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I survived the ghosties and goulies and am back to my normal routine (though the routine seems to change a lot these days). But I do still have a question: is the world so large that not one person reading this blog attended the MidSouth Paranormal Conference?
Onward, my friends. Stepping one foot in front of the other and looking backwards, here is the hypnosis week that passed.
Sometimes I think it is hard to wrap our minds around all that one experiences when dealing with breast cancer. One particular outcome for those who undergo surgery is that some experience hot flashes. Well, here is another notch on our belt - hypnosis can help eliminate those hot flashes. A study was done by Baylor University, University of Texas, and Johns Hopkins University. Out of 51 participants, half had five weekly hypnosis sessions and the other had none. The results were that 68% of the people in the hypnosis group had their hot flashes diminished. (Emax Health)
Hypnosis for dealing with depression? You betcha. According to an article in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (last year), hypnosis had a slightly higher rate of helping people deal with depression than talk therapy (Natural News).
So, let’s pretend for a moment that you are a dentist. Maybe you are the sort who would rather use the power of the the mind than chemicals to control pain and anesthesia. Where would you go to school? Try USC School of Dentistry, which promotes the use of hypnosis and teaches students how to go about utilizing it in their practice. Don’t get me wrong, there are also several dentist who become accomplished hypnotists on their own, but the idea that a dental school is incorporating hypnosis into their curriculum seems like progress to me (Imperial Valley News).
Congratulations to Maureen Bowman for being awarded the honor of calling herself a Master of Hypnosis. This was given to her by the British Academy of Hypnosis (The Sunderland Echo).
Claudia Ricci deserves to be put in this section for a story she wrote that tells about some amazing work done by a hypnotist. However, her purpose for writing the story is to discuss the skepticism that hypnosis faces even when certain medical community members have experiential knowledge of hypnosis. Sigh. (The Daily Gazette).
For those of you who are fans of audios, you might enjoy fm4.orf.at mp3 about hypnosis. It is well done and talks about what hypnosis is and is not. Please keep in mind, this is a Dutch (I think) podcast. There is a touch of the dutch language involved, but most of it is in English.