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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Most smokers want to quit, but how many do?

Today the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report showing that about 69% of smokers wanted to quit in 2010. That’s actually good news! The bad news? Only 6.2% succeeded. To me, that shows the incredible power of smoking. A report like this is both frustrating and inspiring. Frustrating because so many […]

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Men at Work and the vegemite sandwich

This past weekend, my wife Holly and I went to Cost Plus World Market. They carry furniture, home items, and food from around the world. As I browsed, I saw a jar labeled “Vegemite. Concentrated yeast extract. Proudly made in Australia since 1923.” Eureka! When I was a teen, Men at Work was a popular […]

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Part 2: Breaking through means higher energy (matchmaker)

What was my breakthrough? I’ve become a matchmaker. And no, I don’t mean setting people up on dates. Let me explain. A few months ago, I attended a business networking event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco, because I felt that my networking had stagnated. Most of these events feel like drive-by-networking, with […]

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San Francisco Giants use hypnosis

People from the San Francisco Giants quit chewing tobacco through hypnosis. Wouldn’t it be great if more people in baseball used hypnosis for this? Here’s the link from the San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/09/SPRS1KKSUL.DTL  

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Breaking through means higher energy

A good friend emailed me just yesterday asking if I was okay. Why the worry? We hadn’t spoken for a while, and he saw that my last blog post was many months ago. Well, I was a bit embarrassed that I had waited so long to post to my blog. So I emailed him back […]

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Why practicing self-hypnosis matters

Why does practicing self-hypnosis matter? Before I answer that, let me reference the last newsletter. Last time I mentioned that a lot’s happened lately. Here are a few highlights of what’s happened to people in my personal life. Names have been changed to protect privacy. I recently learned that Diana has a severe drug addiction. […]

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Hypnosis and learning faster by using your arms

Imagine you’re attending a workshop, and you’re not absorbing the information quickly. What could improve your learning speed? Here are two tips. 1. Put yourself into a relaxed state (i.e., hypnosis). 2. Keep your arms and legs uncrossed. How do you put yourself into a relaxed state? 1. Relax your neck and shoulders. – Gently […]

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