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  1. 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?


    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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  2. Learning to Breathe Deeply when in Pain (instead of Shallowly, which Is What We Tend to Do)

    Learning to Breathe Deeply when in Pain (instead of Shallowly, which Is What We Tend to Do)

    This touching note came to the office for Belleruth from a woman in chronic pain from her auto-immune condition.

    Aside from being a beautiful thank you note and a reminder of the effectiveness of guided imagery for reducing pain, it also makes an important point about how we stop breathing when we're in pain, when what we need to do is breathe more deeply and fully. Please read on. Here is the note:

    If possible could you pass this on to Belleruth.

    I just wanted you to know how grateful I am of the work you have been doing and continue to do. A friend gave me one of your CD's and I have been listening to it for a very long time now. I have suffered so badly for years with an auto immune arthritis condition, which has been very difficult to cope with because I'm so sensitive and unable to take the typical biologic drugs that are needed in order to help with the inflammation process.

    So what is left after I incorporate a really good diet, exercise when I can, and whatever medicines are tolerated at any given time, I have relied on your chronic pain CD, which honestly has been a Godsend for me.

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  3. Autoimmune Condition Can Cause Scarring and Affect Sex Life


    Dear Belleruth,

    I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with a private practice out West.  I am post-menopausal and was just diagnosed this week with lichen sclerosis.

    This chronic skin condition affects primarily post-menopausal women, but also affects young women, and sometimes children and men.  It is believed to be an auto-immune disease. It can affect the vulvar and anal areas in women.

    If left untreated, it causes scarring and the fusing of tissues in the genitalia area, including narrowing the opening to the vagina.

    Needless to say, intercourse may either be impossible or very painful. The treatment I've been recommended is fluocinolone Acetonide ointment and my gynecologist is very optimistic.

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  4. Is There a Cure for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities?


    Hello. I love your meditations, especially the affirmations, and most especially the CD you made for fibromyalgia - but I've benefited from others as well.

    I also deal with MCS [Ed. Note: This is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities] from scented chemicals, which makes living in this world a huge challenge. I've seen some claims that certain kinds of meditation (amygdala retraining, NSP protocol) can help with MCS (some claim 'cure', but not the MCS experts and research.)
    Do you think daily meditation could cure my MCS? Would it have to be of a certain type?

    I think that it probably helps with symptoms, but can't cure, and that the claims I heard are in order to sell expensive programs.

    Still, I would really like to know what you think.

    Thank you..)


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  5. Guided Imagery For Raynaud’s Syndrome?


    My question is for a close friend who has Raynaud’s Syndrome, where blood does not reach body extremities - fingers, toes, and in some cases a general weakening of muscles - including esophagus. [Ed. note: Cold and stress can exacerbate this condition.]

    I was wondering if you had any suggestions in dealing with this with regards to guided imagery ?


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  6. Does the New Immune System Imagery Work for Auto-immune Conditions?


    Dear Belleruth,
    Is the new Immune System CD appropriate for over- active or autoimmune syndromes/problems??  Would it provide balance, regardless of the immune issue (sort of like an adoptgen herbal remedy)?? It sounds like the Allergy CD does that.


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  7. Electrical Acupuncture Stimulators & Relaxation Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Researchers from the Department of Anesthesiology of the Pain Clinic, in Hannover, Germany, compared the efficacy of auricular electrio-acupuncture (EA) to autogenic training (AT) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Forty-four patients with RA were randomized to either EA or AT groups which met once a week for 6 weeks. 

    Primary outcome measures were the mean weekly pain intensity and the disease activity score (DAS 28). Secondary outcome measures were the use of pain medication, the pain disability index (PDI), the clinical global impression (CGI) and pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, which were assessed during the study period and 3 months after the end of treatment.

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  8. Effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue in adults with multiple sclerosis.

    Low Impact Exercise Reduces Fatigue in Adults with Autoimmune Conditions such as MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

    A systematic review of the literature reveals that low impact aerobic exercise, gradually increasing in intensity, duration & frequency, reduces fatigue in people with auto-immune conditions.

    Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia did a systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue in adults with three common autoimmune conditions: M.S., rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The literature search included 19 electronic databases and libraries, three evidence-based journals and two internet search engines, from 1987-2006, and limited to English.

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