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May 1, 2006

01 May
We were pumped to see that Christine Wynd’s study at the University of Akron, showing how smoking cessation imagery helped people maintain their resolve, made its way as health news in both Prevention and More..
Hello again, everyone.

Well, we were all pumped to see that the Christine Wynd study out of the University of Akron, which demonstrates how our smoking cessation imagery made a significant difference for people who quit smoking ( - kept ‘em on the clean lungs wagon, so to speak -) made its way as health news in both Prevention and More magazine. It’s good to see the data pile on and go public, convincing all sorts of unlikely people of the myriad benefits guided imagery can deliver. (An abstract of that study and others like it can be found in our database in the dropdown window under ‘smoking cessation’, or you can go straight to that one study by clicking on .

Now that the summer travel and family vacation season is approaching, don’t forget we have some terrific new resources to help ease the journey. For those who greet the very idea of flying with fear and loathing, consider listening to KRS Edstrom’s fabulously effective CD, Fly without Fear. Another popular and very effective audio is Carol Dickman’s In Flight Yoga . And if you’re struggling with a bona fide phobia (that means you truly cannot get on a plane, period, end of story), please consider working with Mary Sise’s amazing DVD, Thought Field Therapy for Stress Management and Peak Performanc.

Of course, another thing that can get disrupted during travel is your sleep. If you have trouble with insomnia when you’re on the road or off of it, for that matter, do consider the one and only Jean-Luc Mommaerts’ deliciously soothing Sleep Better or any of the items in our Sleep Combo Pack. It’s a great Ambien substitute, truly.

We already know there’s a strong link between posttraumatic stress and fibromyalgia -several studies have told us that, and awesome neurologist Robert Scaer gives us the best explanation for why in his books, The Body Bears the Burden and The Trauma Spectrum (click on Amazon). Now, the National Center for Disease Control has just reported that people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have certain genes and gene activities that reduce their body’s ability to deal with physical and psychological stress. The consequences of this discovery are huge. For one thing, it takes the onus off those suffering from CFS, who for years were seen as "attention-seeking hypochondriacs" and worse. And it begins to explain another huge puzzler: why some people go on to develop posttraumatic stress, and others, exposed to the exact same event for the exact same amount of time, don’t. This is going to open up a ton of discovery, folks. Mark my words - very exciting stuff! (More details are in this week’s Hot Research page.

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