Apr 182011

As the electronic cigarette trend continues to rise, the debate on just how similar e-cigarettes are to the real thing rages on. But perhaps more importantly, people should talk about how e-cigarettes can assist the chain smoker in quitting his beloved haze. If they’re actually so similar to real cigarettes, then they should be able to help, right?

The Nicotine Hit

Smoking isn’t addictive because of the tar or the formaldehyde or the cyanide content. The estimated 4,000 harmful contents of a cigarette and the negative effects that accompany their burning are merely side effects. What really hooks people is the nicotine content.

So it’s a good thing that e-cigarettes also have nicotine levels in their e-liquid mixtures. This means that depending on the nicotine dose per juice, a chain smoker can still get that satisfying nicotine hit he so craves from actual cigarettes, all without burning anything and causing those 4,000 chemicals to inflict any sort of harm to his well-being.

The Smoking Motions and Sensations

But beyond the nicotine, e-cigarettes aim to emulate the motions and sensations of actual cigarette smoking. The b attery powered sticks c

an light up at the end through an LED, and a fine vapor mist rises out of them like real smoke. Though again, no adverse effects are present. The light can’t burn anyone, and the smoke is odorless and easily dissipates without inconveniencing anyone. Best of all, e-cigarettes aren’ t banned where real cigare

ttes are.

In conclusion, if an e-cigarette can successfully imitate the motions, sensations, even the psychoactive and pharmacokinetic effects of nicotine, then it can very well be an immensely powerful tool in aiding smokers quit their fatal habit.

After all, they crave the nicotine, not the many varied health issues associated with smoking. And it gets better: there are e-liquid mixtures that have 0 mg nicotine levels. A smooth transition from heavy nicotine levels to eventually zero nicotine levels ” a full nicotine addiction rehabilitation regime ” is workable without actually quitting smoking thanks to e-cigarettes.

Apr 122011

Are you one of those people who have drinking problem?

It is sometimes hard to know if you are already on the first stage of alcohol abuse because there are no benchmarks or standard when it comes to this kind of problem. A drinking problem is not that simple to solve because it will require taking a look at yourself, honestly, and you have to be willing to accept and change your drinking habit to benefit from the recovery process.

At first, a person may not know that they even have a drinking problem. The usual excuse is that their drinking habit is just normal like everybody else and once in a while they drink a little too many.

A little too many doesn’t mean there is an alcohol abuse already, right?

As mentioned earlier, the first step to treat alcohol abuse is for the patient to accept that he or she has a drinking problem. In order to do that, the patient has to answer self assessment questions that would make him or her realize the level of drinking problem they have.

The following are the questions asked to the patient for self assessment. They are asked if they feel guilty or bad when they are drinking. If they have tried to limit their drinking and if they were successful each time they try. If they have any physical symptoms after quitting. If the family members or the spouse is constantly complaining about the drinking problem. Do they have any legal problems brought about by drinking. These are just some of the questions that will be used to make the patient realize that they already have an alcohol abuse problem.

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, then you may have to seek professional help in order to start the treatment process. This drinking problem can be treated and you should never lose hope because once you accept this problem and you are determined to change then you are on your first step to recovery.

Apr 102011

Vitamin B12 has been a major point of controversy among the medical community, and the vegan society as well, for decades.

This is a somewhat unique vitamin, as it is naturally produced, not by meat or poultry, but by a bacteria in the soil. This bacteria is responsible for a hundred percent of vitamin B12 in planet earth, and still, many people tend to give meat and it’s cousin products, the privilege of being the only source available for people interested in the benefits of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 benefits are vast. This vitamin replicates our DNA, takes a vital part in formating red blood cells and growing tissues, and it also creates a fatty, protective substance around our nerve cells – Myelin.

Vitamin B12 also helps lowering the mother of all evil – Homo cysteine, an amino acid whose higher levels have been linked with a greater risk of experiencing a heart stroke, Alzheimer, cancer, and in fact, many of modern western’s world diseases. Vitamin B12 also acts as a natural energizer, and boosts up your metabolism high enough, so that you get more likely to get active and lose some calories, and that’s actually the source of the misconception of treating vitamin B12 shots as a weight loss solution.

Vitamin B12 injections are the most accepted treatment for people having one or more of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. These shots are quite painful, and if you ask me, I would take them only if you happen to have difficulties absorbing this vitamin, something that happens in the Intrinsic Factor of your body. This is usually the reason for a deficiency among people in their fiftieths. You can get the exact same benefits of vitamin B12 out of any other source, such as intra nasal sprays or jel, sub lingual tablets, or simply the best, regular vitamin B12 foods.