Quit Smoking Using Natural Remedies Like Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables

James A. Duke, Ph.D. shares his research and personal experience on how to quit smoking using these natural remedies of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

| June/July 2002

  • Smoking is estimated to cause one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fourth of the fatal heart attacks in the United States.
    Smoking is estimated to cause one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fourth of the fatal heart attacks in the United States.
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  • Fava beans are a great dietary source of I-dopa, which converts to dopamine in the brain and can help alleviate cravings.
    Fava beans are a great dietary source of I-dopa, which converts to dopamine in the brain and can help alleviate cravings.
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  • Smoking is estimated to cause one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fourth of the fatal heart attacks in the United States.
  • Fava beans are a great dietary source of I-dopa, which converts to dopamine in the brain and can help alleviate cravings.

Learn how to quit smoking using natural remedies of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

My son and daughter complained so bitterly about my smoking 30 years ago, I quit cold turkey. One day I was smoking some three packs a day of unfiltered, king-sized cigarettes, and the next day, none. I still have dreams occasionally in which I give in to the temptation to light up again, but that will never happen in reality.

Quitting Smoking for a Good Reason

Smoking is estimated to cause one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fourth of the fatal heart attacks in the United States. The American Lung Association estimates 350,000 Americans die every year from diseases related to smoking. (My own estimate is closer to 500,000.) Forty percent of smokers die before they reach retirement age.

All the talk about premature death goes over the heads of teen-agers who start smoking and the young adults who won't quit. The hazards of smoking just seem too far off to them.



That's why I like to remind young smokers I know that the habit strikes men in the penis and women in the face. That's right. Smoking damages the blood vessels that supply the penis, so men who smoke have an increased risk of impotence. Smoking damages the capillaries in women's faces, which is why women smokers develop wrinkles years before nonsmokers. (Male smokers develop wrinkles prematurely, too, but somehow this particular anti-smoking argument seems to score more points with women than with men.)

Quit Smoking Using Natural Remedies and Green Pharmacy Herbs

Years ago, when I kicked the cigarette habit, I didn't know much about herbal medicine. If I were quitting today, I'd use some herbs to help.



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