’s co-author, as well as scientist at the Berkeley Lab. By mutagenic, Gundel means that chronic exposure to third-hand smoke damages human DNA over time. So even if you avoid smoking in your home in front of guests, if you smoke in your home at all, you are still doing your non-smoking visitors damage every time they sit on your couch, brush against your wall or even place their feet on the rug.

The dangers of third-hand smoking provide yet another compelling reason to quit smoking for good. But maybe you are struggling with this task-maybe you really want to quit smoking, but just aren’t sure how.

Well, you are in luck. There is a harmless, easy way to quit smoking forever that is fast to boot; in fact, you can be tobacco free in as little as 60 minutes. The hypnotherapy services provided by Life Coach to Quit Smoking will help you address the source of the smoking problem-the springs from which your psycho-social issues vis-à-vis cigarettes originate. Once you know why you smoke, you can then re-train your brain so that it no longer associates tobacco use with pleasant experiences or psychological soothing. Thus, you can create a life that is life affirming; that is, a life that is characterized by health happiness and vitality.

Every cigarette you smoke leaves its poisonous mark on the surrounding environment. Do you really want to create smoke-filled spaces that make people sick? If not, then we’d love to hear from you and get to know you better, so don’t forget to like us on Facebook. And if you want to give us a shout-out, let the world know via Twitter!

 

What Is the Mind?

What is the mind? This many seem like an easy question, but, in fact, you may be at a loss for words when asked to define what the mind actually is. But this shouldn’t worry you too much-some of the greatest thinkers in history-from Plato to Kant to Sartre- have struggled to determine the workings of the human mind.

So is the mind your brain? Your feelings? Your ability to act as an agent in the world? Depending on culture, religion, or philosophical mode of thinking, the mind can be understood as all, none or some of these things. In psychology, however, the mind is generally agreed to be a set of certain cognitive faculties, originating in the brain, which work in tandem to allow humans (as well as animals) to think, judge, remember, perceive and above all live in a state of (sub)consciousness.

In psychoanalysis, beginning with Freud and Jung, the mind is usually divided into both the conscious and the subconscious:

• Conscious mind: All of the thoughts, actions, feelings, perceptions and beliefs that we are aware of.
• Subconscious mind: All of the thoughts, actions, feelings, perceptions and beliefs that are lodged in our memories or that exist in our minds without us being aware of them. Very often, the content of the subconscious mind appears during dreaming.

Psychoanalysis generally maintains that human beings are very often shaped and controlled by the content of their subconscious-rather than conscious-minds. Psychoanalytic therapy practices, such as hypnotherapy, very often target the subconscious mind in an effort to reveal its content to a patient so that he or she can resolve the conflicts lodged there (false beliefs, negative attitudes, destructive habits) in order to obtain a more psychologically integrated, healthy life.

Despite massive amounts of research, there is still so little we know about the mind and its power; indeed, as the old medical adage goes: human beings only use 10% of their brains. In this series of articles, then, we are going to take a closer look at the mind with respect to its potential vis-à-vis two important psychoanalytic practices: hypnotherapy and NLP. So if you are interested in learning more about your mind’s potential for healing and growth, stay tuned.

The human mind is a mysterious and powerful thing-but once you learn how to use it, you can bring health and healing to your life on so many levels. To learn more about how, visit trimslimhypnosis.com or get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

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History of Smoking


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Smoking is an ancient practice and it has been around nearly as long as humans themselves. Various cultures have smoked various plants around the world, but the use of tobacco for smoking can be traced back to South America as early as 3000-5000 BC. With such a long history of use, it is no wonder that tobacco smoking has been difficult to eradicate today, even if we know the ways in which it negatively impacts our health. Still, there is an important difference between tobacco use of the past and tobacco use of the present and understanding this difference gives some important insight into smoking cessation.

The original intent behind tobacco use was spiritual. Among South American aboriginals, smoking tobacco was highly ritualized and associated with shamanistic activities or royal ceremonies. By 1 BCE the use of tobacco for religious purposes was ubiquitous throughout South America with many indigenous tribes believing that smoking tobacco revealed their gods.  Each rising Empire in the Americas from the Mayans to the Aztecs had a place for tobacco in their religious practices, the Aztecs borrowing the concept from their Mayan forefathers. Aztecs at the royal court also smoked tobacco as a way concluding various ceremonies. Thus, the use of tobacco in its original contexts was a mixture of political and religious rites.

As time progressed, tobacco spread further and wider and became more commonplace and detached from it original political and spiritual purposes. Age the age of European exploration and Colonialism began with the likes of Magellan and Columbus, the meaning of the use of tobacco took on a new form, one for which it can be recognized today: a product to be marketed for monetary gain. Slowly but sure the use of tobacco spread to Europe and Asia, soon reaching to every far corner of the world. Cigarettes as we know them today arose in the early 20th century, cementing the fact that tobacco use had become a part of global industry and corporate greed. Any religious or political significance that tobacco smoking had held in the early Americas had now been reduced to marketing a bad habit to the public to in an effort to get more money. Even as the dangers of tobacco use became widely known, tobacco companies still work day and night to make their product attractive and available to the susceptive.

It is important to note that just because the early Americans used tobacco for religious and political purposes it does not mean that this was healthy or good for them to do. However, the intention behind the use of tobacco was different than today. It was highly ritualized and not just trite everyday habit. The early Americans did not mass market tobacco use and did not manufacture it as a means of exploiting people’s health in order to earn money. Modern tobacco smoking is a product of consumer culture and a combination of the incessant drive by Big Tobacco to make more money and people’s unwillingness to take control of their health and break unhealthy habits. If we look at the origins of tobacco use then we see that the reasons were smoking were very different that today and we can start to see how exploitative smoking really it. This doesn’t mean you should pick up a cigarette for spiritual purposes or as a means of worshipping God, but it does mean that you should be more mindful of the fact that smoking is engaging in a greedy global scam—and you have the power to break free from it if you make the decision to do so.

Marijuana Vs Tobacco


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The healthiest lifestyle is one that is totally smoke free, avoiding both marijuana and tobacco. Many tobacco smokers feel that as long as they don’t engage marijuana use, their habit isn’t that bad because it is legal. Conversely, marijuana users believe that tobacco smoke is way more harmful than cannabis smoke and thus they feel as though their lifestyle is less of a health problem. It seems as though both groups of smokers are trying their hardest to avoid the truth: that both marijuana and tobacco have very damaging physical and psychological effects. We are our minds and bodies-we must live with them every day and if we want to be happy, we have to keep them healthy. The best way to keep your mind and body in top form is to stay completely smoke free.

To stay psychologically healthy, stay off pot: The major benefit of staying smoke free and pot free is better mental health. Marijuana is not as physically dangerous as tobacco smoke in terms of cancer; it does cause respiratory infections and other smoke-related illnesses. According to medical researchers headed by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles there is a chemical reaction within marijuana that kills cancer cells, and tobacco apparently lacks this property. However, psychologically, marijuana is damaging to each smoker’s health. It causes euphoria, panic, anxiety, and paranoia. It provides users with a false sense of happiness or fear that is fleeting, and many people develop a marijuana habit to escape the reality of life, often to avoid problems. Marijuana use can also impair short-term memory and damage learning skills.

To stay physically healthy, stay off tobacco: The major benefit of staying smoke free and tobacco free is better physical health. Tobacco smoke contains potent carcinogens that are proven to cause cancer and other devastating health problems such as emphysema. Tobacco is a habit that can lead to early death and an overall decreased enjoyment of life due to poor health.

The categories above are much generalized; marijuana and tobacco contribute to both physical and psychological problems. However, these categories serve as a good rubric for understanding the importance of role of mind and body synergy for better health. When we talk about health, we often think of mind health and body health as separate things that don’t necessarily affect each other-but in reality they are connected and constantly influencing one another. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body and a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Both marijuana and tobacco affect the health of the mind and body, so it is important to realize that a smoke free lifestyle is your best bet for total health.

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