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Monthly Archives: December 2012

  1. Flash Mob Rocks Out to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy


    A friend sent this wonderful video of a flash mob in Sabadell, Spain.  As the description says, this is a flash mob that is beautiful and high-minded and entirely, entirely earnest. The performance -- an iterative take on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," convened in Sabadell, Spain -- takes the original purpose of the flash mob and reverses it: Instead of assembly > content, here's it's the content that matters much more than the congregation. The gathering's subject has a predicate, which is to create -- and to share -- art.  Enjoy!

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  2. Parent Training Helps with Kids’ ADHD and Anxiety

    Researchers from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa evaluated a 10-week psychosocial treatment designed specifically for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) & concomitant anxiety disorder.

    Using a non-concurrent multiple baseline design, the authors treated 8 children ages 8-12 with ADHD, combined type, and at least 1 of 3 major anxiety disorders (separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia).
    The integrated treatment protocol involved parent management training for ADHD and family-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety.

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  3. Love and Courage for 2013!

    Hello, everyone.  

    A good friend of my daughter’s sent around a beautiful, uplifting article on how to deal with the feeling of helpless empathy for the grief of others, sparked by the Newtown tragedy.  It’s by Kyran Pittman, from her blog, Planting Dandelions.  I found it wonderfully wise and helpful, and beautifully written too.  So I’m offering you the link here – well worth reading!  

    A couple weeks ago, I posted my concerns about imposing our “reactive kindness” on traumatized, grief-stricken people suffering a tragedy.  There’s a risk of adding to their burden by just jumping in, in knee-jerk fashion, without being asked.  You can see it, along with posts from others, here.

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  4. Happy Holidays!

    Be sure to check out Ode to Joy: 50 String Instruments That Will Melt Your Heart.

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  5. Guided Imagery Can Beat Meds for Putting You to Sleep

    From what we can tell from sales here at Health Journeys, there’s an epidemic of sleep problems going on in this country – problems with falling asleep, staying asleep, getting deep, refreshing, quality sleep, falling back to sleep after waking up, and dealing with nightmares that interrupt sleep – all of it.

    For years, Weight Loss was far and away our most popular title.  In fact, that one audio program sold so well, it helped underwrite a whole range of other titles needed by a much smaller, more targeted audience. These were topics we otherwise couldn’t have afforded to produce.  

    But nowadays, even though our weight loss imagery is still very popular, our Healthful Sleep program has been outselling it handily for at least the past 5 years. America may still be obsessed by weight, but it’s evidently on its knees from insomnia.

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  6. Sometimes You Just Need to Suck it Up and Go for the Surgery…

    Dear Belleruth,
    I am suffering with a damaged pudental nerve from childbirth which is leading to organ prolapse.  I have no pain whatsoever.  I found your reply to the question from a PT who inquired about which CD was best for women such as me and you recommended the Core Healing CD.

    I was ready to purchase this when I noted that you now offer a CD for those with pelvic floor issues.. I am now uncertain which one is best for me. As stated, I have no pelvic pain… just the opposite in fact…. reduced sensation and lax muscle tone as a result.

    I am desperate for help. I truly appreciate any guidance you can give.

    Thank you,

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  7. Internet Based Hypnosis Works Well over the Longterm for Irritable Bowel

    Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden conducted a retrospective study to evaluate long-term effects 2-7 years after receiving gut-directed hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    Subjects who had received gut-directed hypnotherapy (n=208) filled out the Subjective Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) which measures changes in IBS symptoms. The 208 patients were classified as responders and non-responders were also asked to report changes in health-care seeking, use of drugs for IBS symptoms, use of alternative non-pharmacological treatments, and if they still actively used hypnotherapy.
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  8. On the Complexities of Volunteering Time and Resources to Newtown

    It’s hard to wish everyone a happy holiday with such insanity swirling around us.  This latest tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School defies words, as many have already said.  But all of us here at Health Journeys wish all of you peace and healing nonetheless, after this latest national tragedy.  

    We got several concerned notes last week, asking us to please donate our guided imagery to those affected by the tragic and unimaginable events in Newtown.  One person wrote,

    I am writing to ask if you would make yourself or your media available to the families and little ones of Newtown, Conn.  I have had such wonderful success with your guided imagery and healing words I would hope you could send some CDs to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I know your words could help to bring peace and comfort to many others if you could find it in your heart to make it readily available. Thank you for giving yourself to so many who need you in this troubled world.
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  9. An Inspired Dinner Date with His Mother

    This is a sweet, touching story that somebody sent around on Facebook.  It doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know, but it’s a great reminder nonetheless.  NOTE TO MY KIDS: This is not a submerged message to you!  You’re already plenty thoughtful and caring!!

    After 21 years of marriage, my wife told me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you."

    The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and three children made visiting difficult.

    That night I invited her to go out for dinner and a movie. "What’s wrong, are you well?" she asked.

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  10. How to Get through the Holidays while Grieving a Loss

    Dear Belleruth,

    This year I am a basket case over the holidays. I do not feel like doing anything.  I am nervous and out of sorts most of the time.  I bite my husband’s head off, even though he is a good man who helps me out and does not deserve this. I burst into tears at nothing.   

    As usual, I am having my sisters and their families over for Christmas dinner.  It has been fun in the past, but not this year.  My mother died last year and that is probably why.  This will be our first Christmas without her.

    What would you suggest I listen to, to get me through this?  I am dreading the holidays.  I wish I could just run away and come back when it is all over.

    Sad Sally from Syracuse

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