Therapies – Health and Habits

health-and-habits

We all desire to be healthy. When one considers the placebo effect (a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution — can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.) As far as health is concerned, we are conditioned; we are conditioned to expect that we will all get sick at some stage in our life. We are conditioned that pain is a natural and expected consequence of any damage/surgery/illness that we may suffer. When a doctor tells you to take a certain medicine and explains that ‘in two hours the pain will go, and in two weeks you will be cured’ then this is pretty much what occurs. Another example is a schizophrenic patient where one personality has 20/20 vision and the other is nearly blind. So the power of the mind is important in creating illness, and defending against illness or bad habits. And the power of the mind is the most powerful tool in curing the illness or bad habit. Hypnotherapy can help your mind immunize you against illnesses, can treat bad habits, can help you recover quicker, and generally improve your health, your habits, and your state of mind.

 

 

 

Please click on any of the issues below to find out about it in more detail.

 

 

Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation (colloquially quitting smoking) is the process of discontinuing tobacco smoking. Tobacco contains nicotine, which is addictive, making the process of quitting often very prolonged and difficult.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, and quitting smoking significantly reduces the risk of dying from tobacco-related diseases such as heart disease and lung cancer. Seventy percent of smokers would like to quit smoking, and 50 percent report attempting to quit within the past year. Many different strategies can be used for smoking cessation, including quitting without assistance ("cold turkey" or cut down then quit), medications such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or varenicline, and behavioral counseling. The majority of smokers who try to quit do so without assistance, though only 3 to 6% of quit attempts without assistance are successful. Use of medications and behavioral counseling both increase success rates, and a combination of both medication and behavioral interventions has been shown to be even more effective.
Because nicotine is addictive, quitting smoking leads to symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as craving, anxiety and irritability, depression, and weight gain. Professional smoking cessation support methods generally endeavor to address both nicotine addiction and nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Reach Goals (Ambition)

A goal is a desired result that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical object or an abstract object, that has intrinsic value.

Change Habits

A habit (or wont) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously.

In the American Journal of Psychology (1903) it is defined in this way: "A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviors become automatic is habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioral patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.

As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context. Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of: efficiency, lack of awareness, unintentionality, uncontrollability.

Over-Eating

Overeating is the consumption of excess food in relation to the energy that an organism expends (or expels via excretion), leading to weight gaining and often obesity. It may be regarded as an eating disorder.

This term may also be used to refer to specific episodes of over-consumption. For example, many people overeat during festivities or while on holiday.
Overeating can sometimes be a symptom of binge eating disorder or bulimia.

Compulsive over eaters depend on food to comfort themselves when they are stressed, suffering bouts of depression, and have feelings of helplessness.
In a broader sense, hyperalimentation includes excessive food administration through other means than eating, e.g. through parenteral nutrition.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy are often beneficial in helping people keep track of their eating habits and changing the way they cope with difficult situations.

There are several 12-step programs that helps overeaters, such as Overeaters Anonymous or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous and others. It is quite clear through research, and various studies that overeating causes addictive behaviors.

In some instances, overeating has been linked to the use of medications known as dopamine agonists, such as pramipexole

Ulcers

An ulcer is a discontinuity or break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Common forms of ulcers recognized in medicine include:

• Ulcer (dermatology), a discontinuity of the skin or a break in the skin.
• Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores
• Genital ulcer, an ulcer located on the genital area
• Ulcerative dermatitis, a skin disorder associated with bacterial growth often initiated by self-trauma
• Anal fissure, A.K.A an ulcer or tear near the anus or within the rectum
• Diabetic foot ulcer, a major complication of the diabetic foot
• Corneal ulcer, an inflammatory or infective condition of the cornea
• Mouth ulcer, an open sore inside the mouth.
• Aphthous ulcer, a specific type of oral ulcer also known as a canker sore
• Peptic ulcer, a discontinuity of the gastrointestinal mucosa (stomach ulcer)
• Venous ulcer, a wound thought to occur due to improper functioning of valves in the veins
• Stress ulcer, located anywhere within the stomach and proximal duodenum
• Ulcerative sarcoidosis, a cutaneous condition affecting people with sarcoidosis
• Ulcerative lichen planus, a rare variant of lichen planus
• Ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
• Ulcerative disposition, a disorder or discomfort that causes severe abdominal distress, often associated with chronic gastritis

Typically ulcers are caused by stress. Hypnotherapy can reduce the stress, and alleviate the discomfort of the ulcer.

Weight Loss

For most people, weight gain is due to emotional or physical reasons, or both. This is why diets cannot work effectively. You might lose some weight, but if you have not resolved the emotional issues that caused the weight gain, the weight gain will merely return. Similarly if you have a physical reason for the weight gain (e.g. underactive thyroid) you are treating the symptom and not the cause!

I have developed a complete weight loss program (Thinessence)©® to treat your weight loss holistically: mental and emotional issues, physical issues, sleep, exercise and nutrition.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse and substance use disorder, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder. Widely differing definitions of drug abuse are used in public health, medical and criminal justice contexts.

The exact cause of substance abuse is not clear, with theories including: a genetic disposition; learned from others - or a habit which if addiction develops, manifests as a chronic debilitating disease.

Drugs most often associated with this term include: alcohol, substituted amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly alprazolam, lorazepam, diazepam and clonazepam), cocaine, methaqualone, cannabis and opioids.

In many cases criminal or anti-social behavior occurs when the person is under the influence of a drug, and long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well.[3] In addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, use of some drugs may also lead to criminal penalties, although these vary widely depending on the local jurisdiction.

Substance abuse is widespread with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and other synthetic drugs. In 2013 drug use disorders resulted in 127,000 deaths up from 53,000 in 1990. The highest number of deaths are from opioid use disorders at 51,000. Cocaine use disorder resulted in 4,300 deaths and amphetamine use disorder resulted in 3,800 deaths. Alcohol use disorders resulted in an additional 139,000 deaths.

Assist Healing

Can you speed up the body's healing process using your mind? Techniques such as hypnosis and guided imagery not only help athletes perform well during competition, but research continues to find that it may be possible to speed up the healing process by using specific mental skills and techniques and maintaining a positive mindset. Researchers have been studying how the mind influences healing for decades and the results continue to find a very real connection.
A 2006 qualitative analysis of the use of imagery by injured athletes concluded that "the implementation of imagery alongside physical rehabilitation should enhance the rehabilitation experience and, therefore, facilitate the recovery rates of injured athletes." Another study looked at the differences in people who healed quickly and those who healed slowly and found some significant differences.

Those who healed faster had the following characteristics:

• Took personal responsibility for their recovery process
• Had high motivation, desire and determination
• Had more social support
• Maintained a positive attitude
• Frequently used imagery and other visualization techniques
• Expected a full and successful return to sports

One specific technique that is often used in sports psychology and in healing is called imagery. This is also sometimes referred to as guided imagery, mental rehearsal or self-hypnosis. These are all terms used to describe specific techniques that use all of the senses to create mental images, feelings and sensations related to a desired outcome as though it is happening now or has already happened. By using all your senses to create this very real experience of having the desired outcome, you mentally and physically rehearse this desired state.

Research on imagery use by injured athletes, cancer patients, and those undergoing physical rehabilitation has shown that using imagery has many positive outcomes including:

• Increased feelings of control
• Increased rate of healing
• Increased ability to cope with therapy
• Increased motivation to participate in self-care
• Improved mood
• Improved quality of life
• Decreased post-operative pain

Hypertension

Hypertension (HTN or HT), also known as high blood pressure or arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Blood pressure is expressed by two measurements, the systolic and diastolic pressures, which are the maximum and minimum pressures, respectively, in the arterial system. The systolic pressure occurs when the left ventricle is most contracted; the diastolic pressure occurs when the left ventricle is most relaxed prior to the next contraction.

Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100–140 mmHg systolic and 60–90 mmHg diastolic. Hypertension is present if the blood pressure is persistently at or above 140/90 millimeters mercury (mmHg) for most adults; different criteria apply to children.

Hypertension usually does not cause symptoms initially, but sustained hypertension over time is a major risk factor for hypertensive heart disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Hypertension is classified as either primary (essential) hypertension or secondary hypertension. About 90–95% of cases are categorized as primary hypertension, defined as high blood pressure with no obvious underlying cause.[3] The remaining 5–10% of cases are categorized as secondary hypertension, defined as hypertension due to an identifiable cause, such as chronic kidney disease, narrowing of the aorta or kidney arteries, or an endocrine disorder such as excess aldosterone, cortisol, or catecholamines.

Dietary and lifestyle changes can improve blood pressure control and decrease the risk of health complications, although treatment with medication is still often necessary in people for whom lifestyle changes are not enough or not effective. The treatment of moderately high arterial blood pressure (defined as >160/100 mmHg) with medications is associated with an improved life expectancy. The benefits of treatment of blood pressure that is between 140/90 mmHg and 160/100 mmHg are less clear, with some reviews finding no benefit and other reviews finding benefit.

Improve Health

The claims made for the power of hypnotherapy may seem astonishing, especially when compared to conventional wisdom in mainstream medicine and psychology. Yet reputable scientific studies back these claims up.

Hypnosis opens up the mind-body connection. Your unconscious mind regulates your body, keeping all of your systems – immune, digestive, metabolism, body temperature, and everything else – working smoothly. Emotional problems can disrupt that smooth operation (as shown in Nobel Prize winner Candace Pert’s book Molecules of Emotion).

In trance you can communicate more easily with your unconscious mind, and give it suggestions to straighten out any part of your body’s functioning that’s veering off-track. This is not just true for psychosomatic disorders. Even where organic factors play a part in causing the condition, psychological stress can make it worse – and hypnotherapy may be enough to clear it up.

Here are just a few of the conditions that hypnosis can help. My sources are Self Hypnosis by Doctor’s and Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis by David Waxman.

Skin problems — eczema, warts, itching, psoriasis and even herpes. In the early stages of the human embryo, the skin and the nervous system are pretty much the same areas — they separate into separate organs as the embryo develops. So, it’s not surprising that emotional factors can play a part in skin problems.

Pain control — Hypnosis can help to reduce chronic pain to a shadow of its former intensity. Countless dental and surgical operations (including – yikes! – vasectomy) have been performed without pain using hypnosis instead of anesthetic. Hypnosis can also reduce bleeding and postoperative pain and infection.

Digestive problems — ulcers, colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — while these conditions can place severe limitations on the lives of sufferers, a combination of relaxation and healing suggestions can lead to complete recovery. I received a very moving letter from the wife of a client, thanking me for ‘giving her husband back.’

Allergies and asthma — Allergies can be viewed as a ‘mistake’ by the immune system, while asthma can be associated with repressed emotions. Hypnosis can help you to ‘reprogram’ the immune system to ignore an allergy stimulus, or to release the emotional blockage producing a ‘choked up’ asthmatic reaction.

Childbirth — Hypnosis is widely used in natural childbirth for relaxation and hence for reducing pain. It also has the potential to shorten the first stage of labour by at least two hours. Hypnosis can also reduce post-delivery exhaustion, speed up recovery, and even sort out breast feeding problems.

Sexual problems — Hypnosis can help with any sexual problem where there appears to be no organic cause or where emotional factors play a part. Conditions include impotence, premature ejaculation, vaginismus and anorgasmia (inability to have orgasms).

Dentistry — Many dentists have an interest in hypnotherapy and use it as part of their practice to help nervous patients. Hypnosis gets good results with dental phobia, needle phobia, control of fainting, pain control (enabling the use of smaller amounts of anaesthetic) and controlling the gag reflex.

IMPORTANT – That pain, or those symptoms, might be the outward signs of something more serious. Remember that unless they are also medically qualified, hypnotherapists are not able to diagnose. Before seeking the help of a hypnotherapist for any medical condition or symptom, you should always see your doctor to make sure there is no organic cause.

Skin Problems

Your skin is visible to the whole world, so any skin disorder has the added problem of social stigma. There are multiple skin disorders. Hypnotherapy can help in two aspects:

  • Fixing esteem issues
  • Helping speed up recovery
Medication Side Effects

With record numbers of patients suffering or dying as a result of prescription drug side effects, many wonder why medications that are considered dangerous are allowed on the market. The truth is that nearly all medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, have some kind of undesirable and sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. Even with the federal regulations that oversee these drugs, side effects are inevitable. For federal regulators, though, the benefits sometimes outweigh the dangers.

Each year, about 4.5 million Americans visit their doctor’s office or the emergency room because of adverse prescription drug side effects. A startling 2 million other patients who are already hospitalized suffer the ill effects of prescription medications annually, and this when they should be under the watchful eye of medical professionals.

All kinds of medications, from those that are considered “all natural” to those that are chemically produced in a laboratory, carry some sort of aftereffect. Even though prescription drugs are supposed to undergo stringent testing and clinical trials, federal drug regulators allow a level of side effects. In addition, most side effects vary from person to person, depending on the dosage, the patient’s disease, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and overall health.

Possibly the most common side effects of any prescription drug are gastrointestinal issues, including nausea, constipation and diarrhea, because most drugs go through the digestive system to be absorbed. Other common aftereffects include drowsiness, pain and skin reactions. Read about side effects specific to women and seniors. Students also face issues involving everyday drugs.

Dizziness
While dizziness may not seem like a serious side effect, it can have grave consequences. For elderly patients or those already unsteady on their feet, random dizziness can cause a fall that could lead to broken bones.
For the elderly, especially those who are already battling other medical problems, a broken hip can take a deadly toll. Because dizziness is a common side effect of most prescription drugs, patients should be acutely aware of any vertigo-like feelings.

Nausea
While nausea and vomiting aren’t considered deadly side effects, they can cause a cascade of medical problems, especially in the elderly or those already weakened by a disease. The resulting dehydration, internal bleeding and esophageal rupture can result in death. Chemotherapy drugs, which are aimed at treating cancer, are known to cause severe nausea and vomiting.

Sleep
Many drugs affect sleep cycles. When combined with pain or discomfort, sleep eludes many people.

Bio-Feedback

Biofeedback is the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will. Some of the processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception.

Biofeedback may be used to improve health, performance, and the physiological changes that often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Eventually, these changes may be maintained without the use of extra equipment, for no equipment is necessarily required to practice biofeedback.

Biofeedback has been found to be effective for the treatment of headaches and migraines

Postsurgical

Research during a long time shows that psychologically prepared patients for surgery have better outcomes. Hypnosis, with or without anesthesia, can reduce anxiety and pain and accelerate healing. Hypnotically prepared patients have shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain and nausea, use fewer pain medications, and suffer less anxiety and blood loss relative patients receiving routine care.

The inductions are combining your imagination creating a safe effective way to reduce stress and relieve pain. You will get into your own inner and getting the best frame of mind for surgery. You will have less pre-operative anxiety, less post-operative discomfort and accelerated healing. Three inductions cover pre-surgery reducing stress and anxiety, post-surgery to further promote healing and recovery. And the Super placebo pill.

Research in a thesis from 1996 (Enqvist B. Pre-surgical hypnosis and suggestions in anesthesia) had the following findings:

In a medical setting patients are often dependent, vulnerable and easily influenced by information, which may be interpreted in a way that creates anxiety and expectations of pain and complications. Information is often forgotten. Time can be experienced as very short or long, and there may be a feeling of unreality.

Regression, time distortion, dissociation, suggestibility and amnesia are other expressions for these phenomena which can also be recognized as characteristics of hypnosis. Thus hypnosis and altered states of consciousness may be part of the daily clinical routines.

This increased suggestibility is seldom systematically utilized for a beneficial influence. In the present thesis presurgical hypnosis and suggestions in anesthesia by means of audio tape were used with the following aims:

• To give the patients better control of anxiety, pain and rehabilitation
• To influence the patients in a beneficial way regarding bleeding, edema and rehabilitation
• To use therapeutic suggestions during anesthesia alone or in combination with preoperative hypnosis to improve peri- and post-operative behavior

Study 1: Hypnosis before maxillo-facial surgery performed in general anesthesia reduced peri-operative blood loss. The addition of suggestions during anesthesia did not increase the effects. Suggestions during anesthesia only lowered blood pressure and reduced the duration of hospital stay.
Study 2: The combination of preoperative hypnosis and suggestions during anesthesia reduced postsurgical edema and fever. Less anxiolytic medication was needed.
Study 3: Hypnosis before surgical removal of wisdom teeth produced more calmness in the hypnosis group and reduced the postoperative analgesic requirements.
Study 4: Hypnosis before breast reduction surgery reduced postoperative nausea, vomiting and consumption of analgesics.
Study 5: The same suggestions as in the previous study given during anesthesia only, did not influence postoperative nausea and vomiting in breast surgery.

Breathing

Breathing is an unconscious activity just like any other natural phenomenon, such as blood circulation or food digestion. But in times of increased physical or mental stress its rhythm is affected. When presented with stressful or difficult environments, very often a person will begin to hold their breath and as a result fail to breathe normally. Thoughts of a fearful nature have the ability to encourage poor breathing. It is in these times of increased mental and physical stress that we need to be even more aware of our breathing than normal. It is therefore important to raise our levels of self-awareness each time we come into contact with stress, whether internal or external.