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

Feeling Stressed


Feeling Stressed?

Are You constantly feel tired and irritable?
Are You finding it hard to concentrate?
Are the smallest tasks leave you feeling overwhelmed?

YES! Then you may be suffering from stress. Here is the good news! Your stress can be managed!

Stress originates in your mind with your thoughts and perceptions and hypnotherapy therefore is one of the quickest, simplest and most effective ways of overcoming stress. Just imagine feeling totally relaxed and calm in any and every situation, leaving you feeling confident and motivated to face any challenge before you. Experience the Feeling of how wonderful it feels to feel calm, in total control and more importantly totally relaxed! With the help of NLP, CBT and hypnotherapy – this can become your reality.

Why not take advantage of a free telephone consultation on 01384 621857 (after 6pm) (no obligation) to discuss just how I can help you manage your stresses. The Start is easy just give me a call now on 01384 621857 or email me at to book your free consultation or have a skype chat if you prefer.

OK So What is stress and what are the symptoms of stress?

We all suffer at some point in our lives from the effects of stress, so your not unique there! – it’s a part of human nature. Stress, for example in a sports or work environment, can enhance our performance, however if you are feeling totally overwhelmed by stress, all the time, then it is time to do something about it before the stress affects your health (stroke/heart attack etc.), self esteem and performance both at work and play.

Most events in our lives are not dangerous or life threatening in […]

Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel

Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel

If you’ve ever had butterflies in your stomach or an attack of nerves that sent you racing for the bathroom, you already know that the intestinal tract has a mind of its own. The millions who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or I.B.S., perhaps know it best. I.B.S., with its symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation or an alternating cycle of the two, can seriously impair the ability to work and enjoy leisure activities. Up to 15 percent of the population is affected, though only half seek medical help. The gut and brain are intimately connected, with more nerve cells in the intestines than in the spinal cord. The gut has been called the body’s second brain, containing 95 percent of the body’s neurotransmitter serotonin and direct nerve connections to the brain.

So it is no surprise that this common disorder of intestinal function has a strong mind-body connection. This does not mean I.B.S. is a psychosomatic condition caused by emotions, but rather that emotional upsets can aggravate symptoms in someone with a hyper-reactive bowel. It also means that learning to minimize stress and emotional disturbances can reduce the symptoms of I.B.S., perhaps more effectively than medications, recent research has indicated. Yet much educational material about this condition underplays the mind-body connection and the vital role that emotional retraining can play in controlling it.

This is perhaps an overreaction to the past when most patients with I.B.S. were told there was nothing physically wrong with them — it was all in their heads. After all, they had no obvious organic cause like a tumor, infection or ulcer. In the modern era of medicalization, the pendulum swung the other way. Gastroenterologists […]

Support Organisations

 Support Organisations


Acoustic Neuroma
British Acoustic Neuroma Association
c/o 159 Main Street Cossington Leicestershire LE7 4UX TEL: 01509 813088

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADD Information Services (ADDISS),
PO Box 340, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 9HL, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0)20 8906 9068

Foundation for AIDS Counselling Treatment and Support (FACTS)
23-25 Weston Park Crouch End London N8 9SYTel: 020 8348 9195

National AIDS Helpline PO Box 5000 Glasgow G12 9BL
Helpline: 0800 567123

Drinkline (National Alcohol Helpline)
7th floor, Weddel House 13-14 West Smithfield London EC1A 9DL
Helpline: 020 7332 0202 / 01345 320202

British Allergy Foundation
Deepdene House 30 Bellgrove Road Welling Kent DA16 3BY
Helpline: 020 8303 8583 Tel: 020 8303 8525

Food and Chemical Allergy Association
27 Ferringham Lane Ferring West Sussex
Helpline: 01903 241178

National Society for Research into Allergy
PO Box 45 Hinckley Leicestershire LE10 1JY Tel: 01455 851546

Alopecia Patients’ Society
Lyons Court 168 High Street Knowle West Midlands B93 0LY Tel: 01564 775281

Limbless Association
31 The Mall Ealing London W5 2PX Tel: 020 8579 1758

Anxiety disorders

Ankylosing Spondilyitis
National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
3 Grosvenor Crescent London SW1X 7ER Tel: 020 7235 9985

See eating disorders

Arthritic Association
Hill House London EC4A 3TR Helpline: 020 7491 0233Tel: 020 7491 0233

Arthritis Care,
18 Stephenson Way London NW1 2HD Helpline: 0800 289170 Tel: 020 7916 1500

Horder Centre for Arthritis
St. Johns Road Crowborough East Sussex Tel: 01892 665577

National Asthma Campaign Providence House Providence Place London N1 0NT Helpline: 0345 010203Tel: 020 7226 2260

The Stable Wiggins Yard Bridge Street Godalming Surrey GU7 1HW Helpline: 01483 417111

Autism – (Aspergers)
National Autistic Society
393 City Road London EC1V 1NG Tel:(020) 7833 2299 Fax :(020) 7833 9666
Helpline: 0870 600 8585Information Centre: […]

An Aid to Emotional Recovery After Breast Cancer

An Aid to Emotional Recovery After Breast Cancer

The Use of the Therapeutic Audio Program: An Aid to Emotional Recovery After Breast Cancer


To determine if on-going post traumatic and emotional presentations following traditional surgical treatment and emotional support provided for female breast cancer survivor patients could be successfully addressed via specific clinical hypnotherapeutic processes.


This private study set out to evaluate a simple means of introducing cost effective mind body processes aimed to mitigate post-treatment emotional presentations and to increase female breast cancer survivors’ participation in their own emotional recovery.

Background Methods

Twenty-four female breast cancer survivors aged 41 – 58 years presented with post traumatic emotional issues including anxiety, fear of reoccurrence and vulnerability over a period of 29 months (07/00-10/02). End of treatment time lapse varied between 3 months to 8 years 2 months. An initial session explained the mind body connection. Specific guided imagery and relaxation processes were used intended to mitigate presenting symptoms and frequency of presentation. Audio recordings of each session given to each participant used the same process, content and delivery methods. An additional ambient music session provided patient self-relaxation. After each session, subjects continued listening in the home environment according to a required schedule. All patients completed a questionnaire at 4 monthly intervals; numbers were variable as patients joined the group at various times.

Background Results

Reduced anxiety was reported in 23 of the 24 participants. One participant who reported increased emotional distress also reported a life-changing event occurring in the significant other. Also reported were reduced fears of reoccurrence, increased optimism, along with a sense of taking part in their own healing, easier relaxation and increased confidence and self-esteem.

Commencing March 2003, the above processes were migrated onto compact disc, with a 45-day […]

By |July 24th, 2008|Cancer, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Womens Issues|Comments Off on An Aid to Emotional Recovery After Breast Cancer

What patients know or would like to know about IBS

What patients know about IBS

What patients know or would like to know about IBS

In September’s American Journal of Gastroenterology reports on a national survey regarding patient educational needs in IBS.

IBSSlogoPatient education improves clinical outcomes in patients with chronic illness. However, little is known about the education needs of patients with IBS.Dr Albena Halpert and colleagues from Massachusetts, USA identified patients perceptions about IBS and the content areas where patients feel insufficiently informed.

The content areas included “knowledge gaps” about diagnosis, treatment options, etiology, triggers, prognosis, and role of stress.In addition, the investigators evaluated whether there are differences related to patient perceptions and knowledge among clinically significant subgroups.

The team developed the IBS-Patient Education Questionnaire using patient focus groups and cognitive item reduction of items.The IBS-Patient Education Questionnaire was administered to a national sample of IBS patients via mail and online.

Frequencies of item endorsements were obtained.The team identified clinically relevant groups, including health care seekers or nonhealth care seekers and users or nonusers of the Web. The investigators reported that 1,242 patients completed the survey.The patients‘ mean age was 39 years, with an educational attainment of 15 years, of which 85% were female. The mean IBS duration was 7 years, 79% of patients have seen an MD for IBS in the last 6 months, and 93 % have used the Web for health information.The most prevalent IBS misconceptions included that IBS is caused by lack of digestive enzymes, as viewed by 52%.

The investigators noted that 43% believed that IBS is a form of colitis, and 48% thought that IBS will worsen with age. A further 43% of patients believed that IBS can develop into colitis, 38% thought it […]

By |July 13th, 2008|About Me, Hypnotherapy, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome, IBS A Alternating, IBS C Constipation, IBS D Diarrhoea, IBS W Wind / Gas, Resources|Comments Off on What patients know or would like to know about IBS

Hypnosis really changes your mind

Hypnosis really changes your mind

Hypnosis is more than just a party trick, it measurably changes how the brain works, says a UK researcher.

Hypnosis significantly affects the activity in a part of the brain responsible for detecting and responding to errors, says John Gruzelier, a psychologist at Imperial College in London. Using functional brain imaging, he also found that hypnosis affects an area that controls higher level executive functions.

“This explains why, under hypnosis, people can do outrageous things that ordinarily they wouldn’t dream of doing,” says Gruzelier, who presented his study at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival in Exeter, UK.

The finding is one of the first to indicate a biological mechanism underpinning the experience of hypnosis. Gruzelier hopes it will also benefit emerging research showing, for example, that hypnosis can help cancer patients deal with painful treatments.

Highly susceptible
Gruzelier and his colleagues studied brain activity using an fMRI while subjects completed a standard cognitive exercise, called the Stroop task.

The team screened subjects before the study and chose 12 that were highly susceptible to hypnosis and 12 with low susceptibility. They all completed the task in the fMRI under normal conditions and then again under hypnosis.

Throughout the study, both groups were consistent in their task results, achieving similar scores regardless of their mental state. During their first task session, before hypnosis, there were no significant differences in brain activity between the groups.

But under hypnosis, Gruzelier found that the highly susceptible subjects showed significantly more brain activity in the anterior cingulate gyrus than the weakly susceptible subjects. This area of the brain has been shown to respond to errors and evaluate emotional outcomes.

The highly susceptible […]

By |February 18th, 2008|Cancer, Hypnotherapy, Pain, Resources, The Mind|Comments Off on Hypnosis really changes your mind