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Book Review: Stop Smoking Naturally By Martha Work Ashelman

written by: AngelaC • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 9/23/2010

Author Martha Work Ashelman has been running the “Break Free” holistic smoking cessation program for over 28 years. The program, as well as her book, Stop Smoking Naturally, shows smokers how to make lifestyle changes to quit smoking and become healthy for life.

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    Ashelman describes smoking as an addiction that has taken over your body, mind and soul. An addiction that you need to break free from. Once you make the commitment to your health, then you can learn the skills necessary to be free from cigarettes. One of the most important areas Ashelman touches on is that when quitting smoking you must make one significant life change, you must end your friendship with cigarettes and replace it with new friends. She also emphasizes the importance of treating yourself with compassion and love.

    Stop Smoking Naturally is divided into three main sections to help you quit smoking without using any pills, patches, or other quickie techniques. Ashelman starts with a motivating list of all the physical, emotional, personal and financial benefits there are to quitting smoking. She helps you understand the nature of the addiction to nicotine, describes ways to build up motivation to quit, and how to prepare to quit. The second section then helps you understand the cravings, describes possible withdrawal symptoms, and introduces Ashelman’s five rules for breaking free:

    1. Drink lots and lots of water
    2. Breathe deeply
    3. Exercise
    4. Healthy diet
    5. Pamper yourself

    The third section focuses on the medical aspects of stopping smoking and helps you learn how to rejoice in the benefits you will now be able to enjoy. Ashelman also discusses relapse and how to avoid it. She acknowledges how addictive smoking is, how easy it can be to slip right back into old habits, and offers many tips for overcoming this powerful addiction.

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    Overall Recommendation

    Stop Smoking Naturally offers an all natural, common sense based program for stopping smoking. Ashelman discusses all aspects of why you smoke, how to become smoke free, and how to stay smoke free. She acknowledges that it is highly addictive and, to some people, quitting smoking can even be a grieving process. By following the guidelines in this book, including a healthy diet, exercise, pampering, mediation and relaxation, becoming smoke free naturally seems possible for everyone.

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    Product Information

    Title: Stop Smoking Naturally

    Author: Martha Work Ashelman

    Publisher: McGraw-Hill

    Date Published: April 1, 2000

    Number of Pages: 160

    ISBN: 0658003844


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