Dr. Deitra Hickey explains the negative effects of smoking and offers suggestions on how Acupuncture and Hypnosis could help an individual kick the habit for good. In addition, she touches on what foods to eat and avoid to help diminish cravings during the battle to quit. Stop smoking today using these tips.
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Video Transcript from Toledo Certified Life Coach, Dr. Deitra Hickey, PhD
Did you know that more than 50 million Americans smoke and among current U.S. adult smokers, 70% report that they want to quit smoking and millions try to quit every year. According to the CDC, tobacco is the cause of 443,000 premature deaths each year.
Nicotine is a powerful addiction. In fact, research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. In this episode, find out how certain alternative treatments along with an intentional lifestyle may help you or someone you love kick this habit once and for all!
It is estimated that most smokers will attempt to quit two or three times, or more, before successfully quitting. The reasons to quit smoking are endless. Cigarettes have 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins.
Along with the increasing social pressures to not smoke, many people want to quit because of the enormous expense of a cigarette habit or are just plain tired of being dependent on a substance.
Acupuncture and/or hypnosis are alternative approaches to smoking cessation and the success of both treatments is rapidly growing.
In fact, acupuncture is often a court mandated treatment for drug addicts because of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.
Hypnosis is also increasing in popularity and success rates. Hypnosis focuses on tapping into an individual’s subconscious mind and increased awareness while a client is in a deep, meditative state.
Conventional methods to quit smoking often fail and smokers often look outside mainstream approaches and turn to these alternative medicines for help. Acupuncture and hypnosis treatments are often done in combination with one another and can focus on a client’s jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness; all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit smoking.
In addition to these alternative treatments, try some of these researched based suggestions to compliment your efforts.
Remember to exercise more. It can reduce your stress and help you relax during your transition. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables because their juices neutralize and clear the blood of nicotinic acid and fortify blood sugar; this will help to decrease your cravings.
Avoid junk foods, sugar and coffee if possible. They can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity which can aggravate smoking withdrawal symptoms.
In addition, research shows that dryness causes cravings so sip water frequently throughout the day.
Lastly, never give up on your goal to quit smoking, you deserve it!
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About Dr. Deitra Hickey, PhD
Dr. Deitra Hickey PhD., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has utilized her life experiences to develop a passion to help others find their balance and honor themselves through physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
Deitra developed a strong will and resilience at a young age by taking care of two paralyzed parents after witnessing both of them being shot. She then cared for her mother who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis until she passed away at only 48. Deitra is a transparent individual that will admit she had struggled as a teenager with consistent doubt, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She made the decision early on not to accept these facets of her outlook and learned how to take control of her life. Deitra has dedicated her life to assisting others to find positive perspective and happiness. She encourages the importance of capitalizing on life’s challenges to strengthen and empower versus using adversity as a crutch.
In addition, Dr. Hickey proudly teaches the community about the positive effects of holistic treatments that not only pamper the deserving individual but also aid in overall health, wellness and stress reduction.
Dr. Hickey worked for Toledo Public for 17 years as a teacher, school counselor, and a school principal. She taught PhD students at the University of Toledo prior to opening her business, Serenity Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Hickey is a proud Toledian and enjoys bringing her experience, education, and dedication to make a lasting impression and difference in others’ lives.
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