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January 5, 2004

05 Jan
Happy 2004! If any of you know of a book, audio, video or software that is an important help to trauma survivors; or even a practitioner or a website, I’d be grateful to hear about it..
Hello, everyone, and welcome to 2004!

Well, I had a Jan 4th deadline to get my revisions for the new book (Invisible Heroes: Trauma Survivors and How They Heal) back to my editor at Bantam Dell. That was the deal if I wanted a September pub date, and, as we all know, a deal is a deal. So I’d been crunching night and day, like some kind of demented, superannuated college kid in her ‘jammies, hair desperately in need of a wash, in those crunchy days of term paper deadlines. I made it (although I just read the last page, and it looks like it dropped off a cliff. My neocortex must have quit on me. Synapses pooped out. No doubt I’ll be doing some further tweaking.)

Now I’ll be focused on putting together the resource section. So if any of you have a book, audio, video or software content, that you swear by as a help to trauma survivors or their therapists, I’d love to hear about it. If you know of a practitioner who assisted you greatly; or a website with excellent information on PTSD - I’d be grateful to hear about any of this. I’ll check the information out as thoroughly as I can, for possible inclusion in this resource section. Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your ideas. And, as always, thank you very much for taking the time and trouble.

Do check out some recent new studies that show the effectiveness of mind-body therapies - in this case, biofeedback and autogenic training (a popular form of simple hypnosis in Europe, similar to Benson’s Relaxation Response in the U.S.) on helping with headache. These two studies ask refined questions - are there differences in the efficacy of Biofeedback, if a migraine sufferer experiences auras just before onset? Does Autogenic Training reduce migraine as quickly and easily as it reduces other kinds of headaches? Check this week’s Hot Research page for answers to these and other exciting mysteries.

And our Ask BR page has a question we hear in the office a lot, from all corners of the globe: what does a recovered cancer patient do to stay healthy after the chemo is over? This is often a time when anxiety seriously sets in. So check out the answer, as well as the triumphant words of a breast cancer survivor on this week’s Inspiring Story page.

Okay, that’s it for now. I hope you have a wonderful, productive, illuminating year, filled with peace, love, mastery and joy.

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