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Monthly Archives: January 2012

  1. From Perfect Health to Deadly Emboli, Feeling Betrayed by Body

    Question:  

    Dear Belleruth:  

    I have followed your work for many years and even had the privilege of taking a weekend workshop with you a few years ago.  

    I recently returned home after being hospitalized for bilateral pulmonary emboli following a moderate orthopedic injury.  Are there CD's or even simple images that will help my lungs heal, the clot be reabsorbed, and my body receive the medications both injected and oral with no side effects?  

    After experiencing the sudden onset of a life threatening condition, it is also harder to trust my body and return to a sense of safety and relaxation, especially when trying to sleep late at night.

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  2. Fighting Endometriosis with Chinese Medicine and Hypnosis

    Investigators from the Institute of Medical Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Technical University in Munich, Germany, used a retrospective study to assess the effectiveness of a combined therapy of traditional Chinese medicine and hypnotherapy (systemic autoregulation therapy or SART) as a novel treatment for endometriosis-associated symptoms, especially for the 15% of patients with severe endometriosis who suffer from pain in spite of pharmacological and surgical treatment.
     
    Forty-seven patients with severe endometriosis, treated with the SART protocol, were followed up through standardized telephone interviews.  Follow-up data were compared to baseline assessments.

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  3. Guided Imagery Replaces Xanax for Panicky Hopkins Patient

    We got this delightful message from Annie Umbricht MD, a general internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  What she says about how difficult it is to introduce healthy behavior change to patients is something we can all relate to.  

    And the way she responded to her patient who had his heart set on a Xanax refill for his panic attacks, was nothing short of brilliant, if you ask us.

    She writes:

    Hi,
    Although not all my patients follow through and listen to the guided imagery CDs, those who do are really doing well. 

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  4. New Military Transition, War Trauma Remediation Kits

    We’re releasing two new kits in honor of our returning warriors at very deep discounts.  For the roughly 70% of our service members, who will be dealing with the normal stresses and strains of reintegrating back into civilian life, our new Military Transition Kit combines our military-friendly Self-Mastery audio, loaded with self-calming exercises, along with imagery for restful sleep, relaxation, help with anger, loss & grief, and of course, some of Steve Kohn’s beautiful, de-stressing music – all for about $20 off the retail price.

    And for the 30% we worry about, who suffer significant distress from having experienced difficult combat-related experiences, we’ve assembled the War Trauma Remediation Kit, a group of highly targeted audios that focus on counteracting posttraumatic stress, panic, anger, depression and addiction.  We’ve also thrown in my last book, Invisible Heroes, to explain the biochemistry and neurophysiology of why they’re feeling the way they do and remind them that they’re not crazy.  This kit takes $30 off the retail price.
     

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  5. Lessons for Us All in This Civil War Reunion Footage

    Thanks to Ken Burns, we have footage from various Civil War reunions from 1913 to 1938, showing Blue and Gray coming together at Gettysburg.  It surely does give perspective on our various American wars.  

    (A friend sent this to me and I opened it not knowing whose film this was.  It’s a tribute to Ken Burns and his gifted staff that after less than a minute I knew it could only be Ken Burns’ impeccable editing, scoring and narrating. There’s nothing quite like it, is there?)

    View Civil war veteran soldier footage, captured between 1913 and 1938.

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  6. What To Do for Loneliness

    Question:

    Dear Belleruth,

    I have listened to your guided imageries, Ease Grief, Relieve Stress, and Healing Trauma when I moved to a new and very different (and in many ways less good) place, was extremely lonely, and then had a rejection by someone I got involved with. The imageries helped me a lot – really a lot. Thank you!

    I write to ask you about dealing with loneliness. In the new place I moved to, I finally have friends, so I am much less “friends-lonely”. However, I live in a world in which friends come and friends go:  They move away, get into relationships that consume a lot of their time, have babies, get sucked into work projects, etc. and they regularly evaporate. So I can still wind up quite “friends-lonely”.

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  7. Belgian Study Supports Use of Guided Imagery for Rehab with Parkinson’s Patients

    Because guided motor imagery has recently gained so much attention as a promising new rehabilitation method for patients with neurological disorders, researchers from Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, tested whether patients with Parkinson’s Disease had the capacity for doing imagery, in spite of impaired basal ganglia function.

    A total of 14 patients with early- and mid-stage PD (Hoehn and Yahr 1-3) and 14 healthy controls were evaluated by means of an extensive imagery ability assessment battery, consisting of 2 questionnaires, the Chaotic Motor Imagery Assessment battery, and a test based on mental chronometry.

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  8. Healing Traumatized Animals with E.F.T.

    Last week, someone posted an intriguing question about whether there was such a thing as E.F.T. for traumatized animals (Emotional Freedom Technique is an acupressure point tapping technique, designed to release trauma, among other things).

    I said I’d ask Jane Miller, a clinical social worker who is author of Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives, to see if she knew anything about this, and sure enough, she did.  She recommends checking out these websites for more information:

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  9. Smart Search

    This module provides search using the Smart Search component. You should only use it if you have indexed your content and either have enabled the Smart Search content plugin or are keeping the index of your site updated manually. Help.

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  10. Quick Icons

     The Quick Icon plugin group is used to provide notification that updates to Joomla! or installed extensions are available and should be applied. These notifications display on your administrator control panel, which is the page you see when you first log in to your site administrator.

    Default on:

    • Quick icon - Joomla! extensions updates notification Help.
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