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Title: Dairy, Fruits and Veggies May Help Smokers Quit
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-22 07:32:45
DURHAM, N.C. -- Milk does the body good -- and may help smokers break the
habit, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
Smokers reported that consuming milk, water, fruits and vegetables worsened
the taste of cigarettes, while consuming alcohol, coffee and meat enhanced
their taste, according to the scientists.
The findings could lead to a "Quit Smoking Diet" or to development of a gum
or lozenge that makes cigarettes less palatable, said lead study
investigator Joseph McClernon, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of
medical psychiatry at the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation
"With a few modifications to their diet -- consuming items that make
cigarettes taste bad, such as a cold glass of milk, and avoiding items that
make cigarettes taste good, like a pint of beer -- smokers can make quitting
a bit easier," McClernon said.
The findings appear in the April 2007 issue of the journal Nicotine and
Tobacco Research. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug
In what the researchers say is the first study to explore the taste-altering
effects of food and beverages on cigarette palatability, they asked 209
smokers to name items that worsen or enhance the taste of cigarettes.
Nineteen percent of them reported that dairy products, such as milk or
cheese, worsen the taste of cigarettes; 14 percent reported noncaffeinated
beverages, such as water or juice; and 16 percent reported fruits and
Forty-four percent of them reported that alcoholic beverages enhance the
taste of cigarettes; 45 percent reported caffeinated beverages, such as tea,
cola and coffee; and 11 percent reported meat.
Smokers of menthol cigarettes were less likely to report that any foods or
beverages altered the taste of cigarettes, a finding that suggests menthol
covers up bad tastes stemming from items consumed with cigarettes, the
Identifying which components of foods and beverages ruin the taste of
cigarettes could lead to new treatments to deter smoking, said study
co-investigator Jed E. Rose, Ph.D., director of the Duke center.
The researchers are now looking at the possibility of using the chemical
silver acetate, which is known to alter the taste of cigarettes, to help
smokers quit. The additive could be given in the form of a gum or a lozenge
as part of smoking cessation treatment.
"Every deterrent treatment requires willpower," Rose said. "This approach
alone will not work. It may make cigarettes less pleasurable, but
ultimately, if a person is craving a cigarette, he will start smoking
Rose recommends that diet modifications be used in combination with standard
nicotine replacement therapy, such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum,
to help with withdrawal.
Other researchers participating in the study were Eric C. Westman and Avery
Title: Re: Dairy, Fruits and Veggies May Help Smokers Quit
User: Anonymous Date: 2007-05-03 20:42:03
There are foods that stem addictions, things like ginger, crystallised with sugar is nice, avena sativa is very good for getting rid of cravings, that is an extract of oats. Milk is calming at any time of stress, as it contains an amino acid called tryptophan that turns to serotonin in day and melatonin at night for sleeping, the happy brain chemical. Lettuce also contains alot of this tryptophan amino acid, as does cheese, paneer. The antioxidants in fresh fruit and combat the bad effects of smoking, cleansing the blood somewhat.
But smoking is a very powerful addiction and the thosuands of toxins in cigarette smoke are so bad for health. There is no easy way to stop smoking other than to simply STOP smoking and hope your friends and family are supportive at that time as the withdrawal is difficult and can last for weeks to months.
For that hypnosis is a powerful tool. There are many tapes and they work, as they positively condition the mind not to smoke from its previously conditioned, smoker state. Still a conditioned mind sure, but one step at a time.
Gradual reduction and using craving stopping herbs such as avena sativa, oat extract and calming foods such as milk, lettuce etc plus hypnosis, plus, supportive friends who may put up with the odd offensive attitude as you go through the process looking forward to the new less offensive smelling and all round less offensive person, to come shining through.
Nicotine is just one of the thousands of psychoactive substances contained in cigarette smoke, a powerful stimulant, just as caffeine is.
Coffee withdrawal lasts only about one to two weeks during which time you will be offensive and grumpy and bad tempered and get alot of real bad headaches. Decaffeinated coffee also contain an addictive substance so dont be fooled by replacing with decaf.
Hot lemon juice and calming chamomile leaves in hot water, will cleanse the system and the chamomile has a calming effect, different to that of milk and lettuce, but very good.
The best thing is not replace one addiction with another. Some people get very fat when they stop smoking because they crave sugar as their blood sugar levels fall low. Dont replace smoking with over eating, that can be just as deadly.
It is a change of mentality and of lifestyle that there is no quick fix for, but which if you are determined enough to succeed, have strong will and spirit behind you, you can be successful with and go on to lead a much happier, healthier life, and be a more pleasant person for all your friends and generally life will be better if you stop smoking using whatever means necessary and stick to simple living and high thinking, the natural way!
I have given up smoking and coffee, myself several times, so speak from experience, I have so far found though that even having given up smoking in past, it only takes a few stressful situations to make me light a cigarette as if it were an old friend. But I do not have much support or friends and family in my life, which makes it difficult to do so for good, because when they disappear at the first sign of any grumpiness developing, i go back to smoking , its a vicous cycle, that I can onl see being broken by some consistent support from friends and well wishers.
Its hard though because people who never smoked, dont see why it shoudl be so difficult to stop. But is is same brain center that controls appetite, and so would be as difficult to give up as giving up food,if that epxlains a little to non smokers why it is so hard. I had been smoking since 12 years old.
Anyway, chamomile tea, avena sativa, milk, lettuce, cheese, paneer, can all help, as can supportive family members who can put up with a bit of moodiness for some times, wih the expectation of a new you shining through once the worst is got through.
I started smoking at 12 years old, so its a long habit to break and I am told it takes several attempts to do it when you have been smoking that long. I am fully determined though, have my hypnosis tapes, and avena sativa at the ready and plan some cheese and lettuce sandwhiches and hot lemon drinks to detox my system. Coffee is easy to give up, its just when smoking ist a sort of accompaniment which when I stop smoking I also auto lose desire for coffee.
Good luck to anyone quiting smoking and please if you get a chance pray for me to be able to give up for good on this attempt, as I am trying at this moment and hope this time it will be for keeps. As this is the last vice that will keep me on road to the regs, I eat pure veg diet , I never touch alcohol or drugs, but smoking has been like a weight round my neck and this time I wish to be able to stick with he quit for keeps, forever and always
Chandrika Gauranga dasi