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Defeating smoking habits to enjoy life to the fullest

Defeating smoking habits

Defeating smoking habits to enjoy life to the fullest begins with elimination of cravings

Defeating smoking habits to enjoy life to the fullest: How can I enjoy a meal without smoking?

It may be true that defeating smoking habits may be difficult, but the good news we have is that it is not impossible. Therefore, if you want to enjoy life to the fullest, defeating smoking habits must be prioritized says doctor Akoury. What may not know is that food normally tastes better after quitting smoking, and because of that your appetite may suddenly become bigger than usual. When that takes place, the urge to smoke comes immediately after meals. This desire to smoke will depend on whether you are alone or in the company of other smokers and remember that your urge to smoke may be stronger with specific foods like spicy or sweet foods. And for proper management of that the following tips can be helpful:

  • Knowledge of the kind of foods that increases your urge to smoke is important so that you can avoid them.
  • Have company every time you are eating and if alone, invite a friend or take a walk soon after eating.
  • Brush your teeth or use mouthwash after meals.
  • Concentrate on the taste when taking coffee or a fruit drink.
  • Eat at smoke-free restaurants.

Defeating smoking habits to enjoy life to the fullest: Resisting smoking urge when drinking alcoholic beverages

Many smokers often smoke when enjoying their favorite drinks like beer, wine, liquor, or mixed drinks and in the process associate the good feelings with those beverages. It is important to note that up on quitting smoking, you may feel a strong urge to smoke when you drink alcohol. Therefore keep this in mind up front if you are going out for a drink. Nonetheless if you do drink, keep in mind that your control over your behavior may be impaired under the influence of alcohol. When you try to quit smoking, drinking alcohol may make it even tougher to cope and the following hints will be very helpful for you in the first few weeks after quitting:

  • Many people find it helpful to reduce or avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Switch to nonalcoholic drinks.
  • If you do drink, don’t choose the alcoholic beverages you usually have when smoking.
  • Don’t drink at home or by yourself.
  • Stay away from the places you usually drink alcohol, or drink only with nonsmoking friends.

Finally keeping sobriety after quitting will definitely be an uphill task and you will certainly need help along the way. If you ever need help, do not hesitate to call doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center for professional help immediately today.

Defeating smoking habits to enjoy life to the fullest: How can I enjoy a meal without smoking?




Cocain use

Crack cocaine abuse and the health consequences

Crack cocaine abuse

Crack cocaine abuse and the health consequences can be controlled by taking preventive measures

Crack cocaine abuse and the health consequences: Modes of administration

The history of cocaine is well known and how it affects the good health of our societies. Crack cocaine as it is commonly known is a very powerful addictive stimulant drug that when allowed to settle in anyone’s life, the consequences can be very devastating and frustrating. Whichever way you look at it, crack cocaine is poisonous to your health. According to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, the illusion that cocaine is beneficial remains just an illusion. The naked truth is that no single advantage can be attached to this drug says doctor Akoury. As a matter of fact crack cocaine abuse is a serious threats to humanity.

The powdered hydrochloride salt form of cocaine can be snorted or injected as a solution of water. And when we talk of crack cocaine, it means that, this cocaine base has not been neutralized by an acid to transform it into a hydrochloride salt. When that is done, this form of cocaine comes in a rock crystal which can be heated to produce vapors, a product which can be smoked. The term “crack” therefore refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock when it is heated.

How is cocaine abused?

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, crack cocaine abuse is in most cases considered in relation to the mode of its administration. There are three main routes that are commonly used for the administration of crack cocaine:

Snorting – this is the process of inhaling cocaine powder through the nose, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues.

Injection – in this case cocaine in mixed with water and the solution is then injected into the body using the needle to release the drug directly into the blood streams.

Smoking – this involves inhaling cocaine vapor or smoke into the lungs, where absorption into the bloodstream is as rapid as by injection.

Even as we progress into the discussion, it is important to note that, the mode of administering the substance doesn’t in any way reduce the danger. The consequences remain the same with the risk of addiction and infection by other serious chronic health complications like contracting STI’s. Besides that, the following are some of the experiences that users of crack cocaine will face:

  • The intensity and duration of cocaine’s effects, which include increased energy, reduced fatigue, and mental alertness, depend on the route of drug administration.
  • The faster cocaine is absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the brain, the more intense the high.
  • Injecting or smoking cocaine produces a quicker, stronger high than snorting.
  • On the other hand, faster absorption usually means shorter duration of action.
  • The high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes, but the high from smoking may last only 5 to 10 minutes.

Finally and in order to sustain the high, a cocaine abuser has to administer the drug repeatedly. That is to say, crack cocaine is often abused in binges taken repeatedly within a relatively short period of time, at increasingly high doses. This is very dangerous and the sooner you enroll for a recovery program the better. You can always call doctor Dalal Akoury for more professional advice and treatment on this journey of recovery.

Crack cocaine abuse and the health consequences: Modes of administration

Autoimmune diseases no more

Addressing high cholesterol causes

Addressing high cholesterol

Addressing high cholesterol causes like alcoholism will go along way in soloving the cholesterol problem

Addressing high cholesterol causes: Efficiency in cholesterol reduction

When making attempts of addressing high cholesterol causes, it is primarily important that certain lifestyle changes must be effected. Speaking to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, it is important to note that there is no single cause for high cholesterol. There are very many different factors that can contribute to high cholesterol which may include the following:

  • Eating a diet that is high in saturated fat
  • High alcohol intake, or
  • Kidney or liver disease.
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking

Besides the above, this can also be inherited through a condition known as familial hyper-cholesterolaemia (FH) which can also cause exceptionally high cholesterol even if you have a healthy lifestyle. It therefore means that for all our safety, addressing high cholesterol is very important. This may cause worries for many and that is why doctor Akoury founded this facility to help you be free from this problem. Doctor Akoury is just a phone call away and will be willing to help you beyond your imaginations.

Addressing high cholesterol causes: What really works in the reduction of cholesterol levels?

Eat a healthy balanced diet – Eating lots of fruit, vegetables, and wholegrain is better than eating foods high in saturated or Tran’s fats. You can replace saturated fats with the healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as olive, rapeseed or sunflower oils and spreads. It is interesting to note that food stuff that people often ignore is actually the best in keeping the good health we all desire. Therefore only settle for foods that are high in soluble fiber like the beans, oats, lentils, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Soluble fibers are very effective and can help in lowering the levels of cholesterol.

Regular exercise Regular physical activity can help increase your HDL cholesterol (the good type of cholesterol). Staying active is great way to keep your heart healthy. While this can be very simple to do, many have failed in maintaining the consistency of exercise. If you too is a candidate of inconsistency, then scheduling for an appointment with the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center will be very helpful to you. This facility was established by doctor Dalal Akoury primarily to help people with such difficulties.

Quit smoking Quitting smoking can help to lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health. Actually there is nothing good about smoking when it comes to your health. Even if it was not about cholesterol smoking generally is harmful and life threatening in all dimensions.

Patients who visit my office in relation to cholesterol often ask this question, “Will I need to take medication?” medication is necessary; however whether yes or no taking cholesterol medication is not a matter to decide on the street. It will depend on your overall risk of cardiovascular disease. Like for instance, cholesterol medications like statins are only prescribed to patients who are at greatest overall risk of cardiovascular disease.

When it comes to the roles of sterol-enriched foods in helping in the reduction of cholesterol level the effect varies between individuals, there is evidence to show that plant sterols and stanols can help to reduce LDL cholesterol by levels up to 10-15% when 2g per day is regularly consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet. It must be noted that even though there is an expectation that this would lead to fewer heart attacks, scientifically no clinical trials have been undertaken to show this. Nonetheless sterols and stanols is a common ingredients in several food products we use some of which may include margarines, spreads, soft cheeses and yoghurts.

Addressing high cholesterol causes: Efficiency in cholesterol reduction


AWAREmed Nurse Practitioner alleviates your Pain

Understanding medics addiction problems

Understanding medics addiction

Understanding medics addiction problems is very important if patients are to be attended to professionally

Understanding medics addiction problems: Treatment for the treating experts

If there is anything that doesn’t have any respect to personality, education, social standing in the society, then it must be drug addiction. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center acknowledges that in more than two decades of her engagement as a medics, understanding medics addiction problems has been one hilly mountain to climb. Across the globe medical experts are not just personnel from various health institutions but a distinguish people entrusted with people’s lives. Theirs is a calling and not just a job for remuneration. In this profession doctor Akoury says that it is all about professionalism and integrity. What disturbs me she continues is the rate at which men and women in this profession are sinking in various types of substance abuse. Even though health facilities are a drug free zones, if you were to walk across the road where smoking zones have been designated, it will surprise to note that majority of smokers there are medical support staffs, nurses, administrators and doctors.

Understanding medics addiction problems: The evidence of a greater problem 

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you come across such professionals crowding in smokers corners with smoke billowing over their heads? What is really the problem? Are we losing the moral duty by some of these actions? For how long are we going to be encouraging patient and other people to make healthy lifestyle choices as part of our responsibilities when we are doing exactly the opposite? Yes medics are humans too but what morals do we have to advice patients if we are equally subjecting ourselves to the temptations of drug use, smoking, alcohol abuse and overeating?

My fellow colleagues don’t miss understand me. As a professionals I am not being too judgmental or preaching a sermon to the few who engages in such habits. I appreciate that we are all grown-ups with equal rights of enjoying the freedom of making choices as we may wish. Nonetheless, allow me to pose and say that there are certain special cases. Addiction is a health problem and when medics are the ones struggling with it, they become patients and therefore it is very important that we start looking at some of our actions through the eyes of our patients. And by the way for us to succeed in understanding medics addiction problems, the following questions will be very helpful in understanding the magnitude of the matter:

  • Can overweight nurses’ advice patients about weight loss?
  • How is stress affecting nurses and their patients?
  • Will patients listen to advice on smoking cessation when you smell like an ashtray?

We will finally discuss each of these questions in our subsequent articles but for now fellow colleagues, if you are struggling with any kind of addiction, you need help just the same way as your patients. AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center has very specific treatment programs tailored just for you. This will be done in confidence and your reputation will be protected zealously. We want to help you. So please talk to us today.

Understanding medics addiction problems: Treatment for the treating experts




Successful mental health away from smoking ice

Successful mental health away from smoking ice: Why are they the drug of Choice for many?

Successful mental health

Getting a successful mental health away from smoking ice is realistically possible when treatment is done timely and professionally.

Stimulant is the common denominator that brings all these together. Therefore when we make reference to the successful mental health away from smoking ice, we are certainly looking at the content and how they affect our mental health individually and collectively as a society. We spoke to doctor Dalal Akoury the MD, President and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center help us understand the Successful mental health away from smoking ice and according to her team of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, Methamphetamines or as it is commonly known by its street name of ice, are a highly addictive stimulant that is easy and economically pocket friendly to produce and that explains why it is growing in popularity across globe at an alarming rate. Doctor Akoury is registering that currently the use of ice is wreaking havoc across the globe and particularly in the west and developed countries. It is disturbing that the indigenous populations of many states with rehabilitation centers are reporting up to half of their client who are walking through their doors are actually visiting primarily to seek treatment for their addiction to these highly potent and addictive substances.

As if that is not enough, the available statistics indicate that addiction and use of ice or meth and cigarette has steadily grown by ten-fold between the late 90s and early 2000s, and it has grown in use tenfold between in the last decade to date. From a professional point of view, doctor Akoury is saying that Ice use and being addicted to it alongside other substances is very dangerous not just to the user but to the community as well. The danger is that Ice addicts are likely to act out violently, have paranoid misunderstandings, experience brain damage, memory loss and even heart attacks. Besides that it is important to note that when this substance is used intravenously Hepatitis B, HIV, and other deadly diseases will definitely become a massive risk for the direct victim.

Successful mental health away from smoking ice: The intensity of suffering

The intensity of suffering is so heavy from the west in relation to other states across the globe. If you want to know why this disparity then the answer is simple, it is because ice is a cheap drug to produce and it is essentially accessible to the people. Practically it is made from every day household items, batches of ice are quick to cook up and do not need to travel far to be used and a profit being turned from the sales of the locally cooked meth. This is of particular importance when looking at the geographical landscape of many of these states with rugged land and territory. It therefore means that many of the Indigenous population from these states live in rural setups where there is potentially luck of quick highway trips into the urban population where rehabilitation, education, and medical treatment are nearby enough to seek proper treatment or help. Because of such challenges it is always very important that serious awareness is created so that people are able to make the right and timely decisions towards achieving a successful mental health away from smoking ice which will help them in solving the problem before it escalates to unmanageable levels.

The best way to get any population out of poverty and staying healthy is through education and offering or creation employment opportunities. It is always said that the idle mind is the devils workshop. We must therefore ensure that people are properly engaged not just because Ice puts a lot of financial and social strain on addicts but because when engaged there are high chances that little attention will be given to the illicit behaviors. The other serious problem is that of stigma and social discrimination. The use of ice is very strong in most states thereby making it hard for addicts to turn for help or find work to keep them out of drug use. Doctor Akoury is sounding a warning that substances like ice if used for longer period of time, can cause irreversible mental problems including but not limited to paranoia, anxiety, depression, or brain damage. It is possible that issues like these may hinder a person’s ability to work regularly. However and with better access to rehabilitation treatment centers and social programs catered specifically designed and tailored to the direct victims, some ray of hope is guaranteed to the users. This is actually one of the pillars that lead to the formation of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury. Therefore if you or any one you know is struggling with this problem, then you can be of help to them by scheduling for an appointment with the experts from this facility and all your needs will be addressed professionally.

Successful mental health away from smoking ice: Cigarette addiction and health complications attached

There is no doubt that most people today are aware of the physical health risks of using tobacco, with the tobacco and nicotine there is nothing known as moderation, any unit consumed has it level of consequences and research has established that smoking also impacts negatively in people’s mental health. Meaning that any time an individual smokes, nicotine will affects the brain by improving attentiveness and triggering the flood of dopamine, which is a chemical that relaxes and temporarily relieves anxiety. Doctor Akoury says that just like any substance abuse that activates dopamine, smoking will facilitates the brain to turn off the natural switch for this and the long term supply of dopamine decreases over time.

Finally even as we conclude this discussion about the link between smoking ice and mental health, experts say that many individuals who are struggling with mental health issues will most likely report that they got into smoking to help them in the management of their symptoms. Currently the number of adult smokers diagnosed with depression is significantly higher as much as 2 to 1, compared to the rate for those not suffering from depression. The idea that people who smokes to ease the signs and symptoms of stress, depression or other mental health issues is misleading and it is known as self-medicating. Doctor Akoury encourages that anyone who is struggling with any kind of addiction must not chose to self-medicate. This is very dangerous and un-procedural to be done by anybody. The most appropriate step is to seek for professional help from the experts in the line discipline. Any temporary relief you may experience will soon turn into serious complications you may not be competent enough to handle. So speak to us at the home of addiction solutions at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and we will help you get well the best way.

Successful mental health away from smoking ice: Why are they the drug of Choice for many?