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Hypnosis advocated for breast cancer patients
New Britain Herald
19 October 2010

Mother, daughter, sister, friend, along with oneself, breast cancer affects us all and it is the No. 2 killer of women in today’s society. Hypnotists have the knowledge needed to assist clients in making their journey of breast cancer a voyage to inner-strength and growth through guided imagery and self-hypnosis.

Although breast cancer is a horrific experience, women following breast cancer surgery can reestablish an accepting self-concept of their body image. Working with breast cancer survivors, emphasis is placed on the total woman, mind, body, and spirit, allowing the clients to see themselves with new found courage.

In preparing the client for breast-cancer treatment, the hypnotist needs to discuss any fears or concerns the client has regarding surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. At this point in the journey, teaching self-hypnosis is vital. When assisting a newly diagnosed client, practicing self-hypnosis and guided imagery begins the empowerment process acknowledging that breast cancer does not have to control all aspects of life. The client now has tools to use for decreasing anxiety and stress.
The loss of one’s hair can be traumatic. The Looking Glass Experience has the client perhaps for the first time truly see the beauty of her face. The hypnotist will have the client close her eyes and visualize a beautiful golden mirror. As she gazes into the mirror, she is asked to look at her amazing eyes, cheekbones, nose, and mouth, encouraging her to see the beauty that comes from within and radiates through sparkling eyes and a warm smile. With guided imagery, the client can see herself as she wants to be. By empowering the client with a positive body image, she can work through the events of breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.

Hypnotherapy has long been used for cancer sufferers to relieve the pain and suffering and in refocusing their outlook. Hypnosis is very effective in enabling patients to accept their condition and to become more positive about their cancer. Hypnotherapists at the Harley Street Hypnotherapy Clinic in London are very sympathetic when dealing with all clients but especially those that have cancer. Hypnotherapy has been used for a long time for cancer patients. Book an appointment at the London Hypnotherapy Clinic with one of our hypnotherapists for hypnosis for cancer pain relief.


Newest way to lose weight: Hypnosis to make you think you have a gastric band
Daily Mail – 11 October 2010

Fern Britton’s rapidly diminishing form is testament to the growing popularity and effectiveness of obesity surgery, but it takes great bravery — and a degree of desperation to go under the knife to lose weight.
For the thousands who undergo gastric band surgery every year, the operation is only part of the story. To lose weight, they must adhere to strict portion control, slow eating and repetitive chewing to accommodate their dramatically reduced stomach capacity.
‘Gastric mind band’: The treatment combines hypnotism with a programme of education, which allows patients to successfully lose weight just as effectively as if they really had had surgery ‘Gastric mind band’: The treatment combines hypnotism with a programme of education, which allows patients to successfully lose weight just as effectively.
It’s a very different way of eating, but one which even without the band offers the promise of steady, safe and long-term weight loss. So when a patient asked ¬hypnotherapists to hypnotise her into thinking she’d had a gastric band operation, they realised they’d hit on something.
For the past three years they have been running a successful clinic in Spain ¬offering a programme of what they call ‘gastric mind band’, combining hypnotism with a programme of education, which allows patients to successfully lose weight just as effectively as if they really had had surgery.
Gastric band operations have shot up ten-fold since 2000 – they now cost the NHS £32million a year Now they have released a book packed with tricks and tips, as well as a clever self-hypnosis technique to convince you that your stomach has shrunk. Here, Martin and Marion explain how it works.
The key to making your gastric mind band work really effectively is to eat small portions, very slowly as if you really did have a gastric band. After surgery, the banded stomach is reduced in capacity from around one litre to just 20ml. The most you can eat in any meal is six tablespoons of food compared to the average meal the size of two clenched fists that would fill a ¬normal capacity stomach.
With gastric mind band you don’t have to be so restricted but, from now on, no portion of meat should be bigger than a pack of playing cards (around 3oz) and a healthy portion of fish should not be bigger than a cheque book (4-5oz). Your portion of pasta, when cooked, should not be bigger than your fist.
Take smaller bites, chew it properly, eat more slowly and concentrate on what you’re eating. If you eat quickly, you’ll eat more because, by the time your brain gets the message that you’re full, you will have swallowed more than you need. Try using chopsticks or swapping cutlery hands to slow yourself down.
Gastric band patients are encouraged to eat their meals in a certain order (meat first, because it hangs around in your tiny new stomach for the longest time). If you find you’re feeling full before you get to the potatoes … STOP. After real surgery, no fork-full of meat can be bigger than the nail on your little finger and must be chewed ten times to ensure it is properly digested.
You are not so restricted, but make every mouthful count. Study the colour and texture of your food. Analyse the taste — your taste buds are in your mouth, not your stomach, so the longer the food stays in your mouth, the more pleasure you’ll obtain from it. Eat slow, best bits first, and be happy about leaving some on your plate. And stop worrying about ¬wasting food. Excess food is wasted whether it passes through your body first or goes directly in the bin. Don’t treat your body like a bin. You deserve better.
People who have had ¬gastric band surgery lose weight slowly, a few pounds a week. By eating sensibly as they do, you can do the same. To lose 1lb a week, you need to cut back by 500 calories a day — by ¬making a few small adjustments the calorie deficit can soon mount. It’s that glass of wine or handful of crisps before dinner. Say no once, and you’ve got 500 calories in hand.
TYPES OF MEALS There are are only two types of meals — the ones that matter (a meal with friends, or with a partner, perhaps on a Friday or Saturday night) and the ones that don’t (the rest of the week). Enjoy a bottle of wine or a desert occasionally but, five nights a week, your meals don’t have to be gourmet. Think scrambled egg or beans on toast. Spread butter on your toast, but be aware that a teaspoon of ¬butter (enough for a thin layer) is 37 ¬calories, but a ¬tablespoon (a ¬generous covering) is three times as much (111 calories).
Put dressing on your salad, but learn to weight the vinegar in favour of the oil. A teaspoon of oil may be 45 ¬calories, but a tablespoon is 135. That one extra tablespoon of oil every day amounts to a stone weight gain over a year. Switch to sweetener in your tea or ¬coffee. Cutting out two spoons of sugar in your tea three times a day creates an annual calorie deficit of 37,000 calories, which could be enough to shed more than 11lb.
Have ice cream occasionally, but just one scoop (about 150 calories) and never eat it straight from the tub. Enjoy a few nuts with a drink, but stop at one or two (a small 4oz bag will set you back 600 calories). Food and sweet drinks are so much a part of our everyday lives, few overweight people remember what true hunger feels like, but it is ¬important — for the gastric mind band to work — that you eat only when hungry.When hunger strikes, try drinking a glass of water.


Hypnotherapy Can Cure IBS – Research Shows
Manchester News – 9 October 2010

Doctors have shown that hypnotherapy can cure IBS in 70 per cent of cases. More than 60 patients with irritable bowel syndrome, which can include pain, cramps, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation, are being treated by a hypnotherapist each week.

IBS affects up to 15 per cent of the population and the team at Wythenshawe Hospital now has people from across the country wanting to join the 18-month waiting list for a course of 12 hypnotherapy sessions.

Claire Brunton, 22, from Offerton, suffered cramps from IBS so badly that she stopped wanting to eat and was on the verge of anorexia. She also had panic attacks with worrying about becoming ill. But during the hypnotherapy she learnt techniques to stop the panics and cope with the pain. Now a year after finishing the treatment, she found it helped her cope with final university exams and gave her the confidence to started working as a recruitment consultant.

Claire said: “Hypnotherapy is a very strange thing to try to describe, your therapist helps you to relax slowly but you are awake and conscious throughout – it feels like the last few moments before you go to sleep when you still know what is happening around you.

“IBS was taking over my life. I had started to worry I would not be able to hold down a job and I didn’t want to eat because I felt like everything I ate made me sick, so I’d tried all kinds of herbal remedies and acupuncture before the hypnotherapy.”

As well as having hypnotherapy, Claire had blood tests which showed she was allergic to dairy and wheat products and she now avoids them. Pamela Cruickshanks, one of three clinical hypnotherapists at Wythenshawe, said: “We provide patients with 12 sessions of ‘gut-directed hypnotherapy’, which teach patients to take control over their bowel.

“Due to the success of this treatment, patients are coming from all over the country to access our services, and hypnosis is now considered to be the treatment of choice for moderate to severe IBS.”

Studies at Wythenshawe Hospital have shown that the quality of life for sufferers with severe forms of IBS can be worse than for those with heart disease, diabetes or renal failure.


Finding Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Hypnosis
IBS News – 13 June 2010

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) also known as spastic colon or colitis affects 15 – 20% of the population – predominantly women. The severity of IBS symptoms changes from person to person and from time to time. For some people it restricts their movements to such a degree that they have trouble making travel plans. For others, it’s a sporadic situation where the symptoms come and go, with no discernable reason, and for others, it’s a low lying, ongoing manageable but painful situation.

Whichever category you fall into, the basic result is the same. You live with pain and uncertainty, always being aware that at any time you may need to fine a toilet or washroom in a hurry. Never mind what else is going on around you. The need to get to a washroom is urgent and immediate.

Interestingly enough, the causes of IBS are unknown, and the diagnosis is usually a diagnosis of exclusion, everything else is ruled out. While it’s not clear exactly what causes it, we do know that there are anatomical changes in the lining of the colon and to the nervous system of the colon. You’ve probably tried diet management, which to some extent works for many people. You may have tried medication – but sometimes the side effects are worse than the IBS. But there is another way to manage or in some cases, eliminate the IBS altogether, and that’s with hypnosis.

The evidence is overwhelming that IBS symptoms respond dramatically to a series of hypnosis treatments. Hypnosis has been approved by the American Medical Association as a valid medical treatment since 1958 and over 20 years of solid scientific research has demonstrated hypnosis to be an effective, safe and inexpensive choice for IBS alleviation for 80-95% of clients.

Dr. Diane Fugh Berman chair of the National Women’s Health Network in Washington DC has said that hypnosis should be the treatment of choice for IBS. “It totally makes sense” explains Georgina Cannon, Director of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre, “all body sensations are managed and recorded in the subconscious mind, so if you want to make change in the body, one of the best ways is through the subconscious mind with hypnosis.”

Cannon went on to explain – “There are absolutely no side effects – except that you get better! The treatment is relaxing and enjoyable. And best of all, treatment often leads to improvement of other stress related problems – like teeth grinding or sleeplessness.”

“We only work with a client on pain management with the approval of their doctor” Cannon explains. The number of sessions needed ranges from 7 to 10 “this enables our clients to develop their imagery skills, which will help them for the rest of their life. We start the process with a very thorough intake so that we understand how IBS affects that particular client. Then the mind-body training begins.”


Finding Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Hypnosis
IBS News -13 June 2010

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) also known as spastic colon or colitis affects 15 – 20% of the population – predominantly women. The severity of IBS symptoms changes from person to person and from time to time. For some people it restricts their movements to such a degree that they have trouble making travel plans. For others, it’s a sporadic situation where the symptoms come and go, with no discernable reason, and for others, it’s a low lying, ongoing manageable but painful situation.

Whichever category you fall into, the basic result is the same. You live with pain and uncertainty, always being aware that at any time you may need to fine a toilet or washroom in a hurry. Never mind what else is going on around you. The need to get to a washroom is urgent and immediate.

Interestingly enough, the causes of IBS are unknown, and the diagnosis is usually a diagnosis of exclusion, everything else is ruled out. While it’s not clear exactly what causes it, we do know that there are anatomical changes in the lining of the colon and to the nervous system of the colon. You’ve probably tried diet management, which to some extent works for many people. You may have tried medication – but sometimes the side effects are worse than the IBS. But there is another way to manage or in some cases, eliminate the IBS altogether, and that’s with hypnosis.

The evidence is overwhelming that IBS symptoms respond dramatically to a series of hypnosis treatments. Hypnosis has been approved by the American Medical Association as a valid medical treatment since 1958 and over 20 years of solid scientific research has demonstrated hypnosis to be an effective, safe and inexpensive choice for IBS alleviation for 80-95% of clients.

Dr. Diane Fugh Berman chair of the National Women’s Health Network in Washington DC has said that hypnosis should be the treatment of choice for IBS. “It totally makes sense” explains Georgina Cannon, Director of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre, “all body sensations are managed and recorded in the subconscious mind, so if you want to make change in the body, one of the best ways is through the subconscious mind with hypnosis.”

Cannon went on to explain – “There are absolutely no side effects – except that you get better! The treatment is relaxing and enjoyable. And best of all, treatment often leads to improvement of other stress related problems – like teeth grinding or sleeplessness.”

“We only work with a client on pain management with the approval of their doctor” Cannon explains. The number of sessions needed ranges from 7 to 10 “this enables our clients to develop their imagery skills, which will help them for the rest of their life. We start the process with a very thorough intake so that we understand how IBS affects that particular client. Then the mind-body training begins.”


Forget Spiders, Flying and Heights, My Greatest Fear is… Kneecaps
Daily Mail – 18 September 2009

While most people’s knees start knocking at the sight of a spider, for council worker Sarah Lister kneecaps themselves hold the greatest fear. The merest sight or the gentlest touch of anyone’s kneecaps sends normally fun-loving Sarah into a dizzying panic, leaving her flustered, angry and sweating profusely.

Sarah’s fear, known medically as Genuphobia, has made trips to the beach, nights out with friends or watching her fianci Chris Bayliss playing football an ordeal. Sarah Lister confronts her greatest fear – being surrounded by other people’s knees Sarah, 25, from Gosport, Hants, said: ‘In the summer it is worse because I don’t feel like I can go to the beach or go to the pub. ‘I worry that if I saw someone in a bathing costume or a short skirt I would just freak out. ‘I quiver in fear if anybody tries to touch my knees, or accidentally bumps into them. ‘I am fine with my fiancee, my immediate family and a select group of friends, but strangers’ knees still hold a lot of fear for me. ‘Even the thought of other people’s knees makes me feel very uneasy.’ Sarah’s dread of knees began as an 11-year-old schoolgirl when she saw her father dislocate his knee after a freak fall at their home.

Since the traumatic incident, Sarah has tried a cocktail of quirky treatments, including hypnotherapy, to help ease her panic. Her condition has eased over the years and bubbly Sarah believes she can kick her distinctive fear ahead of wedding in May next year. Council worker Sarah hopes to get her fear under control by next May so she can enjoy her wedding to the fullest ‘I went for my wedding dress fitting and I couldn’t enjoy what should have been a happy moment for me because I was worried about my knees being touched. ‘I want to be able to enjoy every aspect of my wedding day. ‘It would be a dream to be able to sit on the beach on my honeymoon and have no fear.’

Charity Anxiety UK, which deals with phobias and other disorders, said: ‘An estimated 13 per cent of the population will develop a phobia at some point in their lives. ‘One of the most effective ways to deal with anxiety disorders or phobias is to understand it. ‘There are a number of ways forward in terms of treatment of anxiety disorders and getting help including; services through the NHS, psychological interventions, medication and self-help groups. ‘Always consult your GP to obtain a diagnosis if you suspect you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. ‘Self-diagnosis is not an effective way as misdiagnosis could lead to the wrong treatment being administered which can set the sufferer back even further.’


Smoking risk for middle aged men
Channel 4 News – 18 September 2009

Middle aged men who smoke, have high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels may shorten their lives by up to 15 years.

Research published by the British Medical Journal showed improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels proportionate with giving up smoking.

The study of 19,000 men aged between 40 and 69 showed their average levels of blood pressure and cholesterol fell by two-thirds when two thirds of those studied gave up smoking.

Those men who smoked and had high blood pressure and raised cholesterol at the age of 50, had their life expectancy cut by ten years compared with men who had none of those risk factors.

When taking into account other risk factors such as diabetes and employment grade, the research showed the 5 per cent of men with lowest scores had their life expectancy cut by 15 years.

The research suggested the government should fund more activities that promote improved heart health to increase life expectancy.


How women in their 40s are drinking more than ever
Daily Mail – 5 September 2009

Women in their 40s are drinking far more alcohol than previous generations and regularly turn to a glass of wine to help them cope with the stress of modern life. According to a survey, half of middle-aged women believe they drink more than their mothers did at their age and some are so worried about the amount they drink they are constantly trying to cut down.

Alcohol consumption has doubled since the 1950s, largely because drinking among women has become much more socially acceptable, and the cost of buying alcohol is 65 per cent cheaper than 30 years ago. However, the survey revealed that it is not just the ‘ladette’ generation of British women who are regularly indulging in alcohol.

Women in their 40s and 50s admit to regularly opening a bottle of wine to consume with dinner at home during the week. Woman & Home magazine questioned around 3,000 women – aged between 35 and 60 – to try to establish how their drinking habits have changed compared with the previous generation. Almost half revealed that their mothers rarely drank, save for special occasions, with a quarter admitting that their mother never drank at all at their age.

In comparison, one in ten of the women questioned admitted having a drink every day and a third said they enjoyed alcohol a few times a week. Most – nearly 80 per cent – drank wine at home, with almost half – 46 per cent – admitting to drinking on their own.

Earlier this week the Daily Mail revealed that drinking too much alcohol, coupled with indulging in an inactive lifestyle, can be a factor in the development of breast cancer. Experts at the World Cancer Research Fund said cutting down on drinking, coupled with maintaining a healthy weight, could help reduce the diagnosis of the disease among middle-aged women by as much as 40 per cent.

Alcohol consumption is also blamed for a dramatic rise in cases of cancer of the mouth, tongue, lip and throat which have also increased by a quarter among women in their 40s in the past decade. The survey revealed that around a third of women said they didn’t feel they needed a reason to have a drink, but most said they turned to alcohol to help them relax after a stressful day or to celebrate a special occasion.

Researchers point to the fact that single mothers or divorced women are more likely than in the past to open a bottle of wine at the end of a busy day at work or with the children. One in four women said they had been so concerned about one of their female friends’ drinking habits they had confronted them about their intake, while a fifth admitted they sometimes worried about their own drinking and were constantly trying to cut down.

Sue James, editorial director of Woman & Home, said: ‘Much has been said about teenagers and the “ladette” culture for binge-drinking alcohol, but the amount of drinking done by the core of the female population – the 40-something woman – has rather been overlooked. ‘Our survey shows that these women are aware that they are drinking far more than their own mother’s generation ever did and that they are concerned about the impact it will have, not only on their health, but on that of their friends and family as well.

Professor Ian Gilmore, who is president of the Royal College of Physicians and chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, said: ‘This survey further demonstrates that it is not just youngsters binge-drinking who are having problems with alcohol – the biggest rise in drinking is among middle-aged people.’


I was hypnotised into thinking I had gastric band op and lost 4st
The Mirror – 5 July 2009

Losing weight is almost always down to mind over matter, but never more so than in Joh Smith’s case.

Joh, 37, was hypnotised into thinking she had been fitted with a gastric band – and lost an incredible FOUR STONE within months of the treatment.

The 5ft 4ins mum-of-one has never felt better after dropping three dress sizes without going anywhere near the surgeon’s knife.

Legal assistant Joh has slimmed down from 13st to 9st 4lb, and from size 18 to a slinky size 12.
She says: “I was really sceptical this would work but the results have been truly amazing.

“I had tried every diet under the sun and nothing worked. But I felt actual surgery was just too risky so this seemed like the perfect alternative.”

In a real gastric band op, the size of the stomach is reduced with an adjustable band so the patient can only eat small meals before feeling full.

Instead Joh, from Twickenham, South-West London, but now living in Malaga, Spain, had hypnotherapy at the Elite Clinic in Fuengirola – which claims to be the only place offering the pioneering £800 treatment.

“Before I had the hypnotherapy my problem was always overeating and snacking on sugary junk food,” says Joh, who had four one-hour sessions.

“Now that I think I have a band I’ve cut my portion size in half. My mind thinks my stomach is tiny so I feel full much quicker. It’s also caused me to stop snacking on junk as I simply don’t feel like eating it anymore.”

At Joh’s first session with the hypnotherapist, she was asked to talk about her bad relationship with food.

But by the fourth session she was being talked through a gastric band op as though she was really going through the surgery.

To help with the illusion, special equipment pumped out the smells of an operating theatre and a recording of surgical tools being picked up and put down was played. Joh says: “When they actually come round to the final session and the therapist convinces you you’re having the op, it’s so realistic you actually believe you are lying in that operating theatre.

“Obviously there’s no pain whatsoever as you are so relaxed. But the fact you can smell anaesthetic and hear sounds like a surgical tool makes it completely believeable.

“So when you go to eat something you can only have a small portion or healthy food as your subconscious has been tricked into believing you have a band fitted.” After the treatment Joh’s weight quickly began to fall.

But if she starts losing too much weight she can have the “operation” reversed and the band “removed” with another hypnotherapy session.

Delighted Joh adds: “My husband Fernando loves the way I am. I know I look good when I’m going out with him now. I can go swimming with my fiveyear-old Bertie, which I couldn’t before, and I have a whole new wardrobe.

“The only problem now is how to pay for all my new clothes!”


Is Sports Hypnosis Only For Professionals?
Peak Performance – 17 April 2009

Do you think that sports hypnosis is mostly associated with elite performers? That’s not true as it is relevant to child athletes and amateurs too. Irrespective of gender or level of performance, visualization technique helps even coaches, officials and parents to help players perform better. The best cited example is Tiger Woods, who took sports hypnosis sessions quite early in his life. He started these sessions when he was only 13 years old.

How Sports Hypnosis Benefits Amateur Player?

Sports hypnosis involves a variety of techniques that are beneficial for amateur and professional players. The techniques can be implemented to gain that extra edge. Through techniques like visualization, even those who may seem weak will be able to gain confidence. Sports hypnosis helps players to eliminate mental clutter and tackle mind games played by opponents with confidence and ease even during critical situations. Children and amateurs attain the focus of attention and conserve energy which they can utilize during critical moments.

Various visualization techniques enable players to take the game to the next level through mental imagery. This helps players rehearse their stock of game strategies and tactics in the mind itself. Flexibility is one of the best outcomes of such guided imagery. Players become less vulnerable to injury and learn to anticipate sudden, unexpected twists and be ready to deal with pain.


Use the Benefits of Hypnotherapy to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
Natural News – 12 July 2009

Being at your ideal weight for your height and bone structure is very important for your overall health and well-being. Being overweight or obese can have detrimental effects on your physical health, mental health, and lifestyle. As important as losing weight is for your health, it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish. The healthiest methods for losing weight involve natural methods such as diet and exercise. Research has shown that hypnosis is an effective tool to use in order to lose weight and continue to lose weight and keep it off in the long-term.

Carrying extra pounds has a negative effect on your health and can to lead to life-threatening problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and diabetes. Losing weight can also help improve joint health, reduce your risk of getting certain kinds of cancer, and improve your ability to sleep (Life Clinic).

Many studies have been conducted to study the effect that hypnotherapy has on a person’s ability to lose weight and their ability to keep it off in the long-term. In 1998, a study involved 60 obese participants. The patients were randomly divided into one of three groups. One group received hypnosis that focused on stress reduction; another group received hypnosis that focused on energy intake reduction, and the third group received only dietary advice.

Researchers studied the percent of body weight lost at 7 different follow-ups from 1-month to 18-months after the treatment. At the 3-month follow-up, all participants in the three groups had lost 2-3% of their baseline body weight. However, at the 18-month follow-up, the group that had received hypnotherapy and stress reduction reported continued significant weight loss compared to no change in the other two groups. This study shows that when hypnotherapy is used in combination with stress relief suggestions, weight loss is significant in the long-term (Stradling, Roberts, Wilson, & Lovelock, 1998).

In a meta-analysis of two studies involving hypnotherapy and weight loss, Kirsch (1996) found a significant difference in amount of pounds lost comparing participants who received hypnosis and those who did not receive hypnosis. The initial follow-up showed the average weight loss to be 6.00 pounds in the non-hypnosis group and 11.83 pounds in the hypnosis group. The last follow-up conducted with the studies showed that the non-hypnosis group lost an average of 6.03 pounds and the hypnosis group lost an average of 14.88 pounds. This meta-analysis showed that use of hypnotherapy greatly increased amount of weight lost over time.

These studies show that hypnotherapy is a valid form of weight loss treatment and has lasting effects in the long-term. Hypnosis takes only a few sessions and has a long-term effect that helps patients continue to lose weight. This is an effective and natural method of losing weight and keeping it off.


From 40-a-day to fag-free. How one Time Outer quit in Dubai…
Time Out Dubai – 25 February 2009

Dubai is not an easy place to quit smoking, and I should know. I arrived here three-years-ago having packed in four-months previously and had no plans to start again.

I had what you might call an “enthusiastic” habit. I’d plough through 20 fags a day, easily, sometimes up to 40 on a bad one.

I’d wake up wanting a cigarette and the cravings would continue throughout the day as work coffee breaks allowed me to pursue my habit with gusto.

At the end of last year, a pain in my chest and, I have to admit it, a bit of nagging from friends, pushed me to try to quit. I say “try” because I genuinely never thought it would work.

To be honest, I didn’t really want to stop, but I agreed to give it a go. Knowing that cold turkey might not cut it, I took a friend’s advice and reluctantly agreed to see Alla Tchemodanova, a Dubai-based hypnotherapist.

I trooped up to Alla’s office in Media City hoping for a miracle. To be honest, I have always thought of hypnotherapy as more entertaining than a practical solution. Would I suddenly want to take my clothes off or experience an unbelievable desire to quack like a duck? Who knows?

Well, Alla seemed to. She was all too used to clients turning up with little faith in hypnotherapy as a cure for smoking, overeating, anxiety, and much more.

The science bit…

First, Alla sat me down and enquired about my “relationship” with smoking. When did I start? Why did I start? Did my parents’ smoke? I had to admit to a few links with smoking and delve a little into my relationship with my dad, who, coincidentally was a smoker until a couple of years ago.

Next, came the hypnotherapy bit. It’s a cliché, but I did have to look into Alla’s eyes before she snapped me into a “deep” sleep. Well, that’s what she said, and I pretended to be “under”, but more of that later.

I felt like a bit of a fraud but I lay there, pretending that I was under, for about 20 minutes. I answered all of her questions before she counted me back.

I “awoke” feeling refreshed and a bit hazy. I even pretended that I was never going to smoke again, while fully intending to spark up the minute I got outside. But then, something weird happened. I got back to my car, called my friends to tell them what a load of rubbish this hypnotherapy lark was, but I didn’t light up a fag. In fact I chucked the packet I had in the car away. I figured I may’s well try now that I’d been through the session.

That was four-months ago. I haven’t smoked a cigarette since. I have wanted too. In the first few weeks, I was madly inhaling other people’s passive fumes but I’ve even got over that now – just.

I won’t lie, I loved smoking. I would still be smoking now if I hadn’t had a wake-up call.


Mel B is getting hypnosis
Western Daily Press – 10 March 2009

Mel B has revealed she is getting hypnosis to battle her nerves over her new stage show.

Mel is set to appear in Peepshow, her new Vegas act, but has said she’s having hypnosis to help overcome her stage fright.

The former Spice Girl told Closer magazine: “I’m getting hypnosis. I’m seeing a guy called Anthony Cool, who performs a show at Vegas too. I’m doing this just in case I get any last-minute nerves – you know, in case I can’t remember the lyrics or the moves. He’s going to hypnotise me as soon as I get there.”

Mel always has her husband Stephen Belafonte on hand to lend her support and handle the business side of things. She said: “With everything I do, I make sure I understand the contracts. In the old days in the Spice Girls, Victoria was the businesswoman. She explained it to us all. And now I have my husband who does all that and makes sure everything’s sorted.

“I love him being involved in my work life. Why would I want a manager that I’d have to give 20 per cent of everything I earn to? I don’t have to give Stephen anything – he gets me!”


Could hypnotherapy work for you? Dr Miriam Stoppard
The Mirror – 2 February 2009

There’s been a lot of talk lately about people using hypnotherapy to lose weight.

Its practitioners say they can make a difference because many people’s weight problems are caused by emotional factors.

That could mean they are doing it to combat stress or low self-esteem, or even to please others (mum has made your favourite chocolate cake again!).

Hypnotherapy aims to replace negative thoughts and beliefs that encourage unhealthy or destructive behaviour with positive ones so you make healthy food choices effortlessly.

It’s been used to treat sleeplessness, help pregnant women, aid quitting smoking and many other things.

While there’s no hard evidence I’ve come across that suggests hypnotherapy can help you lose weight, it wouldn’t surprise me if one day it’s proven to work.

I used to be a sceptic, then years ago I took part in a TV programme where pregnant women were taught self-hypnosis to help them sleep.

Determined to prove it didn’t work, I tried it out myself at home – and promptly dropped off. Now I use it every night.

Since then I’ve been interested in its various uses and I’ve seen it help women combat pain – and stay in control – during childbirth.

While much more research needs to be done, it does seem to show promise for certain conditions. Power of the mind

Hypnosis is a powerful, natural and safe state of relaxation where we’re fully awake and in control.

And, believe it or not, we all enter into it several times a day – for instance, you may have got up, eaten breakfast and made your way to work without thinking about everything you did consciously.

You’re on autopilot but still fully aware of what’s going on.

We also have to go through state of hypnosis when we fall asleep every night – in fact, it’s impossible to drop off without it.

As you enter this state, your conscious mind moves into the background, while your subconscious comes forward. This is when your mind is at its most suggestible and the hypnotherapist can get to work, helping to allay your fears and anxieties.

It’s also possible to do this yourself, either by listening to a CD or going through a script in your mind. But it doesn’t work for everyone. What happens in a session

First the therapist will talk to you about the background to your problem or situation, how you feel about it and your desired outcome.

Then they’ll put you into a state of relaxation, making positive statements and suggestions. During the session, you’ll remember everything and the hypnotherapist can’t make you do anything against your will.

The number of sessions needed varies. Ways we can feel the benefit Despite claims, there’s no reliable research that hypnotherapy can work for stopping smoking, phobias, headaches and back pain. But it’s looking good in these areas…

HypnoBirthing
Hypnotherapy is proven to be effective in controlling pain during childbirth. Several studies show it can shorten labour time and reduce pain, complications and need for medication significantly, compared with normal breathing and relaxation techniques. Some studies even suggest it can reduce the risk of postnatal depression.

IBS
There’s good evidence that hypnotherapy works in the long term for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a study on 200 patients in Manchester, more than 70 per cent said the treatment reduced the severity of their symptoms for up to five years. They were given one-hour sessions of hypnotherapy over 12 weeks. The treatment also reduced levels of anxiety and depression but for a shorter time. It’s not clear what causes IBS but the researchers believe hypnotherapy may alter the way the brain responds to pain messages.

Insomnia
A 2006 US study on 84 school-age children found just a couple of hypnotherapy sessions were effective in combating insomnia. Among those who took more than half an hour to get to sleep, 90 per cent reported improvements after the sessions, as did half those who’d complained about waking up during the night. As far back as 1999, a British Medical Journal review of reports on hypnosis and relaxation therapies concluded that hypnosis is of value in treating insomnia.

Cancer-related symptoms
Some research shows hypnotherapy can help cancer patients, especially children, to combat nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.

How to get it
Some psychologists, counsellors and doctors practise hypnotherapy. Ask your GP’s opinion on whether it may work for your problem and he or she may even recommend a practitioner. It’s unlikely, though not impossible, to get it on the NHS. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay.


Think Thin Through Hypnosis
Philadelphia Health – 26 January 2009

Can you really lose weight through hypnosis? This woman thinks so.
Mary Jo Klejna is hoping hypnosis will help her think thin.
If you’re lookin’ to lose some weight, a local psychologist says he can help. But not through pills or medicine, he?s using hypnosis.

“I was watching TV with my husband, we were doing things and all the sudden I looked at my watch and said it’s 10 o’clock. Usually by 10 I would have been in the fridge 100 times,” Klejna said.

She turned to hypnosis because of her preoccupation with food. Klenga says even a couple of sessions have helped reduce her “constant craving.”

“Hypnosis can allow us to get right to the nitty gritty, find out why we are doing what we are doing and then discover better ways to do it better,” said hypnosis doc Bruce Eimer.

Dr. Eimer is a psychologist trained in hypnosis, but he is the first to say it isn’t for everyone.

“Nothing works for everyone. Hypnosis works in most cases with most people as long they are willing as long as they are moderately intelligent.” Dr Eimer said.

Klejna says the sessions are relaxing but powerful.

“If I had to, I couldn’t lift my hands up…I couldn’t move my arms,” said Klejna.

Joan Cope says she’s willing to go under Dr. Eimers spell because her clothes are getting tighter and tighter.

After one session but says she saw a slight change.

“I pass up chocolate chip cookies and that’s just not like me,” said Cope.

Dr. Eimer charges $200 a session. In addition, he encourages his patients to listen to self-hypnosis tapes at home. One researcher says expect at least 8 sessions before you see progress.

After following the two women for about 9 months, Mary Jo tells us she’s lost about 10 pounds, but admits she hasn’t been listening to the tapes at home.

Joan has dropped about 20 pounds, according to the doctor.


Weight Loss Hypnosis Program: Change Bad Habits Into Good Habits
Time Management – 15 October 2008

Today, more and more people are not exercising enough and have begun to eat poorly; leading to overweight frames and out of shape bodies. Once ingrained in you, these bad habits become hard to break free from. However, many people have also tried out different weight loss hypnosis programs with varying degrees of success, and how well a weight loss hypnosis programs work for you depends on your own will power and your ability to make a conscious effort to succeed.

Tap The Subconscious Mind

An interesting fact that is well known to most people is that humans only use between ten and twelve percent of their brain power with the remaining eighty-eight to ninety percent being used by the mind – subconsciously. It is easy to figure out that in order to achieve things in life you will have to tap your subconscious a bit more. If you want to change things in life, you need to act subconsciously and this holds true even when using a weight loss hypnosis program.

It is believed that if you try out a weight loss hypnosis program you will get to use up all of the power of the mind – and it holds good even if you are not trying to lose weight – you can use your mind in this way to attain any kind of personal goal.

Weight loss hypnosis programs work by allowing you to speak to your own subconscious mind and suggest that it stop doing and/or cancel unhelpful actions. The brain will act in a way so that your negative actions begin to fade and disappear and these are then replaced by positive actions such as remembering to eat healthy foods and doing regular exercises, once you are able to suggest to your subconscious that certain actions are not desirable and should be desisted.

Another positive to trying weight loss hypnosis program is that you will be able to use that eighty-eight to ninety percent of your subconscious mind which otherwise would have been lying dormant and unused. Chances are very bright that you will be able to stay off overeating for good, once you see results from your weight loss hypnosis program, these will become permanent.

A good solution to being overweight is weight loss through hypnosis. You need to only ensure that you use only those weight loss hypnosis programs that have been created by legitimate and genuine hypnotherapists.

How well a weight loss hypnosis programs work for you depends on your own will power and your ability to make a conscious effort to succeed, as many people have also tried out different programs with varying degrees of success…


Unlocked memory helps to cure a long-standing fear of needles
Gazette Extra – 15 September 2008

I have to admit skepticism about hypnosis.

Even so, Charlene Ackerman was happy to work with me on that, and I offered my son as a test.

That’s not as cold-blooded as it sounds because, hey, I could have used a weight-loss session.

Dan, 18, gradually had developed a phobia surrounding needles.

He didn’t know the root of the fear, but starting at age 8 or 9, he’d get anxious days before shots were scheduled. The anxiety would ramp into dread as the appointment neared.

The last time a nurse drew blood, he turned white, and I was afraid he’d bolt from the office.

When I proposed the hypnosis session, Dan was happy to give it a try.

Ackerman said hypnosis gets to the root of an anxiety.

During Dan’s session, he sat in a large recliner. He said he remembers feeling relaxed as he listened to Ackerman’s voice telling him to take deep breaths.

He couldn’t tell how long he sat there and was surprised to hear later that the session lasted almost an hour. He described the feeling as “weird” but said he believes he remained aware of what was going on.

As Ackerman talked with him, Dan initially didn’t remember any relevant incidents.

Then, “It just kind of popped up,” he said.

He remembers thinking, “This is all I got, so I’m going to run with it. I hadn’t thought of that forever. I just remembered it. It was kind of random.”

Dan remembered being 5 or 6 and playing on the third floor of our home. He stepped on a stuffed animal that apparently had a pin in it. The pin stuck in his foot. We think it was a pin because he described it as a needle with a big head.

His dad pulled the pin out, but neither my husband nor myself remember the incident.

Later, Dan said he hadn’t thought of the incident for a long time. But when he remembered it, he remembered it in vivid detail.

Two weeks later, he calmly laid down his arm for two shots he needed for college. He didn’t squirm. Dan later said he didn’t feel at all like he had in the past when he got shots, and specifically mentioned the lack of any nausea.

We both were a bit amazed and hope his phobia is over. Dan wasn’t up for scheduling another shot just to check it out, though.

Now, about that weight loss session…


Sister’s death led to food fear
Liverpool Echo – 24 September 2008

Susan Lee talks to a mum who used hypnotherapy to trace the roots of her eating disorder
“I FEEL like I’ve lived under a shadow for a long time; now it’s time to move into the light.”
Lindsay Watterson smiles as she recalls her journey of the past few months – a journey which has seen her confront a tragedy from long ago and, in the process, beat an eating disorder.
And it all began with a story in the Liverpool ECHO.
“I read about a hypnotherapist who had helped a woman with eating problems. I’ve been sceptical in the past about hypnotherapy, but she was from Kensington like me and I thought: ‘If she can have a go, so can I’,” says the 30-year-old mum-of-one.
But even Lindsay couldn’t have expected the revelation about the cause of her problem – and the subsequent turnaround in her life.
Lindsay admits she has had issues with eating for as long as she can remember.
“As a kid, I just would not eat. My mum and dad would tell me I couldn’t go out if I didn’t have my tea, but nothing would persuade me or I’d just scrape it into a tissue when no-one was looking.
“Food just didn’t bother me.”
Worried, her parents consulted doctors but Lindsay says she always felt fobbed off.
“I think they thought it I’d grow out of it. I was given vitamin tablets but no-one ever mentioned an eating disorder then.”
She says it never affected her health, but the problem continued into her adulthood.
“Even having a daughter didn’t make any difference. I always made sure she ate well and had all the right nutrition – she loves her food – but couldn’t relate that back to me.
“I’d never have breakfast but wait until mid afternoon to have something, maybe a sandwich and I was very choosy about what I had for the rest of the day.
“I’d make tea but end up giving mine to the dog. To be honest, it even used to cause arguments between me and my partner.”
At her lightest, she weighed just six stones and although a dress size six, still had to have clothes altered to fit.
It was then that Lindsay saw the article in the ECHO, sought help from Kate Davies – and discovered the root of her problem.”
“When I was about nine, my little sister Jenny, who was two at the time, became poorly.”
“We called the GP, who thought it was a 24-hour bug and my mum nipped to the chemist, leaving me in the room with her.”
“The next thing I remember is her having some kind of convulsion. I called my dad who was in the next room and we got her to hospital, but she died soon after.”
It was a tragedy which devastated the family but only with the help of Kate did Lindsay see how adversely it affected her.
“There was no such thing as grief counselling back then, so I suppose I just got on with it, we all did. When I discussed it with Kate, though, it was like a light going on.
“I realised all this unresolved grief had just not gone away. When I first met her, I said: ‘I don’t really eat’ and that was the first time I’d been able to say that.”
Within just a few sessions, Lindsay had begun to want to eat breakfast and began to put on weight. She has since gained 18lbs.
“When I told my family, they were really supportive. In fact, my sister told me she thought I had never been the same since Jenny’s death.
“Everybody has noticed a difference in me, even my little girl.
“I look better and feel better. I’ve even given up smoking.”
She urges anyone considering hypnotherapy to give it a go.
“There is so much stuff about people wanting to lose weight, yet very little about those who want to gain it, but who knows what has happened in people’s pasts which affects how they feel today?
“After all this time, this is the real me.”
According to clinical hypnotherapist Kate, based in Rodney Street, Lindsay’s story is typical of many eating disorder sufferers she has helped.
“I find there is almost always a cause, no matter how deeply buried in the subconscious,” she says.
“It transpired that Lindsay felt she had no right to take up space after her sister’s death.”
Kate subsequently focused on issues of self-esteem and confidence-building.
“Uncovering the source enables the person to make sense of why the problem exists and provides a valuable tool in the healing process,” she adds.
“Now Lindsay has achieved her target weight and for the first time she can remember she actually likes her body.”


Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy
Gulf News – 18 September 2008

Mark Biggs had been a heavy smoker for 10 years, often lighting up to 30 cigarettes a day.

Today, the 37-year-old human resources director is smoke-free and has been so for the past five years after undergoing two sessions of hypnotherapy.

“I was shocked with the result. The first few weeks were tough. But, over a period of time, I had no problem being in the same room with smokers,” Biggs said.

Beryl Comar, a Dubai-based hypnotherapist, has the solution to kicking this bad habit with one or two hypnotic sessions.

“It’s all in the words,” she said. Comar is a graduate of economics, geography and sociology, and also holds masters degrees in education and applied linguistics.

However, Biggs did not have a smooth ride. Eighteen months after quitting smoking, he found himself lighting a cigarette again.

“I immediately contacted Comar. I haven’t had another recurrence in the past five years after that,” he said. Comar said the craving for nicotine is fuelled by a need for belonging.

This can be remedied through hypnotherapy.

“The most important factor to achieve anything is a strong resolve, a complete dedication. It’s the same with hypnosis. If you are not certain about what you want to achieve, you might as well not go in for it,” she said.

She said there are two areas of information storage and thought processes in the mind: our conscious mind and the subconscious. Hypnotherapy targets the subconscious mind.

“There are two methods to get into one’s subconscious – through complete relaxation or through shock. The person will have complete control of his desires. So, any suggestions that he is not open to may be discarded by him.”

DID YOU KNOW?

A study by Pfizer shows 20 per cent of the UAE’s total male population smokes, while three per cent of females are smokers. as many as 42 per cent of males aged 17 are smokers