What Professionals Say . . . .
More Dieters Turn to Hypnosis
Imagine a world, where chocolate cake holds no temptation, where celery is an
indulgence and food cravings float away in a balloon. Now open your eyes to the
trancelike world of Americans who are turning to hypnosis to drop extra poundage.
In a nation where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, some dieters
are hoping hypnosis will finally break food's spell over them.
It's working for Cynthia Lewis, a San Diego resident who is no longer tempted to
polish off a plate of cookies when she smells them baking.
"Now just smelling (the cookies) is enough," she said.
Despite its hokey, magic-show aura, hypnosis is used as an alternative treatment in
medical institutions to manage everything from pain to smoking to weight loss.
And as waistlines continue to bulge, hypnotherapists say they're seeing more
patients desperate for a way to control their eating.
"The country is getting fatter and fatter, so different weight-loss methods are
getting more attention," said Jean Fain, a psychologist who uses hypnosis at
Harvard Medical School's Cambridge Hospital.
In the past five years, Fain said, the number of patients she treats for weight loss
has doubled. For many of those patients, hypnosis is a last resort.
Generally, the hypnotic state is defined as a state of focused concentration -- a
condition akin to being so absorbed in a good book that the outside world seems to
fade away, said Guy Montgomery, president of the Society of Psychological
Hypnosis, a division of American Psychological Association.
It's during this state that patients become more open to suggestion.
Whether hypnosis will bring results varies from person to person as in any other
treatment, Montgomery said. "We don't view (hypnosis) as a stand-alone therapy,
but as an additional technique," he said.
Kevin Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale,
said it's probably the range of therapies that aids weight loss, not the hypnosis alone.
"The prevailing thought is that there's really not much to hypnosis for weight loss
on its own," Brownell said. But people become so frustrated trying to lose weight
that they give anything a try -- especially something that seems as simple as
hypnosis, he said.
But for those who dreamed hypnosis might be the long-awaited magic weight-loss
bullet, practitioners and patients alike caution that it's not that easy.
Patients often come to Fain hoping she'll snap her fingers and knock out their
impulse to overeat. In fact, she said it can take months -- sometimes years -- to
help patients get a handle on the underlying causes of their overeating.
For Lee Hubbard of Orange County, Calif., who learned how to go into a hypnotic
state through Alman's tapes, hypnosis came easily.
Now whenever she feels like overeating, she takes a deep breath instead of
reaching for the bowl of Hershey's Kisses. She closes her eyes for a moment and
pictures herself walking toward the candy bowl. As she is about to grab a fistful,
she instead pictures herself walking right past the bowl.
Hubbard remains fully awake -- she is simply calmer, focused and more relaxed.
"It's like a movie screen where you observe yourself in the situation. It lets you
control the arena of your thought," she said.
Source: Associated Press.
What Students Say.............
You Are Getting Very Sleepy............
The Truth About Hypnotism by Megan Crowl
With long waves of brown hair and a wide hot-pink smile, she didn't
look much like a hypnotist. At least, not like my own mental image. So I
was shocked to find that this woman was the practicing hypnotherapist
who would be speaking to Ms. Patton's psychology class.
Ms. Veronica Hartman explained to us the myths and facts of her
profession. It seemed to make perfect sense, and many of us were
surprised. The class started to discover that maybe hypnosis was not as
foreboding and mysterious as we had come to see it through movies and
other forms of entertainment.
"Your unconscious mind is like a computer hard drive," Ms. Hartman
told us. "Hypnosis allows you to use your subconscious to add, change,
or delete programs that drive unwanted behavior." She had a logical
explanation for every aspect of the practice often seen as supernatural.
Someone asked about the hypnotists on TV shows who influence people
to run around and bark like dogs. Was it real?
"Hypnotists on TV pick people who are going to act the way they want
them to act," Ms. Hartman responded. "These people have high
suggestibility, no one will do something under a trance that they don't
want to do. They are not under the hypnotist's power."
It was then that I realized that hypnotism, like anything else, is only real
if you make it real. In the lifelong search for truth, people often look past
the fact that reality is what you make of it. The answer to the question
of whether something is genuine or a fraud rests on your own
willingness or reluctance to believe.
So, do I believe in hypnotism? Or am I a skeptic? I can honestly say that
I don't know. But listening to Ms. Hartman speak that day, I saw her
complete and total belief in it, and I respected her. I saw that when
clients believe as well, hypnosis can serve as a powerful tool in their
quests to change and better their lives.
And isn't that what really matters?
Megan Crowl is the Opinions Writer for The Voice publication of
Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, TN.
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Hypnosis, what it is and isn't . . . . . . . By Veronica G. Hartman
Hypnosis..... what is this mysterious, mystical process that promises results to problems which seem to have no solution. It is elusive in nature, as it is a tool
that works with the unconscious realms of the mind; which produces behavior. The field of neuro linguistic programming defines hypnosis as ‘that magical
mystical state when the client listens only to the hypnotist’. From a health care standpoint, hypnosis is an approved method of treatment by the American
Medical Association; when utilized by a skilled practitioner.
There are many utilization’s of hypnosis in the medical profession as well as the entertainment arena. Stage hypnotists use it overtly, to impress the power of
the unconscious mind to perform as directed. An example being that under hypnosis, you will quack like a duck or perform other behavior that you would not
normally. While that is possible, it is only possible if your unconscious mind is open to the possibility of quacking like a duck upon command... Used in a
therapeutic context, hypnosis can assist clients to achieve career success, change undesired behaviors, relieve stress, enhance self esteem, and manage pain.
The list goes on and on, so you begin to get the picture that hypnosis is a tool to get the results you want in life.
In fact hypnosis is widely used for habits such as stop smoking and weight reduction. Recent studies have been done on weight reduction indicating that
hypnosis is the means to release weight and successfully keep it off. So it would seem that hypnosis is a magical tool that takes care of life’s habits and
behaviors when used appropriately.
Oddly enough one of the misconceptions of hypnosis is that the client is not required to participate other than to be present. In fact, the key ingredient that
determines the success of hypnosis to achieve results is the willingness to change. Another common delusion is that one must be comatose or in a similar
state of unconsciousness to be hypnotized. Amazing that the phrase ‘unconscious mind’ somehow translates to being U N C O N S C I O U S. Whereas in
reality, a light state of trance will yield profound results. There is a further conception that not everyone can be hypnotized, however the fact is that you can
only be hypnotized, if you can follow directions. That’s right, just gently allow your eyes to close...........
For the profound results that can result from a session of hypnosis, wouldn't it be worthwhile to investigate the realms of your unconscious mind, or to at
least become conscious of it...that’s right...bring your unconscious mind with the rest of you, and trust that the results you are seeking to achieve has
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20 Minutes After Quitting - Your Heart rate drops
12 Hours After Quitting - The amount of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal.
2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting - Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lungs begin to work better.
1 to 9 Months After Quitting - Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
1 Year After Quitting - Your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 Years After Quitting - Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.
10 Years After Quitting - Your lung cancer death rate is half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat,
esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
15 Years After Quitting - Your risk of heart disease is like you never smoked.
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