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“IAPH therapists have found that anxiety can be very effectively treated using pure hypnoanalysis and issues can usually be resolved within 8 to 12 sessions.” -International Association of Pure Hypnoanalysis [1]

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 A few years ago, if you would have told me hypnotherapy works better for anxiety than any medication -and that it doesn’t just maintain it, it cures it-, I would have ignorantly replied with a snarky comment right before dismissing the thought entirely. However, if you told me that today, I would enthusiastically agree. I know, because I have experienced it; and it is because I have experienced it that I am able to sit here peacefully and write this without racing thoughts clouding my mind.

For 21 years of my life, “shy” was the last word people would have used to describe me. Unfortunately, this all changed when anxiety began to consume me. At the beginning of my long battle with Lyme disease, I was placed on a grotesque amount of psychotropic drugs.  After experiencing the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals, both mentally and socially, I chose to treat myself naturally and began the long journey of withdrawing from one prescription pill after another. My destiny was to return to the version of myself that was not chemically altered by drugs. Unfortunately, this road also lead me down further, often times more drastic, changes physically, mentally and spiritually. It made me incredibly sick. I managed to endure my withdrawals on top of Lyme unnameddisease by constantly reminding myself that it was only temporary, until anxiety began to viciously ravage my every thought when I began weaning myself off a benzodiazepine called Ativan. I had experienced anxiety before, and had even had a few severely irrational anxiety attacks where I thought I was dying. This was different, though. It took the term “anxiety” to a whole new level, and re-defined my entire perspective of life. Imagine having an intense anxiety attack 24/7, that’s how I permanently lived. It prevented me from doing things as minor as walking into the gas station alone. The little social life I had continued to diminish until it became virtually obsolete, as the severity of my anxiety was magnified when I was placed in social situations.

Clearly, I was not okay living in such a way. Due to withdrawals, I became a full time host for anxiety. I was desperate to put an end to it, but not desperate enough to give in and start taking the pills again. However, the disheartening fact was that benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which mostly plagues long-term benzodiazepines users, commonly lasts well over a year. It prolongs and intensifies withdrawal symptoms, and can even happen to individuals who have taken benzodiazepines for as little as two months. My most debilitating symptom was crushing, unrelenting anxiety. Considering I had taken a tranquilizing dose of Ativan for over two years, the anxiety was likely to stick around for the long haul –was, until hypnotherapy relieved me of anxiety entirely.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Addressing anxiety at its deepest level through hypnotherapy can entirely eradicate your anxiety and provide you with permanent behavioral and lifestyle changes, rather than changes that are only apparent when you pop a pill.  Hypnotherapy works by quieting the conscious mind in order to completely access and reprogram the subconscious mind. Chronic anxiety typically stems from deep-rooted memories and beliefs about yourself that are stored in your subconscious mind, which serves as the hard drive for your conscious mind. Using your conscious mind, you can acknowledge your anxiety and try to control it. You might successfully defeat your anxiety this way, but not for long. Significant change must occur deep within the subconscious mind in order to achieve lasting results, since it is ultimately what fuels your conscious mind. Hypnotherapy opens the door to your subconscious mind by putting you in a trance-like state, enabling the hypnotherapist to replace any deep-seated negative thoughts or memories you harbor with more positive and productive ones. Hypnotherapists treat anxiety by doing this in one, or both, of the following ways:

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  1. When you are in a trance, your subconscious mind is pulled forth from the background of your mind and placed in the foreground, allowing the hypnotherapist to speak to it. By repeatedly feeding your subconscious with affirmations negating your anxious thoughts, you can cancel them out and replace them with new ideas promoting an anxiety free lifestyle. Storing new, positive suggestions in the hard drive of your brain allows for lasting results that can effortlessly be accessed and utilized once you are conscious again. While pills may keep your anxiety at bay, it is likely that they are merely masking it rather than treating it. A major problem with this is that long-term consequences accompany the short-term benefits of taking medication, as chemical deposits from the substance are secreted into your cells each time you take it.
  2. Hypnotherapy can also treat anxiety using a method called “visualization,” which is also performed while you are in a trance-like state. If your anxiety stems from a specific event or situation, the hypnotherapist may have you access the initial memory that instigated your chronic anxiety or anxiety attacks, and then have you replace it with a new image that does not provoke anxiety. For example, my hypnotherapist had me visualize myself swinging on a long rope back to the very first moment I experienced my debilitating anxiety, even though I did not believe one specific moment had provoked my anxiety and that is was solely a symptom of benzodiazepine withdrawals. Surprisingly, a particular time in my life did in fact surface. Once there, I visualized the situation as if I were observing it from the outside looking in, and then imagined myself pointing a laser of golden light at it. I imagined the laser gradually shrinking the image until it was entirely gone, in order to imprint the feeling of reclaiming my power back from anxiety into my subconscious mind, thus allowing me to live as if I truly had in my waking life as well. Lastly, while still in the trance state, positive images of a life opposite from that of chronic anxiety, such as ones filled with joy and spontaneity, were introduced and stored in my subconscious mind.

Essentially, hypnotherapy has the potential to successfully change the negative core beliefs spawning your undesirable habitual surface thoughts, feelings and behaviors. If you prefer not to visit a hypnotherapist for anxiety, you may choose to learn self-hypnosis instead. A link to instructions on doing so is posted below. There are plenty of great hypnotherapy videos for anxiety, as well as a plethora of other problems, available on YouTube. Any form of hypnosis may prove to be beneficial in one way or another. Like most things in life, it is all a matter of trial and error to find which method works best for you. Also, keep in mind it takes some people several sessions before they are able to drop into trance and experience the full benefits of hypnotherapy. As a person who meditates frequently, I was able to drop into trance during my first hypnosis session and reaped profound benefits almost immediately. That being said, meditation is an excellent practice for quieting your mind, which will help you immensely when trying to drop into a trance. Not to mention, 20 minutes of meditation a day will help you remain calm and keep residual anxiety under control and/or prevent a re-emergence of past anxiety.

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Click here for a list of the symptoms of anxiety: http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml

Click here for a list of other ways you can benefit from hypnotherapy: http://www.articlesbase.com/self-improvement-articles/6-key-benefits-of-self-hypnosis-719762.html

Click here to learn self-hypnosis: http://m.wikihow.com/Use-Self-Hypnosis-to-Stop-Anxiety-Attacks

Click here for an effective and beginner friendly YouTube hypnotherapy session for anxiety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OgzJjRPpbY

Click here to listen to a variety of free guided meditation podcasts: http://www.meditationoasis.com/podcast/

**This information is not intended to replace the care of a licensed physician. Please personally consult a medical professional before making any dramatic changes to your healthcare routine.

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Resources

1. http://www.iaph.org/symptoms_treated/anxiety.htm

2. http://m.wikihow.com/Use-Self-Hypnosis-to-Stop-Anxiety-Attacks

3. http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/mentalhealth/205678.html

4. http://www.susangold.net/hypnotherapy.htm

5. http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml 

6. http://www.articlesbase.com/self-improvement-articles/6-key-benefits-of-self-hypnosis-719762.html 

7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OgzJjRPpbY 

8. http://www.meditationoasis.com/podcast

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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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  • The Facts:

    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

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    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Are Lockdowns Affecting Children?

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  • The Facts:

    We spoke to activist and mother Stephanie Sibbio about her co-creation of an organization called 100 Million Moms which seeks to empower women to stand up against injustices.

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    Are we choosing virus mitigation methods that are short sighted and harmful over the long term? Are they more harmful than the virus itself?

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The potential downsides of lockdowns during pandemics have been explored quite a bit – and the truth is the scientific community is quite divided on whether it’s the right move. On one hand a case can be made for effectiveness of lockdowns, but at quite a cost, while on the other hand many have shown lockdowns to be ineffective in slowing spread. How a study is organized and conducted can also dramatically change results.

Interestingly a study in Nature showed that “less disruptive and costly NPIs can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown).” This essentially states that governments could choose effective ways to mitigate virus spread effectively without inducing unwanted and long term side effects on society as a whole via lockdowns – regardless, lockdowns are still widely being used.

One question we might have is, what about factors that are not so easy to measure right away? Things like long term psychological damage of being constantly stressed, out of touch with community and friends, and confined to our homes. What affects are children experiencing in their development and learning? We may not know exactly for quite some time.

I felt inspired to speak to a mother who has not only be asking this question with regards to her child, but who has decided to do something to push back against government measures, like lockdowns, that many citizens and scientist don’t agree with.

Along with another activist, Stephanie Sibbio created a movement called 100 Million Moms who, as their Instagram states, are a rights-based movement empowering moms all over the world to stand up against injustice. We advocate for natural health & medical freedom.

I spoke to Stephanie about how she has seen lockdowns affecting children, and her story in co-creating 100 Million Moms. In this discussion you will learn how you can get involved as well.

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A large meta analysis on mask wearing has shown that children are having physiological issues and learning challenges with prolonged mask wearing.

A group of doctors did a panel worth considering that discusses the potential harms of lockdowns and the science that supports the idea.

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