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Stop Smoking for Good: Forget the Patch, the Gum, and the Excuses with Dr. Prasad's Proven Program for Paperback – October 20, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583332340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Balasa L. Prasad, M.D., is a psychiatrist and anesthesiologist who has helped hundreds of patients overcome their addictions at his behavior management clinic in Mount Vernon, New York.
Catherine Whitney is the author of several nonfiction works of popular psychology, health and personal growth, including The Tufts University Guide to Total Nutrition, winner of the American Medical Writers Best Medical Book of the Year.

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As a first year resident in psychiatry, I helped a patient who suffered from deep guilt which resulted in depression and vocal cord paralysis. Using my philosophy coupled with the Turning Point Treatment, I was able to help her resolve her inner conflict and she got over her depression, was able to talk normally and lead a normal life again. When I heard her speak the first word loud and clear, that was my aha moment that I had something special to offer. Over the past thirty years as a psychiatrist and an anaesthesiologist, I have perfected the art of using Brevital Sodium, with my ground breaking philosophy "Universal Sense" and the concept of "Naturization" to help people overcome their stress, addictions, phobias and unhealthy habits. I have put all my knowledge into my new book "The Turning Point:Conquering Stress with Courage, Clarity and Confidence."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raychel on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was a stepping stone to actually quitting smoking. I can't say it was my sole motivation, but it did help get me in the right state of mind.

I do however feel that the questionairres in the book in helping you determine the depth of your addiction are inaccurate. For example, in completing them the book recommended that I would probably have a difficult and longish recovery time after I stopped smoking. It struck a bit of fear of quitting in me. I have since quit smoking and have felt great, the quit has been so easy...not long..hard or scary like the book led me to think it might be.

This book carries on the notion that if you actually pay attention to why you are smoking, you will realize that you don't like smoking at all...a popular way to view quitting ala Allen Carr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Vonludwig on February 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I started smoking when I was 16 -- typical teenage rebellion thing, and wanted to fit in with the "cool" kids at work. I've smoked off and on for over 20 years. I've quit many times -- quite easily, the first few times -- and stayed away from the drug for months, even over a year. But I've smoked steadily for the past 10 years because my current "better half" as well as my previous one are both 1-pack+/day smokers. It's really, really hard to quit successfully when you live with someone who smokes... without resenting them, or eventually being turned off by them.

I needed to find a way to quit without ending up with these negative feelings. I wanted to quit, and be happy about it. I found this book browsing through the meager selection at a brick & mortar store before my recent surgery -- I knew I would not be smoking for several weeks after my surgery because it's so bad for the healing process, so it seemed like a good opportunity to kick the habit forever. I leafed through several books on smoking cessation, most of which were lecture-oriented: smoking's bad for you, you're a social pariah, you're weak, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, we know it's bad. It doesn't help to know how bad, really. I needed something that would tackle the underlying addiction, and not in a way that would leave me yearning forever.

Dr. Prasad's book caught my eye with his term "comfortable nonsmoker". I browsed through the first few pages in the store, and realized right away that he understood what makes smoking so incredibly compelling. It's immensely pleasurable. The warm, velvety smoke, as he describes it, lingers in your mind and lures you back in months, even years, after you've tried to break away from it.
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I wanted to give this book a five star review, but since it did not coerce my wife to stop smoking, I cannot truthfully give it the credit I wanted. Although it seemed to have a little bit of a positive affect on my wife's smoking habits, her evil twin Maleficent manifested herself hell bent on making my life a living hell. Sadly, the only cure was to buy her another pack of cigarettes, to her delight.
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