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.

References

Erickson MH: Hypnosis in painful terminal illness, in Haley J (ed): Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis and Therapy: Selected Papers of Milton Erickson, MD. New York, Crune & Stratton, 1967.

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

Hypnosis In The Treatment of Drug Addiction

December 11, 2009 by  
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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).

Can Hypnosis Treat Fibromyalgia?

About 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia.    The condition is characterized by severe muscle pain, sore tender points and body fatigue.  Its onset can be sudden, as in the person who develops fibromyalgia after experiencing a trauma, such as a car accident.  It can also be more gradual.  Fibromyalgia can go into remission and then appear again. People with Fibro should avoid stress because stress tends to exacerbate the symptoms.

There are many different types of treatments available for fibromyalgia, including prescription medications, acupuncture, water aerobics, hypnotherapy and massage therapy.  What works for one person may not work for another.

One might not immediately think of hypnosis as a treatment option, but studies show hypnosis can turn off pain receptors in the brain.  That’s something fibro sufferers could really benefit from.  Indeed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, where scientists compared the brain imaging scans of 20 women diagnosed with fibro with the scans of 10 healthy women, the Fibro sufferers had pain receptors that were much more active.  If we could only shut those pain receptors off? Well, now we know we can..with hypnosis.

In most Fibro sufferers, the stress response is constantly being triggered and the body has simply forgotten how to produce the relaxation response. Hypnosis can help reprogram your mind so that you’re producing the relaxation response much more readily and easily.

For more info on how you can benefit from hypnotherapy, please email me at melany@hypnoswitch.com.

Can Hypnosis Cure Bipolar Disease?

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Chronic Pain Relief

Treating Manic Depressive Symptoms with Hypnosis

Bipolar disease, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a type of mood disorder.  Everyone has highs and lows, but people with bipolar have extreme highs and lows.  This can sometimes inhibit their ability to function in life.  Extreme bouts of bipolar can lead to aggressive and/or self-destructive behaviors.  Some bipolars have audial and visual hallucinations.  Many bipolars turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to self medicate.  Some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • insomnia
  • reckless behavior
  • impulsive behavior
  • racing thoughts
  • delusions and hallucinations
  • severe depression and thoughts of suicide

Bipolar is a very difficult disease to treat. Patients are generally given psychiotropic medication, but finding the right combination of meds can be difficult. Also, many bipolars prefer not to take their meds as it robs them of the supersonic energy they feel during the mania.

So, what’s the alternative?  Well, how about hypnosis?  If hypnotherapy is a great tool for molding the human mind, why not the bipolar mind?  Those were some of the questions I asked myself when I first started treating manic depressive symptoms using hypnotherapy.

My first experience with a bipolar patient was about 10 months ago.  When he first came to my office, he was in pretty bad shape. He was drinking excessively (to the point of black-outs) as a way to manage his illness.  He had severe insomnia and debilitating anxiety. He was totally out of control.

10 months later, he’s still sober.  He’s been taking his meds more consistently and he’s much less anxious.  He’s been sleeping better and he feels more balanced and in-control.

Can hypnosis cure bipolar disease? Maybe not entirely. But it can certainly be very useful in relieving some of the symptoms.

For more info on how hypnosis can alleviate bipolar sysmptoms, please write to us online or offline (melany@hypnoswitch.com).

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