Figure 1 Medical Questionnaire

11. Are you presently taking natural vitamin supplements? (If so, specify what, strength in mg.'s or I.U.'s and how often taken.)

Vitamin

Frequency

13. How long have you been taking vitamins?

14. Have you ever had any operations?

When Part of Body Outcome following ailments (if 'yes' explain further on a separate digestive disturbances _

endocrine problems (specify gland)_

high blood pressure _

kidney ailments _

urinary disorders__

diarrhea _

nervous disorders ___

dizziness _

chief complaints (comment on separate piece of paper)

15. Have you ever had or do you have presently any of the piece of paper:

sugar problems _

constipation_

blood problems _

headaches_

menstrual problems _

pregnancy (a) when tion, especially to the extremities. In addition, intermittent claudication (a deficiency of blood supply to the peripheral blood vessels in the feet, ruled by Pisces) is aggravated by smoking. This disorder can range from an aggravating pain when a person walks to a sharp pain like a muscle cramp in one or both legsā€”in the foot, calf or even the thigh.

Moreover, a medium to heavy smoking habit is now known to cause increased acidity in the bone tissue. And bone minerals, mostly calcium (Saturn) and phosphorus (Mars), are known to be more soluble in acid solutions. The bone minerals are dissolved and absorbed into the bloodstream at an accelerated rate, inducing osteoporosis, wherein the bones (Saturn) become porous and fragile and can eventually crack or shatter with the slightest bump or fall. There may also be a loss of vitamin D (Sun) and calcium with smoking: the high calcium content in the blood (hypercalcemia) may increase the loss of calcium from the bone structures.

Another relatively rare and often misdiagnosed health problem that can be brought on by smoking is tobacco blindness (tobacco amblyopia). Smoking can cause partial or complete loss of visual acuity, loss of color perception and even blindness. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (28 February 1970), the disease can result from large amounts of cyanide in tobacco. The poison causes degeneration of myelin, the lipoprotein that sheathes the nerves. The optic nerve is the first to disintegrate when there is too much cyanide in the body. Vitamin B-12 (Mars) combats the problem as well as helping to stop the smoking habit.

Both arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries, can also be induced by smoking. Arteriosclerosis is characterized by the gradual buildup of calcium deposits in the artery walls, restricting the flow of blood to other parts of the body: this is a Saturn-ruled affliction, since calcium is under that planet's sway. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of cholesterol or fatty deposits in the artery walls that clog the tubing involved: this disease is ruled by Jupiter, which has domain over fat.

In addition, cigarette smoking is linked to strokes (cerebrovascular accidents, or CVA), which occur when the blood supply in a part of the brain is cut off for a time, and the cells die from lack of oxygen. Strokes can be caused by atherosclerosis, clotting or hemorrhaging.

Indigestion (dyspepsia) can also be caused by smoking before or during a meal and swallowing too much air with the meal. This problem can lead to heartburn, flatulence, swelling of the abdomen and uneasiness in the stomach.

Another disease associated with smoking is emphysema, which occurs when the air sacs in the lungs become thin and stretched and lose their elasticity. With emphysema used air sits in the lungs, making a person unable to utilize the fresh, incoming air. Smoking irritates the already-laboring lungs and causes further shortness of breath as well as coughing.

The elevation of blood pressure (hypertension) is also aggravated by smoking. Symptoms range from headaches, nervousness, insomnia and edema to shortness of breath. Athough an abnormal amount of bodily sodium (Mars), which causes retention of fluids, is the main reason for hypertension, smoking abets the situation.

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