Margit Zsigmond Hypnotherapist

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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Is Champix safe for quitting smoking?

ChampixIn July 2011, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published findings based on a meta-analysis that revealed a ‘72% increase of cardiovascular events that include congestive heart failure and stroke’ among people taking Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication called Chantix (Champix in Australia).

This is an alarming statistic, yet medical practitioners continue to prescribe the drug, whose main ingredient is varenicline. Among the side effects are nausea, headaches, sleeping difficulties, weird dreams, flatulence, abdominal pain, and constipation. (Perhaps with side effects like these, you feel too sick to smoke anyway.)

Of course, Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, downplays the findings and even states that ‘about one in 100 people in the studies had cardiovascular problems’. Hmmmm. See Smoke & Pfizer get in your eyes for more.

Perhaps it’s not worth the risk.

Hypnotherapy is a safe alternative

Hypnosis has been proven time and again to be an effective way of quitting smoking. But, like any change in habit, the most important success factor is your motivation and reasons for quitting. Once those are established, you are more able to change your mindset as you receive positive suggestions for freedom and a whole new lifestyle.

References

Sonal Singh, Yoon K. Loke, John G. Spangler, Curt D. Furberg, Risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events associated with varenicline: a systematic review and meta-analysis. CMAJ,  September 6, 2011, vol. 183, no. 12,  July 4, 2011.

Varenicline, Wikipedia, December 2011.

Debbie Nicholson, Chantix: Immense Rise in Cardiovascular Issues Probable, 5 July 2011.

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Obesity and poisonous High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Soft DrinksWhy do we eat a bar of chocolate instead of a celery stick when we want to reward ourselves? It seems unfair that the foods and drinks we love most are usually bad for our health and wellbeing. Is it possible to develop a desire for healthy food? Yes, it is. But first, you have to ditch your sugar craving and its disastrous consequences for your health.

Obesity and soft drinks

Robert H. Lustig, MD (see his video Sugar: The Bitter Truth on YouTube), Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF in the U.S., says that any hypothesis attempting to explain obesity must also explain why we have an epidemic of obese 6-month olds worldwide. It’s got to be more than diet and exercise if children as young as 6 months are obese. Yes, we’re eating more (for example, American women are eating 335 calories more a day than they did 20 years ago), but how come?

According to Dr. Lustig, there’s something wrong with our body’s biochemical feedback system that controls energy balance. Leptin, the hormone in fat cells that tells the brain you’ve eaten enough, doesn’t seem to be working. And it’s not the fat that’s the problem, it’s the carbohydrates. Which ones? Soft drinks. Drink one can of soft drink (150 calories) a day for a year and you increase your weight by a whopping 7 kilos. (And let’s not get started on Diet Coke. That’s a whole different scary topic.)

What’s in a can of coke?

Dr. Lustig talks about the Coca Cola Conspiracy. One can of coke contains caffeine (a mild diuretic) and 55mg of salt (equal to a pizza). Salt and caffeine together will make you thirstier. Add to that the sugar in Coke, which hides the taste of salt in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and you have a deadly equation for developing obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and other maladies associated with high-sugar intake.

Don’t be fooled: High Fructose Corn Syrup is BAD for you

Researchers estimate that since 1975, every Amercan has been consuming 28 kilograms of HFCS a year. HFCS has replaced glucose because it’s sweeter and cheaper to manufacture. It has found its way into everything: hamburger buns, pretzels, barbeque sauce, tomato sauce, bread. It is also used to cover the bad taste of high-energy drinks, such as Powerade. But be warned: HFCS is a poison.

It’s not about the calories. Yes, we’re eating more, but it’s HFCS that we’re eating more of. Why is it poisonous? First, it does not suppress the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Second, fructose ingestion does not stimulate insulin because there are no receptors in the cells for fructose, which means that leptin does not increase to tell the brain that you have eaten enough. Third, the liver can’t process HFCS.

Glucose, on the other hand, can be processed by every living organism. Glucose consumption, together with the pancreas, the liver and the brain keep you in balance. The bottom line is that because the liver can’t process HFCS, it is stored as fat. When you eat processed foods and drink soft drinks, you are consuming fat. That is how a high-sugar diet becomes a high-fat diet. Watch Dr. Lustig’s YouTube video and get scared, really scared. You’ll never touch a soft drink again, let alone a biscuit or any other processed food.

How can hypnosis help?

Hypnosis assists by helping you to say NO to high-sugar, processed foods. It helps by releasing you from sugar addiction and replacing your food intake with healthy, natural foods. It helps by encouraging you to care for your body and desist from contaminating it with nasty, poisonous, processed foods that will kill you before your time.

References

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM.