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"I've smoked for over 40 years. After only three weeks taking your SmokeLess Tonic I found it very effective and i was able to cut down drastically. I took it as you advised, sipping it just before I lit up and I only took 1-2 drags and then I don't want any more. Now after 3 months I've stopped altogether. I feel a lot better, I'm not so flustered or depressed. I've tried all sorts of methods to give up smoking but nothing worked. Friends have commented on my better attitude and mood. I'm continuing with SmokeLess and your ABC Daily Powder because I feel so much better. Thank you so much for your help." Rose (Belfast)
Remember the first cigarette you had
Remember the first cigarette you had and how unpleasant it was? 4000 poisons were introduced into your body which rebelled with cough, curse, nausea and headache. The body pleaded no, no. After a few attempts at smoking the body slowly becomes accustomed to the poisons and the addictive effect of nicotine takes hold. Once the nicotine is implanted in the body affecting the link between your physiology and psychology the habit is established: you're hooked, the black cloak is placed on you; addiction takes root. The usual physiological demand of the body is at least the nicotine content of 10 ordinary cigarettes per day. Often it is much more.
Each cigarette takes 8 minutes of your life. A pack of 20 takes a month. Two packs a day totals up to 12-16 years of your life. One drop of pure nicotine is sufficient to kill a grown man. 145 cigarettes contain 1 drop of nicotine.
Smoking is causative in many diseases, reducing the length and quality of life. Smokers get more colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, emphysema, heart attacks, strokes, and many other upper respiratory and circulatory problems than non-smokers. Smoking aggravates diabetes, ulcers, high blood pressure, Burger's disease, and galucoma, and may help cause osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), smaller babies, miscarriages, stillbirths, and lung cancer.
When smoking the heartbeat increases, increasing the load on the heart which increases the blood pressure. The heart requires more oxygen, however the carbon monoxide from the cigarette forces the oxygen from the bloodstream, depriving the heart of the oxygen it needs.
Smoking in the presence of non-smokers causes tearing of the eyes, constriction of the mucous membraines of the nose, as well as constriction of the blood vessels. Non-smokers are affected by the tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide and the other poisons in the smoke. Children are particularly affected and can cause irritability and lowered motivation eg in school work.
Any other drug or other substance that caused this many harmful effects would be made illegal.
To cut down in order to give up usually ends up unsuccessful - the body has its brutish demands for at least 10 a day (as explained above). And each time the effort fails, the addiction becomes even more deeply entrinched, followed by depression and a lack of self-respect, and also a feeling that he or she will fail in other facets of life as well. Only 3% of smokers are able to stop smoking on their own. We want you to be one of those 3%. This is how:
The 5 Point Fix
First you need your own motivations. You know what they are and why. Next you need a diet that keeps your blood sugar stable: a high fiber carbohydrate diet with adequate protein eaten in 6 smaller meals (rather than 3 large meals). All food should be unrefined and slow to digest. Dried fruit, fruit juices and veg juice are all rapidly absorbable and should only be consumed in moderation, and with a handful nuts, or some cottage cheese or yoghurt. Dilute fruit juices with 80% water. This will prevent the ups and downs of your body which desires its 'hit'. High fluid intake is essential to help overcome this nicotine craving and detoxy the body. Reduce coffee drinking to 1 cup a day. Have sweat baths or saunas daily in the detoxification regimen to get the nicotine poison out of your system. Start regular exercise and take up a sport you like to improve your oxygen intake and immune resistance and general health. Do some deep relaxtion exercise, eg meditation, listening to soft, soothing music with closed eyes, visualisation, yoga postures; start with just 5 minutes twice daily. Throughout this regime (remember you're a 3 percenter!) take SmokeLess Tonic. This containsa high poportion of Lobelia (Indian Tobacco) which contains lobeline, which is very similar to nicotine and is non-addictive but it will trick your body into thinking it is getting its fix. Once you have broken the habit you can stop SmokeLess Tonic. The tonic also contains other important herbs to help in your detoxification programme: liver and lung detoxifiers, immune stimulants, stress relaxants, energizers. You carry the SmokeLess Tonic around with you wherever you go, taking little sips regularly and whenever you want to light up. Along with the SmokeLess Tonic you can also use our ABC Herbal Smoking Mixture which also contains a high proportion of Lobelia - but whatever you do, do not mix it with tobacco; this will defeat the purpose and make the habit/addiction much more difficult to break.
SmokeLess Tonic does work very well - takes the edge off of the cravings. Many thanks. Janet
Alan, your 'regime' was just what I needed. I had been in a smokey corner for a very long time. I followed your general directions and believed in me for a change. I changed my lifestyle and bad eating habits. I now love getting out into the country and have taken up bird watching (I have always loved birds), and who wants to smoke in the fresh air?! It's all working, it's been hard often but with your SmokeLess medicine I'm sure it was a lot easier than it might have been. I've kicked the habit and proud of it. Thank you for all your advice and help. J. Williamson.
Dear Mr. Hopking,
Many thanks for your attention to my repeat order. I have found your ABC Smoking Mix remarkable, not only in that it stopped me smoking for 5 days without effort, but also in its pleasant flavour and aroma. It rolls easily by hand, machine or tube-packer and burns better than some cigarettes!
Although I could still feel withdrawal symptoms from nicotine these were insignificant as, instead of frustrated craving, I could just have a "cigarette", which not only alleviated the symptoms (both directly and by placebo effect) but had a pleasant, mildly relaxing effect in itself, which my wife described as "like a relaxed, sunny afternoon".
My only problem is that my wife and two friends are smoking mine - good thing it's cheaper than tobacco, too!
Alan, I still cannot believe it, but your marvelous program worked for me. I smoked my last cigarette last September 22, 2005. I have wasted so much money over 40 yrs. of smoking and trying to give it up. Free At Last!!!
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines
Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies
are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care.
• Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist).
• Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care.
• Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing.
• If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking.
• Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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Alan Hopking MA MNIMH MRCHM All our herbal medicines are made from the raw herb at our dedicated clinic and dispensary at HERBACTIVE Botanicals. We collect the fresh herbs, or import the dry herb. They are organic if at all possible. We only use whole herbs. We are against the use of standardized extracts, or the concentration of herbs by adding more of the active constituent. We recommend you do not use such products in any form (dry, in capsules or as tincture extracts). To use our herbal tonics you should follow the prescribed dose. Any side effects or problems should be reported to us.