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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported in a story that ran in USA Today, that up to 90% of all doctor visits might be attributable to stress-related illnesses.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where do we find Success ?

The definition for achieving success is:
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.

The following was sent to Dr. Anna Spencer of MI, by Zoilita Grant of CO.

Motivation is a very powerful force that moves us to success and the achievement of our goals.

10 Tips to Increase Motivation:

1. Make sure that you really want the goal.
2. Make your goal very clear. Writing it down makes it happen.
3. Focus on your goal and think about it often.
4. Imagine your goal as if it is already happening.
5. Read books or articles about the subject of your goal.
6. Read and think about people who have achieved similar goals.
7. Think often about the benefits you will gain by achieving your goal.
8. Imagine and think about how you will feel achieving your goal.
9. Create a positive affirmation about your goal and repeat this affirmation daily.
10. Every day do something toward achieving your goal.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Multi Tasking and Concentration

Most of us attempt to multi task to get things done more quickly throughout out day.
The truth is we are not multitasking. The brain is most capable of focusing on one thing at a time and doing it well. When we think we are multi tasking, we are really just rapidly shifting focus back and forth between two tasks, or attending to one task and barely attending to a second one. The result is we have two things done with less than good effort, almost always with errors and poor quality.

It is best to assess what you wish to accomplish first. Prioritize activities and tasks. Then focus on one at a time. You will get just as much done or more, with a better quality outcome and good attention to detail. Your focus and concentration will be better. You will feel more calm and centered.

It is good to remind yourself: "There is always enough time for everything I need to do". If you answer this statement with a 'no there isn't', then you need to take control and prioritize your activities. What is more important to accomplish today? What is reasonable to accomplish in the time I have. Let the less important thing go.

People often tell me, "I dont't have enough time to excercise, but I want to." If excercise is important to you, find out how much time you want to spend excercising. Ask yourself how important is this in my day? For example, is it more important than doing the dishes. If so move it up your list of priorities for the day. Make it a priority. Another tip: find out what kind of excercise you LIKE to do. Ignore what anyone elso thinks you should do. If you do what you like in excercise it will easily become your priority and you will do it.

Remember, use the postivie affirmation: "There is always enough time. There is always enough time for everything I want to do."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hypnosis a Powerful Tool in Complementary Cancer Care

Complementary therapies, while not given the attention that more traditional cancer therapies may receive, are perhaps equally important while undergoing treatment for certain types of cancer. Patients diagnosed with difficult to treat malignancies will often use these types of therapies in conjunction with traditional surgical, chemotherapeutic, or radiology techniques to form a more comprehensive and effective treatment regimen. Among the most important and effective alternative therapies utilized by those diagnosed with cancer is hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy has been used for many years in clinical settings. Hypnotherapy’s role in cancer management however, is relatively new and indications are that its utilization has not been fully maximized yet. Effective cancer treatment often depends on the patient’s ability to not only defeat the cancer through treatments but also to maintain their health and mental spirit throughout the painful side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Often, the symptoms and effects of the cancer itself on the body are negligible compared to the pain and other side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. This is where acupuncture has been said to be most effective. Cancers such as peritoneal mesothelioma, which are often unable to be removed by surgical means, are often treated with some combination of chemotherapy and radiation. While these potent therapies can be effective in eliminating some of the tumor mass and growth, they also profoundly effect the health of the surrounding tissue. Symptoms of these effects including fever, nausea, and general pain have been dramatically reduced through the utilization of hypnosis. Patients, who are able to withstand these symptoms and recover quickly, will often be able to be more aggressively treated, increasing the efficacy of the treatment regimen as a whole. Some specific hypnotherapy techniques utilized in pain management include altering the neurophysical configuration of pain, control of anticipatory anxiety, and targeted imagery.

Hypnotherapy techniques may not be appropriate for all patient’s pain and individual symptoms but it’s certainly worth exploring as it can do very little harm in experimenting with integrative therapies. The goal with alternative therapies, as with traditional mesothelioma treatments, is always to increase the effectiveness of treatment as a whole. If hypnotherapy can assist in any way in helping patients recover or manage symptoms of chemotherapy or radiation, then it will have contributed to the treatment regimens overall efficacy and should certainly be utilized.

References: Erickson MH: Hypnosis in painful terminal illness, in Haley J (ed): Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis and Therapy: Selected Papers of Milton Erickson, MD. New York, Crune & Stratton, 1967.
Sunnen, Gerard M.D. , Hypnotic Approaches in the Cancer Patient Ozonics International, LLC
See link to support website under Hypnotherapy Website Links

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hypnosis has 'REAL' Brain Effect Report from the BBC News

Hypnosis has a "very real" effect that can be picked up on brain scans, say Hull University researchers. An imaging study of hypnotised participants showed decreased activity in the parts of the brain linked with daydreaming or letting the mind wander. The same brain patterns were absent in people who had the tests but who were not susceptible to being hypnotised.
One psychologist said the study backed the theory that hypnosis "primes" the brain to be open to suggestion. Hypnosis is increasingly being used to help people stop smoking or lose weight and advisers recently recommended its use on the NHS to treat irritable bowel syndrome.

"This shows that the changes were due to hypnosis and not just simple relaxation", Dr William McGeown, study leader. It is not the first time researchers have tried to use imaging studies to monitor brain activity in people under hypnosis. But the Hull team said these had been done while people had been asked to carry out tasks, so it was not clear whether the changes in the brain were due to the act of doing the task or an effect of hypnosis.

In the latest study, the team first tested how people responded to hypnosis and selected 10 individuals who were "highly suggestible" and seven people who did not really respond to the technique other than becoming more relaxed. The participants were asked to do a task under hypnosis, such as listening to non-existent music, but unknown to them the brain activity was being monitored in the rest periods in between tasks, the team reported in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.

In the "highly suggestible" group there was decreased activity in the part of the brain involved in daydreaming or letting the mind wander - also known as the "default mode" network.
One suggestion of how hypnosis works, supported by the results, is that shutting off this activity leaves the brain free to concentrate on other tasks. Study leader Dr William McGeown, a lecturer in the department of psychology, said the results were unequivocal because they only occurred in the highly suggestible subjects. "This shows that the changes were due to hypnosis and not just simple relaxation. "Our study shows hypnosis is real."

Dr Michael Heap, a clinical forensic psychologist based in Sheffield, said the experiment was unique in showing brain patterns supporting the theory that hypnosis works by "priming" the subject to respond more effectively to suggestions. "Importantly the data confirm that relaxation is not a critical factor. The limited data from this experiment suggest that this pattern of activity then dissipates (at least to some extent) once the subjects start to engage in the suggestions that follow." But he said the small study, which needed repeating in other populations, did not prove that people being hypnotised were in an actual "trance".

Story from BBC NEWS: 2009/11/16 00:19:32 GMT

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Why Does Hypnosis Work

Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy works because literally your thoughts control your body, mind and spirit. Your thoughts control your world, everything from your health, your emotions, to your future. You are what you think you are. You are who you think you are.

" First , the science of Signal Transduction focuses upon the bio-chemical pathways by which cells respond to environmental cues. Environmental signals engage cytoplasmic processes that can alter gene expression and thereby control cell fate, influence cell movement, control cell survival, or even sentence a cell to death. Signal transduction science recognizes that the fate and behavior of an organism is directly linked to its perception of the environment. In simple terms, the character of your life is based upon how we perceive it.

Second, the new science of Epigenetics, which literally means 'control above the genes,' has completely upended our conventional understanding of genetics control. Epigenetics is the science of how environmental signals select, modify, and regulate gene activity. This new awareness reveals that our genes are constantly being remodeled in response to life experiences. Which again emphasizes that our perceptions of life shape our biology."
-The Biology of Belief- Bruce Lipton, PhD.

Hypnotherapy and hypnosis teach you how to shape and control your thoughts to better your health, your life, and attain the goals you set for yourself.

Friday, January 22, 2010

NFL Player & HYpnosis

NFL player acknowledges Hypnotherapy
The Huffington Post

"I must also mention the incredible women in my life, such as my mother Rita Sanford, Beverly Taylor (whose hypnotherapy tapes help me cope with surgery and life goals) and our team psychologist and fellow UCLA alum Janice Furst."

By Brendon Ayanbadejo, NFL Linebacker, three time Pro Bowl player, AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Quoted from article in The Huffington Post: