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Monthly Archives: January 2009

  1. Self-Confidence CDs with Subliminals??

    Question:
    Please Tell me if any of your confidence CD's are in subliminal form. Thank you.
    Nick

    Answer:
    Nick,
    There are no subliminal messages on my Health Journeys Self-Confidence CD, nor on Emmett Miller’s Optimal Performance , nor on Shirley McNeal’s Core Inner Strength), nor on Martha Howard’s Keys to Your Highest Potential.

    The only CD that has subliminal content under its narrative is David Illig's Self-Esteem.  He embeds simple affirmations (which we checked out before adding his titles to our list) under his excellent Ericksonian hypnosis narrative.  You can just barely hear some of them with your naked ear. 

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  2. Gutsy Cancer Patient Sells Her Oncologist On Imagery

    We got so many inspiring emails from the people answering our request for information about their cancer experiences.  This stage 4 lung cancer patient didn’t preach to her oncologist – she just won him over by her dazzling example.  I’ve always believed in this method of persuasion – simply become a walking commercial for what you believe in!  It can’t be beat!  (Credit also goes to her doc, who proved himself to be flexible, open and wise – wise enough to let himself learn from this remarkable woman!)
    Please read on – This is Jean:

    My oncologist had no idea of, nor was interested in hearing about anything complementary or alternative. He poo-pooed everthing I brought up about mind/body, alternative and complementary medicine and diet. As soon as I got my diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer (never smoked), I started searching. I set up my acupuncture visits for before each chemo. I bought as many books as I could find about surviving cancer.

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  3. Dorothy Siminovitch PhD

     
    We enthusiastically salute an extraordinary coaches' coach, Dorothy Siminovitch PhD, MCC, a gifted and inspiring organizational and personal development trainer, who's a wizard at helping individuals, teams and organizations become their most effective and perform at the top of their game. 

    Dorothy's extensive Gestalt teaching experience, along with her own unique brand of intuitive insight, combines with several cutting edge coaching models to provide just the right platform for people to discover the most fertile conditions for thriving professionally. 

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  4. Boulder Becomes Third U.S. City to Gain Platinum Bike Status

    Boulder, Colorado, that fulminating hotbed of mind-body-spirit activity and nexus of holistic healing is the third American city (after Portland, OR and Davis, CA) to achieve Platinum Bike Status.

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  5. Online Program for Panic Disorder Performs as Well as Face-To-Face Therapy

    Researchers from Monash University in Victoria, Australia, compared Panic Online (PO), an internet-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) intervention, to best-practice, face-to-face CBT, for people with panic disorder with or without agoraphobia.

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  6. Thanks for All the Feedback!

    Thanks very much for all the comments, suggestions and critiques from people about their experiences with cancer treatment. There was a real consistency to them that, sadly, reflect we have a long ways to go still.  If oncology professionals have anything to add, please don’t hold back!  I’ll make good use of the feedback at the meeting I’ll be attending next week.

    And speaking of oncology, do take a look at this week’s Hot Research.  It’s pretty exciting.  I don’t remember ever seeing this impressive a panel of bloodwork measures to test immune function after using relaxation and guided imagery – and the results are pretty terrific!  Pretty soon even the naysayers will be sitting up and taking notice.

    The original article requesting cancer care feedback (as well as the reader comments that ensued) can be found here.

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  7. Random Stuff We Love

    It’s time to start our Annual Random Shoutout list – kudos that we arbitrarily bestow on anything that tickles our fancy - no axes to grind, no sales to be made and no kickbacks in sight.  Just stuff we applaud.  Here goes:

    Wendy McClure’s hilarious book of old Weight Watcher recipes, The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 1970s has some of the most appalling recipes and horrifying food photos you’ve ever seen.  But it’s Wendy’s side commentary that will have you doubled over with laughter.  I kid you not.  Every time I read these cards, I wind up laughing so hard I’m crying, snorting, spraying and gasping for breath. Thank heavens I have a spectacular bladder, is all I can say. So either my sense of humor is all twisted and wrong, or this is a new form of inexpensive, belly-laughter therapy.  Before you preview these cards here, I should warn you that Ms. Wendy is a tad raunchy and uses salty language. 

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  8. Brief Yoga Program Benefits Cholesterol, Triglicerides

    Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi examined the short-term impact of a brief yoga intervention on some of the biochemical risk indicators for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.

    Ninety-eight subjects (67 male, 31 female), ages 20-74, with hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, and a variety of other illnesses, participated in a lifestyle training program that consisted of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation techniques, group support, individualized advice, lectures and films on the philosophy of yoga and the place of yoga in daily life, meditation, stress management, nutrition, and knowledge about their disease.

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  9. A Brave New Day!

    I’m writing this update on Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King Day and the day before the inauguration of Barack Obama.  I have to say I’m profoundly happy to see this improbable turn of political events, given the difficult years we’ve all experienced.  I usually don’t write about anything political.  It’s not the point of this website, and can distract from what we’re about.  But this is worthy of an exception. 

     I'm sixty-six years old.  I saw my first Pete Seeger concert at the age of 20 in 1963, when I was home for the summer and a totally cool, new boyfriend took me to see him at a small folk concert at Brandeis University.  I lived as a student and young adult in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago for 9 years, some of them around the block from the house our new president so reluctantly had to leave. 

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  10. Guided Imagery Up-Regulates Anti-Cancer Defenses in Breast Cancer Patients

    Researchers from United Lincolnshire Hospitals and Queen's Medical Centre in the UK  performed a randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the immuno-modulatory effects of relaxation training and guided imagery on 80 women with breast cancer.

    Patients underwent chemotherapy followed by surgery, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy. Those in the intervention group were taught relaxation and guided imagery. Patients kept diaries of the frequency of relaxation practice and imagery vividness.

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