Programs: Stop Smoking
A Safe and Effective Pharmacological Approach
to Tobacco Cessation
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of
heart disease and lung cancer in America today.
It also causes emphysema and chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease which are a major cause of
disability, illness and death. Smoking has
been linked to a variety of different cancers
as well as inflammatory diseases and premature
aging and wrinkling of the skin.
Every year millions of people try to stop smoking,
but only a small minority succeeds. The treatment
program we at the Institute for Healing Arts
Research are offering may be the solution for
anyone who is tired of being a slave to his/her
tobacco cravings, who is embarrassed by a habit
that today is tolerated by the general public,
or who is seeking a healthier or more wholesome
Our approach requires only a small amount of
medication to help the body quickly and gently
kick the tobacco habit. A few years ago researchers
unexpectedly found that patients receiving
injections of anticholinergic medications, which
are commonly used in respiratory therapy, lost
their desire for tobacco. This observation led
to the very promising anti-smoking intervention
offered by The Institute for Healing Arts Research.
In addition to pharmacological therapy, Dr.
stop smoking program includes nutritional supplements
and access to support services depending on each
patient’s needs. Anticholinergic therapy
is so effective that most patients require only
one treatment and then wear an unobtrusive patch
behind one ear for 12 days afterwards to lose
their need to smoke- forever. No substitute source
of nicotine is needed. No nicotine withdrawal
symptoms are experienced.
In October 2004 a pulmonary clinic in Sarasota,
Florida, using a treatment protocol similar
to ours, reported an 80% success quit rate at
one week and 65% success at two months at a meeting
of the American College of Chest Physicians.
In 1986 a study of 500 patients reported an
85% quit rate at two months and 40% at one year.
Neither of these programs included the detoxification
and nutritional support included in our program.
Pregnant women, persons with cardiac disease
or glaucoma, or men with prostate enlargement
may not be candidates for this treatment. Common
side effects included dry mouth, blurred vision,
fatigue and drowsiness for up to 24 hours.
We, therefore, only do this treatment in the
evenings or on weekends. Someone must be available
to drive the ex-smoker home after a short period
of observation following the treatment.