Smoke Free & Immune System Works!

Smoke Free 43 days!

Here we go! It’s incredible to be 43 days without a cigarette and not only that, NO NICOTINE in any shape or form. Wow!

The last couple of days I have been home sick with a horrible sharp cough that scared the crap out of me. I had a fever of 101.4 degrees, sore throat, stuffy head, and achy from head to toe. I thought I was going to die. All day Monday I slept, literally all day and night. I kept the Tylenol going and that was it. Yesterday I woke up at 6:00 a.m. felt the same and thought I was going to die. Took two Tylenol and went to bed. Then the strangest thing happened. I woke up at 10:00 a.m. and felt better, no aches and no fever. I actually got over it on my own. My body was able to fight it off. This was very strange, no Predisone, no antibiotic, no inhaler, just my healthy body. You know how wierd that is for me. Never in my adult life has this happened before. Yes, this is a great day to celebrate Life and being Smoke Free!

If you are a Woman-Please don’t Smoke!

Smoke Free 25 Days!

This post started out to be about smoking and early menopause. This happened to me so I thought it would be interesting to research. Well, as it turns out I found out a lot more about women and smoking then I really wanted to know. It’s scary girls, so especially you teenagers, PLEASE DON’T EVER LITE UP!

Did any of you know that smoking affects your ESTROGEN LEVEL? There are significantly lower levels of estrogens noted in many studies of women smokers. Also, lower levels of estrogens causes early menopause. Therefore, when we quit our estrogen levels increase hence, QUIT ZITS. It may be why we gain weight also. I feel like I am going through puberty again. Does this mean I will go through Menopause again? I need more answers. A call to my Doctor is definately in order.

Anyway, here are some studies done on women regarding smoking and our estrogen levels and the problems that can arise, whether we quit or not.

This is an excerpt from the International Journal of Cancer, 2004 (Vol. 112) (No. 2) 324-328

And finally, as we have seen, smokers who are on the pill have as much as 20 times the risk as nonsmokers on the pill. This may have to do with the fact that cigarette smoking alters the estrogen metabolism in premenopausal women. The resulting lower estrogen levels cause premature menopause, which in itself increases the risk of coronary heart disease. All in all, because of the high prevalence of smoking among women, eliminating this habit would probably be the single most effective method of reducing their incidence of heart disease.”

And this is from the Document Title: International Journal of Cancer, 2004 (Vol. 112) (No. 2) 324-328

“We conclude that ever-smoking was associated with the risk of breast cancer in women with high levels of estrone, and that ex-smoking was associated with breast cancer in women with high levels of estrone or estradiol.”

This is from International Journal of Epidemiology 2000;29:845-851
International Epidemiological Association 2000

Conclusions: Smoking was independently related to an earlier menopausal transition, although the effect on inception of the perimenopause was particularly observed among underweight women.

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Smoke Free 18 days!

Smoke Free 18 days!

Good for me! Yipee! Woo Hoo! I am so excited as you can tell. I have noticed a few changes happening with me besides just not standing out in the cold, freezing my arse off getting my fix like an addict; not smelling of smoke; not coughing my lungs out; not getting winded just walking to my car in the super cold weather.

Yes, things are adjusting in my body. Some of them are rather odd and not talked about a lot on the Quit Smoking Websites. Here are some of the transformations I have seen my body and personality go through:

  1. Quit Zits-Yep, even at my age. I was shocked when Zits started popping up. Not little ones, great big under grounders. My body is ridding itself of all the toxins that were in each cigarette I smoked for the last 30 years. The poisons that I sucked in through my mouth into my lungs and into my bloodstream are coming out through the pores of my skin. See a list of all the chemicals in a cigarette. It’s no surprise that it takes a while to get all of them out of our bodies.
  2. Sores on my Tongue-This is the same thing as above except the Zits are sores on my tongue that hurt like crazy. My mouth took in more of the toxins then my lungs did. It’s little wonder that the cleaning process would include sores on my tongue.
  3. I want to sleep all the time-Because my body is healing itself, I need the extra rest to help it along. Flushing out all of these toxins is not an easy job. I have abused my body for so long that now it needs to relax and time to heal.

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