Saturday, October 31, 2015

Something Scary for Halloween--If This Doesn't Scare You Into Quitting Smoking, Nothing Will

If you are thinking about taking action to quit smoking cigarettes, why don't you sign up to get your FREE report, Seven Tips to Help You Quit Smoking, from Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Quit Smoking Benefits Timeline

If you are thinking about quitting smoking at Harmony Hypnosis of Austin, here is some information you may find very interesting:

Within ...


20 minutes

Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

8 hours

Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.

12 hours

Your blood oxygen level has increased to normal. Carbon monoxide levels have dropped to normal.

24 hours

Anxieties have peaked in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

48 hours

Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability will have peaked.

72 hours

Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine.  Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day have peaked for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and your lung's functional abilities are starting to increase.

5 - 8 days

The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although serious cessation time distortion can make minutes feel like hours, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time them.

10 days

10 days - The "average" ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day, each less than 3 minutes.

10 days to 2 weeks

Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in your gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user.

2 to 4 weeks

Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician.

21 days

The number of acetylcholine receptors, which were up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence in the frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital, basal ganglia, thalamus, brain stem, and cerebellum regions of the brain, have now substantially down-regulated, and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers (2007 study).

2 weeks to 3 months

Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.

3 weeks to 3 months

Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared. If not, get seen by a doctor, and sooner if at all concerned, as a chronic cough can be a sign of lung cancer.

8 weeks

Insulin resistance in smokers has normalized despite average weight gain of 2.7 kg (2010 SGR, page 384).

1 to 9 months

Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath has decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs, thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.

1 year

Your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

5 years

Your risk of a subarachnoid haemorrhage has declined to 59% of your risk while still smoking (2012 study). If a female ex-smoker, your risk of developing diabetes is now that of a non-smoker (2001 study).

5 to 15 years

Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.

10 years

Your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% and 50% of that for a continuing smoker (2005 study). Risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day).  Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and pancreas have declined. Risk of developing diabetes for both men and women is now similar to that of a never-smoker (2001 study).

13 years

The average smoker who is able to live to age 75 has 5.8 fewer teeth than a non-smoker (1998 study). But by year 13 after quitting, your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker (2006 study).

15 years

Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked. Your risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study - but note 2nd pancreatic study making identical finding at 20 years).

20 years

Female excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, has now reduced to that of a never-smoker (2008 study). Risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Can a Quit Smoking Hypnotist in Austin, Texas, Help You Stop Dipping Smokeless Tobacco?

While I have helped hundreds of people to quit smoking at Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, I've also helped a number of people quit chewing or dipping smokeless tobacco and/or snuff.

This video tells about some of those cases:

To find out if you're a good candidate to quit dipping with hypnosis, call 512-200-4249 for your free phone consultation.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Are E-Cigarettes a Safe Way to Quit Smoking?

At Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, I help people completely release the habit of inhaling toxic substances into their lungs, no matter what form that takes.

Recently, a lot of people have asked me if vaping or using e-cigarettes is a good way to quit smoking, and I have to tell them to look at the evidence.

This article spells out just how harmful vaping is, and that's why I encourage my clients to simply go all the way in releasing that nasty habit.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Quit Smoking in Austin, Texas

The Truth about Nicotine Gum and Patches

A lot of people try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), which includes nicotine gum (such as Nicorette), nicotine lozenges, nicotine patches, and nicotine inhalers.

Let's just look at the side effects of NRT. According to this massive study, you can expect six months of:

            gastrointestinal complaints (in other words, farting)
            heart palpitations and chest pains
            nausea and vomiting (sounds fun so far, huh?)
            coughing (wait—wasn't that why you quit smoking?) 
            insomnia (because you didn't need to sleep anyway, right?)
            skin irritation (if you use a patch)
            mouth and throat soreness (for gum and lozenges)
            mouth ulcers (yuck!)

If you are interested in some easier and more effective ways to quit smoking, sign up to the right for your free report, Seven Tips to Help You Quit Smoking.

And when you're ready, call 512-200-4249 for your free phone consultation at Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Because you deserve to breathe free.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

What's Really in Cigarettes

A lot of people who come to Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, to quit smoking don't really know what's in that thing they've been putting in their mouth. So here's a video on how cigarettes are made:

Are you thinking about quitting smoking? Sign up to the right to get your FREE report, Seven Tips to Help You Quit Smoking, from Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

What Happens When You Quit Smoking in Austin, Texas

We all know that quitting smoking can improve your health, but at Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, a lot of my clients find it encouraging to think about the timeline of improvements they have to look forward to.

Here's a great video that shows what happens when you quit smoking:

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, you can sign up on the right for a free list of tips to help you reach your goal. You can also call 512-200-4249 for a free phone consultation at Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Some Great Advice from a Former Smoker in Austin, Texas

Here's a few words from another review on the Yelp page of Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters:

"James, THANK YOU for devoting your life to empowering people through hypnosis and helping me to stop smoking cigarettes. Like most people, I came to you very determined to quit, curious about what i’d heard about the effectiveness of hypnosis, yet very skeptical due to all of the nonsense we see on TV. From our first phone call you immediately put my mind at ease, that at least you, did not view hypnosis as some magic show, but in fact that you regarded it as a very practical and powerful art and science. I was curious and comfortable enough to give it a chance.
The program you have created is nothing short of brilliant. I can’t say that I fully understand how it worked, but it worked. I tried to quit on my own for years, and no matter how determined I was at times, I never had the command over my craving for nicotine, that I do now. I felt powerless before I came to you. You explained the physiology of smoking cigarettes and took me through a series of meditation sessions, and I have not touched a cigarette since. To call that magic, or a miracle, is to miss the point that we all have the will and the power to do anything we want. The job of a hypnotist is to help us realize and harness that willpower. Again thank you for helping me realize that I had the strength to do it all along. My only regret now, is that I didn’t do it sooner.
To any of you who have been struggling to quit something or start something new, and have been feeling powerless. Go see James."

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Declare Your Independence from Cigarettes--Quit Smoking Today, Austin!

Our forefathers rebelled against taxation without representation. In other words, they rejected a nefarious group of people who were taking their money.

If you think about it, that describes Big Tobacco pretty well.

And if you don't believe that industry is nefarious, you should do a little research into what your smoke money is paying for.

One of my favorite examples has to do with how Big Tobacco hired Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, to get women hooked on cigarettes. This interview with the man himself tells the tale of how that happened:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quit Smoking Testimonial for Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters

Most people who quit smoking at Harmony Hypnosis of Austin never think twice about cigarettes again, so most never write to let me know how well they're doing.

So I was really happy to come across these comments on my Yelp page:
"I recently went to James at Harmony Hypnosis to help me with my addiction to nicotine. I was a pack a day smoker for 10 years and have tried many methods to quit ie. patches, e-cigs, nicotine gum; all without success.
I was to the point where I was willing to try anything to help. Having tried to quit unsuccessfully so many times in the past I was skeptical of the ability of Hypnosis to help me. Boy was I wrong! I have been smoke free since my first session with James! I would recommend James and his services to any one battling the addiction to nicotine, or any issue that seems to be holding them back from what they want and can achieve in life.
His prices are very reasonable compared to other Hypnotist in the Austin area.

Monday, June 1, 2015

How Did Kirsten Dunst Quit Smoking?

Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst told Conan O'Brien about using hypnosis to quit smoking.

Are you thinking about quitting smoking. Call 512-200-4249 today for your free consultation with Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Are You Thinking about Chantix to Quit Smoking?

Before you run out to get the cheapest Chantix available in an Austin pharmacy, consider that the quit smoking drug Chantix has these common side effects :

            Sleep problems: because being groggy really helps you through a day at work, and dreams of rape and torture really improve your mood

            Nausea: because feeling like you want to puke is a great way to reduce stress

            Constipation: Miss your smoke breaks? That's okay; you can skip your bathroom breaks with Chantix

             Vomiting: It's pretty much impossible to smoke while vomiting, so I guess this is effective.

           Gas: Too bad you won't have the stink of tobacco to cover your farts. 

Interestingly, the Chantix website warns that you can still have "nicotine withdrawal symptoms" while on the quit smoking drug.

The Chantix website also warns that Chantix can make your depression worse. Well, if you're farting, nauseated, constipated, sleep-deprived, and vomiting while trying to quit smoking and experiencing "nicotine withdrawal symptoms," don't you think you'd get depressed?

Truth is, a number of people have experienced hallucinations, horrific dreams, and psychotic breaks while taking Chantix. The drug doesn't just drain the joy of out of cigarettes; it drains the joy out of life. Suicidal thoughts and actual suicides have accompanied the used of Chantix. In some instances, anxiety and panic attacks continued for months or years after people quit taking the stop smoking drug.

Is there something better than Chantix?

Well, let's look at the side effects of hypnosis to quit smoking:

             Improved Sleep: Hypnosis to quit smoking or for any other purpose tends to lead to better sleep

            Pleasant Dreams: Suggestions for pleasant dreams are a regular part of many hypnosis sessions. That's a far cry from the horrific nightmares of Chantix.

          Feels great: Hypnosis often uses relaxation, so it feels like stress-free vacation

            Handy Skills: What you learn at the hypnotist's office will help you in many areas of your life, long after cigarettes are a distant memory.

            Reduced Stress: A good hypnotist will teach you a number of safe, natural ways to handle stress and mitigate cravings.
So, the choice is simple: twelve or more weeks of living hell on Chantix, or a few hours of pleasant relaxing hypnosis? Wouldn't you rather get on with your life?

Contact Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, for your free phone consultation now.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quit Smoking and Save on Your Taxes

The cost of hypnosis to quit smoking isn't much compared to the cost of smoking, but it turns out that you can take that cost off your federal income tax. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is the section of the tax code to be aware of.

Of course, if you haven't quit smoking yet, you should call Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, for your free consultation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

E-Cigarettes Still Poisonous

The Centers for Disease Control have reported a dramatic rise in calls to poison-control centers due to children drinking liquid nicotine cartridges, which are often candy flavored, meant to be used in e-cigarettes.

Here's the thing: E-Cigs may be slightly safer (just slightly) safer than conventional cigarettes, but nicotine is still poisonous. In fact, pure nicotine used to be used as rat poison, but it was killing family pets as well. Now, nicotine derivatives are used as pesticides.

When you're ready to quit sucking poison into your lungs, call Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

How Did Ellen DeGeneres Quit Smoking

Ellen DeGeneres struggled with cigarettes for years. She even quit for a while using Alan Carr's book, but it didn't last.

Finally, she had celebrity hypnotist Paul McKenna come on her show and completely obliterate that old smoking habit in the way that we hypnotists do.

Are you ready to quit smoking yet? When you are, Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, is ready to help.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Quit Smoking Warnings in Places that Are Not Austin, Texas

We've all seen the Surgeon General's Warning about smoking cigarettes, yet an amazing number of people still smoke.

It turns out that these warnings are a lot more graphic in other countries, as this slide show demonstrates.

So with all of these warnings, why do people still smoke?

Well, the warnings go to the conscious mind, but smoking is a habit that is maintained by subconscious programming. To change that, you need to go to Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Smoking Hurts Your Chances of Finding Love

To find out whether or not smoking is sexy, a group of researchers set up two identical Tinder profiles, one with photos in which the love-seeker smoked, and one without the cigarettes.

The results: Smoking cuts your appeal roughly in half.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A BIG (and getting BIGGER) Reason to Quit Smoking in Austin, Texas

Ladies--this post is not for you.

Gentlemen--it turns out that not only have cigarettes been taking your money, destroying your stamina, stinking up your clothes, and harming your health, but they've also been literally COCK-BLOCKING you!

Yep, according to this study, quitting smoking leads to bigger, firmer, easier-to-generate erections, which means that the Marlboro Man is not going to impress anyone in the bedroom.

I also have it on good authority, from a young lady who had done a lot of research, that the ejaculate of smokers does not taste as good as that of non-smokers.

So, when you're ready to live up to your full potential, contact Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Blow Your Stress Away

A lot of people who come to Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, are worried that without cigarettes, they'll have no way to relieve stress.

Well, a big part of smoking a cigarette is taking a break, breathing deeply, and doing something with your hands--and none of those require that you inhale poison.

This video shows an easier way to relieve stress without harming your body.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to Know When You're Ready to Quit Smoking in Austin, Texas

Before you commit to quitting smoking for good, you want to be sure that you are ready.

At Harmony Hypnosis, Austin's Quit Smoking Headquarters, I have turned people away because they weren't ready; I don't want to waste their money or my time.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Quit Smoking If You Plan to Have a Family

Some of my most motivated quit smoking clients at Harmony Hypnosis of Austin are women who want to get pregnant and don't want to put their future children at risk.

A new study has found some of the very disturbing ways that tobacco use can make it harder to get pregnant and more likely to produce a child with serious deformities and health problems. In fact, the children of heavy smokers are more likely to end up in jail than their counterparts.

Read the full story here.

So if you're thinking about starting a family in Austin, call Harmony Hypnosis to quit smoking before it's too late.