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    Quote Originally Posted by underdog View Post
    Apparently, my account is waiting activation, so I am posting my question here instead of starting a new thread.

    I have always been under the impression that part of the carcinogenic properties of smoking lies in the healing process, and that when people quit smoking their chances of cancer increase due to the heightened level of healing, before lowering again (after about six months). Basically, while quitting smoking is good, it is also a particularly dangerous point as well. In light of that, I am trying to load up on certain anti-cancer foods during the transition to e-smoking.

    The primary two foods I'm loading up on are small berries (I mix with cottage cheese or yogurt), and raw broccoli (shown to offer significant protection against lung cancer specifically). I am also taking a good multi-vitamin. The final thing is vitamin D (every doctor in my family, and every doctor that I know through my family, swears on D3's positive effects, and advocates taking at least 2000 IUs daily).

    What other foods or supplements have been shown to offer protection to cancer in general, and lung cancer specifically? And what foods or supplements aid the healing process?
    I worked for three years as a dietician, have just completed a refresher course in dietary science and am getting my RN currently and I can tell you that eliminating the dairy products will help you with your lungs and lower your cancer risk. The casein in milk products has been shown to cause tumors in rats over and over again. I am speaking in terms of recent research, I am not a qualified nurse yet.

    **watch out for lactose free creamers, they often have lots and lots of casein in them***

    don't take my word for it. google casein cancer risk and read the medical research articles published by trusted journals.

    Also high fiber diets are a great way to guard against cancer. Fiber helps your kidneys to eliminate toxins by picking up the bile. No fiber and you kidneys will have to re-release the toxins into your bloodstream so eat those veggies guys!!

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    I have read two studies relating to the effects of PG on the lungs.

    One stated they fed human level doses to mice for two years and there appeared to be no negative effects.

    THe other one stated they did a study on people constantly exposed to smoke machines in clubs (PG is used to produce the smoke).

    In this study it stated that constant exposure caused reduced lung function.

    I have been smoking e-cigs for a year and i find when i vape to much i appear to get shortness of breath and when i reduce it to a moderate level it goes away.

    This seems to support the study. Of course anything in excess is not good for you.

    Compared to a regular cigarette I'm sure they are much better. Shortness of breath i can live with. Lung cancer I cannot...Mike

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    No facts here, just experience. I got my friend with COPD to start using e cigs. A month or two later when she went to her doctor the doctor was amazed at her improvement. Asked why the improvement she said she started the e cigs. Doctor wanted as much info and literature as was available to pass on to her other patients. Upshot, the doctor said my friends oxygen levels were so much improved that she no longer qualified for the insurance to pay for her oxygen treatments.

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    All I know is that back in August of 2011 I was getting concerned at how much I was starting to cough and at night when I went to bed I could hear rattling in my lungs. That was when I decided to switch to E cigs. Within a month the cough went away and so did the rattling. I can take deep breaths easily now and I feel like I have more energy. I've gone from 18mg down to 6mg's though I notice that I vape more with the lower amount than I did with the higher. But still I'm thinking it has to be better than analogs. My heart doctor and my primary care doctor are both pleased that I gave up the analogs, not that they approve of e cigs neccesarily but it's a much better alternative in their minds. Someday i'll quit completely but I feel like i've done myself a favor by switching to e cigs. My body is my guide and I know my lungs like me for it. :-)

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    I quit smoking a couple weeks ago. In total, I smoked for 5 years. Started when I was 16 but didn't get hooked until I was 17 when I figured out that you actually inhale the smoke into your lungs. Before I don't think I knew what I was doing, I was just mouthing the smoke or something. Well beginning to inhale got me to around .5-1 pack a week. Sometimes a pack a weekend when I would stay the weekend at a friend's house where his mom bought us underagers the smokes and let us smoke there. This is my second go at vaping. I tried it out a couple years ago and kept with it smoke-free, but being a singer, I lost that smoky rasp to my voice, got pissed off and reluctantly started smoking again. Fast forward another couple years and I was down to smoking 3-4 cigs a day, sometimes more on the weekends if I was partying and whatnot. But I began to mouth half the smoke and inhale the rest, trying to cut down on what I was inhaling, and had switched to ultra light American Spirits. But trying to quit tobacco for good now and not let the whole music/singing aspect of my life push me back to it. Its been a couple weeks but I'm still not coughing any junk up. I WAS smoking less and inhaling less so maybe that's why. Now when I vape, I don't even inhale and only vape 0 nic. Just trying to keep the whole physiological addiction at bay, or the addiction to the act of smoking itself. It's working well so far, although I'm now vaping more than I smoked. Gonna get that under control, because like others, I'm not really sure either what it is I'm drawing into my mouth. I know its non-carcinogenic flavorings, moisturizers (pg/vg), and water. But what sort of chemical changes occur to those when heated, besides becoming vaporized? What about the metals inside the atomizer and the wicks? I'm sure some sort of materials are vaporized off of them and end up going into people's lungs and mouths. I know its better than smoke, but we are the guinea pigs for these futuristic smokes. Only time will tell, and we are the ones time will tell through.

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    Please bear in mind the following...

    We are all part of a movement which is nothing short of a health revolution.

    We have all broken the chains of the Big Tobacco Beast that enslaved us, and our families for the past many years.

    How many of you have had loved ones fall to the poison of cigarettes? It's heart wrenching for us. It's no big deal to the beast. He's already lined up their next young innocent replacement for his chain smoke gang.

    The fallen victim of Tobacco now enters the clutches of the Big Tobacco Beast's best friend, The Big Pharma Beast. The victim will now be a slave to a lifetime of dependency of pharmaceutical products.

    We, however, have broken free of this tyranny.

    We have a powerful tool in our quest to lead healthy lives. We took with us the T Beast's nicotine, and created tools that allow us to extract its health benefits, while enjoying the sensation we once had with poison. Our delivery system employees the same agent used to treat asthma patients. We took this from the Big Pharma Beast.

    I've been Vaping & smoke free for 8 months now. I smoked 1.5 packs a day for 25 years.
    I have a few points to respond to...

    First- I, too belive that 95% of the adverse side affects posted on EFC are not caused by Vaping.

    I truly suspect that quite a few of these worst case scenarios are completely fabricated stories posted by anti e cig organizations (mostly funded by Big Tobacco & Big Pharma).
    - I know my lung capacity has increased since I made the big switch. I do cardio 6 days a week, while measuring my heartbeat rate. Prior to switching, my heartbeat rate was 156-163 while doing 5 mph on the treadmill for 1 hour. From about month 2 thru this day my heartbeat rate ranges from 121-134 while doing 5 mph on the treadmill for 1 hour. My heartbeat rate is lower because my lung capacity has increased.

    - Nicotine has health benefits in low to moderate doses. It does increase your heartbeat rate, just as caffeine does. It constructs your blood vessels. This decreased the level of oxygen fed to your body. This, in turn, causes you to take more breaths to compensate.

    It takes your body about 40 minutes to relax the constricted blood vessels after consuming the nic.

    If I go on the treadmill at 5 mph right after Vaping, my heartbeat rate will be in the 156-163 range for approximately 20 minutes, before gradually dropping down to 121. Like clockwork, my HB goes to the optimum 121 at the 40 minute mark of cardio.

    I get very similar results if I drink coffee or Diet Coke right before getting cardio.

    The bottom line is to heed the advice you see all over this forum. Use moderation & good judgement. We vape a lot more than we ever smoked. It's important to keep track of your consumption levels, and space them out in a healthy manner.

    A little wine consumed daily is very healthy. It will add to your life. On the other hand, too much wine consumed daily will ruine your life.

    - PG/VG safety.. It's healthy in moderation.

    Both of my young children have Athsma. They both take nebulizer treatments which all contain PG.

    - Lung effects...
    Clinical Studies have shown that PG has health benefits on your lungs. That's why it's been in asthma inhalers for a very long time.

    PG/VG dries out your body. It does not moisturize it.

    This is perfectly fine as long as you react accordingly.
    Drink plenty of water, use a humidifier when you feel dry sinuses, mouths, and lungs.

    Use common sense!!!!!
    Feel lightheaded after Vaping? Stop Vaping!! Take a break. You felt sick after smoking too many cigs, and simply stopped at that point. Do the same for Vaping.

    Had to go to the ER after Vaping? You probably OD'd on Nic. Try chain smoking for 2consecutive hours. You'll be in the ER for sure. Try chain drinking expresso for 2 consec hours. Same results. Try chain drinking several bottles of wine for 2 hours (not binge drinking, chain drinking non stop). I'm sure you'll end up in the same spot.

    Just because e juices taste like cookies, it doesn't mean you can chain vape them like you could binge on actual cookies.

    Think of your e juice as a highly concentrated shot of expresso. Caffein and Nicotine are chemical cousins. You simply can't suck on either all day.

    If we space it out, we'll all maximize the benefits.

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    Beautiful post!

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    For me, I noticed breathing easier within 2 months. I smoked 38 years.

    However, I do think there is probably some inflammation from ecigs that could affect one when you try to go to higher levels of athletic endeavor. Ie: on ecigs, you may now be able to ride your bicycle for 5 miles (when you couldn't before at all).

    But, now if you are pushing 25+ miles on a bicycle, for me, I noticed that if I vape within 2 hours of going for the ride, I am having to breathe harder than I do, than if I held off vaping for 2+ hours before the ride.

    just a FYI & MHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penner View Post
    For me, I noticed breathing easier within 2 months. I smoked 38 years.

    However, I do think there is probably some inflammation from ecigs that could affect one when you try to go to higher levels of athletic endeavor. Ie: on ecigs, you may now be able to ride your bicycle for 5 miles (when you couldn't before at all).

    But, now if you are pushing 25+ miles on a bicycle, for me, I noticed that if I vape within 2 hours of going for the ride, I am having to breathe harder than I do, than if I held off vaping for 2+ hours before the ride.

    just a FYI & MHO.
    I, again, believe this can be attributed to the manner in which nicotine constricts our blood vessels. You will have very similar results if you don't vape, but drink lots of coffee prior to your bike ride.

    The important thing to look at is this...
    Were you able to push 25+ miles after abstaining from smoking real cigs 2 hours prior to your work out? Nicotine takes only about 40 minutes to leave our systems.

    Let's compare lung function after that 40 clearance period after Vaping to lung/performance/function after we had smoked cigarettes before switching.

    I can easily push 25+ miles on my bike now with an nicotine abstinence period of 1 hour prior to my ride. I couldn't do that while I smoked.

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