To those that have no idea of how powerful hypnosis is and no intention to be educated then the answer is yes.
However, the real answer to the question is a resounding NO. Just in case you weren't sure I repeat, hypnosis is NOT a complementary therapy, nor is it an alternative therapy. It is A therapy. I really don't like it being banded in a group with aroma massage and reflexology.
It is as much a complimentary therapy as clinical psychology, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy. Only hypnosis has been shown to be more effective and efficient in many cases than these other therapies, not all, but many.
Hypnosis activates our inner resources to produce profound emotional, psychological and physical change. More studies with positive findings have gone into hypnosis than any other psychological therapy such is the fascination with this wonderful art.
The downfall with hypnosis is not the art, but the fact it isn't regulated so anyone can call themselves a hypnotist/hypnotherapist with only a weekends training and then set up a training school with limited knowledge or experience producing substandard hypnotists/hypnotherapists.
Even the accrediting bodies are merely created by the training schools they are in business with, or vice-versa.
The other aspect that prevents hypnosis by being accepted by N.I.C.E (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) is its greatest strength, the ability to be client centred. In true hypnosis there can't be a set protocol as everyone is different, you need to be 100% adaptable which is impossible to devise a trial around in order to be accepted by NICE. Due to this many people are being denied this amazing therapy on the NHS. Think of the possibilities in the treatment of chronic pain, IBS, fibromyalgia, skin complaints and the money that could be saved. For example, a common treatment for psoriasis is a drug called infliximab; ongoing yearly cost is £12,500! A definitive course of hypnosis is under £500 and has an 80% success rate. This is just an example of one drug, there are thousands. Millions could be saved by having hypnosis as a frontline therapy for psoriasis.
The perception of credible clinical hypnosis is also tainted by stage/street hypnotists. People with deep traumatic experiences simply do not want to see someone who's made an audience member bark like a dog. Although I do agree this demonstrates the power of hypnosis, but it does put many people off contacting a hypnotist/hypnotherapist. Stage/street hypnotists will disagree, obviously, but they are just defending their trade against my perceived attack on what they do.
So what have I seen to make me be so emphatic about hypnosis that I believe it should be front line therapy? I've seen serious lifelong phobias removed in 15 minutes, psoriasis cleared up, allergies disappearing, clients coming off medication, normal thyroid functioning return, obese clients now reaching and maintaining a healthy target weight, years of chronic pain melting away, self-harmers now happy with themselves, anxiety being switched off, eating disorders disappearing, and the list goes on and on.
Hypnosis is beautiful, amazing, effective and part of our everyday lives. You are an amazing person with the ability to be more than you can possibly imagine. If you feel something is wrong with you, then maybe, just maybe the answer is inside just waiting to be realised. Hypnosis can help with that realisation.
Today’s modern lifestyle has led to a surge in skin complaints such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, sensitivities, rosacea to name but a few. Frequent visits to your local doctor or skin specialist will have you prescribed emollients, moisturisers, steroid creams and tablets and in the more chronic cases tablets that suppress the immune system. Phototherapy, which is the use of UV light to clear the skin, is also used to treat stubborn psoriasis and eczema. However we know that UV light is known to cause cancer so dosages are controlled and kept within a maximum to try to prevent burning of the skin which can lead to the skin cancer.
Finding the right treatment for you can be time-consuming and inconvenient but for some the effort is worth it as they learn to control their condition with these daily rituals.
The question I ask is, “Is there another way?”
A growing field in medicine is Psychodermatology, which is a field that addresses the impact of an individual's emotion as it relates to the skin. Karen Mallin, a Doctor of Psychology and an instructor in the departments of psychiatry & behavioural sciences and dermatology & cutaneous surgery says “The mind and skin are connected on many different levels. A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety, or hypertension."
According to clinical psychologist and psychodermatology expert Dr. Ted A. Grossbart, people who visit clinicians for a skin condition often have a related psychological problem that can affect the way they respond to medical treatment.
So with this information, what are we doing about it? Well, the answer is not a lot. You see to effectively use this information within the health service we would have to complete a psychological and emotional evaluation of all the patients with presenting skin conditions and then apply a suitable therapy to help the patient. This takes time, money and resources that the health service doesn’t have.
So what are the other options?
Well you have to look at where stress and emotions come from, and that’s the subconscious mind. One such cause of skin problems are past events, whether they are remembered by our conscious mind or not, that have an effect on our present lives and if the emotion surrounding that event isn’t dealt with then it begins to fester and manifest until it’s listened to. Often we get physical manifestations of a past emotional event. An example would be Siobhan, a 30 year old woman who at the age of 6 acquired plaque psoriasis which then turned into pustular psoriasis at the age of 15. She was also suffering from OCD with intrusive thoughts. In my clinic we applied an age regression technique and found the cause of her problems. After we released this cause, we used a variety of other techniques to improve self-image and confidence, as Siobhan said “We did some exploration work on the root cause of my psoriasis and agreed with my subconscious a new way to deal with the stresses that can cause a skin flare. Whilst working on my Psoriasis Paul also helped me work through my intrusive thought OCD and even helped my spider phobia that I have had since I was a child”. Siobhan is now a confident, relaxed person who enjoys swimming which, before seeing me, was too negatively self-conscious to do.
Another example would be Darren, 26 years old, suffering with terrible eczema since his mid-teens which is when his parents split up. In my clinic we discovered that Darren was so upset at the time and this wasn’t dealt with properly so this strong emotion was trapped inside and we discovered this was the cause of his eczema. Darren’s skin is now clear.
Day to day stress at our place of work, in the home or stress that we place upon ourselves creates a build-up of a stress hormone called Cortisol. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, triggers skin problems, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease... The list goes on and on. In my clinic I teach people how to cope with stress so their body can return to normal functions and they can be happier with their lifestyle.
So, you CAN think your skin beautiful, you just need to speak to an expert in the workings of the subconscious mind and also one who is experienced at finding the cause of unwanted emotions and stress management. Hypnosis meets all these requirements and I’m based at clinics in London and Norwich, Norfolk.
In the news today it is reported that the NHS will be using private companies such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World. It’s fantastic the NHS wants to tackle the obesity crisis, but are these diet plans the way forward? The answer in the short term is yes, as long as you stay on these programmes for the rest of your life then they will, for most people, be effective.
A study carried out to assess how effective Weight Watchers was proved that people lose weight over the 12 week programme. However, the funds for this study came from Weight Watchers so you have to query how subjective the trials were.
You also have to be conscious of the fact that while you’re on these diets you think of food ALL the time! You’re either counting calories all day trying to work out what you’re allowed to eat or figuring out what colour day it is for that particular food group. Doesn’t really sound like a lot of fun.
An independent study by Professor Traci Mann, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) said "Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people," "You can initially lose 5 to 10% of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back. We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority."
Prof Mann concluded that after analyzing 31 long-term studies into a range of diets for between two and five years that most people would have been better off not dieting at all. “"Their weight would be pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear from losing weight and gaining it all back," she wrote.
Weight loss and gain over a prolonged period, usually as people try out different diets, has been linked in previous studies to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and altered immune function.
The reason why 95 - 98% of dieters regain the weight they lost within 5 years is that food simply isn’t the problem. There are many underlying emotional issues that create the need to overeat, such as grief, boredom, depression, unhappy relationships, trauma from the past and learnt behaviour. Diet plans do not address these issues and until the issues are addressed then diets will only work whilst you are on them.
People who achieve long term weight loss have a happy and healthy relationship with food unaffected by negative thought patterns. They also realise you have to burn more calories than you ingest to keep the weight off - this can be achieved by an appointment with an accredited dietician or nutritionist.
So if the NHS is planning to plough millions of pounds of the taxpayer’s money into these diets then it’s mostly going to be ineffective, the money would be better used putting salaried professionals into the NHS to address the underlying psychological / emotional needs of the patient.
Unfortunately, the only people to profit from the use of these companies are the companies themselves.
For years we have been thinking "Can't be helped, it's in our genetic code" or "I can't change, it's in my DNA". It's this belief which has stopped many people from pursuing the true reality, and this is that our genetic code CAN be changed!
According to the science of epigenetics (the study of how environmental factors outside of DNA influence changes in gene expression), stem cells and even DNA can be altered through magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. Top scientists around the world agree: genetic determinism is a flawed theory.
Changing the "I'm a victim of my genetics" mentality
The DNA we are born with is not the sole determinant for our health and well-being. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., discusses the important difference between genetic determinism and epigenetics in an interview with SuperConsciousness magazine:
"The difference between these two is significant because this fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that our lives, which are defined as our physical, physiological and emotional behavioral traits, are controlled by the genetic code. This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims: If the genes control our life function, then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them. This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true."
Lipton's theory is confirmed by Carlo Ventura, M.D., Ph.D., professor and researcher at the University of Bologna in Italy. Dr. Ventura has shown through lab testing that the DNA of stem cells can be altered using magnetic field frequencies.
"It's like a time machine. You're reprogramming somehow backward with these cells to an uncertain state in which any kind of decision is somehow possible; even the decision to become virtually any kind of cell of the organism. And just think about the tremendous potential of this discovery."
He adds that two Nobel Prize-winning scientists discovered even "nonstem adult cells can be epigenetically reprogrammed backward to a state where they can eventually give rise to neural cells, cardiac cells, skeletal muscle cells or insulin-producing cells."
How our intention can change our DNA
According to the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek, California, epigenetics encompasses far more than just DNA, our environment and life experience. After two decades of study, the researchers discovered factors like love and appreciation or anxiety and anger also influence a person's blueprint. In one experiment, select participants were able to change DNA with positive mental states.
"An individual holding three DNA samples was directed to generate heart coherence - a beneficial state of mental, emotional and physical balance and harmony - with the aid of a HeartMath technique that utilizes heart breathing and intentional positive emotions. The individual succeeded, as instructed, to intentionally and simultaneously unwind two of the DNA samples to different extents and leave the third unchanged."
Control group volunteers who had low heart coherence were unable to alter the DNA.
Quantum nutrients and their affect on healthy cell expression
If we want to nourish our bodies at a cellular level (and not promote disease), the institute recommends an abundant diet of quantum nutrients. When we are stressed or negative, our biological energy reserves are diverted from the important task of regenerating and repairing the body. We can counteract this cellular starvation by focusing on genuine states of care, appreciation and love. These positive emotions enhance our energy system and feed the body, even down to the level of DNA. HeartMath calls such positive feelings "quantum nutrients."
How can hypnosis help?
Hypnosis has direct access to the subconscious and can help change negative past experiences and current stresses in life to more positive ones. By having a healthy, positive mindset as shown above, we can change our very being!
Give me a call and let's change your genetics. Let's give you the freedom to get your life back on track!
Do you know anyone, a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance who considers himself or herself a perfectionist? If so, have you ever noticed that they seem somewhat edgy, on guard or perhaps demanding?
We live in a very competitive world and it is important to have high personal and professional standards. However, when a person’s standard or goal is perfection, they may not realize that they are setting themselves up to experience more frustration, anxiety, and disappointment than is necessary. The goal of perfection is unrealistic.
There is very little in life that is perfect. To be human is to be imperfect.
There is a tapestry in the United Nations building by a Belgian artist, who purposely put imperfections into the artwork to signify that we live in an imperfect world. There is no perfect person, no perfect relationship, no perfect job, no perfect house, the list is endless.
What is Perfectionism?
The dictionary definition of perfectionism is “a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.” Another definition could be “ a perfectionist expects themselves to be perfect, and others around them and events to be perfect.”
A perfectionist is constantly reaching for a goal that is always just a little beyond reach. That’s certainly setting oneself up for frustration and disappointment, and maybe unnecessary anxiety.
In her book, The Happiness Makeover, M. J. Ryan cites that “research has shown that perfectionists are less healthy, less happy, have less satisfying relationships, and even earn less than others.”
There are many “downsides” when a person seeks perfection as a goal. A perfectionist may avoid taking risks for fear that the outcome will not be perfect. This is a very limiting outlook and one looses the opportunity for learning from their mistakes and becomes “stuck”. It has often been said “no risk, no success.”
A person seeking the perfect relationship sabotages themselves from the beginning, as we know there is no “perfect relationship.”
Expecting others to do a perfect assignment or job is another pitfall of the perfectionist. This expectation can often trigger an anger/anxiety reaction from the perfectionist, creating intolerance that can be non-productive or hurtful in the workplace.
A reasonable solution to perfectionism is to replace the goal of perfection with a more realistic, attainable goal: excellence. In the Academy Awards they give the awards for “excellence” in acting etc., not perfection in acting.
Adopting the goal of excellence helps “take the edge off,” enabling a person to become more tolerant, understanding, and more solution oriented. The actor Michael J. Fox is quoted: “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”
Replacing the goal of perfection with the goal of excellence enables a person to actually enjoy their work or activity more because they let go of the pressure of having to do the task or activity perfectly. The less pressure a person feels, the better they function, and the better they can concentrate.
Worrying about how events will go is yet another pitfall of the perfectionist. The goal of excellence enables a person to worry less and thus experience less of the anxiety or stress that worrying creates.
An unfortunate attitude that some perfectionists adopt is that they “have to be right.” They don’t realize that when they have to be right (at any cost) they make others have to be wrong. This is not a productive way to handle business or personal relationships and can create disharmony. The goal of excellence enables one to not always “have to be right.”
Hypnotherapy is an excellent modality to help the perfectionist replace that goal with a more realistic goal, excellence, that is achievable daily. The hypnotherapist guides the client into hypnosis (a hypersuggestable state of mind), while also guiding the client to relax their body. Then it is suggested to the client that they will replace the old goal with the goal of excellence, resulting in the experience of less anxiety, frustration and disappointment. This process enables the client to experience the change must faster than merely thinking about creating a change.
The really big payoff of letting go of perfectionism and adopting excellence as a life goal is that a person will become generally happier. Let’s remember that generally happier people who operate with peace of mind live longer, experience less stress and anxiety, and are more successful in their relationships and other endeavors.
The below is an article that goes to show the pain people suffer from migraines can be controlled by suggestions. Now just imagine how much more powerful those suggestions become when given under hypnosis by an experienced professional!
Article - A new study of migraine sufferers suggests that what you're told when your doctor prescribes medication can influence your body's response to it. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston compared the effects of a common migraine drug and an inactive placebo in 66 people who suffer from migraines. The condition includes throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
The results consistently showed that taking the pills accompanied by positive information increased the effectiveness of the treatment, whether the patient had taken the real deal -- the drug Maxalt -- or a pill labeled "placebo."
Headache specialist Dr. Andrew Charles said the study demonstrates that expectation about response plays an important role in the ultimate response to a treatment.
"When migraine patients were told by their doctor that a pill would help ease their headaches, this advice seemed to produce results whether or not the pill was a real migraine medication or a dummy placebo," said Charles, professor and director of the headache research and treatment program in the department of neurology at University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.
"Relief was still higher with the actual medicine, so drugs do work beyond the placebo effect, but the researchers say that the placebo effect may still account for half of the therapeutic value of a drug," said Charles, who was not involved in the research.
For the study, published online Jan. 8 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the scientists studied more than 450 migraine attacks in the study participants, following them over seven separate episodes.
To establish a baseline, each person was asked to report their pain and symptoms 30 minutes after the onset of an unmedicated migraine episode, and again 2.5 hours after its onset.
Each participant then received six treatment envelopes. The envelopes were labeled in one of three ways: "Maxalt" (rizatriptan); "placebo"; or "Maxalt or placebo." The labels were true for four attacks and false for two attacks.
The three situations were labeled by the researchers as positive (meaning a drug that could help with migraine symptoms was provided), negative (meaning no drug, only a placebo pill was provided), or neutral (meaning it was unknown if the drug or placebo pill was within the envelope). But for two situations, one of the "Maxalt" envelopes actually held a placebo and one of the "placebo" envelopes contained Maxalt.
The participants were asked to self-report their responses to treatment over the course of their next six migraine episodes.
Dr. Ted Kaptchuk, a senior author of the study, said that even though Maxalt was superior to the placebo in terms of alleviating pain, "we found that under each of the three messages, the placebo effect accounted for at least 50 percent of the subjects' overall pain relief."
When Maxalt was labeled "Maxalt," the patients' reports of pain relief more than doubled compared to when Maxalt was labeled "placebo," said Kaptchuk, a professor of medicine at Harvard. "This tells us that the effectiveness of a good pharmaceutical may be doubled by enhancing the placebo effect," he said.
When patients received Maxalt labeled as placebo, they were being treated by the medication but without any positive expectation, the other senior author, Rami Burstein, a professor of medicine at Harvard, said in a Beth Israel news release. "This was an attempt to isolate the pharmaceutical effect of Maxalt from any placebo effect," Burstein said.
The authors were surprised to find that even when patients were given a placebo labeled as "placebo," they reported pain relief, compared with no treatment.
"We don't know what that's about. It's a novel finding," added Kaptchuk.
Charles said the study was interesting and confirms what many experts believe about the placebo effect. "It's more rigorous than perhaps a number of the other studies that have been done previously," he noted.
Could these results play out across the spectrum of medical care?
"Obviously we don't know, we only looked at migraine," said Kaptchuk, "but I think that in many categories of illness and drugs, this would be proof of concept.
"This is likely to be operating in many other conditions, especially in conditions like nausea or irritable bowel syndrome, where a person's illness is defined by self-report," he added. "Self-reporting is a big part of what people feel."
More research will be needed to explore how these findings could be applied to clinical care and to learn more about how placebos might help boost drug treatment care, Kaptchuk said.
Some research has suggested that simply hearing the words of medicine can have a healing effect, he noted.
The study was partly funded by Merck and Co., the maker of Maxalt.
Overweight and obese men in a new study showed diminished quantity and quality of semen, suggesting that a weight problem might also affect fertility, researchers say. "The heavier the men, the higher the chances of a low sperm count," urologist Dr Keith Jarvi told Reuters Health. "I don't think that this message is well known or appreciated by men in general," said Jarvi, who was not involved in the new study.
Dr Michael Eisenberg, of Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and his colleagues recruited 468 couples in Texas and Michigan who were planning to conceive a child and tested several aspects of the men's semen.
Lower ejaculate volume
They also weighed the men and measured their waists and found that greater waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) – a measure of weight relative to height – were both linked to lower ejaculate volume. "All aspects of semen quality are important," Eisenberg said.
"Ejaculate has several chemicals that provide a safer environment for sperm. As such, if the volume is low it may be a problem."
Sperm count, another important metric, was lower among men with bigger waists. "The sperm count is just that: the number of sperm in each cc of semen," said Jarvi, director of the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre and Head of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
Higher semen volume, within the optimal range between 2 and 5 millilitres, will overall have more sperm, Jarvi said. A volume under 1.5 mls may cause infertility, he said, but too much is not good either.
Results of the study
In the study, a typical man in the normal BMI range had an ejaculate volume of 3.3 ml, compared to 2.8 ml for men in the highest BMI category, severely obese.
Men with the largest waists, over 40 inches, had about 22 percent lower total sperm count compared to men with waist measurements under 37 inches.
There appeared to be no link to semen concentration, motility, vitality or physical appearance, according to the results published in the journal Human Reproduction.
About half of the men had already fathered children when the study took place and none of the couples were seeking help with infertility when they were recruited.
The researchers also did not follow up to see whether the men succeeded in having children later.
Most men exercised less than once per week, so the authors couldn't really examine what effects more exercise might have on sperm. "The big question is what does reduction in body weight do to the sperm counts in men starting with a low sperm count?" Jarvi said. "This is the question that my overweight patients ask."
An interesting study to show the effectiveness of treating fibromyalgia with hypnosis.
Please note that the methods used aren't client centered and individual sessions with me would have a marked increase in effectiveness as they would be tailor-made for you.
It's also worth noting the poor response to physical therapy, indicating an emotional/psychological causation to the problem.
In a controlled study, Haanen et al. (1991) randomly assigned 40 patients with fibromyalgia to groups that received either eight 1-hour sessions of hypnotherapy with a self-hypnosis home-practice tape over a 3-month period, or physical therapy (that included 12 to 24 hours of massage and muscle relaxation training) for 3 months. Outcome was assessed pre- and posttreatment and at 3-month follow-up. The hypnosis intervention included an arm-levitation induction and suggestions for ego strengthening, relaxation, improved sleep, and “control of muscle pain.” Compared with patients in the physical therapy group, the patients who received hypnosis showed significantly better outcomes on measures of muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, distress, and patient overall assessment of outcome. These differences were maintained at the 3-month follow-up assessment and the average percent decrease in pain among patients who received hypnosis (35%) was clinically significant, whereas the percent decrease in the patients who received physical therapy was marginal (2%).
Vitamin D decreases pain in women with type 2 diabetes and depression, according to a study conducted at Loyola University Chicago. These findings were presented at an Oct. 24, 2013 research conference at Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus.Type 2 diabetes is associated with depression and pain, but few studies have looked at how pain may affect the treatment of depression in patients with type 2 diabetes and no studies have evaluated the role of vitamin D supplementation on this association.
Researchers in this study tested the efficacy of weekly vitamin D2 supplementation (50,000 IUs) for six months on depression in women with type 2 diabetes. Depression significantly improved following supplementation. In addition, 61 percent of patients reported shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet (neuropathic pain) and 74 percent reported numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers, and legs (sensory pain) at the beginning of the study. Researchers found a significant decrease in neuropathic and sensory pain at three and six months following vitamin D2 supplementation.
“Pain is a common and often serious problem for women with type 2 diabetes and depression,” said Todd Doyle, PhD, lead author and fellow, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). “While further research is needed, D2 supplementation is a promising treatment for both pain and depression in type 2 diabetes.”
Loyola researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct a trial comparing the effects of two different doses of vitamin D3 supplements on health outcomes in women with diabetes.
“Vitamin D has widespread benefits for our health and certain chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes,” said Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, study co-author and professor, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “This NIH grant will allow us to shed greater light on understanding the role that this nutrient plays in managing the health of women with diabetes.”
Psychoneuroimmunology is a field of medicine that has been significantly expanding since the mid 1990's. It is producing an ever-growing body of evidence that supports a link between the mind, body and soul that is facilitated by hypnosis. Psychoneuroimmunology has furthered an understanding of the link that exists between psychological process and immune system functioning, one that is now part of the medical canon in the understanding of the variety of presenting symptoms where immune dysregulation is present: for example, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
It is now recognised that the influencing of emotional factors through hypnosis has both a direct and indirect action on improving immune system functioning and consequently the health of a patient and the course of a disease. The below article is an excellent description of how stress plays a major factor in immune function.
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