World No Tobacco Day, 2011 (May 31)

It’s hard to believe that it has nearly been a whole year since we last blogged about World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).  So many things have happened since then, and yet it feels like just a few weeks ago, and I’m sure that your lives have been busy in the past year too.  But have you taken the plunge and begun a new, healthier way of life?  If not, May 31st might just be the perfect time to quit smoking cigarettes for good!

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Ash trays with fresh flowers are a common symbol of World No Tobacco Day

When The Whole World Says No

One thing that can help you in taking on a major change in your life (such as quitting smoking and cleaning up your lungs), is knowing that you are not alone.  Knowing that there are thousands of people all over the world doing the same thing you are.  That is the beauty and the benefit of WNTD for the individual; that it can give you that final kick of motivation that gets you exchanging a destructive, dangerous habit for healthier, better ones.

World No Tobacco Day was created in 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO), and 2011 is WNTD’s 23rd year (actual observance of WNTD began in 1988).  Each year has a theme that follows through press releases, to promotional flyers, pamphlets and other media materials.  In 2011, the theme is “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).” Now you might just be saying ‘wha?’ to this.  This year’s theme is not a particularly personal one (as it has been in past years), but rather, an important WHO agreement that attempts to persuade governments and corporations to agree on reducing the production of tobacco, and tobacco products, and to replace tobacco farming with other, healthier crops.  To quote the WHO:

“The world needs the WHO FCTC as much as, if not more than, it did in 1996 when the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an international framework convention on tobacco control. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. This year, more than 5 million people will die from a tobacco-related heart attack, stroke, cancer, lung ailment or other disease. That does not include the more than 600,000 people – more than a quarter of them children – who will die from exposure to second-hand smoke. The annual death toll from the global epidemic of tobacco use could rise to 8 million by 2030. Having killed 100 million people during the 20th century, tobacco use could kill 1 billion during the 21st century.”

If you’d like to know more about this years WHO World No Tobacco Day theme, please follow this link.

World No Tobacco Day Can Be YOUR No Tobacco Day Too!

On a more personal level, WNTD is, at its core, a day where people that have a tobacco habit can forgo tobacco and tobacco related products for a whole day (Tuesday, 31st May), knowing that tens of thousands of others all round the world are doing the same thing.  It is in this sharing that you gain power and motivation to do something positive for yourself, just as the WHO is working for positive change in the world.  By observing World No Tobacco Day, you are being a part of that, and if you can do it for one day, perhaps you can go for longer… and make not smoking a part of a new, healthier life for yourself and for your lungs.

And don’t feel left out if you are a reformed smoker, now living healthy and free of nicotine!  This is your day to celebrate the effort you have gone to in making your life healthier. One way to really celebrate this is to start something designed to improve your health even further.  I can think of nothing better than building on a day of no tobacco by consider our flagship product, ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series.  Whether you have already quit, or in the planning stage of saying goodbye to nicotine for good, our Lung Cleansing Guide has all the advice you need to turn one day free of nicotine into a lifetime of better health, and to speeding up the removal of tar and mucus that clogs up a recently reformed smoker’s lungs.  Trust me; you want this stuff out of your lungs, and your life.

So consider quitting smoking on World No Tobacco Day 2012, you could be feeling a whole lot better and having a cleaner set of lungs as well!

Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Stress, Quitting and Lung Detoxification – Why You Should Be Interested!

Stress & SmokingStress is an almost unavoidable factor of modern living.  We are taught by society and advertising that it’s something that comes in from outside of us and is impossible to avoid… or is it?  I’m going to fill you in on one little secret that will change the way you think about stress forever, and might even give you a handle on dealing with stress, and make it less of an ogre in your life.

Dealing with stress is all about understanding its very nature, and the way you look at it.  At its core, Stress is your reaction to a given situation, in which you are concerned that the outcome will be negative.

The Hypothetical

Have a think about it.  What stresses you?  A classic example is being late for work.  Many bosses like to give their workers hell about being late, even if what caused the problem was out of their control.  So there you are, sitting in gridlock, missing that all important meeting, or even just not being at your desk with that ogre of a boss walks by, checking on you.  Is this something you’d be likely to stress over?  HELL YES!

Now let’s modify this disappointingly common situation.  Say your work had a flexitime arrangement, so it didn’t matter so much if you were late for some reason, as long as you did all your hours.  And your bosses were understanding (it’s unlikely but this is a hypothetical, okay?), so they didn’t schedule meetings til 11 am so everyone had plenty of time to get there.  Now if you had this arrangement, how would you feel about the near future from your car in that traffic snarl?  You wouldn’t be bothered, most likely.

So you can see that Stress is your reaction to what you perceive as an unfavourable outcome to a situation you find yourself in.  And therein lies the secret, and the answer.  If you do not perceive the situation as stressful, that is, you take a more long term, laid back approach to problems, stress won’t be such a devastating factor in your life. If you consider that the boss will do what the boss will do no matter if you stress or not, and just do your best to sort things out anyway, you’ll feel a lot better about things.

This is all explained in much greater detail in our Anti-Stress Section of the Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series. But why is reducing stress so vitally important to your chances of success in quitting smoking and detoxifying your lungs?

Why Stress Reduction is Important To Lung Health

·when you stress for extended periods (our bodies are actually designed to deal with short-term stress much better than chronic, long-term stress) it has a wide range of detrimental effects on your body.  One major effect in this is Depression of the Immune System.  Not only can this lead to more infections, but a raft of other problems, that can significantly slow down your Lung Detoxification progress.

·Stress can ruin your motivation to stay the course, keep looking after yourself, and get lung toxin free.

·The bodies physical reaction to stress can preferentially use up vitamins and other nutritional factors important to Lung Detoxification and repair, reducing the rate at which your detox your lungs.

·Stress can lead you to seek out comfortable habits, of which Smoking is a big candidate.  When you are feeling down, tired, stressed out, it’s the time that your defences (and resilience) are at their lowest.  This is the time that you are likely to give in and reach for the cigarettes again.

So as Stressing overly is going to put the brakes on your Lung Detoxification progress, you really want to limit negative reactions to your daily trials and tribulations.  Stress at its worst can even drive you back to smoking, something you really, really don’t want to do.

In fact we think Stress reduction is so important that we have devoted one whole guide in the Complete Lung Detoxification Guides series to the subject.  Why don’t you head over to the sales page and check it out?  You’ll be really glad you did.

Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

~William Renolds

 

 

 

So You Quit Smoking To Save Your Lungs? – What’s The Next Step?

Nest Step After Quitting SmokingHello again my smoke-free readers (you have quit, right?).  The first thing most newly smoking-free people ask is; what do I do now to improve my health? Well our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series has many affordable and easy to follow activities to keep you smoke-free, and improving not only your lungs after quitting smoking,  but your overall health too, every day.

I’ve decided to drop you a freebee and give you a big hint toward improving your lung health, clearing them of tar, and generally helping your body as a whole recover from the damage done from years of smoking. There is a whole section on this in the Lung Detoxification Guide, but I’ll give you a taste of it here. And that is, your Immune System.

Now if you don’t know what your Immune System is, here’s a quick description. Your Immune System is a complex system of cell types in your body that undertake the task of defending you from the outside world, which far too often these days is going to cause you damage. Think of it as the ‘US defense forces’ of the body.  It will attack any foreign objects, including bacteria, fungi, and parasites, kill off cells that have been subverted by viruses, and help with the defense and repair of damaged organs, like your lungs. As the immune system is essential for accelerated lung detoxification, it makes sense to do as much as you can to boost it, and to get it into shape to help you heal the rest of your body as much as you can.

Focusing on Lung Detoxification, the Immune System is vitally important, and generally, if you’ve smoked for any considerable length of time – say more than a few months – your immune competency (how well your Immune System works) in the area of your lungs will be poor.  Just like your lungs, your bodies’ defense and repair mechanisms in and around your lungs have been poisoned by your habit, and needs all the help it can get to get back to the job of defending your recovering lung cells.

Your lungs have been coated in a thick layer of tar and mucus, depressing your immune system in the lungs, and poisoning the cells that are vital to your breathing.  Once that mucus and tar starts to break up and be removed by our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide step-by-step activities, foreign invaders can now reach those delicate, recovering lung cells.  If your Immune System is not ready to fight when they get there (once the physical barrier of tar and mucus is reduced) you will have an increased chance of developing lung infections.

So it’s clear that a strong Immune System is vitally important to better lung, and overall health.

Why don’t you try this Immune Boosting Smoothie, just one of the many foods recommended in the Complete Lung Detoxification Guide to help improve Immune function.  Try to use the freshest ingredients you can, but if you need to use  frozen fruit, it’s better than not making it at all, right?

Recipe for an Immune-boosting Smoothie

·2 cups milk or rice or soy beverage

·1 cup yoghurt (plain, nonfat)

·1 serving of a multinutrient supplement

·one banana, cut up

·1/2 cup blueberries

·1/2 cup each of your favorite fruit, (e.g., organic strawberries, papaya, mango)

·1 tbsp. flax oil or 2 tbsp. flaxseed meal (for additional fiber, if you don’t mind an even grainier texture, add 1 tbsp. or more of oat bran.)

·3 ounces tofu

·10 mg. zinc

·100 mcg. selenium (Brazil Nuts are a good source)

·50-100 IU vitamin E

·1 serving soy isolate powder (optional)

Combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately after blending while the mixture still has a bubbly milkshake-like consistency.

I hope you enjoy the smoothie as it will help your lungs after quitting smoking.


Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

~William Renolds

 

New Way of Identifying High Risk of Lung Cancer in Smokers?

This article on lung cancer caught my eye today.

If you are worried about what yoru smoking has doen to you this method when it comes into being may help you or many others get more infromation about the chances of cancer.

Of course, until that time you are simply better off doing a lung detox as fast as possible!

Discovery Of New Approach For Identifying Smokers At Highest Risk For Developing Lung Cancer

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in collaboration with investigators at the University of Utah, have discovered a new approach for identifying smokers at the highest risk for developing lung cancer. The findings, which appear in the April 7th issue of Science Translational Medicine, will allow the researchers to use a genomic approach to prevent lung cancer in these individuals and to personalize cancer chemoprophylaxis and therapy.

Cigarette smoke is the dominant cause of lung cancer in the United States, accounting for an estimated 90 percent of all cases. While only 10-20 percent of smokers develop lung cancer in their lifetime, there are currently no tools available to identify which of the approximately 90 million current and former smokers in the U.S. are at the highest risk. Unfortunately, diagnosis is most often made at a very advanced stage where treatment is largely ineffective. The damage caused by cigarette smoke, however, is not limited solely to the lung, but rather constitutes a ‘field of injury’ throughout the entire respiratory tract that is exposed to the toxin. Consistent with this idea, study lead author Avrum Spira, MD, MSc, chief of the section of computational biomedicine in the department of medicine at BUSM and his colleagues, previously developed a gene expression-based biomarker measured in the cytologically normal bronchial airway epithelium that reflects an individual’s physiologic response to smoking and distinguishes smokers with and without lung cancer. Although this biomarker is successful at diagnosing lung cancer, it does not identify the signaling pathways underlying these gene expression changes.

Using a novel gene-expression based approach to define oncogenic pathway signatures, the researchers, in collaboration with Dr. Andrea Bild at the University of Utah, have now discovered that the expression of genes belonging to one specific cancer-related pathway, PI3K, are activated in the cells that line the airway of smokers with lung cancer. This gene expression activity in the normal cells of the proximal airway precedes the development of lung cancer and may be reversed with a specific chemopreventive agent (myo-inositol) that targets this pathway.

“This finding is significant as these cells can be obtained in a relatively non-invasive fashion from the airway of smokers at risk for lung cancer, and does not require invasive sampling of lung tissue where lung tumors normally arise,” said Spira, who is also an associate professor medicine and pathology at BUSM.

The BUSM researchers then went on to validate their findings by measuring the biochemical activity of this pathway in the airway epithelial cells from an independent group of smokers with and without lung cancer. “We found that this PI3K pathway gene expression activity is decreased in the airway of high-risk smokers who had regression (or improvement) of their premalignant lesions following treatment with a potential lung cancer chemopreventive agent known as myo-inositol, and demonstrated that myo-inositol inhibits the PI3K pathway in lung cancer cell lines,” he added.

According to the researchers, the data suggests that measuring this airway gene expression activity can help determine which specific cancer pathways have been deregulated within an individual smoker, allowing one to tailor a specific drug that will target the pathway to reduce that individual’s risk of lung cancer. “This represents a critical advance in the field of lung cancer prevention as there are currently no effective strategies for lung cancer prevention among high risk smokers. Our work has the potential to help address the enormous and growing public health burden associated with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women in the US and the world,” added Spira.

Funding for this study was provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Spira is one of the founders of Allegro Diagnostics Inc., a molecular diagnostics company that plans to market the gene expression biomarker.

Source:
Gina DiGravio
Boston University Medical Center

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/184801.php

Quitting Smoking AND Detoxifying Your Lungs – What You’ve Got To Look Forward Too

You gain many day-to-day quitting smoking benefits, some more immediate than others.

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Health benefits of quitting smoking

  • Your breath smells better (no more partners kissing an ash tray)
  • S tained teeth get whiter (don’t be afraid to show teeth when smiling anymore)
  • Bad smelling clothes and hair go away (see the 3rd Hand Smoke blog post below)
  • Your yellow fingers and fingernails disappear (The yellow, not the fingers of course!)
  • Food tastes better (oh what culinary delights await!)
  • Your sense of smell returns to normal (hey, those flowers do smell nice!)
  • Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath –such as climbing stairs or light housework (and the more you work at it, following our Guides activities, the better it gets!)
  • Improved financial situation (calculate how much you’ve spent on cigarettes over the years you’ve been smoking… enough said)
  • Improved social acceptance (smoking is just NOT cool anymore – being healthy is!)
  • Improved health of others around you (family and friends)
  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
  • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting smoking: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
  • 1 year after quitting cigarettes: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
  • 10 years after Smoking Cessation: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who continues smoking. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease, too.
  • 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.

You should note that the time periods quoted above often have an upper and lower limit.  The upper limit is the time it takes when a person has quit, but are not otherwise looking after themselves. THIS IS NOT YOU! The lower limit is for people like YOU, who are proactively looking to improve the time and chances of getting your health back as close to what it would be if you had never smoked. Your success in this effort of detoxifying your lungs is based on three things; the amount of damage you have done in the years you have smoked, the effort you put into following our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series will speed up your recovery with a lung cleanse, and improve your chances, and other complicating conditions you might have.

In my next post, we’ll look at what you might have done to yourself, and trust me, it’s not pretty.

Until then,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

~William Renolds