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Alternative Healing

Here are summaries of tools and techniques described in New Choices in Natural Healing (a Prevention magazine book), ed. by Bill Gottlieb (Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1995), pp. 505-507. I haven't tried any of them except imagery, and make no restitute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He says to use this remedy whenever you desire a cigarette.

Food Therapy

No, not eating everything in sight! :) According to Dr. John Pinto of Cornell University Medical College and a nutrition researcher at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, load up on Vitamin C well beyond the Recommended Dietary Allowance; its antioxidant qualities will help repair damage done by smoking. Thomas Cooper, D.D.S. concurs but note, he says to avoid orange juice if you're using the patch: "By making your urine more acidic, the juice will clear your body of nicotine faster. But the purpose of the patch is to keep some nicotine in your body as you try to wean yourself off the weed.


The body wrap, or wet sheet pack, can help detoxify your system if you're trying to quit, according to Charles Thomas, Ph.D. ... This treatment can be done at home but will probably require help from a partner. After warming up with a hot shower, lie down on a bed with your entire body wrapped in a sheet wrung out in cold water. Then wrap yourself in one or more wool blankets. While the pack feels cool at first, your body heat will gradually dry the sheet, and you will begin to sweat. Leave the wrap in place up to two hours after you start perspiring. Dr. Thomas suggests using this treatment once a day until you no longer feel as intense a craving for cigarettes.


See yourself smoking. While you're doing it, do you perceive yourself as a smoker? In your mind, continue to see yourself smoking, but say to yourself 'At this time, I have the habit of smoking, but I am not a smoker,' says Dennis Gersten, M.D., a San Diego psychiatrist .... Now picture something that is good for you that you desire tremendously. It could be health, better looks or more control of your life. Focus on your desire. See yourself as an incredibly healthy, beautiful or self-reliant nonsmoker. Let that image overpower any desire that you have to smoke. Dr. Gersten recommends using this imagery for 10 to 20 minutes twice a day.

Relaxation and Meditation

'Studies have shown that many smokers use tobacco to help them reduce anxiety and tension. If you meditate, your mind learns another way to counteract that anxiety, so you may become less reliant on cigarettes,' says Dr. [Sundar] Ramaswami [a clinical psychologist]. ... Meditate for 20 minutes twice a day or for a few minutes whenever you feel the urge to smoke, suggests Dr. Ramaswami.