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Hypnosis, No Anesthetic, For Man’s Surgery

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CBS News, February 11, 2009. A British man who hypnotized himself before hand surgery last week so he could skip the anesthetic says he was fully awake and pain-free during the 83-minute procedure. Professional hypno-therapist and psychotherapist Alex Lenkei, 61, put himself into a deep trance so he wouldn’t feel the pain — he says it took him only 30 seconds to put himself under. During the surgery, some bone at the base of his thumb was removed, and some joints were fused in an attempt to improve his arthritis. Lenkei says anesthetic has gotten him nauseous before, and he

Hypnosis helps healing: Surgical wounds mend faster

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Harvard University Gazette May 8, 2003. Marie McBrown was invited to test whether or not hypnosis would help heal the scars from her breast surgery. Marie (not her real name) and 17 other women underwent surgery to reduce their breast size. It’s a common operation for women whose breasts are large enough to cause back and shoulder strain, interfere with routine tasks, or prompt social and psychological problems. The pain and course of healing from such surgery is well-known, and a team of researchers headed by Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School and Patricia Brooks of the Union Institute in

Explainer: How does hypnosis relieve pain?

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The Conversation June 21, 2012. Hypnosis in one form or another has been around for thousands of years, but until recently, evidence to support its biological and clinically powerful effects have been lacking. Today hypnosis is used by clinicians around the world to help manage pain, childbirth, phobia and anxiety – particularly in children. What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is thought to be a state of conscious awareness which most people experience transiently many times each day. Hypnotic experiences and responses tend to involve: absorption or a state of focused concentration or attention; dissociation, where the patient’s perception of the external

The fresh face of hypnosis: an old practice finds new uses

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Better Homes & Gardens, Feb, 2004. Last year, Andrea Tickle was pregnant with her first child. To combat the pain of childbirth, she could have chosen an epidural or narcotics but decided, instead, on a drug-free approach. To help her, Andrea contacted a Pennsylvania hypnotherapist named Wendy Goldenthal. Goldenthal specializes in a hypnosis technique called HypnoBirthing that teaches pregnant women to take advantage of their body’s natural anesthetic abilities in order to make childbirth a less painful, more positive experience. Andrea, 31, was won over. “I would have to say what HypnoBirthing gave me was a greater sense of my

Video showing hypnosis for dental procedure

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Recorded in Scotland in late 2007, a Dentist uses Hypnosis only to extract a patient’s two front teeth, and then place in implants while using hypnosis as the only pain control. This remarkable video showing the power of hypnosis in traditional and Alternative Medicine. (Video contains some graphic scenes.)

ABC News about Medical Hypnosis

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ABC News August 30, 2007 (video). Surprising new study about your healthcare and hypnosis, no less. Claire Shipman brings us a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute which finds that patients undergoing breast cancer surgery who used hypnosis saw a real difference. “You sort of feel like you’ve been rolled over by a mack truck when you wake up” (Helen Dorman). For Helen Dorman, the pain of breast surgery was almost more than she could bear. This, she’s been told, can make a difference. And, no, it’s not a new drug; it’s hypnosis. In fact, a

Hypnosis helps Bruce Bochy quit

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Associated Press August 8, 2011. Ask Bruce Bochy if he has a dip and San Francisco’s skipper offers up a standard response: “I don’t do that anymore.” Bullpen catcher Bill Hayes answers the same way. Equipment manager Mike Murphy, too. They’ve reached this point because of hypnotherapist AlVera Paxson, who is developing quite the reputation for helping the reigning World Series champion Giants kick some nasty, decades-old habits. Bochy hasn’t touched chewing tobacco since April 14, the night before seeing Paxson during his team’s first road trip to Arizona. Hayes has gone without since Jan. 26. It’s two years down

Altered States

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Newsweek October 3, 2004. Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain. How it works, and what it does in the brain. Christina Bodie, 48, was driving with her parents seven years ago when her car was rear-ended. All three suffered whiplash and bruises. Long after the physical pain was gone, Christina would find herself clutching the wheel and hyperventilating. “I found driving very difficult, and would suffer panic attacks,” she recalls. At one point she stopped driving altogether, doing her work as a pension manager at a London firm from home. When she’d had enough, she called London-based

Expecting a Baby, But Not the Pain

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Wall Street Journal December 9, 2010. When she gave birth to her daughter last July, Cassie Friesen, of Broomfield, Colo., imagined she was inside a bubble and repeated the word “peace” with each contraction. The 25-year-old former nanny learned these relaxation and visualization techniques in a hypnotherapy course she took in hopes of minimizing the pain of childbirth. “It’s so corny-sounding,” she says, and yet it worked. She describes her daughter Aster’s July 7 arrival as “fun—even enjoyable,” words not many other mothers use when describing the experience. Seeking alternatives to anesthetics and other kinds of medical intervention in childbirth,

A Hypnotic Answer to Financial Angst

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Wall Street Journal November 12, 2008. After Gary Manouelian was laid off last year as a customer-service representative, he was anxious about his ability to pay off his mortgage and credit-card debt. So he sought help through hypnosis. Thirty sessions and $1,500 later, Mr. Manouelian says he has since landed a government job and is working to pay off his debts. For this he thanks his hypnotist, Laura Ryan-Day in Austin, Texas. “It’s definitely made me change my thinking,” says Mr. Manouelian says, of Pflugerville, Texas. “I’m much more confident and less stressed.” Hypnosis has been used for years to

Entrancing News About Hypnosis

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Bloomberg Business Week February 01, 2004. Hypnosis helped James Williams cut back on his drinking eight years ago. So when he developed a fear of flying after September 11, he again sought hypnotic relief. “I had always thought hypnosis was a stage show kind of thing. But I’ve found it incredibly effective at getting me to focus on what I want to accomplish,” says Williams, 56, a vice-president of Polyonics, a Westmoreland (N.H.) maker of bar-code stickers. Indeed, today he travels by plane without anxiety. Although still not well understood, hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because

Doctors find recovery is aided by hypnosis

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Los Angeles Times January 5, 2004. Hypnosis transports some people beyond serenity and absorption to a state of pure silliness. A solemn voice whispering to relax, breathe deeply and imagine a waterfall can bring to mind high school séances, Ouija boards, Woody Allen routines. Yet the very same technique, the same voice, can move others to climb mountains. After a fall on a climbing expedition that mangled her ankles, Priscilla Morton, a 48-year-old New Orleans social worker and mountaineer, discovered that she was afraid to step off the curb and onto the street, much less climb again. Using a program

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