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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  1. What Imagery Is Best for an Upcoming C-Section?

    What Imagery Is Best for an Upcoming C-Section?

    Dearest Belleruth,

    I love your guided imagery CDs and downloads. They have been so helpful to my family in so many ways.

    Now my sister is now pregnant after 4 miscarriages in 3 years. According to all the pre-natal testing, the baby is healthy, strong and free of any possible congenital abnormalities. Nevertheless, my dear sister is (understandably) "waiting for the other shoe to drop". What imagery would you recommend?

    I ask this because due to prior complications, she must have a scheduled C-section. The pregnancy and childbirth CD appears to be focused on vaginal birth. I want to honor her reality and provide her with a program that will support her confidence in her body.

    Many Blessings,

    Terry K., Chiropractor

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  2. Our Solution for the “God” Line on Our Affirmations, 200 Responses Later

    Our Solution for the “God” Line on Our Affirmations, 200 Responses Later

    Well, after going through nearly 200 responses – from our blog, Facebook and an avalanche of emails – to the question about how people felt about our affirmation line that says, "I know I am held in the hands of God and I am perfectly, utterly safe", we learned that we'd underestimated the number of people – survivors of childhood trauma especially – who felt surprised, distressed, betrayed and sandbagged by that line.

    Many trauma survivors reported that they felt hearing that line undid the good that the audio program was doing for them, and sent them back to a very dark place that was all too familiar. Where was God when I was being molested? is pretty much where their thinking went. Some just didn't care for the line but were able to ignore it.

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  3. A New Kind of Life Begins at Fifty – Depression and Celiac Disease Notwithstanding

    A New Kind of Life Begins at Fifty – Depression and Celiac Disease Notwithstanding

    "Dear BR,

    I've been enjoying reading about how guided imagery has been helping the military. Having experienced a lifetime of depression, I want to tell you that your Depression imagery has been the most valuable tool I have found. With that and medication, the last 7 years of my life have been my very best by far.

    I am 58. In my case, life began at 50!

    My husband and I are enjoying a wonderful life as retirees near Hilton Head, SC. One year ago, shortly after retirement, my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease, an auto-immune condition where one cannot tolerate gluten, which is in wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

    With help from an excellent GI specialist, a mentor, and finding a newly organized support group in Savannah, we are managing just fine. I actually enjoy cooking more now with this challenge than I ever did before when we could both eat anything.

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  4. Computerized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Works for Anxiety Disorders

    Computerized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Works for Anxiety Disorders

    Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine performed a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of computerized CBT (cCBT) for anxiety disorders and the durability of treatment gains during follow-up.

    They included randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy of cCBT for non-OCD and non-PTSD anxiety disorders, resulting in 40 trials involving 2,648 participants.

    Computerized CBT was compared to wait-list, in-person CBT, and Internet control. They also examined moderators of cCBT treatment gains over follow-up.

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  5. It's Time Again to Think about Spring Break for the Kids

    It's Time Again to Think about Spring Break for the Kids

    Happy Spring, Peeps! Yes, it's time again to think about Spring Break for the kids. Many families travel but if that isn't in the cards for you and your kids how do you handle break from school? Do you keep them on schedule, or let them relax and be free spirits for the week? Schedule a plethora of activities or nothing at all?

    I was clicking my way around the internet trying to survey what other people did with their kids during a staycation Spring Break. I found a website; Tip Junkie with some really cute things to do with younger children  . Scavenger hunts, crafts, homemade bubbles, hop scotch, airplanes - oh my! Almost made me wish I had a younger child again.... Almost (hehehe).

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  6. What to Do for the Overwhelming Fatigue and Pain of Fibromyalgia

    What to Do for the Overwhelming Fatigue and Pain of Fibromyalgia

    Question:

    Hi, I wrote to you a few years ago... about your healing trauma book and my book about fibro... I have been fine for 7 years but since late Oct. this year, I've been in a lot of pain... any suggestions would be really helpful... been a very difficult and stressful time for me and not sure what to do... the pain is very different than before... cannot lift my arms, my left leg and lower back hurt, mostly... thanks.

    Sarah H.

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  7. When a Kid’s Brain Gets Injured from Sports….

    When a Kid’s Brain Gets Injured from Sports….

    Hello again.

    I recently had a conversation with the father of a 16-year-old, high school sophomore. He told me his son Michael has been suffering from the after effects of a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) since a collision with another kid at pre-season football practice last August. It's been a slow, frustrating recovery for Michael, and there are repercussions on the whole family.

    What's been hardest on him, the dad says, is the nonstop headaches, fatigue and mental confusion. Michael has trouble remembering things, focusing his attention, making even simple decisions and organizing his daily tasks. He's slower at everything, and of course that affects his confidence. And sometimes he gets so dizzy, he becomes nauseated – that's about as pleasant as being seasick.

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  8. Fertility Imagery Does Some Good

    Fertility Imagery Does Some Good

    Someone just sent us the link to this very encouraging review of our Help with Fertility imagery. We think this woman nails some of the key features BR was really trying to achieve on this audio... the main thing being that there are many ways to have a positive outcome to this challenge, all the way from having your own pregnancy, to seeing your baby growing in somebody else's belly, to adopting your child, to being at peace with not becoming a parent.

    We've been hearing a lot about increased negative self-talk - this seems to be a natural by-product for many people undergoing IVF and other daunting, baby-making procedures.

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  9. Religious Involvement Associated with Greater Optimism, Generosity and Gratitude in People with Major Depression

    Religious Involvement Associated with Greater Optimism, Generosity and Gratitude in People with Major Depression

    Researchers from Duke University, Loma Linda University, the University of Maryland, University College in London and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia examined the relationships between religiosity, depressive symptoms, and positive emotions in people with major depression and chronic illness.

    Investigators recruited 129 people who were at least somewhat religious/spiritual into a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of religious vs. secular cognitive behavioral therapy. They used standard measures to assess at baseline the relationships between religious involvement and depressive symptoms, purpose in life, optimism, generosity, and gratefulness using standard measures.

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  10. Making Peace with Sorrow

    Making Peace with Sorrow

    Along the Road
    by Robert Browning Hamilton

    I walked a mile with Pleasure.
    She chattered all the way.
    But left me none the wiser
    For all she had to say.
    I walked a mile with Sorrow.
    And ne'er a word said she,
    But oh, the things I learned from her
    When Sorrow walked with me!

    Lately, we have been getting an unusually high number of calls from people who are grieving the loss of loved ones or choosing to send audio programs to others who are grieving. I am moved by the heartfelt sincerity in their voices, whether they are lost in grief and seeking something to help them, or bewildered about how to help a grief-stricken friend or relative.

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