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Monthly Archives: April 2021

  1. Ask BR: What Do You Suggest To Help With the Lingering Effects of Gaslighting and Low Self-Esteem/Co-Dependency

    Ask BR: What Do You Suggest To Help With the Lingering Effects of Gaslighting and Low Self-Esteem/Co-Dependency

    I would like to know which guided imagery audio you’d recommend:   Im a 72-woman single woman, doing well, but trying to soften the edges of having lived with a sociopath, and being raised by a narcissistic mother.  ...Still lingering effects of gaslighting and low self-esteem/co-dependency. 

    Thanks!  

    Clara 

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  2. Ask BR: How Can I Have a Loving, Lasting Relationship When I Believe I Will Always Be Let Down?

    Ask BR: How Can I Have a Loving, Lasting Relationship When I Believe I Will Always Be Let Down?

    I was adopted within my family as a baby.  It all came to light when I was 16.  I'm now 48.  My siblings and cousins seem to hold a grudge against me, because I was adopted and they believe that I had a better upbringing than they did.  I feel I'm paying for the family's decision that I had nothing to do with. I have no trust or faith in anyone, as I believe I will always be let down. How do I stop this pain and actually have a loving relationship that will last?  I am about to get my fourth divorce. I hurt all the time. Thanks. 

    Harold 

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  3. Some Very Cool Research on the Power of the Mind over Allergic Reactions

    Some Very Cool Research on the Power of the Mind over Allergic Reactions

    There’s an iconic jaw-dropper of a study1 from the early sixties that makes a stunning point about the power of the mind over an allergic reaction – in this case, on the skin. 

    Drs. Ikemi and Nakagawa at Yokohama City University School of Medicine in Japan studied 13 boys known to be hypersensitive to the leaves of the Japanese wax tree, which delivers an allergic reaction very similar to poison ivy – itching, swelling, redness, and blisters.

    The investigators touched their blind-folded student-subjects on one arm with innocuous leaves, telling the boys, who were in a relaxed trance state, they were the poisonous product of the wax tree. All 13 boys showed eruptive skin reactions of varying proportions.

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  4. Type 2 Diabetes, Guided Imagery, & the Hispanic Connection

    Type 2 Diabetes, Guided Imagery, & the Hispanic Connection

    I’ve known my good friend, Dr. Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MPH, BC-ADM, CDCES, for over 25 years. She’s a dedicated nurse, professor and researcher, a creative program innovator, and a die-hard health care advocate, provider, and counselor, who’s spent decades showing people with diabetes how to optimize their health, reduce their symptoms, and take ownership of self-care. This is my friend’s passion.

    Over the years, I’ve seen her, time and again, go the extra mile (or two… or ten…) for patients and their families. She’ll literally stop what she’s doing to give whatever time, effort or advice is needed from her monsta supply of expertise. For Jane, it’s never been about the honors, positions, awards, degrees, or revenue she’s earned. It’s always about the patient – whether rich or poor, old or young, motivated or utterly dispirited, my dynamo pal Jane is all in.

    Here she is, talking about guided imagery, diabetes, and some of the unique challenges encountered in Hispanic and Latinx communities.

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  5. Alone, Lonely, or Cut Off Altogether – How Isolated Have You Been Feeling?

    Alone, Lonely, or Cut Off Altogether – How Isolated Have You Been Feeling?

    Well, it’s been a whole year now since we all retreated from our normal social lives to protect ourselves from COVID-19. So, I’ve got to ask: how are you doing?

    Now, admittedly, some people are deep-dish introverts who, before this past year, never could cadge enough alone-time to ponder, reflect, absorb or process the day’s events and their own thinking about them. Those folks are stressed when they don’t have enough time away from others.

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