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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  1. Guided Imagery Short-Circuits Food Cravings

    Guided Imagery Short-Circuits Food Cravings

    Researchers from Plymouth University in the UK tested Elaborated Intrustion Theory (EI), - the idea that food cravings happen when an involuntary thought about an appealing food (generated either by seeing it, smelling it or some other external prompt; or by internal sensations of hunger, anxiety, fatigue, etc) gets elaborated by strong, multisensory and inherently rewarding "mental images" of that food – the way it looks, tastes, smells, feels and even sounds – wonderfully described as a kind of imaginary relish that produces a form of exquisite torture.

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  2. Got Something For ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

    Got Something For ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

    We got this query from a therapist looking for resources for ADHD. He didn't specify the age group he was working with, so we gave him a range of suggestions that covered all the bases. We also reminded him that recent research shows that any steady practice of mindfulness meditation has been found to help with this.

    Dear Belleruth,

    I am a clinical social worker in private practice. My question: do you offer a product that is specific for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

    Best,

    Ray M, LCSW

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  3. Huzzah!! New Catalogs Are Here!!

    Huzzah!!  New Catalogs Are Here!!

    2016-HJ-Catalog

    Hey, folks,

    So, yes, finally – multo boxes of our new hj catalogs were delivered to our warehouse, and dropped at the post office last week. If you're on our mailing list, your copy is no doubt winging its way to you.

    We know that your patient and gracious selves have been waiting for them for way too long. Cheryl and Maggie - always the champions and advocates for The Paper People (generally those of us of a certain age) - are especially glad for their arrival.

    You'll find some fine new stuff in there: more, wonderful guided imagery from Peg Doyle, for starters – Beyond Cancer, some guided meditations for survivors of the Oncology Wars who are done with treatment and/or in remission, but still terrorized by check-ups, scans and doctors' visits.

    And we finally found something we've been looking for, for quite a while now – some thoughtful, sensitive guided imagery for Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Karen Adele Litzinger.

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  4. A Significant Connection between Mindfulness and Binge Eating

    A Significant Connection between Mindfulness and Binge Eating

    Researchers from Colorado State University and the National Institutes of Health examined the relationship between dispositional mindfulness to binge eating and associated eating attitudes and behaviors among adolescent girls at risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D).

    One hundred fourteen overweight or obese girls with a family history of T2D and mild depressive symptoms were enrolled in the study.

    The researchers collected adolescent self-reports of mindfulness, eating in the absence of hunger, and depressive symptoms. They also interviewed them to determine presence of binge eating episodes, and used a behavioral task to assess the reinforcing value of food vs. other non-snack food rewards. They also assessed body composition through dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.

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  5. Got Guided Imagery for Weight Loss and/or Positive Body Image?

    Got Guided Imagery for Weight Loss and/or Positive Body Image?

    Question:

    Do you have guided imagery for weight loss and/or positive body image? Or can you recommend one?

    Thanks.
Philomena

    Hello, Philomena.

    Yes, absolutely. Best for weight loss, if I do say so myself, is our HJ Weight Loss imagery - it doubled weight loss in a controlled study at Canyon Ranch.

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  6. Three Tips for Managing Your Election Dysfunction Despair Disorder

    Three Tips for Managing Your Election Dysfunction Despair Disorder

    Wow, and to think, we were all bemoaning the mean-spirited nuttiness of the electoral process of 2 years ago! Remember this post?

    I guess that was just a warm-up for what's going on now. Who knew?

    At the time, wellness mavin and holistic Chicago doc, Martha Howard MD called it PEST or Pre-Election Stress Trauma.

    Bestselling author Priscilla Warner wrote a blog piece about Political Punditry Panic Attacks.

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  7. Focus on the Love in Your Heart and Change Every Heart in the Room? Really?

    Focus on the Love in Your Heart and Change Every Heart in the Room? Really?

    The work of the HeartMath® Institute has arguably had its greatest impact showing people that by focusing on their own feelings of love and care, they can entrain their heart rhythms to enter a more coherent, healthy, psychologically resilient state. And they can influence other hearts in the vicinity as well.

    What's fun is, they do this with high-end monitors and sophisticated telemetry, so it's a lot harder for naysayers to simply call them fruit loops and dismiss their findings.

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  8. Mayo Study Shows Massage Reduces Pain, Anxiety & Tension after Surgery

    Mayo Study Shows Massage Reduces Pain, Anxiety & Tension after Surgery

    In this RCT (randomized, controlled trial) researchers from the Mayo Clinic evaluated the effect of post-operative massage in patients who had undergone abdominal colorectal surgery, and found that it had a consistent, statistically significant, positive effect.

    One hundred twenty-seven patients were randomized to receive either a 20-min massage (n = 61) or a social visit and relaxation session with no massage; n = 66) on the second and third day after surgery.

    Vital signs and psychological well-being (pain, tension, anxiety, satisfaction with care, relaxation) were assessed before and after each intervention.

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  9. How Can He Focus Better on His Guided Imagery… or Is that the Wrong Question?

    How Can He Focus Better on His Guided Imagery… or Is that the Wrong Question?

    Question:

    Dear Belleruth,

    I have a new client who was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition about 10 years ago. He's determined not to let his disease own him and is doing everything to beat it. He decided to add Meditative Massage to his regimen of therapies. [Ed. Note:This is a program where the client's choice of a Health Journeys guided imagery audio is played during the massage – in this case he chose the guided imagery to help with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    While as much as he liked the topic, he admitted to having trouble focusing until it was almost over. We'll be working together soon and I'd like to help him get more out of his session next time. What would you suggest?

    As always, thank you for all that you do.

    Hannah, LMT

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  10. We, the Bleeding Hearts of Planet HJ, Invite You to Take Advantage of Our Good Nature!

    We, the Bleeding Hearts of Planet HJ, Invite You to Take Advantage of Our Good Nature!

    Just this morning, Elizabeth got a query from a volunteer working at a statewide patient advocacy organization. She was wondering if we could donate some freebie giveaways for her newly diagnosed, shell-shocked people.

    One of this woman's jobs was to send comfort kits to newly diagnosed people, still in the throws of realizing how much their world had just gotten turned upside down. The stress level and sense of unreality can be overwhelming.

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