• NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

     The truth the agencies in the last blog don’t want you to know about.

    Cigarettes are a highly refined nicotine delivery system that last year alone generated £8,000 million for the government’s coffers.

    Today, with greater restrictions imposed on marketing and the sales of cigarettes and the immanent ban on smoking in confined spaces, more and more people are looking at giving up the weed.

    Although many of the 4000 ingredients found in the burning of cigarettes are carcinogenic, Nicotine is highly addictive and as dangerous as heroin.

     So if you want to stop smoking what are the alternatives?

    Will power or cold turkey – on your own dealing with the addiction, breaking the habit, the cravings and the physicality of what to do with your hands. This method is attributed to have a success rate of 1%. (That’s someone who is a non-smoker one year after giving up)

    Nicotine Replacement Therapy – patches, gum, nasal spray, microtab, lozenge and inhalators.

    If you approach a doctor, pharmacist of healthcare professional expressing support to give up smoking you are offered one of the above listed forms of NRT.

    These products are manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline & Pharmacia and are advertised as twice as effective as will power alone. Wait a minute, willpower alone is 1% successful so NRT is 2% successful or 98% unsuccessful. So why do medical professionals, NHS Smoking Helpline, Quit, British Heart Foundation and ASH promote them above all else and are there any other alternatives?

    Well all of these institutions and charitable bodies rely on either the government or the pharmaceutical industry for a sauce of revenue. I’m sure the people who work for any of these bodies are good people with good intensions but I can’t help thinking there is a serious conflict of interest here. This results in the people who need the real help in kicking the smoking habit swap cigarettes for patches.

    A common argument is that the government needs revenue from smokers or the economy would be screwed, but by swapping cigarettes for NRT this revenue stream continues to flow. So who has reverted back to smoking? Are you on a continuous cycle of smoking, NRT, smoking? So you tell me who’s getting screwed?

    Hypnotherapy – Men’s Health recently reported a success rate of 80% of stopping smoking with hypnosis and New Scientist wrote hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the smoking habit, willpower, it turns out, counts for very little.

    Why are alternative treatments like hypnotherapy and acupuncture not offered to people who wish to stop smoking when they appear to be the best method to stop? Is it because there isn’t a consistent revenue stream flowing back to the government coffers?

    More information about how to quit smoking. at Men’s Health.

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  • Sunday13 May 2007 Perry

    Listening to: Matteo Scumaci – Good Hands

    Emotion – Positively charged

    Days until smoke down – 7

    Cycled down to Lewisham first thing this morning and hit the gym. I know it’s vanity on my part but I want to get my fitness levels up as high as possible if my health is going to be under the microscope for all to see. I ran 6 miles with relative ease and had an awesome leg workout with weights before cycling back in the rain.

    I really don’t know how smoking is going to impact on my training or my health but one thing is for sure, it’s not going to make it any easier. It’s going to be a great/horrible experience. I’ve been lectured to and had the riot act read at me about doing this. I’ve been asked ‘Would you inject heroin?’ by doctors ‘Because nicotine is worse than that’. Of course I wouldn’t. I know I’m taking a huge risk of becoming a cigarette addict but I’m strong willed and have a great support mechanism of friends, family and colleagues to help in the aftermath of this experiment. I will not let nicotine corrupt my belief mechanism. I’m going to smoke for two weeks and then I’m not smoking anymore. I’ve talked to my good friend Lee Bannister who also happens to be a hypnotherapist. The idea is that I see him before and after the experiment for hypnotherapy. I think it will be a good safety net to set in place. Although I’m feeling strong about it now, I am jumping into the unknown somewhat. I’ve started to have feelings of apprehension just thinking about sparking up. I’ll be so relieved when it’s all over. Got my sights set on running the London Marathon 2008. There I’ve said it! It’s in black and white. No going back now. Run forest run.

    The headline in the London paper last Thursday reads ‘BLAIR QUITS’ apparently it doesn’t refer to a smoking habit but he is stepping down from the position of President of the United States of Britain Plc. I hope that clears up any confusion caused.

    My friend Polly sent me a film called Scene Smoking – Cigarette, Cinema and the Myth of Cool. That’s what I’m watching tonight!

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  • SMOKE SWAP

    Ob-Doc.

    What happens to an individual physically and socially when, as a life long, healthy living non-smoker, he starts to smoke cigarettes?

    What happens to an individual physically and physiologically when having smoked 10 cigarettes a day since her early teens she decides to give up unsupported?

    Smoke Swap follows producer/director Perry (non-smoker) and presenter Katie (smoker) as they embark on this social experiment in the run up to the ban on smoking in public places on 1st July 2007.

    Under the watchful eye of Dr. Mace, Perry and Katie will be monitored for the positive and the negatives effects of their actions. He will chart the changes in the cotimine levels, carbon monoxide levels, skin, respiratory system – oxygen carrying capacity, sperm and general health over a two week period. (It would be great if we could find a computer wizz to age both people according to their smoking preference).

    Not only will we see the crossroads of health changes of the two individuals over the outlined time but we will also see what happens to the couple during their social time. How they deal with their cravings and addictions. We observe how the new social surroundings effect their habits i.e. Smirting, cravings and irritability levels.

    Katie will give up smoking unsupported (cold turkey) but we will look into alternative methods, NRT’s, hypnosis and will power. Will she put weight on? After the elapsed time frame will she revert back to smoking?

    Katie Smoke Swap

    How will Perry approach the first cigarette? Will his body reject the poison? Katie will school him on how to light up, inhale and hold a cigarette. Will he become addicted? Will he be able to get off them when it’s finished and if so how? Perry will also buy a jar and keep all his smoked butts in.

    Perry Stevens Smoke Swap

    What conflict between Perry and Katie will arise during the course of the experiment

    Smoke Swap will have the answers and will; I’m sure, throw up many more questions.

    **Hypnotherapy could be used on Perry to implant a trigger so at the end of the experiment his identity as a non-smoker will return.

    The Smoking Man – Perry

    The Abstainer – Katie

    Professional – Dr. Peter Mace / Dr. Sunny Kaul / Dr. Ranak

    Therapist – Lee Bannister IGPP ITEC Dhyp NLPprac

    Respiratory Physiologist – ??????

    Camera – Lorna-Jane Hamer / Sam Harvey

    Editor – Stephen Wilson

    IMP Film Co. London Production Company

    © IMP Film Co. All rights reserved 2007

    >> Quit Smoking Now! <<

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  • 26 October 2004 Perry

    Had lunch with friend and director RR. Hooked him up a month ago with LB who introduced him to hypnotherapy massage. He hasn’t smoked since. Hopefully helped put him back on a positive path in reaching his goals. Spoke at length about a number of film projects and ways to realise the making of these dreams. It’s hard raising the money and however much you raise, it never seems enough. It’s easy to get bogged down in the administration of raising funds and the end goal can look a long way off.

    One of his sponsors will give him a car to auction if he can guarantee £25K’s worth of advertising. I proposed the idea to have ‘The Smoking Man’ drive one of the vehicles in the documentary. Everyone’s a winner!

    For more information on Hypnotherapy Massage view here : )

    httpv://current.com/items/76778912_hypnotherapy-massage.htm

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