Salute To Veterans

“Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” —Jennifer M. Granholm

Veteran's Day Graphic for Meals & DealsAll across our nation we celebrate and pay tribute to our veterans, to those who give their lives to protect our lives. It is with this heartfelt gratitude that I offer Free introductory hypnosis sessions to our veterans during the month of November.

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” —Wallace Bruce

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” —Bruce Lee

A life worth remembering… as I think about this and the sacrifices these courageous men and women make in our country’s behalf,  my heart is overflowing with appreciation and compassion. It is our duty to not only remember them on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, but everyday.  I am so grateful for our soldiers and the sacrifices they make everyday, sacrifices that we take for granted.                                                            Veterans Thank You 13 - 1

“When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.” —William Westmoreland. 

Let’s make sure from now on we honor our soldiers and take care of them when they return. For information about Veterans Day Appreciation meals and discounts go to: http://www.signaturetwo.com/news.

10 Foods Proven to Burn Fat

By: Anna Fleet

Maybe you already knew that particular foods contain high thermogenic effect, which essentially means they help to boost your metabolism. However, the majority of the population has no idea exactly what foods burn calories as you chew, or contain particular nutrients and compounds that fuel your body’s internal metabolic furnace and help you literally melt the calories you consume far more quickly.

Here are ten foods that nutritionists credit with helping you burn fat…

  1. Hot Peppers

image red hot chili peppersChili peppers sure do pack quite a bunch! They have a compound called “capsaicin” that gives them their zip and heats up the body, firing up your metabolism and helping you burn off excess calories. Capsaicin is present in fresh, pickled and dry peppers, along with flaked pepper spices like cayenne and red chilies. Weight loss experts recommend adding them to your soups, sauces, and rice dishes to boost your diet’s automatic fat-burning potential.

If you don’t like spicy food, you can still benefit from chili peppers. A recent University of California study found that peppers with a compound called dihydrocapsiate also helped st udy participants burn fat. Dihydrocapsiate is a non-burning (i.e. non-spicy) form of capsaicin which incr eases your body’s ability to oxidize fat. Researchers recommend making it a regular part of your low-calorie diet if you’re not a fan of spicy dishes – this will help you benefit from the natural fat-burning properties of chili peppers without setting your mouth on fire.

  1. Green Tea

Image green-teaGreen tea contains a substance known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been scientifically proven to provide your metabolism with a temporary boost. EGCG is an antioxidant which helps your body make better use of a naturally occurring hormone and neurotransmitter called nor-epinephrine. The main metabolism effect of nor-epinephrine is that it sends signals to your body, telling it to start breaking down fat cells and using their stored energy.

While green tea doesn’t contain a lot of caffeine, it does have some – about 25 to 50 milligrams per cup, on average. Caffeine synergizes with nor-epinephrine, enhancing its fat-burning effects. One recent study showed that men who took dietary supplements containing EGCG burned 17 percent more fat by exercising than men who didn’t. If you’re regularly exercising and eating a low-calorie diet, incorporate hot or cold green tea into your diet to kick your fat-burning regimen into overdrive

  1. Oats

Oats are very high in image cupof oatmealfiber, and when your body needs to break down fiber-rich whole foods, it burns up to twice as many calories during the digestion process. Dietary fiber also helps regulate your appetite, giving you a lasting feeling of satiation and helping ward off hunger throughout the day. This makes you less likely to reach for sugary or fatty snacks, especially in the hours between breakfast and lunch.

Experts recommend eating oatmeal for breakfast, but watch out if you’re buying quick-cooking or instant oatmeal. Many of these products contain added sugar, which will effectively neutralize its healthy effects. Instead, reach for unsweetened whole-grain oats, and add some honey or fresh fruit to boost its flavor appeal. Pair it with protein-rich nuts and you’ll have one of the healthiest breakfasts on the planet. You can also sprinkle oat bran on your soups, salads and stir fry dishes to give your body an internal workout!

  1. Grapefruit

Chances are you’ve heard that one of timage grapefruit white backgroundhe best fat-burning breakfasts you can eat is half a grapefruit with a cup of black coffee. This can be a great start to your day, especially if you follow it up a couple of hours later with a healthy “second breakfast,” containing fiber-rich, high-protein foods. Grapefruit helps your body dissolve fat and cholesterol, which fighting hardening of the arteries (a process known as “arteriosclerosis”).

A medium-sized grapefruit has only 74 calories, but packs a whopping 15 grams of belly-filling pectin fiber. This fiber helps you feel full for a longer period of time, regulating hunger levels throughout the day and making you less likely to snack between meals. Grapefruit it also very high in both vitamin C and potassium, and it contains absolutely no fat and no sodium. Add it to your breakfast regimen and watch your waistline shrink!

  1. Lean Turkey or Chicken

image lean Chicken-Breasts2Turkey and chicken are both very lean sources of protein, and both have what is known in dietary circles as a “high thermogenic effect.” In essence, this means that it fires up your body’s internal furnace during the digestion process, sending your metabolism into overdrive. Because turkey and chicken are both very low in fat, they are also much lower in calories than fattier meats like beef and pork. It’s a win-win situation for your body, which gets all the nutrients and benefits of meat from far fewer calories, all while burning more energy during digestion.

However, turkey and chicken both come with an important caveat. If you want to maximize the fat-burning potential of these meats, it’s important to take the skin off. Poultry skin is very high in fat, and it will significantly alter the nutrition content of the meat. Get rid of it, and flavor the meat with spices or low-calorie, low-sugar sauces.

  1. Lentils

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By now, you’re probably noticing a trend – the higher a food’s protein content, the better it is for weight loss. Your body has to spend more calories breaking down protein, making it automatically better for burning fat, and it also takes your body longer to digest protein. This leaves you feeling fuller for a longer period of time, and studies have shown that people eating high-protein diets consume far less calories during an average day than people on lower-protein diets.

Lentils are an excellent choice because they are very high in protein, yet very low in fat. In fact, they have one of the lowest fat contents of any protein-rich food. A single serving of lentils also provides for 35 percent of your daily iron needs. Lentils are also low in sodium and very high in potassium. Few foods offer the nutritional punch of low-calorie lentils. Add them to your soup recipes, or put them in regular rotation as a side dish.

  1. Fish

Certain types of fiimage grilled salmonsh are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote fat loss by kicking your metabolism into high gear. The dietary action of omega-3 fatty acids is similar to that of protein – it forces your body to naturally burn more calories while helping you keep your appetite in check throughout the day. Fish is a great choice at lunchtime; the earlier in the day you eat it, the longer you will benefit from its appetite-regulating properties.

Fish also reduces your risk of heart disease, reduces cholesterol, and can help relieve arthritis and joint inflammation symptoms. A can of water-packed tuna has about 90 to 120 calories, which isn’t much considering its nutritive benefits. Salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna are all very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may also help protect your brain and boost your cognitive capabilities. Just watch out for high mercury content; choose organic or sustainable sourced products rather than their mass-produced counterparts.

  1. Berries

Berries are very rich in antioxidants, and getting more antioxidants from natural sources is a great way to help boost your metabolism. The antioxidants contained in berries promote better blood flow, which helps your body build stronger muscles. The more muscle your body has, the more calories it will burn – even when you’re at rest. Invest some time in iimage basket-of-berriesmproving your fat-to-muscle ratio and you’ll benefit from passive calorie burning and weight loss.

Another benefit of berries is that they are very low in calories. Strawberries are very low in calories, with only about 45 per cup. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries all range between 60 and 80 calories per cup, and all four types of berries help keep your blood pressure down. This reduces your risk of heart disease and heart attacks – another reason to add berries to your oatmeal or whole-grain breakfast cereal. They’re also one of the best snacks you can eat.

  1. Apples

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You already know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but apples can also help keep the calories away as well. A few crispy bites is a safe way to elevate your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, providing you with a nutrient-rich, low-calorie source of satisfying energy. A medium-sized apple has just 80 calories, with all kinds of antioxidants and absolutely no sodium, saturated fat or cholesterol. Like berries, apples make a great midday snack.

Given that apples are also rich in antioxidants, they can help improve your body’s blood flow and help you build healthier, stronger muscles. As a general rule of thumb, choose apples with darker skins more often. The darker an apple’s skin, the richer it is in antioxidants, and the stronger its fat-burning effects will be. However, if you strongly prefer Granny Smith or golden delicious apples, rest easy – these varieties also pack a strong antioxidant punch.

  1. Coffee

Sure, caffeine has its drawbacks – excessive consumption can cause an elevated heart rate while potentially image cup of coffeetriggering anxiety and insomnia. However, moderate coffee drinkers can take solace in the fact that their morning cup of java provides a big metabolic boost, meaning that this stimulant naturally speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn more calories than normal. It also helps get you up and moving more quickly in the morning, providing your energy levels with a helpful push in the right direction.

In addition to moderating consumption, you should also be careful about what you add to your coffee. Piling on the sugar and heavy cream will turn this metabolism-boosting beverage into a fat trap. Instead, use low-fat milk and sweeteners instead of sugar, or avoid sweetening it altogether. Coffee is healthiest when it’s consumed black, so if you can make that transition, your body will thank you for it.

 

6 FOODS THAT TURN INTO BELLY FAT

You know how sappy movies go right to your heart? And champagne goes right to your head? And tax day goes right to your wallet? Well, some foods go right to your gut and cause nearly instant fat gain, right where you don’t want it.

They call this type of weight gain “deep fat tissue,” and it leads to deeply felt embarrassment when it comes time to strip down for the neighborhood pool party. It also leads to some more serious issues—heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s among them.

Where your body stores calories depends on your hormones, and some foods trigger just the exact right hormonal reaction—they hit you in the gut like a Dear John letter. Fortunately, new research in Zero Belly Diet, the New York Times bestseller from Abs Diet author David Zinczenko, reveals the six most common “insta-belly” foods, and offers some ingenious alternatives to help you indulge without the bulge.

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    In the contest to find the very worst possible food for your belly, Harvard researchers believe they have a winner. It’s not just that they’re saturated with saturated fat, causing abdominal fat gain. It’s not just that they’re crusted with salt, causing mid-level bloat. It’s not even a pure calorie play—there are plenty of more caloric snacks out there. What makes potato chips so epically bad for your belly is not what they have, but what they lack: the ability to make you feel satisfied. A handful of chips can turn into a big empty bag in no time simply because our bodies expect us to make them happy when we eat food. Daily chip consumption alone was responsible for adding nearly two pounds of flab to study participants’ frame every four years. That means if you cut out chips, you would lose more than half a pound of fat directly from your belly, even if you changed nothing else about your diet.

Eat This Instead: Nip your salty cravings in the bud with Beanitos, a chip made from navy beans, brown rice, oils and spices. This snack time favorite has a texture and flavor reminiscent of traditional nachos, but far less saturated fat.

  • DIET SODA

If you want to get your beach boddiet soda imagey back, you should cut out sugary beverages and replace them with diet versions, right? Wrong.

Recent studies have found an association between the consumption of diet sodas and a wider waist circumference. What’s more, diet soda drinkers have a higher percentage of belly flab than those who don’t sip the beverage, a study in the journal Obesity found. Why? Researchers think diet soda drinkers may overestimate how many calories they’re “saving,” and then overeat.

Drink This Instead: White Tea. This brew blocks the formation of new fat cells and helps the body break down stored fat, according a Nutrition and Metabolism study. That means that even when you overindulge; it’s harder for your body to store the excess calories in your body. And if you want an added weight loss boost, switch to one of the magical 4 Teas That Melt Fat Fast.

  • PIZZA

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A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips? How about this: A night at the Hut, a lifetime in the gut.

In fact, pizza is the second biggest contributor of saturated fat to the American diet (just below cheese itself), and most slices serve up half a day’s worth of the artery clogger. Researchers have found that unlike other fats, the saturated variety is the most likely to be stored in the stomach.

 

Eat This Instead: Bruschetta. All the crusty, tomatoey flavor, not of the broken zippers. Discover the recipe, and the game-changing “75/25” rule that shows How Maria Menounos dropped 40 pounds—and kept it off!

  • FRENCH FRIES

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Any fat-laden carb fest will make you gain weight, but there’s something almost magical about the effect of fried spuds on your body’s fat-storage system–and by magical, we mean Voldemort, not Potter. One 20-year Harvard study found that people who ate fries regularly gained more than three pounds of body weight every four years; over the course of the study, the French fry eaters gained 15 pounds of belly flab from fries alone!

Eat This Instead: Homemade sweet potato fries. Slice a sweet potato lengthwise into strips, top with a few spritzes of coconut-oil cooking spray (a fat less apt to be stored as flab than butter or lard), salt, pepper and garlic powder, and pop them into the oven on 350 degrees F until they’re crispy. When dining out, ask for a side salad and a vinegar-based dressing in lieu of the fries that comes with your meal. And for the full list of what to eat for rapid weight loss, check out these essential 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days!

  • RIB-EYE STEAK

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Wait—don’t toss your steak knife at us yet! Studies show that eating the right cuts of steak can actually help whittle your middle. But rib-eye, along with T-bone and New York Strip, is one of the three fattiest cuts known to man or cow; in a study by Chinese researchers, consuming a diet rich in fatty, fresh red meat is positively associated with abdominal obesity and larger waist circumference.

Eat This Instead: Choose the right steak and you’ll reap several health benefits. Find out which to buy in the essential list of ab-defining 12 Foods Personal Trainers Swear By.

  • FRUIT JUICE

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It’s natural! It’s packed with Vitamin C! It comes from Florida! What could be wrong? Well, while 100 percent fruit juice is a better pick than sugary drinks like Sunny D, even the all-natural stuff still packs up to 36 grams of sugar per cup—or about what you’d get from popping 4 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts into a blender and hitting frappe. What’s more, most of the sweetness in juice comes from fructose, a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose tissue—yep, that’s belly fat.

Drink This Instead: Trick your belly into shrinking itself by filling your glass with some refreshing spa water. Just add fresh sliced fruit like oranges and grapefruit to plain ol’ H20 and chill. The key is to keep the peels on: citrus peels are rich in the antioxidant d-limonene, a powerful compound that helps flush out toxins from the body and allow it to release stored visceral fat.

 

Let It Go

Sometimes we cause ourselves much dreaded pain, because we don’t let go emotionally.

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Every 30 days for the past 10 years, I pull a word or a phrase from a blessed bag that contains 12 words or phrases that were researched and found by myself and a few loved ones prior to the start of every New Year. I believe spirit places the selected word into my hand, and this is the word or phrase that I need to focus on and master for the next 30 days. June 1st, I pulled the phrase, LET IT GO. What initially came to mind when I pulled this is that I need to take my hands off all situations that are beyond my scope or control, and let the creator do His job.

By nature, I tend to want to control my own destiny, orchestrating the way I want things to go or expect that they should go. When the outcome is less than desirable for me…

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Life is a Bowl of Cherries

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Just like styles are cyclical, so are life’s circumstances. However, there are some experiences that we never want to repeat, but how we handled them the first time around or rather how we didn’t handle them the first time they occurred, may cause certain outcomes to be redundant in our lives.

As much as we look forward to our future, we also fear what it could bring — responsibility, commitment, hard work, uncomfortable situations, and non-productive relationships. These fears cause us to remain motionless to our dreams, leaving us in a dormant state of mind. This in turn creates unwanted recurring behaviors that we choose to reproduce because the outcome is
familiar and sadly, comfortable.

Some recurrent behaviors are nice surprises that softly tickle our noises like a feather. Making us smile and feel the warm and fuzzy of nostalgia. These circles remind us of inclusion and positive friendships that have…

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The Problem with Lectins

An interesting article.

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Have you ever heard of lectins? Could you give me the one sentence summary of what they do to you? This column will teach you what that means.

Lectins are the proteins made by plants to protect themselves from their predators. They are, in effect, poisons that prevent the plant from being eaten. Plants need to be eaten to propagate – at least their seeds do. That delicate balance leads to lectins needing to be poisonous enough to keep the bugs away long enough so that animals will eat the seeds and spread them around.

Animals need to be able to tolerate the poison to not be too harmed, but still be benefited by eating some of the plant while spreading the seeds around. Lectins are sticky. That results in many useful functions, such as allowing cells to bind to one another, like Velcro. But it also leads to lectins binding to…

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The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

By Sharon Glembocki CHt

Most of us are well versed in the mind/body/spirit connection. We have moved well past the limited awareness that arose at the start of the scientific revolution in the 1700′s and deepened in the 20th century. The split between these three spheres of our consciousness was man created, as science and religion diced us, and this deepened when the mind/body/spirit trinity was replaced with the scientific / medical model. This split created an imbalance and inner conflict arose within us.images Mind body soul 7

Life is about balance and true abundance includes this self-actualization. Many people are aware that they are missing something in their lives, but they don’t quite know what it is they lack. They may feel that they need more money to be happy, a perfect relationship to feel whole, a super body to be loved. It isn’t until a person realizes that they are not just a body, not just a mind, and not just a soul/spirit, and comes to a point in their lives where they are ready to transcend to a higher, healthier and balanced level of existence that they find what they are missing. Developing a balanced life will help you to unearth the awesomeness within you.

In order to develop a balanced life, you need to be able to acknowledge the fact that you are: mind, body, and spirit. The three are interconnected, not separate from the other. They are alive in everything you do. Strengths and weaknesses in one area can influence all other areas.

A few basic needs of the Mind Body Spirit:

Mind: Needs creativity, knowledge and a sense of security. Your mind is always ready to learn new things. Be sure that you feed it healthy, positive and thought provoking experiences. Try to keep from overindulging in useless behavior that will pollute your thoughts and possibly create addictions that are difficult to overcome and prevent you from achieving balance in your life.

Body: Needs movement, nutrition and rest. This is the house of the mind and the soul while here on earth. If you don’t take care of your body, where will the rest of you live? Good nutrition, daily exercise, and adequate rest help you feel your best and contribute to your mind health, can help with focus, and can help the body resist disease and even enhance spiritual growth.

Spirit: Requires purpose, faith and meaningful relationships. Your spirit is a living part of you that needs nourishment just like your mind and body. Many people find this nourishment through prayer and meditation.  Build your faith and find your purpose. Relationships, hope, faith and love all rely on the strength of your spirit.  Cultivate true relationships that can help awaken your spiritual side.

Example of Mind Body Spirit inner connectedness and conflict:

If you think negatively, your body will suffer from stress. Stress can cause disease and hasten the aging process just to mention a few concerns. If you think positively, your body relaxes and becomes more resistant to diseases and you age more gracefully. Your spirit seeks beauty and there is beauty in everything. When a person can’t see the beauty in all humans, animals and plants, they find enjoyment in negative things.  This is because they are so far away from their true selves and they only feed their addictive ego for a temporary false high. Positive ways to feed the soul/spirit is in kind words of appreciation, seeing the beauty in nature’s creations, sitting in your garden, and talking with your loved one(s) from the heart. The list goes on…

When you nurture all three aspects of you equally, you get a perfect balance, nourishment and growth within all of you. This gives you great health, pure positivity and happiness. You feel free and secure, you lose fear and you get into the flow of life. Once you start your journey to balance, you will discover things about yourself that were hidden from your consciousness—some good and some not so good. Each experience is an awakening, and the discoveries on your new journey to self-actualization are nothing short of amazing. You will know when you have reached an awakening.  The experience is true bliss.

If stress is something you live with and would like to work at lessening or eliminating harmful stress in your life, Hypnotherapy may work for you. Hypnotherapy can replace negative thoughts in the subconscious with more appropriate thoughts; thoughts that ultimately feed the body, mind, and soul/spirit so that you can live a happy and balanced lifestyle.

Give Hypnosis a try…

Can Hypnosis Help Relieve the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Loudoun County, Virginia (PRWEB) May 06, 2015

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Can hypnosis be used to help the symptoms of multiple sclerosis? Two Dragons Hypnotherapy is pleased to release the results of a year-long case study on the effects of hypnosis on the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for MS sufferer Kristen.

Kristen was 24 when she noticed her vision was a little blurry. She didn’t think it was a big deal, but swung by the optometrist across from her office for a quick check-up just in case.

Kristen didn’t need glasses. The doctor told her she was likely suffering optic neuritis – widely considered the first sign of multiple sclerosis (MS), a nerve disorder with no known cause or cure.

“I said, Oh my God.” Kristen tells us. “That’s when I started to freak out.”

Affecting an estimated 350,000 people in the U.S., MS can lead to blindness, loss of hearing and even paralysis. There are medications that slow the progression of the disease but they far from guarantee a good quality of life. Enter Mind Body Medicine (MBM) therapies like yoga, acupuncture and hypnosis. Widely used by the American public, NIH funded studies have begun to reveal MBM therapies are effective in improving quality of life, anxiety, and pain intensity for a variety of conditions. There is preliminary evidence to suggest these techniques may affect coronary artery disease and cancer.

Kristen leads a healthy lifestyle and until she connected with Cynthia Chauvin, a family friend, her approach had been traditional. A certified hypnotherapist in Northern Virginia, Chauvin had been using her techniques for over ten years to help patients battle stress or break unwanted behaviors. She’d wanted to explore other medical applications for hypnosis, ones with measurable physical results.

“I’ve been interested in seeing if hypnosis could be used to help someone literally heal themselves,” explained Chauvin. “But it needed to be the right person.”

It had to be someone who truly believed the technique could work. After a couple initial conversations, Chauvin decided Kristen was the perfect candidate for hypnosis.

Kristen has a form of MS called “relapsing remitting,” as opposed to the more serious “progressive.” She can have an attack and then go back to normal. Doctors have told her that she will likely reach progressive, where attacks lead to lasting damage and symptoms worsen. Wanting to postpone that day for as long as possible Kristen was open to anything.

“Sure,” she said. “I’ll give it a shot.”

Hypnosis comes in two flavors. There’s the stage variety, where hypnotist showmen use the power of trance to “suggest” behaviors in participants for comedic effect.

“Sing in Martian, believe that a belt is a snake or fall in love with a complete stranger.” said Chauvin. “It’s all in good fun. But it’s also a clue as to what’s possible.”

In hypnotherapy, the practitioner also uses the power of trance to suggest behaviors in his or her clients. But instead of getting them to think they are talking to their imaginary friend, the, hypnotherapist may help a person un-learn a smoking habit, for example. Chauvin calls her technique “trance-based learning.”

Medicine has known about the “relaxation response” and the “placebo effect” for many years. But Chauvin believes something else is going on and she wondered if hypnosis could literally help someone heal themselves.

Last June, Kristen settled into her first 90-minute session. At that point, Kristen’s symptoms included numbness and a consistent and a sandpapery feel in her hands. In six sessions, over a six week period, Chauvin would put Kristen in a trance, and then directly and indirectly told her body to repair the connections that MS was breaking down.

“We’re visualizing building bridges and getting the body and nerves talking again, something that multiple sclerosis literally interferes with,” explained Chauvin. “I don’t think this is just about changing her body to a relaxed state; I suspect we’re actually re-wiring her system on some level.”

And there was never any discussion of MS.

“I don’t talk about the malady at all,” said Chauvin. “The entire session is about connectivity, working with Kristen’s deepest innate abilities and letting her body do the rest.” Cynthia adds, “I never use the words healing, it infers disease. I only refer to the body establishing a healthy balance on a cellular level.”Hypnotherapy

Cynthia describes the sessions plainly. “Each session is pretty simple. I put her into a deep relaxed state and using a basic structure I have developed, I improvise the session from that point.”

Once a point of derision within the medical establishment, mind-body medicine techniques such as yoga, meditation, tai chi and hypnosis are now recognized as having real positive effects on certain conditions. Large medical schools including Harvard University and Georgetown University have launched programs on the mind-body connection and the National Institutes for Health is actively funding complementary medicine studies through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

“Since its establishment 16 years ago, the center has funded thousands of important research projects. Without this work, the American public would lack vital information on the safety and effectiveness of many practices and products that are widely used and readily available,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.”

Cynthia’s experiment was not an actual scientific experiment. It was just one young woman. But after two sessions, Kristen said the rough feel of her hands had vanished. And an MRI done 12 weeks later found that the lesions in her brain had gone from inflamed to stable. One of them was completely gone.

It could be an anomaly, but Kristen doesn’t think so and while Kristen leads an active lifestyle, does yoga and is under a doctor’s care, she attributes her progress to her work with Chauvin.

“I’m a lot more grounded, not as much mind chatter,” she said. “Things don’t bother me as much as they used to. I’ve reduced my stress level, and I don’t react the same way to things, my body doesn’t react the same way.”

That’s good for MS.

Chauvin is now starting to use the techniques on other clients with chronic issues, and said she’s seeing the same anecdotal progress.

There is no hard proof; that would require extensive and expensive double-blind trials with many participants. But for Kristen, whose symptoms went from daily to non-existent, it’s proof enough.

“I would recommend Cynthia for any physical ailment you’re trying to move past,” said Kristen. “Especially if you’ve been told you have something chronic and incurable. Before you get stuck in that mindset, I would definitely recommend Cynthia’s work with hypnotherapy because I think it will make a big difference.”

Chauvin puts it more pointedly: “Those that believe they can be healed, can be healed.”

Kristen gained access to hypnotherapy at Two Dragons Hypnotherapy in Northern Virginia. After six weeks she reported relief from her symptoms. She was provided service starting in June of 2014, and continues to see Two Dragons Hypnotherapy as she continues to benefit.. She is under the care of a neurologist.

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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