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How Can Hypnotherapy Help Prepare Overweight Patients for Surgery?

We know that obesity and smoking are major burdens on the US healthcare system. Despite public health efforts, over two-thirds of US adults are considered overweight or obese.[1] This increases their risk of a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and some types of cancer.[2] High BMI (Body Mass Index) also reduces…

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How to Prevent Weight Gain Over the Holidays

Many people hope to maintain their current weight during the holidays so that January doesn’t push them into crazy dieting. Here are some insights I’ve found helpful for preventing weight gain over the Christmas season.  Did you know that in the US, half of all annual weight gain happens during the Christmas holidays? Not surprising…

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What Effect Does Obesity Have On Our Joints?

The rate of obesity is continuing to grow in the United States. It affects the length of a hospital stay and medical cost. Differences in the duration of hospitalization may arise due to obese patients are medically more unstable. Still, not all obese patients experience an adverse medical event. But, obesity does increase the risk…

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Why do I gain weight when I’m stressed?

  When our ancestor, the ‘caveman or woman’, faced periods of famine, hunger was one of the reasons for anxiety. When there was not enough food, their bodies coped with this stress by secreting steroids. The steroids were absorbed by the omentum, a fold of tissue beneath the abdominal muscles.  Even after thousands of years,…

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words on Children Last week I met with a teenager for a hypnosis session; she was anxious as she feared there was a change that was about to occur in what was at that moment her home. This young lady had found out there was probably an ensuing divorce between her parents. So…

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Listen to you? Why?

  Listening is one of our most important communication skills. When group sessions were conducted in a community-based breast cancer support group in Vancouver, British Columbia, women were asked: (a) What were the most helpful things their doctor said or did at the time of their diagnosis? (b) What does a good intervention feel or…

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Anxiety and panic attacks

  Anxiety is regarded as a feeling of unease or worry. All of us experience this from time to time, but for some it becomes common and problematic. If you feel anxious more than others do, you could be suffering from clinical anxiety. Many conditions cause anxiety, including: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)– A condition where…

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What Is The Difference Between Physical Pain And Social Pain?

Hypnosis has been known to assist with increasing control over physical illnesses; it has been used as a therapeutic tool. As a Hypnosis Clinician, I have found that hypnosis assists with control over our emotions that have been affected from certain episodes that occurred earlier in of our lives. One or more break-ups, losses, disappointments or frustrations can normally occur in our lifetime but certain situations…

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How Does A Child’s Atmosphere Mold Their Mind?

    Verbal abuse from peers during the middle school years had the greatest impact, presumably because this is a sensitive period when these brain connections are developing and becoming protected with myelin. The atmosphere that a child is raised in molds not only their mind, but also their brain. This is something many for…

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