H/T Nightlight: Samples from Quit Smoking A Year Ago – Sick Ever Since!

1 . Hi, since I quitted smoking a year ago, I have only been feeling more and more sick. I don’t have enough energy for routine activities, feel exhausted, I gained weight and lost self-confidence. Why is this happening?

2. I quit cigarettes 4 months ago and I’m sick all of the time. I mean as in sever sore throat, congestion, respiratory infections, etc. I’ve been to the doctor multiple times and they say my lungs are fine but I have bacterial infections. Well, I’ve had 5 of them in a row now and they always end up in my respiratory system.
Is this normal? I smoked a pack a day for 17 years before I quit. I hope this doesn’t stay this way forever because I’m not sure how much more of this I can take.

3. I quit smoking about 5 months ago. I have spent the last three months fighting cold/flu like symptoms. I went to the local med center when it first started because it felt like a strep infection. They told me I was fine, just a little cold.
It would go away for a few days, only to come right back.
I finally gave up and went to my doctor. He told me that what I was experiencing was like a detox effect. Not everyone goes through it, but it isn’t that uncommon. He wanted to avoid giving me any type of inhaler or nasal spray because this could pass as quickly as it started.
Just knowing why I feel the way I do, and knowing that it isn’t going to last for ever is making all the difference.
Why don’t people tell you about this?
I joined to quit assist programs and no one warned me that this could happen. I just wish I could have been prepared.

4. I has certainly been a long ride for me. My body had gone through a significant period of physical and mental struggle once I quit smoking cold turkey after over 20 years. I too had bacterial infections of throat , skin issues (guttate psoriasis), prolonged nausea (for months) and elevated anxiety. I had to seek medical help for the latter and thank God it worked.

And there’s at least 10 more pages of this. Nightlight writes:

This is something sickness industry doesn’t tell fellow smokers when they bully them into quitting — many people, especially nowadays, get very sick after quitting with myriad of ailments. Back in the old days when nearly everyone was smoking this wasn’t the case with quitting, since many were smoking as a social habit or for the minor boost of mood. But as the pressures on and abuses of smokers ramped up, the only ones left still smoking are largely those that truly need it as a medicine that nothing else can substitute. As soon as they quit, their latent health problems they were self-medicating with tobacco go out of control.

These ailments are mostly chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that were kept in check with tobacco smoke (plain nicotine also has anti-inflammatory effects, but weaker than the full tobacco smoke), depression, anxiety, loss of concentration/ADHD, asthma, bacterial & viral infections (tobacco smoke boosts by 20% neutrophiles, which are the front-line defense against microorganisms), toxicities (heavy metals, alcohol,…; tobacco smoke boosts glutathione by 80%, nearly doubles catalase and SOD), obesity, diabetes, etc. Some get lung cancer not long after quitting.

Coincidentally (not really), these poor folks quickly become the best customers for the same sickness industry which brought this whole health meltdown upon them.

I can well believe the strep infections. Tobacco smoke is bactericidal and fungicidal, and once someone stops smoking, bacterial infections must be almost inevitable.

But, aside from that, I think that changing any lifetime habit at all, not just smoking, is likely to throw a body’s ecosystem out of equilibrium. A change of diet, of climate, of residence, of job, could just as easily trigger off some disorder.

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