We posted this note and poem by the indomitable and multi-talented Margaret Dubay Mikus years ago, and recently came across it again – it sure is worth posting again.
Since the time she wrote this, she has gone on to further flesh out her exquisite Full Blooming website, where she inspires and empowers scores of people in tough circumstances, temporarily in need of a little extra hope and moxie.
Here it is again:
A poet with a PhD in molecular genetics, has a recurrence of breast cancer and finds out she carries the “breast cancer gene”, the BRCA2 mutation, and, after much deliberation, opts for a bilateral mastectomy, plus removal of her ovaries and Fallopian tubes. We don’t have the space here to tell the whole story of her amazing, courageous, bumpy ride, but we can publish her wonderful poem and her thank you letter to friends, family and caregivers after her surgery. You can learn more about Margaret Dubay Mikus and enjoy her inspiring poetry and photography here.
This week’s Ask Belleruth, submitted for a friend whose health and well-being apparently fell apart after what turned out to be a cardiac scare, highlights some key points about traumatic stress that may be useful for some to know.
Sometimes it explains some baffling goings-on for some people. Because, even though this person wound up not having suffered a heart attack after all, she was horribly scared, and that’s what can create the conditions for posttraumatic stress – the scare and the response generated by our built-in survival mechanisms.
The Hot Research for this week illuminates a simple point, seems to me – that for smoking cessation, a single group session of anything – whether it’s relaxation or hypnosis - isn’t going to get a whole lot of traction.
In the video, the majority of bystanders offer coats, scarves or gloves to the boy.
"People should care as much about children in Syria as they care about this boy," Synne Rřnning, the information head of SOS Children's Villages Norway, told The Local. She also noted that the child was a volunteer who was never in any danger during the filming.
You can learn more about SOS Children's Villages International by clicking here.
I would like to get a tape for a friend who has had a series of health issues after having a cardiac event, which in the end turned out to be nothing serious, although she was quite scared.
She was healthy and vibrant before the event. Now it seems like there are non-stop health issues (digestive issues, odd pains, hypervigilance, fear everything is cancer, etc.), some of which are likely psychosomatic in nature.
What tape would you suggest for her to recover her past health and well being?
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.
Each week we get queries from practitioners with a product they’d like to sell – an audio or video – wondering if we’d review it for possible inclusion in our catalog.
We’re always on the lookout for stellar mind-body resources to add to our list. We focus on guided imagery, hypnosis and meditation materials, but we also carry a limited amount of yoga, qigong, energy psychology, acupressure and acupoint tapping guided materials as well.
It’s got to be high quality content – psychologically and/or medically sophisticated, respectful, non-cheesy and based on sound principles. It has to be spoken in good English (or Spanish). It also has to be well produced and well packaged.
We send people back to the drawing board if they’ve got what we think is excellent content but poorly made, and ask them to do it again if they’re serious about us carrying it.
Okay, so what could be worse than being a newscaster on Good Morning America and having a paralyzing panic attack, right there, before a national audience? This is the stuff of performance anxiety nightmares, right?
Dan Harris says it’s the best thing that could have happened to him. Check it out. (Good thing he had a knowledgeable doc who knew exactly what was going on…)
Researchers from the School of Psychology, University of Sussex in Falmer, UK, explored in this feasibility study whether a brief, online, mindfulness-based intervention could increase mindfulness and reduce perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms within a student population.
One hundred and four students were randomly assigned to either immediately start a two-week, self- guided online, mindfulness-based intervention or to a wait-list control.
Measures of mindfulness, perceived stress and anxiety/depression were taken, before and after the intervention period.
This Wednesday, there's a
free teleseminar by Helen Fisher (author of Why Him? Why Her?) on The Brain in Love.... a short course on the neurobiology of romance, and
why a break-up can be akin to withdrawal from narcotics. (Yep - been
there, done that, in my misspent youth.... definitely not a day at the
beach, and this explains why...)
You can get the intriguing science behind our not-so-rational behavior when
we're besotted, along with some practical insights and useful approaches to
attachment and detachment, by clicking here.
Last week I gave a workshop on guided imagery for the Integrative Medicine in Residency Training at Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona – this is the institution created by Andrew Weil MD to train docs in what used to be called the CAM therapies, and built up beyond recognition by Executive Director Victoria Maizes MD and her talented colleagues.
The people in the audience were their town’s local champions in integrative medicine – the ones who train residents in primary care and pediatrics at 47 major hospitals around the country. (The program started 5 years ago with only a handful of hospitals participating).
The field is growing by leaps and bounds, mainly thanks to this Center, which has trained over 1000 fellows over the past several years. Chances are there’s a hospital near you that has a new Integrative Medicine Dept, run by somebody trained here. In fact, I chatted with a doc from the Cleveland Clinic whom I’d never met at home.
I have a client who falls asleep almost immediately upon beginning to listen to your CD's. She was born and raised in Germany. And, when she was a child, her parents would play cassette stories for her to fall asleep to.
Could this be conditioning or some other issue?
How can she be assisted in being able to stay awake and take advantage of your guided imagery cd's?