Hypnosis in the News
Jim Malone's Commentary on Hypnosis in the News. Separating Fact from Fiction!
Can the Economy Make You Fat?
Being in debt and worrying about how you are going to make
that next credit card and mortgage payment can make you overweight. That’s the word from researchers, who say that “the
recent credit crunch will have health implications,” and that “debt can be associated with the probability of
being overweight or obese.”
The investigators from the University of Mainz, Germany, studied more than 9,000 people
and found that 25 percent of the 949 people in debt were obese, compared to only 11 percent of the remaining 8,318 participants.
One of the biggest factors in the relationship between debt and being overweight is stress; another is having to choose less
expensive, often sugary and fatty foods.
According to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in
America” report, 43 percent of people say they overeat or eat unhealthy foods when they are under stress, and worries
about work (or the lack thereof) and debt, especially house costs and medical costs, are among the most stressful.
biology of stress, debt, and being overweight begins with biochemistry. When the body is in a stressful state, it releases
large amounts of stress hormones, especially cortisol. The longer cortisol and other stress hormones remain at high levels in the body, the more damage they
can cause, including memory problems, insomnia, depression, fatigue, a buildup of fat in the arteries that can lead to heart
disease, and accumulation of fat molecules, which can lead to overweight and obesity.
Actually, stress and cortisol
work in two ways to promote weight gain: retention of fat molecules and triggering overeating as a way to deal with the stress
and depression. High cortisol levels can increase food cravings, especially for sweets and foods high in fat. People in debt
may turn to “comfort foods,” such as ice cream, cookies and cake, candy, and other sugar-rich foods because they
have a calming effect.
When sugar hits the taste buds, they release endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer.
The endorphins tell the body to release the hormone serotonin, which can make you feel good. Eating lots of sugary foods quickly
raises the body’s blood sugar levels, giving you a temporary high. The higher you feel, the harder you will fall, causing you to feel down and depressed. The
solution: you eat more comfort foods, starting the cycle again and promoting weight gain.
Given the current economic
climate, it does not appear that the stress associated with debt and money worries will go away soon. In the meantime, here
are some tips on how to avoid overeating and overweight during these trying times:
- Think before you eat. If you’re
going to eat something to make you “feel better,” go take a walk, call a friend, read, play a video game, or anything
that will distract you.
- Don’t buy sugary and other tempting foods. If they are not in the house, you
are less likely to eat them.
- Change your habits. If you typically eat cookies while you’re driving
in rush hour traffic, bring a bottle of spring water instead.
- Never grocery shop when you’re hungry.
- Do not engage in other activities while you are eating, such as watching TV or driving. This leads to mindless
overeating and overweight.
- Practice stress-reduction methods such as yoga, meditation, exercise, tai chi,
American Psychological Association, “Stress in America” report 2007
Munster E et al. BMC Public Health August 2009; 9:286
Jim' Commentary: this is further confirmation of something many of us have known all along, that unhealthy stress
has both direct and indirect consequences. Quite often a major component of a healthy weight loss program is bringing down
chronic tension levels. Your certified hypnosis professional knows how to help you with this.
Hypnosis May Boost Sales Goals
Karen Dybis / Special to The Detroit
Hypnotherapist Dr. Hena Husain has used her training to help hundreds of Metro Detroiters
quit smoking and lose weight. Now, she is marketing to a new group: small business owners.
may sound unconventional, but business people may find techniques like hypnotherapy could break down the mental barriers hindering
their success, said Husain, owner of Balance 4 Life in Sterling Heights and Farmington Hills.
as people struggle with personal problems -- like stress, anxieties, fears and phobias -- they also have professional struggles,
Husain said. She said her techniques allow small business owners to reach the next level in their business, such as boosting
their sales or finding new clients.
"We all have blocks in achieving our goals," Husain
said. "I help (business owners) remove their blocks and change negative thoughts into positive ones.
So far, she has worked with a variety of professionals, like financial advisors, health insurance agents, business
coaches, salespeople and business people such as Stan Broyles, owner of Hot Room Cold Room Solutions in Waterford.
Broyles said he went to Husain initially to assist him with pain management, but he also learned how to manage his
mind and attitude.
"I was hurting. But then I went to a one-hour session with Hena,"
Broyles said. "I got more relief in that one session than I did from three days in the hospital and $11,000 in hospital
Husain said her long-term goal is to become an internationally recognized public
speaker and work with larger companies such as General Motors Corp., helping their employees with stress management and the
Husain is certified in three areas: Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP, Emotional Freedom
Technique or EFT and hypnotherapy. NLP is the branch of linguistics that explores how the brain encodes language, and EFT
has been described as an emotional version of acupuncture.
A typical client pays a per-session
fee or can receive a discounted rate if they sign up for multiple sessions. Costs are similar to going to a massage therapist,
Husain said. During these sessions, the client learns self-hypnosis, NLP and EFT to become self-sufficient in managing their
Husain grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and received her bachelor's degree in psychology
from Simon Fraizer University. She earned her doctorate in behavior science from Alpha University in Louisiana. She received
her hypnotherapy training from Institute of Transformational Hypnotherapy in Lansing.
who worry about what they will say or do during a session, Husain said they need not worry. She is very professional, Broyles
said, and she is bounded by privacy rules.
Jim's Commentary- Hats off to Dr. Hena for showing that hypnosis can help people in ways
they may have never imagined!
Knee Surgery Under Self Hypnosis
LONDON, July 16--A knee
operation has been performed on a 67 year-old woman during which she was in a state of self-induced hypnosis.
Coady was awake and aware of what is happening during the surgery but did not feel the pain thanks to three weeks of preparations
prior to the operation.
Bernadine, a trained hypnotist for 15 years, says she knew in advance what type of operation
was to be performed so to prepare she placed two blocks of ice on either side of her knee to freeze the area.
was held in the private Orthopedics and Spine Hospital in Peterborough. That was the third time that surgeon Ahmed Shair has
operated on Bernadette while she is in a state of hypnosis.
Coady, from March, Cambridgeshire underwent an operation
which involved a surgeon sawing into the bone of her foot ten years ago, using only hypnosis.
At the time she said:
"I said to myself that if I had any pain I was going to liken it to waves lashing against a sea wall. Every time it happened,
I thought it was the pain going away, like the tide. I always thought that it was possible and I am proof that it is. ''
Coady, originally from Belize, moved to Britain to train as a nurse more than 40 years ago.
The surgery involved
an arthroscopy (a piece of medical equipment used to help in arthroscopic or knee surgery) being inserted into Bernadine's
knee so that the surgeon can see the damage and repair it.
Bernadette is a trained hypnotherapist and is confident in
the power of her mind over that of her body.
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Jim's Commentary- this is a truly inspiring story about a hypnosis professional who truly "walks the talk"
when it comes to the power of the mind!
Take the Q-Test
In case you didn’t wind up here from one of my newsletters or mailings, take the Q-Test first. Using
the index finger of your dominant hand, trace an imaginary Q on your forehead. Did you point the little downward tail towards
the left eye or to the right eye? What is the significance?
U.K. psychologist Richard Wiseman in his book Quirkology, says that this test can help you determine
how good you are at lying! He states that “this quick test provides a rough measure of a concept known as self-monitoring.
High self-monitors tend to draw the letter Q in a way in which it could be seen by someone facing them, with the tail of the
Q facing to the left. Low self-monitors tend to draw the Q in a way in which it could be read by themselves-with the tail
facing to the right.” So you might ask what in the world does this has to do with lying?
Wiseman continues, “High self-monitors tend to be concerned with how other
people see them. They are happy being the center of attention, can easily adapt their behavior to suit the situation in which
they find themselves, and are skilled at manipulating how others see them. As a result they tend to be good at lying. In contrast,
low self-monitors come across as being the “same person” in different situations. Their behavior is guided more
by their inner feelings and values, and they are less aware of their impact on those around them. They also tend to lie less
in life, and therefore are not as skilled at deceit as high self-monitors.”
Dr. Wiseman has used this fun test with groups for years. He has noticed that
a small number of people upon learning the workings of the test, convince themselves that they traced the Q in the opposite
direction that they actually drew it in order to fit the type of person they want to be. He adds, “as a result
the test provides rough indicator of how good you are at deceiving both yourself and others.”
So did the results surprise you? However, it doesn’t matter whether the little
tail pointed to the left or the right. Since its just us here-in all honesty most of us need a little help now and then to
get where we want to be. Are your habits making you happy? Are your stress and confidence levels where they should be? If
not, please feel free to give me a call at (732) 714-7040.
P.S. Were you aware that I have a Send a Friend Referral Program? This is where
you receive a free individual session for every person you refer who becomes a client here as a token of my appreciation and
gratitude. A great way to help yourself and other motivated people like yourself at the same time! There is also a generous
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group training program related to stress reduction or persuasive language skills. Call (732) 714-7040 for
P.S.S.-Below are links to two of my favorite books by Dr. Wiseman. Quirkology,
referenced in the article above is a treasure trove of interesting and little known psychological facts and pecularities.
The Luck Factor explores the differences between lucky and unlucky people and gives practical suggestions
on how to bring more good fortune into your life. I personally experienced good results implementing his techniques.
If you come across a newsworthy story involving any aspect of hypnosis, from clinical to plain bizarre, please
contact me with the details (especially a link to the article) and if I can use it, I will send you one of my ebooks as a
Healing Through Hypnosis
March 2, 2008-Times
Sheena (name changed) suffered from a host of personal
and professional problems and was desperate for a solution. "I had relationship issues and irritable spells," she
says. In the course of her search, she tried hypnotherapy. After a few
sessions, Sheena says she felt she had a better handle on her situation. Life seemed a bigger, broader picture.
The relationship bothering her was no more, her health improved and she
found she could cope better with situations. "I think it made me look at life more positively," she says.
Sheena, like others, is one of many turning to hypnotherapy as an alternative therapy. "Hypnotherapy is trying to activate your subconscious mind by switching your conscious mind off,"
says Bina Bakshi, a hypnotherapist.
"Normally, the conscious mind makes decisions and resists ideas. The first thing you need to
know is that hypnosis is a very natural state. People go into hypnosis regularly without even realising it. If you were to
listen to positive suggestions while in these naturally occurring trance states they would have an effect on you."
Clinical psychologist Shrimant Patil explains that psychologists
use hypnosis to establish rapport with their patients and evolve a line of treatment. Says Dhansingh Chowdhury, a practising
hypnotherapist, "If there is a problem, one should have sessions for the subconscious as the personality is locked in
it. You have to put to sleep the conscious to reach the subconscious."
Almost 80% of problems in life are
related to psychological problmes, says Patil. Techniques involve making the person comfortable, slowing down their breathing,
making them stare at a spot and concentrate on feeling relaxed.
For Neha, hypnotherapy helped her deal with claustrophobia.
"I had been through a number of surgeries and had become claustrophobic. After treatment, there has been a marked improvement,
though I am not completely cured."
There’s a growing curiosity about this form of therapy. "Almost 60 per cent
of my patients come from outside Pune," says Bakshi. Hypnotherapy has proven effective in dealing with issues like adjustment
problems, divorce, financial worries and obsessive compulsive disorders, she says.
There have always been misconceptions about hypnotherapy, however. Says Bakshi, "Hypnosis
is often misunderstood. Many people believe it can force you to act and react in whatever way the hypnotherapist instructs.
Hypnosis cannot make a person into someone different and cannot control a person's mind. It can only act upon what is
within the person."
Sheena herself was hesitant about starting hypnotherapy. "Initially, I had fears.
In reality, though, you are not unconscious, this is a common misconception. I never had much trouble with it. But it’s
still not an ‘acceptable’ thing to do. My family does not know about it."
it is interesting how public awareness of the benefits of hypnosis is increasing around the globe and hopefully will
continue to grow.
Debunking the Hypnotic Bank Robber Story
March 25, 2008
I have experienced a mixture of amusement and frustration regarding
this week’s news story that an unknown suspect has been robbing Italian banks by hypnotizing tellers.
If you haven’t heard about it, according to police reports,
a well-dressed man of possible Middle-Eastern origin enters the bank and speaks softly to the teller. Meanwhile
a female accomplice distracts the others in line. After a short time the teller hands over a significant amount of cash to
the “hypnotist bandit.” All the alleged victims claim the only thing they can remember afterwards is the bearded
man leaning over and saying “look into my eyes,” before finding the register empty.
I immediately smelled a rat here. While it is possible to temporarily distract and confuse
someone by any of a number of psychological techniques, its more likely that it was used as a fanciful cover story by
people who were in collusion, with the alleged victims claiming to be hypnotized and therefore not in control.
This story is a fascinating one however one hopes that the general
public will not buy into the myth that hypnosis is dangerous because it involves a loss of control, a belief disputed by virtually
all authorities on the subject.
crime would be someone not using hypnosis as a powerful self-improvement tool because of old wives tales and misinformation.