Guided Imagery Makes a Tough Surgery Way Easier than Expected

As Cindy wrote when she forwarded this thank you note to all of us last week, "These stories never cease to amaze me". But rest assured, we may get a lot of them but we never get tired of seeing them.

Just to throw in a relevant factoid, an interesting if counterintuitive finding from two separate studies done years ago – one from Blue Shield of California and one from a cardiac surgery pilot study Mehmet Oz and his team did (before he became a TV rock star) at Columbia Presbyterian – was that the more anxious and distressed the pre-surgery patient was, the more dramatically the guided imagery benefited them.

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