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31 Oct

Hello again. 

I just discovered as I was reading a study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, published in 2013, that the intervention it tested was our Healthful Sleep audio. Go figure! 

We’ll post the results on this week’s Hot Research page, showing that it helped post-cardiac surgery patients sleep better in the challenging ICU environment, and helped reduce post-op inflammation, as compared with usual treatment. 

I was delighted to see this, but it occurred to me that this was the third study that I’d discovered in recent months that used our imagery – each time a complete surprise to me.

That’s perfectly within any investigator’s rights – our audios are commercially available, and people can do what they want with them.

28 Oct

We got this email from a med-surg nurse working swing shifts, who suffered from sleep deprivation for years.  And although she knew about guided imagery from her patients, she had only associated it with having surgery. Here she is: 

27 Oct

In this small pilot, researchers from Oklahoma University Medical Center evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, and user satisfaction from patient-controlled relaxation and/or imagery interventions for the symptom cluster that so often accompanies cancer treatment: pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance.

It also examined the data for trends in the efficacy of guided imagery and relaxation to reduce pain, fatigue, and sleep problems, even though the numbers were small.

25 Oct

A man who attended BR’s guided imagery workshop on trauma, heartbreak and forgiveness, sponsored by the Center for Pastoral Care in McLean, Virginia, wants to know if there is some sort of calendar listing or other way to track similar learning opportunities.

24 Oct

I've briefly diverged from my usual stay-at-home behavior, giving a lot of talks this past couple of weeks. I’m glad I did, because I’ve learned a lot from all the people I've met and spoken with.

Aside from some terrific, practical insights, ideas and resource recommendations, I also got a score of powerful, new stories on how a simple, inexpensive, portable, uploadable, audio intervention called guided imagery can make difference in people’s lives. It was good to get that message, over and over again.

21 Oct

October is the official month of many, many awarenesses. Not only do we have ADHD Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness; we also have Breast Cancer Awareness.

And so we are compelled to bring back the dazzling video of the Pink Gloves Dance, brought to you courtesy of the enthusiastic, caring, twinkle-toed staff of Providence St Vincent’s Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

20 Oct

A University of North Carolina researcher conducted a systematic review of studies on the efficacy of hypnotherapy on gastrointestinal disorders, finding 35 studies, including 17 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that assessed clinical outcomes.

Twenty-four of the studies tested hypnotherapy for adult irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and 5 focused on IBS or abdominal pain in children.

18 Oct

We got this question from someone who attended the awesome Healing Beyond Borders conference. 

She’d had an uncomfortable response to a guided imagery experience that I’d introduced to the whole room. Where most everyone had a positive, healing, sometimes deeply moving experience, she “came back” from the altered state cranky, irritable and troubled. She wonders what that was all about and how to deal with it.

17 Oct

October is a lot of things – among them Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So it’s time to remind you of some important info on how to leave an abuser and still stay safe, because that is indeed a dangerous time.

That's when the violent partner is most enraged, feels there’s nothing to lose, and is at his or her most murderous. In fact, more than 70% of the killings that happen in these relationships are going to happen then.

14 Oct

We got this note from a grateful veteran. It meant a lot to all of us. 

Dear Belleruth and Health Journeys,

Several years ago, I was deployed to Iraq with the Army. During this deployment, I witnessed and experienced many events and circumstances that still stay with me. You could say I’ve been haunted.

13 Oct

Researchers from the University of Buenos Aires examined responses to three different kinds of stress management programs for undergraduate students. Fifty-two students were randomly assigned to one of three stress management programs.

The first included deep breathing, the relaxation response, meditation, and guided imagery techniques (RRGI). The second program offered training in cognitive behavioral techniques (CB). The third program offered a combination of both RRGI and CB (RRGICB).

11 Oct

A depressed paramedic who has experienced multiple traumatic events, from an abusive mother in childhood through an abusive wife in adulthood, wonders what guided imagery he should listen to first.

We make some suggestions, but also suggest some counseling or joining a support group for releasing some repeating patterns with abusive relationships . Read on: