Nicotine addiction (Smoking, tobacco)
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and diseases in Australia. Tobacco use not only reduces your life expectancy, but also your quality of life as well. Many medical conditions caused from smoking not only result in death, but in living for years with disabling health problems. Inhaling the substances in any type of burning tobacco is harmful to the body. The toxins in tobacco smoke can travel anywhere in the body that the blood flows, causing harm to nearly every organ and system of the body.
While some health effects from smoking are immediate, there is a long time lag, sometimes decades, between smoking and many tobacco-related diseases. This time lag can result in smokers believing it won't happen to them, however, half of all lifetime smokers will die from smoking-related diseases, and half of these will be middle aged (35-69 years).
Scientific evidence confirms that smokers face significantly increases risks of death and/or illness from numerous cancers, heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm, emphysema and other respiratory diseases. Smoking also causes blindness, dental problems, erectile dysfunction, and reduces fertility in women. It has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome, contributes to osteoporosis and increases the risk of pregnancy complications including premature birth, low birth weight, still birth and infant mortality.
How NDH can help:
The NDH team can offer support and assistance for those ready to quit and break their addiction habit. We can offer therapeutic treatment to help manage the symptoms that may be associated with the withdrawal process and also establish a link to find out what triggers a person's need for a cigarette e.g. stress or anxiety, and treat these underlying conditions with either supplementation or herbal therapies.
As mentioned above, smoking is quite damaging on the body and the NDH team would look at the process of repair after smoking cessation. This would include dietary and other lifestyle changes that increase a person's health and vitality. If appropriate, the team may also consider a detoxification program to help clear the build up of toxins and kick start the healing process.