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Diabetes Educators Discovering Guided Imagery for Patients

04 Nov

We got this question from a diabetes educator who attended the annual meeting in Philadelphia this past August, where Belleruth gave a keynote. 

This meeting is attended by Certified Diabetes Educators, Nurse Practitioners, RN’s, Endocrinologists, Pharmacists, Nutritionists and Dieticians, not to mention Psychologists, Social Workers and Family Medicine Docs.
 
In her talk, BR provided the latest research showing the awesome impact of mind-body methods on blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, blood pressure, neuropathy, motivation for increased self-care. She also offered tips for successfully introducing guided imagery to someone with diabetes.

One of the most exciting new things: the conference is sending to every one of the 2800 attendees a digital Notebook, pre-loaded with terrific information and tools for patients, including several of our guided imagery programs that target issues associated with diabetes.  What a wonderful use of digital resources!

Here’s a question we got last week.  We are getting a steady stream of them.

Hello-
I attended the AADE [Ed. Note: American Association of Diabetes Educators] conference in Philadelphia this past August, where I enjoyed all that you shared with us.
 
I was interested in finding out which relaxation audio you played at your talk at the conference.

I would like to purchase it for myself and for a friend. I appreciate your guidance.

Thank you.

Answer:
Hello.  Wow, that AADE conference was a wonderful event, with such an impressive group of dedicated, knowledgeable, warm, good-humored, crackerjack professionals. I loved being there.

And as I said in the keynote, guided imagery is a perfect match for somebody with diabetes, who’s trying to keep his or her biochemistry (blood glucose, Hemoglobin A1c, etc) in balance.  It can make quite a difference, even in the amount of medication a person has to take.  

The guided imagery that I played during my keynote was our Relaxation & Wellness audio. Like most of our imagery, it also comes with a separate segment consisting of affirmations, for people who have trouble sitting still for the 15 minutes of straight guided imagery. 

You can also find that same meditation on the 2nd segment of our 4-part Relieve Stress audio program – that title also comes with affirmations, as well as some guided imagery for anxiety, and a very calming walking meditation (also good for fidgeters).  

And better yet, it's available as a free download on our website.

But even better, all you attendees from that AADE conference were supposed to have received in the mail a free Notebook, pre-loaded with all kinds of patient education goodies, including several of our guided imagery  meditations.  Hope you got it!  If not, keep an eye out for it!.

Take care and be well!
All best,
Belleruth

[Ed. Note: We checked after hearing that the Notebook had not been received. According to AADE, the Notebooks have not been sent out yet, but are expected to drop shortly.] 

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award