First pill for weight loss in 13 years

The FDA approved Belviq, a new pill for weight loss. It’s not a miracle drug, but clinical studies show that it helps create modest weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. For more information, click on the link below. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/arenas-belviq-is-first-new-prescription-weight-loss-pill-to-win-us-approval-in-over-a-decade/2012/06/27/gJQAsxO66V_story.html One challenge of using a pill is that the pill can only […]

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Thailand: brilliant “smoking kid” anti-smoking ad

Ads telling people to stop smoking have some effect, but one ad agency has produced something more powerful. In the ad, kids go up to random smoking adults and ask them for a light. In one exchange, one man says, “If you smoke, you die faster. Don’t you want to live and play?” After each […]

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Ban on smoking in public places in Vietnam

If you live in California, you don’t have to worry about smoke bothering you in a restaurant, hospital, office building, etc. But not all states have such protection. Smoking is a state-by-state issue, and some let smokers light up indoors. Yet Vietnam just leapfrogged the U.S. by banning smoking in public places. This is great […]

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Hypnosis TV show idea: I need your help

I’m in the very early planning stage for a hypnosis TV pilot. My big vision is to have hypnosis become mainstream. I have a vision of kids learning hypnosis in school to help them learn much faster; hospital patients use it to heal faster; others use it to change negative habits. As we let go […]

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BBC reports teeth removed without pain

Leslie Mason, 54 years old, needed to have two rotten teeth removed, but he couldn’t afford the fee. When I read this, it surprised me since I thought the United Kingdom had health insurance for all. Anyhow, he went to a dentist who used hypnosis to control the pain. And it was free. Mr. Mason […]

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Hospital not hiring smokers

Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania no longer hires smokers or people addicted to nicotine. Over the past few months I’ve noticed a disturbing set of news stories on places not hiring smokers. As I said in my previous post about Fort Worth, excluding an entire class of people is a slippery slope. Who’s the next group […]

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Fort Worth not hiring smokers? Dangerous idea

The city of Fort Worth is considering not hiring smokers. When I heard about this, I wondered if this was even legal, but they actually do have the law on their side as smokers aren’t a protected class. Their logic was that not hiring smokers would reduce their health insurance costs. The link is below. […]

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Wall St. Journal, pain, chemotherapy, and hypnosis

Here are highlights from the Wall St. Journal article. – New York psychologist, Dr. Jeanne Safer, has a rare form of leukemia. Hypnosis helped her relax before biopsies, MRIs and surgeries. She calls it an “excellent self-management technique,” and uses it with her patients. – “We can teach people how to manage pain and anxiety, […]

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CDC’s anti-smoking campaign

Last month the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) launched a new anti-smoking campaign. Warning: the videos are graphic and not for children. I’ve included two links. The first is to CNN’s article, and the second is to the CDC’s section of videos. http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/15/health/feds-tobacco-ads/index.html http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/stories I have mixed feelings about the CDC’s approach. On […]

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SF Giants’ Bochy kicked tobacco habit after hypnosis

A few months ago, the San Francisco Chronicle did an article on how hypnosis helped some people with the SF Giants baseball team. Here’s a quick follow up article they just published. Their link is below. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/12/SPR81NJIS8.DTL

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