Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES, Infinity Publishing.com, ISBN 0-7414-0481-8, December, 2000
Retail $ 19.95
A Powerful, Skills-Based
Program and Creative Self-Instructional Approach
to Cessation Behavior
for Life, David L. Johnson, Ph.D. & Carole A. Johnson, I.D.
CHANGES, a self-instructional workbook and cassette
tape program will instruct and provide cognitive-behavioral strategies and
skills you can learn and need to apply to shifting emotions, mental states, and situational stressors that generate tobacco
use and relapse behavior. Over 120 cessation techniques from aversion, relaxation, hypnosis, humor, creativity, and fun
writing activities are integrated into the instructional model.
CHANGES audio cassette reinforces the self-instructional workbook techniques and is sold separately by the
authors. Order by E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workbook can
be ordered from the publisher at http://www.bbotw.com
at http://www.Amazon.com (find by title or ISBN)
and other popular
tapes may be purchased from the authors at email@example.com All online or face-to-fave consulting, planning,
support services by Dr. Johnson and trained Healthy Life Changes volunteers offered at no cost to program participants.
Contact us by
email with your questions and interests in the program. If you have no access to a computer, you may call Dr. Johnson at (417)
890-9386. If not picked up, leave a message and a return phone number.
of the Month Selection
Stupid Reasons People Die
An Ingenious Plot For Defusing
by John Corso, MD High Lakes
Press, Baker & Taylor
Dr. John Corso is a
practicing, board-certified, internal medicine physician, lecturer, and author
of Stupid Reasons People Die. The author identifies
heart attacks, strokes, lung/breast/colon/prostate cancer, and diabetes as
that kill at preventably higher rates. He argues logically
that there are actions we must take to prevent and possibly lengthen our lives and enhance the quality of life. Dr. Corso argues that
"state-of-the art" technology
can enable individual patients and their
to make early proactive decisions and life-saving treatment plans.
Focused prevention and proactive
treatment plans be provided by a medical provider like the author. Dr. Corso meets with each patient, interacts by
email or phone, and
provides up-to-date medical news online (c.f. http://www.drjohncorso.com). New technology,
hopefully available in each patient’s residential area, might include Ultra Fast CAT scans of heart and brain arteries; EBCT scans of arterial plaque; PET lung scans for current or
former smokers, or patients with family smoking history) usually paid by the patient. Dr. Corso believes earlier detection of likely disease
processes (e.g., Atherosclerotic Arterial Disease, tumors, blood clots, plaque build-up,
aortic ruptures) can lead to more effective interventions and less loss of lives for "stupid reasons."
The author challenges
patients and physicians to go beyond passive, traditional dependencies, and out-dated reliance on failed “standards of care”
in order to save lives and make technological screenings available to visionary patients and clinicians. He cuts down any delusional view that an evolutionary “Mother Nature” can succor and take care of us justly from birth to death. Natural
causes occur because "Mother Nature" really
does not love us or play moral favorites with our lives. We are responsible for actions taken and
not taken with regard to known and suspected risks involved in managing our health, choices, and survival.
tools can be more sensitive in finding problems in the body and more specific in knowing what to do about them. The author provides
in Appendix I a helpful U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) set of guidelines and evidence for assessing
the magnitude of net benefits, that is, benefits minus harms for selected
screening tests. Descriptions of ten screening tools and protocols are summarized in the Appendix.
I strongly recommend
Stupid Reasons People Die to those patients and soon-to-be patients who have the “grit,” knowledge, access to screening tools,
and financial resources to pursue a customized, potentially life-saving treatment plan.
David L. Johnson, Ph. D,
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