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Why Do People Still Smoke After a Cancer Diagnosis?
Almost half, 46 percent, of the subjects in this study said that they had wanted to quit, or had tried to quit, but just don’t know how to go about it. The remainder said that they had not made any plans to quit or that they weren’t sure what would happen if they did. (Would they get fat, would they become nervous, etc.) Why aren’t doctors teaching these people about superfoods and behavior modification? Telling someone to quit and then handing them a prescription isn’t enough.
According to this study, which was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, at least 10 percent of those diagnosed with cancer were still smoking those cancer sticks (cigarettes and/or cigars) nine years later. Those who had received a diagnosis of bladder cancer were the worst offenders with a whopping 17 percent of them still smoking 9 years later. Did their doctors tell them that the additives in cigarettes, such as ammonia and bleach, are also absorbed by the body and come out through their urine? Peeing out those chemicals for years was the most likely cause of their cancer but these subjects most likely think that they “dodged a bullet” because, although they were smoking, they didn’t get lung cancer or mouth cancer. Smoking affects so much more than just your lungs and mouth; did their doctors not tell them this? This information came from a comprehensive cross sectional analysis of data from almost 3,000 cancer survivors.
Research shows that for those who quit smoking after their diagnosis of lung cancer, the overall effectiveness of their treatment is much greater than those who continue to smoke. It also reduces their chances of developing secondary tumors and their chances of survival.
One interesting note here is that, in the case of the Massachusetts study, lung cancer patients who continued to smoke were usually single, did not have their own medical insurance, had higher levels of depression and, no surprise, were likely to be in ill health overall due to a poor diet. Patients who had advanced cases of lung cancer were also much less likely to quit. Researchers attribute this as a reflection that doctors had told patients that quitting smoking would not improve their chances of survival at that stage.
If you don’t want to go out “like that”, and you want to quit smoking, or if you have tried to quit several times but always go back to it, you can actually quit trying to quit! The problem is that these addictive chemicals have overwhelmed and depleted vital nutrients from your body. When you don’t give your body time to restore its nutrient base, many people find that they relapse. To stop smoking the organic way is to stop your daily chemical intake, not just cigarettes, either, but this includes the chemicals in your food, your drinks, the toxic chemicals in your house, and your personal care products. Imagine it’s 100 years earlier and live your life in that manner as much as possible. Of course many people must go to work and some things cannot be avoided, but your diet is one thing in your life that you CAN change. Do what you must and learn how to quit smoking before your body decides to quit all together.