Friday
Sep192014

HYPNOSIS FOR AN EASY, BEAUTIFUL CHILDBIRTH

 

WE frequently do hypnosis at the clinic.  Sometimes it’s to expose a troubling memory about something that happened to the patient-- we’ve fixed a few migraines that way-- sometimes it provides new insight to an infertility problem...  Recently “G”, another client came, whose experience in her two previous childbirths had not been pleasant. As I began to work with her, I was reminded of stories told by nurse friends about women of other cultures who would come in, pop out their babies and go back home!  Somehow, their births were much easier and quicker than native born American women, whose deliveries were treated more like a planned “medical emergency” than the natural course of events. The conversations that I’ve overheard as a husband/father/grandfather made me wonder why ANY woman would choose to go through the experience of PAIN, LABOR, ANGUISH, AND DRUGS, when with a little instruction and some home practice, she could opt instead to learn to block contraction and birthing discomfort through gentle hypnosis. We’ve now finished our second session, and she can almost instantly drop into a relaxed state of complete anesthesia if she so chooses, or she can alternatively choose modify that state so that she is completely normal in all parts of her body, able to walk, talk, and participate in the proceedings, except that “pain” arising from  the area from top of breasts to top of knees becomes blocked.  It’s easy to learn, and perhaps the nicest part of all is that it gives the woman CONTROL over what is happening to her.  If she begins to experience “pain”, she needn’t scream for the nurse, but can instead follow her training; those perceptions of pain will simply drop away. G has only a few weeks to go, the pregnancy is coming along just fine, and I fully expect that she will experience the birth as a relaxing, beautiful experience.  (There’s even a supporting role for the father if he wishes to participate!)  If you would like to train yourself to use hypnosis for “pain control” in childbirth or other experiences, get in touch.  It’s not expensive and you will be able to use what you’ve learned in so many later experiences, probably even for avoiding novocaine in the dentist’s chair if you so choose.  Pain control by hypnosis can be useful for living with chronic disease, such as cancer, MS, ALS as well.   

Wednesday
Sep102014

Robin Williams Suicide: Pushed over the edge by Meds??

I LOVED Robin Williams--  an actor, a comedian, a wonderful human being.  And then he was taken from us. Perhaps that’s not the end of the story. This morning I received a paper from physician Gary G. Kohls MD. Dr. Kohls grew up in northern Minnesota, received his medical degree from the U of MN, and practiced in Duluth for some years.  After a time, he chose to focus his work on the holistic treatment of mental disorders, and his letter again brought my attention to what has almost become a common occurrence:  A mental health issue, psychiatric drugs, and then a terrible incident such as a school shooting. The association of psych meds with the incident seldom appears in the media, but a little searching discloses that it is frequently there. From the online source www.cchrint.org/school-shooters/  comes their listing of some 34 school shooters/school related violence committed by those under the influence of psychiatric drugs. The latest in their list occurred June 5, 2014, with 26-year old Aaron Ybarra and his shotgun at Seattle Pacific University, killing one student and wounding two others.  He was prescribed antidepressant Prozac and the antipsychotic Risperdal.  Both carry black box warnings warning of suicide. Then follows a list of 33 more, back to 30-year-old Laurie Wasserman Dann who walked into a second grade classroom in Illinois carrying three pistols. She killed one, wounded five others, then killed herself (1988). She’d been on the antidepressant Anafranil. This drug also carries a black box warning for increased risk of suicide.  

So, what’s the story on Robin Williams? Dr. Kohls writes...that Williams had been given an, “...as yet unknown cocktail of prescription drugs that resulted in his losing weight and withdrawing from his loved ones, sleeping, after his discharge later that month, in his darkened bedroom up to 20 hours a day, in an apparent drug-induced stupor...” Shortly after he was discharged from Hazelden in Lindstrom, MN, he hung himself. So far, no word from Hazelden on their treatment or his response while under their care. Dr. Kohls raises the legitimate question of whether there should be penalties for those he terms “pushers” of legal brain-altering drugs, and it may come to that.  I have learned to be very careful of psychiatric meds for family or friends; sometimes they seem essential, sometimes not. There are hazards with meds and without them...

 

Wednesday
Sep102014

When's the best time to change a "diagnosis"?

I’d had a great time at a Bodytalk class in Sioux Falls on Saturday, and had no more arrived home, tired but excited when “C” and his sisters arrived from Iowa.  C had been feeling poorly for more than a year; he jumped through the usual hoops with self diagnosis (C does energy work, as we do), then with a CT scan.  The CT scan suggested three possible areas of malignancy, though C decided not to do a biopsy to nail down a cancer diagnosis. (There are reasons to do a biopsy, for if the diagnosis is a malignancy, then the treating docs have more to go on to help them decide how to treat.  There are ALSO reasons NOT to have a biopsy:  For one thing, in the process of withdrawing the needle (for a needle biopsy), you may leave a trail of cancer cells from the tumor all the way out to the skin, thus possibly spreading the cancer.  

 

WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO MAKE CHANGES IN A DIAGNOSIS?

And there’s another “psycho-spiritual” reason.  Some work suggests that once you have a firm diagnosis (e.g. breast cancer), it becomes more difficult to CHANGE that diagnosis, by prayer or energy work, for example.  Dr. Larry Dossey in one of his books, (Recovering The Soul?  Healing Words?)  makes that point.  UNTIL you know, by via a suitable test such as a petri dish culture,  your precise diagnosis, there seems to be the opportunity to change it.  

 Years ago, when I was a physics professor, Alan, a colleague in the biological sciences was found to have a brain tumor. I’d learned of the finding early on, as our offices were adjacent and we were good friends.  Now, brain tumors like many other tumors may be malignant or benign. A malignant tumor is not a good thing. Benign tumors may be inconvenient, but not necessarily life threatening. I decided that if there was anything I could do to encourage that tumor to be benign, I wanted to do it for my friend. At the moment, the tumor’s status was still not known. So, at the very next class period of my physics class, I asked the some 50 students to join me in doing some imagery for a BENIGN outcome rather than one that is malignant.  We spent about 20 minutes in the process and then went on to other things.  Now, there is NO WAY that I could even know whether our imagery convinced that tumor to be benign, but benign it WAS, and I look back on the experiment with some joy, trusting that perhaps we played at least some small role in the tumor’s behavior. In any case, it was benign.  My friend had many more years of good life before he transitioned. The moral for me is, if you suspect something is not quite right with your body, begin IMMEDIATELY to change it to what you feel may be a better outcome. Don’t  wait until the doc has cast it in stone....


Wednesday
Sep102014

Russian Caller With Herniated Disc: Bee therapy??

Just a few minutes ago, I received a phone call from a Twin Cities man, of Russian origin, who wanted to know if I knew anything about “bee therapy”.  I had experimented a little with using bee venom to treat a shoulder condition years ago (I’m not sure my wife will EVER forgive me for that!) and I was aware of the use of bee venom therapy for the treatment of arthritis.  My Russian friend had a herniated disc, however, and said that at least one researcher in Russia had used bee venom therapy to treat that.  I said I’d get back to him on any ideas I had, and had only just disconnected when it occurred to me that visual imagery therapy would likely do the job.  The one example I have of such is a Youtube interview with former chiropractor Joe Dispenza, who seemed to have put his spine back together following a serious accident.  (Go to the youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neCbipAKfuM to see the video. It may just convince you that you can do just about anything with visual imagery if you take time to focus on it.) I was not successful with simply using “tooth soap” to eliminate the cavity in a wisdom tooth, so now I’m using visual imagery.  Heck, if one can reassemble a spinal vertebrae with visual imagery, how hard can it be to fill in the cavity in a tooth?  It has, at most, a few percent of the mass; should not be that difficult.)

Wednesday
Sep102014

Young Woman w/ Polycystic Ovary Syndrome...

"A." called this morning; she has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), is taking a couple of dozen Rx meds, tired all the time, yeast overproduction, depression, etc.  Viewing the common symptoms of PCOS (e.g. the PCOS Foundation website), we see... irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, excess hair growth on face and body, darkened patches of skin, skin tags, infertility, thinning hair, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, pelvic pain, ovary cysts, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, decreased sex drive, increased stress...  I’ve not worked on such a condition previously, but given the multiplicity of symptoms, I am tempted to suspect that if she were to detox (liver, kidneys, colon) w/ sauna and possibly some detox remedies, gradually change her eating to a diet that is largely organic vegetables (perhaps starting with vegetable juicing), de-stress her psyche (probably with EFT), possibly do some energy work, this would be heading in the right direction.  I’m coming to believe that reducing emotional trauma and superdosing with good nutritionals will go a long way to lessening the symptoms of many, many diseases.   Perhaps the two of us can accomplish it.  It will take a little while... I asked her to bring some organic veggies so we can begin to do some juicing.