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Monthly Archives: November 2008

  1. Severe Childhood Abuse Survivor Asks What Else He Can Use To Complement Trauma Imagery

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    Dear Belleruth,

    First of all thank you for the PTSD Guided Imagery Mp3's. They are, perhaps quite literally, a life saver. I've been in therapy for severe childhood trauma and I listen to your MP3's on my iPod ... well ... I can't imagine not having them and it's been a wonderful compliment to my therapy sessions.  And every time I hear you say "You are healing ... you will continue to heal", I feel deeply moved beyond words.  The sound of your voice, your help and guidance that comes across makes you the most dearest and treasured friend I've never met. : )

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  2. Imagery Catalyzes Readiness To Quit Smoking in Earnest

    We found this lovely note on our website from a very addicted ex-smoker. As an ex-smoker myself, who found it incredibly difficult to quit but finally did, I was especially gratified to read it.  And it speaks well to the point of readiness – most of the time, you need to be ready psychologically and emotionally ready (or scared to death) in order to succeed at this.

     

     

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  3. More Findings on What Helps with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Cochrane analysts examined five randomized, controlled trials of the efficacy of exercise therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and found that after 12 weeks, those receiving exercise therapy were less fatigued than the control participants (SMD -0.77, 95% CIs -1.26 to -0.28).  Additionally, physical functioning was significantly improved with exercise therapy (SMD -0.64, CIs -0.96 to -0.33) but there were more dropouts with exercise therapy (RR 1.73, CIs 0.92 to 3.24). 

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  4. Check Out These Terrific Holiday Gift Packs at Deep Discounts

    Kudos to our team in Akron for putting together and discounting some terrific holiday gift goodies, designed to save you stress in the giving; and to save the recipient stress, too, in the getting.  Order one of these and we’ll do all the arranging, combining, wrapping, fluffing and mailing, and we’ll include a personal note for you, too.

    For instance, we’ve got a gorgeous Slip into Sleep Gift Pack of multi-sensory snooze-inducers for your favorite insomniac, consisting of our perennially popular and wondrously effective Healthful Sleep guided imagery CD, a classy, molded and contoured sleep mask, and lavender, valerian and hops-scented aromatherapy beads in a gorgeous gift bag.  

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  5. More Info in the Pipeline on What Works for Chronic Fatigue

    I want to express my gratitude to Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente, Oxford Health Plan and United Health Care for pushing the envelope and making guided imagery available to their members.  Blue Shield pioneered a program of sending guided imagery recordings to HMO members when they got pre-approval for surgery.  Much to the company’s surprise, this yielded a cost savings among hysterectomy patients of $2003.07 per procedure, not to mention the “customer satisfaction” response – they got multo kudos from all sorts of surgery patients, and none of the expected concerns or objections from their docs.  It was a retrospective study, so they had to work backwards to figure it out, but they think the savings was from reduced need for pain medication and fewer complications and doctor visits post-surgery.

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  6. These Therapies Found Helpful by People with Chronic Fatigue

    Investigators from the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle looked at patterns of alternative medicine use among twins where one twin of the pair had CFS and the other did not.  They also looked at the perceived helpfulness of these methods, and how often these therapies were discussed with physicians.

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  7. "So How Do I Become a Bigshot Keynote Speaker??", He Asks

     
    Belleruth,

    I was recently at a professional conference (I am a clinical psychologist, male, 34 years old) where I sat through several presentations. A couple were adequate and far too many were a dull rehash of things I already knew.  As is often the case, I came away thinking that I didn’t learn anything and I could have done a much better job than most of the “experts” I had to listen to.  I am frustrated because I don’t know how to get myself to the point where I’m not in the audience but at the podium.  How do I go about getting there?  You seem to have managed to do this, so I want to know how you did it.  I’m hoping for an honest answer.

    Tim K.

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  8. What She Did to Get Past Her Chronic Fatigue

    Just as the person who wrote in, I have been a chronic fatigue sufferer for eight long and lonely years.  This is not only distressing due to the chronic pain, exhaustion and interference with the ability to function normally on a daily basis.  It is also distressing because people don’t believe there is anything wrong with you and get impatient and angry. For years I had judgmental doctors who hated seeing me in the waiting room because they knew they could not help me and therefore blamed me for being sick, just like you wrote. I was told I was stressed and depressed.  That was definitely true, but this was because of my CFS, not what started it!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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  9. This Year’s Traumatic Stress Conference Was in Chicago, a City Popping with Pride

    I’m here at the annual ISTSS conference (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) to scan the field for new findings and techniques in treating traumatic stress.  This field is exploding so rapidly, it’s hard to stay current – which is a wonderful thing.  So I’m going to be soaking up new info like a sponge.

    And more importantly, the clever and bodacious Dr. Jennifer Strauss, principal investigator from Duke and the Durham V.A., will at last be presenting some of her findings from the guided imagery for trauma study (GIFT is the acronym) with women suffering from military sexual trauma from the Vietnam War.  Very exciting!

    This year it’s in Chicago, and this city is so proud of itself for launching Barack Obama’s political career, it’s simply beside itself.  It’s fun to see the local news going crazy, and the cameras trained on my old neighborhood of Hyde Park, where I lived for a decade myself.  I love Chicago – such a vital, gritty, alive, juicy city!  Everything Carl Sandburg said was true!!  

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  10. Managing Expectations with a Chronic Fatigue Condition that’s Lasted 13 Long Years

    I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 13 years.  I was soaring in my career and towards my dream of a perfect life.  I was a computer consultant and traveled weekly around the USA, installing banking software and training users on how to use it.  I was also starting my own business on the side which meant waking up very early in whatever hotel room I was in and working on my PC, then putting in a long day's work, and finally coming back to the hotel room and working some more. 

    Then I became horribly ill and was put on short term disability.  I never dreamed that I might never work again. 

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