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  1. Questioning the Use of the Word “Can” in an Affirmation

    Questioning the Use of the Word “Can” in an Affirmation

    Dear BR,

    I received your first audio program when I was undergoing chemo for breast cancer. The chemo nurse gave it to me. I loved it, especially the guided imagery part. I also used your surgery tape and I breezed thru the operation. Then I bought other CDs, but found them repetitive and the imagery very similar, no matter what the topic. I myself have been using affirmations and teaching meditation for 30 years.

    My understanding about affirmations is that they should be positive, which yours certainly are, and in the present, which yours are. Anyway here is my question. Why do you use the word "can" in your affirmations?

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  2. Comparing Hypnosis, Meditation, Neurofeedback for Spinal Cord Injury Pain

    Researchers from the Department of Rehab Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle evaluated the effects of a single session of four non-pharmacological pain interventions, relative to a sham procedure, on pain and electroencephalogram- (EEG-) assessed brain oscillation, in order to determine the extent to which intervention-related changes in perceived pain intensity are associated with changes in brain oscillations.

    Thirty individuals with spinal cord injury and chronic pain were given an EEG and were tested for pain before and after five different procedures (hypnosis, meditation, transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS], neurofeedback, and a control sham tDCS procedure).

    Each procedure was associated with a different pattern of changes in brain activity, and all active procedures were significantly different from the control procedure in at least three bandwidths.

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  3. Can Hypnosis Eliminate Sleepwalking, Night Terrors, Bedwetting & Other Parasomnias?

    Researchers from the Sleep Disorders Center at the Mayo Clinic College in Rochester, MN replicated and extended an earlier study (by Hurwitz et al, 1991) looking at the effectiveness of one or two sessions of hypnosis in substantially improving “parasomnias” (sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, sleep-eating, nightmares, night terrors, bedwetting, sleep sex, teeth grinding, sleep talking,  restless legs syndrome, and so on) up to five years later.

    The study sample consisted of thirty-six patients (19 male, 17 female), ages ranging from 6 to 71, with an average age of 32.7 years.  Four were children aged 6 to 16.  All had chronic,  self-sustaining parasomnias.  All underwent 1 or 2 hypnotherapy sessions and were then followed with a questionnaire for 5 years.

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  4. Comparing Hypnosis to Relaxation for Smoking Cessation

    Researchers from the Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction at the University of Zurich in Switzerland investigated the efficacy of a single-session of group hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, as compared to relaxation in a sample of 223 Swiss adult smokers.

    This was a cluster-randomized, parallel-group, controlled trial. A single session of hypnosis or relaxation for smoking cessation was delivered to groups of smokers (median size = 11).
    Participants were 223 smokers consuming at least 5 cigarettes per day, who were willing to quit and not using cessation aids (47.1% females, M = 37.5 years [SD = 11.8], 86.1% Swiss).
    Nicotine withdrawal, smoking abstinence self-efficacy, and adverse reactions were assessed at a 2-week follow-up.

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  5. Craig Invents a New, Super-Hypnotic Audio Experience

    Here’s a great example of somebody getting creative by combining existing resources with some new digital technology and some proven methods – in this case, Ericksonian Double Induction.

    Our good friend, Craig Walker, posted this note on Facebook, showing how he cobbled together a pretty unique and amazing intervention with triple whammy hypnotic capacity.  Read on!

    Hi Belleruth! I know you're busy and get tons of messages but I hope you won't mind my sharing an amazing experience I had which involved your guided imagery.

    A while back, I completed a Mental Health First Responders course and there was a very powerful demonstration on what it feels like to hear voices. It had a very profound impact on me. I was seated across from another person, engaged in conversation, while two people were standing behind me and talking in each ear at the same time. Each person was saying something extremely negative about the person seated in front of me.

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  6. Internet Based Hypnosis Works Well over the Longterm for Irritable Bowel

    Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden conducted a retrospective study to evaluate long-term effects 2-7 years after receiving gut-directed hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    Subjects who had received gut-directed hypnotherapy (n=208) filled out the Subjective Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) which measures changes in IBS symptoms. The 208 patients were classified as responders and non-responders were also asked to report changes in health-care seeking, use of drugs for IBS symptoms, use of alternative non-pharmacological treatments, and if they still actively used hypnotherapy.
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  7. Ericksonian Hypnosis Helps Ease Severe Tinnitus

    Researchers from the Bakirköy Education and Training Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey,evaluated the efficacy of Ericksonian hypnosis  n reducing the impact of tinnitus on patients' quality of life.

    They designed a controlled prospective longitudinal study where the severity of tinnitus was assessed with the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) before hypnotherapy and then 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after therapy.

    Health Survey SF-36 was used to assess health-related quality of life before and after hypnotherapy.

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  8. CBT that Recruits Sense of Smell Shows Success for Combat-Related Traumatic Stress

    Since the sense of smell plays a prominent role in traumatic memories, investigators from the mental health division of the Israeli Defense Forces conducted an open, prospective study with patients suffering from chronic combat-related PTSD, whose condition had not improved with other treatment modalities, to see if the olfactory sense could be utilized for healing the symptoms of PTS.

    A technique called hypnotherapeutic olfactory conditioning (HOC)1  was tested with 36 outpatient combat veterans with chronic PTS that featured resistant olfactory-induced flashbacks.  They were treated with six 1.5-hour sessions using hypnosis.

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  9. Fighting Endometriosis with Chinese Medicine and Hypnosis

    Investigators from the Institute of Medical Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Technical University in Munich, Germany, used a retrospective study to assess the effectiveness of a combined therapy of traditional Chinese medicine and hypnotherapy (systemic autoregulation therapy or SART) as a novel treatment for endometriosis-associated symptoms, especially for the 15% of patients with severe endometriosis who suffer from pain in spite of pharmacological and surgical treatment.
    Forty-seven patients with severe endometriosis, treated with the SART protocol, were followed up through standardized telephone interviews.  Follow-up data were compared to baseline assessments.

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  10. Virtual Reality Adds No Improvement To Hypnosis Outcomes

    Researchers from the University of Greenwich, London, UK investigated whether hypnosis plus Virtual Reality (VR) performed more effectively than hypnosis alone.
    Thirty-five healthy participants were randomized to self-hypnosis with VR imagery, standard self-hypnosis, or relaxation interventions. Changes in sleep, cortisol levels, and mood were measured.

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