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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Non smokers put on less weight

A new study links nicotine poisoning with weight gain, and concludes tha active smokers, not only those who stop, put on more weight than non-smokers. After four years of analysis in the University of Navarra, those who put on least weight were those who had never smoked.

From now on we will have to question the myth that smoking makes you slimmer. Researchers from the Department of Preventative Medicine at the University of Navarra (UNAV) have evaluated the link between the two cardiovascular risk factors: the "nicotine habit" and the increase in weight when smokers stop the habit and when they continue smoking.

The results, now published in the Revista Española de Cardiología, "are crucial for considering prevention programmes", Francisco Javier Basterra-Gortari, main author of the study and researcher at UNAV, explains to SINC.

The data, resulting from an analysis of 7565 people over 50 months, is based on age, sex, initial body mass index and lifestyles (sedentarism, changes in physical activity, energy/fibre intake, snacks between meals and consumption of fizzy drinks, fast food and alcohol).

Weight gain in people who stopped smoking during the study was higher the more cigarettes they smoked a day when the investigation began. Those who continued smoking also gained more weight during this period than the non-smokers.

The authors confirm that nicotine addiction is not an effective way of preventing obesity. "In fact the increase is demonstrated, especially inex-smokers and in smokers who continue" highlights Basterra-Gortari.

A dangerous connection
The association between being overweight and nicotine addiction is especially harmful for cardiovascular health. Therefore, abandoning the nicotine habit has been linked to a decrease in the risk of cardiovascular illnesses and cancer. However, experts argue that weight gain after stopping smoking is, often, a reason for not quitting the nicotine addiction, especially among women.
Most of the investigations that have studied this link have observed that, although there is an increase in weight after stopping smoking, there are notable variations in weight gain.

"In Spain, there are very few studies on this link", concludes the researcher, who believes that "more extensive studies can confirm the results and extrapolate them to other sectors of the population."

Source: Plataforma SINC

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stop smoking drugs

"Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little" (New Scientist, Vol 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 92, page 6).

"..93% of Niotine patch users fail within a half year..." (Freedom From Tobacco - Quit Smoking Now).
More details on the non hypnotherapy based methods of quitting smoking:

Champix (Chantix) - 2006 studies boast a 1 in 5 one-year quit smoking rate but were inflated by 16 one-on-one counseling sessions and telephone support. Real-world use rates will be substantially lower

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - Replacement nicotine delivered by the patch, gum, lozenge, spray or inhaler comes from the exact same tobacco plant as nicotine in cigarettes. Clinical efficacy and real-world effectiveness are two different standards. What those selling NRT fail to reveal is that in no real-world quitting methods survey to date (California, Minn., Quebec, London, Maryland, Australia) have those using NRT performed better than those quitting without it. A 2003 study combined and averaged the 7 OTC nicotine patch and gum studies. It found that only 7% were still not smoking at 6 months. It gets worse. A 1993 study (Tonnesen) found that 0% of second-time patch users succeeded in quitting for 6 months and a 1995 study (Gourlay) reported a 1.6% six-month quitting rate

Zyban - Zyban (bupropion) is a dopamine uptake inhibitor in pill form. In all real-world use surveys to date it has yet to perform better than those quitting without it, at rates similar to NRT

Research by The New Scientist Magazine (1992) has shown hypnotherapy to be the safest and quickest way to quit smoking. People were six times more likely to quit with one session of hypnosis and remain non-smokers over 12 months after their session, compared to those who used Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

The advantage of hypnosis is that it removes the dependency and craving of quitting without risking the side effects of rashes and potential long term damage that has been associated with Zyban. Those using NRT are know to have to try to quit on average six times before succeeding, thereby investing heavily in substitute products and addictive chemicals, before developing a stronger will or abandoning any belief in quitting altogether.

Studies in America have shown that hypnosis is the most effective method of stopping smoking for good with an 85% success rate in just one session! This contrasts with the low rates of 10% success for those using nicotine gum and 6% compared with willpower alone. (Mathews, R (1992) New Scientist, Vol. 136, No. 1845, p.6.)

To find the most effective method to stop smoking Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the University of Iowa used a meta-analysis, utilising the results of more than 600 studies totalling nearly 72,000 people. The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis, to use the same terminology as the quit counsellor, was three times more effective than NRT.

New Scientist vol 136 issue 1845 p6

To find the most effective method to stop smoking, Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the University of Iowa conducted a meta-analysis, bringing together the results of more than 600 studies totalling nearly 72,000 people. The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis was three times more effective than Nicotine Replacement.

hypnosis and stop smoking

"Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little". (New Scientist, Volume 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 1992, page 6)

What are the other options for stopping smoking?

Champix (Drug) up to 22% (with side effects)

Accupuncture up to 25% success rate

Zyban (Drug) with its side effects, up to 21% success rate

Nicotine patches (with their side effects) up to 13%

Nicotine Gum (with side effects) up to 11%

health benefits stop smoking

20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal

8 hours: Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half, oxygen levels return to normal
24 hours: Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
48 hours: There is no nicotine left in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
72 hours: Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
2 - 12 weeks: Circulation improves
3 - 9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function is increased by up to 10%
1 year: Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
15 years: Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked

stop smoking facts

364,000 are admitted to NHS hospitals each year due to diseases caused by smoking. 1000 die every day

In 1997/98 cig smoking caused 480,000 to consult their Gp’s heart disease, 20,000 of which were for strokes
50% of all teenagers who currently smoke will die of diseases caused by tobacco
Between 1950-2000 6 million British people died of smoking
114,000 die from smoking each year
Passive smoking is a now a major killer
Smoking is Britain’s biggest killer
Smoking causes 1 in 3 deaths in Oxfordshire (source article by Oxford Mail Nov 13th 2004)

Thursday, 15 April 2010

wellerassociates group stop smoking hypnotherapy process

This can be used in house and sessions to be run at a convienient time whether lunchtime or after work. (Or before work)
The group sessions are based on the tried and tested 3-session approach to stop smoking, conducted at weekly intervals. Back up CD`s and MP3`s are provided as part of the package. (At no additional cost)

A coaching back up process will also be in place as although in groups we are dealing with individuals, this can be done by phone or by email. (No additional cost)

Plus we have extensive experience of dealing with groups (BBC 2007) we also run diploma courses throughout the year so presentation skills would be of the highest standard.

A typical programme would look like something this (3 sessions held at weekly intervals)

Session 1

Meeting the group. Introduction to wellerassociates background details

Explanation of the techniques employed and the difference between clinical hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis fully covered.
Induction and programming
De-brief and indications of trance state
Back up cds or for those that want an mp3 that will be sent as well
Time to be allocated 60 minutes

Session 2
Repeat of session 1 (Induction and stop smoking programming)

Session 3
As above

During the programme and after (no time limit) there will be an experienced full time hypnotherapist available as part of the programme.

For more details please refer to stop smoking section and the audio visual (default page). This will provide more details on the process.

Fee structure

50+ £20 per employee per session

40-50 £30 per session

30-40 £35

20-30 £30

20 and below £50 per session

4 is the minimum number

This compares with £65 per session for 121 stop smoking hypnotherapy (London rates on average £85+)

For numbers greater than 50 other hypnotherapists will be available if required. All hypnotherapists are very experienced trainers and presenters.

On site consultation for interested parties is available before hand

Wellerassociates are fully indemnified for group hypnotherapy