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Much has been said and written about smoking as a dangerous health problem. Each and every person who smokes is aware of the fact that their habit could hasten them towards death. Smoking is known to be one of the carcinogenic factors, and could lead to a wide variety of cancers including lung cancer and oral cancer. Smoking also causes various breathing and respiratory problems.

But despite knowing all this, people are reluctant to stop smoking. The main attraction of smoking is tobacco smoke, which is addictive. In addition, tobacco smoke also contains nicotine, which is deadly poisonous to human beings in its pure form. Tar is another harmful ingredient. This can clog the lungs over time.

Many smokers have intentions to give up smoking but cannot go through it in the right way. The main reason behind their inability to give up smoking is its addiction. Of course, a person wishing to give up smoking must have a steely determination to do so. But many a time that is not enough. The body may react violently to the sudden giving up of smoking. For this reason, it is necessary to fortify the body also.

In Ayurveda, there are some good techniques in which the body can be trained to cope up with the reduced smoking habits. This article tries to list some of the better Ayurvedic treatments in helping smokers in their quest of giving up smoking.

Foods to help you while you stop smoking

The nicotine content in the tobacco is so addictive that the users find it very difficult to quit once you get into the habit even if the users want to stop smoking. Apart from changing lifestyle and food habit, ayurveda helps to clean and do away with the root cause of any form of tobacco addiction. Also, there are some foods that can help you while you stop smoking.

#1 Ajwain

Take few seeds of ajwain and chew them whenever you get the craving for tobacco. Initially it might be difficult but chewing them regularly will help do away with the habit of tobacco addiction.

Ajwain

#2 Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps do away with tobacco addiction. Whenever you have the craving for smoking or other forms of tobacco, take a piece of cinnamon and keep sucking for a while. It helps.

Cinnamon

#3 Water Kept In Copper Container

Copper scrap off the toxic deposits. Drinking lot of water kept in copper container helps to remove the toxic deposits and lessen the craving for tobacco use over a period of time.

Water Kept In Copper Container

#4 Triphala

Triphala can clear the toxic elements and in turn reduce the craving for toxic tobacco use further. Taking one tablespoon of triphala every night helps.

Triphala

#5 Basil Leaves

Chewing basil leaves helps reduce the craving for tobacco usage and also it cures the problems caused by its usage earlier. Every morning and evening take about 2-3 basil leaves, chew and eat them.

Basil Leaves

#6 Calamus

A well known herb calamus is helpful to do away with smoking addiction. Add small quantity of calamus in the form of powder with ghee and have it or it can be consumed just in the form of powder.

Calamus

#7 Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

A ball prepared out of ginger, amla and turmeric powder respectively is said to help reduce the craving for tobacco usage. The ball can be used as sweets, put it in the mouth and suck it.

Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

#8 Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha help the body to get rid of toxins. It helps to alleviate the level of anxiety and also various forms of tobacco addiction. The powder (450 mg to 2 g) prepared out of ashwagandha roots has to be taken for best results.

Ashwagandha

#9 Chamomile

Chamomile helps to calm down the nerves that provides an urge for smoking addicts. You can take it in the form of tea for 2-3 times a day.

Chamomile

Ayurvedic Tips for Quitting Smoking

Apart from the foods mentioned above that help you while you stop smoking. There are also some ayurvedic tips that can give extra help to kick the habit of smoking.

  • Avoid eating acidic foods such as meat, dairy products, tea, coffee, pasta and breads.
  • Intake of alkaline food such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts etc are highly beneficial.
  • Intake of raisins, beets, lima beans, dandelion, etc can really help you to quit smoking habit.
  • Increase the amount of vitamin C in your eating habits. Fruits rich in vitamin C such as lemon, oranges and grapefruits very useful.
  • Sweet foods reduce the urge of smoking. In addition to that add a small quantity of honey in whatever sweet dishes you consume.
  • When you feel excessive urge of smoking it is suggest to eat something salty. Or you can lick a little salt at that time.
  • Juice of radish along with honey twice a day is very beneficial to quit smoking.
  • Chewing liquorice (mulethi) is a good alternative to cigarette. It helps you to suppress the urge of smoking when you feel so.
  • An ayurvedic massage with aromatic oils is also very effective to relax you mind and suppress the urge for smoking.
  • Herbal extracts of cedar, lavender, lemon, orange, and tea tree along with water should be sprayed in the atmosphere to avoid the fragrance of smoking to enter your surrounding that can stimulate your urge to smoke.
  • Keep yourself busy in some sorts of work that can keep you away from smoking. These ayurvedic tips are really very effective and efficient to curb the urge to smoke in an individual.

In addition to that, you will have not to make any special to follow these tips as they are very easy to carry out.

Besides these techniques, there are various other ways like taking help from a professional ayurvedic doctor, which will help you stop smoking. You can also go to an Ayurvedic retreat or a Yoga retreat. You can combine these retreats and learn all about the ayurvedic medicine and also you can get the mental and spiritual calm that you need.

Remember, socializing with friends or spending quality time with your family, will keep your mind diverted from the stress of quitting.

If you are addicted to cigarette or (any other kind of addiction) come to our Ayurvedic Treatment Center to get the best care you can possible get in all of India. 4 Generations of Ayurvedic Doctors will be here to make sure you get over them.

Finally, we invite you to share this post with your friends. And also if you have any questions, please write a comment!

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10 Best and Worst Foods for People Trying to Quit Cigarettes

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If giving up cigarettes seems difficult, take heart in this fact: By kicking your smoking habit, you’ll regain a sense of taste and smell that will make your appreciation of food better than ever.

“Every smoker will tell you that smoking dulls their capacity to taste and smell,” says Michael Fiore, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

One puff of tobacco smoke releases a toxic mix of around 7,000 chemicals, some of which can harm the neuroreceptors in your mouth, dulling your tasting abilities, Dr. Fiore says. The good news: The damage isn’t always permanent. Within as little as two weeks of quitting, you’ll start to notice how you can newly enjoy flavors and scents, according to a study published in 2017 in the journal Tobacco Induced Diseases.

At the same time, when you’re trying to quit, what you eat can help you stay the course. While there isn’t an official quitting diet, some foods can increase your chances of staying smoke free for good — and some may make the habit harder to let go. Here’s what to eat and what to skip (at least temporarily) when you’re trying to stay smoke free.

Best: Milk

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If you feel a craving coming on, reach for a glass of milk instead of a cigarette. In a study published in 2007 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, researchers asked a group of 209 smokers which foods interact with the taste of cigarettes to make them more or less palatable. At the top of the list: dairy products. (This only applies to nonmenthol cigarettes; menthol can mask lots of flavors.) It makes sense, since after all, milk hardly pairs with cigarettes. 

Worst: Coffee

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Unlike milk, coffee and cigarettes often go hand-in-hand. “When we ask people which cigarettes will be the most difficult to give up,” says Fiore, “one of the most common answers is, ‘the one I have with coffee.’” The reason: “Many people pair certain activities with smoking,” he says. When that happens, the habit becomes nearly automatic — i.e., drinking a coffee equals smoking.

Plus, caffeine may deliver an added buzz to the stimulating effects of cigarettes, which is another reason why coffee may trigger a strong craving. If you’re trying to quit, Fiore recommends switching to tea for a week or two to help break the association between smoking and your morning joe. 

Worst: Alcohol

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People often smoke cigarettes when they drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks — and each cigarette-and-cocktail combo reinforces the next. “These things are so intimately linked, people don’t even have to think about lighting a cigarette when they have a beer,” says Fiore. “It’s automatic.”

Try to abstain from alcohol during your first smoke-free month, he says, when the risk of a smoking relapse is highest. After that, limit yourself to two drinks; having more can affect your judgment, making you more likely to reach for a cigarette.

Best: Fruits and Vegetables

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Smokers tend to eat less produce on a daily basis than those who don’t smoke, according to a study published in 2013 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. So when you’re quitting, it’s a good idea to pile it on. When the researchers analyzed 1,000 smokers, they found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were three times more likely to have stayed smoke-free for at least the past 30 days compared with those who noshed on the least. One reason? Earlier research indicates that, like dairy, eating produce worsens the taste of cigarettes. 

Best: Popcorn

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When you’re quitting, you may feel an urge to snack all the time, mainly because you can no longer keep your hands and mouth occupied with a cigarette. If your appetite has grown or you feel as if you can’t stop eating, have air-popped popcorn, suggests the American Heart Association (AHA). Not only will it keep you busy, it can also help you feel full, reducing your urge to smoke. Five cups of air-popped popcorn only contain 150 calories — but they can take a while to eat. 

Best: Frozen Grapes

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The AHA also points out that you may start to crave sweets after you quit — and indulging in those cravings is a good thing because it can prevent you from reaching for a cigarette. Of course, that doesn’t mean dipping into a pint of cookies and cream regularly.

Instead of grabbing processed desserts, try eating frozen grapes, recommends the AHA. Their sweetness will help curb sugar cravings, and because they’re frozen, they’ll take longer to eat than fresh fruit. 

Best: Cinnamon Sticks

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No, we’re not suggesting that you start crunching on cinnamon sticks — but some people say that this spice can help keep cigarettes at bay. “Sucking on cinnamon sticks delivers a nice taste for no calories,” says Fiore. “It offers something you can chew on and play with in your hands.” While carrot and celery sticks may have a similar shape, they don’t have the same jolt of flavor as cinnamon. 

Best: Beans

spoons with different types of beans

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Quitting smoking is often associated with weight gain, and you really do need to watch your diet. Here’s why: You may find that you’re replacing cigarettes with food, keeping both your hands and mouth occupied. What’s more, you may have been used to the appetite-suppressing, metabolism-enhancing effects of nicotine. “Those two factors lead people to generally weigh a little less when they smoke compared with when they stop,” explains Fiore.

If the thought of gaining a few pounds is discouraging, consider adding high-fiber beans to your diet. A 2015 study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who made only one change to their diet — in this case, eating more fiber — lost nearly 5 pounds over the course of a month. And that may be exactly what you need to maintain a healthy weight in your postcigarette life. Other high-fiber foods include artichokes, broccoli, raspberries, and oatmeal. 

Worst: Low-Calorie Foods

a bowl of carrots and celery

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While it’s important to watch your calorie intake, relying only on low-calorie or diet foods can backfire. One study from 2005 published in Psychopharmacology found that smokers who slimmed down their diet by 700 calories a day smoked 8 percent more cigarettes than those who didn’t lower their calorie intake.

It may be tempting to adopt a strict diet to ward off any weight gain in advance, but doing so may hinder your attempts to quit smoking. Besides, there are healthy eating plans (like the Mediterranean diet, according to a 2016 study in the journal The Lancet) that are also associated with lower weight and a slimmer waistline — no calorie counting required.

Best: Your Favorite Food

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Once you quit smoking, the flavor and texture of food will taste much better. “Ex-smokers say, ‘I wasn’t taking advantage of the wonderful smells and tastes around me,’” says Fiore. Use this time to get back in touch with a food that you used to love before you started smoking. Whether that’s a sliver of carrot cake or a serving of risotto, try to enjoy the food while savoring your newfound senses. It may just offer a glimmer of hope during those times when quitting is a struggle.

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Much has been said and written about smoking as a dangerous health problem. Each and every person who smokes is aware of the fact that their habit could hasten them towards death. Smoking is known to be one of the carcinogenic factors, and could lead to a wide variety of cancers including lung cancer and oral cancer. Smoking also causes various breathing and respiratory problems.

But despite knowing all this, people are reluctant to stop smoking. The main attraction of smoking is tobacco smoke, which is addictive. In addition, tobacco smoke also contains nicotine, which is deadly poisonous to human beings in its pure form. Tar is another harmful ingredient. This can clog the lungs over time.

Many smokers have intentions to give up smoking but cannot go through it in the right way. The main reason behind their inability to give up smoking is its addiction. Of course, a person wishing to give up smoking must have a steely determination to do so. But many a time that is not enough. The body may react violently to the sudden giving up of smoking. For this reason, it is necessary to fortify the body also.

In Ayurveda, there are some good techniques in which the body can be trained to cope up with the reduced smoking habits. This article tries to list some of the better Ayurvedic treatments in helping smokers in their quest of giving up smoking.

Foods to help you while you stop smoking

The nicotine content in the tobacco is so addictive that the users find it very difficult to quit once you get into the habit even if the users want to stop smoking. Apart from changing lifestyle and food habit, ayurveda helps to clean and do away with the root cause of any form of tobacco addiction. Also, there are some foods that can help you while you stop smoking.

#1 Ajwain

Take few seeds of ajwain and chew them whenever you get the craving for tobacco. Initially it might be difficult but chewing them regularly will help do away with the habit of tobacco addiction.

Ajwain

#2 Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps do away with tobacco addiction. Whenever you have the craving for smoking or other forms of tobacco, take a piece of cinnamon and keep sucking for a while. It helps.

Cinnamon

#3 Water Kept In Copper Container

Copper scrap off the toxic deposits. Drinking lot of water kept in copper container helps to remove the toxic deposits and lessen the craving for tobacco use over a period of time.

Water Kept In Copper Container

#4 Triphala

Triphala can clear the toxic elements and in turn reduce the craving for toxic tobacco use further. Taking one tablespoon of triphala every night helps.

Triphala

#5 Basil Leaves

Chewing basil leaves helps reduce the craving for tobacco usage and also it cures the problems caused by its usage earlier. Every morning and evening take about 2-3 basil leaves, chew and eat them.

Basil Leaves

#6 Calamus

A well known herb calamus is helpful to do away with smoking addiction. Add small quantity of calamus in the form of powder with ghee and have it or it can be consumed just in the form of powder.

Calamus

#7 Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

A ball prepared out of ginger, amla and turmeric powder respectively is said to help reduce the craving for tobacco usage. The ball can be used as sweets, put it in the mouth and suck it.

Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

#8 Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha help the body to get rid of toxins. It helps to alleviate the level of anxiety and also various forms of tobacco addiction. The powder (450 mg to 2 g) prepared out of ashwagandha roots has to be taken for best results.

Ashwagandha

#9 Chamomile

Chamomile helps to calm down the nerves that provides an urge for smoking addicts. You can take it in the form of tea for 2-3 times a day.

Chamomile

Ayurvedic Tips for Quitting Smoking

Apart from the foods mentioned above that help you while you stop smoking. There are also some ayurvedic tips that can give extra help to kick the habit of smoking.

  • Avoid eating acidic foods such as meat, dairy products, tea, coffee, pasta and breads.
  • Intake of alkaline food such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts etc are highly beneficial.
  • Intake of raisins, beets, lima beans, dandelion, etc can really help you to quit smoking habit.
  • Increase the amount of vitamin C in your eating habits. Fruits rich in vitamin C such as lemon, oranges and grapefruits very useful.
  • Sweet foods reduce the urge of smoking. In addition to that add a small quantity of honey in whatever sweet dishes you consume.
  • When you feel excessive urge of smoking it is suggest to eat something salty. Or you can lick a little salt at that time.
  • Juice of radish along with honey twice a day is very beneficial to quit smoking.
  • Chewing liquorice (mulethi) is a good alternative to cigarette. It helps you to suppress the urge of smoking when you feel so.
  • An ayurvedic massage with aromatic oils is also very effective to relax you mind and suppress the urge for smoking.
  • Herbal extracts of cedar, lavender, lemon, orange, and tea tree along with water should be sprayed in the atmosphere to avoid the fragrance of smoking to enter your surrounding that can stimulate your urge to smoke.
  • Keep yourself busy in some sorts of work that can keep you away from smoking. These ayurvedic tips are really very effective and efficient to curb the urge to smoke in an individual.

In addition to that, you will have not to make any special to follow these tips as they are very easy to carry out.

Besides these techniques, there are various other ways like taking help from a professional ayurvedic doctor, which will help you stop smoking. You can also go to an Ayurvedic retreat or a Yoga retreat. You can combine these retreats and learn all about the ayurvedic medicine and also you can get the mental and spiritual calm that you need.

Remember, socializing with friends or spending quality time with your family, will keep your mind diverted from the stress of quitting.

If you are addicted to cigarette or (any other kind of addiction) come to our Ayurvedic Treatment Center to get the best care you can possible get in all of India. 4 Generations of Ayurvedic Doctors will be here to make sure you get over them.

Finally, we invite you to share this post with your friends. And also if you have any questions, please write a comment!

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Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus spark dating rumors with makeout session in New York

That was fast! Diane Kruger has moved on from Joshua Jackson with former co-star Norman Reedus, a pairing that’s had the rumor mill in motion for years.

Kruger and Reedus, who starred together in 2015’s “Sky,” were spotted packing on the PDA in the streets of New York City on Tuesday, E! News reports.

In E! News’ photos of the two, they can be seen strolling hand-in-hand, looking happy as they make their way from “The Walking Dead” star’s home to a bar.

Kruger, 40, announced her split from Jackson in July after they dated for 10 years. However, as the Daily News reported, she was getting cozy with Reedus, 48, long before the two parted ways.

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Kruger and Reedus were spotted in December 2015 making out in a New York bar while Jackson was across the globe, soaking up the sun on a beach.

Since her split with the “Dawson’s Creek” star, Kruger hasn’t shied away from taking her romance with Reedus public.

The pair starred in the 2015 movie “Sky” together.
The pair starred in the 2015 movie “Sky” together. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Just last month, the two were photographed in New York returning from a trip together, and in December, the German-born actress dropped by Reedus’ photography exhibition opening in Paris.

But don’t feel too bad for Jackson as his former flame moves on — he was spotted earlier this month on a romantic date with a mystery brunette.

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Roger Goodell Net Worth 2020-How Much Money This Popular American Businessman Earns

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Do you enjoy watching NFL games? If so, then you’re probably a big football fan. Suppose you know all the clubs competing in this quality championship, however, do you know who the head people of this organization are? More specifically, who is the Commissioner of the National Football League? This is Roger Goodell, a successful American businessman who we’ll talk about today. In addition to career information, you will be able to find out some details about his life, childhood, family and of course net worth. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started.

Roger Goodell Early Life

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Roger Goodell or Roger Stokoe Goodell, is a successful American businessman. This guy was born in Jamestown, New York, as one of the 3 children of the marriage between Charles Ellsworth and Jean Goodell. Interestingly, his father, Charles, was previously a United States Senator.

As we said, Roger isn’t the only child in the family, but has two brothers, Tim and Michael. As for his family, Goodell has been married to Jane Skinner since 1997. The couple have 2 children, twin daughters born in 2001.

When it came to his education, Goodell graduated from Bronxville High School, after which he enrolled at Washington & Jefferson College and earned a degree in economics. Interestingly, his schooling period undoubtedly influenced his career as Roger Goodell played as many as three sports (football, basketball and baseball) during his high school years. Moreover, he was very good in all three sports and was also the captain of his teams.

Roger Goodell Career

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Goodell’s career in the NFL began many years ago, when he was 23 years old. It was in the year of 1982 and Roger then became an administrative intern in New York. Over time, he progressed, and in 1987 he became assistant to Lamar Hunt. In December of 2001, Goodell became Executive Vice President as well as COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the National Football League. It was a really big step forward in his career that brought him closer to important positions in the organization.

In the period when Goodell had an upswing in his career, Paul Tagliabue came into the position of NFL Commissioner. He succeeded Pete Rozelle in this position in 1989. However, in 2006, Tagliabue retired and the time came for a new NFL Commissioner. The election was won by Goodell, who officially took office on September 1, 2006.

Over the past 13 years as NFL Commissioner, Goodell has made a lot of progress for the league in terms of expanding it, improving infrastructure, and increasing the overall value of the league.

Roger Goodell Net Worth

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Given his longtime involvement in the National Football League, Roger Goodell has been able to achieve truly great results. The changes and advancements he made, have made the league as it is today. However, apart from the obvious progress for his organization, Goodell has also progressed on a personal level, as his career has taken a very interesting path. Thanks to that, Roger Goodell can boast a multimillion net worth today. According to recent estimates, his wealth is $150 million.

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Lagina Brothers Net Worth 2020 – The Curse of Oak Island

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Lagina brothers Rick and Marty are the stars and the produced of a very popular History Channel’s show “The Curse of Oak Island”. They have an almost impossible task, to find the lost treasure that is presumably hidden in the Oak Island. This is a 140-acre island that is located in Canada, more precisely Nova Scotia. In order to give you an insight into the history of the treasure hunting in Oak Island. When it comes to the reality show they are staring and producing, it mainly revolves around them using the latest technology and experts to dig out and search through three different areas of the Island. So, there are three main locations where the gold might be hidden. Originally, the show started broadcasting back in 2014 and is in its seventh season today. If we are to judge on the viewership and other parameters, it is going to be around for many years to come. Are you interested to learn about the brothers, their biographies, careers, and, of course, net worth? Stay with us for a little bit longer.

Rick Lagina

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Rick Lagina is the older brother, who is an ex American postal serviceman that became a reality TV producer and personality. Along with his brother Marty, and some other family members he started working on their quest to find the long-lost treasure of Oak Island. At the same time, they turned it into a reality show that is widely popular throughout the world.

When he was only eleven years old, he found a story about the lost treasure of the Island, which trigger further research and, in the last couple of years, really intensive search for the treasure itself. He is a really private person that doesn’t reveal too much about his private life. It is known that he is married to M. Olivia Lagina and that they have two children, daughter Maddie, and son Alex.

Net Worth

As of February 2020, his net worth is estimated at $3 million. We can say that all of his wealth was accumulated through the reality shows where he stars and which he produces.

Marty Lagina

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Marty Lagina is a younger part of the duo. He was the person who financed the hunt for the treasure of the oak island in the beginning, before it became a reality tv show. Also, he still funds a big chunk of the search from his pocket. Before they started their treasure hunt, Marty Lagina, his brother Rick, Alan Kostrzewa, Dan Blankenship, and Craig Tester created Oak Island Tours Incorporated. These business partners own 78% of the whole island, which was more than enough for them to start the search.

We can say that the reality show is not the only way he makes his money. He owns a winery and a wind turbine company. Even though he is mainly focused on their project on Oak Island, he is also dedicated to creating new tactics and strategies to grow his winery. Furthermore, he has a serious background in developing green energy. He owned an energy company “Terra Energy”, which he sold $58 million. He invested this money in creating a wind turbine “Heritage Sustainable”. This company is the largest company of its kind in Michigan and one of the biggest ones in the Mid-West United States.

Net Worth

Marty Lagina was a wealthy man even before he became the reality tv show producer and star. There are several reports that talk about his net worth, but they are pretty conflicting. According to one, his estimated net worth is $40 million. At the same time, there are reports that say his net worth is close to $100 million.

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Paul Hogan Talks ‘The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee’ And Trying To Retire For 20 Years

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“I consider myself retired. Well, I’ve been trying to be retired for 20 years,” laughed legendary comedian, actor, producer and writer, Paul Hogan.

“My friend, Dean Murphy, keeps dragging me out of retirement to stick me in something. I love his sense of humor. It’s a nice laid-back style.”

Murphy directed, produced, co-wrote Hogan’s latest movie, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee. It sees Hogan, about to be knighted, thrust back into the spotlight and trying to save his tarnished reputation.

“I think Dean is a very talented writer and director. He came up with the idea. I trusted him to do it. That was important and, of course, the fact that it was about me, so I had to be in it. I mean, I’m a wreck nowadays, but that didn’t matter. When he comes to me with something, I’m glad, but I’m not looking for anything. I’m quite lazy.”

Hogan, the legendary Australian comedian who achieved international superstardom as Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee in the mid-80s smash hit movie, Crocodile Dundee, hasn’t been short of offers.

“I was approached a lot after I did the Superbowl ads for Australian tourism in 2018. Millions of people saw them,” he recalled. “Mick Dundee, according to an Australian tourism survey, is one of the best known Australians of all time, but no-one had ever heard of me. People remembered the character but not me. That’s why they had to put Dundee in the title of this new movie.”MORE FOR YOU‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Nielsen Winning Streak Continues; What It Means For Streaming And ConsumersIvanka’s Trademark Requests Were Fast-Tracked In China After Trump Was ElectedBuffalo Bills’ GM Brandon Beane Awarded Multi-Year Contract Extension

While the comedy is a work of fiction, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee had real experiences worked into its fabric.

“I have been approached with some good ideas and but a lot of absolutely dingbat ideas about doing another Crocodile Dundee. I decide to make fun of that and other things in this movie.”

“There are a couple of scenes in The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee with a Mick Dundee impersonator on Hollywood Boulevard. That part is based on fact. For quite a few years, there was one of them there. There were two waxworks of me as Mick Dundee. One was at Madame Tussauds, which was pretty good. The other was totally unrecognizable.”

“We also play on the terrible ideas that were suggested. We did have some complaints about the joke in the movie where I rejected the idea of Will Smith playing my son in a new Dundee movie. People said that Will is a bigger star than I am and asked why I would have a problem with him playing my son. In the movie, my wife would be around 60, and I didn’t think it would be likely for her to give birth to a 52-year-old African American. No-one’s going to buy that.”

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Paul Hogan on the set of ‘Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles’ in Venice Beach, California. AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Something audiences didn’t buy was the third and final film in the Crocodile Dundee series, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. It grossed just $39.4 million when it hit theaters in 2001.

“I got talked into doing it. Just like many others, the third one is not my favorite. It sent me the signal that the franchise is over. It had run its race,” Hogan lamented. “A couple of other guys wrote it, then I fiddled with it and rewrote it a bit. I was bored, so I made it, and as a consequence, no-one turned up.”

2021 will see the original film, the Oscar-nominated Crocodile Dundee, turn 35. It grossed $328 million worldwide, breaking box office records.

“I didn’t see it coming. It was a little movie that made for $6.5 million,” Hogan enthused. “I thought it had a good chance of being a bit of a hit in Australia and maybe in the UK because I was a little bit known there, but nowhere else would probably want to take a look at it. I didn’t know it would end being the number one movie in places like Lebanon, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Ethiopia, all around the world.”

Have the popularity of the tourism ads and The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee inspired him to return to Mick Dundee one last time?

“Oh, no,” he said. “No, it’s over. It happened. It was a huge success, and I’m thrilled and proud of it. I was actually quite prepared to retire after doing the last one, to be honest. What am I going to do now? Get around the place with a walker in a retirement village? It’s done.”

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‘Beyond Oak Island’ Uncovers New Secrets in History Spinoff

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Curiosity is a powerful motivator for brothers Rick and Marty Lagina. It led them to Nova Scotia, Canada, and their long-running treasure-hunting docuseries The Curse of Oak Island(Tuesdays, 9/8c). Now, it’s inspired the spinoff Beyond Oak Island, which gives them and their team the chance to meet with kindred spirits and consult on ongoing hunts elsewhere. The two preview what’s in store as they pull double duty.SEE ALSO

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They’re looking in new areas with new technologies and making new breakthroughs.

Off-Island Treks!

In Beyond‘s debut, the siblings send Oak Island researcher Matty Blake to East Texas in search of pirate Jean Lafitte’s sunken silver. The next week, metal-detector king Gary Drayton heads to Robbers Roost in Utah to help Butch Cassidy’s great-grandnephew look for gold. Later, Rick hits Florida for an update on the quest to find the French ship La Trinité. “We wanted to share what we had learned over the years, but it was [also] a bit selfish,” Rick says of the new series. “We were hoping to learn different technologies and ideas ourselves.”

More Great Storytelling

Historians and reenactments help tell the tales of the notorious figures who left these riches behind. “I realized a lot of our preconceived notions were wrong: Some of these villains might’ve been heroes, and some of these heroes might’ve been villains,” says Marty. “I mean, my knowledge of Zorro was what I saw from that campy old TV show, and it turns out it wasn’t quite accurate.”Beyond Oak Island History

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Marty’s Change of Heart?

This season on Curse, finds in Oak Island’s boggy swamp make skeptic Marty regret saying Rick was “off his rocker.” And, he teases, something happens at the infamous Money Pit that prompts him to think the expensive dig they’re prepping “might just be worth it!”