e-Cigarettes: What to Know Before you Start

What You Really Need to Know About e-cigarettes Perhaps you have seen others using wand-like implements that emit a puff of vapour and want to get the low-down on e-cigarettes? To make sure you are informed about all the facts of this new fad, we have put together a handy guide below.   What are e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are a market of products that have been designed to deliver nicotine or other substances that are reduced from oils into vapour and then inhaled. E-cigarettes are smokeless systems that use an electric fuel source, rather than fire, to combust the products emitted. They are battery operated and have a slot to input replaceable cartridges which usually contain nicotine but can hold other chemicals or products from time to time. The atomizer in an e-cigarette is heated to convert the contents into a vapour that is then inhaled by the user. Sometimes e-cigarettes look like conventional cigarettes, and at other times they look like regular items such as pens or USBs so they can be used more discreetly. E-cigarettes are popular alternatives in indoor locations because even though they sometimes look like they are emitting smoke, it is actually vapour that is coming out. This is how the habit received the common slang name of ‘vaping.’ What risks are involved? Before running out and grabbing yourself an e-cigarette, it is important to understand what these products actually contain. Most people believe e-cigarettes are harmless or are much less harmful than tobacco alternatives, but new studies are suggesting that this might not actually be the case. A recent article by...

Smoking and Lung Cancer: A Scary Reason to Quit Smoking

It comes as no surprise that cigarette smoke drastically increases the risk of lung cancer. Whether you are a smoker yourself or are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke, the harmful chemicals inhaled can cause cancerous tumors to develop in your lungs. Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia and smoking is linked to 80-90% of cases. In addition, people who smoke are 15-20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who don’t. Unless treated in the very early stages, lung cancer can be very difficult to beat. Once the symptoms of lung cancer are prevalent, the disease has spread beyond the chest, and the chance of survival is greatly reduced. The symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, weight loss, pain and fatigue. Once symptoms are visible, patients usually have less than two years of life left. There are many reasons to quit smoking, but the possibility of contracting lung cancer is by far the scariest. The chance to prevent the development of lung cancer is undoubtedly the most motivating reason to quit on offer. Think of your family, your friends and all those that your smoking puts at risk. Quitting at any age lowers your risk of getting lung cancer. However, quitting cold turkey is extremely difficult and doesn’t work for everyone. In order to help you take positive steps towards quitting, we have compiled some tips that have been tried and tested among many who have said goodbye to cigarettes for good. Take Medications Certain medications can double your chances of quitting long term. Nicotine replacement products help to break your nicotine addition...

No More Bullying: Learn How Hypnotherapy can Improve Self-Esteem

Bullying – it’s one of the most difficult things any individual can face during their lifetime, and it’s not just something that affects kids. We most often think of bullying as something that happens at school, but in fact, sadly, it usually continues into adult life in far more subtle but equally devastating ways. Whether it’s a bigger kid stealing your lunch money or calling you hurtful names, or a co-worker repeatedly disrespecting you and telling lies in the staff room, it’s all hurtful behaviour that can take its toll on your self-esteem. In this article, we discuss how you can use hypnotherapy to heal yourself, even when one or two people are intent on making you miserable. Bullying It is perhaps the ultimate frustration for a bully, watching someone you dislike flourish even as you try to torment them. It’s also likely to take away some of the power that they’ve managed to build up for themselves within their own head. This will actually help other people too who might have otherwise been potential victims, as the bully realises they are not indestructible, and that their petty methods for intimidation and cruelty aren’t always going to work. Whilst the anxiety bullies manage to create in both adults and children can seem scary, it’s easy to understand and therefore possible to counteract. Hypnotherapy Whilst hypnotherapy and bullying might seem an unlikely pair of words to be linked in a sentence, the two are being increasingly talked about in cohesion, with research showing hypnotherapy as an effective method for dealing with bullying-related anxiety. When an individual is bullied, especially during...

Hypnosis & Drugs: Thoughts from a Hypnotherapist

As a hypnotherapist, I regularly come across clients who want to know whether hypnotherapy can help them cure an addiction, treat a phobia, relieve pain or soothe an anxiety. One of the most common questions clients ask is whether hypnosis can replace drugs to treat a health condition. The first task of a hypnotherapist is to explain to the client what hypnosis is and what it isn’t. Unfortunately, the reputation of hypnosis has taken a beating from movie scripts and staged shows. The general perception of hypnosis is that it turns people into clucking chickens or soaring eagles. Thankfully, science is beginning to debunk the myth by presenting facts that show hypnosis is a serious alternative to treating a variety of ailments and conditions. If you are investigating hypnosis as an alternative or complementary treatment, the following FAQ on hypnosis and drugs will help you understand this treatment better. What is Hypnosis? Also known as hypnotherapy, hypnosis induces a trance-like state of deep relaxation in order to treat psychological or emotional disorders. Hypnosis employs techniques to bypass the conscious thinking mind to make powerful positive suggestions to the unconscious mind. A session usually involves the client experiencing a sense of deep relaxation, allowing the mind to focus on the positive reinforcements, adaptations or lifestyle changes suggested by the therapist. Hypnosis is, therefore, not a state of deep sleep but rather a state of deep concentration and focus. Hypnotherapists use the power of hypnotic suggestions to change triggers in the brain, stop self-sabotaging issues, extinguish trauma and redirect neural networks. Hypnosis and Drugs There is a place for both conventional...

Did You Know: Smoking Is Affecting Your Eyes

We all know smoking is harmful to us. But did you know that smoking can also damage your vision? Every time you breathe in cigarette smoke, you are poisoning yourself with up to 4,000 toxins. Harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke include nicotine, butane, carbon monoxide, arsenic, ammonia, methanol, and others. Here are some scary but real facts why you should quit smoking to save your eyes. 1. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the centre of the retina which is responsible for the sharp vision required for driving or reading. AMD is the most common eye disease associated with smoking. About 25% of AMD diagnosed is as a result of tobacco smoking. Studies have shown that smoking can double the risk of someone developing AMD. Female smokers over the age of 80 are more likely to develop AMD than other non-smoking females in the same age group. Damage to the retina as a result of AMD is non-reversible. In the worst case, it can lead to permanent blindness. Quit smoking now and lower the risk of developing a debilitating disease like AMD. 2. Uveitis Uveitis refers to the inflammation of the middle eye. Uveitis is responsible for conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment. Smokers are 2.4 times more likely to develop uveitis than non-smokers because the toxins from tobacco smoke can irritate the middle eye and cause inflammation. 3. Dry eyes and Related Conditions Dry eye syndrome occurs when there are not enough tears to lubricate the eyes. This can cause sufferers to experience eye redness, irritation, watery eyes and a condition that feels...

10 Reasons to Quit Smoking Today. Number 6 May Surprise You

Smoking is like a death sentence hanging over the head of 1.8 million Australians. A study by BMC shows that people who smoke 10 cigarettes a day are more likely to die a premature death than non-smokers. If you are a smoker and want to quit smoking, here are 10 more reasons why you should do so. 1. Lung cancer Quit smoking now or risk getting lung cancer. Lung cancer is the 5th most diagnosed cancer disease in Australia. In 2014 it was the most common cause of death in Australia and will remain so this year according to Cancer Australia. Smoking contributes to 84% of new lung cancers in men and 77% in women in Australia. 2. Heart disease Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the disease associated with all the processes of the heart and blood vessels. Smoking contributes to CVD in several ways. Toxins produced by nicotine and carbon monoxide can narrow the arteries, interfere with platelets and increase heart rate and blood pressure. Quit smoking and you will reduce your chance of having a stroke or a heart attack. 3. Diabetes If you have diabetes, you will seriously want to consider quitting smoking as smoking can increase your blood sugar level and makes it more difficult for you to regulate it. 4. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Smoking damages blood vessels and ED is a result of insufficient blood flow. Fortunately, if you quit smoking, your vascular health will improve and so will your sexual health and performance. 5. Vision Smoking puts you at risk of developing a host of degenerative eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, AMD (age-related macular...