An excellent article in Arthritis Today on the value of guided imagery for pain, depression and anxiety in arthritis patients, was making its way around the internet last week.  It quoted Hillary McLafferty MD, a national expert on guided imagery, hypnosis and acupuncture, who made some important points. I encourage you to check it out.

Dr. McLafferty’s deep expertise in pediatric integrative medicine landed her a highly prized and much deserved spot at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she helps direct the Integrative Medicine Fellowship, founded by game-changing integrative medicine pioneer Andy Weil MD and run by the brilliant Victoria Maizes MD.  [Sidebar:  Victoria’s new book on women’s fertility and wellness, Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child, is a must for any clinician or health consumer interested in either topic.]

On another note, we’ve had so many requests for Dave Raul’s military-friendly introduction to guided imagery as a stand-alone track, that we decided to put it up as a free download.  It was originally created for soldiers at Fort Sill, but it soon became clear that it had value for all manner of service members, first responders, cheeky male adolescents and other real or imagined hard cases.
So if you know anyone who could use some imagery for their depression, PTS, anger, physical health or some heinous medical procedure that’s coming up, but his or her macho attitude prevents it, please click over to Dave’s intro and see for yourself if his words might do the trick.

Okay, take care and be well.

All best,