Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy: Stress, anxiety could lead to dementia

Don’t worry – Experts say that chronic stress can wreak havoc on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and lead to atrophy of the brain’s hippocampus–crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation. Here’s something so that you start taking stress more seriously. People who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety may be at an increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, says a new study suggests. Experiencing anxiety, fear and stress is considered a normal part of life when it is occasional and temporary, such as feeling anxious and stressed before an exam or a job interview.

However, when those acute emotional reactions become more frequent or chronic, they can significantly interfere with daily living activities such as work, school and relationships, according to researchers at Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences in Canada. Chronic stress is a pathological state that is caused by prolonged activation of the normal acute physiological stress response, which can wreak havoc on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and lead to atrophy of the brain’s hippocampus –crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation. Researchers examined recent evidence from studies of stress and fear conditioning in animal models, and neuroimaging studies of stress and anxiety in healthy individuals and in clinical populations. They looked specifically at key structures in the neurocircuitry of fear and anxiety (amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, hippocampus) which are impacted during exposure to chronic stress.

The researchers noted similar patterns of abnormal brain activity with fear/anxiety and chronic stress — specifically an overactive amygdala (associated with emotional responses) and an under-active PFC (thinking areas of the brain […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Disease, Exam stress, Job Interview, Latest News, Lifestyle, Stress, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Don’t worry, be happy

Your Guide To Hypnosis

Your Guide To Hypnosis

There are many stories about hypnosis and hypnotherapy being dangerous, turning people into chickens, people not being able to wake up, and unscrupulous hypnotists exploiting their ‘vulnerable’ patients. However there are many people who are adamant that it has helped change their lives, some from Dudley, Tipton, Wolverhampton and much further afield – I know of for sure. I have helped them succeed in their goals. Millions of people swear that it has helped them with many issues such as weight loss, quitting smoking, other addictions, confidence, phobias, stress, success, IBS, and many more issues.

Many people are missing out on this powerful, yet very safe therapeutic tool because they are too afraid to use it. I hope to dispel these fears by answering these common questions about hypnotherapy right here and now!.

Can I be hypnotised? Most people can go into a hypnotic trance. The only types of people that cannot be hypnotised are … 1. Those suffering from psychosis or a thought disorder 2. A person with a low IQ 3. A person who does not want to be hypnotised. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to.
What is a hypnotic trance? It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day without even knowing it. It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey?, I have just missed my junction. It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programme that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you, or even where you are sat. Hypnosis […]

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library?

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library? Wiltshire embraces new scheme to help depression through reading

The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge

A new scheme which uses reading to help the six million people in England who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety, is now available to access in libraries across Wiltshire.

Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from the local library. The service, which launched nationally last Tuesday, is now being put into place in public libraries across England.

It is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services and LIFT Psychology Teams, and offers people self-help books from the library as part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) prescribed by a health professional.

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, will both have multiple copies of the core list of 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems. The titles will be available to borrow free of charge from local library branches or online through the request service.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This scheme will allow anyone in Wiltshire, in need of such support, to access self-help books locally and for free. Our libraries are friendly, community focused places, so I am delighted we are able to participate and help support the health and well-being of many local people.”

4:59pm Tuesday 11th June 2013 in News

Source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/10477297.Wiltshire_embraces_new_scheme_to_help_depression_through_reading/

Comment: A brilliant idea! More CCG’s should follow this example. The more a patient […]

Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond

Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond

Healthwatch Dudley & Dudley CCG  – Ideas for future structure of local health delivery

Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond – Why? The structure of healthcare in the community should in my opinion should be reviewed. I have had conversations with The King’s Fund regarding health care provision for the future in the UK. I have voiced these ideas to try to stimulate dialogue, but getting to the decision makers in very near impossible. Making me believe the top down approach to decision making despite the portrayal of a bottom up approach to changes in local and national NHS Service. The proposed ‘Phoenix structure” is to utilise local schools and redundant buildings that have for whatever reason become redundant.

Why a rethink?

The current community health centre is just that, a health centre. what I propose is a centre with a health section but encompassing all the disciplines listed below. Stress is the foundation for many illnesses and if eliminated or substantially reduced, could bring about fundamental change to the local communities, their Health and wellbeing and wealth to the country ultimately. GDP suffers due to the amount of hours lost to stress alone, let alone the additional burden of all the more serious implicated illnesses caused by stress. These in my opinion could be alleviated if not eliminated for the majority by introducing a centre that was multi faceted.

These would have a primary wellness role. The incorporation of suitably qualified ‘Complementary’ therapies along with the utilisation of of the premises by multi charitable organisations after normal business hours, after all […]

By |May 22nd, 2013|About Me, Education, Latest News, Lifestyle, Support Organisations|Comments Off on Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond

What can I do for you?

What can I do for you?

My practice has been built upon the basis of a duty of care towards my clients and always giving helpful advice and guidance on the various issues. I pride myself in offering a caring and compassionate treatment to all. I have experience in treating the terminally ill as well as the more able and younger adults. All patients receive a factual and informed treatment.

My specialist areas are as follows:-

Stress and Anxiety – Alone these are bad enough, but combined with the two issues above, they go to trigger events. These can be IBS, OCD, PTSD but also breathing difficulties and Hyperhydrosis etc. I have a treatment plan that includes the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis to assist you, in you, addressing your stressors and removing your anxiety and resulting in the eradication of both from your life. Giving you the life you really want.

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome as a sufferer in ‘remission’ I can still hark back to the 22 years I had IBS. Its destructive nature and life controlling ways for the patient and their family. I’m now free from IBS and have been for a number of years. I can now help you free yourself of the nightmare that is IBS. I have worked with Michael Mahoney, MDHthp. I have studied under Mike and follow his proven program to treat IBS. I am currently combining my experiences and advice into what is hoped to be a book for release early next year. Read My IBS story and spot the similarities between my experiences and yours – click here You will know instantly I really do know how you feel.

Hypertension – High blood pressure. Your blood pressure is […]

IBS – Are you Suffering?

IBS – Are you Suffering?

OK What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a “syndrome,” meaning a group of symptoms put together to form one identifiable ‘Illness’ – IBS. The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, wind, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation or alternating symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea.

IBS affects 20% of the UK population from time to time whilst others a Hardcore of about 15% have it more regularly or Constantly. IBS affects the colon, or large bowel or intestine, which is the part of the digestive tract that stores stool or Poo.

IBS is not a ‘disease’. It’s a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel doesn’t work as well as it should, or function, correctly too fast or too slow.

Does stress cause IBS?

Emotional stress does not cause IBS it contributes to it!. But people with IBS may have their bowels react more to stress. So, if you already have IBS, stress can make your symptoms worse.

Stress Relief

Learning to reduce stress can help with IBS. With less stress, you may find you have less cramping and pain. You may also find it easier to manage your symptoms. I Can help you with this with my IBS programme and relaxation Sessions and teaching you self Hypnosis Call 01384621857 for the start to the way out of IBS. Meditation, exercise,and counseling may also help.
You may need to try different activities or a combination to see what works best for you.

Points to Remember

  • IBS means your bowel doesn’t work the right way.
  • IBS can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea , and constipation.
  • IBS doesn’t damage the bowel or lead to other […]

Gluten and you

Gluten and you

IBS Gluten and you – New regulation affecting food manufacture. If you have IBS and suspect gluten may be part of the problem, or suffer from Celiac disease This information is important to you. The levels of gluten from foods claiming to be either ‘gluten-free‘ or ‘very low gluten‘ have been introduced by EC Regulation 41/2009 respectively as 20 parts per million of gluten or less and 100 parts per million or less – although only foods with cereal content that has been specially processed to remove the gluten may make the very low gluten claim.IBSSlogoThe EC Regulation allows the two terms to be used as appropriate on labellings, while only allowing the phrase ‘suitable for coeliacs‘ to be used alongside them and not on its own. The term ‘No gluten-containing ingredients‘ may be used on food where no gluten containing ingredients have been added, but a small amount may be present from contact with other foods. This phrase has no legal force so it cannot guarantee that food bearing it is free. The gluten levels labeling regime introduced in the EC regulation have been implemented in England by The Foodstuffs Suitable for People intolerant to gluten (England) regulation.

This regulation has been adopted also in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Source: www.tinyurl.com/bizinf-613z9 & www.tinyurl.com/bizinf-613z9e

 

Treat Dyspepsia & IBS

Treat Dyspepsia & IBS

Hypnosis to Treat Dyspepsia & IBS

Dyspepsia is a very common gastrointestinal disorder. Researchers and doctors are not sure what the underlying causes are of the disorder, which makes treating dyspepsia somewhat challenging. However, researchers have found that hypnotherapy has helped treat the symptoms of the disorder.

IBSSlogoThe major symptom of dyspepsia is upper abdominal pain which is not caused by a type of disease. The symptoms often overlap with irritable bowel syndrome and researchers believe that both could be a result of the same disorder. Some theories as to what causes dyspepsia include acid secretion, stiff stomach, delayed stomach emptying, and stomach hypersensitivity.

When diagnosing dyspepsia, other disorders must be ruled out including diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and peptic ulcers. Treatment of dyspepsia often depends on the patients symptoms. The Mayo Clinic suggests lifestyle changes and behavioral therapy to treat the disorder.

Hypnosis has already been shown to be a highly effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. One study aimed at researching the effect of hypnosis on dyspepsia. The study consisted of 126 participants diagnosed with functional dyspepsia. They received hypnotherapy, supportive therapy and placebo, or medical treatment. Dyspepsia symptoms were analyzed before treatment began, after the 16-week treatment, and during a 56-week follow-up.

Results of the study showed that the hypnotherapy group saw more improvement in the short-term (16 weeks) compared to the therapy and medication groups. Looking at the long-term results, the hypnotherapy group showed significantly improved symptoms. Of the participants in the study, 73% of those in the hypnosis group reported improvement, compared to 34% of the therapy group and 43% of the medicine group.

Hypnosis is often overlooked for use in medical […]

Be Clear on Bowel Cancer

 Be Clear on Bowel Cancer

The Department of Health is running a new campaign to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and increase early diagnosis. The ‘ Be Clear on Cancer ’ campaign will run for nine weeks from the end of January, and aims to raise awareness that blood in your poo or looser poo can be early signs of bowel cancer. If England’s survival rates were to match the best in Europe for bowel cancer, 1700 lives each year could be saved. The campaign will encourage people to see their doctor straight away if they are experiencing any of the symptoms. These vital messages will be communicated via various channels, including TV, radio and print adverts, events and social media. Reinforces the message neglect kills and self diagnosis is no diagnosis – go to your GP and get checked.

Source: UK department of health

By |February 17th, 2012|Digestive Disorders, Disease, Education, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis|Comments Off on Be Clear on Bowel Cancer

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Hypnotherapy the research

IBSSlogoThe following studies have taken place and are listed here for an on behalf of an evidenced based treatment of IBS.

‘Hypnotherapy and refractory irritable bowel syndrome: a single case study’. Tara E. Galovski, Edward B. Blanchard.  American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (July 2002), Vol.45, No.1, p.p.31-38.

‘Treatment with hypnotherapy reduces the sensory and motor component of the gastro colonic response in irritable bowel syndrome’. Magnus Simrén.  Psychosomatic Medicine (Mar-Apr 2004), Vol. 66(2), p.p.233-238.

‘The nature of IBS and the need for a psychological approach’. Olafur S. Palsson.  Editor’s Preamble, The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.1-6.

‘Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  the empirical evidence of therapeutic effects’. William E. Whitehead.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.7-20.

‘Effective management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – the Manchester Model’. Peter J. Whorwell. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.21-26.

‘Gut-directed hypnotherapy:  the Manchester approach for treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome’. Wendy M. Gonsalkorale.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.27-50.

‘Standardized hypnosis treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  the North Carolina protocol’. Olafur S. Palsson.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54 (1), p.p.51-64.

‘Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: the quest for the mechanism of action’. Magnus Simrén.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.65-84.

‘Hypnosis home treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a pilot study’. Olafur S. Palsson, Marsha J. Turner, and William E. Whitehead.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.85-99.

‘Effects of tailored and manualized hypnotic inductions for Complicated Irritable Bowel Syndrome’. Arreed […]