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Monthly Archives: April 2009

  1. A Heartfelt Thank You from Virginia Tech – Free Downloads Back Up!

    Dear BR and Health Journeys,

    My brother witnessed the violence at Virginia Tech.  Since then, when there is news of a mass shooting his mental health suffers.  He gets insomnia, anxiety, short temper and jumpiness during these times. He also gets an anniversary reaction each April that lasts 2-3 weeks.  

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  2. Can Guided Imagery & Hypnosis Help with Epilepsy?


    I am mentoring a young woman who has epilepsy. Her seizures increase (of course) when she is stressed. Are there any of your CD's that more directly address seizures?  Or any that would be best for dealing with stress?

    Thanks for all you do.

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  3. Good News for ADHD - EEG Biofeedback Yields Significant Improvement

    Researchers from Nantong First People's Hospital, Jiangsu, China, explored the effectiveness of electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback therapy for ADHD in children, by assessing the changes of the ratio of brain theta to beta waves (when the children fulfill cognition tasks, brain theta wave activity increases and beta wave activity weakens), and by using the  IVA-CPT (integrated visual and auditory continuous performance test) as an assessment measure.

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  4. The Week from Hell Has Come and Gone (We Hope)

    Hello again.

    Yikes, pesky digital gremlins were out in full force last week!  Our blog got hacked and had to be cleaned up, reconstituted and surrounded by triple threat protective devices.  We had to divert visitors back to the old site while we mopped up – so those of you who found yourselves on the older, non-bloggy pages, that was why.  

    In addition, Bruce the engineer’s mixing equipment wasn’t working so well with his new recording software, and so there too, the older stuff had to be taken down off the shelf and brought back to life.  

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  5. 47 Years Old, Never Been Kissed, Sings Like an Angel

    Well, I guess you could say I’m a sap for Youtube footage like this.   If you haven’t seen it already, please watch Susan Boyle bowl over the judges and audience of that exuberant, sometime mean-spirited show, Britain’s Got Talent.
    Clearly, they’ve perfected their formula, first revealed in the now famous Paul Potts tryout, of juxtaposing unprepossessing outer looks with a dazzling voice. 

    OK, so I’m pretty sure the responses are at least partially staged, because these contestants have to be pre-screened by the producers…. but, really, who cares??  

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  6. Mindfulness, Acupuncture & Yoga for Sexual Difficulties

    Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada reviewed the literature to investigate whether Eastern techniques, such as mindfulness, acupuncture or yoga might be used to improve unsatisfying sexual experiences in women (problems with desire, arousal or orgasm).

    The search revealed only two empirical studies of mindfulness, two of acupuncture, and one of yoga in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.  These limited results revealed that mindfulness significantly improved several aspects of sexual response and reduced sexual distress in women with sexual desire and arousal disorders. 

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  7. A Common Complaint We Get: Too Many ‘Special Place’ Options!!


    Hi Belleruth,

    I have been using your guided imagery audio for pain for several weeks now.  I love it!  Thanks so much!  I have one issue, though.  Although I am greatly soothed by your voice, I find myself distracted when you are talking about what my “special place” might be, as I have identified it and go there easily.  Do you have any suggestions? Should I just put on the music (which I also purchased and absolutely love) and attempt to do my own imagery without your wonderful voice? That would seem so less “guided.”

    P.S. I have used Steven Mark Kohn’s music accompanying my acupuncture and it is perfect.

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  8. What Returning Troops Are Teaching Us

    I had a terrific, informative chat with Adriana Tarazon, OEF/OIF Psychologist at the Phoenix V.A.  She’s a great proponent of guided imagery (and other mind-body methods), having used hundreds of our CDs with the men and women coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a result, she’s a mind-blowing encyclopedia of practical information about what works for returning troops and what doesn’t. 

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  9. Help for Parkinson’s – Impact of Yoga & Imagery

    We got this email recently: 
    I want to praise Carol Dickman’s Seated Yoga video and Belleruth’s Parkinson’s Disease imagery.  My husband who has been disabled and depressed with his illness for several years responds well to these.  He works with both each day.  He is less depressed, sleeps better and we both think he has gotten somewhat better at getting himself to move when he is “stalled”, which is what we call it when there is a gap between when he wants to use his muscles and when they respond.

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  10. Impact of TX on Acute Stess, PTSD, When Delivered within 3 Mos of Traumatic Event

    Researchers from Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust in Wales, UK, explored the impact of various interventions when they are delivered within 3 months of the traumatic event.

    The study identified 25 randomized, controlled trials of multiple-session psychological treatments aimed at preventing or reducing traumatic stress symptoms in individuals within 3 months of exposure to a traumatic event.  The studies examined a range of interventions. 

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