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Using Guided Imagery for Surgical Support

“Current research suggests that the speed of this natural recovery could be impeded or hastened by the state of the patient’s mind. If the patient is under emotional stress, believes that recovery is unlikely, or is otherwise in the grip of negative emotions, healing can be delayed or blocked. In contrast, if the patient enjoys a calm and positive mental state, natural recovery might take place more quickly.”

Relaxation REVOLUTION: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing by Herbert Benson, M.D., and William Proctor, J.D.

“These aren’t alternative therapies,” Says Barrie R. Cassileth, chief of integrative medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. “They don’t replace the very powerful weapons mainstream medicine has developed to fight cancer. But they can help relieve the unwanted side effects of treatment and improve quality of life. And that’s very important. In our department, we don’t treat the tumor. We treat the patient.”

Battling Cancer, by Peter Jaret, April 2010, AARP Bulletin.

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What If You're a Hypnotist? (YouTube Video)

Dean Ornish Article on Guided Imagery (PDF)

What Do You Know About Hypnosis? (Quiz)

Reversing White-Coat-Syndrome Through Language

“White-Coat Syndrome” is well-known. What is less well-known is that most everyone who enters a doctor's office, medical clinic, or hospital brings along unwarranted fears based on his or her purpose for this visit, as well as previous experiences in this or other medical settings. Imagine what it would be like when you can make “White-Coat Syndrome” work for you and your patients instead of against them and you.

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