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Monthly Archives: December 2016

  1. Guided Imagery Saves the Day for a Chemo Patient Terrified of Vomiting

    Guided Imagery Saves the Day for a Chemo Patient Terrified of Vomiting

    I first got your guided imagery for Chemotherapy and for Treatment Related Fatigue from my nurses at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. These became like a staple for me. I listened to them the evening before I’d go in for chemo, and again the morning after, before I’d leave for home.

    I suffered from a lot of severe anxiety. This was not because of the cancer, but because I have a deep fear of vomiting, and the treatments made me very sick. I was in a constant state of terror about throwing up until the nurse gave me your recordings. They kept me calm and balanced. It was like a miracle. I began to believe I would get well and started to see past my immediate misery and toward a future where all of it was behind me. I got back my sense of hope, which saw me through the worst times. 

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  2. Hypnosis Reduces Neuropathic Pain in HIV Patients

    Hypnosis Reduces Neuropathic Pain in HIV Patients

    A team of researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York tested whether hypnosis could be a useful intervention in the management of painful HIV neuropathic pain. 

    This is the most common nervous system disorder in HIV patients, and one that adversely affects quality of life. No interventions have been shown to be consistently effective in treating this, known as HIV-DSP (distal sensory polyneuropathy).

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  3. Does the Guided Imagery for Unlocking Intuition Conflict with Christianity?

    Does the Guided Imagery for Unlocking Intuition Conflict with Christianity?

    A devout Christian wants to develop her intuitive side more, but is leery of guided imagery and concerned it may conflict with her Christian faith. She asks Belleruth for clarification on this issue. Here is the question and the answer.

    Question:

    I am interested in working with your intuition guided imagery to help me develop my intuitive side, which I feel is very strong. However, I wonder if there is material on these exercises that conflicts with Christianity. 

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  4. Happy New Year, Everyone!

    Happy New YearWe thank you for all your loyalty, support and encouragement, and we wish you the very best in 2017!!!

    From all of us...
    Belleruth, George, Cindy, Cheryl, Elizabeth, Maggie, David, Bruce, Reed, Walter, Jon, Mike, Steve and Todd

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  5. Panicky Hopkins Patient, under Duress, Switches His Xanax for Guided Imagery

    Panicky Hopkins Patient, under Duress, Switches His Xanax for Guided Imagery

    Given our current difficulties with addiction to prescription medication, we thought this story was very timely.  

    We got this note from a crackerjack internist at Johns Hopkins who often champions guided imagery as an intervention of choice for her patients Annie Umbricht MD had a patient with his heart set on a Xanax refill for his panic attacks.  Her response was pretty ingenious. She writes:

    "Not all my patients follow my suggestions and listen to the guided imagery I recommend, although those who do derive plenty of benefit.

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  6. Acupuncture vs. Relaxation Therapy: What Works Best for Tension Headaches?

    Acupuncture vs. Relaxation Therapy: What Works Best for Tension Headaches?

    Ninety consecutive patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) were randomly assigned to acupuncture, relaxation training or physical training. 

    Researchers from Göteborg Universityin Göteborg, Sweden.compared the impact of acupuncture, relaxation training and physical training on the treatment of CCTH. 

    Measures of headache intensity, headache-free days and headache-free periods were taken 4 weeks before the intervention, immediately after it, and 3 and 6 months post-treatment,  using a visual analogue scale and a headache diary. 

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  7. A Newly Minted Mental Health Professional Asks for Good Guided Imagery Scripts

    A Newly Minted Mental Health Professional Asks for Good Guided Imagery Scripts

    We got this question from a new professional entering the mental health field who is looking for good guided imagery scripts to use with her clients. We're happy for the question, because there's quite a range of scripts out there, some of which are great and others that are mediocre or worse. So check this Q & A out, by all means:

    Question: 

    Dear BR, 

    As a new professional entering the mental health field, I would like recommendations on where to purchase resources that offer scripts for guided imagery. I am looking for scripts for inner child and trauma work that I can employ when working with my clients.

    Thanks,
    Kristina

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  8. Running a Tad Late with the Gift-Giving? Our Downloads to the Rescue!

    Running a Tad Late with the Gift-Giving? Our Downloads to the Rescue!

    Running late? Who isn’t?! We will gladly rescue you.

    Our gift downloads can save your weary, over-scheduled, procrastinating, late-to-the-party self! Instantaneous Health Journeys gift giving is at your fingertips, and will make you the thoughtful, responsible, timely, sensitive gift giver that you really are (in your heart of hearts). 

    Check it out. These are eminently useful presents that will be hugely appreciated:

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  9. Guided Imagery Helps a Trauma Survivor Feel Safe for the First Time in Decades

    Guided Imagery Helps a Trauma Survivor Feel Safe for the First Time in Decades

    Dear Health Journeys and BR,

    I have been living with the effects of trauma over many, many years. Some of the forms it has taken is in negative thinking and poor self-image. I also have great anxiety about my safety. As a result, my life has gotten more and more rigid, narrow and constricted, despite my efforts to continually reassure myself that I am no longer at great risk.

    Twenty-plus years of therapy helped me identify these issues and understand them better. Then EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) did a good job of helping me erase a suicidal tape that was running through my head. Then I found your guided imagery! 

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  10. Study Shows Guided Imagery Lowers Intensity & Duration of Tension Headaches

    Study Shows Guided Imagery Lowers Intensity & Duration of Tension Headaches

    Researchers at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran tested the impact of a guided imagery audio tape evoking happy memories on sufferers of chronic tension headaches.  

    Sixty people with chronic tension headaches completed a demographic questionnaire and kept a headache diary, three weeks during treatment and one week immediately after.

    Subjects were randomly assigned into one of three treatment groups: a Guided imagery (GI) with tape group (n = 20), a GI with perceived happy memory group (n = 20) and a control group (n = 20). All sixty subjects received individualized headache therapy as well (standard care).

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