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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  1. A Poem on Hope, Strength and Resolve

    Here is a wonderful poem I just rediscovered.  It’s too good not to share with everyone.

    As Little Child


    I don’t recall the things of love

    A smile warm from up above

    A tender hug, caress or kiss

    Such things as these were left amiss



    Where were the eyes so pleased with me?

    The caring glance I longed to see,

    The joy and laughter of a home

    Were merely dreams and that alone



    Fear and worry, pain and grief

    Were felt as drying autumn leaf

    No safety of the hearth be there

    Mere empty souls, could not but care



    As they too lacked the skills of love

    Felt not the warmth from up above

    So blame is futile, blame is naught

    The answer to this rhyme thus sought



    But somehow in these words of woe

    My heart finds peace, in writing so

    The lines of memory, here and there

    Give solace to my heart laid bare



    And pity not the current state

    As that was then and now is late

    To change the past or wish for more

    No all that’s left is what’s in store



    And what’s in store is great indeed

    For love provides my every need

    And hearts alive can surely fly

    So stride, shall I, with head held high

    Corinne P.  2006
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  2. Belleruth’s Event Calendar: Talks, Teleseminars and Webinars

    Hello again.

    People have been asking when and where I’ll be speaking next.  I’ve cut down the amount of public talks I’ve been doing – mainly because I’ve got a lot of compellingly delicious grandkids to visit, plus there’s some serious travel-for-fun I want to get to, while I’m still a pretty spry and energetic dame.  

    So I’ve slowed down on my speaking.  But I don’t plan to stop, and besides, there’s always the handy webinar and teleseminar, where you can give a talk or workshop to a national or international audience, and still stay at home.  How fabulous and amazing is that, I ask you?  

    (The interview taped by NICABM with Ruth Buczynski on combat trauma, for instance, reached over 8,000 people around the world on its first go-round – far more than I could ever hope for - and that was done at my desk at home.)

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  3. What to Do for a Son with a Traumatic Brain Injury from Skiing

    Question:

    Dear Belleruth,

    I have a son, now 26, who suffered a head injury, while skiing, when he was 18.  Physically he is fine but emotionally and psychologically he is still struggling.  While he has come a long way, it has been, and continues to be, a painful road (suicide attempt, drug addiction) and unfortunately he is not open to going for help.  I was thinking of having him listen to your PTSD CD.  I thought I would sit with him the first time that he listened to it, for support.  He says he is willing to try it.  I wonder if you have any other suggestions.
     
    Thank you,
    M.

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  4. Sleep Imagery Works For Rape Survivor

    Our daughter was raped last year, and she has not been herself ever since.  She quit school and stayed in the house for months, going out very rarely and only with one of us.  She wouldn’t return calls to her closest friends. We tried therapy but she hated it.  

    Last month my parents got her the sleeping CD and WOW! what an amazing transformation!  She’s coming back to her full self.  She’s smiling again and interested in life around her again. We are so happy.  I wanted you to know.  No doubt she still needs help, but at least she’s interested in living again and what a joy to see her smile! 

    Thanks.
    Grateful Georgia Mom

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  5. Diet and Food Sensitivities Link to ADHD and ADD

    Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Southampton in the UK undertook meta-analyses of the efficacy of various non-pharmaceutical interventions for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) – dietary approaches (restricted elimination diets, artificial food color exclusions, and free fatty acid supplementation) as well as psychological interventions (cognitive training, neurofeedback, and behavioral interventions).

    The authors searched electronic databases to identify published, randomized, controlled trials that involved individuals who were diagnosed with ADHD and included an ADHD outcome.

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  6. Another Baby in the Oven!

    I bought the Guided Meditations to Help with Fertility in January.  It got me through an intense cycle of fertility treatments!  I listened every day to help calm my nerves and so that I could relax!!

    And I am happy to say that I am now seven weeks pregnant with twins!! So I have recently purchased the meditation CD for pregnancy also.  I listen daily!  Whenever I get frantic with anxiety, my husband will say "Why don't you go listen to Belleruth!"  

    And when I give him a hard time, he says "Be careful or you and Belleruth will be alone in the delivery room!!"  LOL!

    We both thank you for these wonderful meditations and affirmations.

    Very Pregnant and Very Happy New Imagery Fan

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  7. Some Mind-Body Suggestions to Help with Dangerous Hypertension, Please…

    Question:

    Dear Belleruth,

    I am having a persistent problem with hypertension - high systolic numbers.  What would you recommend insofar as an appropriate CD or imagery technique, or perhaps meditation?  Your help will be a blessing and very much appreciated.  I have a multitude of other problems, but this one could kill me if I don't get it under control.  Again, thanks much.

    David

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  8. Guided Imagery Reduces Maternal Stress from At-Risk Pregnancies

    Researchers from the Department of Family and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia, and Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, conducted a feasibility study examining the impact of guided imagery on maternal stress in at risk, hospitalized pregnant women suffering from conditions such as preterm labor,  hypertension, pre-eclampsia, premature rupture of membranes, incompetent cervix, multiple gestation, and so forth.

    The investigators used a repeated-measures, pre-/posttest design. Mean stress and systolic blood pressure measurements were significantly lower after the intervention, as compared to before listening to the guided imagery CD.  Measures were taken on Day one and whatever the last day was – number of days varied and could be from 2 to 10 days.

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  9. Dave Raul’s Military-Friendly Guided Imagery Intro Is Now a Free Download

    An excellent article in Arthritis Today on the value of guided imagery for pain, depression and anxiety in arthritis patients, was making its way around the internet last week.  It quoted Hillary McLafferty MD, a national expert on guided imagery, hypnosis and acupuncture, who made some important points. I encourage you to check it out.

    Dr. McLafferty’s deep expertise in pediatric integrative medicine landed her a highly prized and much deserved spot at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she helps direct the Integrative Medicine Fellowship, founded by game-changing integrative medicine pioneer Andy Weil MD and run by the brilliant Victoria Maizes MD.  [Sidebar:  Victoria’s new book on women’s fertility and wellness, Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child, is a must for any clinician or health consumer interested in either topic.]

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  10. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Found to Help Traumatized Vets

    This study from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine in Santa Rosa CA, examined the effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a brief exposure therapy combining cognitive and somatic elements, on posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and psychological distress symptoms in veterans receiving mental health services.
     
    Veterans meeting the clinical criteria for PTSD were randomized to either an EFT protocol (n = 30) or standard care/wait list (SOC/WL; n = 29). T he EFT intervention consisted of 6 one hour-long EFT coaching sessions, concurrent with standard care. The two groups were compared before and after the intervention (at 1 month for the SOC/WL group and after six sessions for the EFT group).
     
    The EFT subjects had significantly reduced psychological distress (p < 0.0012) and PTSD symptom levels (p < 0.0001) after. In addition, 90% of the EFT group no longer met PTSD clinical criteria, compared with 4% in the SOC/WL group.

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