Smoking: One of the Most Destructive, VOLUNTARY Things You Can Do to Your Health!

Written by Jimmie Newell

Notice thatrepparttar title of this article says that smoking is voluntary, if you are a smoker and have tried any number of times to quit, you probably think that smoking is anything but voluntary. But let's admit torepparttar 146526 truth, you do choose each and every time you light up, you could just as well choose not to.

I have a good friend who is and has been a heavy smoker forrepparttar 146527 20 years I have known him. About 10 years ago he had a heart attack at age 45, which resulted in a quadruple bypass. When I visited my friend atrepparttar 146528 hospital, he was scared half to death, he said that his doctors told him he would need to make some lifestyle changes, one of which was to quit smoking. He swore that he was at that point, done with tobacco forever...well that lasted 2 weeks, he had made a choice. This is a guy who was and still is in fairly good physical condition, his job is physically demanding, he is active in some sports, not overweight. So his major risk factor is most likely smoking, and he has chosen to still smoke. He is about 5 years younger than me and , sadly I fully expect that I will attend his funeral. So you see it really is a choice, not always a wise one, but still a choice,

Well let's get real...I know, I was a heavy smoker for over 25 years before I convinced myself that I had a choice. Quitting by whatever method you choose is not a walk inrepparttar 146529 park! That's what this newsletter and in fact what this entire site is all about, helping you with tips, motivation and resources to overcome your health challenges.

Because they are all equally as damaging to your health andrepparttar 146530 health of those around us we should include all ofrepparttar 146531 methods that we abuse our health with tobacco in this article. We will deal with each of them one at a time.

Smokeless tobacco - snuff, dip, chew, etc.

Using smokeless tobacco causes bad breath, stains and wears down your teeth, can cause painful mouth sores, can raise your blood pressure and your cholesterol. Over time you will be at higher risk for heart attack and cancer.

Pipe smoking

Pipe smoking increasesrepparttar 146532 risk of periodontal disease (loss of gum tissue, bone loss, and loss of teeth), mouth and lip sores and lesions, several oral cancers, heart attack and vascular disorders.

Cigarette smoking

Cigarette smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths, raisesrepparttar 146533 risk of heart disease, contributes to high blood pressure, and vascular disease, and increases those risks for other people by exposing them to second hand smoke.

Acupuncture and Arthritis

Written by JR Rogers

We have talked about acupuncture before. However, it has been some time ago and I wanted to bring this up and add some interesting points.

Arthritis Pain

It is no secret that I favorrepparttar use of a high-quality liquid Glucosamine to deal withrepparttar 146525 pain of arthritis. And, I make that recommendation for both humans and pets. Givenrepparttar 146526 recent news stories regardingrepparttar 146527 use of NSAID's, it is certainly a safer and in most cases, equally effective way to handle your pain.

New studies using Acupuncture

I recently read some information about clinical studies that used acupuncture on arthritis patients. For those of you not that familiar with acupuncture, it isrepparttar 146528 ancient Chinese technique of inserting (very) thin needles in strategic locations in your body. It is a practice that has been used for about 2,000 years so we cannot discard it.

Clinical studies

In December of 2004, a study that as funded byrepparttar 146529 NIH (National Institutes of Health) and reported inrepparttar 146530 Annals of Internal Medicine regardingrepparttar 146531 use of acupuncture.

Whatrepparttar 146532 researchers said was that of some 570 study participants inrepparttar 146533 study had less pain than those who received what they called "sham acupuncture." A similar study reported inrepparttar 146534 British Medical Journal reported similar results. (That study used a combination of acupuncture and an NSAID)

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