If you truly want to stop smoking, you can – IF you are really determined to say goodbye (and good riddance!) to that smoking habit…
There is a very useful self-hypnosis “script” to be found at www.selfhypnotise.co.uk
“Always borrow money from a pessimist; he doesn’t expect to be paid back.” Author unknown, quoted in Money Week - “Britain’s best-selling financial magazine”.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) came out ahead of relaxation and meditation (but only just…) in helping to ease the physical symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, acne and the pigment disorder vitiligo, according to a study by Sheffield University researchers published in the current issue of the British Journal of Dermatology.
A meta-analysis of 22 studies involving more than 900 participants concluded that “psychodermatology” provided real benefits, particularly in helping patients deal with itching and scratching.
“This is welcome news as it adds more weight to the debate that we ought to pay more attention to psychological intervention and its benefits in managing and treating skin conditions,” commented Bevis Man, spokesman for the British Skin Foundation.
The fight against obesity has become a global industry! That’s the rallying call of the Penny Sleuth. According to the financial opportunity-spotting news-sheet, “Obesity will transform the broader health industry, so investors should be prepared.” One of the sectors forecast to profit from the increasing burden of overweight populations will be the the weight loss and nutrition business – which is already a $4bn market in the USA. It’s time to go overweight (as share-tipsters like to say) in hypnotherapy! Obese people should be encouraged to look at investing time and energy into this form of therapy – and hypnotherapists should ratchet-up their special offerings to this group, with profit to both parties.
“The psychologic factors in obesity are paramount…Treatment of the patient should be based on an understanding of the psychologic reasons for his overeating”. – S. Charles Freed, endocrinologist, 1947.
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This photograph shows a hypnotist “in action” on the Western Front during the First World War. It comes from the archive of Images from the History of Medicine maintained by the National Library of Medicine. The accompanying caption reads: “U. S. Army Base Hospital Number 17, Dijon, France. Sergeant Van Valkenburg, using hypnosis to calm nerves.”
We are often asked if hypnotherapy can help free people from unwanted habits. The answer, of course, is: yes it can! We have just finished our second session with a client who had been biting his fingernails for 50 years. He admitted that if he could have got his feet in his mouth, he would have chewed his toenails as well! He also admitted that while he was well-motivated to stop he was not convinced that hypnotherapy could help him, nevertheless he was prepared to give it a try… Now, having completed his third session with us, he’s glad that he did – and he’s optimistic that the habit is on its way to becoming history. As an important initial step, he was asked to keep a habit diary, logging all instances of nail-biting in the week following his first session. He recorded 128 separate instances. He was asked to repeat the exercise after his second session and he was delighted to log only 69 instances. That’s a reduction of 53.9% in one week. He also acknowledged that his nails were beginning to look better… We look forward to reporting more about his diminishing interest in chewing bits of himself!