Monday, November 18, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Understanding weight issues when using hypnotherapy is very important. Blithely approaching the subject with a vague number that represents the weight a client wishes to achieve is not really enough of a goal. The real goal would be better defined as "to live with a healthy relationship to food."
The are many aspects of modern life that conspire against us, and push us toward a diet that is entirely unhealthy. In the past the human organism searched for fructose rich foods as a healthy impulse to find nutritious fruits as part of our diet. With the oversupply of sugar rich foods this once beneficial impulse is now one that drives us toward unhealthy refined sugars. Learn more about how sugar has affected our modern life in the documentary below. You can learn more about living with a healthy approach to diet at Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc.
As a diabetic I am used to managing my sugar intake. I use no injections, and manage my entire sugar balance through carefully controlled dietary adjustments. It's not so hard, when you are sufficiently motivated.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Understanding the nature of addiction is a challenge for most people either suffering with an addiction, or close to someone with an addiction. It is not unusual for people to contact Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc. after learning someone close to them has an addiction. The first reaction for many people is one of fear, with a degree of panic thrown in for good measure.
While this may not seem unreasonable there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that unless you are very familiar with the narcotic in question, there’s a good chance you may not be looking at this from a position of experience and knowledge. Knowing ‘how bad is bad’ is a good start point. We can help inform you and assess the situation, so you can move forward from a realistic and well informed position.
In the BBC documentary below you can learn how opium was used to prevent teething children suffering, and how the recreational use of heroin was once considered a sophisticated pastime. Fortunately times have changed, and values are rather different now.
As you watch this documentary, keep in mind that some things which we take for granted today, may be viewed in the future with the same consternation we now feel when we learn that western missionaries freely distributed morphine pills to Chinese Christians, in the nineteenth century. These were known as ‘Jesus pills’. The wholesale supply of SSRI anti-depressants which we see in society today, may well be just such a case.
Just because something is normal today, doesn’t make it right.
Enjoy this great documentary about opium, heroin and tea.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hypnotherapy is best used to address belief systems and behaviours. I don't think anyone with an understanding of psychology, or hypnosis would question that. Most addictions can be very well managed through the use of hypnotherapy, from someone with appropriate training and experience. That's precisely what we deliver at Vancouver Hypnotherapy. We've been doing it for the last seven years and have seen over 5000 clients.
So why is this method not more widely accepted? Partly because drug treatment is largely seen as an area people do not want to work in. Many consider it financially sidelined. Some misguided observers think that addiction is 'self inflicted', yet acknowledge the undeniable evidence that there are genetic factors involved in addiction. Many who suffer from addiction are very suggestible, so when a man with a level of authority declares the solution to their issue to be something he provides they generally go with it. Unfortunately this often simply results in addiction to the prescription drug they supply in place of the original addiction. The result takes the client no further forward.
My own feeling is that to effectively work in addictions one has to be prepared to look not at medical factors, but at social, psychological, financial and family issues. So, why on earth would we look to an overburdened and increasingly compromised medical profession for solutions?
We don't need to. Their point of view is of little relevance to our clients. It is of less to us.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I was recently shocked to hear of one woman’s battle with a gambling addiction. She had originally approached Vancouver Hypnotherapy for some help, but instead went to her doctor. She was short of money, and felt that working with a solution covered by her government health insurance was the better bet (pardon the pun).
Her doctor referred her to a psychiatrist. She had a four month wait before seeing a psychiatrist, during which her addiction cost her a further $16,000, and the psychiatrist then prescribed antidepressants. Asked how long she would have to take them she was told “We’ll see”.
After two months, with no benefit she returned to the psychiatrist. She was concerned that she felt she was becoming addicted to the antidepressant, but that it was not having any effect on her gambling. His response was to raise the dosage level.
After a further three months she found she had no benefit whatsoever from her prescription, and now had no money whatsoever. Stilla ddicted to gambling she was now also addicted to pharmacy she could barely afford.
Unable to pay for her gambling debts, and already maxed out on all her credit cards, she was banned from the local casinos. Her life began to fall into complete disarray.
In this particular case she overcame the issue herself, through her own fortitude and desperation. She described it as the most degrading experience of her life, and one that was made worse by the complete abdication of any responsibility on the part of the psychiatrist for worsening her position. She subsequently weaned herself off the antidepressants over a period of several months, against her psychiatrists advice.
Her reasoning was simple.
“I went on the antidepressants on the advice of my psychiatrist, because I was addicted to gambling. I now no longer have that addiction. Why would I remain on the antidepressants?”
I would love to be saying we contributed to her recovery from the gambling as we have with many others, but that was not the case. However, the story illustrates the problem many people feel when they reach out to the orthodox medical profession. The facts in this specific case, like many others, are that the proposed solution didn’t help; they claimed it would, and there is no accountability when they failed.
So, what exactly are we paying these people from public funds for?