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Causes of Stuttering – Three Theories

The causes of stuttering have been widely studied, and debated greatly over the years. Most research indicates that stuttering, which affects roughly 4-5 percent of people at some point in their lives, is a direct result of one of the follow three areas.

Stuttering is Learned

Some research suggest that stuttering is a learned behavior. It is common for children to stutter at some point in their early life while speaking. The learned behavior theory suggest that if they are chastised, corrected, reprimanded, or made to feel dumb for their stuttering the anxiety caused by this will cause them to stutter more. As the stuttering continues, it becomes part of their speech, much like fluent speech would if the stress and anxiety during the learning phase were not present.

Stuttering is Psychological

The second theory as to what causes stuttering is that it is psychological. Simply put there is something different in the brain between a person who stutters and one that does not. In all other aspects of the persons life the psychological difference in the brain causes no effects. However the stuttering person’s brain may react to stress and anxiety with a stuttering block, whereas the non stuttering persons brain allows them to speak fluently in the same situations.

Stuttering is Genetic

There is also some research to indicate that stuttering is genetic to some degree. Stuttering has been shown to run in families, however there is much research in this field that still needs to be done to solidify the genetic link between stutters and their family DNA.

Now you Know Why, But How do you Treat Stuttering

The strongest link to why people stutter is the learned behavior theory. This is actually good news for those who stutter.

If a behavior can be learned, it can be unlearned as well – the theory suggests.

This means that finding a stop stuttering program which “teaches” you how to stop stuttering, will essentially override the learned behavior that caused you to stutter in the first place – even if it were many years ago.

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Herbal Menopause Remedies – The 5 Best Phytoestrogens

When you buy an herbal menopause remedy, make sure that they contain herbs with phytoestrogen properties. Otherwise, your remedy won’t do much to relieve your hot flashes! Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances in plants that can influence the function of estrogen in the body. Although they can alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause by affecting estrogen activity, phytoestrogens are not “real” estrogens in the sense that they are the same estrogens produced by our bodies. Phytogestrogens bind to estrogen receptors in the same way actual estrogens do, and can either have pro-estrogenic or anti-estrogenic effects – depending on how saturated the receptors are. In bodies with low estrogen, as in menopause, empty estrogen receptors can accept phytoestrogens, which have a weak pro-estrogen effect and relieve menopause symptoms.

Unlike synthetic estrogens, which get stored in fat and stay in our bodies for a long time, phytoestrogens only work on the precursors to estrogen. That way, you can enjoy the relief of an estrogen boost without worrying about the serious health impacts of estrogen dominance that can be caused by hormone replacement therapy. Below are the five most effective phytoestrogens for menopause relief.

Black Cohosh – A very effective menopause herbal treatment

Black cohosh is from a tall flowering tree that grows in North America. It is known to contain a non-steroidal phytoestrogen called isoflavones, which can regulate temperature, strengthen bones, and provide vaginal lubrication. These effects are observed when black cohosh reaches the hypothalamus, the region of the brain that regulates hormone production and body temperature. Many women swear by black cohosh’s ability to relieve the discomfort caused by hot flashes and night sweats. Black cohosh can be taken daily for up to six months, but should not be used as a long-term remedy. Since the herb is known to increase the number of liver enzymes, black cohosh should not be taken by those with liver disorders.

Ashwagandha – A treatment to correct the vata

According to India’s ancient healing tradition Ayurveda, hot flashes, anxiety, and insomnia due to menopause are caused by an excess in vata energy. Vata is the air and space energy that regulates motion, breathing, blood circulation, and heartbeat. A balance in vata is characterized by vitality and creativity. An imbalance causes anxiety, fear, and other physical symptoms. The Ayurvedic approach to treating menopause involves correcting the vata imbalance with herbs like ashwagandha. The ashwagandha plant is an important herb for Ayurvedic medicine because of its beneficial properties, including flavonoids and phytoestrogens that can reduce inflammation, decrease stress, invigorate the body, and serve as an antioxidant.

Ginseng – A trusted menopausal herb

The perennial plant ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies for menopause, particularly for hot flashes and palpitations. Although there have been few human studies on ginseng’s impact on menopause symptoms, animal investigations show that ginseng lowers body temperature by releasing the adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH). ACTH is responsible for triggering the utilization of glucose and fatty acids, which are important substances that help the body cope with stressors. Increased levels of ACTH were also found to counteract the skin temperature rise that results from hot flashes. Although ginseng is primarily a stimulant, it was also found to be helpful in dealing with menopause-induced insomnia.

Dong Quai – Another menopause natural medicine for hot flashes

Often called the “female ginseng” for its benefits to female reproductive health, dong quai is another important herbal remedy for menopause symptoms. Aside from containing a high concentration of phytoestrogens, dong quai also contains vitamins A, E, and B12. The herb also relieves hot flashes by dilating the blood vessels and increasing the blood flow. Clinical studies on dong quai show that menopausal women who take daily 400mg doses of the herb experienced a 25% decrease in hot flashes. Dong quai is especially potent when used with black cohosh.

Red Clover – For all around menopause symptom relief

Last but certainly not the least is red clover, a plant primarily grown for grazing purposes. Today, however, red clover is an important cure-all for uncomfortable menopause symptoms. Clinical trials on red clover supplementation show that it can reduce the frequency of hot flashes and the intensity of mood swings. Aside from alleviating the discomfort in menopause, red clover can preserve the state of your health. Its high calcium and magnesium content makes the herb a great protector against osteoporosis and bone density loss. Red clover is also thought to increase the amount of good cholesterol, or high density lipoprotein, reducing the risk of heart disease.

Remember, herbal remedies can interact with prescription medication you might be taking now. Consult your doctor or a licensed herbalist before taking any supplements.

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The Reality Creator

The mind and spirit are powerful, especially when strong ideas and life forces are involved. They are the genuine reality creators. Without a strong life force and idea of what you want though, they are as weak as floating cork or a ship without a rudder going in circles and just using up fuel going nowhere. But when the mind and spirit are now here and definite, look out for the power you are unleashing, it is wonderful!

Reality creation can come in many forms, whether it is hypnosis, suggestions to yourself that are strong, direct actions or whatever. When there is a definite direction, there is genuine power involved that genuinely gets things done.

The genuine strength in life is when purposes are definite, and power is rightly used to strengthen yourself and your genuine will. What I mean by genuine will is not what you think, it involves imagination enough to genuinely know what you want and why you genuinely want it, also, as well as traditional “willpower”. For, a rightly used imagination strengthens willpower enough to achieve something worthwhile, and a wrongly used imagination weakens and destroys willpower and creates fear.

Fear really is in this respect, false evidence appearing real, because, when you use imagination wrong, it is a genuinely distorted reality. When you use imagination right, reality is not only in the right place, but enhanced for that matter. What do you think is the secret behind the effectiveness of positive suggestion and hypnosis when applied correctly? Exactly, it is the pumping of legitimate courage through the suggestions and ideas given as well as your own definiteness of purpose in achievement.

So, think, is the saying “we are what we really want to be” real, or does the false evidence that appears real, real? Are our fears founded in fact, or is our courage founded in what we really want the real fact?

I ask those two questions not to be provocative, but I ask them rhetorically to wake you up to your own power and powers of mind and spirit.

Indeed, reality comes down to the acceptance of it, and our ability to live in it.

“The evolution of a mind is signaled by its acceptance of the unacceptable.”

-Thea Alexander, author of the book “2150, A.D.” in 1977 giving a workshop in 1985.

Also, think about this fact before I end the article, take it how you will: How we perceive is as important as how we act and think.

So, what I mean by the above Thea Alexander quote is this reality that you can take or leave: Life is as good or bad as we make up our minds that it is and that through our actions, it is what we genuinely make it for bad or good, the responsibility acceptance or not to accept is always ours.

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A Cheat Sheet For Conquering Panic Attacks Using Non-Drug Solutions

The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

Isn’t it interesting how we often misinterpret our bodily cues. For example: You scale Mt. Everest. And even if you just reached base camp you felt shortness of breath, chest tightness, heart palpitations and feeling faint. And you’re afraid you’re having a heart attack. When in fact, it is the thin air at such high elevation that truly caused all the symptoms. We have the tendency to overestimate the possibility of negative results.

This is the same when you have panic attacks. You will often react to your physical symptoms negatively because of inaccurate beliefs that we might die or lose control.

If you won’t do something to correct misinterpretation of bodily cues you will have repeated experiences of the same thing. It will become a vicious cycle. And it will spill into other areas of your life. You will become afraid of having another panic attack again. The fear of “fear” must be addressed. Or you will become a full-blown agoraphobic.

Here are non drug solutions to stop that irrational fear and get over your anxiety:

1. A member of the mint family the herb Lemon balm was used as far back as the Middle ages. Lemon balm induces sleep which is good if you have insomnia. It has calming and soothing properties which reduces stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Lemon balm if you combine it with other herbal remedies like hops, valerian and chamomile treat various kinds of wounds, insect bites and stings, bloating and indigestion.

You can buy lemon balm in bulk in dried leaf form as well as capsule, extracts, tinctures, tea, oil and cream form. Lemon balm has tannins which is responsible for its anti-viral effects and eugenol which helps soothes muscle spasms and numb tissues. Consult with your licensed herbalist first or your doctor if you are pregnant or taking other medications like thyroid medicines.

2. Take Royal jelly. It is a supplement that contains vitamin B12, acid folic and iron. These components fight any form of blood deficiency which can cause chronic illnesses. It is also a natural treatment for panic attacks.

3. Be your own best friend. When you find berating yourself for your boo boos, all that negative thoughts are starting to bounce in your mind. Clear your “internal chatter.” Quiet your brain by focusing on a mantra particularly when you are meditating. How would your conversation go when you are with your best friend? That’s how you should say the same things to yourself. Be good to yourself. If no one else will,then who?

4. Deal with your panic attacks on three levels ( mental, emotional and physical)

In the realm of emotional, learn various relaxation techniques. Always schedule mini-breaks and have down time as often as you can. If your day is stressful just sit on a quiet spot, deep breath and meditate. Or take catnaps. It can refresh you.

In the realm of mental-equip yourself with an index card full of affirmative statements like:

“This too shall pass.”

“It’s an inconvenience but not life threatening'”

So on and so forth.

On the physical or behavior level try to distract yourself in the midst of a panic episode.

Do something like: Talk to someone, sip iced cold water or slushies, slow your breathing.

The simple act of distracting yourself from your uncomfortable bodily symptoms will help you recover faster.

5. Regularly take your supplements of calcium, magnesium and Vit.B complex. They help support in producing GABA receptors that aid the relay of messages between nerve endings. These supplements are responsible for the proper function of the nervous system.

6. Yoga, tai chi, lifting weights, dancing etc. are all non-drug remedies that relieve anxiety, mood disorder and panic attacks. These exercises burn lactic acid and helps produce happy hormones called endorphin and serotonin. Get your daily dose of the happy hormones to keep panic attacks and anxiety away by working out everyday.

7. Watch the toxins, additives, caffeine, stimulants and nicotine in the form of cigarettes, nasal decongestants, alcohol, daily mug of espresso etc. These are all kryptonite if you are a panic attack sufferer. So stay away from them.

We all have stress. That’s a fact. We are expose to this thing called life. We have the tendency to buffer ourselves from stress and self-medicate through:

1. Having shots of tequila before sleeping.

2. Binge-eating.

3. Drinking mugs and mugs of coffee to keep you awake.

4. Over-stuffing yourself with comfort food full of additives and preservatives.

Just remember too much of a good thing is bad.

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Five Signs of Empty Nose Syndrome

Persons with empty nose syndrome have a difficult time in getting a proper diagnosis. Yet, correct diagnosis and management make a huge difference in symptom relief.

In a typical scenario, a patient presents to the doctor and explains she can’t breathe through her nose. Then, the doctor looks in the nose and sees it is wide open. He doesn’t see any blockage to breathing. He may measure the blood oxygen and sees that it is normal. If he orders a blood count, that is normal too. He may decide to “humor” the patient and give her a sample of a nasal spray. Then this patient leaves the office unhappy that she was essentially ignored.

The main sign of empty nose syndrome is the complaint of not getting enough air from the nose.

In ENS the turbinates have been removed or severely reduced. Instead of a blockage, the nose is actually excessively wide open. But, like a garden hose, when the hose opening is wide open, the water has very little pressure and comes out only inches. In the hose, when the opening is made smaller, the water will project several feet.

Because the nose is now wide open, the sensors for air pressure don’t get notified that there is air coming in. That much lowered air pressure “feels wrong” and so the patient feels like he isn’t getting any air. Unless your doctor understands this, he will be confused.

The second sign of ENS is a history of nasal turbinate surgery. There are various procedures that doctors do to open a narrowed airway. These include Laser Turbinectomy, Somnoplasty, Coblation, Microdebridement, and Turbinectomy. Despite care, sometimes too much nasal turbinate tissue is removed or destroyed.

A third sign of ENS is unusual pain. Because the airflow is severely changed, certain nerve endings may be stimulated. Because the pain is very difficult to pinpoint, the accompanying anxiety is made much worse.

A fourth positive sign of ENS is frequent or constant nasal/sinus infection. There may be thick postnasal drainage and a constant sore throat. This is due to the absence of nasal cilia that are no longer there to move bacteria out of the nose, and to help moisten the air to the throat and lungs.

A fifth indicator that this is ENS is a reduced sense of smell and taste. The sense of smell is critical to life’s pleasures. Sometimes the poor smell is the primary complaint of the ENS patient. When smell sense is reduced, that also affects the sense of taste. You enjoy a steak because you can smell the cooked meat. The altered air currents don’t bring the odor particles to the organ of smell in the roof of the nose, plus the excessive dryness are both factors in causing the hyposmia.

Which comes first, the lack of sleep causing fatigue, or the fatigue from constant infection that causes poor sleep? Fatigue and overall reduction of quality of life can be significant.

For many ENS patients, a CT Scan of the sinuses taken before turnbinate surgery may not even show sinus disease, yet for many ENS patients the CT Scan taken a year later does show sinus disease!

Differential Diagnosis:

The doctor needs to make a differential diagnosis here. Chronic sinus infection can also cause fatigue, poor sleep, and reduced sense of smell. The difference is that in chronic sinusitis, the airway is seen by the doctor to be swollen and partially obstructed.

Atrophic rhinitis is also called Ozena. Here there is severe nasal crusting, a bad smell from the nose, and the internal nose is wider. This condition runs in families. There is a blockage of the blood supply to the nasal tissue, causing the underlying bones, particularly the turbinates, to shrink. Present mostly in females. The main difference between Ozena and ENS is that with Ozena, you don’t have a history of nasal surgery. Ozena shows much more foul smelling crusts.

Sjogren’s Syndrome is characterized by dryness of the nose, mouth and eyes. It is an autoimmune disease that involves the glands that moisten the mouth and eyes, as well as the mucus secretions of the nose and throat. In Sjogren’s, the primary complaint is the dry mouth and eye, there is no history of nasal surgery and the nose shows ordinary turbinate tissue.

Therapy:

For ENS the primary problem is lack of nasal cilia and decreased mucus. It is this absence that allows bacteria to grow and penetrate the nasal tissue and cause sinus disease. Therefore the best therapy is pulsatile irrigation because the pulsing saline going through the nose and sinuses, pulsaing at a rate analogous to the normal pulse rate of the cilia, performs like regular cilia action. This pulsing action with enhanced saline used early will prevent the significant sinus infections that often accompany ENS. Pulsatile irrigation for ENS also helps to massage the nasal tissue and bring more circulation to nasal tissue. If biofilm forms in ENS, pulsatile irrigation is an effective means of removing these organized bacterial colonies. Later, if sinus disease has developed as a result of ENS, pulsatile irrigation is effective in clearing the sinus disease. Of particular value is the fact that you can add your prescribed antibiotic to the pulsatile irrigation solution and avoid the systemic antibiotic effects.

For Atrophic Rhinitis pulsatile nasal/sinus irrigation has the advantage of being the best means of removing the thick heavy crusts. In orthopedics they reported that pulsatile irrigation is 100x more effective for removing bacteria and crusts than simple wash.

In ENS, measures to improve immune factors are important. Take iron if your hemoglobin is low, take Probiotic or yogurt to aid the production of immune factors. CQ 10 can be a help. Depending on what the doctor finds, he may ask you to use Premarin vaginal cream in the nose to build up membrane thickness.

Avoid cortisone nasal sprays as these will thin the nasal tissue. ENS patients are especially sensitive to saline spays that contain preservatives such as benzalkonium, so these should be avoided. Products like Atrovent or Afrin don’t improve ENS symptoms.

Anxiety is often seen in ENS, especially when the diagnosis is not well established. I hope this presentation will clarify many of the concerns of ENS patients and serve to reduce that anxiety.

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Sibling Betrayal and Estrangement in Dysfunctional Families

Recently, I found myself sitting with a patient Elsa, who was crying inconsolably in my office. It turns out that her sister had stolen her inheritance out from under her. It wasn’t the loss of the money that was devastating her, however; it was the shocking betrayal by her only sibling.

Elsa’s sister Joyce had gotten their dying mother to change her will at the last minute, leaving everything to her. Their mother had been ill for a long time and Joyce had found a way to convince their mother that she and not Elsa really needed and deserved the substantial inheritance.

During our session, Elsa kept repeating, over and over, “I don’t understand how she could have done this. I don’t understand why!” Although they had never been close and in fact, had only seen each-other at family gatherings for the past several years, Elsa didn’t think that there was any animosity between them; certainly not enough to cause Joyce to do such an awful thing.

Despite the fact that Elsa was utterly confused by her sister’s behavior, I understood it all too well, as it was representative of a pattern of sibling behavior that I’d observed many times before. I have heard dozens of similar stories where one adult sibling turns against another, shocking and horrifying the person who never would have expected their sibling to stoop so low. The betrayal was almost always having to do with money of inheritance, and it always arose from a particular type of family dynamic.

Elsa and Joyce had grown up with parents who were extremely involved in the successful family business and very neglectful toward them both. From early on, the girls had had to learn how to fend for themselves. Elsa was older than Joyce by two years and had taken almost a parental role with her, helping Joyce with her homework and listening to Joyce’s hopes and fears. Despite this, they weren’t really close while growing up; having very separate activities and groups of friends.

When they married, they grew even further apart but were always cordial when they saw each-other at family holidays and events. This is why Elsa was so surprised by Joyce’s seemingly inexplicable behavior around the will. What Elsa couldn’t know is how the siblings of dysfunctional families tend to end up at odds with each-other.

A dysfunctional family is one in which there is either abuse, neglect or both going on. The adults may not get along and might expose their children to terrible arguments or even physical fights. Conversely, the parents might be allies who care for and protect each-other at the expense of their children.

In a dysfunctional family, the parents are inadequate or abusive. As a result, there is not enough love available for the children. Sometimes there’s no love at all. This sets up an unconscious competition between the children for whatever love might be available. During childhood, one child might ingratiate themselves to one or both parents in an attempt to get some attention from them. They are simply doing their best to survive in an environment deficient of the emotional necessities of life.

Joyce was one of these children. Despite professing to Elsa on numerous occasions how much she despised her parents, around them she was sweetness personified. Elsa had a different way of coping, preferring to find emotional support from her teachers at school, her friends and her extended family.

When they grew up, Joyce maintained more of a close connection with her parents, while Elsa had moved to a different city and had pursued fulfillment in her new family and in a meaningful career.

What Elsa didn’t realize, as she was getting on with her life, was that Joyce was secretly resenting her for having received more than her fair share of their parents’ love. Although this was in no way true – neither girl had received any love, really – Joyce had convinced herself that since she hadn’t been adequately loved, Elsa must have been the one receiving all the love in the family.

Psychologically, this phenomenon can be explained by the fact that even for an adult, it’s extremely painful to face the truth that your parents didn’t love you (enough). It’s easier to blame your sibling, accusing them of taking all of the available love and leaving you with nothing. Paradoxically, it’s the individuals who were doing their best as children to curry favor who most often feel this way, as opposed to the ones who were looking for emotional fulfillment elsewhere.

In a dysfunctional family where none of the children are getting their emotional needs met, there is often one child, like Joyce, who tries their best to get their parents to pay more attention to them. This child sets up a competition between themselves and one or more siblings. Even if the other siblings are unaware of the competition, they’ve been entered into it by default. Every time the actively competitive sibling (Joyce) fels deprived of love, she imagines that her passive competition (Elsa) has stolen it from her.

The problem is that no matter what, currying favor with the parents is a no-win proposition: if the parents ignore the child then she feels even more hurt and deprived of love; if the parents do give the child more attention the child nevertheless feels deep-down inside that still, there is no actual love coming to them but rather, attention born of parental self-interest.

Joyce had (consciously or unconsciously) decided that since she’d never felt loved despite all her attempts to get love, it had to have been Elsa who’d received all the parental love. The resentment percolated within her over many years until their father had passed away and their mother lay dying in her hospice bed. Elsa hadn’t visited very often because when she did, her mother talked only about how wonderful Joyce was. It was clear to Elsa that she and her mother had no relationship and apart from doing the right thing by visiting her occasionally, Elsa had no interested in spending time with a virtual stranger.

No matter how much their mother praised Joyce and ignored Elsa, however, Joyce felt like the deprived child and saw Elsa as the “spoiled” one. Elsa, on the other hand, because she had given up on really getting any parental love years ago, didn’t feel like she was competing with Joyce, and although somewhat estranged from her, felt no resentment or hostility toward her sister.

Paradoxically, the child who is more able to recognize that her parents don’t have enough (or any) love to give is the one who ends up somewhat better off, because they’re not constantly frustrated in their attempts to get it, and aren’t expending energy, vying with their sibling(s) for it.

When her last remaining parent was dying Joyce went into a panic. The prospect of losing her mother also meant losing her last chance to finally obtain parental love. Her anxiety quickly turned to desperation, and her brewing resentment toward her sister finally erupted in her betrayal of Elsa.

Money most often is the substance which becomes the substitute for parental love, and it was no different for Joyce. At the prospect of losing the chance of ever receiving her mother’s love, she unconsciously transferred her need for parental love onto the need for parental money. In her desperation for love, she found a way to talk her mother into giving Joyce the money. Taking all of it was meant to psychologically remedy her feelings of deprivation and jealousy toward her sister.

Unfortunately, this too is a no-win situation. Elsa feels deeply hurt and even more disconnected from her sister, and Joyce, whether she realizes it or not, will never find happiness or fulfillment with her mother’s money. In reality, there’s no way that it could compensate for the love that was never there.

In a dysfunctional family where the natural resource of love is scarce or absent, the children end up in a competition by default for this necessity of life. This turning of erstwhile allies and best friends into competitors is sadly, the inevitable outcome of the dysfunctional family, and the classic low point usually comes when the last chance for love is about to disappear.

In a panic, the actively competitive adult child (in this case, Joyce) enacts a terrible betrayal upon her passive competitor (Elsa), stealing the money which has come to stand in for the lost love. The betrayal serves to destroy whatever tenuous connection might have been there, alienating the siblings forever.

This tragic outcome demonstrates that the legacy of the dysfunctional family is not just the emotional trauma caused by parental abuse or neglect but also and significantly, a toxic disruption of the normal loving bonds that siblings would otherwise share.

(C) Marcia Sirota MD 2010

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What Are the Limits of Self Hypnosis?

Self hypnosis is a truly powerful tool, but it takes time to learn and its effects are not unlimited. It is important to demystify the use of hypnosis. The use of self hypnosis is quite different from that of classical hypnosis.

During classical hypnosis the subject is relying on the practitioner to guide and assist them. The practitioner is aware of the goals of the subject and therefore is prepared to use different methods and scripts to allow the subject to achieve the desired outcomes. It is important to recognise that in reality all hypnosis is self hypnosis, as the practitioner is only providing the stimulus to allow the subject to enter a hypnotic state. This classic hypnosis use is the most common and found predominately within the hypnotherapy medium. The practitioner is able to observe the subject and adjust the hypnotic process according to the requirements as presented by the subject.

With self hypnosis all parts of the classic hypnosis method are being done by the same person. That is where some of the limitations occur. It takes considerable time and practice to get these processes to work consistently. Entering a hypnotic state that is self induced is relatively simple, and the work comes in when you need to use this process. Many people have tried and not noticed any major effect and simply given up, that is wrong. Some effects are accumulative and it takes repetition and perseverance until the effect becomes apparent.

Self hypnosis once mastered is incredibly powerful, the parts of self that were considered permanent, can be altered. A common example is self hypnosis for weight loss. Now in this example self hypnosis cannot magically erase the fat on someone’s body, but it can build strong post hypnotic reminders or cues. These cues then allow the subject to say, increase their motivation to lose weight, restrict their appetite, boost encouragement to exercise more and a host of other valuable methods to assist in weight loss. The self hypnosis can be very effective at weight loss, but it does not work directly on the weight, it merely boosts and assists in the facilitation of weight loss through standard means. It must be stressed that it will not magically make people thin, but it will certainly help in getting there.

The use of visualisation within self hypnosis is another tool that can greatly assist in achieving goals. If a good visualisation of the intended goal can be created then it has been found that the self hypnotic process is more effective. Visualisations are not complicated but they must be specific to the intention. There is an increasing amount of evidence that using visualisations can have physical effects on the body, the process is not yet full understood but its value and presence is quantifiable.

It is important to understand that these techniques have merit and can assist in achieving many goals and effects; however, the goals must be realistic. Hypnosis will not affect the physical body in ways that are beyond biology, you will not gain inches in height or miraculously lose all excess weight by simply thinking about them. Self hypnosis facilitates changes that are put into place by the subject, but these changes are limited to physical processes. The predominant value of self hypnotic techniques are on the “self”, goals such as confidence gaining, weight loss, pain reduction or eradication, overcoming fears and phobias, reducing stress and achieving relaxation and sleep are realistic and achievable using self hypnosis. There are many more aspects of life that self hypnosis can be used for, and as a subject gets more versed and practiced the greater the results and the more complex the matters that can be addressed.

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Treat Panic Attacks With Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum)

Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna) is perhaps one of the most in-demand groundcover botanicals in the world. It’s healing and treatment properties for panic attacks are known in the medical field creating and resulting in immense exigency in the market. On the outset, a greater number of people (specifically panic attack sufferers) have become interested in buying Kanna for the sake of feeding curiosity and the essence of trying a new and natural alternative medicine. This mood-enhancing and empathogenic plant has provided major transformations in combating panic attacks.

Buy Kanna for panic attack treatment :

This native plant from South Africa paves the way for a relaxed body and mind. As panic attacks are mostly triggered by something that bothers the mind in an extreme level, a way of suppressing and preventing further full-blown attacks is Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum). Anxiety disorder is considered a life-threatening illness that if not given immediate medical attention could lead to grave diseases like heart attack, high blood pressure, schizophrenia and even cancer. Since warning signs and physical manifestations of panic attacks boils into the same symptoms as these diseases, there are greater tendencies of putting ones health in danger if not treated.

Where to buy Kanna?

You can buy Kanna from trusted suppliers and manufactures. Buying Kanna entails the consideration of both quality and affordability. So, whether it is lab-made extracts or organically grown material, superiority and excellence should be a major factor to consider. It is essential that you go for those that are finely shredded and are organically grown and fermented. Prior to having business transactions and sealing the deal, make certain that you only do business with legal manufacturers and those that have reputable and reliable credentials in the market. There have been a lot of scams both in online and offline marketing. Hence, you need to ensure that you get the best Kanna without being duped by inferior products.

Conclusion :

Kanna became a big sensation in the medical field as it contains mesembrine – an alkaloid considered to be the main component of the Sceletium plant that brings about direct effects in the overall health and wellness of a person. This substance is also good for those who are trying to get rid of addictions.

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From Self-Consciousness to Self-Confidence – The End of Stage Fright

I suffered “deer-in-the-headlights” stage fright until I was nearly 50.

The shame and desperation ran deep. All I wanted was to manage the terror, but nothing helped until 1990 when I discovered the principle of what has since come to be known as Relational Presence (RP) — the practice of speaking with only and always one person at a time in groups of any size. But I hadn’t realized that RP had moved me into realms of ease beyond my wildest dreams until 1995 as I was being introduced by the president of the National Speakers Association to give my first presentation at our national convention. Hundreds of my peers–professional speakers and other speaking coaches among them–were sitting in wait out there.

As I’m being introduced, my heart is pounding big time. THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! Each crash a seismic event. But every thump feels like ecstasy, an electrical surge of pleasure!

It was then I fully understood that symptoms of stage fright are exactly the same as those of intense excitement! Red face, weak knees, and a blank mind. But without negative interpretation, these are no problem at all.

Since then I haven’t had one moment of anxiety in front of groups. What a miracle in my life, and what joy it has been to help others make this natural transformation from self-consciousness to self-confidence.

Along the way I have identified a continuum of 7 states of ease/dis-ease people typically experience in front of groups:

Terror. Primal, overwhelming impulse to flee or avoid any public exposure. Moving up from Terror to Fear is a result of simply showing up.

Fear. Here there is at least a sense of what one wants so much to avoid. Standing in the Fear in front of a supportive group relaxes the worst of it into Anxiety.

Anxiety. This comes when the Fear has been faced and is abating. Those with the courage to stand in the unease of Anxiety soon find themselves Coping in public speaking situations.

Coping. Here the Anxiety is controlled but continues to lurk just beneath the surface. Most people with significant speaking experience, even professionals putting on a great show, live their entire public lives here. Those in the Coping state sometimes transcend to moments of Ease, but they don’t know how they got there, or how to stay there.

Ease. Achieving this plateau brings pleasure and freedom in body, mind and soul in front of groups, any time, anywhere. The Anxiety is gone. When moments of Coping return, you know exactly how to get back to it, and naturally move toward Flow.

Flow of your content and Mastery in all situations arise naturally from Ease.

When you acknowledge to yourself where you are in this continuum, and then isolate the Relational Presence “muscle” and exercise it regularly, you move effortlessly and pleasurably toward Ease. RP, again, is the practice of speaking with only and always one person at a time in groups of any size.

Self-consciousness with groups is just an old habit we can easily do without.

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Can Reflexology Get Rid of Gout?

Hydrotherapy is a treatment that can help you get rid of gout, but is not the only alternative remedy out there. Reflexology is a treatment that is often used to treat gout, and has worked effectively for some sufferers.

What is reflexology? Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative treatment that involves the stimulation of specific points on the feet, hands and ears, for the purpose of promoting positive healing effects on other parts of the body. Reflexology may also be used to improve overall health. Although reflexology can be performed on the hands or ears, it is primarily administered to the feet, which is the method that would be used to get rid of gout.

A reflexologist believes that the foot is made up of various reflex zones that correspond to all of the other energy zones in the body. The theory is that applying pressure through massage to the “gritty” or “tight” points of one’s foot will stimulate the body energy connected to the foot point encouraging self-healing. Reflexology only seeks to cure imbalances in body energy and is not used to cure or diagnose medical conditions.

How does reflexology work? A qualified practitioner massages designated points on the bare foot with their hands. No other drugs or tools are used. Reflexology treatment has been known to –

o Improve posture

o Improve circulation

o Increase the nutrients and oxygen in cells

o Improve chemical function in the body

o Remove toxins from the body

o Calms nerve endings

o Encourage overall relaxation

o Reduce stress

o Encourage normal body functioning

o Encourage pain management

What benefits does reflexology offer gout sufferers? If a person needs to be rid of gout, reflexology can be used to help restore balance to the kidneys. The kidneys are the organs that are in charge of uric acid production. Therefore, if the body energy related to the kidneys is stimulated through the corresponding point in both feet (boot feet need to be involved as there are two kidneys), this could help the kidneys lower uric acid production.

Reflexology can also be used to break up uric acid crystal deposits that may be present in the foot.

Are their side effects? Side effects are not common. However, some people may experience nausea, headaches or sinus congestion after treatment. This side effect is commonly referred to as a “healing crisis”, and reflexologists believe it is caused by the body releasing toxins. These side effects usually last no longer than 24 hours.

Precautions – Although reflexology may effectively get rid of gout in some sufferers, it is imperative that you know reflexology is a preventative gout treatment and should not be sought during an active case of gout. Think about it – considering the pain gout causes in the foot can be so intense that the weight of a bed sheet is unbearable, just imagine how your foot would feel during a deep massage. Ouch!

You should also consult your doctor before attempting reflexology treatment if you –

o Have kidney stones

o Are a diabetic

o Have problems with blood pressure

o Have cancer

o Severe problems with circulation in the legs or feet

o Have Osteoarthritis in the foot or ankle

o Are pregnant

Reflexology can be an effective treatment for gout if performed properly by an experienced practitioner. Just make sure you consult your health care provider first to find out if this treatment is the best course of action for you to get rid of gout.

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