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Monthly Archives: October 2008

  1. What To Do for “White Coat Hypertension” When They Show Up with that BP Cuff

    Since you have Successful Surgery, I was wondering if it would be possible for you to do something on the order of fear of medical procedures?  Specifically, for when getting your blood pressure checked. A good 30% of people, I've read, suffer from White Coat Hypertension.  It's something subconscious that we have no control over that beckons the fight or flight response in a doctor's office but is fine at home. This is a very worrisome condition causing many doctors to convince their patients they actually do have high blood pressure and give them dangerous unnecessary medications.  I can find nowhere on the web that offers this title.  It would be a valuable service and I know I would buy it.

    Thank you for reading this.


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  2. Heady Days for Guided Imagery Research

    I’m looking forward to seeing some of you in Salt Lake City on Nov 22-3 for my weekend workshop with ConferenceWorks: Reversing Panic Attacks, Acute Stress and PTSD: Powerful New Solutions to Formerly Intractable Problems.  I’ll be including the latest, research-based techniques and clinical successes from using imagery and other mind-body methods for healing panic episodes, acute stress and posttraumatic stress.  It’s for professionals and health consumers too (the health & mental health professionals get 9 continuing education credit hours).  So come and get some practical, life-changing tools to take away and put to work immediately, on yourself or your clients.  For more information, call 800-395-8445, email [email protected], or check out the online brochure.

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  3. Woman with Parkinson’s Benefits from Yoga, Reiki, Imagery

    My wife suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, which has left her with a loss of confidence in herself and a hesitation to go out the way we used to.  Our son recommended she work with a local yoga therapist and Reiki expert.  We had not heard of these techniques, but they have made a difference.  She looks forward to the sessions and feels energized by them. 

    I believe it is because of these treatments that we are starting to visit art museums and galleries again – our great love for nearly 45 years.  We move a lot slower and plan more carefully, but we get there.  We both are extremely pleased to be doing a normal, pleasurable activity again. 

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  4. For Major Depression, Behavioral Therapies Out-do Meds

    Romanian researchers from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, undertook a randomized clinical trial to investigate the relative efficacy of rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), cognitive therapy (CT), and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of 170 outpatients with nonpsychotic, major depressive disorder.

    The patients were randomly assigned to one of the following: 14 weeks of REBT, 14 weeks of CT, or 14 weeks of pharmacotherapy (fluoxetine or prozac). The outcome measures used were the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression and the Beck Depression Inventory.

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  5. Woman Baffled by “Unjustified” Depression, at a Loss for What To Do

    Dear Belleruth,

    I have 2 small children, a full time job and a husband. These are wonderful gifts in my life, but I recently was diagnosed with clinical depression and am frustrated because I have so many great things (healthy kids, loving husband, great job) and can not get excited about anything.  How do I understand, accept and move forward toward enjoying my life again? 


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  6. Woman’s Heart Attack Looks & Feels Different than a Man’s

    This account of a woman’s heart attack has been making the digital rounds for some time now, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth reading. And, according to one cardiologist, if you send it on to at least 10 others, there’s a good chance you’ll be saving at least one life. Check it out:

    I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard.  Please read, pay attention, and send it on!  Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack? .. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies.  Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

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  7. Some Pointers for Dealing with Financial Meltdown Stress

    Well, just about everyone I know is somewhat demented over our national financial vulnerability, and fears abound about retirement, mortgages, business loans and savings.  Sad to say, it looks like the situation isn’t going to get better any time soon.  As I wander around the U.S., I’m continually being asked what can be done for the inordinate level of financial stress people are feeling.  Here are a few suggestions: 

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  8. Woman with Invasive Breast Cancer Resists Chemo, Then Accedes to It

    I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in August of 2002. At that time, I walked away from the institution that handed me the diagnosis, and went off to cure my cancer with all "alternative" treatments.

    I studied herbalism, and made my own medicines. I received acupucture, polarity, massage, huna, and other forms of treatments. I changed the way I was eating, thinking, and drinking, as well as living my life.

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  9. EMG Muscle Activity During Imagined Movement Looks a lot like EMG During Movement

    Sports performance researchers from the  Centre de Recherche et d'Innovation sur le Sport (C.R.I.S.), Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, sought evidence that mental imagery of motor function (MI) is accompanied by improvements in intramuscular conduction velocity (CV).

    The investigators  assessed surface electromyographic (EMG) activity of 3 muscles during elbow flexion and extension. Thirty right-handed participants were asked to either lift or to imagine lifting a weighted dumbbell under 3 types of muscular contractions: concentric, isometric and eccentric.

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  10. Breast Cancer Survivor Asks What To Do for Post-Chemo Depression and Anxiety

    Hi!  I have used your CD's to help me with my Breast Cancer treatment.  I am now done with the treatment and left, hopefully, medically cancer free.  But oh what a number has been done on my spirit!  Lack of trust in my body, in the future, and sea sickness from all the emotions roiling around in me. 

    I have read that MANY (maybe most) Breast Cancer survivors have to seek help from anti-depressants or simply suffer untreated depression after their medical treatment.  Since what especially needs healing now is the spirit, what better work for guided imagery?  Maybe your post trauma CD is what I am looking for and I will try it, but it seems there are some specific aspects of cancer fighting (like the possibility of recurrence) that make this need unique.
    Do you take requests?  : )
    Thanks, Joyce

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