Power of the Mind

Dr. Wayne Dyer &  Dr. Bruce Lipton

Dr. Bruce Lipton is a developmental biologist, who is best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs. His books include ‘The Biology Of Belief’ and ‘Spontaneous Evolution’. Dr. Wayne Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos.

“You can live a life of fear or live a life of love. You have the choice! But I can tell you that if you choose to see a world full of love, your body will respond by growing in health. If you choose to believe that you live in a dark world full of fear, your body’s health will be compromised as you physiologically close yourself down in a protection response.” — Dr. Bruce Lipton “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer Read more at: http://www.social-consciousness.com/2013/03/dr-wayne-dyer-and-dr-bruce-lipton-power-of-the-mind.html

Pain Management: How Hypnosis Relieves Pain

By David Kiefer, MD

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Stress and pain are intimately related. When being in    pain causes stress or being stressed worsens pain, psychological therapies — including hypnosis, meditation, and relaxation — may help break the  cycle.

For pain therapists, these treatments, which focus on the relationship between the mind and body, are considered mainstream. For other health professionals, they may be considered alternative or complementary therapies. Regardless of how they are labeled, there is evidence that for many people they work.

If you’re considering trying one of these approaches to pain relief, here’s what you need to know.

Hypnosis Hypnotherapy

For many, hypnosis brings to mind a parlor game or nightclub act, where a man with a swinging watch gets volunteers to walk like a chicken or bark like a dog. But clinical, or medical, hypnosis is more than fun and games. It is an altered state of awareness used by licensed therapists to treat psychological or physical problems.

During hypnosis, the conscious part of the brain is temporarily tuned out as the person focuses on relaxation and lets go of distracting thoughts. The American Society of Clinical Hypnotists likens hypnosis to using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. When our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use them more powerfully. When hypnotized, a person may experience physiologic changes, such as a slowing of the pulse and respiration, and an increase in alpha brain waves. The person may also become more open to specific suggestions and goals, such as reducing pain. In the post-suggestion phase, the therapist reinforces continued use of the new behavior.

Benefits of Hypnosis

Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. In 1996, a panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain. More recent studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for pain related to burns, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis and reduction of anxiety associated with surgery. An analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain management.

If you want to try hypnosis, you can expect to see a practitioner by yourself for a course of 1-hour or half-hour treatments, although some practitioners may start with a longer initial consultation and follow up with 10 to 15-minute appointments. Your therapist can give you a post-hypnotic suggestion that will enable you to induce self-hypnosis after the treatment course is completed.

Alternatively, audio recordings exist that walk the listener through the steps necessary to achieve the benefits from hypnosis.

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Positive Thinking Has Tremendous Benefits

By: Ron Bradley

We’ve all heard about the pessimist / optimist test of “is the glass half full or half empty.” Don’t be so concerned with the glass, be more concerned about how positive thinking has tremendous benefits. These benefits positively affect your attitude, relationships, career, immune system and overall mental and physical health. In short, life can be better using the power of positive thinking. But there may be a bit of work to make it happen.

Especially now in our push button, instant gratification society, impatience and an ‘I want it now  attitude’ prevents most people from doing what has always been necessary for any type of healthy, positive change in life. In a word it’s application. Some people think of it as doing the necessary work to get the results you desire. However, it doesn’t have to be a struggling challenge nor take lots of time. The beauty of creating a positive attitude is it’s:

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  • Fun
  • Natural
  • Safe
  • Immediately accessible
  • Quicker than you think

 

The fastest way to start creating a positive attitude is to take short amounts of time in a day to step back and just see things from a different view. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “When you change the way you look at something, what you look at changes.” In a word that’s perception. What’s great is that we have the ability to interact with how we perceive situations, people and all areas of our life. Meditation is a great way to create a more positive way of thinking. And there are more ways available too. Visualization, hypnosis, yoga and even eating healthy all lend to feeling and thinking more positive.

 

Positive Thinking Has Tremendous Benefits

 

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

 

Positive thinking has tremendous benefits and the bottom line is, nothing is going to get better with a bad attitude and thinking negatively. Even the real challenges and worse situations we may experience are going to happen, but what happens after that is going to matter as to the way we think. There is power in thoughts. All results and outcomes had to start as thoughts.

What about you? Do you… or are you ready to reap the benefits of positive thinking?

 

Mangoes: “The King of the Fruits”

Mangoes: “The King of the Fruits”Mangoes are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. They are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.Mangoes image

Mangoes are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. They can help to alkalize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body. Packed with enzymes, Mangoes are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation.

Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. They are thought to help prevent insomnia and provide for a better night’s sleep. In some countries mangoes are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid. Mangoes are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol due to its significant fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content.

Mangoes are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. They are also wonderful for skin health and can be used both internally and externally to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin. They are one of the world’s most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Consider using mangoes in your smoothie, salads, salsa, avocado, and vegetable dishes. Spices also pair well with mango.  Try experimenting with cinnamon, curry, cloves, and chili pepper to boost the flavor and nutrition of your meals.

Start or end your day with a simple but delicious mango pudding. Blend 2-4 ripe mangoes (peel and pit removed) in a blender or food processor until creamy and smooth.

Pour into a bowl and top with fresh berries. images healthy eating berries5There are several varieties available in supermarkets throughout the year including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Yellow, Ataulfo, Keitt, and Champagne. Some are sweet and creamy while others are juicy and bright. Experiment with finding new ways to add mangoes into your diet. Your body will love you for it.

5 Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water

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Change your water and change your health!

Improve your health, supercharge your immune system, and fight the aging process with antioxidant-rich alkaline water.

Toxins are the number one cause of aging. They are often a result of poor diet, pollution, and stress. Toxins can build up in your body causing cell damage that leads to premature aging. The best way to fight toxins and detoxify your body is with antioxidants. And it’s as easy as drinking antioxidant-rich alkaline water.

Those that are advocates of alkaline water believe that drinking water that is alkaline will help neutralize acid in the bloodstream, leading to increased oxygen levels as well as increased energy and metabolism. Alkalinity acidic scale

  1. DETOXIFY

Detoxify your body remove toxins accumulated in your body from your environment, prescription drugs, un-natural foods and from the “normal” process of aging. Acid wastes collected in the body can lead to more serious health conditions. Drinking alkaline water daily neutralizes the acidity and washes acid waste products from cells and tissues.

  1. HYDRATE

Alkaline Water hydrates your body; this is basic to maintain or regain optimum health. During ionization your alkaline water filter forms your water into micro clusters that are more easily absorbed at the cellular levels thus “super hydrating” your body.

  1. OXYGENATE / ANTIOXIDANTS

Alkaline water acts as an antioxidant, scavenging for and neutralizing harmful free radicals. Because alkaline water has the ability to give up electrons, it can effectively neutralize and block free-radical damage to the body. Ionized alkaline water seeks out free radicals and converts them into oxygen which your body can use for energy production and tissue oxygenation. Cancer and most other illnesses cannot survive in an oxygenated, alkaline environment.

  1. ALKALIZE YOUR BODY’S pH

Alkaline water helps balance the body’s pH, which tends to be acidic because of our high acid food diet, stress and exposure to environmental toxins such as smog. Alkalize your body pH from acidic to alkaline pH, because cancer and many other illnesses cannot live in alkaline environments. Alkaline is the “normal” state of healthy persons.

 

  1. ENHANCE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Enhance your immune system to maximize your body’s ability to fight off disease and heal itself.

Hypnotherapy Opens Mind to Healthy Changes

Kelly Moyer , Staff Reporter The Reflector

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Granted, it’s only been about 18 hours, but I think the hypnosis is working.

You see, most mornings, I wake up begging my two husky pups for a 20-minute reprieve before they jump on my head and start licking my face. This morning, however, I woke up feeling refreshed, let the dogs out and found myself in the kitchen, making a gigantic salad for lunch.

That in itself isn’t too stunning, but then, a few hours later, I was at work, reaching for my coffee, when I realized: Oh, my goodness. I forgot to stop for coffee this morning! This doesn’t happen. I have a routine. I drop the kid at school, swing around the block, get a cup of Stump town’s finest (and usually a scone for good measure), and then head for the highway. But this morning I dropped the kid and hopped on I-205 north. No coffee! No scone! I did, however, have a banana and two tiny tangelos with me. And I don’t remember bringing fruit out of the house. See? The hypnosis, designed to help me make healthier food choices, is working.

It all started with a story idea. I had always been interested in hypnotherapy – had known people who lost weight or quit smoking or had pain-free births through hypnosis – and I wondered if hypnosis could help me conquer some unhealthy eating habits. I had even listened to some pre-recorded hypnotic videos on YouTube, but I had never actually visited an actual hypnotherapist.

Over the past few months, however, I began to notice that Battle Ground seems to have a good number of hypnotherapists: There are three different therapists located on Main Street alone. I knew that we had a health-focused section coming up in The Reflector, and thought now was the perfect time to experience hypnosis and write an article about its various health benefits. I pitched the idea to my editor and made a few calls. Before I knew it, I was reclining on a cozy leather chair in hypnotherapist David Hill’s Battle Ground office, getting ready for my first session.

“I’m going to bore your conscious mind,” Hill told me before I relaxed into the chair. “We want to get your conscious filter out of the way.”

Hill’s voice was melodic, the chair was super comfortable and my mind, normally spinning at full speed with deadlines and story ideas and parenting stuff and plans for the upcoming weekend, finally started to calm down. I remember concentrating on my breathing and that there was a staircase and a garden with a stream running through it, but I think I must have fallen asleep during our session. When I came out of the hypnotic trance, I felt like I’d been in the chair for maybe 15 or 20 minutes, but Hill said it was more like 45 minutes.

“You went into deep alpha,” Hill told me. “That’s very good.”

Going into deep alpha basically means that I had a bit of a nap. My conscious mind went away for 45 minutes, giving Hill access to my subconscious mind. The subconscious is where the magic happens, where Hill’s suggestions – eat smaller portions, reach for nutrient-rich foods like veggies, nuts and seeds, drink more water and get more exercise – could find a foothold.

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I only had one session, and it wasn’t as long as Hill’s regular hypnosis sessions, which often last 90 minutes to two hours, but I still feel like the hypnosis affected my subconscious thoughts, at least for one day.

Hill, a certified counselor and hypnotherapist who has been practicing since the 1980s, says most clients tend to need more than one session.

“Some do have a successful outcome with one session, but it all depends on the individual,” Hill says. “Most need more than one session. Some need five or six, or more. It really just depends on the situation.”

Will I go back? Probably, I’ve been trying to make healthier decisions most of my life, but there’s always been something holding me back – that “devil on my shoulder” that tells me to reach for the doughnuts before broccoli, and convinces me that watching a movie on the couch is way more fun than going to yoga class. I think hypnotherapy might be the “thing” that finally conquers that shoulder devil.

So what is hypnosis, exactly?

Here’s how the Mayo Clinic describes it: “Hypnotherapy is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.”

Many people associate hypnosis with magic shows, carnival acts or old Vincent Price movies, but hypnosis has been accepted as a legitimate health therapy for decades. In fact, the National Institutes of Health studied the therapy and found that hypnosis may be useful for treating chronic pain, reducing fear and anxiety, improving the quality of life for cancer patients and controlling bleeding during surgical and dental procedures.

The three Battle Ground hypnotherapists that contributed to this article – Hill, along with Debbie DeFreece and Connie Osborne – all say that hypnotherapy tends to be “a last resort” for many of their clients.

“Typically, people don’t go to see a hypnotherapist until they’ve tried everything else,” says DeFreece, of Absolutra Hypnotherapy in Old Town Battle Ground. “There have been misconceptions about hypnosis, mainly, I believe, because people think about the stage hypnosis … but hypnotherapy can help with so many things. I’ve seen that it’s effective for weight loss, anxiety, depression, nail biting, sports enhancement, test taking … really; it helps with anything that you want to change. Hypnosis gets to the root of why that change hasn’t been happening for someone.”

Hill knows exactly what it’s like to find hypnotherapy as “a last resort.” As a young man, Hill had crashed his car and suffered from intense neck pain. He tried everything short of surgery for the better part of a decade before finding a hypnotherapist in Philadelphia, PA, who worked with clients seeking pain relief.

“I tried everything,” Hill says. “I went to neurosurgeons, chiropractors … I even tried Rolfing.”

After his sessions with a hypnotherapist left him pain free for the first time in 10 years, Hill knew he had found his calling. He became a certified counselor and hypnotherapist and has been practicing in Washington State since the late 1980s. He’s been practicing out of his Battle Ground Hypnotherapy office for the past seven years. In that time, he’s treated clients for a range of issues, including weight management, stress relief, smoking cessation and addiction problems, but the majority of his clients are seeking pain relief.

“I’m a last resort for most people,” Hill says. “Most of my clients have chronic pain they’ve been to multiple doctors, have had surgeries and are on pain medications. Most of them come to me after they’ve tried everything else.”

Hill says many of his clients are shocked by how much better they feel after just one hypnosis session. Although it typically takes five or more sessions to become pain free, Hill says many clients feel vast improvements after the first session.

Other hypnotherapists report similarly effective results with their clients.

Connie Osborne, a certified hypnotherapist and mental health counselor, who works out of her  aNewYouHypnosis business in Old Town Battle Ground, says she finds hypnosis to be extremely effective for helping clients improve their overall health through weight management and stress relief.

“I worked with a hypnotherapist on my weight issues and lost about 40 pounds,” Osborne says. “I’ve been able to keep it off through hypnosis. Now I do a 12-week weight management program for my clients and it’s been very successful. My clients even took weight off during the holidays.”

Osborne says she came to hypnosis through her training as a mental health counselor.

“I had worked as a school counselor and was working with at-risk college students who were low income and maybe had a disability or were first-generation college students,” Osborne says. “I would use every tool in my toolbox to help these students, but there were some who just couldn’t seem to get over the hump. … Hypnosis was the one tool I had that could help them.”

DeFreece, who runs the Absolutra Hypnotherapy & NLP Center in downtown Battle Ground, discovered hypnosis about 15 years ago. At that time, DeFreece worked a high-stress job, running a marketing company that helped big-name clients like Hewlett Packard.

“I was under pretty high stress. My husband encouraged me to see a hypnotherapist, to work through the stress and figure out why I wasn’t sleeping well at night,” DeFreece recalls. “So I found a hypnotherapist … and it was life changing for me. I loved it. And I decided that I wanted to do something new for my life.”

Switching from the high-stress world of marketing to healing wasn’t easy, but DeFreece says she loves helping clients find their way through major life changes.

“Hypnosis helps people change their perception about things,” DeFreece says. “And some people are nervous. They don’t want to look at things that have caused them pain in the past, to bring up those painful emotions, but I tell them that it doesn’t have to be painful. In hypnotherapy we can look at a situation and reframe it in a way that feels good. You can move on, move away from the painful feelings and make the change you want to make.”

7 Key Factors that Cause High Blood Pressure

9 out of 10 people with high blood pressure (hypertension) have what’s called primary or essential hypertension. Although, there is no clear medical cause it is known that some lifestyle factors can contribute.

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  1. Smoking
  2. Family history
  3. Obesity (being very overweight)
  4. Drinking a lot of alcohol
  5. Lack of exercise
  6. Your diet (especially salt)
  7. Stress

Hypertension is called the silent killer. Blood pressure can increase without any symptoms and can cause a stroke or heart attack. Hypnotherapy for high blood pressure is very effective for all of the causes, hypnotherapy helps clients with high blood pressure deal with many of the factors that cause and maintain high blood pressure.

Clients that are diagnosed with high blood pressure are told to stop smoking, lose weight, reduce alcohol and reduce salt consumption, to increase exercise and reduce the effects of the stressors in their lives. For most people that is easier said than done. But Hypnotherapists can help clients achieve these goals.

If you have high blood pressure you already know that to continue smoking is like pointing a loaded gun at your head. Certified Hypnotherapists, can tackle the most common emotional and lifestyle factors in an easy and fun way.

The reason hypnotherapy for high blood pressure works is because we use the power of your subconscious mind to change your thinking processes, making it very easy to stop. Normally people will use their will power to try to stop. This creates irritability, mood swings, bad temper, cravings and possible weight gain. Hypnotherapy was proven to be the best method of Stopping Smoking by New Scientist magazine. Their findings were as a result of an in-depth study of all methods of stopping smoking.

It looks at lifestyle factors such as:

  • Childhood events
  • Social beliefs and expectations
  • Conditioning and traumatic events
  • Releasing inappropriate beliefs
  • Fears
  • Family pressures

 

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Stress is the number 1 causes of disease. It is triggered by an event or episode. Hypnotherapy teaches you to learn to recognize your stress triggers, and then you can learn to introduce new, alternative behaviors when you start to experience a stress trigger, thereby stopping the cycle of building triggers that contribute to high stress. While in the hypnotic state you are able to see alternative perspectives and behaviors in stressful situations. You can learn to reprogram your thoughts and actions while in a trance state to help you develop new behavior in the waking conscious state.  Continue reading