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March 7, 2005

07 Mar
A devoted wife of 45 years whose husband developed PTSD after a terrible accident that generated much pain and fury in him, reports: "I never for a minute considered divorce, but MURDER was definitely an option!"
Hello, all.
A wonderful woman I met at a conference last week was telling me about the challenges of dealing with her traumatized, furious husband while he was in the first stages of posttraumatic stress after a terrible accident that left him with broken bones and chronic pain. They’d been married for 45 years and were totally devoted to each other, but his rage was hard to cope with. She told me, "You know, I never for a minute considered divorce, but MURDER? Definitely an option!"

We have reason for rejoicing around the Health Journeys offices - the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has just ordered a giant stash of our surgery recordings for their patients. It’s good to see official interest coming from those esteemed quarters. As with the Cleveland Clinic, we have always had individual nurses, social workers and docs who’ve made sure their patients got to use guided imagery, but never any official, institutional outreach. It’s great to see that’s changing.

Several of you have been asking us if there’s been any progress or follow-up with our idea to get imagery to our troops - to either try for an inoculative effect, using the self-regulating effects of imagery to prevent the onset of PTSD symptoms in the field - or else to help with healing PTSD symptoms upon returning home. The outpouring of ideas, enthusiasm, offers for help and creative suggestions from you all was pretty amazing, and, just so you know, although we have nothing concrete to report yet, we do have several exciting initiatives in the works. You’ll be the first to know, I promise, once something gets rolling. Trust me, we’re on it - 3 different Health Journeys staff members are working on this. And in the meantime, rest assured that our imagery is indeed being used in over 50 VA hospitals around the country, to varying degrees. So we’re getting there. Stay tuned, and thanks for your concern.

We now have a terrific, new 3-CD set for accelerated healing of injuries, by renowned clinician and Harvard researcher, Dr. Carol Ginandes. It’s called Rapid Recovery from Injury and it uses a superb combination of several powerful hypnosis exercises (with a very effective, Ericksonian flavor) that have a cumulative impact over the 6 weeks of this carefully sequenced, comprehensive program. Carol addresses pain, inflammation, the rebuilding of healthy new tissue, emotional well-being and the return of strength and flexibility, on this most excellent audio set. This is particularly helpful for sports injuries, but will work beautifully for any sort of fracture, burn, soft tissue injury or any other kinds of wound.

OK, take care and be well,

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