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Sleep can be incredibly important for health. Good sleep improves concentration, productivity, mood, and weight metabolism.  Poor sleep is a factor in heart disease, stroke, systemic inflammation, and mental health.  However, developing good sleep patterns can be a challenge, and good sleep is complicated by smoking.   Sleep quality is measured… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
I would like to recommend a very informative article recently published in National Geographic Magazine titled “How Science is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction”.  If you are interested, you can access the article online.   Our understanding of the complexity of addiction is improving considerably.  Research, using scanning technologies, is… (Show more)
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Gratitude is a powerful emotion!  Gratitude activates the parasympathetic (rest-and-digest), relaxing part of the nervous system, which results in many positive effects, such as decreases in our body’s cortisol levels, lowering of blood pressure, strengthening of our immune system, and so much more can occur when we feel and express positive… (Show more)
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The Minnesota Department of Health released an alert this week about severe lung injury in young people related to vaping.   A number of states have now reported similar harm that seems to be caused by e-cigarette inhalation.     Lungs are vital and very reactive to toxins.  We know very little about the longer term effect of vaping upon these… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
What happens to people who smoke sometimes “ain’t very pretty.”  That is the point of the new labeling rules for cigarettes that the FDA is considering.  The label changes for cigarettes would include the requirement of having a graphic pictorial image showing 1 of 12 serious complications of smoking or secondhand smoke exposure along with a text… (Show more)
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We are met daily with irritating and frustrating experiences that heighten our sense of feeling stressed.   We have our “go to” actions we do to feel better, calm our tempers, soothe our emotions, and clear our heads.  These actions can give us a moment to escape the stressful situation or process our thoughts so that we can think through how to… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
                If stopping smoking was just a matter of putting the cigarette down, millions of people would quit each year.  However, we know that smoking is a chronic disease that affects different areas of our lives such as our habits, routines, and even close personal relationships.    Just as one would plan changes to their routines… (Show more)
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Most spouses or partners of smokers would like it if there loved one would quit. However they may be unsure of the best way to help their loved one. When looking to be supportive - Here is some information that may be helpful for your quitting spouse.   Despite the difficulties in quitting, 40% of those who are successful attribute their success… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
Sometimes it seems like making one healthy change can be the catalyst to inspire other healthy behaviors.  Adding a dose of physical activity to your quit plan (even those of you who have been smoke-free for years!) may yield surprising results.  Think of how the following benefits of exercise might impact your success. According to the staff at… (Show more)
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The older I get, the more concerned I become about taking care of myself.  I am realizing that the body I have been given is what I am living in day in and day out! And a large part of the protection of that body is the wrapping – i.e., YOUR SKIN!  The skin is the body’s largest organ – making up 16% of its total weight!   Our skin performs many… (Show more)
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