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In my view there are not and I feel strongly that there are many justifiable reasons for referring to the drugging of children to manage so-called behavioral problems what it is…a form of child abuse. Just who is advocating for the child when he is accused of misbehaving? And, why should it be a crime punishable by ill health and life damaging drugs? Ethical doctors and scientists all over the world are calling for a ban on the psychiatric drugging of children.

Children are born loving and with a desire to please…this is consistent with the unconscious need to be accepted and therefore to survive. If a child is acting out, that child is trying to say something he is not linguistically able to express. He is frightened, feeling threatened and doing the best he can to survive with the little experience he has with life.

I have seen countless beautiful children in drug-induced stupors…on Ritalin, Concerta, Adderal, Prozac and so on. Once I get information from the caregivers, it often becomes apparent that the medications are to serve the agenda of the caregiver. More often then not, I learn those parents and caregivers have busy lifestyles and little time to spend with their children; the children are lonely and feel abandoned. They arrive at school, to a world that is even scarier then home with all its stressors. School may pose many hazards…bullying, incompetent and abusive teachers, and impossibly long days that would tire a healthy adult.

There is mounting evidence that the drugging of children is done to cover up neglect and abuse of all kinds at home. What better way to ensure that a child being sexually molested or physically assaulted can’t alert the authorities. All such abusers need do is take the child to the nearest psychiatrist and he comes out with a perfect way to avoid detection.

All sorts of chemicals and toxins in the environment can cause a negative reaction in a child and TV and video games are damaging to all little children. This was shown in research done in Australia not long ago. Then there are the additives in food and the lack of real nutrition…how can anyone expect a child to learn if he is tired, hungry, wired on sugar and neglected?

There should be a law to ensure that before any drugs are forced onto a child, all possible stressors are completely eliminated from that child’s world. With such a law it is quite likely no child would ever be on medication and Big Pharma would not like that much would they? And maybe some parents/caregivers wouldn’t either.

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At GracePlace Wellness I work with children presumed to have behavioral problems. However, as I teach parents, the child is never to blame.

The reason we look to the child for resolution is because adults presume that a child’s mind is developed to the level of their own and thus that a child should be able to reason things out, understand cause and effect and have the verbal skills to explain themselves.

When a child is born, he is virtually born blank in terms of language skills, physical skills and mental skills that adults take for granted. But they do have feelings and it is these feelings that guide them. If they feel safe and secure, they continue their behavior; if they feel unsafe and not accepted, they adjust their behavior to restore the preferred feeling. Thus their personalities develop to satisfy their evolving perception of their world. Their brain’s reactions and responses to their world are entirely consistent with the child’s belief of his level of safety.

Because of a profound lack of experience with life, children have little information with which to put stimuli in context. Thus rarely are stimuli put into the context an adult would expect. The more information a person has to draw on, the better and more reliable the context, thus it’s not hard to see that most of a child’s life is about doing the best they can to understand their world with little, if any, relevant information at hand.

The expectation that a child can engage in deductive reasoning, put events and feelings into proper and productive perspective, or recognize patterns is truly unreasonable, especially in children under twelve. They react to stressors, but with limited resources, knowledge and experience and thus the resulting behavior seems unacceptable to the adult.

All negative behavior in children has, at its root, fear. The more aggressive the child, the more fearful you can be assured he is. When the feeling is that their very survival is at risk, a child literally panics and he expresses this panic in what, for an adult, would seem to be unacceptable behavior.

The overriding factor for all beings is the unstoppable instinct to survive. A problem child is a child trying, in his not yet fully developed mind, to survive as best he can…and adults are not understanding the message often enough to help him.

Visit my website www.graceplacewellness.ca to learn more about mindful parenting.

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Many people become confused about just what a hypnotist should be able to help with.  And the hypnotherapy profession has struggled with distinguishing themselves from people who are hypnotists without medical hypnotism training.  In fact, many hypnotists with barely basic training in hypnotism refer to themselves as hypnotherapists, which I feel is very misleading.  And then you have people who use hypnosis as an adjunct to some other therapy…for example, psychotherapists using hypnosis (without medical hypnotism training) and calling themselves hypnotherapists. 

Hypnotherapy is a specialty and people who use hypnotism as an adjunct to their other work are generalists.

I think the best definition I have ever heard for the title ‘hypnotherapist’ was provided by Dr. Fred H. Janke and it goes as follows:

 A clinical hypnotherapist is someone who has been trained in using the art of hypnosis together with therapeutic intervention to bring about improvement or healing in a variety clinical conditions and negative behaviours.  This is much more complex than simple deep relaxation and requires sophisticated training in a variety of therapeutic protocols.  A well trained hypnotherapist will be able to apply knowledge and training to establish and manage the subconscious “root cause” of negative behaviours such as fears, phobias, anxieties and addictions.  A well trained hypnotherapist will be trained to identify and contend with resistance to change.  The therapist will be equally able to intervene and benefit a patient in matters of acute and chronic pain as well as assisting in a variety of medical and surgical procedures, including maternity care and childbirth.  The hypnotherapist will be able to affect the over-all well being of a patient including interventions that improve post-operative wound healing and even be able to impact the healing and pain of complicated individuals such as burn patients.  A clinical hypnotherapist therefore needs to have training that is high-level and erudite.  The training should include the opportunity for an adequate amount of hands-on supervised experience and should be followed up with refined and mature mentorship.   Thus a clinical hypnotherapist, trained in clinical intervention, is very much more than a simple hypnotist.

Dr. Fred H. Janke,  B.Sc, M.Sc, M.D., F.C.F.P., F.R.R.M.S  is  a University of Alberta Associate Professor and Director of Rural Programs, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta.  He is a great champion of hypnotherapy and advocates for the distinguishment between hypnotherapist and hypnotist.

A hypnotist may be able to do many wonderful things to help a client, but without the indepth medical and clinical hypnotism training should not be tackling situations requiring such training.  I advise all people who are seeking help with hypnotherapy to diligently check credentials of all practitioners they are considering.

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As a clinical hypnotherapist I’ve been asked this question countless times by clients who have healed themselves after years of drug-therapy and psychotherapy, but who found themselves unable to get their hypnotherapy fee reimbursed.  It is frustrating and confusing to a person who is helping themselves to heal, get back to work and productivity, when insurers of disability and extended health benefits will simply not reimburse the cost of the alternative remedies and therapies such as hypnotherapy and homeopathy, despite the client demonstrating sucess.

My clients will say, logically, that in  the end they are saving the insurer money if they are no longer have to claim reimbursement for drugs and therapy by having healed themselves.  But to see the logic used by the insurance companies when it comes to alternative treatments and remedies, you need only follow the money trail.

Insurance companies reinvest the monies they collect as premiums.  A high proportion of those reinvestments are in stocks and since pharmaceutical companies are among the richest and most successful, insurance companies invest heavily in them.  Insurers need to be very effective investors in order to survive…insurance policy premiums are not enough to satisfy shareholders in their companies.

I’m sure you can already figure the rest out.  If insurers started to reimburse claimants for treatments that work, yes, claims would end or stop for that claimant, but the big picture would be dire for the pharmaceuticals…fewer and fewer sales of drugs.  Fewer sales of drugs would mean less earnings for the pharmaceutical companies, and thus result in a dropping value of the investments insurance companies have in those stocks.

People routinely make the mistake of thinking that people who run these enterprises care about our health or really do want to see us get well.  Think again…there is no money for them in our getting well.

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You can’t win a war with one battalion, so why are all resources put into drug research and surgery when they are increasingly shown by independant and ethical researchers and scientists to be overall ineffective and damaging?  In additon clinical trails  are shown to be routinely manipulated and the reporting of drug trials so misleading and fraudulent that now medical journals are unreliable as sources of authoritative information.

Western society has been unsuccessfully ‘fighting’ cancers of all kinds for over 50 years…with drugs, more drugs and lots of surgery. In fact, despite the fact conventional medicines have failed dismally in curing anything, research funding still goes overwhelmingly into drug research. Lifelong patients find themselves being cut and drugged, with assurances that they are getting the best treatment possible, when in fact, millions have been healed for decades through alternative modalities and holistic approaches.

When even one person is completely cured of a disease process,  that process should be investigated  to learn how this treatment can work for others.   When thousands upon thousands find resolution, funding research into such a treatment should be a non-brainer.  But not in Western society where any therapy which is dignified, effective and costs little is suppressed, oppressed and the proponents routinely attacked with all the force of the pharmaceutical mighty dollar.

Do not let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you. Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world. ~Linus Pauling, two time Nobel laureate (Chemistry and Peace)

I invite you to take  survey of how many cancer patients  have been cured (not put into a temporary remission that flares up later or reduced to surviving on drugs and their side-effects) by conventional cancer treatments and how many have healed completely from alternative therapies.  You’ll find volumes of books and testimonials about how people were cured, but I had a hard time locating even two testimonials from those who followed conventional treatment and were cured and even those two were suspect because the conventional medical community is inclined to use ghost-writers and PR people to push their agendas.

As a result of massive lawsuits that force the facts to come out about how pharmaceuticals really operate, I am more skeptical then ever about drug-treatment.  I don’t donate to any research or organization that has exclusively supported drug research and I hope people start asking the hard questions of just where their money is going before they donate to research.

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