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Monthly Archives: July 2009

  1. Rape Survivor Sleeps thru Night for First Time

    Health Journeys got this wonderful note last week:

    Hi. Thank you so much for all the things you do.   I am a victim of child sexual abuse and rape. I've been through years of therapy, but I absolutely LOVED the CD, Healing Trauma. The first time I listened to it was the first time I slept without waking up in the middle of the night or having a nightmare. It has been a major blessing.

    I am now a child-adolescent therapist myself and work with a variety of issues. I've already used a few of your Guided Imagery CD's during sessions, but I'm curious to know if you have anything that deals with ritual abuse?

    [Ed. Note: We have nothing geared for ritual abuse per se, other than the materials for posttraumatic stress. This seems to have been adequate for the ritual abuse survivors who’ve given us feedback.]

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  2. What if I Have No Loving People to Recall or Imagine??

    Question:

    I have been listening to your Weight Loss guided imagery program and have noticed that there is a section that brings me great sadness.  Saturday I was crying outright during the section and had great trouble getting on with my day.  It is the part where you have me visualize all the loved ones helping me.  There is no one there.  I am alone.  I don't know what to do - I believe the imagery is helping but this part is having a real negative impact on the rest.  I would appreciate any advice.  
    Lauren

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  3. Can Cognitive Exercises Prevent the Onset of Dementia?

    Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia systematically reviewed results from clinical trials that examined whether cognitive exercises had any inoculative effect against the onset of dementia.

    Fifty-four studies were reviewed to identify randomized controlled trials that tested the effect of a discrete cognitive exercise program on neuropsychological performance over time in healthy older adults.

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  4. New Mind-Body Allergy & Asthma Sale Kits

    We’re very excited about our two new Mind-Body Allergy Combos, because they combine Dr. Carol Ginandes’ brilliant, targeted hypnosis CD set Relieve Allergy, Reduce Reactivity, with my new guided imagery, Reduce & Control Allergies  – a title we just released this Spring – along with our General Wellness imagery for overall healing.

    It’s a powerful combination, and, between the two of these, should help a lot of allergy sufferers. And for people who get asthma from their allergies, we have an alternate kit, the Mind-Body Allergy Combo for Asthma, which also includes our popular imagery CD, Relieve Asthma.

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  5. No Way, Jose: No C-Section for Sister Debbie

    My sister Debbie was told by her OBGYN that her baby was too big for a vaginal delivery and to get mentally prepared for a C-section. She was overwrought, as, for better or worse, she had set her heart on a standard delivery.

    Very quickly she got extremely fearful about what lay ahead. Instead of her usual, high-energy, enthusiastic personality, she was withdrawn and depressed. I did not recognize my sister!  Weeks earlier, she was on top of the world!

    On a hunch, I got her the guided imagery for pregnancy and delivery. Pardon the pun, but it was just what the doctor ordered. She listened devotedly, once or twice a day.  I saw the change right away.  I can honestly say it turned her whole attitude back around. She regained her belief in her own body and her old Can-Do confidence in herself re-emerged. She was smiling and happy again.  This is not an exaggeration but a straight report.  That CD hit her sweet spot – that is the best way I can relate this.

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  6. Short-Form Meditation W/ Imagery Yields Super Attentional Focus, Self-Regulation

    Researchers from Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China, set out to explore why five days of integrative body-mind training (IBMT)* improves attentional focus and self-regulation better than relaxation training. The underlying mechanisms were sought by measuring physiological and brain changes at rest before, during, and after 5 days of IBMT and relaxation training.

    [*IBMT is a meditation practice developed by Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang, a pioneer in studying neurological effects of meditation, by modifying and simplifying Chinese Tao meditation. It doesn’t focus on thoughts in the mind, but rather a state of restful alertness from a high level of body awareness, augmented by the breath and guided imagery with music.] 

    During and after training, the IBMT group showed significantly better physiological reactions in heart rate, respiratory amplitude and rate, and skin conductance response (SCR) than the relaxation controls.

     

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  7. What Are the Signs of Genuine Intuition Happening?

    Question:
    Ok, I know that your book "Your Sixth Sense: Activating Your Psychic Potential" is a very old book by now, but I was wondering what you said that happens before one would receive psi information that they might hear a high pitched sound or different tones...

    Well, since I've been reading it, I have been paying a lot more attention to my thoughts and attempting to find my "inner voice".

    So I've noticed that there is always a very high pitched tone in my mind all the time, although it is harder to notice when my brain is in a scramble...but it is still there.

    I was wondering if that would mean that I could be receiving intuitive information all the time and i just need to open up the "third eye" to receive it?

    Lauren

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  8. Smackdown: Sunrise vs. Deranged Water Bill – Sunrise Wins

    Hello, dear people.  I keep getting multo questions from Facebook pals as to how to sign up for the HealthJourneys fan page.  I guess what I didn’t say last time is, if you’re already on Facebook, it’s here: http://bit.ly/IBs3D . Sorry about that.

    I watched an incredible sunrise this morning, over Vineyard Sound. One small, dark fishing boat was in profile, motoring out on still, sparkly waters, into a vast expanse of deeply pink and purple striated sky.  I kid you not, it was drop dead amazing.  All thoughts tumbled out of my head, and I just let my pupils dilate and feast on the sight.  Definitely a WHOA moment.

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  9. Whiner Alert: Check Out This Amazing Dog and You’ll Be Cured!

    We got this wonderful email as part of a chain, and even though I never do this, I’m passing it along – it’s simply too terrific to miss.  Check it out:

    This is 'Faith'

    This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 3 legs - 2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg which had to be amputated. He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.

    His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'. But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself. 

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  10. Mindfulness Keeps CD-4+ T Cell Counts from Declining in HIV Infected Adults

    Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA explored the effects of mindfulness meditation training on selected biological markers of HIV-1 progression.

    The study tested the efficacy of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation program (MBSR), as compared to a 1-day control seminar, to assay CD4+ T lymphocyte counts in stressed HIV infected adults.

    A single-blind randomized controlled trial was conducted with enrollment and follow-up occurring between November 2005 and December 2007. A diverse community sample of 48 HIV-1 infected adults was randomized to enter treatment in either an 8-week MBSR or a 1-day control stress reduction education seminar.

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