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January 16, 2006

16 Jan
I was excited to see all the publicity this past week about using beta blockers to reduce the intensity of posttraumatic memory. This is not new - I've been talking about this in my weekend workshops..
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I was excited to see all the publicity this past week about using beta blockers to reduce the intensity of posttraumatic memory and other symptoms. This is not new - I’ve been talking about this in my weekend workshops now for a couple of years and experiments have been ongoing on for decades. But it’s good to see that this is getting some strong publicity.

You can find a very decent article about this at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060114/ap_on_he_me/trauma_pill . Do check it out; this is very exciting, encouraging and important work, and it speaks to the biochemical nature of posttraumatic stress.

Some stories make it sound like this intervention actually erases memory, which is ridiculous. What it does is reduce the intensity of the emotional charge around the memory.

Well, most of you have probably already gotten our new catalog by now, or else you are about to get one this week. I hope you like the new titles in it as much as we do!

Take care,

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