Just a note here on using herbals as a quit smoking aid. We at Freedom do NOT endorse the use of any herbals or other quit smoking aids. We do it au natural because it is the most effective way to go in the long run and there are no medical risks involved. We are taught to ride out the 72 hours and learn how to meet, great and defeat those triggers by taking deep breaths when encountering one. In just a few moments, that trigger is out the door.
Below is an article that Joel sent me on the herbal, lobelia, which is mentioned above. It is wrought with many dangers.
All we need to do for a successful quit and a life free from nicotine, is to never take another puff.
http://www.healthwatcher.net/Lobelia/lo ... zards.html
Lobelia inflata - Warning to Canadian consumers Lobelia is not generally recommended in the United States for nicotine withdrawl or replacement because first of all, it is not effective, and most importantly, it has serious toxic side effects. However, someone at Health Canada gave it a DIN number in 1997
In June 1997, two companies joined forces to promote a product
that contained 130 mg. of Lobelia inflata. They were Paradise Promotions
and Alta Natural Herbs & Supplements Ltd.
"ALTA NATURAL develops and markets a product line of selective herbal and organic food supplements, including Shark Cartilage and Shark Oil products, which harness the leading curative powers of the world's oceans and plant life to promote and maintain better health for our clients." That's from their web site, and if you believe that, I have some nice swamp land off the coast of Florida for you to buy. I am tired of people going around raping and pillaging the oceans to hawk some hair-brained scheme to get rich quick.
ALTA is basically a public company listed on the Alberta Stock Exchange Symbol AHS. They inked a deal with Shoppers Drug Mart
last fall to take orders for thousands of bottles of their latest remedy called BUTT OUT, or BUTTit OUT, depending on which fax, or which press release, or which label you have in front of you at the time. As far as I am concerned, that deal was one of the first indications that the stuff wasn't worth the gelatin that was wrapped around the "puke" weed. Shoppers is owned by Imasco
, Canada's largest tobacco conglomerate
You will also see when you read ALTA's home page
that they also market Melatonin
, a substance that is actually banned in Canada
. Why would Health Canada approve this company to manufacture any herbal products if they advertise on their own web page that they sell Melatonin?
I heard about it because I was contacted by [url=mailto:email@example.com
]Larry Kunkel[/url] in order to see if I would make an announcement on my anti-smoking web site, NO PATSY. I sent Mr. Kunkel a list of sites that contained much of the information that is on this web page. I am amazed at the gullibility of marketers whose sole aim is to rip off the public, and I am also shocked by Health Canada and the media for going along with this dangerous product.
I contacted the appropriate people at Health Canada, and am awaiting an ATIP request to see who, and why this product was approved.
On September 2, 1998 I was in my London, Ontario office and proceeded to the nearest Shoppers Drug Mart
at the Sherwood Forest Mall. It coincidentally is also the home of Herbal Magic's most lucrative store. But, that's another story.
I picked up my bottle of BUTT-OUT for Life and noted the small warnings about keeping the capsules away from children. There was no safety cap, no Mr. Yuck, or poison sign on the bottle.
Here is how the label reads in English:
|Lobelia info: Lobelia has similar properties to Nicotine but it is non-addictive. The major alkaloid of this herb actually blocks Nicotine from reaching the Nicotine Receptors in the Brain's pleasure center, where Nicotine gives you the "high", thus reducing the desire to smoke!. Traditionally used by Herbalists as a Smoking Deterrent. |
|Indian Tobacco (Lobelia, Asthma Weed) |