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How can we, as a society claiming to be ‘evolved’ and civilized, continue to overlook the blatant misrepresentation of the facts regarding mental illness, psychopharmacology and conventional treatments of those suffering from normal emotional struggles?  Hundreds of landmark criminal and civil cases and scientific studies have proven that psychiatric treatments of emotional issues are nothing more than a wholesale crimes against humanity.  (more…)

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Michael Ellner can tell you a thing or two about chronic pain management!  He’s an expert at hypnosis pain relief, providing clients everywhere with an alternative to health-damaging, life-decimating addictive pain medications.  Zohydro, a pure opiate, is sure to add millions more to the rolls of addiction.

Guest Blog By Michael Ellner, CHT   © 2014

Michael Ellner on hypnosis for chronic pain

Michael Ellner on hypnosis for chronic pain

I believe that the last word on the use of prescription drugs for the relief of pain should be between a doctor and his or her patients, however, the fact is that most people living with chronic pain are not aware of the evidence-based alternatives to drugs because their doctors are not aware of alternatives like hypnosis.

A new drug, “Zohydro”, that is set to hit the market, is a cause for serious concern.  This is yet another approval in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ignored their own Advisory Committee which strongly voted against approval (11 votes against and 2 votes for approval)! The FDA’s own Advisory Committee stated, “The FDA should not approve (extended-release and long-acting) opioids without tamper-resistant or abuse-deterrent formulations”.  Quite frankly, this approval should raise a lot of red flags and indicates the urgent need for heads to roll at the FDA!

According to The Partnership of, Attorney Generals from twenty eight states, along with four US senators, have requested the overturn of the FDA approval!  Also, the sale of the Zohydro will be banned in Massachusetts. There is good reason for this because there are many other opioid drugs currently available and there was no need or reason to put Zohydro on the market without first making it tamper-proof to avoid this potent drug’s huge potential for abuse!

As I pointed out, people living in chronic pain are often quite surprised to learn that pain relief without drugs is possible.  But it really is!  Physicians today are educated specifically to prescribe drugs to relieve symptoms and are ignorant of the efficacy of well-documented alternative approaches to pain reduction like hypnosis.  That doesn’t mean that YOU have to be ignorant about the many pain relief benefits of hypnosis as a supplement to or alternative to pain drugs!

The constant wear and tear of chronic pain can undermine a person’s emotional and physical health. What’s worse is that patients who suffer from chronic pain often develop reactions to their pain that actually increase their painful experience. This cycle becomes more powerful over time. Many of these unfortunate sufferers begin to think of their pain as normal and fear they will never be able to enjoy the lives they left behind.

I hope my guest blog helps change their perception.

That brings me back to hypnosis. Hypnosis can help people reduce or eliminate all types of pain – pain that results from injury or diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, as well as the chronic, medically unexplained pain found in syndromes like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

There are many factors that can impact the way a person experiences pain. These include stress, anticipation, arousal, deeply held beliefs, intentions and expectations. Stress, for example, will almost always intensify any pain experience. Alternatively, techniques like hypnosis lead to pain relief. It’s enlightening to know that we can actually change your painful experience by altering your neuro-physio-emotional tone.

Hypnosis works by helping you learn how to creatively manage stress and to increase your coping and self-regulation skills. By itself, this can make the pain feel less urgent and more manageable, thus, putting joy back into life!

Michael Ellner is a certified consulting medical hypnotist and self-help coach in private practice in Pompano Beach, FL.  He teaches advanced courses in medical hypnosis at schools throughout North America, the UK and South Africa and was a featured instructor of accredited continuing medical education courses in hypnotic pain relief at the annual Major Medical PAINWeek conference (2007-2012).  He is the co-author of Hope is Realistic – A PHYSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HELPING PATIENTS TAKE SUFFERING OUT OF PAIN and the lead author of a Peer Reviewed paper, Hypnosis in Disability [PAIN] Settings. More information can be found on his websites: and pompanobeachhypnosis

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Justice is Not Justice if Psychiatry is Involved in the Justice System

Justice System Hijacked by Psychiatry is Not Justice

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.  ~Adolf Hitler

The truly useless expenditure of time and intellect in the process of pumping air into a dead horse will remain just that…useless, and in the end, extremely damaging to the person who believes the horse will get up.  However, as long as the marketing pump and the courts, justice system and governments believe that the junk science of psychiatrists and psychologists has merit in the assessment of a person’s mind and intentions, the decisions of the courts will be, essentially, the decisions of pseudo-scientists who cannot objectively prove a single thing they claim as ‘fact’, but who will arrogantly claim the horse is rising! 

What is Junk Science and How Does it Affect Justice?

In his 1993 book Galilee’s Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom (pp. 2,3), author Peter Huber defined the term as follows:  “Junk science is the mirror image of real science, with much of the same form but none of the same substance.. . . It is a hodgepodge of biased data, spurious inference, and logical legerdemain, patched together by researchers whose enthusiasm for discovery and diagnosis far outstrips their skill. It is a catalog of every conceivable kind of error: data dredging, wishful thinking, truculent dogmatism, and, now and again, outright fraud. “  (more…)

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Chinese Organic Food labelling misleading

Misleading labelling of Chinese Organic Food

Have you noticed that in the last few years big box stores have jumped onto the organic food and natural product bandwagon? You may be thinking “Great, I can pick up everything at …. “.  There are things you need to know first! (more…)

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Saturday at the Ottawa Organic Farmers' Market

Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market

Take the stress out of finding healthy food.  This organic farmers’ market offers great seasonal produce, honey, organic skin care products…something to delight everyone.

Sometimes it seems there are not many gems left in this world.  Our food security apepars to be at great risk of not only not meeting our nutritional requirements, but of being deliberately adulterated by harmful GMOs, pesticides and herbicides of all sorts.  Monsanto has its dirty corporate hands in our food to the point where it is estimated that 90-95% of our grocery store shelves are filled with franken GMOs and harmful chemicals. 

As people try to recover from illness – the result too often these days of relying on unhealthy food products – they are also realizing that most products sold as ‘food’ are merely food-like products (imitations) that have not only little nutritional value, but are extremely harmful to the body over time.  People are also realizing that to save oneself from the clutches of the medical/ pharmaceutical/biotech complex that makes money only when people are sick, they must get back to basics.  This involves accessing, growing and preparing whole foods free of chemicals and biotech manipulation. Ottawa’s organic farmers’ market provides just such whole foods.

Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market is open all year round, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Vendors offer a splendid selection of Certified Organic Meats (beef, pork, chicken, sheep, lamb and even rabbit), cheese, yoghurt, Kefir, breads, vegetables, fruit, Olive Oil, teas, herbs, local maple syrup, as well as skin care products and essential oils and many other ‘treats’ such as sprouts.  Fresh, locally grown organic greens like lettuces, spinach, kale, oriental greens, chard, chives, and rhubarb truly make one’s mouth water.  During off-growing seasons, there are local organic greenhouse veggies like broccoli, cucumbers, and zucchini!

This organic farmers’ market is snuggled in behind the Canadian Tire store at the corner of Heron Road and Bank Street in Ottawa.  Click here for the directions and a map.  Lots of parking, no pressure, tons of camaraderie and sooo friendly.  Have a question? No problem, as they take the time to nurture and educate everyone who has an interest.

Several vendors are at the organic farmers’market every Saturday, regular as clockwork and with a smile and invitation to learn and enjoy – they have become my favourites.  Not only are they extremely reliable, but they take active roles in the running of the market and have a long history of organic certification.

David Charette is the President and Market Manager of the Ottawa Organic Farmers Market and the owner of the Terre-a-Terre farm .  He exudes professionalism, dedication to the organic movement and love for his work and his customers.  He and his family set an excellent example for all other vendors, thus helping to keep the market authentic and fun.  He ensures that all vendors sign an Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market Commitment Contract and Vendor Contract.  On top of all that, the produce he offers at the market every Saturday is second to none in quality, variety and quantity. 

Samantha Klinck, owner of Funny Duck Farms has the patience of angels, as she takes the time to explain and guide any and all who line up for her many products.  Her organic butter is to die for and her Kefir is so thick you can eat it with a fork at times.  It is not unusual to see people lined up in the hallway during the winter months, when the market is held indoors, waiting for their turn to enjoy her smile, knowledge, wisdom and reasonable pricing.

I also look forward to seeing the Leduc family produce from their farm Ferme la Rosée. They have been Certified Organic for almost 20 years already and you can visit their farm with prior appointment. Their produce is always so fresh you feel you are picking it off the plant yourself.

Special mention goes out for a vendor who has become a personal friend – Klazina Kettling.  I lived in BC for 10 years  before moving back to Ottawa in 2008; as a result, I became spoiled by the easy access to wild salmon.  So when I met Klazina at the Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market , I was absolutely thrilled.  Klazina, who was trained as a nurse and midwife in the Netherlands before coming to Canada, offers her skills in nursing, bio-energy, and nutrition to the market.  Her offerings include Certified Wild Caught Fish, Himalayan Salts, nutritional supplements, and coconut oil. Klazina carries the AIM INTERNATIONAL line of whole food supplements and Barleylife juices.  Just a note about why I prize the Wild Salmon Klazina sells:  The Stikine River Salmon Run is one of the last wild salmon runs remaining along the B.C. Northern Coast. Unlike most wild salmon along the Southern coast, these salmon DO NOT HAVE TO PASS extensive fish farm units and water affected by fish farms to enter their natural fresh water spawning grounds.  Klazina is not always at the market, so feel free to pre-order or call her at (613) 421-6679  

See you there for some stress-free shopping…make friends, learn, share!


Grace Joubarne is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and founder of GracePlace Wellness.  She is a writer, blogger (AskGrace!) and long-time advocate of sustainable living, non-GMO and chemical-free foods and alternative health care modalities.

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Canadian Democracy Needs Your Help!

Canadian Democracy at High Risk

Enforcement of a country’s democracy determines the state of its food security, drinking water, air and independence of its government from the influence of corporate corruption and greed.  Canada has been taken over by pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies and corruption in government.  Citizens are becoming very angry. (more…)

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Plain Language Labelling Will Save Lives

Plain Language Labelling Will Save Lives

It’s a travesty that it took 13 years of cajoling  to get government to do a bit of its job for Canadians, but finally,  drug labels to warn patients about the true risks associated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs will now be mandated.  On June 14th, 2013,  Canada’s Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, and Terence Young, MP for Oakville, ON  announced Plain Language Labelling Initiative  in Toronto. (more…)

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Municipal Bullying causes distress

Municipal harassment and abuse causes mental health issues in property owners.

Canadian law favors those with deep pockets…corporations, municipalities and governments.  Ontario Landowner’s Association (OLA) is setting up a litigation fund to help the disadvantaged and bullied…learn why you should help.  Property owners are some of the most victimized, suffering alone because the cost of legal assistance is prohibitive.  One’s health is severely affected when overwhelmed and victimized by a system so out of balance there is little recourse or democracy left.  (more…)

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Drugs Ineffective in Preventing Memory Loss

Drugs Can Contribute to Memory Loss

Many people, especially the elderly are prescribed health-damaging prescription drugs with claims that they will slow memory loss and cognitive decline.  Turns out the opposite is true…they are ineffective and in many cases harmful. (more…)

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Despite the slick marketing out there, research has repeatedly shown that quick stop smoking programs are questionably successful, if ever successful long-term.   However, getting to and eliminating the reason for the smoking habit gets lasting results!

Yes, we do hear of people who quit smoking cold turkey, with hypnosis, patches and sheer willpower…but we don’t hear that they ended up taking up other habits (symptom migration) or intensifying others (overeating, overworking, gambling, etc) to manage the severe anxiety that drives all unwanted habits.  We don’t hear that later most of those smokers took up smoking again, only to smoke even more when they relapsed, because nothing was done to eliminate the anxiety that drives all habits. (more…)

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