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Smoking Cessation

Arming you with tools, information, and support to help make your quitting attempt a successful one.

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In this program, we will:

  • Explore your reasons for smoking
  • Discover reasons to quit
  • Determine what your smoking patterns and triggers are
  • Create behavioral changes to break the association between smoking and your routines
  • Teach you positive ways to overcome stress since smoking causes stress and trying to quit smoking can also be stressful
  • Prepare you for withdrawal symptoms
  • Teach you strategies to cope with cravings
  • Help you regain control in case a slip happens
  • Provide you with tips for staying quit once you have accomplished your goal of quitting

Schedule your 15 mins free consultation with Naturopath in Oakville to learn how this program can help to make it easy to quit smoking.

Facts and Figures

“More than 37,000 people will die this year in Canada due to smoking. Of those, more than 300 non-smokers will die of lung cancer and at least 700 non-smokers will die of coronary heart disease caused by exposure to second-hand smoke (1).”

“Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, of which more than 70 are known to cause, initiate or promote cancer and are called “carcinogens” (1).”

“The risk of oral cancer is about 5 to 10 times greater among smokers compared to people who never smoked. This risk is further multiplied among smokers who also drink alcohol (2).”

“There were 10,280 deaths from COPD in Canada in 2007.  Research has shown that in 2002, almost 80% of deaths from COPD were due to smoking (3).”

“The risk of coronary heart disease increases with both the number of years smoked and the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Even people who smoke fewer than 5 cigarettes per day are at an increased risk of this condition (4).”

“There were 36,860 deaths from coronary heart disease in Canada in 2007.  Research has shown that, in 2002, smoking was responsible for almost half of all deaths from coronary heart disease among Canadians under the age of 45 years (4).”

“Smokers are up to 4 times more likely to have a sudden cardiac death than are non-smokers (4).”

“The risk of lung cancer increases sharply with the amount smoked, the number of years one has smoked, and the earlier one had started smoking. Lung cancer risk also increases with the age of the smoker (5).”

“The risk of dying from lung cancer is up to 25 times greater among smokers than people who never smoked, depending on how much they have smoked (5).”

Smoking leads to serious health problems such as:

Cancers

  • Lung Cancer
  • Oral Cancer
  • Pharyngeal (throat), Laryngeal (voice box), Esophageal Cancers
  • Other cancers – in bladder, stomach, kidney, and pancreas
  • Female smokers have increased risk of developing cervical cancer

Respiratory Diseases

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis
  • Cigarette smoking increases the risk of the following symptoms:
  • Coughing
  • Phlegm
  • Wheezing
  • Labored breathing or shortness of breath (dyspnea)

Cardiovascular diseases

  • Heart attacks
  • Angina
  • Coronary heart diseases
  • Peripheral vascular diseases (blockages in the legs)
  • Stroke

After Quitting – Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking are Immediate

(The following information is obtained from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (6))

20mins after quitting – Blood pressure drops to normal. Pulse rate drops to normal. Body temperature returns to normal.

8hrs after quitting – The level of carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) returns to normal.

24hrs after quitting – Risk of having a heart attack begins to drop.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting – Overall lung function improves. The airway in the lungs relaxes allowing more air into the lungs, hence improving breathing ability.

1-9 months after quitting – Coughing decreases and shortness of breath improves. Lungs become even stronger.

1yr after quitting – Your added risk of coronary heart diseases to half that of a smoker’s.

5yrs after quitting – Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to the same level as that of a non-smoker’s.

10yrs after quitting – Your chance of dying from lung cancer is reduced in addition to the reduction of risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and/or pancreas.

15yrs after quitting – Your risk of coronary heart disease is reduced to the same level as that of a non-smoker.

References:
(1) Factsheets – Tobacco – Health Canada. Factsheets – Tobacco – Health Canada. [Accessed 17 June 2014].

(2) Smoking and Oral Cancer – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. 2014. Smoking and Oral Cancer – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. [Accessed 17 June 2014].

(3) Smoking and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. 2014. Smoking and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. [Accessed 17 June 2014].

(4) Smoking and Heart Disease – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. 2014. Smoking and Heart Disease – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. [Accessed 17 June 2014].

(5) Smoking and Lung Cancer – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. Smoking and Lung Cancer – Tobacco Product Labelling – Health Canada. [Accessed 17 June 2014].

(6) CDC – 2004 Surgeon General’s Report – Within 20 Minutes of Quitting – Poster – Smoking & Tobacco Use. 2014. CDC – 2004 Surgeon General’s Report – Within 20 Minutes of Quitting – Poster – Smoking & Tobacco Use. [Accessed 18 June 2014].

Lab Tests

We provide different types of lab tests
which can help you to understand what is
happening to your body.

Naturopathic Clinic Services

Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare providers that manages variety of conditions. Some of which include the following:

Women's Health and Wellness

Women's Health and Wellness

Naturopathic doctors often specialize in women's health and wellness, providing preventive care and support for women during all stages of life.

Women's Health and Wellness

Men’s Health and Wellness

Men’s Health and Wellness

Naturopathic doctors may also recommend specific dietary changes or supplements to support overall health and well-being. Naturopathic Health can help improve symptoms such as hormone imbalances, sexual health issues, prostate problems, and low testosterone levels.

Men’s Health and Wellness

Mental Health

Mental Health

Naturopathic Health is safe and effective for treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Holistic approach may be particularly beneficial for people with mental health concerns, as it can help to address the underlying causes of their symptoms.

  • Attention problems – ADD and ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional issues – anger, frustration, irritability
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbance
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress management
Mental Health Treatment

Integumentary System, Skin Conditions

Integumentary System, Skin Conditions

Naturopathic doctor specializes in the integumentary system, which includes the skin, hair, and nails. Naturopathic doctors can treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Naturopathic doctors typically use complex academic jargon when discussing treatment options with their patients.

Integumentary System, Skin Diseases

Endocrinology Conditions

Endocrinology Conditions

This is because naturopaths have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and pathology, as well as in the use of natural therapies. Some of the most common endocrine conditions that naturopaths help to treat include diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, and adrenal fatigue.

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • High Cortisol
  • Thyroid Issues – Hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroid Issues – Hypothyroidism
  • Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Endocrinology Conditions

Cardiovascular Conditions

Cardiovascular Conditions

Naturopathic doctors provides holistic care and are able to help people with a wide range of cardiovascular conditions. They use natural therapies to help improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Anemia
  • Angina
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • High cholesterol, Hypercholesterolemia
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Palpitations
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Varicose veins
Cardiovascular Conditions

Immune System Condition, Autoimmune disorders

Immune System Condition, Autoimmune disorders

An immune system condition is any condition that affects the immune system. This can include things like infections, autoimmune diseases, and allergies.

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Immune deficiency
  • Hypersensitivity disorders – allergies, food/chemical sensitivity, anaphylaxis, urticaria
  • Infections – colds and flu, ear infections (otitis media, otitis externa), tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinusitis
  • Upper respiratory infections (symptoms include: a sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pain, shortness of breath/wheezing, productive and non-productive cough)
Immune System Condition, Autoimmune disorders

Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions

A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is a licensed health care provider who uses natural therapies to treat a variety of medical conditions, including rheumatologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Rheumatologic and musculoskeletal conditions are a type of medical problem that can cause pain, inflammation, and limited movement in the joints.

  • Arthritis / Arthralgia (joint pain)
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension
  • Nerve/Neurological pain
  • Neck, back, shoulder, hip, knee pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis
Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Respiratory System Conditions

Respiratory System Conditions

A naturopathic doctor (ND) holistic approach that focuses on the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of the illness. Naturopaths believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself.

  • Allergies
  • Asthma, Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus
  • Coughs - productive and non-productive
  • Pneumonia
Respiratory System Conditions

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Gastrointestinal Conditions

A naturopathic doctor for gastrointestinal conditions typically uses a variety of natural therapies to help restore the health of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Food intolerance
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), H.Pylori, Heartburn
  • General abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – constipation, diarrhea
  • Infant Colic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Peptic ulcers
Gastrointestinal Conditions

Neurology and Pain Management

Neurology and Pain Management

Naturopathic doctors are trained in a variety of natural therapies which can be used to help treat neurological conditions. Some of these therapies include botanical medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Genitourinary/Renal System Conditions
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Kidney Stones
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Sciatica
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Tinnitus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) – urinary frequency, urgency, burning on urination
  • Vertigo and dizziness
Neurology and Pain Management

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