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28 Nov

So, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Here’s hoping that went well.

(This is my best impression of my hero, Julia Childs, draping her very tall body over the counter top and grinning dementedly as she presents us with her latest production from the oven. I loved watching her from my treadmill at the gym!)

But now it’s time for the sometimes joyful, sometimes pesky (ever so rarely neutral) task of gift giving for the winter holidays.

Now, I’m here to say with all sincerity, we can make this job easier for you. Team HJ has assembled some awesome holiday gift sets that will make daily living a lot pleasanter for your peeps.

25 Nov

Hi, Belleruth! 

Five years ago I used your CDs for Successful Surgery and Radiation Therapy to get me through the removal of my left lung, followed by over two dozen radiation treatments. 

I had the most amazing experience. I had no complications, minimal bleeding (to the best of my knowledge), and NO PAIN!!! (I rode my horse two weeks later.) 

24 Nov

Researchers from Cardiff University and Trinity College, UK, and Maastricht University, Netherlands, conducted a pilot to determine the impact of Neurofeedback, as compared with Motor Training (MOT) alone, on motor and non-motor functions in Parkinson's Disease (PD).

In this 10-week, randomized, controlled trial, 30 patients with Parkinson's Disease were randomly assigned to two groups.  Group 1 (N = 15) received Real Time Functional MRI – Neurofeedback with Motor Training; Group 2 (N = 15) received Motor Training alone.

22 Nov

Question:

Dear Belleruth,

I have a high-risk, but early stage, form of lymphoma. In association with my treatment, I have been using your guided imaging for the immune system -- every day, usually twice a day. Is there any closely associated additional guided imaging you can recommend? I am absolutely positive the guided imaging is helping, but I don't want to do the same guided imaging day after day, month after month, year after year, if there are other guided imaging MP3 files you personally have done that can augment the imaging I already am doing.

Thank you!
Paul D.
Anchorage, AK

21 Nov

Hello again and hooray! It’s soon to be Thanksgiving, my all-time favorite holiday. 

I love the way the whole house smells delicious, and family and friends can kind of laze around and watch football and keep going back to the fridge to eat more, sharing juicy bits of personal information between bites, at their leisure.   

To me, there’s something very permissive and forgiving about Thanksgiving… maybe because it’s not a religious holiday, so whatever inherent tensions, guilt, divisions, crankiness or resentment that are normally embedded in those issues just aren’t evoked.

18 Nov

We got this wonderful note from the Mom of Marcus, a developmentally disabled boy. She was eager to tell us what his Special Ed tutor did for him. 

She told of her sweet-natured, ten-year-old having trouble reading, figuring problems out and playing with the other kids. Sometimes he would be “hyper” and sometimes very down in the dumps.

She placed him in a very good school program and also had him working with an excellent Special Ed tutor twice a week. 

The tutor introduced guided imagery to him, creating several recordings in his own voice for him to listen to, in between their tutoring sessions. 

17 Nov

Researchers from the University of Twente in The Netherlands compared the effectiveness of a guided web-based intervention for depression, based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with an active control condition (expressive writing) and a waiting-list control condition,

Adults with depressive symptoms from the general population were randomized to the three conditions: ACT (n = 82), expressive writing (n = 67) or waiting-list control (n = 87). The main outcome assessed was reduction in depressive symptoms, as measured by the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale.

15 Nov

We got this question from a woman whose therapist recommended she listen to our guided imagery to boost her progress in her treatment for Dissociative Disorder. DD is a condition, usually the result of traumatic events, where people experience involuntary disconnects from themselves, feeling detached from their body, their emotions and their current surroundings. People often describe it as if they were watching themselves from a distance.

We’re glad to get this question, because guided imagery can help a person who dissociates and “trances out” without even knowing it, and instead teach her to purposefully, positively dissociate, with a hypnotic technique targeting goals to help her heal.

14 Nov

We’ve been hearing from a lot of distraught, anxious, disheartened people this past week, asking what they can listen to, to help them stabilize their mood and reconnect with their own inner strength.

I’m still wrapping my mind around all of this, so I have nothing illuminating to say. But I can suggest some audio resources with some conviction.

I’ve listed some guided imagery and meditation suggestions, to give yourself or someone in your life in need of some extra support.  If you already use some of these, you might want to try something fresh and new. Feel free to browse our catalog for new finds, too.

11 Nov

About five years ago, we got a note from an amazing 75-year-old woman – a spirited and multi-talented author, corporate trainer, educator, motivational speaker and ballroom dancer – who was enthusing over her mastectomy. I just came across it again, and it dazzled me anew.

You have to check this out, in her own words, because you just can’t make this stuff up. It’s a shame the world has lost her, but surely she’s still dancing somewhere…

Here’s the story, with minimal editing for length:  

10 Nov

Researchers from Ben Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel examined randomized, controlled trials measuring the efficacy of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a method that combines elements of exposure and cognitive therapy with acupressure tapping, for the treatment of anxiety.

As of December 2015, researchers found 14 studies involving 658 subjects (n = 658) that met the inclusion criteria. Results were analyzed, finding the pre-post effect size for the EFT treatment group to be 1.23 (95% confidence interval, 0.82-1.64; p < 0.001), as compared to the effect size for the combined controls, which was 0.41 (95% confidence interval, 0.17-0.67; p = 0.001).

The meta-analysis concludes that emotional freedom technique demonstrated a significant decrease in anxiety scores, even when accounting for the effect size of the control treatment.

08 Nov

Question:

Hi, Belleruth! I hope this finds you well.

Yesterday, I went to the ER with what turned out to be my first kidney stone... but (according to the CT scan) probably not my last.

I'm curious about using guided imagery for the pain (beyond endurance) and inflammation—but also to ease and enable the passing of kidney stones through the urinary system.