Hypnosis Weight Loss Surgery Yields Great Results

What is the V-Band?

It’s the most advanced weight loss procedure being used by hypnotherapists today.  The concept was first introduced in the UK, where it was reported that a woman named Joh Smith lost 55 lbs after being hypnotized to believe she had stomach surgery. It later spread to other parts of Europe and is currently making its West Coast debut at the Santa Monica Hypnosis Clinic.

The V-Band is a non-surgical procedure that uses hypnosis and the power of the subconscious mind to help you achieve the sensation of your stomach being constricted by a gastric band. As a result of this procedure, you feel satisfied with smaller portions, you eat less and you steadily lose the excess weight.

How Does It Work?

The procedure lasts less than 20 minutes.  While under deep trance, your therapist will suggest to you that you’ve been fitted with a gastric band.  After the procedure, you will be eating smaller portions. Every time before you eat, you will feel a tightening in your stomach, signaling you to only eat when your stomach is empty.  You will feel full quicker and will recognize that you are full when your stomach feels like a balloon that has been inflated to maximum capacity.

What’s the Success Rate?

Although there’s been a lot of positive press about the V- band, it is a little too early to tell what the success rate will be.  So far, this program has yielded very positive results. Because we want to be able to publish our results in a clinical journal, we have decided to offer the program to a select few for a deeply discounted rate.  Participants will be asked to give feedback and their photo and resulting statistics will be published.

How Do I Apply for The Clinical Study?

A few openings are still available in our clinical study. We would have to meet with you first to make sure you qualify for the study. If this sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please call us so we can get you in for a consultation.

Hypnosis: a Powerful Tool in Complementary Cancer Care

Initial studies have shown hypnosis to be extremely beneficial for cancer patients and loved ones who battle anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and other secondary symptoms associated with traditional cancer treatments. Aggressive cancers like mesothelioma can have harmful side effects associated with radiation and chemotherapy regimens. Hypnosis has been shown to demonstrate improved capacity to manage these symptoms in mesothelioma patients as well as that of other types of cancer.

Hypnotherapy has been used for many years in clinical settings. Hypnotherapy’s role in cancer management however, is relatively new and indications are that its utilization has not been fully maximized yet. Effective cancer treatment often depends on the patient’s ability to not only defeat the cancer through treatments but also to maintain their health and mental spirit throughout the painful side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Often, the symptoms and effects of the cancer itself on the body are negligible compared to the pain and other side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. This is where acupuncture has been said to be most effective. Cancers such as mesothelioma, which are often unable to be removed by surgical means, are often treated with some combination of chemotherapy and radiation. While these potent therapies can be effective in eliminating some of the tumor mass and growth, they also profoundly affect the health of the surrounding tissue. Symptoms of these effects including fever, nausea, and general pain have been dramatically reduced through the utilization of hypnosis. Patients, who are able to withstand these symptoms and recover quickly, will often be able to be more aggressively treated, increasing the efficacy of the treatment regimen as a whole. Some specific hypnotherapy techniques utilized in pain management include altering the neurophysical configuration of pain, control of anticipatory anxiety, and targeted imagery.

Hypnotherapy techniques may not be appropriate for all patient’s pain and individual symptoms but it’s certainly worth exploring as it can do very little harm in experimenting with integrative therapies. The goal with alternative therapies, as with traditional mesothelioma treatments, is always to increase the effectiveness of treatment as a whole. If hypnotherapy can assist in any way in helping patients recover or manage symptoms of chemotherapy or radiation, then it will have contributed to the treatment regimens overall efficacy and should certainly be utilized.


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Sunnen, Gerard M.D. , Hypnotic Approaches in the Cancer Patient Ozonics International, LLC

Hypnosis In The Treatment of Drug Addiction

December 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy Treatments

Hypnosis as An Adjunct Treatment for Drug Addiction.

The exact causes of drug and alcohol addiction are not fully known. Neither is there an exact remedy or cure for these ailments.  In fact, there are many treatment options available for drug/alcohol addition.  Hypnosis is one alternative approach.  Although hypnosis may not be a stand-alone treatment, when combined with other therapies, such as a 12-step program, hypnosis can be an extremely effective approach.

How Hypnosis Can Help In Relapse Prevention?

Hypnosis induces a mental state where the subject experiences increased relaxation and focus.  Due to the increased focus, the subject becomes more receptive to positive suggestions.  In a typical session, a hypnotherapist might give suggestions for:

  • motivation to stick with the program;
  • increased patience and feelings of worthiness,
  • increased self-esteem and feelings of wholeness and serenity; and
  • increased ability to regulate thoughts and emotions.

Internalizing such positive suggestions makes behavior modification more likely, and behavior modification is obviously a crucial component of relapse prevention.

Research Proving Hypnosis Works for Addictions

The following research shows hypnosis can be very effective in the treatment of drug & alcohol addiction:

  • In a comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts, significantly more methadone addicts quit with hypnosis.  At six month follow up, 94% percent of the subjects who received hypnosis remained narcotic free.  (Manganiello AJ. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1984; 26(4): 273-9).
  • In a study on hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users, individuals who used self-hypnosis at least 3-5 times a week, at 7 week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal practice and control groups. (American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)
  • In another recent study, clients who received hypnosis treatments over a 1 yr period showed a 77% chance of remaining drug/alcohol free. (American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis,  Jul 2004  by Potter, Greg)
  • In a case study, where a female subject with a $500 a day cocaine habit used hypnosis 3 times a day for four months, the subject’s addiction was broken and she remained drug free for 9 years.  Hypnosis was the only intervention and no support network was available. (American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1993 Oct; 36(2):120-3).

Hypnosis Cures Late Night Eating

July 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Weight Loss

I can’t tell you how many clients come into my office complaining about the “late night munchies.”  Take Ms. S for example.  She insists that daytimes are a “piece of cake.”  “I’m good all day long,” she proclaims, “but when night time rolls around, it’s like the tiger has come out of its cage and there’s nothing to stop me from eating everything I can find in the cupboard.”

Ms. S is a single mom. She works hard all day long and doesn’t take breaks. When she gets home, she goes into mommy mode and doesn’t take any time for herself.  Only after her daughter goes to sleep, does she finally settle down.  She’s been so wound up all day long, that her body is screaming for nurture.  When she finally settles down, she chooses to numb out by plopping down in front of the television and snacking on empty carbohydrates.  This is typical behavior for a late night eater.

If you’re a late night eater, it’s probably because your body and/or mind is being deprived of some crucial ingredient during the day.  It’s like a jack-in-the box toy; if you keep twisting the crank, eventually the lid will pop open and the clown will pop out of the box.  Same thing with your body.  If you don’t feed it properly during the day and if you neglect to take periodic breaks for your mind, you’re bound to pop!

When working with late night eaters, I’ll often suggest that they take periodic breaks throughout the day, feed themselves properly in order to prevent blood sugar drops and practice self hypnosis or meditation.

Its perfectly fine to watch TV as a way to unwind, but eating in front of the television is a no-no! Eating should be done in a peaceful setting where you can be conscious of each bite (without any distractions)!

For questions about late night eating or to schedule a free consultation, please contact melany@hypnoswitch.com

Insomnia and What You Can Do About It

July 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy Treatments

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is vital to our health and well being. Yet millions of us, especially those of us in high-stress jobs, are not getting enough. Surveys conducted by the National Sleep Foundation reveal that 60 % of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more.

Poor sleep has a price. Not only does it affect your mood, energy level and ability to concentrate, it can also take a serious toll on your health.  Research shows chronic sleep deprivation contributes to significant health problems such as obesity and heart disease.

For most insomniacs, hypnosis is probably the last option that comes to mind. Insomniacs will try everything from sleeping pills to home remedies. The problem with sleeping pills is that they do not offer a permanent solution.  Most insomniacs suffer from circular thinking.  Instead of clearing her mind at bedtime, the insomniac uses bedtime as an opportunity to process unresolved issues that may have arisen during the day. After repeatedly engaging in this type of circular thinking, her mind becomes conditioned to viewing bedtime as “processing time.”

The only way to break the pattern of sleeplessness is by reprogramming the mind so that the insomniac begins to associate bedtime with rest and relaxation. That’s where hypnosis comes in.

Using Self Hypnosis To Get To Sleep

If you have difficulty falling asleep, you can start reversing this condition by using self hypnosis.  First, make sure that your body is completely relaxed. Release all tension from each part of the body, starting with your feet and working your way up to your head.  Take a really deep breath, hold it for a moment, then slowly exhale. Next, roll your eyes up (eyelids closed, looking up into the forehead). This causes the eyelids to “flutter,” replicating the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) of sleep.Insomnia

Next, visualize or imagine being in a very comfortable, relaxing spot (it could be a garden, beach, any type of relaxing setting). Use all of your senses to get in touch with the relaxing place that you have created in your mind. If unrelated thoughts enter your mind, allow them to keep on moving, like leaves falling off a tree. Increase the feelings of relaxation in your mind and body until you finally doze off into a nice, natural sleep.

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