by Mark Barrus
As far as a smoker who is considering hypnosis to stop smoking, I wonder if there is any benefit when Doctors recommend that alternative approaches be tried in conjunction with other quitting methods such as medication, therapy, the patch, or nicotine gum.
The Health.com article basically says that hypnosis “research shows promise”.
The bias is immediately evident when you see an ad for Chantix on the right hand column of the same page.
Alice Stacionis points out, “It seems as though many of my smoking cessation clients have tried allopathic medications (conventional Western medicine) and had very disturbing reactions. Someone who truly wants to change this behavior will continue looking until they find one that accomplishes this. Quite awhile ago Dr. Oz said that the doctors learn from their patients. I encourage my clients to let their doctors know how successful hypnosis is with their smoking habit and any other issue they may have. The more we can teach the doctors about the success of alternatives sooner we will have fewer people taking dangerous drugs and having terrible reactions.”
As the year is coming to a close, we are also seeing an extensive ad campaign, by Pfizer, pushing their much hyped stop smoking drug that held so much promise for stock holders a few years ago. With over 400 alleged suicides linked to the drug, and the rushed clinical trials that did not include certain demographics, lets all hope that people continue to research the best methods of stopping smoking.
Hypnosis can be described as “assisted cold turkey”, because the soon to be be non smoker must decide to stop smoking before anything will work long term.
Interestingly, the Chantix ads on TV actually recommend a “support program”, and for the drug to be best taken while getting support. This maybe true, but smells of legal advise given to Pfizer to avoid any more trouble with people having adverse effects of the drug.
As far as using the patch and the gum while seeing a hypnotist or hypnotherapist, you should not expect hypnosis to do the impossible, which is to remove the desire for nicotine from your body when you stop chewing nicotine gum! I think most people will agree that nicotine is not the only reason people have difficulty stopping smoking, but there is no reason to make it harder on yourself than it needs to be.
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