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Scripps Study Rocks World of Standard Care for Combat Stress

08 Oct

We continue to be blown away by the reaction that Mimi Guarneri’s Scripps study is getting.  This is the RCT (randomized, controlled trial) where 123 combat exposed Marines, newly returned and between deployments at Camp Pendleton, with symptoms of PTS, were assigned to either 6 sessions (over the course of 3 weeks) of treatment with Healing Touch plus our Healing Trauma imagery; or treatment as usual (which I think was individual counseling with EMDR).

The study found that over those 3 short weeks, symptoms of PTS declined significantly, as did depression and cynicism.  Pretty exciting stuff, eh?  So there’s been a huge amount of interest coming out of the DoD and the V.A., we’re happy to report.

Some of us are not so surprised to see that biofield therapies plus guided imagery are not only a potent combination for reducing PTS, but one that the service members will actually use and recommend to each other, without any sense of stigma or reluctance.

Kudos to the Samueli Institute for making sure these results got published. The findings appeared in the September 2012 issue of Military Medicine.

As we do every year, we’re honoring Breast Cancer Month by featuring our ever-popular Pink Ribbon Pack and of course donating a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research, by way of the Vera Bradley Foundation.
This pink ribboned perennial favorite includes three of my own guided imagery audios – the CDs for Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy and General Wellness; along with Susan Rosen’s first rate yoga video: Yoga and the Gentle Art of Healing, designed specifically to help breast cancer patients undergoing treatment.
In addition, we have our Pink Ribbon Wellness Pack for breast cancer survivors, family members, and anyone else who wants to support breast cancer research – it’s our most widely used imagery for general health and wellness, combining General Wellness, Relaxation & Wellness and Healthful Sleep with our Healthy Immune System imagery.  And again, a portion of these proceeds also goes to Vera Bradley.

So if you want to do well while doing good for breast cancer, check ‘em out.

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