Monthly Archives: January 2013

Targeting Stress Reduction Helps Prevent Addiction Relapse

Reward-Stress Link Points To New Targets For Treating Addiction

www.sciencedaily.com

Being as I am someone who knows the power of hypnosis to reduce stress levels (and that hypnosis is also known to raise dopamine and endorphin levels in the brain without any drugs) — I couldn’t help thinking while reading this article of just how much recovering addicts can benefit from hypnosis!

It has been widely accepted that stress is a major factor when an alcoholic or drug addict relapses, even when they have been abstinent for a very long period of time. It is also known that drug or alcohol use causes an increase dopamine levels in the brain, which make a person feel good. It makes sense that the mind then associates alcohol or drug use with relieving stress.

The following article discusses new findings in brain research targeting the actual mechanisms of the dopamine-CRF interaction which lead to relapse. Understanding this process could lead to new approaches for silencing this cell interaction.

“The findings suggest a new target to consider for therapeutics that might address stress-induced reinstatement,” says Danny Winder, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular physiology & biophysics at Vanderbilt University. “Such a therapy would be extremely valuable. Essentially all of the pharmacotherapies for addiction to date help people get through the withdrawal phase. There’s really nothing available to reduce the likelihood of relapse.”

(But I would say hypnosis is available as one very good option!)

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081216201414.htm

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Visual Cues Are Critical to Controlling How Much We Eat

Mindless Eating

www.sciencedaily.com

What do you do while you are eating your breakfast, lunch or dinner?  If you are like many Americans, in our fast-paced culture, then you are probably busy multi-tasking during many of your meals.  It is so common for folks to be watching TV, on their phone, working on the computer, or something else while munching away on snacks or a meal.  And it is true that many who do this also routinely overeat and have trouble loosing weight.

“The human stomach isn’t designed to keep accurate track of how much we have eaten. In fact, it takes about 20 minutes after we eat before our stomachs register that we are ‘full.’ Visual cues are critical to controlling our much we eat,” according to Brian Wansink, a food psychologist at Cornell University.

He goes on to explain how plate size makes a difference as does minimizing distractions and paying attention to what you are putting into your mouth while you are eating.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/1202-mindless_eating.htm

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Why Do You Continue to Eat Something that Really Doesn’t Taste Good?

Habit Makes Bad Food Too Easy to Swallow

www.sciencedaily.com

So this was an interesting article I came across on how “habit” can make us eat something that in actually doesn’t really taste good at all.  USC researchers conducted a study at a movie theater where they gave each of the movie goers a bucket of week-old stale popcorn.  Those folks who rarely ate popcorn at the theater did not eat very much of it.  But those who had an established habit of eating popcorn at the movies were found to eat just as much of this old stale popcorn as they usually did with good fresh popcorn.  It didn’t matter to them if it tasted good or not!

David Neal, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, says: “When we’ve repeatedly eaten a particular food in a particular environment, our brain comes to associate the food with that environment and make us keep eating as long as those environmental cues are present.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110901135108.htm

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Did You Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

Lost Productivity in US Workforce Due to Insomnia Costing $63.2 Billion Annually

Do you get a good night’s sleep? Millions suffer from insomnia and it has a great cost both to business productivity but also to your health, wellbeing and happiness. Hypnosis can help tremendously! I have seen it work wonders for many of my clients.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.medindia.net/news/Lost-Productivity-in-US-Workforce-Due-to-Insomnia-Costing-632-Billion-Annually-90099-1.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+allhealthnews+%28Medindia+Health+News%29

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Natural Childbirth – Calm and Relaxed with Hypnosis!

HypnoBirthing: Instinctive Birthing through Relaxation

http://www.midwiferytoday.com

For most women who have given birth, the thought that natural childbirth could be calm, relaxed and even pain-free seems to be a completely ridiculous idea.  It was far from their experience, and they opted for pain meds in order to get through it.  But most of these women were unaware of the power of their mind, and how hypnosis can in fact help expecting mothers achieve “the impossible” — a calm, comfortable, joyful birth experience.  Yes, it is possible!  I have been teaching HypnoBirthing classes for the past few years now both privately as well as at Emerson Hospital, and many of my mothers have experienced wonderful natural births.  The following article was written by one of my HypnoBirthing colleagues, and is very informative.  Please take a moment to have a read…

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/hypnobirthing.asp

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Major Surgery WITHOUT General Anesthesia?

Hypnosis – The New Anesthetic

http://www.cbsnews.com

Can you imagine going through major surgery without general anesthesia? That’s what one patient did when she had her thyroid removed. And in Belgium, more more than 8,000 surgeries have been done using hypnosis since 1992. Click this link for a picture-gallery guided article on the use of hypnotic anesthesia…

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10008770.html?tag=cbsnewsTwoColLowerPromoArea%3Bmorenews

 

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HypnoBirthing® Classes at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA

If you are expecting a baby (or know someone who is), please consider signing up for this class! I am the HypnoBirthing® instructor at Emerson Hospital and will be teaching the next set of classes starting on February 10th, 2013.  Please call either myself (508-246-2721) or Emerson Hospital’s Childbirth Education (978-287-3268) for more information.

HypnoBirthing® Classes Now Offered Again at Emerson Hospital’s Tender Beginnings. HypnoBirthing® is a unique program that will support a natural childbirth experience using hypnosis. You will learn simple breathing, relaxation and guided imagery techniques to help you release tension and fears, and increase comfort throughout your pregnancy and birth. This is a five week class.

Location: Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA
Dates: 5 Week class starting Sunday, February 10th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuition: $200/couple.

To register or to learn more, please call 978-287-3268.

http://emersonhosp.org/HealthResources/Birthing-Center-Classes.aspx

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