I recently was shopping and happened to be waiting for a customer ahead of me to be served. It was in a health food store and I couldn’t help noticing the products being purchased by the late-middle-aged gentleman. Without trying to listen, I heard his brief conversation with the sales assistant, who seemed quite well versed in the correct use of the products.

As an occupational hazard I suppose, I also couldn’t help noticing some other things about the customer. He had the distinct odour of a smoker, an audible wheeze on inspiration and expiration, an unhealthy skin discoloration, a slight hand tremmor and deeply nicotine stained fingers and I thought he was rather uptight, virging on being mildly aggitated.

The herbal products were suitable for lung cleansing and respiratory support. No surprises there. I suspected he probably had recently received a motivating scare from growing signs of respiratory disease and was now finally taking some action to restore his health. I instantly felt warmed to the chap and silently wished him well.

I am quite an irritating anti-smoking campaigner I must admit. I no longer pussyfoot about, preferring to tell it like it is. If you have read this Gazette for a while that may come as no surprise! Now if you promise not to tell, I’ll let you in on a little secret. You see, I feel very saddened by smokers; they are lost in a tragic world of self-destruction. But I also feel frustrated with them and annoyed by their intransigence, and it is this latter, more hostile face that I present to them now. After all, being kindhearted sure doesn’t persuade them to quit.

Any and every smoker would benefit enormously from a lung cleanse on quitting. I would recommend it follow a bowel and liver cleanse. The reason is that these two classic sites of toxicity are likely to be overloaded too, and when the lung cleanse removes toxins they move in two directions. Obviously one is via the respiratory tract, along with a quite productive cough.

The other elimination route will be via the blood stream and some nasty toxins will find their way to the liver. It is therefore important that it be in good shape to handle this load. The bowel cleanse is necessary since if it isn’t attended to first, it quickly retoxifies the liver and it becomes like a cat chasing its tail. So, bowel, liver, lungs. Don’t worry about the kidneys for now, they can actually follow the important lung cleanse, at a later stage.

Smoking, even "lightly" and for a short period does quite a bit of damage and a lung cleanse is wise, even necessary, or at least ideal. Obviously heavy and or long-term smoking does horrendous damage and herbal lung cleansing is very important. However, in the presence of advanced lung disease, it is a good idea to consult a health professional knowledgeable about cleansing before attempting one, or the results may be too taxing.

Now, back to my fellow customer. My purchase was handled in seconds as I bought only one item and paid in cash, requiring no change. I therefore caught up to this chap going out the door of the shop. I was then presented with a sad scene.

He was met by someone I assumed was his wife. She hadn’t entered the store, preferring to wait outside where she could smoke! The poor chap, I thought, he’ll still be a passive smoker at home and that won’t do him any good at all.

I don’t know what made me do it, but after some paces I turned while continuing to walk and looked back, only to be dismayed to observe him gratefully lighting up a cigarrette. How sad.

So if you know some folk who smoke, dear reader, do what you can to persuade them to quit. Encourage them to perform a herbal cleanse to speed them on the road to recovery. But if they aren’t really quitting, tell them not to bother with the cleanse. They’d be better advised to invest in a funeral fund.

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