Must We Pay So Much Attention to Terrorists and Mass Murderers? | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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Hello again.  Some of you may have read how Adrianne Haslet-Davis, the dancer who lost part of one leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, walked off the set of Meet the Press just before the show aired, because producers reneged on their promise to not mention the bombersí names.
 
Good for her for having the wit and guts to walk away when they went back on their word.  Most people are thrown for a loop when the rug is pulled out from under them, just before airing, and donít know what to do.

But more to the point, I think she has a winning idea, something Iíve been thinking about a lot lately. Itís kind of obvious, so perhaps youíve thought of it too.

When we show pictures of terrorists and shooters on TV, when their names are all over the media, and when we hear about their backgrounds in a reporterís attempt to figure out their motives, doesnít it encourage others to seek the same perverse form of Ďgloryí?  Arenít we just inspiring more of the same?

 
Mindfulness Beats Expressive-Supportive Tx with Stressed-Out Cancer Patients | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, compared the effectiveness of 2 evidence-based group interventions to help stressed breast cancer survivors cope - mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR) and classic, supportive-expressive group therapy (SET).
 
This multisite, randomized controlled trial assigned 271 distressed survivors of stage I - III breast cancer to one of the two group interventions or a 1-day stress management control condition.

MBCR focused on training in mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga, whereas SET focused on emotional expression and group support. Both intervention groups included 18 hours of professional contact.

Measures were collected at baseline and post-intervention by blinded assessors. Primary outcome measures were mood and diurnal salivary cortisol slopes. Secondary outcomes were stress symptoms, quality of life and social support.

 
How Can She Control Her Own Overly Aggressive Social Behavior? | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Question:

Dear BR,

I feel the opposite of the person who avoids rejection by avoiding people. I think I'm TOO outgoing and turn off people by being too in the middle of everything. How can I balance my social need with more subtle behavior? Iím in my forties.

Suzannah

 
Amazing Mom Caregiving a Brain-Injured Son | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

We got this exquisite, heroic message a few years ago, in response to my email request for input when I was writing the Caregiver Stress imagery a few years ago.  

I recently came across it and again marveled at the beauty, wisdom, self-awareness and courage of this rock star of a mother Ė itís an essential manual for anyone facing similar, heartbreaking circumstances.  

She helped me enormously with writing the narrative I eventually recorded, but more importantly, sheís just such a dazzling role model, who offers such excellent advice, even though sheís not trying to give it.

 
Guided Imagery Gets Its Due in American Journal of Nursing | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Hello, everyone.  

Well, the bodacious Traci Steinís new audio on Creating Positive Change is now available as a download.  The hard copies will be ready in a couple more weeks.

Do check it out if youíre feeling stuck in a habituated response or behavior that you seriously want to kiss goodbye. This is a really wonderful recording, and it can make all the difference in your quest for self-improvement and change.  

Itís got three tracks.  The Awake Track is straight-up self-hypnosis and imagery that encourages change through profound relaxation, imagining completed goals, and a heart-felt sense of well-being.  The Sleep Track fosters lasting change during deep, restorative sleep. And thereís a third bonus track that delivers potent Affirmations to bolster the entire process.  

You can check out a sound sample here.

On another note, I was really happy to see a lead article by Sylvia Foley in the online version of the American Journal of Nursing Ė it was on how guided imagery can be used to help kids with sickle cell disease cope with pain. 

 
Comparing Hypnosis, Meditation, Neurofeedback for Spinal Cord Injury Pain | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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.

 
How to Make a Living at Public Speaking and Change Lives for the Good | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Dear Belleruth,

I want to make a living at public speaking.  I am interested in the wholistic field and have a natural presence in front of an audience.   I feel that I could influence people in a positive manor.  I want to help change lives like you do.  What do you suggest?

Thanks,
Sherry

 
Therapist Finds Powerful Combo of Techniques to Help with Fertility | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

We got this happy email from an excited practitioner, who created her own combo of techniques and ingredients to help a support group of women with fertility challenges.  

We do not necessarily subscribe to simple psychological explanations for fertility issues, (and for a full explanation of all that may be involved, please check out Victoria Maizesí book, Be Fruitful.

But here is her exuberant note, just the same:

All through the fall, I had a support group with women who were experiencing infertility.  I played a smattering of tapes in my library, each of the weeks we met, to give them a flavor of how they could use their powerful minds to help alter their vision of themselves and their bodies.

In addition, I introduced them to polarity and cranio-sacral therapy. One of the practitioners in my practice offers this treatment as a way to expand energy channels and resolve blockages.

Angie (not her real name) took advantage of this treatment (4-6 times) as well as weekly massages and became pregnant in an IVF cycle a couple of months ago. The practitioner was able to identify and resolve some of the "body memories" that Angie held from childhood that may have been interfering with her ability to retain pregnancies (she had 4 miscarriages). Although she's still "cautiously optimistic" she's still pregnant (she had some scares) and is due in June/July.

Yay for integrative practices and mind-opening therapies!

Susan

 
Now Taking Pre-Orders for Creating Positive Change! | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014

Cindy informs me that we can begin taking pre-orders for Traci Steinís fabulous new recording for Creating Positive Change.  MP3ís should be ready by mid-April (maybe sooner) and a packaged hard copy CD will be in the warehouse by the end of the month (or sooner).

This is yet another terrific hypnosis/guided imagery audio from Traci - this one to help people get unstuck from old patterns and ingrained behaviors that maybe once served some purpose, but are no longer so functional.  And who doesnít need help with that??

I went down to the studio last week, so Bruce Gigax, our awesome sound engineer, at the eponymously named Audio Recording Studios, could play me the finished mix.  It sounded sensational and the content is, not surprisingly, just primo.
 
Traciís other titles have been hugely popular, so weíve got no reason to think that this one wonít be flying out of here too.  It has a superb, psychologically sophisticated, emotionally attuned narrative, embedded in Traciís highly skilled hypnotic technique, and her voice is just wonderful for this kind of immersive listening.   So check out the sound sample, here.

 
Yoga Can Reduce Fatigue in Cancer Patients | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014

Investigators from San Diego State University (SDSU) & University of California, San Diego (UCSD), conducted a meta-analysis to examine the effects of randomized, controlled yoga interventions on self-reported fatigue in cancer patients and survivors. The online electronic databases, PubMed and PsycINFO, were used to search for peer-reviewed research articles reporting on randomized, controlled studies.

The main outcome of interest was change in fatigue from pre- to post-intervention. Interventions of any length were included in the analysis. Risk of bias using the format of the Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias was also examined across studies.

Ten articles met the inclusion criteria and involved a total of 583 participants who were predominantly female, breast cancer survivors.

 
A Winning Recipe for Help with Severe OCD | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014

Question:

Dear Belleruth,

First off, I'd like to offer my thanks to you for helping people all over the country with their emotional/mental troubles and needs. Unfortunately, I suffer from germaphobia accompanied by fear of illness. Itís so bad that I wash my hands constantly, avoid touching things when Iím out in public, and carry sanitizer around in my pocket.  Plus, I don't go out to restaurants anymore, because I fear the people who made the food aren't careful with hygiene and contaminate my food with some kind of bacteria.

This all came about this past April, when I was very ill with a really bad stomach virus. It ended up being a very traumatic event for me, to say in the least... and I haven't been able to move on. I've tried everything I could afford -therapy, holistic medicine, acupuncture, meditation, etc.  I'm tired of living with this constant fear - what do you recommend for someone with my case? Thank you very much. Feel free to post this.

Gary

 
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