This is how smoking causes cancer

I get it – everyone wants you to quit smoking, but it’s much easier said than done.

You start out with good intentions… but all it takes is a stressful day, and you find yourself reaching for one of those “cancer sticks.”

You KNOW that smoking is bad for you. It’s hard to ignore the warnings of emphysema, heart disease, stroke, infertility, and, of course, cancer.

Even if you’ve tried to quit a number of times in the past, a new study may just be the thing to help you kick the habit for good.

Although the link between smoking and cancer has been well established, the scientific community has debated exactly why and how one causes the other.

In this latest development, however, researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US were able to pinpoint that toxic chemicals from cigarettes speed up the rate of genetic mutations in cells that they come in contact with.

When you take a puff off a cigarette, chemicals in the smoke come in contact with your mouth, throat, and – if you inhale – your lungs. That contact turns out to be just enough to actually damage cellular DNA in those areas. And as I’ve shared with you before, anything that messes with your DNA can leave you vulnerable to cancer.

The lungs of a pack-a-day smoker, for example, had 150 more mutations a year than those of a non-smoker.

And all it takes is for ONE of these abnormal cells to flip a switch and start dividing rapidly… forming tumours that will grow and obstruct lung function… before spreading to other parts of your body.

This news comes on the heels of another grim report that reminds us that despite relative success of anti-smoking campaigns, smoking still accounts for one-third of cancer deaths in people over the age of 35.

Even if you’ve been a smoker for years, it’s not too late to quit and shift the odds in your favour. Amazingly, your body will begin to detoxify and repair itself literally within MINUTES of quitting.

When you quit, don’t be duped into putting down cigarettes only to pick up equally addictive, nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes or a dangerous drug like Champix, which has been linked to psychotic episodes.

The best way to break the habit is to stop cold turkey.

It won’t be easy, but you’re not completely on your own in this. Believe it or not, acupuncture can really help calm the jitters and cravings of tobacco withdrawal. I’ve seen the results first-hand in many of my patients.

You can also put yourself on a path to detoxification by drinking plenty of water, exercising, and eating lots of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and arugula – which have been shown to protect you from cancer.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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