Leonard Nimoy’s battle with COPD

April 28th, 2016

Leonard Nimoy, the beloved Mr. Spock of Star Trek, died on February 27, 2015 of complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Leonard was diagnosed with COPD just 2 years earlier, in 2013. In my opinion, what’s important here is that he quit smoking nearly 30 years prior to being diagnosed with COPD, in 1986!

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Tobacco Wars Documentary

April 3rd, 2016

  TOBACCO WARS is a three-part miniseries narrated by Walter Cronkite exploring the history of the cigarette and a shocking look at the tobacco industry. The series consists of three one-hour episodes and premiered on October 21, 1999. TOBACCO WARS reveals what tobacco companies really knew about the link between smoking and disease and explains how

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Quit Smoking: There’s an app for that!

February 24th, 2016

There are a number of great apps available to help individuals in their quest to quit smoking; far too many to mention and not nearly enough time to fairly review them. However, I believe that a recommendation from a customer is the best recommendation, which is why I am only mentioning a single app, Smoke

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Quitting Smoking: Taking Ownership

February 12th, 2016

Quitting smoking: A common phrase we hear at Alpha Lifestyle Center is, “If it works for me…” or “If I quit…,” followed by reports of co-workers, friends and family members that will be calling soon to make a laser stop smoking appointment. I always respond the same way: “The decision to quit smoking happened when

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Is Your Spouse Cheating?

December 15th, 2015

This is something of a cautionary tale to the spouses, significant others, friends or family members of smokers; smokers who had once quit and are now hiding or sneaking it (cheating). Former smokers who experience a relapse will often attempt to hide their relapse from others. They may hide it to avoid shame, disappointment or

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Food Addictions: Are They For Real?

December 3rd, 2015

Why is our laser weight control program so unique? Because unlike traditional programs, which focus primarily on calorie restriction (or carbohydrate, fat, sugar, etc), our program approaches weight issues as a Food Addiction. We understand that there is a physiological relationship between the brain and unhealthy foods that, when interrupted, causes problems. The reception of

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Cloud Chasing & Professional Vaping

November 9th, 2015

Cloud Chasing, sometimes referred to as extreme vaping, is recognized worldwide as a sport whose “athletes” are professional vapers who customize electronic cigarettes and compete to produce large plumes of vapor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud-chasing_(electronic_cigarette) Cloud blowing contests are referred to as Cloud Competitions. Spectators of this sport are referred to as Cloud Gazers. Two major Cloud Competitions

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40th Annual Smokeout=$40 OFF

October 26th, 2015

To commemorate the 40th Great American Smokeout, Alpha Lifestyle Center of Birmingham will offer $40 OFF the regular price of laser therapy to quit smoking to customers who schedule appointments for Thursday, November 19th. Space is limited for this offer. Must use code “SMOKEOUT” when scheduling. Call today or share this information with someone you

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Inmate Dies In Custody

October 10th, 2015

This post is not about the alleged misconduct or negligence of the Macomb County Jail in the death of 32 year-old inmate, David Stojcevski, last June.  The media handles that. We’ll know more on that subject as the investigation into David’s death unfolds. It is horrific and tragic; neither of which can be disputed in

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Quitting Smoking-Does Lung Cancer Screening Actually Discourage It?

September 28th, 2015

I just finished reading a New York Times blog titled, “Lung Screening May Not Push Smokers to Quit.”  The results of a small study on the subject suggest that lung screening may actually discourage smokers from quitting. Online comments highlight the absurdity of the suggestion by the study authors to stop screening smokers for lung

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