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  • Smoking While Pregnant Description
  • Smoking & Fertility Effects
  • Smoking & Effects On The Fetus
  • Smoking & Potential Complications
  • Smoking & Birth Defect Risk Factors
  • Smoking & Complications In Infants
  • Expected Outcome - For Discontinuing Smoking
  • General Measures - Quitting The Habit
  • Medication
  • Activity Recommendations & Restrictions
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Holistic & Dietary Recommendations
  • Nutritional Supplement Recommendation
  • Herbal Recommendations
  • Dietary Recommendations
  • Notify Your Midwife or Health Care Provider
  • Recommended Products


    Smoking is associated with numerous medical and health disorders including cancer, heart disease, and lung disorders. In addition, smoking causes many complications in pregnancy. The pregnant woman who smokes endangers not only herself, but also her unborn child. The infants born to mothers who smoke have more serious respiratory infections, and when they get older, these children have more ear infections, respiratory symptoms and asthma. Pregnancy is a good time for both parents to embark on a joint effort to stop smoking. The medical and economical benefits gained by the family will outweigh any inconvenience or stress caused by smoking cessation.

    MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Smoking Addiction - Kicking The Habit


    Smoking in either parent may lead to problems even before pregnancy. Studies have shown that smoking can reduce fertility in both men and women and make it more difficult to conceive or cause delays in conceiving (smokers may take more than one year to conceive). Smoking is associated with a higher incidence of miscarriages.


  • The various by-products and additives in cigarettes can reduce the amount of oxygen available and inhibit the supply of nutrients to the fetus.

  • Nicotine slows fetal breathing and causes the arteries in the placenta and cord to contract, which in turn reduces the flow of oxygen; fetal heartbeat quickens to try to increase the oxygen supply.


    Smoking may contribute to these potential complications during pregnancy:

  • Ectopic Pregnancy (implantation of a fertilized egg outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube).
  • Spontaneous Abortion (Miscarriage).
  • Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IUGR).
  • Placenta Previa or Abruptio Placenta.
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Preterm, Premature Labor & Birth.
  • Perinatal death (those that occur just before, during, or right after birth).


    Smoking increases the risk of birth defects in the fetus and increases the complications associated with these risks.

  • Cleft palate.
  • Cardiovascular abnormalities>
  • Urogenital abnormalities.

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Teratogens List


  • More risk of severe respiratory disorders.
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • In general, babies of smokers are not as healthy as babies of non-smokers.



  • Stopping smoking as soon as you know you are pregnant (before the fourth month) can usually substantially reduce the risks to a fetus. It does not matter how long you smoked before you became pregnant.

  • Stopping smoking can reverse the majority of other health risks, some within one year, others within 10 to 15 years.

  • Expect withdrawal symptoms to occur. The intensity varies from person to person.

  • Smoking cessation will bring improved quality of life: Food tastes better, fresher breath, less coughing, more money, increased stamina, happier family and friends, improved mental health.


    Smoking is an increasing social concern and a hotbed of political and social controversy and debate between smokers rights and non-smokers rights.

    The dangers of smoking are well known today, yet people continue to smoke. Why? Some people started smoking before the hazards of were widely known; others start in adolescence, when people generally feel invulnerable and are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior - especially if it seems "adult," helps them to fit in with a particular social group, and/or provokes their parents. Others, it may be a way to manage stress-related issues in their lives. Once started, it can be difficult to stop for most people. However, surveys consistently show that no matter when or why they started, most current smokers do not smoke because they want to (well over 50 percent say they wish they had never started), but because they are addicted. Smoking can be an emotional addiction (the need to have a cigarette during times of stress or while consuming alcohol) as well as a physical one (the craving and associated anxiety).

    The good news is that this addiction can be overcome, and that the health benefits begin almost immediately. In just 24 hours after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse rate should return to normal, as should the levels of oxygen and carbon monoxide in your blood. Within a week, your risk of heart attack begins to decrease, your senses of smell and taste improve, and breathing becomes easier. The majority of smokers who quit do it on their own; others are helped by a variety of methods. No one way works for everyone. It may take several tries for smokers to quit. Persistence may be required for success. The difficulty of quitting appears to be related less to how many packs a day you smoke than to how early in life you started smoking.


    1. Analyze your smoking habits by determining when and why you smoke.
    2. Make up your mind to quit.
    3. Choose the day and quit on that day.
    4. Use any kind of substitute (gum, hard candy). Give up those activities temporarily that you associate with smoking.
    5. Reward yourself for not smoking (buy something special).
    6. During the first few weeks, eat plenty of low-calorie snacks and drink lots of water.


  • For help in quitting, check with the local office of the American Cancer Society or The American Lung Association, or call The National Cancer Institute Information Service (800) 4-CANCER.

  • Join a support group or a formal smoking cessation program.
  • Try out other ideas such as hypnosis or acupressure.
  • Consult with your health care provider about current methods used to help smokers "kick the habit."


    1. Weight gain - average amounts is 5 to 8 pounds over 5 years (for some, there is no weight gain); the extra weight is not a health threat.
    2. Stress - know in advance it may occur, get counseling or help with stress management.
    3. Withdrawal - physical symptoms subside in about 10 to 14 days, psychological symptoms may persist for months or longer.
    4. Fear of failure - relapse is common, if it happens, try again immediately. Many people have to try more than once and by more than one method.

    If quitting seems impossible, at least drastically cut down on the amount smoked. Sometimes quitting is done in baby steps instead of complete cold turkey.


    The safety of prescription smoking cessation aids including nicotine gum and transdermal nicotine patches has not been established in pregnancy. There is concern about the effects of the nicotine on the fetus (it is listed as a teratogen). These aids may be prescribed for a mother-to-be who has failed a smoking cessation program and understands the risks and benefits involved. For these women and others, the effects of continued smoking on the pregnancy may be more risky than the nicotine replacement therapy.

  • Stop-smoking aids include nicotine gum, transdermal nicotine patches and a nasal spray. These alternative sources of nicotine are available either in transdermal patch form, as chewing gum, and as nasal sprays and inhalers. Some of these are available over-the-counter, while others require a prescription. The idea of this therapy is to provide nicotine in a form other than a cigarette so as to minimize the symptoms of withdrawal while being weaned from smoking. There are side effects associated with these aids, so be sure you discuss the risks and benefits with your health care provider. Aids are to be used in conjunction with counseling or a smoking-cessation program.

  • If you take any medications for other health issues, consult with your health care provider about the possible need for an adjustment in dosage after you quit smoking. Tobacco alters the absorption and utilization of many medications, including insulin, asthma drugs, and certain antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and pain killers.

  • The results of research done at the University of Toronto, Canada, suggests that the drug called methoxsalen (8-MOP, Oxsoralen-Ultra), sometimes used to treat psoriasis, may help a smoker reduce the number of cigarettes he or she smokes by blocking an enzyme that causes the body to metabolized nicotine more quickly.

  • Buproprion (Zyban) is an antidepressant that acts on the brain in the same manner as nicotine. It can help some people to stop smoking. If you are concerned about gaining weight after you quit, buproprion may help limit the amount of weight you put on.

  • A diagnostic procedure called a sputum cytology test can sometimes detect the presence of cancer before there are symptoms and before other tests show the disease. In this test, sputum coughed up from the lungs and the bronchial tubes is examined for signs of tumor cells.


  • Establish a regular prenatal exercise routine. It will help control weight, combat restlessness, help break up old routines, and make you feel better mentally and physically. Lung capacity improves when smoking is discontinued, so there is less shortness of breath when exercising or doing other physical activities.

  • Activity is often helpful in reducing stress levels. Since stress is often a trigger, avoid as much stress as possible.

  • Keep in mind that the acute craving for a cigarette usually lasts only 3 to 5 minutes. Focusing on this fact may make it easier to wait it out. Also remember that it gets easier and easier as time goes by. When cravings strike, try taking a walk, doing some sit-ups, suck on a sugarless piece of hard candy, or engaging in any activity that can momentarily take your mind off cigarettes.


    There is no special diet associated with smoking cessation. Continue with any pregnancy diet that has been recommended. Metabolism rate tends to slow after quitting smoking and a moderate weight gain is common, but will not adversely affect a pregnancy. Low calorie snacks are recommended to replace the oral sensation of smoking.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information, Guidelines, Dietary Recommendations


  • Smoking has a detrimental effect on nutrition. Smokers break down Vitamin C about twice as fast as non-smokers. This can deprive the body of adequate amounts of one of the most powerful and versatile antioxidants at our disposal. Other antioxidant vitamins are depleted as well. Cigarette smoke contains high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide ozone, a compound that oxidizes the antioxidant vitamins and is known to do damage to DNA. The accelerated antioxidant usage, in combination with the DNA damage, speeds the aging process.

  • A lack of Beta-Carotene and the B-Complex Vitamins has been linked to lung and throat cancer.

  • For more information about nutritional and dietary recommendations see Holistic & Nutritional Recommendations.


    The nutrients and dietary suggestions below are recommended to correct probable smoking-related deficiencies and damage while you work to kick the habit. They are recommended also if you cannot avoid being a passive smoker. Consult with your health care provider or midwife before you start any nutritional and/or herbal therapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have certain health issues. Not all supplement and herbal recommendations may be suitable for pregnancy or while lactating and may be contraindicated for some types of health concerns or medications.


    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.

    Suggested Dosage

    Coenzyme Q-10
    200 mg each twice daily Aids oxygen flow to the brain; protects heart tissue. Also acts as an antioxidant to protect cells and the lungs.

  • Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Works well with CoQ10 in ridding the body of impurities and toxic substances. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system and can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy.

  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Oxy-5000 Forte
    2 tablets 3 times daily. A powerful nutritional antioxidant for health and stress. Destroys free radicals produced in the smoke.

  • Oxy 5000 Forte Supplement Products
  • Pycnogenol
    Grape Seed Extract
    30 mg 3 times daily.

    As directed on label.
    Powerful antioxidants, free radical scavengers and anti-inflammatories that help protect the lungs. Enhances the activity of vitamin C and strengthens connective tissue including that of the cardiovascular system.

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  • Grapeseed Herbal Products
  • Vitamin B Complex
    100 mg daily. Necessary in cellular enzyme systems often damaged in smokers. Use sublingual form, if possible.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-12
    1,000 mcg twice daily Increases energy; needed for liver function. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.

  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    5,000 to 20,000 mg daily. See Ascorbic Acid Flush. Important antioxidant that protects against cell damage. Essential in immune function and tissue repair. Smoking drastically depletes the body of vitamin C.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • And
    Folic Acid
    400 mcg daily. Needed for the formation of red blood cells; important for healthy cell division and replication. A brain food vital for the health of the nervous system.

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  • Vitamin E
    Start with 200 IU daily and increase by 200 IU each month, up to 800 IU daily. One of the most powerful antioxidants, needed to protect cells and organs from damage by the smoke. Improves circulation and prevents complications through the antioxidant properties.

  • Vitamin E Supplement Products

  • Important
    Vitamin A
    25,000 IU daily. Caution: If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Antioxidants that aid in the healing of mucous membranes, important for protection.

  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Natural Beta-Carotene
    Carotenoid Complex

    15,000 IU daily

    As directed on label.
    Important for lung problems. An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Needed by all cells for repair and rebuilding. An important antioxidant needed to maintain the health of the eyes.

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  • Zinc
    50 to 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in immune function. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.

  • Zinc Supplement Products

  • Helpful
    Antioxidant Complex
    As directed on label. Aids in uptake of nutrients with meals and supplements. Generally associated with improving heart health, antioxidants serve a number of roles, including as immune booster. Antioxidants provide a benefit by neutralizing excessive numbers of free radicals. In small amounts, free radicals can be beneficial, supporting healthy immune function. In large numbers, free radicals can disrupt the genetic code of cells, causing the body to misidentify the cells, possibly leading to abnormal cell growth and other diseases. Excessive free radicals can interfere with calcium levels and contribute to accelerated aging.

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  • Cell Guard
    As directed on label. Provides high levels of antioxidant enzymes for cellular health. Cell Guard is a combination of advanced potent antioxidant enzymes and other vital nutrients, to enrich and protect the micronutritional environment of your cells. Free radicals are unstable molecules which steal electrons from other molecules and disrupt healthy cell function.

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  • Chlorophyll
    (Kyo-Green from Wakunaga is a good source.)
    As directed on label 3 times daily. Aids in clear breathing. Supplies nutrients and chlorophyll needed for repair. Important in immune response.

  • Chlorophyll Supplement Products
  • Greens Herbal Products
  • Kyo-Green Supplement Products
  • Spirulina Herbal Products
  • Dimethylglycine (DMG)
    As directed on label. Detoxifies the body and helps the body maintain high energy levels. A powerful antioxidant increases oxygenated of tissues.

  • DMG (Dimethylglycine) Supplement Products
  • Herpanacine
    As directed on label. Detoxifies the body, balances the nervous system, and boosts immunity.

  • Herpanacine Supplement Products
  • L-Cysteine
    As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice, Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Protects against cancer. Destroys free radicals. Potent detoxifiers that protect the lungs, liver, brain, and tissues from cigarette smoke.

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  • L-Methionine
    As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice, Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. An antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Potent detoxifiers that protect the lungs, liver, brain, and tissues from cigarette smoke.

  • Methionine Amino Acid Supplement Products
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  • L-Glutathione
    As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice, Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Inhibits the formation of free radicals. Aids in red blood cell integrity and protects immune cells. Glutathione protects the liver.

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  • Maitake Mushroom
    1 to 4 grams (1,000 to 4,000 mg) daily. Maitake mushroom inhibits carcinogenesis and protects against metastasis through the lungs. Extract may help to normalize blood sugar levels.

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  • Mushroom Complex Herbal Products
  • Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral Complex
    As directed on label. Necessary for immune function.

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  • Multimineral Complex Supplement Products
  • Selenium
    200 mcg daily. Free radical scavenger and powerful immune enhancer. Helps to prevent cell damage.

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  • Raw Thymus Glandular
    As directed on labor. Important in proper brain function. A glandular that improves immune function. See Gland Therapy for more information.

  • Thymus Glandular Supplement Products


  • Burdock Root and Red Clover help cleanse the bloodstream of toxins. Burdock Root is used as a food and medicine in cultures all over the world. It is traditionally used for skin disorders associated with adolescence. Burdock combines and works well with Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Cleavers, and Dandelion. Uses include treatment for Acne; Athlete's Foot; Blood; Bursitis; Calcium Deposits; Disinfectant; Eczema; Gangrene; Gout; Itching; Osteoporosis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Psoriasis; Rheumatism; Skin Disorders; Skin Irritations; & Swelling. Burdock comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. A standard dose of Burdock is 1 to 2 grams of powdered dry root 3 times per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. There is no evidence that Red Clover can help those with cancer; however, its use as a cancer therapy in many parts of the world has prompted scientists to take a closer look at this herb. It is also used to treat menopausal symptoms. This herb works well in treating bronchitis, asthma, and spasmodic coughs. Red Clover is also used to treat acne, eczema, abscesses, psoriasis, insect bites, stings, and other skin diseases. In a compress it works well in treating arthritis pains and gout. As an eyewash, Red Clover herb can be used to treat conjunctivitis. Red Clover comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For a tea, take 1 cup of boiling water to 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried flowers. Drink 3 cups a day. In capsule of tablet form take 2 to 4 grams a day. In using a tincture use 2 to 4 ml 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.


    Ingredients: Instructions: Put the fresh or dried blossoms and leaves, with or without the mint and dandelion, into a 2-cup earthenware teapot. Fill teapot with boiling water, cover, and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes over very low heat. Strain into a hot cup, add a twist of lemon and sweeten with honey.

  • Cayenne (Capsicum) desensitizes respiratory tract cells to irritants from cigarette smoke. Cayenne Pepper contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, imonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster. Capsaicin can also stimulate and then desensitize the warmth detectors in the hypothalamus gland so that a drop in body temperature is evident. This enables natives in hot southern climates like Central and South America and Africa, to tolerate the heat a lot better than we would. Cayenne Pepper has been known for its ability to aid in digestion, improve circulation, and reduce or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. Taken internally it stimulates circulation and induces sweating to break a fever. Some native people of Thailand believe that eating Cayenne everyday helps reduce blood clots. Herbalists recommend it to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. There is scientific evidence that suggests adding Cayenne Pepper to meals boosts vitamin C levels and revs up the metabolism. This pepper is also used with Lobelia to help soothe nerves. It is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. In naturopathic medicine, Cayenne Pepper is combined with Lemon juice, and Salt to relieve even the worst sore throat pain for up to 4 hours. It also fights viral infection.

  • When applied topically in a lotion or salve Cayenne Pepper works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Capsaicin for pain caused by shingles, an adult disease that is caused by the virus that causes chicken pox in children. Such over-the-counter (OTC) creams as Zostrix or Heet contain capsaicin and are applied externally to treat rheumatic and arthritic pains, cluster headaches, diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, and post-herpetic nerve pain. These creams usually contain 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin. In 2002 there was some research done that helped to determine Capsaicin's pain relieving effects. Creams that contain the compound lowered pain in arthritis sufferers' hands by 40 percent when used four times a day. A study done for pain from long-term shingles found that 77 percent of the people had reduced pain after using the cream for four months. The study also said that Capsaicin containing cream is less expensive and safer than other painkillers used for the same conditions. Cayenne Pepper comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For taking capsules, the recommended daily dose is 1 capsule 2 to 3 times a day. Adults and children two and above can safely use it topically 3 to 4 times a day. For treating a sore throat, combine the juice of one-half lemon or lime with one full tablespoon of salt. Stir both into one-half cup of lukewarm distilled water. Stir in one-quarter teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper. Gargle as needed, but do not swallow.

  • Catnip, Hops, Lobelia, Skullcap, and/or Valerian Root can be used to help reduce the nervousness and anxiety that may accompany nicotine withdrawal. These herbs are all helpful for relaxing the body and are used to help with sleep problems. Caution: Do not take Lobelia internally on an ongoing basis.

  • Dandelion root and Milk Thistle (Silymarin Extract) protect the liver against harmful toxins from cigarette smoke.

  • Ginger causes perspiration, which helps the body to shed some of the poisons ingested through smoking. It also soothes stomach irritation occasional experienced with the use of Cayenne or Lobelia.

  • Slippery Elm relieves lung congestion and coughs. Slippery Elm Bark is used to help relieve nausea, heartburn and vaginal irritation. Use the inner bark orally in amounts used in foods. Use cough lozenges as needed. For digestive disorders, make a porridge of Slippery Elm with a bit of Honey, and eat as desired. It not only has a most soothing and healing action on all parts it comes in contact with, but in addition possesses as much nutrition as is contained in oatmeal, and when made into gruel forms a wholesome and sustaining food for infants and invalids. It forms the basis of many patient foods. Slippery Elm food is generally made by mixing a teaspoonful of the powder into a thin and perfectly smooth paste with cold water and then pouring on a pint of boiling water, steadily stirring meanwhile. It can, if desired, be flavored with Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Lemon rind. It makes an excellent drink in cases of irritation of the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines, and taken at night will induce sleep. Another mode of preparation is to beat up an egg with a teaspoonful of the powdered bark, pouring boiling milk over it and sweetening it. Taken unsweetened, 3 times daily, Slippery Elm food gives excellent results in gastritis, gastric catarrh, mucous colitis and enteritis, being tolerated by the stomach when all other foods fail, and is of great value in bronchitis, bleeding from the lungs and consumption (being most healing to the lungs), soothing a cough and building up and preventing wasting. For coughs, cut obliquely one or more ounces of bark into pieces about the thickness of a match, add a pinch of Cayenne flavor with a slice of Lemon and sweeten, infusing the whole in a pint of boiling water and letting it stand for 25 minutes. Take this frequently in small doses. A pint daily is recommended. A standard dosage of capsulized powder is 500 to 1000 mg 3 times daily.


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  • Yellow Dock Herbal Products


  • Consume more Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, and Turnips. Eat plenty of grains, nuts, seeds, and unpolished Bbrown Rice. Millet cereal is a good source of protein. Eat Wheat, Oat, and Bran. Also consume yellow and deep-orange vegetables such as Carrot, Pumpkin, Squash, and Yams. Apples, Berries, Brazil Nuts, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Grapes, Legume (including Chickpeas, Lentils, and Red Beans), and Plums are also helpful.

  • Eat Onions and lots of fresh Garlic or in supplement form if you need to, but I feel fresh garlic has much better healing properties.

  • Cook all sprouts slightly except for Alfalfa sprouts, which should be eaten raw.

  • Drink fresh Carrot juice daily as a preventive measure against lung cancer. Also drink fresh Beet juice (made from both the roots and the greens) and Asparagus juice. All dark-colored juices are good, as are Black Currant and Blueberry. Also beneficial is Apple juice, if it is fresh. Drink fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing

  • Do not consume any junk foods, processed refined foods, saturated fats, salt, sugar, or white flour.

  • Instead of salt, use a Kelp or Potassium Chloride salt substitute. Kelp is a large, leafy brown algae is high in nutrition, especially minerals. Kelp is a good source of marine minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. It is also an excellent source of natural iodine. Due to overwhelming research results, Kelp has become an effective treatment for thyroid disorders and treating thyroid and mineral deficiencies, obesity, adrenal deficiencies, energy and endocrine gland disorders. Aids in the function of both the pituitary and adrenal glands, promoting glandular health. It regulates metabolism to help digest food. Helps to rid the body of toxins. Kelp is an alternative, diuretic, hypotensive, and antibiotic and also contains vitamins and cell salts essential for good nutrition. Kelp powder can be used as a sodium chloride (table salt) substitute, sprinkled on foods in place of salt. It is beneficial for the nervous system, brain and the cardiovascular system. It is very important for pregnant women. If you have thyroid problems, consult with your health care provider before using. As a dietary supplement, take 1/4 teaspoon 1 to 3 times daily, preferably with meals. Use 6 to 12 drops of liquid extract-tincture in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily.

  • If you must use a food sweetener, use a small amount of Black Strap Molasses, Stevia or other form of natural non-sugar Sweetener, or pure Maple syrup as a natural sweetener in place of sugar. Use whole wheat or rye instead of white flour. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, and all teas except for herbal teas.

  • Do not eat any animal products except for broiled fish (up to 3 servings per week). Never eat luncheon meat, hot dogs, or smoked or cured meats. Limit your consumption of dairy products to a little low-fat yogurt, kefir, or raw cheese on an occasional basis. Acidophilus and Bifidus supplements may be added to your diet to aid in replenishing friendly bacteria into your digestive system and improving gastrointestinal well-being.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Recipes: Homemade Yogurt

  • Do not eat any peanuts. Limit, but do not eliminate altogether, your intake of Soybean products; they contain enzyme inhibitors.

  • Drink plenty of quality spring or steam-distilled water only.

  • To accelerate toxin elimination, see Fasting and follow the program. Many people have been successful in the quest to stop smoking by going on a fast using only live juices and quality steam-distilled water. A live juice fast can quickly remove nicotine and other damaging chemicals from the body. Adhering to a five-day live juice and cleansing fast can have amazing results. See Juicing for more information about this subject.

  • There are several natural products on the market that may help you deal with withdrawal symptoms. Here are just a few Smoking Cessation products to help with this goal.

  • There are many different strategies for overcoming smoking dependency. The secret to success may be finding the approach that is right for you. No If's, And's or Butts, The Smoker's Guide to Quitting, By Harlan M. Krumholz and Robert H. Phillips (Avery Publishing Group, 1993), is a comprehensive and detailed guide to the many and varied strategies that have helped people to break the smoking habit.

  • There are also a number of organizations that can provide valuable information and programs to help you quit smoking. Two of the most highly recommended are:

    American Cancer Society
    1599 Clifton Road
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    800-ACS-2345 or 404-320-3333

    American Lung Association
    61 Broadway, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10006
    800-LUNG-USA or 212-315-8700


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  • Kelp Herbal Products
  • Molasses Products
  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • Smoking Cessation Products
  • Stevia Herbal Products
  • Sweetener (Non-Sugar, Natural) Products


  • If you or a family member is a cigarette smoker and is pregnant or wants to become pregnant and needs help to quit smoking.


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    Supplements and products for smokers and those quitting the habit. These nutritional supplements are recommended for rebuilding the body, replacing lost nutrients depleted while smoking, and providing building blocks for restoring health.


  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
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  • Antioxidant Complex Products
  • Beets Herbal Products
  • Beta Carotene Supplement Products
  • Bifidus Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Black Currant Herbal Products
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  • Burdock Herbal Products
  • Carotene Complex Products
  • Catnip Herbal Products
  • Cayenne Herbal Products
  • Cell Guard Supplement Products
  • Chlorophyll Supplement Products
  • Cleavers Herbal Products
  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10 Supplement Products
  • Cysteine Supplement Products
  • Dandelion Herbal Products
  • DMG Supplement Products
  • Folic Acid Supplement Products
  • Garlic & Kyolic Garlic Herbal Products
  • Ginger Herbal Products
  • Glutathione Supplement Products
  • Grapeseed Herbal Products
  • Greens Herbal Products
  • Herpanacine Supplement Products
  • Honey Products
  • Hops Herbal Products
  • Kelp Herbal Products

  • Kyo-Green Supplement Products
  • Lobelia Herbal Products
  • Maitake Mushroom Herbal Products
  • Methionine Supplement Products
  • Milk Thistle Herbal Products
  • Molasses Products
  • Multimineral Complex Products
  • Multivitamin Complex Products
  • Mushroom Complex Products
  • Oxy 5000 Forte Products
  • Peppermint Herbal Products
  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • Pycnogenol Supplement Products
  • Red Clover Herbal Products
  • Selenium Mineral Supplement Products
  • Skullcap Herbal Products
  • Slippery Elm Herbal Products
  • Smoking Cessation Products
  • Spearmint Herbal Products
  • Spirulina Herbal Products
  • Stevia Herbal Products
  • Sweetener (Non-Sugar, Natural) Products
  • Valerian Herbal Products
  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Yellow Dock Herbal Products
  • Zinc Supplement Products



    Health Dangers: Tobacco contains more than 4000 chemicals and the harm smoking does is common knowledge. Smoking, both first hand and second hand, hurts nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general. Cigarette smoking accounts for an estimated 438,000 deaths, or nearly 1 of every 5 deaths, each year in the United States, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined! Cancer is the second leading cause of death and was among the first diseases causually linked to smoking. Smoking causes about 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and almost 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in men. It causes cancers of the bladder, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, cervix, kidney, lung, pancreas, and stomach, and causes acute myeloid leukemia. Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. It approximately doubles a person's risk for stroke causing reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries). It causes abdominal aortic aneurysm, and is associated with a tenfold increase in the risk of dying from chronic obstructive lung disease. About 90 percent of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung diseases are attributable to cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking has many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects, including an increased risk for infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome. Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoked. Women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than never smokers. So, for yourself, your family, your friends and everyone around you, stop smoking today!

    Difficulty of Quitting: The Dilemma It is not that people do not know that smoking is bad. As a matter of fact, many smokers have tried to kick the habits and failed including those who are actually very serious about it. The difficulty of giving up smoking is real and proverbial. The addiction to nicotine, or any other drug, is both physiological and psychological, and few really succeeded and even fewer did it "cold turkey" without costly programs and devices. How true was Mark Twain when he said that to cease smoking was the easiest thing he had ever done; and he ought to know it because he had done it a thousand times!


    HerbsPro: Stop-It Smoking Aid Tablets, NatraBio, 60 Tabs (16543)
    Stop-it Smoking Detoxifying Tablets helps the body detoxify and provides relief for irritability.
    HerbsPro: Smoking Withdrawal, NatraBio, 60 Tabs (70817)
    HerbsPro: Stop-It Smoking 2-Part Program, NatraBio, 60 Tabs Plus 48 Lozenges (69738)
    A natural homeopathic medicine with anticraving lozenges that reduces tobacco cravings. Calms nervous tension. The detoxifying tablets relieves irritability and helps to detoxify the body. The kit is a nicotine free product used to reduce nervousness, anxiety, irritability, and stress related to nicotine withdrawal, minimizes symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and will not cause symptoms of nicotine overdose. It is designed to help you quit smoking without the use of nicotine. The two formulas are designed to complement each other in an easy to use kit that takes a multilevel approach to breaking the addictive nicotine cycle.
    HerbsPro: Stop-It Smoking Aid Lozenges, NatraBio, 36 Lozenges (35124)
    HerbsPro: Nicorette Stop Smoking Aid Lozenges, Original, 2 mg, 108 Lozenges (113727)
    HerbsPro: Nicorette Stop Smoking Aid Cinnamon Surge Gum, 2 mg, 100 Pieces (101182)
    HerbsPro: Nicorette Stop Smoking Aid Gum, Original, 2 mg, 110 Pieces (103902)
    HerbsPro: Nicotine Transdermal System, Step 1 Stop Smoking Aid, Sunmark, 7 mg, 14 Each (102208)
    HerbsPro: Nicotine Transdermal System, Step 1 Stop Smoking Aid, Sunmark, 14 mg, 14 Each (102210)
    HerbsPro: Nicotine Transdermal System, Step 1 Stop Smoking Aid, Sunmark, 21 mg, 14 Each (102209)
    HerbsPro: Stop Smoking Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags (51160)
    StopSmoking Herb Tea is made of licorice, peppermint and other precious herbs (fishwort, loquat leaf, mulberry leaf, tender green tea leaf, jasmine flower) with an excellent flavor. Grown on the pollution-free high plateau of northwest China, they contain glycyrrhizic acid, triterpenoid saponins, flavonoid, amino acids, mint oil, menthone, etc., and are extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine for its antitussive, expectorant and other qualities to clear respiratory ducts, stop coughing, and to correct addictive behavior. It is a detoxifier and system cleanser. Steep in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes for hot tea. Steep in hot water and refrigerate for ice-tea. Use 2 to 4 bags a day.


    Kalyx: Smoking Withdrawl, Natra-Bio, 60 Tabs
    Smoking Withdrawl provides natural relief for the symptoms of tobacco and cigarete cravings, nervous tension, irritability, and it helps to detoxify. Scientifically developed to deliver fast, effective relief in a quick and convenient tablet.
    Kalyx: Stop-It Smoking Detoxifying, NatraBio, 60 Tabs
    Kalyx: Stop Smoking Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    Kalyx: Stop Smoking Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags (HH)
    Kalyx: Smoking Support Compound Chinese Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 2 fl. oz.
    General stress management support during substance withdrawl and recovery. This product is a concentrated fluid extract.
    Kalyx: Smoking Support Compound Chinese Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 4 fl. oz.
    General stress management support during substance withdrawl and recovery. This product is a concentrated fluid extract.
    Kalyx: Smoking Support Compound Chinese Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 8 fl. oz.
    General stress management support during substance withdrawl and recovery. This product is a concentrated fluid extract.
    Kalyx: Smoking Support Compound Chinese Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 16 fl. oz.
    General stress management support during substance withdrawl and recovery. This product is a concentrated fluid extract.
    Kalyx: Smoking Support Compound Chinese Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 32 fl. oz.
    General stress management support during substance withdrawl and recovery. This product is a concentrated fluid extract.
    Kalyx: Smoking Support Compound Chinese Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 1 Gallon
    General stress management support during substance withdrawl and recovery. This product is a concentrated fluid extract.


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