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10 Feb

Margaret Dubay Mikus, a poet, photographer and all-round brainiac with a PhD in molecular genetics, discovered she carried a mutation in one of the “breast cancer genes” (BRCA2) when she had a new bout of breast cancer. After much deliberation, she decided to go for the option of bilateral mastectomy, plus removal of her ovaries and Fallopian tubes. Pretty extreme, you might think, but this is a recommended treatment with her medical history and this gene.

09 Feb

Investigators from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, Fresno campus conducted a meta-analysis to determine the efficacy of hypnotherapy techniques in reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress.

Altogether, 81 studies were reviewed for inclusion criteria. Only the outcomes of six studies representing 391 participants met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed for this report. 

Evaluation of effect sizes related to the PTS cluster symptoms of avoidance and intrusion, in addition to overall PTSD scores after hypnotherapy treatment, revealed that all studies showed hypnotherapy to have a positive impact on PTSD symptoms.

07 Feb

We got this question from a man in a high-pressure job, who asked if we have any guided meditations to help him with his anger and “impulsive blurting out” of unkind words. His goal is to stop and think before speaking and train himself to become a respectful listener and nicer person. Pretty impressive. Here it is...

Question:

Anything on anger? May blurt out an unkind word or something so stupid.  Want to learn to be extremely nice and very respectful, To stop and think before I say anything.

Philip

06 Feb

Hello again. 

First, a hats off to the Healing Warriors Program of Colorado, and to Ana Yelen, its visionary leader, co-creator and executive director. She and her team are building up a robust, much needed service for our vets.

Healing Warriors offers powerful, carefully chosen integrative medicine techniques, such as Acupuncture, Healing Touch, Guided Imagery and CranioSacral therapy, free of charge, to active duty and veteran service members (and their families) to help with chronic pain, sleep disorders, posttraumatic stress and other issues.

03 Feb

We got this My Health Journey from Mary who shares her use of guided imagery as she and her husband worked to conceive a child. Here's what she recently wrote us:

"I had struggled with infertility for nearly four years. After the first disheartening try (and “failure”, as it is called) with In Vitro Fertilization, I knew I would need extra support, because the process was distressing and disturbing, and I needed to stick it out. 

I was depressed, disheartened and, in a way, disabled. I searched the web for resources to help me cope and keep me on track. That’s how I found your audio program, Help for Fertility before the second round of IVF.

I listened to it every night before sleep. It gave me a surprising sense of calmness, patience and peace, plus a feeling that whatever will be, will be as it should be. 

02 Feb

Researchers from Baylor University conducted a systematic review to see if hypnosis was an effective intervention for comfort management during painful medical procedures. 

Results from 29 RCTs (randomized, controlled, clinical trials) met the inclusion criteria and were evaluated for this review. 

The investigators found that hypnosis did reduce acute procedural pain, compared to standard care and attention control groups; and that it was found to be at least as effective as comparable adjunct psychological or behavioral therapies.

31 Jan

We got a query about our Dialysis Guided Imagery from a PhD nurse and health manager representing a large health system that delivers hemodialysis treatment. It was a good occasion to go over how we research our guided imagery to ensure we’re giving accurate information, delivered in a clinically and emotionally sensitive way. It’s a lot of front-loaded work, but always essential to do. Here it is.

30 Jan

The Health Journeys staff members celebrated the implementation of the new HJ Player app last July, after fielding questions daily from iDevice users who were having problems navigating the old, multi-step process to sync the downloads they had purchased to their devices.  

Sometimes customers would get so frustrated they would simply give up and purchase our programs from iTunes, but not everything we carry is available there. 

We have a simple, easy solution for this!

Now, when you order one of our downloads, we’ll send you the link to our app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player, that lets you easily and quickly download our guided imagery.

27 Jan

We applaud this woman’s recovery from panic attacks, using guided imagery as a critical part of her healing. We discovered this post not long ago, on a review posted on Amazon. It’s an encouraging and inspiring guide for others.

Surprisingly, panic attacks and intense anxiety are very amenable to most mind-body relaxation techniques, but guided imagery adds an additional dimension of reframing and perspective. Check out this report:  

26 Jan

Researchers from Cardiff University, Trinity College and University College London in the U.K., conducted a pilot study investigating the impact of Neurofeedback (NF) and Motor Training (MOT) on the brain networks that could improve motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease patients.

This 10-week small Phase I randomized controlled trial had 30 PD patients participating. Group One (n = 15) received real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) with motor training. Group Two received motor training alone. 

24 Jan

We got this question from Alissa, who lives with a chronic sense of worry and fear. She wonders what resources might help her gather up her courage and muster her mojo to get beyond this. Her therapist suggested guided imagery. Check it out:

23 Jan

Wow. Guided imagery has come a long way. This past week we marveled at the dramatic and dizzying shift we were witnessing. We had an upsurge of requests for our content - from medical centers, academic researchers, app builders and universities.

Happy New Year to mind-body therapies!!

I remember when I first began making our “tapes” 27 years ago, in 1989. The only medical professionals who would help me with my research on specific illnesses and their remedies were the docs and nurses who were my friends and neighbors. I needed to have a correct understanding of the disease process and how the body naturally fights it, in order to write physiologically accurate imagery, so I had to have expert answers to my questions. Those answers came from friends.